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lala014
August 7th, 2011, 12:07 PM
Hi ladies

I started out taking Zumba just to help me stay in shape while having fun (basketball season was all over, but I wanted to remain in shape while finding something else that I loved to do) I ended up going to Zumba 4 or 5 times a week and talked about it to friends and family non-stop. I introduced my mother, sister and girl friends to it.

I decided that I loved it so much that I went to my college and suggested that they offer Zumba classes in addition to their yoga, aerobics, etc classes. They thought it was a great idea and nominated me on the spot as the instructor!

I did a lot of work and took a few classes and am now a certified Zumba instructor! I teach at my college as well as a Boys and Girls club in my hometown and occasionally fill in at our local Curves.

If you ladies love Zumba so much, I would suggest you try and become an instructor. It is very rewarding, think about how you felt when you first started Zumba... now think about you making others feel the exact same way. :)
Good luck!

dmm30
August 11th, 2011, 03:35 AM
Hi ladies, hope you're all doing well?

I'm now back from my cruise which was absolutely wonderful! I enjoyed all of it, the ship, the ports, the food and wine :o. Anyway, apologies for not posting earlier but things were pretty hectic on the build up to the cruise and then with the holiday itself.

To update you, I hit my target the day before I left for holiday - 48lb and a UK Size 18 (with some things actually a 16). Decided to just eat and drink what I wanted on board and pay the consequences when I got back!

I arrived back in UK on Sunday and went for my first weigh in last night - get this, only 3lb on in 2 weeks, I was delighted! Of course, you walk loads on most cruises but I made the effort to go to the gym (once!) and guess what else??? 7 ZUMBA classes!!:D The instructor, Paul, was absolutely fantastic and the classes were always packed with people doing Zumba in the aisles and at the back of the theatre. Always loads of people came to watch too!

Anyway, back on track now and aiming for another 28lb for Christmas so any encouragement welcome :) How is everyone getting on and who goes on holiday next??

Nice to be back in some ways but could do with a nice Raspberry Fizz about now ;)

kasi1979
August 11th, 2011, 03:49 PM
Wow Donna,
your weight loss is absolutely inspiring.
I need to loose some weight. Why?
First of all, I want to feel better in my own body. So far, all atempts to loose were futile. I have an appointment at my doctors next week, so hopefully Ill get rid of the medicine for high blood pressure, which I believe contribute to my high weight.
Ok, what other reasons do I have?
We are thinking about starting a family, and therefore reduced weight would be benefical, too.
And of course I want to like my image in the mirrow again...

I have to go and pack my sports gear so that I can head to the gym during lunch break.

Im missing Zumba classes right now. I know its just two weeks, but you can get used to it and the music just makes you feel good. You cannot recreate this atmosphere at home, however hard you try.

Our personal cruise countdown is at 39 days, today. We are heading to the eastern med september 20th. I hope that there will be some sport classes onbaord that appeal to me. Otherwise Im the woman growing fins in the adult pool ;) Maybe Ill manage to actually visit the gym onboard this time round. Ill definetly pack my workout clothes. I always wanted to try the climbing wall, that, too might be on the agenda.

Member123
August 11th, 2011, 06:09 PM
Hi, Kasi & Donna!

Donna, I didn't realize that you were on a 2-weeks (!!) cruise. What was your itinerary? I can't imagine doing Zumba in a theatre... what was that like? I believe that the reason that you only gained a modest amount of weight... and 3 lbs is NOTHING for a cruise with all the increased food and drinks comsumption and all those sweet temptations... anyway, I believe that it just points to the change in lifestyle that means that you are on a healthy, healthy path... not a weight loss or diet intense state of being... but just a paying attention to diet and exercise and your body will settle into its natural state of being with more lean muscle mass and less body (visceral and subcutaneous) fat. Such a great feeling.

Kasi, I think that high pressure medication is one of those that makes your body retain water. I did just a small amount of reading on the subject and it seems that the majority of those medicines might do that... you have to have some very specific ones that don't... if it turns out that the doctor is hesitant to remove you completely from the medication, then do share the fact that you're exercising as much as you are and your body isn't responding quite the way you want... there might be an alternative formula that would be better for you. Just a thought.

I know what you mean about going to class versus trying to Zumba at home. It really isn't the same; and I didn't think that I was much of a class person, actually. But, I look forward to so many things that are part of the Zumba class experience... love my instructor... love the music and love doing the moves.. love saying "hi" to various people in class and miss them when they don't show up... love flashing a smile to "friends" in the class during a particularly fun song... love saying "bye" to people and making promises to see them next class time! Love all of that. You can get a portion of the good feelings by just having the music and moving your body... but not as much of the "happy" feeling as being with people who are also having fun doing what they're doing...

Donna, I'm looking forward to a Caribbean cruise coming up this October. We're going to sail from Boston, Massachusetts through the Caribbean islands to Tampa, Florida. We'll see ports: Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, St Thomas, St Kitts, St Lucia, Cozumel, Costa Maya. I'm really excited to be going! I've got several shore excursions planned that involve catamaran sailing, beach days, island touring, etc. Just a lot of fun, I know.

Kasi, did you see on the other thread about Zumba on Royal Caribbean ships that a person got a response from the corporate office that they are trying to put together a Zumba offering on board? I sure hope that they put Zumba into more of the "fitness" category and less of the "dance" category. I think that they have trouble with some of the Zumba license requirements, etc. and so they try to get around that by offering salsa, merengue, etc. classes from the dance instructors. So take a look at the Daily Planner for those... but I don't think they'll be the same intensity as a true Zumba fitness class... because I don't think that they'll get the people to sweat during a dance class like they would during a true fitness class. But, maybe something is better than nothing?

Donna, so good to have you back!

Anita Latte
August 12th, 2011, 12:11 PM
@Donna...WOW!! WTG on the weight loss!! That is such an achievement. I am so happy for you! *big hugs*

It sounds like the latest thing you have been doing has really been working for you...I am SURE that if you keep after it, you can make your Christmas goal...especially since your gain on your vacation was so minimal...and likely a lot of that could be sodium and water retention...because eating restaurant prepared food for a sustained period of time will just do that...and also because I think that water consumption is reduced on vacation because it is more effort to get water...

Regardless...eating and drinking what you want while on vacation with such a small weight gain really shows that your indulgences weren't too bad! You still had some sort of control going on in your eating portions or the weight gain would be much higher, I'm thinking...

Well, summer is as summer does...I'm off to meet my DH for some coffee...it is 11:00 Am and I have been downstairs and out of bed for 15 minutes!!! LOL!!

I have more to say, of course, but I'll post this now and chat more later.:D

dmm30
August 12th, 2011, 01:37 PM
Ladies you are all so kind, thank you for your encouragement :D

I was on the Mediterranean Adventure, Grand Princess - itinerary was Gibraltar, Monaco, Barcelona, Rome, Naples, Ajaccio and Malaga with 7 sea days which were great for relaxing. Having been on Celebrity last year I really wasn't sure what to expect but I loved it and would definitely do Princess again!

Kasi, not long until you go now?? Be really interested to hear all your views on Royal Caribbean v Princess as obviously don't have any experience as yet? We'd like to book again for next year - a group of 6 women so any advice welcome?

Kasi, hope you get your medication sorted, sounds like it causes problems for you in your weight loss journey.

Hope you're all still zumba-ing away, I'm back on Monday but planning the gym tomorrow. So nice to be back and hear from you all. Thanks once again :D

cruisegirl73
August 12th, 2011, 08:29 PM
wow! That sounds like an incredible cruise. I can't wait to do some like that when my kids are a little older. I am leaving on a cruise this Thursday the 18th. I have been keeping up with my Zumba classes. I can't believe they had zumba on board the ship. I would love it if the carnival miracle had that. I know last year they didn't. That would definitely motivate me to get moving on board. I have lost 12 pounds recently and my goal was 20 so I was really disappointed about that. :(
Have a great weekend, ladies. Zumba, Zumba!!!:D

Michele

Anita Latte
August 14th, 2011, 02:17 PM
Lets say I seem to have twisted or sprained my knee...My knee has improved pretty much during the day, however I will be cautious for the next couple of days not to do it any more harm.

Kasi...how is your knee? I hope that it has gotten better.

We met 12 years ago tomorrow and got married two years ago on august 7th.

Happy belated anniversary! How did you celebrate?

I need to loose some weight. Why?
First of all, I want to feel better in my own body.

Just some words of encouragement...I totally get wanting to feel better in your own body. I am right there. The great thing about doing any form of sports is generally your body starts to feel good with all the movement...it sends you happy vibes when you move as if to say "Thank you for moving! I feel so much better now!"...EVEN if there is soreness...it can be a good kind of feeling (if not overdone)...that kind of feeling that says...I moved...it may have been a while since I've moved, and so I'm not used to it...but still...

But a second way to think about feeling better in your body is in how your body takes up space in the world...1. how it feels in clothing...whether clothing ends up feeling too restrictive or binding or uncomfortable...and you want to find a shape that clothes feel better with (I totally relate to this one)...2. how it feels in the world...something as simple as sitting in a form fitting car seat...walking through tight spaces...whatever...

And than also the mental image that we carry of ourselves...the way we imagine we look as we go about our day...and whether or not we are happy with that picture.

All of these are great motivational thoughts for everyone.

So far, all atempts to loose were futile. I have an appointment at my doctors next week, so hopefully Ill get rid of the medicine for high blood pressure, which I believe contribute to my high weight.

Mom had good thoughts to share about her research on high blood pressure medicine. There is nothing more frustrating than having something like this which is supposed to be a help for health be something that doesn't help your other efforts for good health...please let us know what the doctor says...really talk to the doctor about all the sports you have been doing and how frustrated you are to see what other things might be hindering your weight loss.

Ok, what other reasons do I have?
We are thinking about starting a family, and therefore reduced weight would be benefical, too.

From experience here...losing weight would be very beneficial for starting a family...more importantly though than the actual weight will be your physical conditioning...you need to have your heart muscle in good shape because the extra weight of pregnancy really takes a toll...and strength is always good...remember that your body will want to pack on some pounds for pregnancy...IF you are an overweight pregnant lady...you can work with your doctor for a strict diet to minimize weight gain...because you will already have the extra food storage that your body wants during pregnancy.

I speak from experience here because I was 172 pounds when I became pregnant with DS...Funny how you think you will never forget some things, but I THINK that I maxed out at about 35 pounds...afterward, since I breastfed DS, the weight came off fairly well...I ended up maintaining at about 185 pounds without effort...so I GAINED somewhere around 15 pounds from being pregnant.

I did work out throughout my pregnancy though...I swam a LOT (which is HEAVENLY when you are PG)...I walked on the treadmill (when my Mom was there to keep me company) and I did yoga almost daily.

And of course I want to like my image in the mirrow again...

If you can do something to improve your thoughts about how you look without losing any weight...it can be a big help...a big motivator...this is actually how I started my own weight loss journey.

There is a man on the Fashion & Beauty board named Curt Jerome Wild...he is a color EXPERT...if you have ever heard of having your colors analyzed to figure out what colors look best on you...most often in terms of seasons...being a Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter...well, CJW has his own method and has named the different color groups by elements...Fire, Air, Earth, and Ice. There are several threads over on that board that talk about colors and specifically about the way that Curt has helped so many of us figure out what looks best on us.

It is so SURPRISING!! It REALLY makes a difference what colors you wear on how you look...Mom has posted some pictures recently on the FIRE thread...and you would be shocked with how different she looks...She is a Fire and NEEDS to wear bright, clear, warm colors...they make her look younger, healthier and FABULOUS...we were working on experiments and she posted a picture of her in an Earth colored shirt (my coloring) and she looked not good...like BAD...(I love you MOM! but we have talked and that's why that shirt now hangs in MY closet! LOL)...anyway...to see what I am talking about for how color can make such a difference, check out this one post:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showpost.php?p=29543251&postcount=562

I have to recommend consulting with Curt to discover YOUR coloring. Immediately you can start to feel how you can look SO MUCH BETTER even before you lose weight. It can really help with the motivation to change your SHAPE but still think you look good in the one you are in. Mom and I agree that talking with Curt really has made a HUGE difference in our lives.

Im missing Zumba classes right now. I know its just two weeks, but you can get used to it and the music just makes you feel good. You cannot recreate this atmosphere at home, however hard you try.

I understand missing Zumba classes. There is nothing like the class itself. The music DOES make you feel good and the way that you move your body during Zumba feels good...I LOVE dance inspired fitness...Are there any other classes around that you can try?

We are heading to the eastern med september 20th. I hope that there will be some sport classes onbaord that appeal to me. Otherwise Im the woman growing fins in the adult pool ;) Maybe Ill manage to actually visit the gym onboard this time round. Ill definetly pack my workout clothes. I always wanted to try the climbing wall, that, too might be on the agenda.

I think you win the prize for going on the next cruise! How exciting! It sounds like Zumba is getting on to the cruise ships slowly but surely. Maybe you'll have some classes?

Meanwhile...hang in there...keep sharing what is going on with us...I think about you and send good thoughts your way, Kasi.

Oh...Mom and I think of your name differently...she thinks the "a" is pronounced like the American word "cat", in a short sound...but I think of it as being a long sound...like the American word "came"...and I DO say American because I KNOW that the English language can have MANY accents...typical AMERICAN rarely pronounces an "a" like "ah"...but others do...perhaps you do? Can you explain so I can have my thoughts be correct?

Zumba love!

kasi1979
August 14th, 2011, 04:17 PM
Hi Anita,

thanks for your thoughts.
Right now Im the woman in black. Its a non-color, but Im pretty comfy wearing black shirts. I had a long time wearing red or intensive blue colored clothes, which I loved, but somehow I ended up with a rack full of black...
So this might be worth some investigation.

I hope that summer at yours actually feels like the warm, dry, going-outside season it ought to be. In Germany we are experiencing weather as in early spring or late autumn. Its cool, rains a lot, and the sun is a distant memory. We are joking that the weather will improve ones all kids are back in school, which will be in early september. I really hope that we will get some more sunny days. Right now its so cold, that our heating is running again.

As to how my screen-name is pronounced. Its a german shortform, actually it was a comic figure in a children tv series when I was little, that I loved very much, and somehow the name sticks.
Its kasi, more from the sound of it like car. :)

And yeah, it feels good to see the next cruise on the horizon. Im still creating photobooks of my last two journeys which I want to complete before we are heading off to the Med. Its just 37 days to go... Im planning what to do in the different ports, even though the Med seems to be our bathtub, there are still many places to discover, some with so much history that its hard to decide what to look at first.
I hope the situation in the countries we are visiting remains calm. It would be just bad luck to habe another cruise changing its itinery due to unrests.

Anita, do you have any tipps regarding zumba music? Or latin american music that feels like it?

Ive got to finish my laundry and head off to bed.
See ya all and thanks for your encouragement.

Anita Latte
August 16th, 2011, 09:32 AM
Hi Anita,

thanks for your thoughts.
Right now Im the woman in black. Its a non-color, but Im pretty comfy wearing black shirts. I had a long time wearing red or intensive blue colored clothes, which I loved, but somehow I ended up with a rack full of black...
So this might be worth some investigation.

If you happen to be an ICE, then wearing black is no problem! There are certain blacks that I can get away with...but it is more like that...I can get away with them...especially if I have good accessories...BUT I will ALWAYS look better in rich, deep chocolate brown than black.

I hope that summer at yours actually feels like the warm, dry, going-outside season it ought to be.

OK. We are in the THIRD hottest summer on record here...and we are on track to break the record for the number of back to back days over 100 degrees F. Yesterday, we were at 26 days...the record is 32...and there is no sign of breaking in this weather pattern. :eek: And with the humidity in my area? OMG...:eek: :eek: and :eek:

Right now its so cold, that our heating is running again.

I literally can't even imagine this right now...did I mention the number of 100 degree days? I read on a different thread about someone wearing jeans and a long sleeved shirt a yesterday or the day before...and I can't imagine that either.

Anita, do you have any tipps regarding zumba music? Or latin american music that feels like it?

Do you mean like what are the names of the songs?

If you happen to have an iTunes account...and you have done Ping through iTunes (free thing that lets iTunes users share playlists)...then you can do a couple of searches there to find Zumba music.

1. Search "zumba" and you will find many instructors that post their favorite songs. They probably do this for their classes?

2. Search for ZIN 1 through ZIN 34...these are the Zumba licensed music playlists...they do NOT contain the original Zumba songs, but include the original song that Zumba "Zumba-fied"...so the version of the songs may be different than what you hear in class...or may not, because some instructors always prefer the original to the Zumba one...OR, they started using the song before Zumba released their version of the song.

3. Search for MM 1 through 24...or MegaMix...these are also Zumba-fied songs...again...not the Zumba version, but a list of the originals that Zumba used to make their CDs for Zumba instructors.

These ZIN and MM resources were created for new instructors to be able to go back to previous released Zumba songs and purchase a version of them. As a newer instructor, there isn't another way for me to purchase songs that Zumba released to the instructors before I became an instructors. Some really helpful instructors spent hours and hours creating the lists that you can find. But they are public lists...and very helpful for Zumba lovers to get Zumba songs.

I'm posting my latest playlist because it is AWESOME!! I've done it twice now...on my last class of the session last Thursday morning and last night subbing for Kelly...and as insane as it may be...I'm doing it again for my first class of the new session this morning! I call it "Legs & Abs"...Mom has been wanting me to share with her the list...I'll have to figure out a way to share the choreo:

Give Me Everything by Pitbull feat guests (warm up)
Boom Boom Mama (from MM24) Reggaeton
Drop It Low (clean) Toning/Hip Hop
Jai Ho (from Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack) Bollywood
This Is the Song (from Party Nation by Zumba) Hip Hop
Chiquilla (Kumbia Kings) Cumbia
Que Buena Tu Ta (from ZIN 30) Merengue
Rabiosa (Shakira feat Pitbull) Latin Pop
Bon, Bon (Pitbull) Reggaeton
Stand By Me (Prince Royce) Bachata
Cha Cha (Chelo) Swing/Charleston
Danza Kuduro (Don Omar & Lucenzo) Kuduro/Latin Pop
Sway (Pussycat Dolls) Cha Cha - Cool Down
Feelin' Good (Michael Buble) Stretch Cool Down

Well...I just got a call from the rec center and there is only ONE person registered for my class. :( BUT a lot of people don't register until they try the class...and school doesn't start until next week...SO...there is still the possibility that there will be more people...BUT...still...what a bummer! I am going this morning and hoping that there will be more people showing up...we'll see what happens.

So I took my measurements...my DH made a comment about how I seem to be shrinking from the top and bottom toward the middle...there is no change in hips/abs this go around...but I've lost almost 2 more inches around my waist...and another almost inch around my thighs...Like Mom said, I'm looking like a weeble-wooble toy. LOL.

Hope everyone has a great day!

Member123
August 17th, 2011, 02:23 PM
Kasi,
This is the week of your doctor's appointment... what day is it? Please let us know your results... what was said... did you get off of your high blood pressure medicine?

How are your Zumba clothes working out?

OMG... Anita brought me such a cute pair of Zumba pants... and I really love them... fun colors, etc.... EXCEPT... and she knows this... they have the most "unfortunate" sweat pattern! I can't figure out exactly why? Maybe it has to do with sitting down and having that area of my body in such a way that air doesn't circulate so the wicking nature of the fabric doesn't have the same affect? BUT... it absolutely looks like you've had a problem with "bathroom" business with these pants. I can't go anywhere but home on the days that I wear them to class. I even had an instructor laugh and tell me that she couldn't wear them anymore because of the embarassment factor.

Anyway, now I really want the camouflage Zumba pants because those don't have the same "issue." LOL.

I took a look at Anita's playlist. I know about 6 of those songs, but only because of going to Kelly's classes. We don't do many of those songs in my area. I'll look them up on youtube. Does anyone want me to post youtube links for them? I'll have to find that site that translates youtube videos into MP3 files, again. I could use some new music.

How is everyone? I tell you... I'm a "little" tired of our summer actually. I will be super glad when the A/C stops running! I can't imagine having the heater kick in... that's amazing. Which reminds me... could you tell me what the temperature is likely to be in the Mediterrannean for the last of November, early December? I'm thinking of taking a Transatlantic from Rome at that time. Is it a good time of the year to tour the Amalfi Coast? With your heat kicking in already, I just realized that it might be really cold by then! Living here in the Southwest Desert, I get very startled by the weather in other locations.

kasi1979
August 18th, 2011, 12:42 AM
Hi,

my Zumba pants are great, however they seem a bit loose, as they dont have belt loops. Annie gave me the tipp, just open the hem, add an elastic band and close the hem again. Im going to do that in order to stop my pants from running pretty low.

Pam, the Med in late November is hard to predict weatherwise. Weve had lovely weather with temps in the 70s some years back, in another year we had cool weather in the low 60s to mid 50s. Its mostly not warm, however you are granted a Med with little visitors, nearlly no lines . So, depending on what you are up to, it can still be an amazing time. And as soon as you sail by Malaga, thats the turning point temp-weise. From there towards the Canary Islands, youll have it nice and no longer cool.
Which ship are you considering?

Im off to get my blood works done in a couple of minutes. Not eating is not the problem, but being not allowed to drink is quite horrible for me. So I try to be one of the firsts in line, for getting out there soon and being able to drink, and I still have to go into work afterward...

Anita Latte
August 18th, 2011, 08:16 AM
Hi,

my Zumba pants are great, however they seem a bit loose, as they dont have belt loops. Annie gave me the tipp, just open the hem, add an elastic band and close the hem again. Im going to do that in order to stop my pants from running pretty low.

Im off to get my blood works done in a couple of minutes. Not eating is not the problem, but being not allowed to drink is quite horrible for me. So I try to be one of the firsts in line, for getting out there soon and being able to drink, and I still have to go into work afterward...

Another thing that I've seen done on the new pants? My trainer for Zumbatomic had literally cut slits into the waistband to make belt loops. Do not think about skinny belt loops...they were easily 2" wide...but she made strategic belt loops all around the waist. I think I counted 4 or 5...like two more in front on either side of the buckle area...two more to the sides...and at least one in the middle back...

Then she took a belt and wove it in and out of the fabric slits...and it was the placement of the slits in the fabric that made them look like wide belt loops...if that makes sense?...she only cut through the top layer of the waistband fabric, so the belt never would touch her skin.

Here it would be a while for the results of blood work to come in. Do let us know what you learn when you learn it.

I'm off to teach my 9:30 am class this morning. I did not end up going to either Pilates or Zumba last night with Kelly. DH got stuck in an emergency meeting. Truth is that I was feeling tired though so I didn't mind. I already had planned to miss Pilates. I think I am going to take a break from Kelly's classes during this 8 week session. I may only go a couple times. School is about to start and missing 2 hours a night twice a week doesn't seem right at this time. I feel like I need to be home more as we get the school year started. Especially since I teach two other nights a week.

I'll still be doing Zumba for three 1-hour classes, one 45-minute class, and one 30-minute class. Got the family room arranged so that we could do Pilates at home. DH does his physical therapy every week night, so I am sure that I could keep up with Pilates if I just put my mind to it...working out at home isn't usually my strong point though...

Anita Latte
August 21st, 2011, 11:27 AM
Happy Sunday Ladies!

I ordered another round of fun Zumbawear. I got the new Party in Pink top and bottoms. I hear that the bottoms are running small, so if you like them, order them a size up. I ordered a Large because my XL cargos are so big...they are annoying now...and the Large fits me. It's a bit tighter in the rearend than I would prefer, but not too bad. The tank is AWESOME!! Something about the placement of the words and the logo...it's very flattering.

If you don't know what I am talking about...Zumba has teamed up with Susan B Komen...there are Party in Pink events that are Zumbathons to benefit Susan B Komen in the fight against breast cancer. The Houston event is in the Toyota Center which is the HUGE facility where our professional Basketball team plays. I'm going to try to gather a group of ladies to go together.

I had my first Saturday class yesterday. I had one register. She is from Curves. She is a very enthusiastic student, very overweight. And she was nervous about attending her first hour long class.

There are two ways for a Zumba instructor to structure their classes...

1. Interval training...alternating high and low intensity songs...you get to the end of the high intensity song and might feel a little breathless...and might think to yourself, OMG, I don't know if I can make it through this class...and then a lower intensity "catch your breath" song comes on...and so on and so on.

2. Bell Curve...this class will build in intensity to the mid-point where it is at its highest and then will taper off to the end.

So if you try out a class and notice one or the other of these, you can ask the instructor if that is what they normally do...and you can know if that instructor has a class that is what you are looking for.

I do the interval training type of class. I seem to be the queen of the Zumba newbie...I can say that, except for that one young 73-year old student (who went to Kelly's class)...all the ladies that have come to MY rec center classes have NEVER been to a class before. So I try very hard to make a class that isn't easy, but is do-able...has a bit of challenge in some way...so that we can feel like we had an achievement to get through the class...

So Saturday was a great class. It was just right and my Curves student get awesome. We had a good time.

I am taking a break from Kelly's evening classes. It just seems like the thing to do. I am going to take these day times to work on learning new routines...either Zumba given choreo or work on some of my own. This usually gives me a good workout to do this...and then to have evening class would just be too much.

Hope everyone is doing well!

KBS1607
August 21st, 2011, 12:39 PM
into being an instructor. I'd like to do that one day but I am so self conscious now.

Way back you wrote about being a perfectionist in the kitchen. I have to fight that myself. You ladies seem so nice, I hope I can find a home here.

I went on Spark People and it says I can lose down to my goal weight by our December cruise. It's not my final weight but it would be a good start. I haven't eaten out in two days and for us that's great. The extended family is eating out tonight so I can't decide what to do.

Kim

Member123
August 21st, 2011, 06:44 PM
Hi, Kim,

Absolutely, please come into the conversation and join our supportive group. Anita is my daughter; Donna lives in Scotland and is an inspiration; Kasi lives in Germany and is great fun and supportive. We have people who stop by, impulsively, and say a few words but don't seem to join into the spiritied discussion. So please don't be one of those! Drop in and talk and get to know us and let us get to know you!

Your signature doesn't say where you are going on your December cruise. Tell us a little about your upcoming vacation and what you're trying to achieve.

Eating out... it seems like that is something that we all struggle with! And drinking water... LOL... those seem to be the two main issues that we all wish we could do better.

I've done something that I'm hoping is going to work for me. I decided to research the various farms in my area and figure out what I could do to get more local and varied vegetables into my diet. As it turns out, there is a company called Nature's Garden Delivered and they do exactly that: they deliver fresh produce to your door on a weekly basis. They seem to have a great operation and I'm really looking forward to getting my first box! I'll let everyone know; my delivery date is on Friday. They let you know beforehand what you will receive (so you can subsitute or exchange items if you wish) so I know that I'll be getting: bananas, cantaloupe, broccoli, carrots, rainbow chard, grean leaf lettuce, mango, tomato, onions, plums, pluots, Yukon Gold potatoes, and cilantro! Doesn't it all sound yummy?!?

I've also been researching grass-fed beef, etc. I'm just on some kind of "kick," because I've also been reading a lot of cookbooks, chef's stories, restaurant stories, etc. Just funny what our minds turn to... I think that I'm tired of being hot, want to have cooler weather, turn on my oven, and eat some comfort food. In the meantime, it's still very hot here, so I'm taking a cooking class on grilling... go figure. I just need something to spark more creativity in the kitchen!

Anyway, restaurant ordering is quite an art! Of course, it depends on what type of restaurant that you're in... the main things that are so terrible to try to overcome are the chips/salsa sitting on the table with endless refills if you're in a Mexican restaurant or the bread basket(s) in other restaurant(s). So difficult. Because the restaurants are all about flavor, at the expense of high calorie additions like butter and water-retaining flavor enhancers like salt. So, the best thing to do is to prepare beforehand as much as you can... by going online to check out the menu and do some nutritional research (if you can). How did you do?

Anita Latte
August 22nd, 2011, 12:27 PM
into being an instructor. I'd like to do that one day but I am so self conscious now.

Way back you wrote about being a perfectionist in the kitchen. I have to fight that myself. You ladies seem so nice, I hope I can find a home here.

I went on Spark People and it says I can lose down to my goal weight by our December cruise. It's not my final weight but it would be a good start. I haven't eaten out in two days and for us that's great. The extended family is eating out tonight so I can't decide what to do.

Kim

Welcome Kim! I think we are a nice bunch! :D

You have to tell us all about your plans! And your goals for your cruise...

I think that I have finally...FINALLY...figured out something of a schedule for the kitchen. The school year started today...with that comes STRUCTURE...everyday DS needs something for lunch...he always brings lunch and so everyday I have to have something for him to take. I sat down with him a couple weeks ago and we worked out a menu for him...we are trying something new this year...

In years past, he would bring the same thing for lunch...day after day...and he was happy enough doing that...it was easy for me...but then...ALWAYS...the day comes, when he is SO SICK of whatever it was...we have to change it up...THIS YEAR...we have a menu with different things everyday...similar...but different...

From this, I could also plan lunches for DH and myself...and from that, I could plan dinners...so that if I needed to have a particular left over to use in lunches, I could plan that dinner...and so I have a rough week long menu now! YAY! It has been so helpful...

We are not completely on track with it, because I also have a freezer full of food that I need to clear out...and not everything in there will make it into the normal rotation...but still...having a clue has been BEYOND helpful...not having to make a decision everyday about what to eat has been such a help.

If you are curious, here's DS's menu:

Monday: Tuna Pasta Salad, carrots, grapes, chocolate kisses.
Tuesday: Chicken Pasta (hot), carrots, grapes, chocolate kisses.
Wednesday: Tuna Pasta Salad, carrots, grapes, chocolate kisses.
Thursday: Chicken Tacos, carrots, grapes, chocolate kisses.
Friday, Meat Tacos, carrots, grapes, chocolate kisses.

Of course, we didn't have grapes for today...so he got celery and pickle spears. LOL. DH and I will eat similarly...so dinner looks like this:

Monday: Chicken (cook a LOT), pasta side, veggie
Tuesday: Salmon night
Wednesday: Chicken Fajitas
Thursday: Meat Tacos and Bean Tacos
Friday: ????
Saturday: Salmon night
Sunday: ????

Right now, Friday and Sunday get to be the clear out the freezer nights. I've made ground turkey meatballs, hamburgers, etc. Something easy...I'm all about easy right now!

So anyway...this is helping to know what to do in the kitchen the night before to help get lunches packed for the following day...like grill TONS of chicken...and cook the whole box of pasta...and when cutting the veggie for dinner, cut the veggies for lunch...that kind of thing is really helping to cut down on our restaurant eating.

Because, Kim, I hear you on being proud about not eating restaurant food for two days in a row! It is a hard thing...I find that having some planned I don't feel like cooking food around is always a good idea...

Like yesterday...we ate a meal at like 3:00pm...so it made for a weird hunger at night...I keep pasta and jarred tomato sauce that passes inspection in the pantry...it's easy enough to boil water, cook pasta and throw sauce on it...and generally, that'll do for a weird meal like this...I also keep tomato soup, sliced cheese and bread around if I can...grilled cheese and tomato soup works in a pinch...and tuna packets are a saving grace around here...my DS will eat the herb and garlic flavored ones right out of the pouch when he is feeling "meaty" and we don't have any other leftovers.

I subbed for Kelly again this morning at Curves. We had a good workout there. I hope my DS is having a good first day of school...hope all you ladies are having a great day too!

kasi1979
August 22nd, 2011, 02:54 PM
HI Annie,

your meal plan sounds good.
How are you doing the Tuna Pasta Salad. Care to share?

Ive been to Zumba tonight, the first time after the vacation of Annie. Im bone tired right now and looking forward to just stretch out and relax.
Work is crazy right now, 10 hours or more are becoming the regular shift and not the once in a while thing...
I did not catch my doctor today, have to try again tomorrow, to get my blood results.

Take care everyone.

kasi1979
August 23rd, 2011, 03:29 PM
Sorry Anita,

I must have been more asleep than anything for not even getting the names right. ;)
Ive been to Zumba again tonight, yesterday, the room was packed, nearly 25 persons in attendance. Today, we were just 6 people plus Annie, and it was a much slower tempo today than yesterday.

Pam,
yesterdays training was more like a mountain, starting slow, a step increase, keeping a high tempo for most of the class and a decrease again towards the end.
Today it was more an interval training, with slow songs more or less alternating with high intensity songs...

Just 4 more weeks to go. Im absolutely in need of a lengthy vacation. Yeah, I know, its kind of a luxury problem, however Im always tired, working for 10 hours or more, always under pressure, its time to escape this for more than a weekend...

Member123
August 23rd, 2011, 04:19 PM
Kasi,
It sounds like you are doing what we call "burning the candle at both ends." Exhausting! For sure!

Makes the vacation just that much sweeter, as long as you don't sleep the first few days away.

Remember to take a few minutes in each day.... at least 15 minutes or so... to just BE... breathe.... relax your shoulders... give yourself some head rolls... close your eyes and visualize being onboard a ship!... whatever it takes to relieve the stress at some point during the day.

Did you get word from your doctor about your blood test results? I'm so hoping that you hear good news. :D:D:D

kasi1979
August 24th, 2011, 06:08 AM
Hi Pam,

thanks for your encouraging words.
ive been to my doctors this morning. All in all my blood results are ok, a few factors are rather high but not alarmingly so. We will start to reduce my blood pressure medicine as a first step and see where we will go from there :)

Right now my job is just a way of providing income, its nothing Im looking forward to. This is caused by the work load more than by the topics. When I started working for my current company, our team had 14 members, now there are only 7 left, of which two are not working on the same topics as everyone else but they brought more work with them. During vacation time or high priority projects you sometimes feel overwhelmed...

Anyways, just 3 more weeks and 6 days til our cruise :)
I took the time to envision our schedule today.
I hope you dont feel bored reading it. If its of no interest to you, just skip the rest of the message :)

Monday 19th September:
Pack your stuff, clean the house and just enjoy the positive feelings of a vacation about to start.
Tuesday 20h September:
On our way, the plane starts in the early morning via Munich to Rome, a short busride and well be onboard by early afternoon.
Wednesday 21st September
Just relax, we are at sea
Thursday 22nd September:
Greece, Creete, land of the famous minotraurus, something new to discover
Friday 23rd September
Another step in the antic world, we are at Rhodes, some sightseeing and letting the world go by.
Saturday 24th September:
Two days of sightseeing in the past, today is all about relaxing and gaining strength for the next few days
Sunday 25th September:
Israel, birthplace of christianity, we are on our way to Jerusalem, and later on the legendary Dead Sea. A lond, fascinating day.
Monday 26th September:
Haifa, another stop in Israel, where history was written. Theres so much to see that its hard to decide where we are heading...
Tuesday 27th September
Sleep in, relax, spend some time reflecting the past two days and look forward, there is more to come.
Wednesday 28th September:
Kusadasi, Turkey, a taxi takes us to the ruins of Ephesus, once a port city, now a good few kilometers from the sea you can discover an ancient town with its famous bibliotheque.
Tursday 29th September
Piraeus, Greece, we are visiting the Gods city of athens, another step in the antique world.
Friday 30th September
Lay back and relax. weve seen a lot of history these last few days.
Now is our chance to discover more of the hightlights of our vessel.
Saturday 1st october
Palermo, Sicily, we discover this largest city in the south by bus.
Sunday 2nd october:
We are in Napoli, if there is no strike going on, well be able to sightsee in Naples and maybe even the isle of capri, a fantastic cruise is coming to an end.
Monday 3rd october
Even the most fascinating cruise is going to an end. Its time to say goodbye and return home with refreshed energy. We can start to plan our next tour.

KBS1607
August 24th, 2011, 12:03 PM
If you ladies love Zumba so much, I would suggest you try and become an instructor. It is very rewarding, think about how you felt when you first started Zumba... now think about you making others feel the exact same way.

I have always wanted to do something like this but never followed through. I am going to Curves next week to find out about going to class. I think a morning class would be good. I have chronic daily headache and transformed migraine. So exercise is an issue.

Anita and Member thanks for the warm welcome. The thing I struggle with is yo-yo dieting. I have lost the same @#$@# ten pounds over and over.

Our December cruise is our first ever over Christmas. We leave the 24th. It's me, DH and DD who is 23. DH's dad is going also. He's 79 and did his first cruise in 2009 and loved it. He also met a lady friend which freaked the grandkids out. :).

Also Anita thanks for the cooking tips. I do need some really easy things to go to. Part of the problem is DH really doesn't mind eating take out although he is trying to lose weight also.

Kim in IL

dmm30
August 24th, 2011, 02:12 PM
Hi ladies and welcome Kim, you'll get loads of support from Anita and the gang here, helped me out so much on the build up to my cruise. Now we are planning 2012 so hopefully, will keep the motivation going!

Kasi, great news about your blood pressure meds, hope that goes well. Wow only a few weeks left until your cruise, it is pouring rain here just now so if anything similar in Germany I bet you can't wait! Your itinerary looks amazing, I am visualising it never mind you :D

So, went to my weigh in tonight and stayed the same. Am happy with that as I have done very little exercise. I have been sick on and off since coming back from the cruise and this last week has been awful. I have a throat infection which feels like swallowing glass so food has really been what I fancy rather than what's good for me :o. I have also eaten out ALOT in the last few weeks - that has to stop!

Pam, we have a similar box of veggies here - it costs 10 and you get a selection each week but you can't swap what you don't like. Quite exciting when it's delivered though. You have inspired me to give it a ago again as it might make me get back on the cooking!

Anyway, just a quick post as am still not 100% and in need of lots of sleep. Going to doctors tomorrow just to check the glandular fever is not back as that would be my worst nightmare. Hopefully an antibiotic should clear it quickly.

Hope you're all doing well?


I feel like I need some new recipe ideas so any would be welcome ladies.

Member123
August 24th, 2011, 08:09 PM
Donna,
So sorry that you've been feeling poorly. Sore throat... that's no fun at all. Get better soon. I think a veggie box is a great inspirational tool; we'll see. Do share what they deliver as it will be fun to see how our veggies differ. We are still in very high temperatures every day, but we're actually entering into an extremely wonderful winter garden season; in fact, we might be able to have a second season of tomatoes... if you can believe that!

Kim,
You simply can't diet. If you "diet," then you will always yo-yo. If you think about it, when you diet you're adjusting your food intake in such a way that you're reducing your calories so that your body canNOT maintain its current weight which means it's current ratio of fat and lean muscle mass. Fat is deposited on your body in one of two ways: either subcutaneous fat which is the fat that is between your skin and your muscles or visceral fat which is the fat that is all over your body, which includes encasing your organs, etc. What you SEE more of is the subcutaneous fat... maybe what you would call cellulite... and the fat that you can jiggle or grasp when you see a muffin top. The fat that you don't see... the visceral fat... is the fat that is most harmful to your body, ending up placing plaque in your blood vesssels in the form of cholestorol, etc. The goal is... to get rid of all this excess fat... to improve or at least maintain your lean muscle mass... which translates into a drop in weight on your scale.

So, you go on a rigorous eating routine... a "diet," and your body adjusts to the lowered calorie intake, and it removes the fat. And you're happy. Then, you go back to eating "normal" because you no longer need to "diet," and your body doesn't need those extra calories... and being the efficient machine that it is... it simply deposits fat onto your frame and you add weight... your scale goes up... and you're not happy.

Which is why "dieting" never works. The only thing that works is... lifestyle change(s).

The best thing to do is to evaluate your current habits. Find the things that trigger you to lose control. For example, for me, it's potato chips (actually, any form of chips). I lose control; I eat the entire bag; I eat the entire chips basket at a Mexican restaurant; I simply don't have the willpower to allow chips into my eating lifestyle. So, since I'm at a loss for willpower... I remove chips from my pantry. Chips are a trigger for me. Find those items, and don't allow them into your mouth until you're either (a) able to control yourself and/or (b) at your maintenance weight and can "afford" an off day.

Second thing to do is to find the food items within your current eating habit that could be improved, whether in the form of less fat or less sugar. Find your current calorie intake and figure out how you can shave some of that away... by analyzing your portion control (for example) and/or by eliminating something that is higher sugar for lower sugar (for example). Just shave calories, but shave them in such a way that you can FOREVER change the way that you eat that particular item.

And, of course, find exercise that you love to do. That won't raise your cortisol (stress) levels by the very thought of having to do it, but that you actually get excited about doing.

Anita will be back here soon and talk with you about Zumba and Zumba/Curves combination classes. She's having a schedule adjustment right now because school started this week and there are some changes to her schedule that she has to smooth over. So when she has a free moment, I know that she'll be back here to talk with everyone!

Kasi! Your itinerary sounds amazing! You must tell me about your ports because I've heard such fascinating things about them, and I'm seriously considering going... but I'm also a little intimidated by being an American in the Middle East. I won't lie. I've heard stories about needing armed escorts when doing shore excursions so I'd like to know if those stories are, in fact, true. Or maybe that's only for Alexandria, Egypt and not for Israel? Please let me know.

I'm heading to the Caribbean. I think I have an amazing itinerary, as well. But, I don't get to go until the 27th of October. Here's my schedule:

27th, 28th of October... fly to Boston, Massachusetts and do typical tourist sightseeing... eating clam chowder and Bostom creme pie.. and maybe lobster
29th of October... board the Jewel of the Seas
sea days until
2nd of November... St. Thomas (don't know yet what we're doing here)
3rd of November... St. Kitts; we'll be taking an island tour with 10 other peope.. so 12 of us will tour St. Kitts with a young man named Royston. We'll have a Creole beach lunch, some beach time, see all the island sights and hear the history.
4th of November... St. Lucia; we'll be on a boat tour of the island and will be able to snorkel (not me, I don't swim!)
5th of November... Barbados; we'll do a catamaran sailing.
sea day
7th of November... Curacao; another island tour and we'll be able to go to the Curacao factory and see how the liquor is made
8th of November... Aruba; another island tour by a native tour guide.
3 sea days
12th of November. Tampa, Florida (don't know yet what we'll do)
sea day
14th of November... Cozumel, Mexico; beach resort day planned.. just lazy, buffet eating, tequila drinks... sandy beaches and blue water
15th of November... Costa Maya; tour of Mayan ruins! So excited about this!
sea day
17th of November... disembarkation. Fly to Houston to visit Anita! Yeah!

I found several Zumba instructors in the Caribbean, but I couldn't get anyone from my Roll Call interested! They were going to give us a special Zumba class and everything.... :mad: ... so disappointed.

So here's hoping Donna gets healthier super fast. That Kasi's workload lightens up a bit! (Kasi.. what kind of work do you do?) That Kim remains inspired to make changes that are positive (Kim... what kind of recipes do you need help with?). Let's all pray for the people who are dealing with Hurricane Irene; she's a massive storm and so far the people of Puerto Rico are struggling and the Bahamas are getting braced. My goodness... it is all sound and fury. Everyone here... stay safe.

Anita Latte
August 24th, 2011, 11:04 PM
Good evening Ladies! Or it could be good morning by the time some read this, I suppose...:p

School started for DS on Monday...bad...Bad...BAD...UGH...The extremely short version is that DS switched classes and went into a different one today and now all is better in a world which forces children to attend the hated SCHOOL...LOL!...

SOOO much to talk about...

First...Tuna Salad...

In the states we can buy canned tuna or tuna in a vacuum sealed pouch that has much less water in it...and also comes marinated in different flavors. My DS really likes the "Herb and Garlic" tuna pouch. So for him, I usually cook a mini-penne noodle and mix the tuna in with that. And he will eat that as is. Easy peasy.

For DH and myself, I generally do one of two things:

1. Childhood Style Tuna...Same noodles, tuna, and add chopped carrots, celery, apple, red onion or green onion, and dressing. For this, I usually do a more mayo based dressing with a bit of mustard, an acid of some sort (like a tablespoon or so of red wine vinegar or lemon juice)...and not too much other flavoring. Just something to make it all less dry.

2. Thai Style Tuna...Same noodles, tuna and add chopped snow peas, shredded cabbage (you can use some prepacked cole slaw mix if you have that kind of thing in your lettuce area), green onion or red onion, cilantro, grated carrot (if not already the cole slaw mix), and sometimes minced jalapeno pepper. I'll make a Chinese style vinaigrette dressing using more olive oil and just a touch of dark sesame oil, and rice wine vinegar, maybe lime.

Generally, the Thai style salad keeps better if you dress it closer to the time of eating it. Otherwise the coleslaw/cabbage gets a bit soggy and the red cabbage (if you use some, will stain the other ingredients, which just looks bad, not necessary affects the flavor).

When making, I just add veggies in a big bowl to tuna and noodles until I like the way it looks and has the portions that I like. It's a loose recipe.

Kasi...it's great to have a vacation planned and coming quickly! Especially with work being so crazy. I was so excited to read your itinerary...I can imagine what fun you are going to have! I would LOVE to go to where you are going! It is fun to hear about your trip and definitely NOT boring! AND that's SUCH good news about reducing your blood pressure medicine!

Kim...Mom wrote what I would write! I relate to the idea...sort of...I apologize if this is repeating what I've written earlier...I write so much, it's hard to keep track! LOL...but I have been on serious DIETS exactly 3 times in my life. And each time I have achieved a measure of success...able to get myself down into 150s...the starting point for the 3 diets varied, so the weight loss varied, and the time frame we are talking about here is since 1995.

Each time I could control my food to a certain extent...I could force myself to exercise for a period of time...and always...old habits would creep back...the dreaded and hated exercise would fade away...and the weight would slowly and surely creep up and up.

This past time around...I am less than 3 weeks away from my ONE YEAR anniversary of doing Zumba!...I became serious about changing my lifestyle, so that I could stop having to go "on a diet" and instead LEARN how to MAINTAIN any weight loss I could achieve...I know that I needed better eating habits and to find some form of exercise or physical activity that I could enjoy doing.

My DH's family is all into tennis...and after we moved last summer, and it became clear that DS was interested in continuing tennis...and DH could pick his game back up...I knew that I was the one that needed to find "my tennis"...the thing that would get me active and having fun while being active. Of all the things that I've ever enjoyed doing in my life...dance has always been high on the list...taking classes helped me get it on my schedule...I had tried doing Zumba before we moved...but it just couldn't work at the time...so I looked for a class in our new area...fell in love with the one class...and I've been really consistent in going now for almost a year! Which is just amazing for me.

And there is no sign of stopping this...and I think that's what it takes. You have to find that thing that you are willing to do...if not for the rest of your life...at least long term...because the health benefits of exercise are too numerous to ignore.

If you like Zumba, then finding a class that you enjoy is really key. If you have read through this thread...then you know that instructors vary greatly and make all the difference in the world in the class...as does the typical person that attends the class. Sometimes, you can find a class with regulars, like my classes at a rec ctr, where the participants sign up for an 8-week session. OR at a gym, if you can find a rhythm where the same people are loyal to a certain time/day class or a certain instructor's class...

I have to caution you about the Curves classes and what to expect, because my Curves class is an unusual class...it is NOT Zumba in the Circuit, which is what Zumba at Curves is SUPPOSED to be. A typical Zumba class at Curves will be at intervals of one minute or two, where you keep going back and forth between the Zumba in the middle of the circuit (in the big empty space inbetween all the machines) and the next resistance machine. Half the class is on a machine, half the class is doing Zumba fitness...then there is a signal and everyone switches.

It is supposed to be a great format. It is interval training, which is great.

When I talk about my class...we push the whole circuit out of the way and just do Zumba for either 30 or 45 minutes depending on which day it is. The owner of the Curves gifts the ladies with this a couple days a week to be able to change up what they normally do. Few Curves locations do this, to my knowledge.

You can find out what the Zumba situation is at the Curves location. If you are more interested in Zumba than in the circuit, then I would have to recommend that you find a different location. Zumba at Curves is really frustrating because of the carpet flooring. It makes it very difficult to do so many different moves, that we just flat out don't do certain ones...

Use the Zumba website to find an independent class if you don't want a gym membership (Curves requires a membership, so maybe you don't care?)...some locations and instructors will let you have a free trial class...they are being taught at rec centers, community centers, apartment complexes, schools, churches, etc etc....If you are thinking about a gym...and Zumba is the main attraction...get one of those free week long passes and see if there is an instructor that thrills you to help you decide if the gym membership would be worth it.

The only thing that I will say regarding gym v. other locations is that you may find a more relaxed class outside of a gym setting...partly because the gym studios are scheduled and many times, the classes have to get in and out as there are other classes before and after...

You can tell that I am enthusiastic about this right? I hope that this is encouraging to you to go out a try some classes...

Donna...being able to maintain while eating out is VERY good! I think you are probably still trying to get back to "normal" after your vacation...and that is always hard...after all the wonderful variety you were able to experience, now it is back to the same ole and that can seem pretty unappetizing, especially when you are the one that has to cook it! LOL.

I'm in the mode of simplification...partly because I am also feeding my inlaws dinner twice a week...which is another long story, but it seems like they come and stay with us on Tuesday and Thursday nights now...which is something of a pain, because those are my teaching nights...but also NOT...because I am trying to be simple on these night anyway...

My biggest recommendation is this...IF you cook...cook a LOT...LOL...like don't just buy a small package of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and maybe think that you would cook one a night, and each a different way...especially if you are cooking for just yourself...buy the FAMILY pack and cook it ALL...or at least several meals worth...I cook chicken 3 and 4 pounds at a time on the grill...just because it is so HANDY to have cooked chicken around.

Like last night...I made chicken melts...which is basically a grilled cheese sandwich with sliced chicken breast meat in it. Had a big veggie tray and chips and salsa. DONE. Dinner. And it was yummy. And not that bad, because I use good whole wheat bread...sliced grilled chicken breast...thinly sliced cheese...and very little oil in the pan...and NO BUTTER or FAT on the bread. It's FILLING.

Chicken and green salad. Tons of possibilities.
Chicken tacos. Chicken fajitas. Chicken enchiladas.
Cold chicken sandwiches. Cold chicken salad sandwiches.
Throw cooked chicken in with ANY kind of noodle. Add veggies. ANY. Toss with great olive oil or any pre-made sauce.
Throw cooked chicken on rice with veggies. Best if you have a sauce of some sort...like a yummy Teriyaki sauce.
Take left over rice and make fried rice with chicken. The possibilities here are ENDLESS, but I have a really good one that I will share on a different day.
Chicken chili. Chicken soup. ESPECIALLY tortilla style soup! YUM!!

There is just TOO much to do with cooked chicken around! And if you are feeling really lazy...you just eat it cold. And keep eating other weird things you have around until you are full. LOL.

Donna...I hope you feel better soon.

Well...I have talked everyone's EAR off! Time to rest the fingers!

Member123
August 26th, 2011, 10:33 AM
Good morning, ladies.

DISCLAIMER:
Well! Like Kasi says, if this subject bores you... then skip my post! I find it to be fascinating, and I'm hoping that I get some very practical information as I continue to read.

So I started reading the book Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly that is written by a brain surgeon. He flatly states in this book that there is a critical link between food, brains, and appetite and that there is a connection between the increase of obesity and Alzheimer's. He doesn't just sound the alarm; he also gives information on nutritional guidance, etc. I've only gotten a few pages into the book and already he's stated that the most important hormone to weight loss is insulin. For years, I thought the most important hormone to weight loss was thyroid; but he dispels that as less significant than insulin.

I know just a bit about insulin because of its association with diabetes, blood sugar levels. I admit that I have just a basic knowledge of insulin and how it works in the body. So I'm now at the beginning of some interesting information that I will try to share with everyone.

I have one of those "apple" body types where my fat is deposited more in my belly than in my hips and thighs. I've read that that is a more "dangerous" area of body fat deposit, so that is why I became interested in this topic.

In the first part of the book, the author discussed our fat cells and their necessity for our survival. He makes an interesting point that our fat cells are there to store energy and that without them we would have to be inputting energy (aka eating) all the time; we couldn't sleep because we couldn't go that long without eating. The fat cells are a 2-way energy system; they store energy and they release energy. Insulin is the trigger that gives the signal to the fat cells that it's time to store or it's time to release.

When our body is off-kilter because of the insulin level(s), then we will store much more fat than we need; when we get fatter, we don't actually get more fat cells... we just get bigger fat cells. The author says to think of fat cells like balloons with liquid inside; the balloons just get bigger and bigger as more liquid is placed inside them and conversely shrink as liquid is released.

Veggie box came today. It was different than I expected in that it's a box that is closed up with packing tape. That's great because I was having terrible thoughts of going out there to retrieve my box and fighting off insects (I even thought of a snake! :eek:) so it was a relief to see the enclosed box! Which makes sense because I can also order eggs and grass-fed beef so I didn't know how that was going to work. Why I thought this was going to be an open-top box is just... weird...

And I have such a headache today! it's coming from some extremely tight shoulder muscles and radiating up the back of my neck. I think the weather (heat) is really getting to me. It's just been such a beater heat lately... maybe I'm a bit dehydrated. Anyway, not feeling at the peak today.... think I might just sit around and stare at walls a bit...

Looking forward to the weekend! Everyone enjoy your day...

Pam

Member123
August 26th, 2011, 08:28 PM
OK.

Basically, reading this book is a waste of time.

Except:

There was one idea that is worth considering. The ultimate end game of the author is to sell you his "miracle" weight loss supplement, so now I'm a bit irritated that I brought this book up to you ladies. But, again, there is one idea that is worth looking at...

and that is the idea about the insulin triggers. I will do more looking around and make sure that there is supporting information to this explanation about insulin controlling not only our blood sugar levels, but also our fat in/out levels within our fat cells.

The author has an intriguing illustration. He discusses the problem that we can have when we "eat like a bird and still gain weight." He has a plausible scenario where he describes the process (using the example of a person needing to burn 2,000 calories a day to maintain body weight), where you cut calories by 10% to 1800 per day and lose a bit of weight until a weight-loss plateau develops. Then cut calories to 1600 per day to restart weight loss. If poor food choices are made (that generate high insulin levels), then some of those calories will be stored as fat (because you need 1800 calories by now to maintain your weight), so only 1400 calories are actually going to be burned as energy by the body. Now, the body goes into "starvation mode" and burns only the 1400 calories, storing the 200 calories as fat. So you are in a tremendous weight loss plateau that is significantly difficult to overcome... because of food choices.

He makes the illustration of eating a high-carb breakfast with some high sugar components... think cereal, milk, glass of orange juice, banana. This type of breakfast will spike your insulin.

On the flip side. If you eat calories, with food choices, that keep your insulin levels as low as possible... then the low insulin level allows fat stores to be released as additional energy... say when you're doing Zumba (the author didn't say that btw), so the body can burn the calories eaten as energy as well as the fat store energy. Because the body is using the fat store energy, your appetite eventually decreases and since your body is burning fat stores... well, then... voila... weight loss.

So, the basic story here is to control your insulin surges. What that means is... of course... good food choices. One thing that he states is to not be "afraid" of fat. In America, there can be a direct correlation drawn between being given the information to reduce our fat ratio within our food choices and our exploding obesity epidemic.

So, there you have it.

It's really the same information. Just given with a bit more bias to making food choices that make you feel satisfied... which includes the carbohydrates that come with fiber... and fat..

For me, I was impressed with the author's credentials... being a brain surgeon and all... then became very unimpressed with the double-blind-placebo-clinical-trial for my fabulous-weight-loss-appetite-suppressant-miracle-drug. That is, of course, a weight loss supplement so "this statement has not been proven by the FDA," etc. :mad: :o :p

Day spent reading primarily worthless book... free because it came from the library, but could have actually washed my hair... waste of time

Getting to weight loss supplement chapter... <insert appropriate word here> embarassment that I brought this book to the attention of my friends on Zumba thread

Recommending Zumba? PRICELESS.

LOL.. :D:D

Hope everyone had a good Friday.

Anita Latte
August 27th, 2011, 09:44 AM
Insulin...

I think the body is too complex for anyone to find hard and fast rules...especially because people will react differently to food based on their own unique selves...

So if you do research on insulin, you will find conflicting information regarding it's role in fat loss...

Insulin is best described as a STORAGE HORMONE...it is released whenever there is a need for STORAGE...it stores fat in fat cells...glycogen in your muscles...something in the liver...it's presence reduces the breakdown of proteins (essential for rebuilding/building muscle...so that body builders actually have to be told about the dangers of injecting insulin)...because insulin is a part of the repair and rebuild metabolism...as opposed to the tear down and remove metabolism...which is why FAT is also not removed in the presence of insulin...

The presence of the STORAGE hormone prohibits the activities of the hormones that would stimulate the USE of what has been stored...that is, accessing our fat stores for an energy source when we have depleted the energy available from our most recent meal.

So here you go...all kinds of theories on how best to deal with insulin so that you can maximize accessing fat in your body...

1. Like the theory of eating several smaller meals a day...so that you can deplete the energy from your meals faster...and theoretically, go into the mode of having to access fat stores more often...because insulin levels will remain more constant because blood sugar levels remain more constant because your are eating all the time...BUT...we learn in that "Ultimate You" book that if blood sugar is never allowed to be depleted, then the hormone glucagon is not released...and we LIKE glucagon because it is the opposite of insulin and stimulates your body to access fat stores in order to replenish blood sugar levels.

2. Like the theory of never letting your blood sugar spike...eat foods that are lower on that GI scale so that you don't spike your insulin...BUT WAIT...there is now some wondering about that GI scale...there is the thought that some foods that were originally considered to be low on the scale because they measured a low blood sugar response may actually SEEM that way because they triggered such an INSTANT insulin response that the blood sugar was taken care of quickly...so actually, some lower GI scale food may be really HIGH in spiking INSULIN...and it is generally believed that eating protein with ANY carb will raise the blood sugar levels and thus raise the insulin response...

So this results in people calling carbs BAD...and influx of the low/no carb diets.

And in ANOTHER diet theory of only eating complex carbs that supposedly won't spike insulin...it is shown that ANY presence of insulin in your blood will prohibit lipolysis (fat mobilization) from fat cells (it has been shown that insulin levels during FASTING can prohibit fat burning)...so if you keep your insulin at a steady level all day long...then you are effectively prohibiting your body's ability to access its fat all day long...and studies have shown...that kind of like interval training ends up burning more calories than long, sustained high intensity cardio...SPIKING insulin with the crash that follows showed that blood fatty acid levels came back much faster...so if you let your insulin ride a roller coaster like it is meant to do, you will allow your body to fluctuate naturally from dealing with the food you eat from meals and letting your body access stored energy between meals...

BUT the side effect is greater hunger when insulin crashes, so that is a rough one for many people and why it is easier to try to follow the steady insulin diets.

Here's my take...and I am no expert...but it seems to me that give and take is the way the body functions best...like this...you get your best sleep when you have had a really good high energy output during the day...think about kids...playing at the beach all day...in the sun, moving around the sand...playing in the waves...etc etc...they are WORN OUT from all that energy...and the parents gratefully look at each other and think about the great sleep they will get that night because EVERYONE is going to crash hard to restore themselves that night...give and take...high and low...

It seems like there are some GREAT times to spike insulin...like right after working out...when you need to replenish the energy storage in your muscles (glycogen) and also rebuild your muscles (insulin prohibits protein breakdown)...Mom drinks a banana based whey protein drink after her work outs...that is a HUGE spike...BANANA? and protein makes the GI scale even higher!

Then you also get the great benefit of an insulin crash later...if you wait a bit for your meal...glucagon is released...the interval training of Zumba will cause MAJOR metabolic chaos...your body will be READY to access fat stores to deal with itself...when the meal comes...go ahead and eat a sensible, balanced meal...let your insulin spike again, just like it SHOULD after a meal...learn how to ride that roller coaster...

Food tastes way better when you are hungry...

And remember that you have your WHOLE life to eat...you don't have to cram it all in with every meal...so you can control yourself...really enjoy your food...stop when you are full...eat when you are hungry...learn how to live with your body's natural signals...it will tell you when to eat...and when to stop...

Time for me to get ready to teach my Saturday morning class!!

Member123
August 27th, 2011, 11:04 AM
Information overload.

Don't you feel that way sometimes? ABout just any subject?

As it turns out, I thought that book was going to give me some fairly important general information.... from a brain surgeon no less. But, at the very end of the book, he informs that the people he's been "studying" and working with are all morbidly obese. People who can't, literally, get off the couch due to their huge mass without having shortness of breath. I'm pretty sure that those people have gotten their body systems terribly out of whack... so I'm not sure that "studying" them is appropriate to tell the general population how the body works.

Plus, I did find out about that GI chart. As you said, it's now under some discussion as to its appropriateness. The way that foods were determined to be placed on the GI chart was... people were given food that is 100% glucose and their blood was taken every 15 minutes for 2 hours. That was the establishment of a BASE. Then, they were given a food, any food, and the blood draw was repeated. A comparison was made and the food was given a GI number. I'm no scientist... but I can definitely see the flaw in this procedure. So when I found that out, I also took the whole GI chart with a proverbial grain of salt.

Anyway, there really isn't a MAGIC formula, right? It's just good old plugging along and doing what you know you should be doing... eating well... and exercising. The only formula that works is that to lose weight you have to expend more energy than you take in... that is about the only given that we absolutely know for sure.

Which means that I should get going to my Zumba class this morning. I was a bit bummed yesterday because I didn't go to class and then I found out that the regular instructor had a substitution with an instructor that I LOVE. Miri just has the best playlist and she's beautiful and so happy, positive energy. And I missed her because of my attitude yesterday. So I'm gritting my teeth today and just getting out in that heat index and getting it done. Then I'll come back and open up the frig and figure out what to make for lunch/dinner.

I think I'm just ready for holidays or something! I keep wishing I could bake something but I don't dare turn on the oven... it's so HOT here right now. Goodness I feel a bit like whining. I simply don't want to do what I should do; I'm very disinterested in cleaning and gardening. Truth be told, I wouldn't mind sitting around all day in my PJs, eating chocolate and watching comedies... or Gordon Ramsay's The F Word show! Love that show. <sigh> Off to put on Zumba clothes.

Anita Latte
August 29th, 2011, 10:49 PM
Good evening! OR morning!

I am SO SICK of the heat!! I know that Kasi and Donna may have a hard time relating...but seriously...we had record breaking heat this past weekend. It was supposed to be 105...WITHOUT the heat index...and my DS played in a tennis tournament in that heat! It's even hotter on a tennis court with the court itself radiating heat...:eek:

My big focus right now is to get my class attendance up. I have at least one lady out of two in both classes that has friends she is trying to talk into coming to the class. They have seen the infomercial though and are scared about how hard the class will be...but I've been working to give my ladies something to pass along to their friends that will have my class information on it. I did get this done today...in a former life (it feels like), this is what I did for a living...creating marketing materials...that is my degree and I am a self-taught desktop publisher/graphic designer...it was pretty frustrating dealing with software programs that don't work in the way that the ones I used to use did...but I got it figured out.

Meanwhile...I am planning out my next songs to learn. I haven't had a chance to really look at the latest CD/DVD that I got from Zumba...I have still been loving the last one actually...

I decided to try on some formal dresses last Friday, I think...looking for something that might still work, even if I were to continue to lose weight. The sizing of clothing is enough to make you nuts...in some dresses I was easily a 10...in others a 12 was too small...I did find one dress that seemed to fit the bill. My only reservation is the color...it is a brown dress (which happens to look really great on me)...made of a stretch jersey...the size 10 was not uncomfortable and looked great...the zipper worked without issue...the little clasp at the top hooked without straining...but I think that I could look more, no problem and still have the dress look good...I guess my preference would be for the dress to be green or purple...but the brown is pretty stunning...and I could probably have fun with accessories and wear the same dress on both formal nights. It was only $49.95 in the store...here it is:

http://www.dillards.com/product/Sangria-Maxi-Dress_301_-1_301_502706440?splashlink=dd_w_tc1_dressesspecial occasion_060111

I've had some thoughts to about what kind of bling I might be able to add to the dress with my sewing skills...especially in that belt/waist area...I've seen many dresses with beadwork in that area, like this one:

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/js-boutique-cutaway-shoulder-beaded-waist-gown/2943214?origin=category&resultback=640

And if it would be worth it to do? Or just think about that for a future project? Thinking of the dress as a blank canvas...because I have to be thinking about this cruise and being ready for it, even though I am not at goal...and also how I continue to lose...

I already have shoes that would go well with this dress...and they are relatively comfortable...for heels...

Meanwhile...I have two classes tomorrow...the good news is that the ladies that like taking my classes, REALLY like taking my classes...so much so that they want to get their friends involved...so that's great...AND it seems like the rec center is going to give me an opportunity to grow my classes and let me have my small classes. OH! And someone said that they would join my class this Thursday...they had to wait until the first of the month for cash flow reasons.

Slowly but surely...meanwhile...my current favorite song that I am trying to figure out a routine to is Jogi...the female voice on the Zumba version isn't quite as abrasive as this original:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evl3_dFlJik

I also like this one...Dame (Touch Me), the Zumba version has different singers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSfMChPHdhs&feature=related

I also like this one...no puedo vivir sin ti by Artist Illegas...but you can't find it on You Tube...

AND I think this one...Por Ti Baby by Kumbia Kings

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQitZpDJmV4

ALL from the last Mega Mix...INCLUDING that Boom Boom Mama song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMqdMqfBUqk

Instead of "Da Family", the Zumba version says "Zumba Fitness!"...

Anyone have a new fav they want to share?

Zumba love to all you ladies!

kasi1979
August 30th, 2011, 05:04 PM
hi Ladies,

I finally went and bought a heartrate monitor, however Im not sure how accurate the monitored heart frequncy is...

Whats your experience?

Well, annie is still ill so we had a stand-in today doing our Zumba class. He was no drill instructor like the one we had last week, but actually a guy who seemed to love what he was doing. However it was hard to keep up with that level of energy... If my heart rate monitor got it right, I have burnt about 750 kcal during the session...

While you are experiencing a heat wave, we start to put on a pullover to prevent being cold. This morning when I left our house at 6:30 am, temperature was as low as 52 degrees fahrenheit...
We are definetly looking foward to our cruise as the Med is still having warm weather...

Anita Latte
August 30th, 2011, 10:21 PM
I totally believe that calorie burn! That's right in the neighborhood of what I would expect to see! Isn't that AWESOME!! :D

The big question is how accurate that calorie burn actually is...that's what Mom and I always wonder...BUT what you will find is that you can keep track of a level of effort. You will know if one class or another was a higher or lower calorie burn. Since you go to one instructor, I don't really know if that is very valuable or not, except to be able to know how you are feeling one day to the next. Mom goes to so many different instructors, she will actually drive to a further gym franchise location to get to take certain instructors classes if they are subbing because she knows she gets such a great calorie burn.

It's a severe heat wave...I can't get current info, but I think we have only had one day in the month of August that was below 100 for the high...UGH.

I've had 13 ladies in my evening Curves class now two weeks in a row...it's pretty cramped in that little place! But oh so fun!

Member123
August 31st, 2011, 11:21 AM
Kasi,
I'm in agreement with Anita about the calorie burn.

When you put your data into your HRM, did you have to go through a maximum heart beat exercise or did you just have to enter your birthdate? If you entered your birthdate, then the HRM will calculate your calorie burn based upon an ages old formula that takes your age into consideration. It's that 220 minus your age factor formula manipulation. If you had to go through a maximum heart rate exercise then the HRM will be more attuned to you, individually, since the calorie burn will be based upon your individual intensity level (percentage of heart rate as it relates to your maximum). Either way, you will be getting what I would consider to be a great "estimate" of your calorie burn.

I don't know if I really believe the actual calorie burn numbers that my HRM displays. My HRM is based upon a maximum heart rate test because the age calculation formula wouldn't work fo me: I had to fudge my birthdate because whenever I do Zumba my heart rate goes way above what the formula "wants" to see as the maximum heart rate; therefore, the old HRM that I had wouldn't let me be "in the zone" and wouldn't calculate anything for me. This new HRM does a calculation and it's fairly high; I can tell you that I average about 159bpm and hit a peak of about 175bpm in a 55 minute class.

As Anita said, I have Kisha, Young, Miri, Evelyn, Teddy, Kristy, Melanie, Raquel as a choice of instructor(s) in any given week. Usually, I get to have just one of these every week; in other words, in most weeks I don't have the opportunity to double up on an instructor. It's gotten to the point where I know pretty much what my calorie burn is going to be depending upon which instructor I go to.

Here are some pointers that I can tell you... if you feel like you want to increase your calorie burn (although your burn is already AWESOME :D ), because I've been able to analyze some differences in these instructors.

(1) Add arms above your head. When you're doing any of the arm movements that have you moving your arms, the higher you move them above your heart... the more your heart has to work... higher heart rate equal more effort and more calories burned.

(2) Add leg movement in between beats. This is hard for me to explain, but for example if you're moving side-to-side in a rhythm of starting with feet together.. step out with the right foot (1-count)... step back (2-count)... step out with the left foot (3-count)... step back (4-count). To the beat of the music, you could also do a step out with the right foot, step together, bounce the right foot, step out with the left foot, step together, bounce the left foot. At the same time as your kind of bouncing the foot, you're moving your hips in a type of shimmy. What I'm saying is that you're just putting your body through more movement in the routine. I've noticed that women in my classes have a tendency to "rest" on those beats... if you understand what I'm trying to say. Anita coud do a better job describing this, if she even understands what I'm trying to say.

(3) Make sure that you do your movements with emphasis and precision; especially the reverse crunches into the arm pump movements.

But, to answer your question, I usually burn from the high-700's into the mid-800's. I am always a wet rag at the end of class. Especially if an instructor is really, really good at doing a cool-down song... omg... I literally drip sweat in a very un-ladylike way. I've been thinking of getting a sweatband because I'm so tired of my hair!

I live in the American Southwest, which is literally living in a desert. We live in what they call a lush desert because we have many beautiful native desert plants, including sajuarho cactus. My understanding is that our desert is very similar to the topography of the Middle East. Right now, we're heading into a cooler week... which we're very grateful for!... where the temps should max out about 103 F. We have very low humidity so the 103 F doesn't feel too bad. It's a welcome change from the 110 F! Absolutely!

Drinking lots of water. Staying under air conditioning. And, absolutely positively NOT turning on the oven! Doing cooking in slow cooking machines, outside grilling, and quick cooks on an inside gas stove.

Had my grilling class this last Monday and loved it. We have a chef here, Bobby Flay, who is famous here like Gordon Ramsay is there. Although Gordon Ramsay is famous here, too! :D But Bobby Flay is most famous for Southwestern food flavors and lots of grilling. I had the most amazing grilled plum, gorgonzola, pine nut salad! We learned to grill meat this week: filet mignon, pork tenderloin, chicken thighs. Next week will be seafood: salmon, scallops, shrimp. Very tasty and fun.

Anita Latte
September 2nd, 2011, 11:45 PM
SO.

I don't know about YOUR household...but MY household is filled with STINKY laundry...between two boys that play tennis A LOT...and myself doing Zumba A LOT...in record setting heat...and HUMIDITY. Perhaps you don't have this problem?

Or perhaps you do? :p

It has been a struggle to feel like the clothes are really smelling good EVEN after washing...especially with all the technical fabrics used around here...but I think that I have finally landed on a process that is yielding good results. I thought I would share...

I have a "Soak" cycle on my washing machine. This is ESSENTIAL to the process, so if you DON'T, think you will need to figure out the best methodology for you to soak your clothes...

1. Using the soak cycle, add 1/2 cup of Borax (aka 20 Mule Team Borax, sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate), the correct amount of laundry detergent, AND 1 cup of vinegar. SOAK for at least 30 minutes. The way the cycle works on my machine...it fills the tub and agitates it for a short time. Then I am in control of selecting the actual wash cycle when I want to select it.

2. Turn on the wash cycle with the most agitating, cleaning cycle that your fabric can withstand.

3. Dry your clothing in the sunlight, if possible. If not, dry using your usual method.

So far, this method has been getting the funk out of the clothes...:cool:;)

Hoping for great things Saturday morning. I have stepped up my marketing efforts this week. I have also had the opportunity to talk with some people about my class. People will often indicate a desire to go, and the possibility that they will, so it will be interesting to see who shows up.

It is a holiday weekend here in the states...no work and no school on Monday. YAY!

Anita Latte
September 3rd, 2011, 09:32 AM
I've been awake for 3 hours now...

I'm helping a neighbor by watching her 17-year old dog while they are out of town. She's a sweet little girl...very calm...very loving...and in good shape health-wise for her age. It's been a long time since I have been around dogs, since I own cats...make that cat :(...and I'm not too sure about how long she can wait to go "outside." I felt like I waited a bit too long last night for the "last one." So this morning, I was feeling like I should get up early...

I'm the type of person that usually wakes up before the alarm goes off?

So I set the alarm for 5:30 am...and I woke up at 5:08 am...I waited around...fed my cat...let HIM outside...and then walked up the street...

But THAT girl was SLEEPING...and sleeping GOOD...the sweaky door did NOT disturb her...my petting her did not disturb her...and so I thought...okay...and left...I'll come back later.

My original plan was to try to sleep again for a bit...

But I ended up on the "world wide waste of time" and killed time until 7:00 am...at which time...the little girl was READY! Awake, but not desperate...and I hung out there for a short while, watching the news and keeping her company...she settled back down on her pillow and I came home to think about some serious CAFFEINE so that I can be awake and energized for my 9:30 am class!

Here I sit at 8:00 am...doing okay...thinking about a shower...which is always a bit like, huh? :confused:, take a shower BEFORE working out? But showers help to wake me up a bit...and I'm thinking that I might need that extra boost in the next 90 minutes...

ESPECIALLY if ANY of the people who are hoping to get their friends into my class this morning are actually able to bring them...

It's an interesting sort of pressure and responsibility that I am feeling this morning...

I've been successful in getting a few ladies hooked on Zumba...so much so that they are wanting to spread the love...and now THEY are relying on ME to hook their friends as well! I know what this can be like...you find something you love doing, but you would love it so much more if you had more friends there doing it with you...and so you work on them to TRY it...and finally they do...and you just HOPE to yourself that they find it as much fun as you do...you HOPE that the playlist is a good one...that those routines that you love are included...that the energy is good...that the instructor is having a good day...that the class itself is friendly and having fun and having a good attitude...

And here I am on the instructor side of that equation...

It's an odd place to be...

I pray and hope that I can do what I am supposed to do to encourage these ladies to get fit...even if it's NOT at MY Zumba class...so I've been spending my time this morning meditating on this idea...

And hoping to find that "first class" enthusiasm and way of conducting the class this morning...because as the class gets to know the routines more and more the class kind of evolves...especially in my casual setting...and I'm trying to remember that the other ladies were hooked with that "first class" way...and I'm realizing that hopefully, this will be a continuing trend...that kind of 6 degrees of separation effect...where the love of Zumba spreads down the lines of relationships...

Because I have come to realize something over the past year...(technically, I am ONE WEEK away from my ONE YEAR anniversary of doing Zumba on a regular basis)...and I have great stats to share regarding this past year...

I have gone from a size 16 (give or take) to a size 10 (give or take)...
I have lost 7 inches from my waist and all other torso like measurements...
I have lost almost 3 inches from each thigh...
I have lost over 35, almost 40, pounds...

BUT the GREATEST stat that I have is that I have is this...in the past YEAR...I can only think of ONE WEEK where I DIDN'T go to a Zumba class!

My entire outlook on exercise has changed...and it IS a part of my weekly routine...it provides the structure that keeps me moving forward toward my weight loss goals..and you ladies have been a big part of that! So a big thank you!

And like Kelly was inspirational for me...I'm hoping to be inspirational to any one that comes to MY class...because finding something for the exercise portion of the equation to achieve greater health and fitness is a HUGE hurdle for so many people...myself included...

I report back later on how this morning's class goes! I'm going to get there early to make sure the air conditioning is turned on! :rolleyes:

Anita Latte
September 3rd, 2011, 09:33 AM
Oh! High five Mom!

Are you going to Keisha this morning?

Remember...Bass Down Low!!! :D

Member123
September 3rd, 2011, 11:26 AM
What a sweet story about the 17-year old "puppy." Those old souls are very precious. What a terrific watch dog! LOL. So petting her didn't even get her attention? She must have been deep down in that REM sleep... way to go puppy! LOL.

Nope, tomorrow is Kisha. Yes, I will try to remember. I'll ask her to do the Down Low and then take notes of the choreo. Actually, I was thinking of bringing the IPOD and trying to tape the class, so I could just talk (mutter actually) as it's recording and that would be helpful for me to remember the choreo. IF I can't get her to "do" the song, then I'll talk with her (again) about choreo.

You are going to be TIRED when your adrenaline wears off! That is my prediction for this day.

So yesterday, I made an absolutely horrible mess of my kitchen. I decided that I wanted to take a pantry, refrigerator, freezer inventory... because I really want to know what kind of variety we have in our eating habits... and I've just been assuming that we have excellent choices. But I'd like to actually know what we eat. I read a stat that says "most people" (they always do that generic "all" "some" "most" don't they?!?).. have extreme spoilage when they buy fresh produce... the stat was that 25% of fresh food is thrown away!... that's a LOT. I don't do that; I know that for sure! But, I do get carried away sometimes, when the produce looks so great and I buy on an indulgence whim. Like right now, I bought a container of raspberries, and one of blueberries, and 2 of strawberries! There are only 2 of us here... so this means that we'll be having fruit in the morning and also fruit as dessert in the evening... but I can pretty much guarantee that there won't be spoilage.

Anyway, I'm trying to get a system in place for keeping track of items in the pantry, etc. I searched and searched for an app for my IPOD but couldn't find one that I thought was what I wanted. So I ended up with pieces of paper... which is totally what I DON'T want because it's way too cumbersome and time consuming to accomplish what I really want to do. So, of course, now I have the pantry "stuff" all over my kitchen island and I've created a huge mess... and since I was doing inventory and I saw all my flour... I thought what the heck and decided to make some bread! So that's in there as well....

There's a New York baker here who has perfected a no-knead bread. It's such a simple thing to do, but you do have to let it ferment for 18 hours. So, last night at 8:30pm I put it together and it's sitting there looking all bubbly and smelling yeasty this morning. It just has to sit around until about 2:00pm, or so. A really good bread. Anyone interested in this recipe?

Everyone have a great weekend!

Anita Latte
September 3rd, 2011, 02:12 PM
I have been thinking about an inventory control system for the kitchen ALSO...

And I am here to report that I went from a Saturday class of 2 to a class of 11 today!!! Woot! Woot! So much fun...5 first timers! Very hopeful that the ladies trying out the class today will enroll...one already did...and 2 more ladies are coming over from Curves.

AND I have the possibility of a new job opportunity from today too! I have to get more information about that, but it's all very exciting!

Anita Latte
September 4th, 2011, 09:31 PM
Well Ladies...I figure that it's finally time for a before and after photo. As many people do, I don't have a great before because I didn't take one...so here is a photo of DH and myself on January 17, 2009...a photo that I was rather shocked to see at the time...and here is a photo showing my new formal dress! :D

http://i431.photobucket.com/albums/qq34/misscurlyfeathertoes/Zumba/1415-2.jpg

kasi1979
September 4th, 2011, 11:54 PM
Awesome,
it looks really good,
congrats on your good work. :)

Tonight is finally a regular Zumba night and I do hope Annie is well again as all this stand-in instructors are not used to our group and either over-do it or seem to see it more as an army camp than a party...

dmm30
September 5th, 2011, 04:12 AM
Just a quick post to say.............*happy dance, happy dance* Anita. You look amazing, love the formal dress. You can see how well toned you are now and your skin/eyes look so much happier and healthier. And crikey, you definitely don't look anywhere near 40! Congratulations you!

I am on my way back to work today finally. I eventually went to doctors who told me I had laryngitis with post-viral something or other. I have been so tired but back on track today and fighting fit. House cleaning tonight then back to Zumba class tomorrow night - after 6 weeks (although did Zumba on cruise as I said). Wish me luck?!

Hope everyone else is doing Ok?

Member123
September 6th, 2011, 11:22 AM
High five, Donna!

Zumba may kick your hiney the first time back after 6 weeks! Just saying from experince. But, you'll recover very quickly and the next time won't leave you gasping for air as much... OR... you might be just fine. :D Let us know.

Fighting off infection is so tiring on the body. Glad that you're coming round the bend and feeling better. Good to hear from you!

Member123
September 7th, 2011, 11:29 AM
Debbie?

Are you here?

Worlds are colliding! Worlds are colliding!

Seriously, stop thinking about exercising and go to a Zumba class in your area. You can find one by going online to the zumba.com website and putting in your area in the search to find an instructor and where they teach a class. The search isn't very "friendly" and doesn't work some of the time. So give it the most general, rather than specific, information. For example, if I want to find someone in my area, I can't really put in my city... I go for the state and I can locate the person I'm trying to find.

So, here's the brain tease. Don't think that you're going to start exercising. Think that you're going to start dancing... or start taking Zumba. Just give it another definition.

I promise you that you'll have fun. If you like music. If you enjoy moving your body to a beat... aka cruise line dancing... or just swaying or tapping your foot when a favorite song is playing... then... I promise you that you'll enjoy Zumba.

And the benefits will just happen... sort of like magic. Sort of like wearing your color palette!... I'm not kidding!

I struggled for years with an underactive thyroid. I seriously thought that I was just going to have to live with the extra 15 to 20 lbs that had "appeared" on my body.. that I couldn't get rid of with lower food intake. I read all sorts of opinions that said "underactive thryoid decreases your metabolism by at least 10% and so, therefore, you can't get enough nutrients into your diet if you decrease your calorie intake to the level of requirement to lose the additional fat that an underactive thryoid will deposit on your body." This is NOT true.

I did some exercise. Mostly strength training. I didn't love it; but I did it.

Then Anita took me to a Zumba class. I didn't go because I wanted to go to a Zumba class. I went because I wanted Anita to go to the Zumba class. Who knew that I would end up finding something that I love to do?

Anita shared her stats with everyone. I can't really share because, believe it or not, I didn't take measurements before starting Zumba! I didn't know that I would be embarking on something that would change my body so drastically..

I can tell you this:

first Zumba class was in December, 2010. Was difficult for me to do and I had a struggle to keep my max heart rate low because I was operating with more erroneous information. Since then, I've learned that your max heart rate does NOT change with AGE and so I've been just allowing my heart to do its thing... and I usually go to Zumba between 3 and 5 times a week...

So, since December, 2010...

12 to 13 lbs weight loss
4 inches loss on my ribcage (bra size decreased from 38 to 34 band size)
2 inches loss on my waist
2-1/2 inchess loss on my hips

I've lost the muffin top from my bra. My back is smooth. I don't know what I"ve lost on my thighs.. but my pants size has gone from a Chico's 1.5 to a Chico's 0.5. My tops have gone from a Chico's 1 to a Chico's 0.

And, seriously, it was just done by going to Zumba. I didn't exercise or diet! Just ate my normal, healthy eating choices and Zumba. :D

What recipes are you looking for? Chime in here. We talk about a lot of things... you'll enjoy talking with Kasi and Donna as well as Anita.

Ladies, Debbie may join us..... we'll see....

kasi1979
September 7th, 2011, 01:45 PM
Pam,
Im absolutely amazed by all the progress Anita, Donna and you have made in these past months.
Its a bit like being the ugly duckling, watching all the beautiful swans while I myself dont make progress...
I can just hope that any day now my metabolism will kick in and Ill finally loose if not weight that at least inches. Im starting to hate my reflection...

Ok, as you can guess today is not my best day for thinking positive.
I feel like drowning in all the world and eben the magic number 7 (7 working days til we cruise) did nothing to ensure a positive outlook at the situation.
By noon my motivation to do a good job was finally blasted to hell by yet another mail from my boss telling us in quite a direct way that he is unahppy with the way we handel a project. The one project, Im supposed to be working 100 per cent of my time. Nevertheless Im also working at least 5 other topics. Well, my body is close to telling me this has to stop. So I lefgt work fairly on time today due to feeling absolutely zapped of energy, all my bones felt heavy, I started to feel queasy... You get the picture.

Im looking forward to an evening on my couch, watching some mindless tv shows and going to bed early. If Im not feeling 100 per cent tomorrow morning I think Im visiting my doctor, maybe I have a bug or something...

So please ladies, keep up the good work and post your positive results, which are a motivation.
And I hope you dont mind that some of us need to rant from time to time without making progress in the Zumba makeover.
I love Zumba, I love all the moves and the energy, but Im getting impatient as I want to see results, too...

Anita Latte
September 7th, 2011, 02:30 PM
Kasi...rant...rave...post all your frustrations...it's why we are here.

It sounds like you are in rough spot...time is lacking...energy is lacking...work is too demanding...everything sounds stressful and hectic...I really hope these projects will be completed soon so that you can get back into a more normal schedule...where you feel like there is enough time in the day to do what you need to do...and you have time and energy to do things outside work.

In this type of situation, I think you really need to focus on FOOD. Food is going to be the easiest thing you can do right now to help support your health. You need to be getting a wide range of nutrients so that your immune system can be strong even as you try to deal with stress. You need to be eating food that will give you energy...and stay away from food that will be like sludge in your system, slowing you down and making you feel more depressed.

For me, this translates into food that feels like the season...so now it would be summer food...grilled protein...salads...cold food...lots of fresh veggies and fruit...food that feels light...as opposed to heavy, cheesy, oven baked one dish kind of meals or hot soups and bread...

ALSO...you need to find an outlet for your stress...remember the fight or flight?...that stress is building up an energy source in your bloodstream that you need to let out...even if it is racing up a flight of stairs...sprinting through the parking lot to your car...running down to the mailbox...whatever...it can be a SHORT burst of HIGH energy...this should help you feel a bit less stressed physically...and will get rid of that extra energy before it turns into belly fat.

THEN...you need to do what you need to do to relax emotionally/mentally...hot bath?...read a book?...television is tempting...but it can be more stimulating than you realize...and because it is so mindless, you don't really do anything that helps your mind get into a better place...so if you could do something else...turn on some music and paint your toenails?...whatever you can do to make yourself feel pampered and like you are taking good care of yourself.

And get good SLEEP...the value of good sleep isn't talked about enough...probably because so few people get it...but it is extremely important, especially when you feel drained...I take that as a way that your body is trying to signal to you to STOP...it isn't giving you energy because it doesn't want to do anything...it wants to rest...so REST.

And this is why I say food will be really important...because as tempting as it might be to indulge in comfort foods...if those foods aren't healthful choices, then you will be feeling worse instead of better. Limit your comfort food...have a small portion of one thing that you REALLY enjoy...so if that's ice cream...eat a good dinner...leave room for dessert...measure out a single serving of your treat...and thoroughly enjoy it without guilt. Just don't over do.

I hope that things get better, Kasi, meanwhile, we are here for you! Cyber hugs!

aoknkentucky
September 7th, 2011, 03:34 PM
Debbie?

Are you here?

Worlds are colliding! Worlds are colliding!

Seriously, stop thinking about exercising and go to a Zumba class in your area. You can find one by going online to the zumba.com website and putting in your area in the search to find an instructor and where they teach a class. The search isn't very "friendly" and doesn't work some of the time. So give it the most general, rather than specific, information. For example, if I want to find someone in my area, I can't really put in my city... I go for the state and I can locate the person I'm trying to find.

So, here's the brain tease. Don't think that you're going to start exercising. Think that you're going to start dancing... or start taking Zumba. Just give it another definition.

I promise you that you'll have fun. If you like music. If you enjoy moving your body to a beat... aka cruise line dancing... or just swaying or tapping your foot when a favorite song is playing... then... I promise you that you'll enjoy Zumba.

And the benefits will just happen... sort of like magic. Sort of like wearing your color palette!... I'm not kidding!

I struggled for years with an underactive thyroid. I seriously thought that I was just going to have to live with the extra 15 to 20 lbs that had "appeared" on my body.. that I couldn't get rid of with lower food intake. I read all sorts of opinions that said "underactive thryoid decreases your metabolism by at least 10% and so, therefore, you can't get enough nutrients into your diet if you decrease your calorie intake to the level of requirement to lose the additional fat that an underactive thryoid will deposit on your body." This is NOT true.

I did some exercise. Mostly strength training. I didn't love it; but I did it.

Then Anita took me to a Zumba class. I didn't go because I wanted to go to a Zumba class. I went because I wanted Anita to go to the Zumba class. Who knew that I would end up finding something that I love to do?

Anita shared her stats with everyone. I can't really share because, believe it or not, I didn't take measurements before starting Zumba! I didn't know that I would be embarking on something that would change my body so drastically..

I can tell you this:

first Zumba class was in December, 2010. Was difficult for me to do and I had a struggle to keep my max heart rate low because I was operating with more erroneous information. Since then, I've learned that your max heart rate does NOT change with AGE and so I've been just allowing my heart to do its thing... and I usually go to Zumba between 3 and 5 times a week...

So, since December, 2010...

12 to 13 lbs weight loss
4 inches loss on my ribcage (bra size decreased from 38 to 34 band size)
2 inches loss on my waist
2-1/2 inchess loss on my hips

I've lost the muffin top from my bra. My back is smooth. I don't know what I"ve lost on my thighs.. but my pants size has gone from a Chico's 1.5 to a Chico's 0.5. My tops have gone from a Chico's 1 to a Chico's 0.

And, seriously, it was just done by going to Zumba. I didn't exercise or diet! Just ate my normal, healthy eating choices and Zumba. :D

What recipes are you looking for? Chime in here. We talk about a lot of things... you'll enjoy talking with Kasi and Donna as well as Anita.

Ladies, Debbie may join us..... we'll see....

Wow, Pam. What great results! You go, girlfriend!

We have both said it, but we DO sound so much alike. I didn't measure or weigh before I started my new lifestyle either! I have a general idea and have lost 20-24 pounds. I took my measurements for the first time yesterday. LOL Well, I have that as a base now. I am a US size 16 top, size 14 waist, and size 12 hips. Yes, that's right. I look like a triangle!

I was told yesterday that our church is offering Zumba classes. I researched and found that there are 122 classes offered within 25 miles of me. I know that my home church would be the easiest for me and plan to enlist a buddy to go with me. I'll see if Mondays will work with her schedule.

Thanks for the encouragement. I'll report back. --Debbie

aoknkentucky
September 7th, 2011, 03:39 PM
If I may add another item to Anita's list, Kasi, please remember to drink lots and lots of water. Everytime I'm tense, my muscles scream at me, and my nerve endings are frayed, water is the very best medicine for my body. Maybe it's just that I get all that exercise running back and forth to the bathroom ;) Hope all is better soon. --Debbie

Anita Latte
September 7th, 2011, 04:52 PM
Debbie!

Definitely try the Zumba classes at your church! Likely you will know people and that will make it into even more of a SOCIAL thing instead of a dreaded EXERCISE thing! :D

It's really amazing how people STILL do not really understand what Zumba is. My one student has not been able to convince her lady friends that the Zumba class she goes to (MINE) is something that they can do. They have seen the infomercial and it has intimidated them somehow. They are utterly convinced that they can't keep up.

One thing I will say though...if you have been lurking along...then you know...but just to repeat. Zumba is VERY instructor dependent...music selection is entirely the taste of the instructor...there are loose guidelines that give instructors a lot of freedom of choice...

The style of the class is also the instructor...meaning...they might go for a bell curve kind of class...increasing intensity to a high point and then decreasing through the cool down/stretch...OR...interval like...with alternating high intensity and catch your breath songs...OR...heart attack Zumba...where the intensity is HIGH and SUSTAINED...

I doubt the church has heart attack Zumba...that seems much more common at an independent dance studio and/or specific instructors in a gym system (and they get the reputation)...I think TONY is Mom's heart attack Zumba instructor...

And the deal is that even heart attack Zumba can be modified...BUT...it can be difficult because the energy of the instructor and the participants and the music pushes at you to do more than you might otherwise.

The complexity of the moves with vary too...some instructors have a dance background, some have fitness...and so they will vary in how difficult the moves and combinations of moves they do are. Some instructors are very good at the KISS method and really know how to add variety without making things complicated.

The ability of the instructor to "cue" the class will vary...

Following along in a Zumba class is a lot like learning a new language...you begin to understand what it means when the instructor smacks her right leg and points forward...or points to the left or right...or makes a circle in the air...or some other kind of "sign language" to indicate a directional change, movement change which usually accompanies a change in the music...like going from the verse part of the music to the chorus.

But the ability of an instructor to help her class know how to follow along the routine will vary greatly...

So as I say in my classes...the universal first response to a first Zumba class is generally..."I was SO lost"...hopefully, immediately, followed by "It was so much fun"!

ANYWAY...my whole point in bringing this up is to say...go more than ONCE!

Usually, I hear instructors say that three times in the charm...once to get over the shock of the newness of it all...two to realize that even though you have never really heard these songs before...now that you hear them again...you kind of like these songs...and three to realize that you CAN get it all figured out enough...and that Zumba really is the most fun you can have while having to "exercise." :D

And I must rat Mom out...which she probably already did here...but she said to Dad after going to Zumba class with me in December..."My daughter is trying to kill me..." :eek::p:rolleyes:

So since you too seem to find so much in common...I just thought I'd warn you...LOL...it's clear how much she loves it now...

So, again, try more than one class...and if the instructor bugs you...try a different one.

Member123
September 7th, 2011, 06:01 PM
Kasi,

I'm so sorry.

I agree with what Debbie and Anita have said to you... EXCEPT... I have another recommendation.

I think you need to LAUGH.

I'm really serious about this. It sounds to me like you have a bit of depression. Now, I'm not talking about over-the-cliff, need-my-meds, clinical depression. I'm just talking about the little things in life that can get us down and make us feel less than happy. Things like your boss not appreciating all the hard work you're doing. Things like reading about other people's success when you're trying so hard to have some of your own... doing all the right things and not seeing the results you deserve. Things like not having your favorite pair of jeans washed and ready to wear... little things... that make us feel unhappy.

Girl, you need a HUG. And, you need to just laugh. So my recommendation is to take a look at the TV offers and see if there's a good comedy movie or comedy sitcom on tonight. If not, then get yourself off the couch and go rent a few good comedies. Let yourself laugh... and laugh out loud... and don't be surprised if your laughing makes you feel like crying... and then do that. And then come back and watch some more comedy! I'm totally serious. Because the stress levels that you have right now are just too off-the-chart.

Here's a little something to get you started: (I'm not taking credit.. I copied these from an email sent to me by a friend)...

"life" according to "ducky"

http://i55.tinypic.com/11snk79.jpg
I saw a woman wearing a sweat shirt with 'Guess' on it.
So I said 'Implants?' She hit me.

When I was young we used to go 'skinny dipping,' now I just 'chunky dunk.'

I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose fitting clothing. If I HAD any loose fitting clothing, I wouldn't have signed up in the first place!

Feel better, Kasi. We really care about you.

Anita Latte
September 7th, 2011, 06:21 PM
Mom opened the door...I agree!! You need to laugh...

I've been looking for an excuse to post this:

An elephant asked a camel, why are your breasts on your back? Well, says the camel, I think that's a strange question from somebody whose wiener is on his face.

:D

Member123
September 7th, 2011, 06:22 PM
Kasi,
One additional point.
Our bodies go through significant changes on the cellular level before the change gets expressed in a way that we can see... sometimes even feel. Before you actually get to see a weight loss or inch loss, your body has made tremendous improvement where it matters the most. What we have outside is cosmetic; what happens in the systems of our body is what determines our health. So don't be discouraged by a "seeming" lack of progress... because I promise you that your body is responding to your diet and Zumba!

Debbie,
Hi there.
Get ready to sweat! One thing that is so amazing to me is the amount of sweat that I work up in a Zumba class. It's one of the things that amazes a lot of women who come for the first time. I remember this one woman who wore a hoodie-type of coverup to class and I just told her that she needed to take that off. She said that she couldn't because she hadn't worn a sufficient tank top and... drumroll... besides, she doesn't sweat. Halfway through class, she looked at me in desperation. I told her to go ahead and take it off... who cares?... but she was too embarassed and suffered through. LOL. So don't wear a hoodie to class!

Do you have any questions? Ask them here! Love Zumba. Hate exercise. Especially cardio. Zumba amazes me because I've been going to classes since December, 2010. That's a long time for me to stick to a cardio program. And I'm not getting bored, at all. It's the first time that I actually have understood when people talk about the "endorphine high" or "runner's high" from a cardio program. I always thought those people were just kind of soft in the head. But, now I understand.

aoknkentucky
September 8th, 2011, 08:03 PM
I've finally read through the entire thread and learned several interesting ideas. Thanks for the recipes, too. I've copied several to my computer recipe file.

Anita, if I remember what I read correctly, my weight and clothes size starting out were the same as yours! I've dropped 20-24 lbs and I'm one size smaller in my waist and two sizes smaller in my hips. I was "growing' out of my 16's when I started this journey. I've done everything so far with diet alone. It is now time to move some.

I HATE exercise and I've used every excuse under the sun to avoid it. I'm not a dancer, but music is life. there are only a select few music genres that leave me cold. With everything the nice folks here have said about Zumba, I'm ready to step--literally!

--Debbie

I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions later.

Anita Latte
September 8th, 2011, 09:34 PM
I've finally read through the entire thread and learned several interesting ideas. Thanks for the recipes, too. I've copied several to my computer recipe file.

Anita, if I remember what I read correctly, my weight and clothes size starting out were the same as yours! I've dropped 20-24 lbs and I'm one size smaller in my waist and two sizes smaller in my hips. I was "growing' out of my 16's when I started this journey. I've done everything so far with diet alone. It is now time to move some.

I HATE exercise and I've used every excuse under the sun to avoid it. I'm not a dancer, but music is life. there are only a select few music genres that leave me cold. With everything the nice folks here have said about Zumba, I'm ready to step--literally!

--Debbie

I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions later.

Reading through this whole thread is a piece of work! LOL! I wish this forum would continue to allow editing of posts. I would seriously add an index to this thread.

Congratulations on your success so far! WTG!

Diet alone can make a big difference. There is a saying that says you CAN'T out train a bad diet...meaning that there isn't enough exercise in the world to completely overcome poor eating habits...so if you have been working on that, then you have been doing serious work to become more healthy and fit...BUT...YES...it's time to start moving.

And if you like music...then you should enjoy Zumba...as it is SERIOUSLY music driven...and the importance of music selection is the one of the things stressed in training. I hope that your instructor has good taste! LOL. Mom was talking about this one young lady that has some serious BAD taste in music...picking some raunchy songs...

HATING exercise is also a common thread among ZUMBA lovers. Oh I'm so excited for you!

kasi1979
September 9th, 2011, 10:29 AM
Hey ladies,

its Friday :) Just one and a half weeks til we cruise *yeah*.
Im once more missing my Zumba classes as I have an infection and this close to our vacation Im doing what my doctor tells me to.

DH is coming home tonight after a week of attending a training in Finland, which Im looking forward to, being home alone is nice for a few days but getting back together is always better ;)

Im starting to arrange everything for my cruise, washing clothes, some pants need to be cut and seemed. I have to buy sun protection. My books are already waiting to be read, books for dh are ordered. The camera equipment has to be checked, cleaned and packed. I have to make sure both suitcases stay below weight restriction... Which is a challenge in itself. Im taking way to many clothes including swimsuits, workout clothes, gala clothes etc. And DH clothes are so much bigger that they seem to weigh a ton.
It seems as though I can pack my summer clothes, the Med is still pretty warm, so we will get some sunshine at last.

take care everyone and enjoy your Zumba sessions.

aoknkentucky
September 11th, 2011, 08:53 AM
Kasi-Time's a ticking! Down to almost one week! Yea! Enjoy this last push to get things ready to go on such a fabulous adventure. For me, it's as much fun planning as the actual trip, so this would be "giddy with excitement" for me. Enjoy! Enjoy!! Enjoy!!!

Anita, I need your help. I've read the comments about shoes, floors and Zumba. The floor I will be on Monday night will not be carpet. Think school classroom floors. You know the kind of squares that need to stripped and re-waxed once or twice a year? I don't want my friend to become discouraged befor she gives this a good try, and she has feet "issues" anyway, so slick-bottomed shoes, try it in our socks, leather soled shoes. I sensed by what I read in early pages of the thread that regular tennis shoes we normally would think of to exercise in might not be the best idea? Thanks, Teach.

Anita Latte
September 11th, 2011, 10:25 AM
Debbie...our schools have carpet floors, so YAY! for no carpet!

Shoes...

You want a shoe with good LATERAL SUPPORT...because the movements of Zumba will take your footwork forward, back, and side to side...

You want a shoe with LOW TREAD...you don't want to be slipping on the floor but you don't want to be sticking to the floor...there are shoes called court shoes or dance sneakers that will have a circle in the design of the tread on the ball of the foot as in this shoe (http://www.zappos.com/ryka-transition-black-dusk-grey-firerose-pink) which is a shoe that works for me, but doesn't work for Mom.

If you have NOTHING in your closet, then I guess you will need to purchase something...but I would recommend trying to do the class with the shoes that you already own...then, after you do the class a couple times, you will have a better idea of how you wish your shoes were different and can then talk more about what you are looking for in a shoe.

Safety is the biggest issue...and having the proper shoe makes safety easier...but you can overcome less than ideal shoes by being aware of a couple things:

1. Watch the twisting motion of your feet.

Take a look at this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsSrq3HBa7A). The first move in the video is a merengue step to the song "Que Te Mueve." The video breaks it down into Easy Beats 1, 2, and 3. In your shoes, carefully, you can try out this step to see how sticky your shoes are. If your shoes are sticky, then you would not want to add the twisting motion that is described in Easy Beat 2. Keep the feet facing forward as you step side to side. You can add the arms and bend the legs, and just not add any twist.

This is what to be aware of with ANY step that is done that has an added twist. AVOID THE TWIST if your shoes are sticky.

2. Watch the dragging motion of your feet.

Continue watching that video to see the reggaeton and traveling salsa steps. During these two steps, it can be easy to glide your foot along the floor. Especially if you feel more dancy...then you don't lift your feet as much...with non-sticky shoes and a smooth floor...this is easy to do...BUT...if your shoes are sticky...if you are gliding across the floor...or trying to...you might catch a tread...and the problem here is that your foot will stop but the momentum of your body will continue...and SOMETHING will generally be hurt.

LIFT YOUR FEET. Pick them up all the way off the floor and step. Do not drag your feet.

To stay on beat, you may need to take a smaller step than others that can drag their feet along. No problem. Do that.

Once you take the class and have the opportunity to experience the floor and the steps, then you will be able to make a more informed decision on purchasing new shoes, if you need them.

So.

In the beginning. Don't twist. Lift your feet.

I will bring up two other safety issues. Your instructor SHOULD...but...well...:o...it is a license, not a certification.

1. Keep your knees soft. DO NOT lock your knees. Even if one leg is bent and the other is straight...make the straight leg SOFT.

2. Keep your toes and knees facing the same direction. Especially on that traveling salsa move, you want to make sure that your feet are both pointing in the direction that you are traveling.

And here are some general guidelines with Zumba...

Just like the video broke down the movements into the Easy Beats...you will likely have to mentally do this in class.

1. Start with the feet. Don't worry about what the arms are doing. Just focus on the feet.

2. Since we are avoiding all twisting in the beginning...add the arms when you think you have the feet well enough.

3. Once you become more familiar with the movement, add what Zumba calls "flavor" which is the twisting motions, the core movement, the "fun" of your style.

Zumba has coordinated routines. Generally, an instructor will repeat a good percentage of her playlist from week to week, so you will have the opportunity to build your knowledge of a song and the movements to the song as the week's go by. If you don't get it all the first time around...well, that NORMAL...you can increase the difficulty of the song as you become more familiar with the moves. You might progress through the Easy Beat idea as the WEEKS pass, not just through the course of one song. KWIM?

Zumba is NOT a dance class. I told my class yesterday. We are NOT a coordinated half time show, all trying to look alike as we do a routine to a song. We are a fitness class with varying needs to modify the moves to suit what OUR bodies do and don't do. So LISTEN to your body and if the instructor is doing something that is like :eek: go to a basic kind of move...whether it's a marching kind of move...or a step together kind of move...whatever...it'd be best to not just STOP...but don't feel pressure to do everything the instructor does.

I hope you have a good time!! I can't wait to hear about it.

Kasi...SO EXCITING!!! You know...I would really like to see some of pictures that you take on your cruises. I know you are into photography. I need a virtual cruise!!! So funny to hear you talking like you aren't still wearing summer clothes...it is still so HOT here...sounds like you will have such a nice break. I agree with Debbie...I would be giddy with excitement!

Member123
September 11th, 2011, 10:41 AM
Debbie,

Anita will come on here and talk about shoes if she sees this post today. Her weekends are so packed with family activities... tennis, etc... and if I remember there's some sort of special tournament or tennis involvement that GS is in today... so it might be a while before she gets onto the board.


Given that I think you're trying to get to a class tomorrow, I'll just chime in here with what I know...


What kind of feet issues are you talking about?


For me, because of the changes in direction that occur in a Zumba class... think grapevine to the left, grapevine to the right, a step squat to the left, step squat to the right, etc., I had some knee issues flair up when I tried to do Zumba in regular Asics cross-trainers. It's because of the tred on the shoe, grabbing onto the floor. When you plant your foot in a cross-trainer, that shoe is designed to give you stability and so you can't really slide your foot easily in a cross-trainer.


There is a Zumba dance move called a cumbia. This dance is, theoretically, based upon movement dances that a person would do with one foot encased in a shackle... so think that one foot is very mobile but the other foot is immobilized. Because of that, the Zumba move is something that one of Anita's instructors called a "sleepy leg," so that you step with one foot and kind of drag the other foot behind you. If you are in a cross-trainer type of shoe, you cannot drag the "sleepy leg" foot behind you; you must step with both feet. You can modify the steps to accommodate the footwear that you have on... but you have to be smart enough to do that.


The best Zumba shoes have pivot points so that when you shift the weight onto the top part of your foot... onto your toe pad... you can then change direction without sticking to the floor. Go to Zappos and take a look at Ryka Transition. Look at the image for the sole pattern so you can see what I mean by a pivot point, if I haven't explained it very well.

When I first got out of my cross trainers, I tried pure dance shoes... Capezios. These shoes were not good for me, because they allowed my foot to roll. They were an immediate relief to my knee issue that was cropping up (more about that later), but there wasn't enough lateral support in the shoe to give my ankle the stability that it needed in order not to roll on me.


So, I tried the Ryka Transitions and took them off about 15 minutes into class because the knee issue flared up again on me. Thankfully, Anita was able to observe a movement that I was doing that was causing the knee joint an undue amount of stress. After she talked with me about that, the Ryka Transition shoe has been great for me. I just had a weird type of movement that I was doing with my feet...


OK. This brings me to my point. If you continue.... WHEN you continue with Zumba, my recommendation is to look for a shoe with the pivot points and lateral stability... obviously, like the Ryka Transition. For a trial class, do NOT wear really slippery soled shoes... like leather soles or stocking feet... because the risk of injury with that idea is too great... you can pull a groin or hamstring or quad with that idea... depending upon your agility, flexibility, and energy level that you exhibit in class. So for a trial class, I would recommend wearing a cross trainer and just stepping throughout the class; in other words, purposefully planting your feet rather than doing any type of slide movement(s). There are easy modifications to make if you don't have the pivot point on your shoe. I see a lot of Nike and Asics being worn in class.


And, here's the deal... depending upon your instructor and the playlist, you might not even encounter any choreography that has a slide move in it! There are some playlists where we don't do any cumbia moves, at all.

Anita can tell you about the "theory" of Zumba... some instructors really adhere to the recommendations... others... not so much. And by that, I mean things like 70% Latin music, 30% international music... or something like that. I don't know... I shouldn't probably say anything about that since I don't really remember. Anyway, the point that I'm trying to make here is that Zumba isn't a DANCE CLASS... it's still just quite a fun way to do your cardio... increase your heart rate and burn some significant calories. So, you don't have to worry about the WAY that you are dancing... whether you are moving exactly like the instructor... etc.


One of my best instructors always starts the class with his little speech... and one of the things that he says... you aren't being judged on your rhythm or lack of rhythm... breathing is highly encouraged... having a smile on your face is highly encouraged... you are not being taught how to audition for a music video... you won't be asked to perform with the Pussycat Dolls after taking a Zumba class... the goal is to have FUN...are you ready to Zumba?!?....


Hopefully, I've helped a little bit. Keep in mind that all the discussion about shoes happens after people realize that they love Zumba and are going to classes 3x, 4x, 5x a week... I don't think that you'll have to worry about having any shoe issues when you take your first class. It's kind of a feeling of ????? about what's going on and you just aren't as high-energy in your first Zumba class as you start to become as you do more and more Zumba.

Member123
September 11th, 2011, 10:46 AM
OOps... THERE SHE IS..

I think we were typing at the same time. So, "what she said." LOL

Anita Latte
September 11th, 2011, 10:52 AM
OOps... THERE SHE IS..

I think we were typing at the same time. So, "what she said." LOL

I read what you wrote and I thought it was AWESOME that we wrote the same things! You and me...*insert Chandler fingers pointing between our eyes movement here*

I didn't know that the Rykas were working for you now?

aoknkentucky
September 11th, 2011, 02:11 PM
Thanks to the both of you. I got it. I didn't want to give my buddy the wrong info and I remembered reading about Pam's knee issues. I sure don't want to sabotage us before we we even get started.

Tennis shoes to start and no sliding. Feet and knees in the same direction during movement. I'll keep the rest of the recommendations handy WHEN I've taken enough classes that I feel the need to ante-up and splurge for the real deal shoes.

Thanks y'all, Debbie

kasi1979
September 11th, 2011, 03:02 PM
Hi Ladies,

another weekend is coming to an end, just 9 more days to go :)
We are really looking forward to seeing something ele, and as DH is away travelling for work quite some time, its nice to spend some time together.
We discussed buying soda cards and agreed to not do so. We will buy a can of coke if we really want one, but with iced water, lemonade and ice tea available as well as coffe (for dh) and tea (for both of us), I really see no need to.
What I discovered online and am really looking forward to buying onboard are scrapbooking kits. Ladies, you know by now how much I love taking photos. Well, Im not content to just store them on my harddrive but love to arange them in photobooks. I now scrapbooking is kind of big in the US, unfortunately it isnt in Germany. However I got the info that RCCL is offering Scrapbooking workshops on board where they sell special cruise themed Scrapbooking kits. Im really planning to get my hand on those, just to up my photobooks and enjoy my time reliving my cruise when I arange the pictures in a book and when I receive the printed book. Theres not much thats better then that, especially if fall and winter is right around the corner...

Anita, its unbelievable that its still summer at yours. Our summer took place on a few days in april and may, since then we had a single day here and there with sunshine and warm temps, but no heatwave or anything coming close to that. We are wearing long pants, and in the morning your doing nothing wrong in grabbing a sweatshirt or jacket when leaving home...

We are one step closer to packing our vacation stuff. All pants now have the correct length. Im off to buy everything needed from the pharmacy tomorrow and got to go to a drugstore too.
Oh, by the way, did I mention that Im no longer taking meds for high blood pressure? My doc agreed to forego these and look where we are getting without them.

Im postponing changing my eating habbits until after our cruise, however Im all set to bring my sportsgear along to go to the gym and swimming. And I hope Ill manage to go to the climbing wall. Im not going to use the icescating ring, as I cannot understand the appeal of icescating when its nice and sunny and warm outside. We get winter at home soon enough.

Anita, if you are interested Im going to make sure to post some pictures and short comments once we are back. Is there anything you are interested to know about Mariner ots?

Take care Ladies.

Anita Latte
September 13th, 2011, 10:06 AM
We are STILL in triple digit heat! Setting record highs...it is definitely still summer-like weather here. It's why I can't imagine wearing long ANYTHING...:eek: So I did a conversion calculator...we are expecting a high of 38.89 C today! Should be a record breaker.

Scrapbooking is HUGE in the states. We have entire stores dedicated to scrapbooking. Little boutique shops with specialty papers and all kinds of tools and extras. They will host scrapbooking parties...pay a flat rate fee...bring your scrapbooking project and use all the tools in the workshop for several hours for free...sometimes they include food and drinks.

Kasi! BIG HUGE congrats on stopping the high blood pressure meds!!! *happy dance* *happy dance*

Debbie! Did you go to Zumba class last night? I want to hear all about it!

Mom! Talk to you after class this morning! I gotta get going!!!!

kasi1979
September 13th, 2011, 10:26 AM
:)
the way you are writing it, I believe I have to get to the States sometime soon.
Well, maybe DH can go to Michaels when he is in Chicago and buy me some papers for scrapbooking. Hes coming to the US the week after our cruise...

Well, since you converted your temps, Im doing the same for ours. Its 65 degrees fahrenheit today. So breaking a sweat seems pretty unlikely.

I have a stack of books to take with me on our cruise, and am getting everything else ready. A week from today well be onboard *yeah*

I wont get back into my workout routine til we leave but I hope Ill manage to attend 2 or 3 Zumba classes. And next week, Ill go swimming and I plan on going to the gym on seadays. Hopefully DH will join me for one workout or another.

Ok, I gotta get going, my kitchen is not going to tidy itself ;)

take care.

Member123
September 13th, 2011, 10:53 AM
Kasi,
Mariner of the Seas is a newer ship to Voyager of the Seas.

I was on Voyager earlier this year. It seems like forever ago! But, I can tell you that the very slight changes that were made between the two ships will make you feel at home at the same time that it will make you feel like you've entered the lap of luxury.

You will love the gym. And the jogging track on the top deck is just wonderful to walk/or jog around, especially in the morning or on sea days. I don't know if the Captain of the Mariner is the same while she's in the Med as when she's here in the States... but, if so, he is quite a character. You will see him roaming around and chatting with passengers. I think they do a good job of welcoming back past passengers...

You are in for a world of fun! and relaxation! What books are you bringing to read? Anita and I will be on the Mariner in just about 6 months time! Yeah! Take good care of her for us...

We are finally, finally breaking out of triple digits heat. We're at 99 F, and it feels so much better. It's still too hot to think about doing anything with high activity levels outside... heavy pruning in the garden is still just a sweat production mess. But, it just feels so much better to move around in the outside air.

Your DH will be in Chicago?!? Wish we were closer so we could welcome him to the States....

Anita Latte
September 13th, 2011, 12:39 PM
Kasi...another good store, if it's close to where your DH will be is Hobby Lobby. Check out the website:

http://shop.hobbylobby.com/scrapbooking/

It's very similar to Michaels. Also, if you look at both websites before traveling, I think there is a coupon that you can print out and take into the store that will give you 40% off the regular price of any merchandise. I think both stores have their weekly flyers with their weekly specials online. When is your DH traveling? I know that Hobby Lobby will put various scrapbooking supplies on sale for 50%. And seriously, there is SO MUCH.

There is likely to be a specialty store as well...especially in such a big metro area. I'm serious when I say that scrapbooking is BIG over here.

I'm not ready for highs in the 60s yet, but I would LOVE to be in the 80s...ahhh...I think we are about to have a big swing in the weather, if we can trust our weatherman...Chicago will be much cooler though...that is significantly north of me...and the wind coming off the lake can be quite brisk...you know Chicago is nicknamed "The Windy City?". Has he been there before?

I have been once...when I traveled there for a trade show. The boss and I ate breakfast, didn't really have time for lunch, and decided that we deserved STEAK every night we were there. We went to Ruth's Chris, to Harry Carry's Steak house, and some other one I can't remember. We did the repeat at Harry Carry...busy place, but they will serve in the bar...and I think they sing the 7th inning stretch song every hour? I can't remember exactly but it was fun. And sitting in the bar, we didn't have to wait...which worked for our tired selves.

Mom...can't BELIEVE you are going to be COOLER than me today!

Debbie...where are you?

Donna...how are you doing?

Hope all is well!

kasi1979
September 13th, 2011, 03:40 PM
Anita,

thanks for the link, however I doubt that DH will find the time to do that much shopping for me ;)
I just had a look at the webpage, and it seems as though we should take another caribcean cruise or maybe alaska, just to go shopping :)

Its DH first business trip to the US, before that hes just been to the US on vacation.
Unfortunately I cannot tack along, would have loved a few days i Chicago.

Weve been to Toronto once, years ago, in february, with temp way below zero degrees celsius and lots of snow, it was a fun time and we just got a taste of what is available...

Pam, I bought a wide variety of books, a novel staring in australia, some fantasy stuff, romance, all books that will hopefully be fun to read.

aoknkentucky
September 13th, 2011, 05:36 PM
Lost my nice long post, AGAIN!!!

I'm here, but leaving again. Gotta run. Chonda Pierce concert at our church (Christian lady comedian). I'll be back and will try to tell you all my impressions of my first ever Zumba class. Thanks, Debbie

Anita Latte
September 13th, 2011, 09:52 PM
OMG...Chonda Pierce is HISTERICAL!!!! I bet you are laughing HARD tonight!!!

aoknkentucky
September 14th, 2011, 12:09 PM
Lost my nice long post, AGAIN!!!

I'm here, but leaving again. Gotta run. Chonda Pierce concert at our church (Christian lady comedian). I'll be back and will try to tell you all my impressions of my first ever Zumba class. Thanks, Debbie

Okay, I'm back now and will try to post without losing my thoughts to the cyberspace gremlins! This isn't the first time this has happened to me and probably won't be the last. I think I'm going to copy everything I have worked so hard to say before I push the reply button, but sometimes I just don't. That is ALWAYS the very time I really N E E D E D to do so. I always think my previous version was a better read than my make-up post, too. You know? Like I forgot to say something I said the first time around? Anyway......

My first Zumba class was FUN. Yes, I was lost as a goose, but I had a blast. The instructor was very helpful. My friend and I told her immediately upon entering the class that we'd never attempted to do ZUMBA, and I'm sure some of the voice commands and movements were done to help the two of us. I did some marching in place and she gave some alternate moves to do if we wanted. My friend said she liked it and said she was willing to try it next Monday if I would. She's not exactly a backward person, but isn't EVER willing to put herself "out there" or be front and center. So, since she initiated talk about a return visit, I'm sure she had fun too.

Two or three things will change before my next Zumba attempt. My cross-trainers will be replaced with something that isn't as hot on my feet and I will wear different clothes. My Lands End performance capris are THICK. They feel great wearing them, but not so great to sweat in AND they hold in the heat. My t-shirt was thin enough, but anything with sleeves restricts the air circulation. I understand why our Zumba instructor had cut up her t-shirt and re-constructed it. Looks like a plan to me! If I must, I'll use one of my recent wrong color cast-offs and whittle away at it until I get it a little more air flow going. I don't mind sweating, but I was concerned that I might EXPLODE! LOL

There were five participants and one instructor for our class. One girl (late 20s?) has been in the class since it began 4-6 weeks ago. One girl was about our age (50's) and acted as if she'd been there for a few weeks, but her movements were much smaller than the instructor or the other girl. Our group was rounded out by a girl (also late 20s) that had attended for her first time the week previous.

The most frustrating thing about the class was that our instructor was on a raised platform and was easy to see, but she did the entire evening FACING us. The 50's lady and the second-time-attender were up front, my friend and I in the middle, and the one participant that seemed to know what she was doing was standing BEHIND us. It would have been so much more helpful if she had been in front of us, because we could have at least followed her movements on the floor. I was just so frustrated during the middle of the evening when movements were (to me) fast and furious and I was spending all my time trying to convert in my head left/right, turn which way? Oh yeah, that was THE WRONG WAY! It is soooo much easier for me to follow someone turned the same direction and I was looking forward to that being the way this would be done. When that didn't happen, I almost ruined it for myself by dwelling on that rather than the fun itself. I just need to have a mental make-over and I'll be ok by Monday.

I heard lots of words that I've seen here. Cumbia, Zumba cargo pants (her's were a BRIGHT PINK with black tassels), grapevine. A funny here -- the instructor told us after the first song that we'd had a good warm-up and now we'd begin. My friend said, "Warm-up? Oh boy!" I thought it was hilarious!!!!! Not that I was in any better shape, but it was still WAY FUNNY!

I tried to listen to the words of some of the songs, but other than the warm-up saying "Zumba - Zumba" over and over, I don't have a clue. The cool-down sounded like something that was inspirational to the instructor and not Zumba, but I don't know what it was. I have listened to many genres of music over the years, but what I'd consider "modern" music isn't something I've listened to recently. I've never heard a song that I consciously knew was sung by Pitbull. Heck, I don't even know if Pitbull is a him or a group or ...... My sum knowledge is that I've seen that name listed after a song on this thread ;) If I catch anything next week, I'll pass it along.

Kasi, I hope you find the perfect spot on the ship to curl up with those good books and relax away all the stress your workload is having on you. Enjoy!!

Thanks for the encouragement everyone. Yes, Chonda Pierce was AWESOME! We were her guinea pigs for new material. All 1,600 of us. She told us that her bus leaves at midnight tonight to do the first three nights of the new tour. She gives you a dose of reality and makes you think while bringing such joy and happiness into your life.

It's been a great week so far. Hugs to you all. --Debbie

Anita Latte
September 14th, 2011, 03:15 PM
Oh Debbie!! I am so glad you had such fun in your first Zumba class!!

And obviously...you worked up a sweat! Isn't it awesome?! Who knew you could work up such a sweat while having such fun? I guess we could have warned you more about wearing clothing that would breathe more BUT many people don't believe they are going to sweat as much as they do in Zumba...so it's hard to dish that advice out until someone goes and realizes that Zumba makes you WET! ;):p:D

That whole cut up tee shirt thing is what I was talking about a while back...it's this whole thing where you take a tee shirt and personalize it. I haven't really done that to any of my clothes yet...I always wear sleeveless though...I can't STAND even short sleeves...makes me crazy...my pants are capris...they aren't a wicking material, but they are thin...they are starting to bug now a bit because they keep falling down...I have heard that there are cargo capris at WalMart in the Danskin brand that some instructors like...the cool thing about wearing the cargos is that they aren't skin tight and they are really lightweight...which is all much more comfortable when you sweat.

If the room doesn't have a mirror, then the instructor MUST face the class. It can be annoying if you are trying to do the whole mental thing. The biggest encouragement that I can give you on this is...Don't worry about it. If you turn right instead of left...who cares? Doesn't matter. She should just be smacking the leg she wants you to use...or pointing...and if you just follow along without thinking about it too much...it'll be easier to follow.

It IS important to move in the right direction so that you don't crash into anyone...but as far as turning around...not really a big deal...Relax. :)

You want to be able to see the instructor's face and arm gestures so that she can cue you well...if you can't see them...then it is harder to follow along...and the moves will take you more by surprise.

Did the instructor flip? Meaning, did she EVER turn around to face the same way you were facing? Some instructors will do this. It is encouraged for parts of choreo that may be confusing to see...depending on how comfortable you are with the instructor, you could talk to her before or after class and explain when you were having the hardest time...and ask her if she would mind flipping at that time so you could get a handle on the move better.

Pitbull is a man...not a group...he is Cuban but I think he grew up in Miami. Something like that. He is a stylin' bald thinks he's hot stuff singer with major attitude...and he is totally fun to Zumba to! LOL!

Member123
September 14th, 2011, 06:11 PM
Debbie,
Let me tell you... don't try to listen to the lyrics of the music... my opinion... those lyrics are...

......

:eek:

......

WHAT?!? did I hear that right?

The music is so great to just move to, and the whole atmosphere of the class is just such fun. But, the lyrics... they usually aren't words that you end up wanting to repeat. Not all of them... but Pitbull... oh man. There was a Pitbull song that I really liked in Zumba class so I went to iTunes to look it up... let me just say that Zumba cleans up the words to the popular songs. So I learned my lesson about even thinking of adding Pitbull songs to a sing-along playlist! But I sure do love to do the choreography that they put together for Pitbull songs!

I'm glad you had fun... that's the most important thing.

I had a positive experience at my last class because of some comments directed my way by two of the class participants. I have to stop and reflect that I've been doing Zumba for about 8 months... because I took almost a month's break when we went on a vacation. That is a record breaking length of time for me to do any type of cardio. And I still look forward to my Zumba classes, for sure!

aoknkentucky
September 14th, 2011, 08:21 PM
Thanks for the tips. I have several pairs of cargos. Surely one pair will be suitable for Zumba purposes. What type material is best? I totally understand the wetness factor. TMI maybe, but I don't think they make industrial strength pantiliners do they?

I will need to do modifications to some of the moves for a while, maybe forever. I have a little permanent nerve damage in my neck and shoulder area. I am a disability-retired rural mail carrier. I tell people that I throwed my arm away like a baseball pitcher. I have two overlapping butterfly plates and six screws in my neck. My x-rays are soooo pretty! My doctor explained my three neck fusions as a bowling bowl balanced on a pencil. Raising one arm cross-body or putting my arm between my legs while doing side lunges and then looking up to see what the instructors next move will be is NOT a good move for me. I will do a lot of marching in place if necessary, but I WILL MOVE! That's the most important thing. --Debbie

Anita Latte
September 15th, 2011, 10:05 AM
Zumba Fitness brand cargos are made of nylon. They are very thin. Very lightweight. If you have cargos that are convertible (pants to shorts) and/or are made for backpacking/hiking in a brand like Columbia or similar outdoor oriented brand, then the fabric of those cargos will likely be similar. If you have cargos that are made of twill, or any other popular fashion fabric for bottoms, then these are NOT the cargos you want.

The main difference between Zumba Fitness brand cargos and others are the waistband. Zumba Fitness brand waistbands are made of swimsuit fabric. As such, they stretch when they get wet...so many cargos have belt loops and many people will wear a belt with their cargos. Typically, other cargos will have a button/snap and zipper combo at the waist. This might actually stay up better than the Zumba Fitness brand.

Another big difference will be color...with Zumba Fitness...color is abundant, and being the FIRE lady that you are!...you could have so much fun with Zumba brand apparel. The only caveat with that comes the possibility of unfortunate sweat patterns. I know that in the majority of my bottoms (I don't wear black), I look like I wet my pants at the end of class. And your right...there isn't a pantyliner in the world that can help this...LOL...although I can tell you that some instructors have TRIED all kinds of various things because they were embarrassed by their sweat patterns. Personally, I'm over it.

And the last difference are TASSELS!! Zumba brand cargos have TASSELS!! And they sway and move all around during class...it seems silly but it's totally fun to have FUN workout clothes!

Wow on the neck Debbie! For the one position, you must be talking about stretching because I can't think of a time where your hand would be down and you would be in a lunge and having to watch...most instructors get a stretch routine...meaning that they have the same stretches that they do...and they can put that routine to all different songs depending on their style...and most will try to pick some sort of "feel good" song to close the class. My current one is "Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars and "Feelin' Good" by Michael Buble.

As to the cross body arms...just got straight up and in front...I can think of several times my arms go cross body and everytime, you can move the arms straight and still do the move fine.

You WILL modify the moves forever. It is the nature of Zumba. You will forever be doing what your body wants, feels, or needs to do differently for every move you do. And this is relatively easy to do once you have a feel for what you are doing.

Like myself. I don't do high impact. No real reason except I don't like the jarring motion. It took me about one time through Keisha's jumping jacks to figure out how I was going to do jumping jacks low impact and still feel like I was in the groove of the song.

So don't think negatively about modifications.

I'm off to class! I'm sporting my camo cargos, that bright orange sports bra, and a red and orange shirt halter that says "Wild for ZUMBA" across the front...I got an orange belt on...my sneakers with bright orange laces (I replaces the boring black ones) and orange no show socks that show through the mess in my shoes. I'm sporting a necklace that I have designated as my exercise necklace...my Zumba logo earrings...and 4 rubber bracelets, 2 with jingle bells, 1 that I earned as "Zumba Queen" in Kelly's class, and 1 I bought from the Space Center that reads "Failure is Not an Option." I'm all set to go have a blast in class this morning!

You GOTTA have fun with your clothes! I just might have to take a pic of myself! LOL.

OH!! And I'm sportin' a new sexy/cute haircut...yay!!...back to chin length, which believe it or not was how short I had it cut over Memorial Day weekend...yes, that was almost 4 months ago...and my hair grew about 4 inches...:eek: It's higher in the back...she even shaved my neck a bit! :eek: That was a first...

Happy morning everyone!

aoknkentucky
September 15th, 2011, 11:06 AM
Anita, thanks for all the info. I'm sure I have a pair of nylon cargos/capris/convertibles. They may not be wild FIRE colors or have the pretty tassels like our instructor has. They are probably a nice khaki color, but they are definitely the right material.

Glad to have the confirmation about the Zumba moves too. I understand about the jumping jacks. It's nice to know that I can just figure out my modifications and then just keep doing them and not worry about trying to work my way into those uncomfortable moves later. Bouncing on the balls of my feet with energy is one thing, but jumping around is uncomfortable on the joints and any menopausal woman that I know understands that jumping is a recipe for DISASTER! I quit jumping on the trampoline with the kids SEVERAL years ago. It just got to be too embarassing.

Enjoy class today! --Debbie

kasi1979
September 16th, 2011, 02:03 AM
Ladies,
today is my last day at work before we start our vacation :)
Due to circumstances Im co-trainer at an it-training this morning. It just received the info yesterday afternoon that the original appointed co-trainer is not able to attend and if I could attend. Well, they were lucky I had no other meetings this morning.
So I just printed my documentation and am more or less on my way to our training center in the next town.

Yesterday evening, in preparation of the training today, I was checking my wardrobe, trying to decide what to wear. You know, if you are unsure of the topic you need to present you want to at least feel and look the best way possible.
I decided on tight dark blue jeans, heels (thats not my normal shoes, normally I run around in sneakers all day), and *tada* a blouse :)
I had some trouble in the last few month because all of my blouses were too tight. So when I tried some on last night, I was doing a happy dance in our bedroom because I way able to close the buttons on all my blouses *yeah*.
So its still no weight loss, however my sizes seem to change :)
And now Im heading off to the training wearing a black blouse.

See ya all later.

aoknkentucky
September 16th, 2011, 09:25 AM
Happy dance for you, Kasi!!! It is a grand and wondrous thing when clothes fit nicely. I'm sure you are smiling this morning. Happy dance for last day of work before the FUN begins. Tell us all about the cruise when you can, ok? Enjoy! --Debbie

Member123
September 16th, 2011, 10:49 AM
Kasi! :D:D:D

I just knew in my heart that this day would come. All your hard work would finally get from the inside to the outside and you would be able to see the results.

OMG. What excellent timing! Just when you needed a confidence boost... and going on vacation, relaxing, and spending some quality time with DH.. way to go, Kasi.

We'll be thinking of you on the Med. High hopes that you have a warm cruise, take beautiful photos, enjoy yourself, relax, come home in high spirits! We'll be waiting to hear all about it....

dmm30
September 16th, 2011, 01:01 PM
*happy dance* *happy dance* Kasi, well done you! It will be lovely your clothes fitting nice for your cruise. I hope you have a fantastic time, looking forward to hearing all about it when you get back too :D

Pam, Anita, Debbie - hope you're all doing well. Things completely hectic here with work and my Gran is in hospital having an operation. Still thinking of you all and fully recovered now. Will write more over the weekend.

Donna

Anita Latte
September 16th, 2011, 01:13 PM
YAY Kasi!! That is the BEST! I'm so glad you could see some results from all your hard work! I think it just takes a while for the results to show...and they don't necessarily show in the way we expect. Better fitting clothing is definitely a feel good way to see hard work pay off, and especially on a day like today! I'm so happy for you!

Have a fabulous cruise. Relax. Have fun. DON'T THINK ABOUT WORK! Thoroughly enjoy yourself and come back and tell us all about it!

Anita Latte
September 16th, 2011, 11:30 PM
I'm in celebratory mood! I officially got a new Zumba class last night. It is a corporate sponsored class. I am going to go onsite at the company in their employee building where there is a huge room for working out. I have a contract to do an 11 week session for 2 days a weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays! It's a 45 minute class that is being offered...it is under the health and wellness program for the company so it is a free class for employees.

So, YES...I will be teaching THREE classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays :eek:. I'm only slightly nervous about this. I think this is a good progression and that I can handle it...but I do feel a little apprehensive about keeping my energy high. It's exciting to me that after one class, this lady was talking to me about doing this...and now...it's a done deal!

ALSO...I got an interesting email today...a weird email that may or may not be another open door to start another class. I'm wondering exactly HOW MANY classes can I realistically teach in a week? I'm feeling like 3 in one day is enough, KWIM?

I signed up for a Jam session. These are special trainings for instructors to learn new choreography. I'm pretty excited for it! I'm feeling the need to really get some new material.

Debbie...what you are doing, spreading the word about Zumba is so great. If you populate the class with your friends, then you will be creating such a great support system for being active...the class will be that much more fun with more people and more energy...the instructor will feed off that...it will be this great cyclical thing...I'm so excited for you because if it happens...it is mirroring what has been happening in my Saturday class...and it is really a wonderful thing.

Oh. Debbie. TAKE YOUR MEASUREMENTS. I'm serious. Zumba awakens muscles that have been out of use...and you need as many different ways of detecting change as you can get...

Someone started a thread on the zumba site...describe Zumba in 5 words or less...

Well...what would YOU say...

Here's mine:

Momma got her groove back!

My weekday morning ladies were talking about how they walk around now with such better posture...and more ATTITUDE...since they started doing Zumba. I know that I certainly have.

kasi1979
September 17th, 2011, 03:38 AM
Anita,
6 classes in two days, you are amazing :)
Im skipping my Zumba classes this week, am already getting in vacation mode. Yesterday was the last day of work and now Im off to more important things such as getting my luggage ready...

I just had a look at pictures from the climbing wall on board and Im really considering giving it a try, I hope I will make it. That would be another boost for my confidence.

@Pam, do you know where the entrance to the gym is onboard Voyager class ships? Even though Ive been on Voyager ots twice, Ive never made it to the gym there...

I will definiltely report on our cruise, take some (hopefully nice) pictures and try to transfer the vacation vibe to you.

So, as we have noticed before, telling others about your workout plans makes it easier to actually do your workout, here it goes:
During my cruise I want to:
- swim in the pool at least half an hour a day
- go to the gym on sea-days
- climb the wall at least once
- take the stairs and not the elevator.

Ill report back, what I did do when we return.
Last night I printed the whole documentation, reconfirmed with the israely tour company that our exciursion will take place no matter which port in israel we dock at.
So now Im heading to the cellar to get the machine to do some washing and afterwards do some shopping for food.

Ive read the weight watchers magazine this week and stumpled upon a recipe for tomato-spinach-soup, Im really considering trying that one. It sounds easy to do, has low fat and looks delicious...

Ok, take care ladies, I will quit rambling and get to doing the household.
Cya later.

Member123
September 17th, 2011, 02:19 PM
Kasi,

Funny enough... the gym is on Deck 11, opposite the Windjammer! I just find that amusing, somehow.

The easiest entrance is to get to the gym by walking through the Solarium area. As I remember, when you go into the interior of the ship, through the sliding doors, past the elevator banks, the super wide entrance to the gym is just right there. It's where they have all the gym machines, etc. You could also get to the gym from Deck 12, but when you entered the gym you would go down some spiral stairs to get to the treadmills, elipticals, etc.

Although it's an interesting thing to get a Body Composition analysis done, because it's fun to know the numbers, don't get pulled into their sales pitch about the whole Elemis detox stuff. It's super expensive... and it's not scientifically proven that any kind of "stuff" does what they say it does in their seminars. Also, they don't really care what your numbers are... they will still try to sell you their product! The first time that I took the test was in 2006 and they told me that I had a certain amount of body weight in water... which translated to needing to do a detox to lose this water weight which was indicative of "trapped toxins" blah, blah, blah. They said that an "ideal" amount of water weight was this certain number. To get the numbers again, I had another Body Composition Test last year! I hit the "ideal number" for the water weight and I expected the person to just tell me "good job!" and send me on my way... but instead, he gave me the exact same sales pitch! Now, I can't be bothered to be polite to them and just tell them that I want the service but I'm not going to buy the product so just give me the numbers and be done. If they start talking to me, I tell them that I insisted on being polite to them and setting the ground rules and since they've violated those rules they leave me no choice but to be rude in return so I need them to stop talking....

The gym on board is very, very nice. And most of the time you will be left alone to do whatever routine you want to do. If I remember, there is a cost for a spinning class, Pilates class, Yoga class.. but a morning stretch class is complementary... but very, very early!... Of course, you can purchase personal trainer sessions, if you want. There are a bunch of seminars: some have good information but the majority are designed to get you to buy product. Just be aware and if you have the type of personality that falls for "sales" pitches, then maybe you should protect yourself and go have a drink in the Solarium Bar instead! LOL.

I'm so hoping that the weather cooperates and you have lovely days! Have fun, Kasi!

kasi1979
September 17th, 2011, 02:46 PM
Thanks Pam,
sounds as though I should be able to find the gym :)
Our stateroom is on deck 7 midship, so its the same distance to the gym as it is to more food.
I noticed during our cruise in June that its best for me to go swimming at 4 oclock in the afternoon, so that I miss the afternoon snack... One meal a day that I find has a certain pull.
I hope well meet nice people at our table for dinner. Otherwise Im not sure Ill make it to dinner in the dining room every night. We have late seating, which in the Med does not start until 9 pm, so that if you are really hungry, you are bound to have a snack in the windjammer before that time.
In June we met our table mates more often in the windjammer than in the dining room :)

Im quite lucky this weekend. DH is handling the washing, folding, ironing process, while Im sitting at the computer composing a photobook of our cruise in february, which Im determined to send to production before we leave for the airport on tuesday.
Its kind of nice to relive a cruise knowing that a few days from now youll be on another one.

Im not person to talk to for sales. Either I buy something I want to buy or all the talking will not convince me that I just have to have that product.
So they wont make any money from me on that stuff.
Its most likely that Ill spent some money on drinks, some on scrapbooking stuff and maybe a picture or two and thats it. Ive been playing with the idea of buying the picture CD that they offer, its on sale right now for 200 USD,, however DH convinced me that its unlikely Ill want that many pictures that they take with me in them... Im more the girl behind the camera, I could never be a model.

Maybe Ill join a stretching class, I did that in february and enjoyed it. Its a good thing to do while DH sleeps in. Do you know if the climbing wall comes at a cost?

Member123
September 17th, 2011, 04:13 PM
To my knowledge, the climbing wall is free. You just have to get in line, sign a waiver, receive instruction... and up you go to ring the bell. Make sure DH is there so he can capture a photo with you at the bell ringing moment!

You have a good DH! It's way more fun to play on the computer than it is to do laundry... as you can tell because I'm playing on the computer instead of getting my weekend errands run. But I've got to go because, otherwise, no dinner tonight... and I wouldn't like that one bit.

Fish tacos for this evening. So, off to get the ingredients...

kasi1979
September 17th, 2011, 04:34 PM
Weve had whole-weat pasta with a selfmade sauce,
containing minced meat, carrots, finly chopped pepper bells, and small sun-ripe, sweet tomatoes. The whole sauce got so sweet that I added some chili pepper.
Was quite yummy, but way to much.
We froze the rest of the sauce and DH ate the remaining pasta as a salad for dinner.

Anita Latte
September 18th, 2011, 04:46 PM
Kasi...what a helpful hubby you have! I generally deal with the clothes...I'm the packer too...I'm picky about the way it gets done though, so I really can't complain. I think I watched my Dad pack for too many years. I have definite ideas on how it should be done.

I hope the weather cooperates so you can enjoy swimming...and everything else of course. :)

I would definitely like to hear all about the climbing wall. I haven't felt strong enough to attempt these in the past. I think I would like to do it on our March cruise. Report please!

I bought a new song yesterday. I HAVE to come up with a routine to it. I'm thinking warm up...but I don't know. The song is "I'm Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO...the beat is AWESOME...the video is...well...it's not very tasteful...LOL...it cracked me up...the song is really clean...my favorite lines are "Girl look at that body...I work out." It's proving to be a hit on the Zumba forum so watch out for it. I just heard it playing at the football stadium on the football game...it's going to be all over the place.

http://www.vevo.com/watch/lmfao/sexy-and-i-know-it/USUV71101468

Anita Latte
September 18th, 2011, 09:09 PM
OMG...Zumba Office has just started a campaign for the Zumba Instructors. Beto (who started it all) and two other instructors that are likened to Beto's right and left hands, Gina and Tanya, are randomly finding Zumba classes using the Find a Class finder on the Zumba site and are just showing up in person to gift the instructor of the class with a free ticket to the 2012 Zumba Convention. OMG...beware ladies...a Zumba celebrity could be visiting your class! I saw a video of Beto...he walked into class after it was going on and stayed workout out with the ladies! How cool would that be?

aoknkentucky
September 19th, 2011, 07:54 PM
I'm in celebratory mood! I officially got a new Zumba class last night. It is a corporate sponsored class. I am going to go onsite at the company in their employee building where there is a huge room for working out. I have a contract to do an 11 week session for 2 days a weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays! It's a 45 minute class that is being offered...it is under the health and wellness program for the company so it is a free class for employees.

So, YES...I will be teaching THREE classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays :eek:. I'm only slightly nervous about this. I think this is a good progression and that I can handle it...but I do feel a little apprehensive about keeping my energy high. It's exciting to me that after one class, this lady was talking to me about doing this...and now...it's a done deal! Congratulations, Anita. I'll be thinking of you during your marathon days. Do you begin tomorrow? I'll send the most energetic vibes I can your way.

ALSO...I got an interesting email today...a weird email that may or may not be another open door to start another class. I'm wondering exactly HOW MANY classes can I realistically teach in a week? I'm feeling like 3 in one day is enough, KWIM?

I signed up for a Jam session. These are special trainings for instructors to learn new choreography. I'm pretty excited for it! I'm feeling the need to really get some new material.

Debbie...what you are doing, spreading the word about Zumba is so great. If you populate the class with your friends, then you will be creating such a great support system for being active...the class will be that much more fun with more people and more energy...the instructor will feed off that...it will be this great cyclical thing...I'm so excited for you because if it happens...it is mirroring what has been happening in my Saturday class...and it is really a wonderful thing. The friend and her daughter met me at the church this afternoon. Our other friend came and said that HER daughter wanted to join us also but had to work this evening. The bad news was that there was a sign canceling the class on the door. Bummer!! I sure hope everyone comes next week. I'm excited just thinking we might have so many friends in our group. So so much fun.

Oh. Debbie. TAKE YOUR MEASUREMENTS. I'm serious. Zumba awakens muscles that have been out of use...and you need as many different ways of detecting change as you can get...Took my measurements today. We'll see where this takes me. Sure could do with a little less jiggle.

Someone started a thread on the zumba site...describe Zumba in 5 words or less...

Well...what would YOU say...

Here's mine:

Momma got her groove back!

How about this: Zumba - Friends, footwork and FUN!

My weekday morning ladies were talking about how they walk around now with such better posture...and more ATTITUDE...since they started doing Zumba. I know that I certainly have.

Since I worked in the church office prior to my current position, I have been designated as contact person for Zumba class. I will call next Monday to make sure it isn't cancelled. One of the girls has a 10-12 mile drive and I don't want her discouraged before she is able to attend her first class. If everyone show up the instructor should be ecstatic! In three sessions, her class went from two people to potentially 8! I can't wait to see her face :)

Anita Latte
September 19th, 2011, 10:09 PM
Debbie...speaking from experience...since I had a class go from 2 to 11 in one week...your instructor is going to be THRILLED...and depending on her experience...maybe a little nervous! :D

I like your Zumba 5 words!

I volunteer at DS's school on Monday mornings...school is back in the swing of things so this morning was my first volunteer session. I got into a great conversation with two ladies there about Zumba...I am fairly certain that at least one of them will be coming on Saturday morning...and may sign up for Tuesdays and Saturdays. The thing is...it's more than me wanting to just get another body into my class...Zumba has done such great things for me...I know that it can do great things for others...they just have to give it a chance! I really hope the one lady comes...there is so much about life that makes getting enough physical activity difficult...and food is generally harder to do healthier...so many people aren't as healthy as they could be...some how, people have to get the ball rolling...if I can be the person to get someone's ball rolling, so to speak...I'm all over it.

It feels like you have that same heart. And the thing is that when there are so many friends in the class...when that feeling of community happens...it REALLY makes it easier to go to class...especially when the weather cools, the rain comes, and other things happen...if you can get that atmosphere of "Girls Night Out" going in the class? Well...you've won a huge battle in the war to get and stay fit with that kind of feeling.

My marathon Tuesdays and Thursdays will start October 4. I'm going to do a dry run of the drive tomorrow after my rec center class. Just to see when I would normally be able to arrive...because I will go straight from one class to the next...and there was a typo made on the email flyer...it cut 15 minutes off my time between classes...BUT...this might be okay...it means my morning classes would be done by 12 noon...and that's a nice thought. I'm going on Wednesday to actually see the facility.

dmm30
September 21st, 2011, 03:33 PM
Just back from Edinburgh, what a beautiful city it is, the sun was shining and it just looked beautiful.

Kasi have a wonderful cruise!

Back to Zumba tomorrow night - too many classes being missed :mad:

Go Debbie getting all those people to class!

Ladies, need some motivation, weight slowly creeping back up - only 1 and 1/2 pounds but no exercise in 10 days so can't blame that and don't want to start slipping :( Any advice??

Hope you're all well!

Anita Latte
September 21st, 2011, 07:19 PM
Back to Zumba tomorrow night - too many classes being missed :mad:

Go Debbie getting all those people to class!

Ladies, need some motivation, weight slowly creeping back up - only 1 and 1/2 pounds but no exercise in 10 days so can't blame that and don't want to start slipping :( Any advice??

Motivation...I'm all fired up because I have been concentrating on my wardrobe BIG TIME...trying on clothes...seeing what goes with what...LOOKING AT MYSELF in the mirror A LOT...I find that doing this is very motivation for me to continue to improve my appearance. It helps the motivation.

So, I would recommend that you spend a little time with your clothes...has your weather changed recently...are you starting to pull out your cool weather clothing? I would spend a little time with your clothes, PLAYING...maybe trying to find new outfits in the clothes you own...trying to pull together fun accessories...be sure and look at yourself A LOT...

For one, it will keep you busy and away from any kind of snacking...:rolleyes: For another, as you go through your clothing that maybe you haven't worn for a while, you may be excited that things fit better or not at all...and you need to plan for shopping. ;) And also, I find that any time I do anything that is taking care of me, I am always more motivated to continue to take care of me.

I checked out the place where my corporate classes will be...it's a HUGE room...sealed concrete floor...metal building...few windows...barnlike...HUGE...and I found out that there are AT LEAST 4 men that want to take the class!! So this has spurred me on to make sure that I have a class that will be appropriate for everyone...I don't want my ladies embarrassed doing moves with the men in the room...and I don't want the men to feel out of place...I'm feeling the need for a clean start with the class...so I'm working on a new warm up...which I've been wanting to do anyway...a VERY popular warm up song is:

Rock Party Anthem (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ6zr6kCPj8) by LMFAO

Anyone else do this one already? It's high on the charts too...so may be familiar to people who listen to this kind of music...

I also went on a little spending spree today...I realize, especially with men in my classes that I need to get britches that will STAY UP...and I need more shirts so that I can appear fresh for my almost back to back classes. A new line of Zumbawear came out this week...I really like it. Can't wait!

Anita Latte
September 21st, 2011, 08:45 PM
EXCITED!!

So like I said...I need to be sure that my playlist has the potential to be fun for both men and women...I guess technically, it should be this way...BUT...well...it's not. I do several Kelly songs still...and some of her choreography is pretty girly...;)

A big time favorite in my class is a cha cha to the song Sway (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykwoz688oF4&feature=related) by the Pussycat Dolls

Very dramatic song...hitting poses and all...and there is a slow part in the middle...all very dramatic, but the movements are so very girly...

So I need a different cha cha...and I really like to do this toward the end of class...on the cool down end...and I found one that I really like...

I Need to Know (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLVzw9wVd9o&ob=av2e) by Marc Anthony!! ahhhh...I likes it.

Member123
September 22nd, 2011, 12:46 PM
Just back from Edinburgh, what a beautiful city it is, the sun was shining and it just looked beautiful.

Kasi have a wonderful cruise!

Back to Zumba tomorrow night - too many classes being missed :mad:

Go Debbie getting all those people to class!

Ladies, need some motivation, weight slowly creeping back up - only 1 and 1/2 pounds but no exercise in 10 days so can't blame that and don't want to start slipping :( Any advice??

Hope you're all well!

Donna?!? What do you mean that you haven't exercised in 10 days, but you can't blame that for a weight creeping up? Are you saying that you just noticed the weight creep in the last day or so, and since it didn't happen immediately that you think the exercise "gap" doesn't have anything to do with it?

Now.... that's just wishful thinking!

You know that your body goes through cyclical rhythms. And you know that there's really nothing immediate that happens whenever you stop/start exercise; there's always a lag. The only thing I know that is immediate has to do with putting things into the body; i.e., higher sodium will cause an immediate weight increase that is usually taken care of after the body rids itself ot the unnecessary sodium.... hydration or dehydration will cause weight fluctuation.

But, if you've stopped an exercise program... and 10 days later you notice a weight creep... well, there's absolutely no denying that your body has been adjusting to less energy output. Takes a short while... but there you go.

Get back to your Zumba dancing. That's the best advice that I can give. Did you have a vacation situation... schedule change... that interrupted your normal routine? Is it something that you can correct? Or, do you need to find a different schedule for Zumba fitness? Because I know (just like with Kasi's delayed results) that the weight creep is, (high probability) due to the interruption of exercise.

Holidays are coming! Yummy, tasty food treats! Get prepared so that you can indulge just a wee bit, enjoy yourself, and no regrets.

I so want to visit Edinburgh. I'll put into my travel notes that now is a good time of year!

dmm30
September 22nd, 2011, 02:07 PM
LOL thanks ladies :) Pam, you really made me giggle .......... what I was saying is that had I been exercising and gained that weight, I probably would have put it down to muscle definition etc. However, seeing as I haven't been exercising, I haven't got anything to blame except over eating :o You are right, I need to get back into it, I wasn't well for a few weeks and didn't really have any energy but I just need to get back into it now.

Anita, I have been for a little shop too and bought some new work clothes - in a smaller size! I am happy to be in that size but just nervous I'll soon be back up in a 20 which wouldn't be good :eek: So, I have my gym kit out ready and will head off tomorrow afternoon as I'm having a half day.

I have also done a big food shop so am now all ready to go and get back on track. Thanks for your advice - as always!

Member123
September 22nd, 2011, 05:54 PM
Donna! Gotcha! The ever hopeful gaining muscle! Sorry, I misread your statement.

Yeah for getting back into the Zumba class. I've been having a very off week myself. I had a dpt-booster shot, and I have to say that I've been having a horrible reaction to it. My arm is terribly sore; I have a sore spot the size of a walnut within my tricep muscle; my arm is red, inflamed and hot. Plus, I feel very spacy.

So, since I can't raise my arm above my ear lobes I've missed two Zumba classes! I missed the day of my appointment, and I missed today. And I'm going to miss tomorrow because I have to go in for some blood work (routine, no big deal, but I have to fast). So, by the time Saturday rolls around, I might be gasping for air again!

High five! We can do it!

SuiteTraveler
September 23rd, 2011, 03:10 PM
Anita, where do you take Zumba classes in Texas? I belong to Lifetime Fitness - do they have them there?

Anita Latte
September 23rd, 2011, 09:14 PM
Anita, where do you take Zumba classes in Texas? I belong to Lifetime Fitness - do they have them there?

Most Lifetime Fitness locations have Zumba classes.

Currently, I am not taking any Zumba classes; I am now teaching. I teach where I used to take them, which is at a community recreation center.

If an instructor is current with their class listings, you can use the "Find a Class" area of the Zumba.com website to find a class. These listings depend on instructors keeping their listings up to date, so if you are in doubt about a class, you could just call your local Lifetime Fitness.

That's a sweet gym. We were members of Lifetime Fitness when we lived in Mid-Cities area in DFW. We went to the Colleyville location. LOVED it.

Anita Latte
September 26th, 2011, 01:04 AM
Good evening Ladies!

Oh my!

I'm all excited about my weekend.

There is a thing called a Jam that is available to ZIN (Zumba Instructor Network) members...it is a 3 hour class that is held by a Zumba Jammer, which is a position that a ZIN applied for (literally thousands do, so it is pretty special to be picked)...and it is an opportunity to go to a class to learn some new choreography. This is considered a resource to the ZIN to help them have new material for their own classes. Remember...being able to choreograph is not a requirement for being an instructor.

SO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I learned 5 new songs...6 if you count a warm up song...and I am totally PUMPED about my new songs. I could be in exclamation point heaven and go crazy trying to show how excited I am about this...but I will refrain.

I'll see if I can find the songs that I learned:

Plane to PR by Daddy Yankee (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2bMcGkW48M)(toning warm up) the choreo I learned is NOTHING like this...BUT it is the Zumba version of the song...the released version is explicit...which is a bummer...

Zoomer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMN8t-MKEts) Latest release on the latest MegaMix to the instructors! According to what is posted in the Zumba forum, this one is turning out to be a fav among instructors...I LOVE it!

La Langosta (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qckhhlxt04)...this was released 4 months ago...okay...this song gets a little rough when you just listen to it...but when you are doing your thang to it...totally fun...it means "the lobster" and basically they singers are singing about how wonderful the rear end of their girl friend is...how it is like a lobster?...and that she has an amazing body...LOL!!

Meneando La Cola (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHMosAnSabQ&feature=related)...again on the latest release...Salsa...lots of booty circles in this one!

Abusadora by Winsin & Yandel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXH2DqVOC8&ob=av2n)...reggeaton...this is the oldest song presented...you may already have heard it in a class, well, for that matter, you may have heard them all because some instructors seek out their own music well before Zumba decides to release it to their instructors. I admit this was my least favorite.

Tao Tao (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cYTfL2J8uA&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL61C1B81D9EAB23E5)...Cumbia Tex-Mex!...okay, the version referenced here is the best I could do...the Zumba version is so FUN!!...the Jammer grabbed a cowboy hat and put it on at one point...OMG...the routine was just FUN.

So.

I'm all excited. I have new songs to go with my new class that starts in 9 DAYS!!!

And here is something that I know about myself. I love to learn. And learning gets me excited. I like that is the attraction of Zumba for me.

Ok. It's late. But I wanted to share these songs. And my excitement. And say hello.

AND ON A DIFFERENT NOTE...

Here is something that came out of my Jam Session...

Shoulder Shimmy...

A shoulder shimmy is a CORE workout...believe me...you have to tighten your abs and keep them very still when you shake your shoulders back and forth. My Jammer said that people ask him, How do you shimmy?...and he says...

You have to imagine that there are spiders.

Big spiders.

And one is on the left pect (chest muscle, breast area)...

And one is on the right pect...

And you want to get them OFF...

But you can not use your hands...

So you shake your shoulders...shimmy shimmy...to get them OFF...

And a note from Kelly...

If you raise your hands to be on level with your shoulders....you will also work out all those arm muscles when you do a shoulder shimmy...

Good night everyone! Happy Monday to all!

aoknkentucky
September 26th, 2011, 11:20 PM
Anita, our group for tonight's Zumba class was 7 plus the instructor. My friends and I made 5 of the 7. Yea! I sure don't feel self conscious around all my buddies. There is a possibility that we can add another class and would be able to do Zumba twice a week. I'm getting stoked! By the time they have the second class up and running, I should be ready for more than just my once weekly class. I couldn't be happier.

I will change my outfit again for next week. I need a THINNER sleeveless top and a pair of shorts. The nylon capris looked cute, but I need less cloth.

I did modify my movements and my joints haven't locked up on me yet. Thanks for the tip last time, Anita, about doing what your body tells you. I learned that my body doesn't want my hands at shoulder level or over my head. We do shoulder shimmy movements and I can do them with my arms and hands at elbow level without pain. When everyone raises their arms, I just do things a little differently.

I don't jump either. I thought at first that I should try to do everything like the instructor. Back in the day, I could do all those moves, but pain is pain and soooo not worth knowing I'm keeping up with Zumba instructor Nicki. You let me realize that's it's ok as long as I'm moving. I'm sweating plenty without all the jumping and flailing of hands.

It was the first Zumba class for three of my friends. They all plan to come back next week. Wow! Can you tell I'm excited!?! --Debbie

Anita Latte
September 27th, 2011, 09:25 AM
Debbie, I'm so excited for you! I was thinking about you last night and hoping that your instructor was there and that all the people that were interested last time were STILL interested. Sounds like you have a great class!

You are right, when they are able to add another class, you will be ready for it. There is something addictive about Zumba and only getting your fix once a week won't cut it. Just keep listening to your body and moving how you want/need/feel like moving.

I've been talking to Mom about my spiel at the beginning of class. The welcome speech...tips for safety...reminders about just this, you don't have to move like I do, move like your body moves...I had said There's no right or wrong in Zumba, there is just safe and unsafe, so listen to your body...Mom said, There's no right or wrong in Zumba, there's right and left, but you don't have to know those because I just point in the direction we are going to move and it doesn't really matter otherwise which foot you are using. :D

PAIN in regular exercise is not worth it. I think there is a difference between extreme muscle fatigue and pain, like it can start to HURT in an achy kind of way when you start to push the limits of your muscles...but PAIN is never a good sign...and unless you are going through physical therapy, you shouldn't have pain.

I'm laughing about your clothing dilemma...Mom and I both call ourselves "wet rags" at the end of class...I've tried shorts for class but that didn't work for me, the legs would rub together with some of the moves (cumbia especially) and if the hem was in the wrong spot, the legs would creep up in the middle...I hated that...my preferred capri length is right below the knee.

I'm getting new clothes today!! My shipment should come today...I'm very excited.

I CAN tell you are excited too! It's wonderful!

aoknkentucky
September 28th, 2011, 11:56 AM
I'm laughing about your clothing dilemma...Mom and I both call ourselves "wet rags" at the end of class...I've tried shorts for class but that didn't work for me, the legs would rub together with some of the moves (cumbia especially) and if the hem was in the wrong spot, the legs would creep up in the middle...I hated that...my preferred capri length is right below the knee.

I'm getting new clothes today!! My shipment should come today...I'm very excited.

I CAN tell you are excited too! It's wonderful!

I hadn't thought about the rubbing situation. I'll take the shorts next time, but I may be back to capris too.

I know yesterday was your busy day, but have you had time to look over the clothes shipment? Any keepers? Share your thoughts?;)

--Debbie

Anita Latte
September 28th, 2011, 10:16 PM
Just a quick note here...which could be long, because you know I talk FAST and luckily...my fingers can keep up...

Anyway...I got my new Zumba clothes yesterday. I realized that I just didn't have enough Zumba brand clothing for all the classes that I teach. I got two new pairs of cargos...the new Shout Out style in the purple...the older Marvelous style in the blue...and the new black shout out leggings...I really wanted the blue shout out leggings but they were sold out in my size...ah well...my choices were partly dictated by the new instructor shirts that were available (I got one of each, a teal/black and a purple/fuschia)...the "Let Go" shirt in lime green...I also got some of the new V style bras. AND the 3-pack of head bands! How much fun is that?

For those of you that read the EARTH and FIRE threads...you could be thinking...What in the world?...I did not buy my colors...it's just really rare to get my colors in Zumbawear so I don't even try...I just go for what I think is good (like the instructor tanks) or what I can afford (my first shirts that were on clearance) and go from there. It's all colorful and fun and since I turn bright red and sweat like mad, I don't worry about it. ;)

Anyway...I had a great class last night at Curves. I learned a bit more about the program there. Here's the deal...

If anyone goes to a typical Zumba class...the class will be non-stop, the music is just a going, get your water when you can, take the breaks you need...hopefully, your instructor has some unchoreographed "intros" to the songs that will allow you a little more time in between the songs...some more casual classes will break more in between...I have with my classes before...

At Curves, Zumba is supposed to be an integral part of the circuit that is used there. IF your Curves does not integrate Zumba into the circuit but does what my classes there do...and push the circuit out of the way and just focus on Zumba for 30 minutes or more...there is supposed to be a break in between each song...this break can or cannot be a moment of silence...but the instructor is required to enforce something of a break.

This was my bad last night!! I decided that we were going to do all familiar songs with NO BREAKS...I said I am playing the music and NOT pushing pause tonight...which is normal for many of you that take Zumba elsewhere...but it was novel for these ladies...and let me tell you how proud they were of the way the did! I did it well...and it was a great test for the way I'll be running my new corporate class.

Well...it's been a really busy day...a whole lot of laundry...cleaning bathrooms, cleaning kitchens...but stuff is getting done and I am pumped about that.

Hope everyone else is doing well!

OH! I found a new cool down song...I really like it, called American Honey by Lady Antebellum. I bought the iTunes Session version which has a little bit more of an acoustic sound.

Good evening all!

Anita Latte
September 30th, 2011, 09:35 AM
Dealcatcher posted a code today for two free songs from Amazon...

Follow this link:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?t=dealcatcher&tag=dealcatcher&ie=UTF8&gcIsProcess=1&docId=1000296831

Enter this code:

FALLMP3S

I was already signed into my Amazon account, so I didn't have to sign in and I don't know when it would make you sign in. Now's your chance to get a couple free Zumba songs for at home use! (Or any ole two songs you want!;))

Hope everyone is doing well.

I'm doing ENDLESS laundry...:p

aoknkentucky
October 1st, 2011, 12:38 AM
Thanks, Anita. You're the best! --Debbie

Member123
October 1st, 2011, 05:04 PM
So, today I realized that I've been doing Zumba since the first of the year and with the big cruise break that I took in May... a total of 9 months of the year and a solid 4 months of doing Zumba at least 3x or 4x a week.

I have settled into my classes. I think I know pretty much most of the steps that the instructors will use... most of the arm movements. I've progressed to the point where I can throw a little "attitude" into my hip circles. I think I've come a long way in my confidence level in actually just being in a class.

There were several people in class this morning who are still in the throes of feeling more lost.. and also still having the joy of finding something that they LOVE to do that they can call exercise. I was reflecting that I don't feel that same intense feeling of just pure joy at finding something that I hope will be something I can stick with. I've come to the point where I know that I will stick with Zumba, and that I would miss it terribly if something happened and it was removed from my schedule. I guess I've truly settled in.

I don't know if I'll see much more change to my body. I've dropped some pounds and dropped some inches... and I feel very different. More flexible, in fact. I think I'm having even more fun in my classes because I can anticipate movement and steps and song length and class cardio build up and cool down.

Finding Zumba has been just great for me. A true positive experience. One of my instructors that I LOVED moved to Chicago; I will really miss him. All of my instructors are so different; there is no substitution. Most of my instructors are great and a few are simply awesome.

The weather has changed quite a bit. The blistering hot days aren't as frequent.. no long sleeves, yet... obviously no jackets or sweaters. But the days are getting shorter and it seems that the mood has shifted to more of a snuggle in, stay cozy type of feeling. It'll be fun to be doing Zumba in cooler weather!

Anita Latte
October 1st, 2011, 09:22 PM
First Corporate Class Next Week!

I've been pouring over my playlist and what in the world I am going to do for this 45 minute class. I finally got it figured out!

It's been a while since I've posted a playlist, so here it is:

Rain Over Me (feat. Marc Anthony) by Pitbull
Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) by Shakira
La Despedida by Daddy Yankee
La Vida Es Un Carnaval by Celia Cruz
Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire
Ari Ari [Part 2] by Bombay Rockers
Zoomer by Les Jumo
Rabiosa (feat. Pitbull) by Shakira
Stand by Me by Prince Royce
Chiquilla by Kumbia Kings
I Need to Know by Marc Anthony
American Honey (iTunes Session) by Lady Antebellum

Woot woot!

The only song on here that I haven't led in a class before is I Need to Know. This is my new cha cha because my other one (Sway) is way too girlie for a class with boys. I'm very excited!! And very glad to have this all figured out!

I think DH is going to let me lead him in a class tomorrow. It will be fun to see what happens with him trying to do Zumba moves for the first time. And should give me a good idea as to what to expect with the men in class. Fun!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Anita Latte
October 1st, 2011, 11:47 PM
Ladies...

October is the official month for Breast Cancer Awareness.

There are all kinds of events going on all over the place trying to race money for various organizations. Zumba has teamed up with the Susan B Komen foundation. There are Party in Pink events being held all over the place. Go to Zumba.com to find an event near you. Proceeds from the event will benefit Susan B Komen.

ALSO...there is a song, "Historia" by Wyclef Jean...10% of all downloads on iTunes will be donated to the Susan B Koman foundation. Zumba instructors are being encouraged to download the song and use the song as a cooldown song in their classes for the month of October. I think the idea is to promote breast cancer awareness in our Zumba classes and also create more "like" for the song so that there is the possibility of more downloads.

If you are interested in seeing more:

Beto, the founder of Zumba, doing a cool down routine to Historia:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aaCOi4z_r4

Behind the scenes in the making of Historia:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_JQH7laOas

I am undecided as to whether I will change my playlist for my corporate class. I think I will add this to my Curves classes for sure. This is noteworthy, and if any of my ladies make it to our local PIP (Party in Pink) event, they will feel ahead of the game if they know this cooldown. :)

Anita Latte
October 2nd, 2011, 05:01 PM
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Debbie...have fun in Zumba class tomorrow night. Who else goes on Mondays?

Anita Latte
October 4th, 2011, 02:47 PM
Just got home from my teaching my first back to back classes and my first corporate wellness class...OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....SO FUN!!!!

I LOVE the set up for the corporate class...LOVE it! I haven't ever taught from on a stage and facing the class. I LOVED it. The response was very positive, so I think our first class was a hit.

I've got the shakes a bit here. I think I was running on some serious adrenaline and now I'm crashing a bit. I need to get some serious replenishing of food and energy. I've been battling something that is trying to make me sick...IDK what it is...I wake up with that horrible back of throat? And stinging nose? UGH.

So I've made myself a protein smoothie full of good stuff to help me out. I've been using coconut water to make them lately. I can't really tell that I've used it in terms of taste, and I haven't really used it long enough to know if it is making a huge difference, but mentally, it makes me feel good. LOL. One serving of coconut water is supposed to have 2X+ the amount of potassium in a banana.

I've finished that now...and now I need real food.

I still teach one more class today.

It turns out that I am only going to be doing this back to back class stuff this week. Kelly has taken another job and is moving on. You know, the possibility that she would do this is one of the reasons that I decided to get licensed. AND, I'm taking over her Monday and Wednesday night time slot. I hope that the ladies that are more in this area will continue to take the classes. I know a couple will be closer to where her new location is...so I understand them following her.

So now I'll be teaching *gasp* 7 classes a week! Since I have two classes on two days, I will have two days of rest. Friday and Sunday. Not too bad. We'll see how it goes!

So exciting! Hope everyone is doing well. :)

aoknkentucky
October 4th, 2011, 04:02 PM
Just got home from my teaching my first back to back classes and my first corporate wellness class...OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....SO FUN!!!!

I LOVE the set up for the corporate class...LOVE it! I haven't ever taught from on a stage and facing the class. I LOVED it. The response was very positive, so I think our first class was a hit.

Our instructor is on a small platform facing us.

I've got the shakes a bit here. I think I was running on some serious adrenaline and now I'm crashing a bit. I need to get some serious replenishing of food and energy. I've been battling something that is trying to make me sick...IDK what it is...I wake up with that horrible back of throat? And stinging nose? UGH.

So I've made myself a protein smoothie full of good stuff to help me out. I've been using coconut water to make them lately. I can't really tell that I've used it in terms of taste, and I haven't really used it long enough to know if it is making a huge difference, but mentally, it makes me feel good. LOL. One serving of coconut water is supposed to have 2X+ the amount of potassium in a banana. I need to check into coconut water. Sounds wonderful.

It turns out that I am only going to be doing this back to back class stuff this week. Kelly has taken another job and is moving on. You know, the possibility that she would do this is one of the reasons that I decided to get licensed. AND, I'm taking over her Monday and Wednesday night time slot. I hope that the ladies that are more in this area will continue to take the classes. I know a couple will be closer to where her new location is...so I understand them following her. I know you were very fond of Kelly. Are you ok with being Instructor Anita and no longer being Student/Instructor Anita?

So now I'll be teaching *gasp* 7 classes a week! Since I have two classes on two days, I will have two days of rest. Friday and Sunday. Not too bad. We'll see how it goes! As long as you don't get too busy for us here, we'll "let" you do it. LOL We will just need to be sure to have our questions ready and waiting for your input when you are available.

So exciting! Hope everyone is doing well. :) I know you are excited and happy with your recent events. Congratulations! When you are able to help others and in turn help yourself, it is a win-win, right?

Because it is fall break here, our Zumba class last night only included four people (a co-worker, bestest buddy and her daughter and myself) plus the instructor. At least I hope we haven't run off the ladies that made up the class before we started attending.

Bestest buddy and I will be out next week, so it will be interesting to see how many will be attending the week after. We will be sightseeing in the Smoky Mountains and it usually always involves lots of walking. It won't be Zumba, but it will be exercise.

I have worked out most of the variations that I need to do when others are waving their arms at shoulder level or above. I just take it down instead of up. I move more flat-footed because I don't jump. Heck, I don't even bounce much. But I still love Zumba.

My only wish is that she'd do more than two motions in a row. The first one she does, I'm trying to get my hands and feet going in the right direction, during the second one, I'm usually starting to catch up to her motions and the beat AND THEN......... SHE CHANGES TO SOMETHING ELSE!!! It's funny in a way, because I'm either behind, or wrongly anticipating the next move. But, I still love Zumba.

Some say, "no pain-no gain." I say, "no pain is my refrain." ;)

Anita Latte
October 4th, 2011, 05:15 PM
Our instructor is on a small platform facing us.

The stage I am on is a modular type create a platform. It's very big though. And has little steps to get up to it; I think it is 3 steps high off the ground? So really high feeling. It reminded me so much of when I used to be on the worship team in church. I'm using the same skills actually. Leading as much as getting people to participate in what you are doing.

I need to check into coconut water. Sounds wonderful.

I've read in multiple places and had many recommendations. With this crazy 3-class day, I'm really counting on it.

I know you were very fond of Kelly. Are you ok with being Instructor Anita and no longer being Student/Instructor Anita?

I'm good. Summer was a time where I really went to her class inconsistently. Just one of those things. And since school has started, I haven't gone to her class. I haven't been a student in over 8-weeks now. I think it's good. I needed to have a break from Kelly and have the opportunity to find my own way. To not have the influence, to find the songs that I really liked, and to do some things a little differently.

As long as you don't get too busy for us here, we'll "let" you do it. LOL We will just need to be sure to have our questions ready and waiting for your input when you are available.

I know you are excited and happy with your recent events. Congratulations! When you are able to help others and in turn help yourself, it is a win-win, right?

It is a win-win. I tell you. I was ON HIGH after that Celanese class. It was over the top fun. I LOVE being in a room with no mirrors. I thought I would hate it...but it is wonderful. No one is distracted or held back by what they look like. I only felt that there was one person that was self conscious in the room. I could see it all over her. Even the men though, OMG, SO FUN...they had a good time! And when I was returning the key to security, I saw one of the men...he told me he had a great time in my class and would definitely keep coming!

The key to the whole thing is to have an instructor that also willing to be a bit of entertainment up on the stage...if your instructor isn't a bit outrageous with booty moves (tastefully of course ;):rolleyes:) and a bit of shoulder shimmy and what not...then it's harder for the class to let loose...KWIM? I have no problems in the spot light (surprised?) and yet, my whole goal is just that, not to be a show off but to be an encouragement...I think my All-American girl next door look really helps me in that way...it's hard to not smile when goodie-two-shoes "Sandy" does a shimmy.

Because it is fall break here, our Zumba class last night only included four people (a co-worker, bestest buddy and her daughter and myself) plus the instructor. At least I hope we haven't run off the ladies that made up the class before we started attending.

Bestest buddy and I will be out next week, so it will be interesting to see how many will be attending the week after. We will be sightseeing in the Smoky Mountains and it usually always involves lots of walking. It won't be Zumba, but it will be exercise.

I have worked out most of the variations that I need to do when others are waving their arms at shoulder level or above. I just take it down instead of up. I move more flat-footed because I don't jump. Heck, I don't even bounce much. But I still love Zumba.

My only wish is that she'd do more than two motions in a row. The first one she does, I'm trying to get my hands and feet going in the right direction, during the second one, I'm usually starting to catch up to her motions and the beat AND THEN......... SHE CHANGES TO SOMETHING ELSE!!! It's funny in a way, because I'm either behind, or wrongly anticipating the next move. But, I still love Zumba.

Some say, "no pain-no gain." I say, "no pain is my refrain." ;)

I doubt you could run them off. In my experience, people usually enjoy it when there are more people in the class...especially when they are friendly people, just there to have fun...

I'm so glad you have figured out some modifications for yourself. WTG!

Is your instructor changing before the music changes? Instructors are a funny breed. I get to read a lot on the Zumba forum...and instructors seem to be constantly worried about being boring...and they don't understand that simple doesn't necessarily mean boring...BUT with that worry...she has probably put together some combinations for the different parts of the songs. They relate in a way that an instructor or dancer sees, coming from that viewpoint...but yes, it can be frustrating when you are trying to learn to have the move change suddenly. Just keep after it!

Anita Latte
October 9th, 2011, 12:29 PM
Hello to everyone!

Kasi...I hope you have had a lovely vacation. I'd have to read through the thread to try to figure out your exact dates, but I'm imagining that if you aren't already home, you will be soon. Let us know where you post any photos from your vaca as soon as you do...I'd love a virtual vacation and especially with your ports of call...I'd be so interested in your photos!

Donna...hope you have been feeling better and getting back into your routine. New clothes can be very motivating...don't keep a big safety net around. I think it is too easy to slip if you keep those bigger sizes in your closet...you think to yourself that the consequences of gaining back a couple pounds wouldn't be too bad since you have the clothes for it...so clean out the majority of what doesn't fit...only keep what you really have to as you replenish your wardrobe (I understand about expense, but you know what I'm saying?).

Debbie...I hope your camping weekend is fun. I think it's great that you get away on a regular basis. Do you own a cabin or something? Or do you have an RV or 5th wheel? Or do you camp in a tent? I love camping, so I'm curious as to what you mean when you say you go camping. This is the Monday that you miss class right?

Kim...I know you aren't doing Zumba, but you do Pilates? Do you take a class? Or are you one of those disciplined people that can do it at home?

Mom...I hope you can get into a class this week! I totally understand skipping the freebie day...it would just be chaos, and your classes are big enough, you don't really NEED to have to deal with all those extra people.

I'm in a very good mood this morning. Can you tell? Why, you ask?

Because I got on the scale this morning and I read the big 160!!! Or should I say LOW of 160! woot woot!! I am almost in the 150s!!! do dah do dah...

So the last time that I was working out and on a quest to be fit...back in 2006...I hit a low of 155, but maintained at 158 for about 3 or 4 months. Then the holidays began and all my hard work vanished because I had moved, lost my routine, and didn't get a new one. I was no longer exercising and started eating holiday food in abundance.

I'm so excited this morning because I see the future ahead and I see the ability to maintain any weight loss achieved. I think the recent increase in activity...especially the 3 classes in one day...served to be a great shock to the system and may have helped me to finally break through where I have been maintaining lately.

I hereby call a roll call check...what is your current schedule? If you don't have one...make one up...one that you can achieve...one that you WILL do...we will cheer each other on...

Here's mine:

Monday 6-7 pm
Tuesday 11:30-12:15; 5:30-6:15 pm
Wednesday 6-7 pm
Thursday 11:30-12:15; 5:30-6:00 pm
Saturday 9:30-10:30 am

My rest days are Friday and Sunday. In theory, I really love this schedule. I think it is doable. The days I have two classes, the two classes are under one hour...and the last class of the week on the double days is only 30 minutes.

My concern these days is focusing on food. I admit that we were eating out too much AGAIN. :o:( Last week though, I was worried about my energy level, knowing that I needed to be well fueled for the task at hand, so we did much better.

Here's the deal...and I think I've talked about this before. When you get in a habit of eating out, it seems easy enough to do. BUT...when you get in the habit of eating in, you realize that eating out is a PITA!! For my family, the key is to cook A LOT whenever you cook. Leftovers are ESSENTIAL. You need them for easy dinners and easy lunches. You have to do it in proportion to what you can eat for your size household...but seriously...if you are going to cook and have to clean up that mess...make it worth your while to have done so.

Soup season is upon us...as I sit, I am watching the lovely RAIN pour down...FINALLY...no tennis today. We will be holed up watching football and playing on computers today. I LOVE soup and have many different recipes. Here's what I made last week:

http://fortunavirilis.blogspot.com/2009/11/lentil-sausage-and-spinach-soup-recipe.html

This recipe is a one half recipe of the original in the cookbook. I like to use a turkey or chicken sausage. I also like them on the spicy side.

I have also used KALE in place of the spinach and I admit that I like that better if I know that I am going to be using leftovers. Baby spinach is easy (because it is usually sold prewashed and ready to eat, even though we read you are supposed to wash it again anyway...) BUT because the baby spinach is so tender, it doesn't hold up as well for leftovers. Use thicker older spinach leaves for leftovers...or use any other more hearty green...I like kale, chollards, etc. The thicker greens also add a bit more bite to the soup.

This is a hearty one dish meal. Bread is a traditional side with soup, but if you want a different carb...try some baked yams or sweet potatoes. Mom has the best way to cook those. Please share Mom, because I forgot how high to set the oven for at first. And I have yams that I want to cook today. :)

If anyone else had a great idea for a side with soup, please share. Soup is easy to cook in bulk and eat for lunches and easy dinners...but sometimes I am at a loss for a good side dish, especially in the winter. Green salads are good too, but anything else?

Hope everyone is doing well!

Anita Latte
October 9th, 2011, 01:52 PM
Just wanted to share my new FAV!! I do salsa to this tune from the soundtrack to the movie "Rio" which I just saw for the first time last week:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oy8QNWSZVY

LOVE IT! You'll be singing it all day...

Member123
October 9th, 2011, 02:10 PM
... are so easy.

Wash the yams thoroughly. Prick the skins to allow for steam to escape, otherwise they can explode in the oven. Rub the skins with olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt. Wrap in foil. Place in 375 oven for about 40 mins. Turn off oven but leave yams in. When you can safely handle the foil, grab from oven. They will be perfectly cooked. Yummy, yummy, yummy.

Let's see. My schedule that I usually do:

Tuesday morning: 10:00am - 11:00am and depending upon the instructor that is scheduled
Tuesday evening: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

I do two on Tuesday because there are no classes scheduled on Wednesday.

Thursday moning: 9:15am - 10:15am
maybe... Thursday evening: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Friday morning: 9:30am - 10:30am
Saturday morning: 9:15am - 10:15am

Sunday morning: 8:30am - 9:30am; this is a maybe.

I already shared with Anita my incredible weight gain on a recent road trip. I will go ahead and share with everyone here because of the idea of eating out and how it can be absolutely easy to slip into a weight gain because of it.

Here's my saga. When we left the house on Monday morning, weight 141.8


Monday breakfast: oatmeal, latte (beginning of the trip: meal at home)
Monday lunch: Famous Dave's combo platter of ribs & brisket, corn muffin, 1/2 ear of corn, potato salad, tea
Monday dinner: popcorn, chips/salsa, white wine (still full from lunch)


Tuesday breakfast: pancake, 2 eggs, bacon, coffee with cream
Tuesday lunch: BLT on sourdough bread, chili with cheese & onions, tea
Tuesday dinner: PF Chang's. Special: egg flower soup, lettuce wraps, beef with broccoli, honey chicken, brown rice, tangerine tea, glass of wine at Embassy


Wednesday breakfast: pancakes, sausage, coffee with cream
Wednesday lunch: Panera chicken chipotle panini, chai latte
Wednesday dinner: 2 glasses of white wine, date salad (arugula, walnuts, dates, pomegranate vinegarette), lamb shank on butternut squash risotto


Thursday breakfast: pancake, spinach/peppers/onion omelet, coffee with cream
Thursday lunch: Famous Dave's BBQ hamburger (what a burger! OMG. So good.. but, ground sirloin, burnt tips, 2 slices of jalepeno smoked bacon), a little of the potato salad but couldn't eat much, tea
Thursday dinner: water, water, water (arrival at home; all meals listed above were eaten at hotel receptions, hotel buffets for breakfast, restaurants)


Friday morning weight: 147.4

Todays weight: 144. So I know that all of that is a weight gain that can be attributed to salt intake, dehydration, etc. But, I also know that if I continued that pattern of behavior that the weight would become permanent. I haven't gone to class because I've been a little tired from the trip. Plus, as Anita mentioned, the gym had a bring-a-friend-for-free and a free-kid's-club weekend. So, I know that it was packed. My regular schedule begins on Tuesday... well, actually tomorrow but tomorrow isn't an exercise day. My eating schedule has already resumed to a normal food intake level and eating at home.

kasi1979
October 9th, 2011, 02:52 PM
Hi Anita and all of you,

we returned home late monday evening. But as I managed to dislocate a vertebra in my upper back right on our last morning on board, I have not been at the computer much. Actually I kinda hoped it would relocate itself, however I had to see a doctor on thursday and went down with a fever on friday, propably some bug I caught on the flight home...

Anyways, today Im feeling better, still a little sore in the back, but nowhere as bad as it was.

So here is my first attempt to write a vacation recap, pictures will have to follow during the next few days as I have not yet managed to view all of them.

Here we go:
My father took us to the airport early in the morning an tuesday 20th. I was excited as I always am when going on vaction with butterlies in my stomach. I dont calm down before we are on the plane heading to whereever we go... With a stop in Munich we arrived in Rome close to noon. Once we recerived our luggage (which can take forever in Rome), we were able to drop it off with a representatiove of RCCL right their at baggage clain and head for the bus that took us to civitavecchia. Embarcation went smooth and we were onboard in no time at all. As it was already past one pm we headed to our stateroom, which was located on deck 7 midship, dropped our carryon and went to the windjammer to grab a bite to eat. Drinking ice water is not what we are used to in Germany, however as RCCl charges an arm and a leg for bottled water we decided to give it a try. Lunch was quick and crowded. Afterwards I showed DH around the ship and at dinner we met our companions for the next 13 days, or not. It turned out we were seated at a place for 6 however the other two couples never turned up... We were able to change our seating to the next table, where two couples shared a table for 8...

As our first cruise day was a day at sea we decided to sleep in. Turned out we were not the only ones thinking of that so breakfast took place in a crowded buffet, which has much more tables in it than aboard Voyager ots, so that it was hard to navigate in the back when all places were taken... Breakfast was ok, especially as I found my favorite cruise food, pancakes, with or withour fruit in them, whipped cream and strawberry sauce. The apple juice was undrinkable and the offered orange juice was watered down so that sometimes you just received orange-colored water...
The meet and mingle took place in the dragons lair as our group was to big to meet at elingtons lounge. We met some people I got to know online and talked a bit. The afternoon was spent on deck and I took a first swimming session in the pool.
I actually manged to go swimming every day except after Jerusalem, where I was just to tired to move...
Ok, Im going to cut this a little short, or Ill be telling you every detail of this cruise.

Workout wise:
I went to the gym twice,
took two turn on the climbing wall without reaching the top as I did not have enough power in my legs at the crucial part.
and I took the stairs going everywhere at least 75 per cent of the time if not more, at the elevators were unpredictable. I attended aqua aerobic on two sea days.

Our ports were interesting and the weather all we could have hoped for.
Our first port: Chania on the isle of Crete in Greece. We just went down to the dock, bought tickets for the local shuttle at 3 euro p.p. and headed to town. Its a nice, touristy place and we wandered around town and the old harbor, drank a coffee before heading back to the ship in the early afternoon.

On Rhodes we docked right in rhodes town, where we again strolled into town. As there were multiple cruisehips in port we took the first possible back road to get out of the crowd. We wandered around town, went down into the moat and followed the paths down to the harbor where we bought some non-alcoholic drinks and headed back.

In Ashdod there were more than 50 coaches waiting by the dock and we were so glad we had booked a mini tour of 16 people. Our group was small enough to navigate in the narrow street of jerusalem and all people managed to be on-time at every stop we made. We got to the mount of olives, visited the place of last supper, king davids grave, the church of the holy sepulcher, parts of the via dolorosa and the western (wailing) wall. Afterwards we headed to Qumran for a snack before continuing to the Dead Sea for some relaxation in the salty water. Its quite funny to just lie back and floating around :) Souvenirs where incredible expensive and dead sea salt products were charged more that at home so we did not buy any.
The day after that we were in Haifa, which we visited at a more leisurable pace. We visited the Bahia Gardens and strolled around town.

Our port in Turkey was Kusadasi. We had booked a private tour with a german speaking guide ahead of time and were so glad we did. We were met at the port a few minutes before 8 and headed to ephesus right away. As a group of 3 we were able to navigate the ruins without being interrupted by the large groups, as there were more cruiseships in Izmir and Kusadasi that day. We got to see the Terrace Houses, an excavation of 7 houses where mosaics, wall paintings and even parts of a marmor hall are preserved till today. We walked past the celsius library, the third biggets library of the ancient world and went into the theatre which offerd place for 25000 people. Afterwards we were shown to a leather showroom where I could not resist and bought a jacket and afterwards to a pottery, which was nice to see but held nothing of interest to us. Our last stop was at the ruins of the temple of artemis before heading back to port. As it was really hot in turkey we were glad to spent the remaing afternoon relaxing in the shade at the solarium pool.

Our day in piraeus was one of the less impressive stops of this cruise. As we had never been to athens before we opted for the hop-on-hop-off bus to take us in and around town, had lunch at the hard rock cafe and visited the ruins of the zeus temple before heading back to port. Athens seemed quite dirty and the ruins not as well preserved as one is used to in other parts of the Med.

Palermo in Sicily, Italy, was by far the stop I dont intend to repeat. What we got to the of the town were run-down buildings and dirty streets. If I ever stop there again Ill either opt to stay onboard or venture into the surrounding area.

Naples was our last port of call. We were there on sunday so the city was crowded not only with convetial tourists, cruise tourists but with locals as well. We again took a hop-on-hop-off bus which runs on 4 different routes and took two off them in bright sunshine. We were hot when we stepped of the buses a few hours later, grabbed a bite and headed back on board to relax for the last time before heading back to civitavecchia.

What we did on board?
Well, apart from the above mentioned workout, we relaxed in the shade of the solarium pool, dh enjoyed visiting the peek-a-boo bridge. We used a few of the bars, took pictures around the ship and when the sunshine was too bright on our balcony we headed down to deck 4 where you could sit outside in the shade reading or just viewing the water. We visited the ice show, tried the cinema and left after a couple of minutes, and went to the theatre a few times, hoewver the only show we stayed for was the mariner of the seas production. The other show acts were kind of lame and did not appeal to us.

Ok Ill post some pictures in the next few days.
Take care ladies.

kasi1979
October 9th, 2011, 02:54 PM
As I scanned through Pams last post:
I went on the cruise weighing 82.5 kg, returned home at 84.8 kg and have lost the gained weight this week which is why I believe it was more water that fat...

Anita Latte
October 9th, 2011, 03:40 PM
Ooo Kasi...I was LOVING the detailed description of your cruise! But I understand that to continue retelling would take forever, but please, when you post your photos, elaborate to your heart's content as I was finding it such an interesting read.

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip! I can't wait to hear more about it.

I am so sorry to hear about how you dislocated a vertebra a you back. :eek: I'm sorry it happened at all but at least it happened at the beginning. I'm glad you are feeling better. I hope you continue to recover and heal quickly. Cyber hugs.

Oh...just saw your new post...congrats on basically maintaining your weight during your vaca!

Member123
October 11th, 2011, 11:58 AM
Kasi,
So love the detailed description of your cruise. Waiting patiently for some more... you know that Anita and I are going on the Mariner OTS in March next year, so we are very, very interested in your cruise! I could just picture you onboard while reading your memories.

Today I stepped on the scale and I'm back to my pre-trip weigh-in number. Weird. I guess that restaurants using so much seasoning (translation: salt) in the food really does a number on the scale.

Today is also the first Zumba class post-trip! I didn't really miss that much. Let's see. My last Zumba class was on Saturday, so I missed Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday.... wow, I guess it does add up. We'll see how I feel during class :eek:

I only have 16 days until my trip to Boston. My life will be filled with Zumba and figuring out what to pack in the next few weeks!

Anita Latte
October 11th, 2011, 04:44 PM
Well...I think I just finished telling everyone who would listen that I was happy with my schedule as is and didn't see any changes in the forseeable future...

And then I got a phone call this morning from Curves...

And now I have another Curves class on my schedule. :rolleyes:

Monday morning for 30 minutes.

It's all good.

I will say that I had the most horrible experience with my pants last night. Breaking through the last lost pounds had a very detrimental effect on the ability of my pants to stay up. :eek: It was very embarrassing.

Fortunately, there was a big mix up in the schedule and almost the entire Monday night class thought that Monday night was canceled. The only ladies in attendance were my students that switched from the morning class (2) AND a newbie. So the newbie got a good deal! And she is feeling way more confident about coming to the class. Which is EXCELLENT.

And I was pretty happy to have the small class for leading 3 songs for the first time.

I'm doing the following routine to Sexy and I Know It (LMFAO):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-S2S75gvrs

LOVE IT!!!

And I added this merengue routine, Tu Angelito (Chino Y Nacho):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClNtbuQthTU

And the Take Me to Rio song is my own choreography, so no video at this time. :)

Joby
October 11th, 2011, 10:26 PM
I'm in a very good mood this morning. Can you tell? Why, you ask?

Because I got on the scale this morning and I read the big 160!!! Or should I say LOW of 160! woot woot!! I am almost in the 150s!!! do dah do dah...

So the last time that I was working out and on a quest to be fit...back in 2006...I hit a low of 155, but maintained at 158 for about 3 or 4 months. Then the holidays began and all my hard work vanished because I had moved, lost my routine, and didn't get a new one. I was no longer exercising and started eating holiday food in abundance.

I'm so excited this morning because I see the future ahead and I see the ability to maintain any weight loss achieved. I think the recent increase in activity...especially the 3 classes in one day...served to be a great shock to the system and may have helped me to finally break through where I have been maintaining lately.

A great B I G ATTA GIRL!!!! It's really gratifying when you reach a milestone, isn't it? Keep up the good work--you are one hot chicka :)

Kim...I know you aren't doing Zumba, but you do Pilates? Do you take a class? Or are you one of those disciplined people that can do it at home?

Psssshhhh, do it at home???? I used to be disciplined like that but, that discipline went out the window and flew away! I take a 1 hour class twice a week. I really enjoy it and it's a lot of fun. I love the instructor and the people in the class are really fun too. My goal is to look like the gals in the Athleta ad magazine :D:D:D:D

Member123
October 12th, 2011, 10:29 AM
Kim,
I LOVE the Athleta magazine. I ordered a dress in swimsuit fabric from them in Garden Green (LOL). At the risk of worlds colliding again! But that particular dress is going with me on catamaran shore excursions and I think it will be wonderful. I love just flipping thru that magazine... wait... it's a catalog! :D But I agree with you... it reads like an ad magazine!

So I went to my Zumba schedule yesterday... and.... I didn't almost die... but, again, I almost died! Wow. It's amazing how fast your body can adjust from NOT doing Zumba. Holy cow. Cardio is something else; you really, really have to use it not to lose it. Strength training was different; I could miss almost 2 weeks of strength training and get back into the gym and literally do my exact routine with little to no difficulty. But yesterday's Zumba... completely different story.

But I did go. I glanced at the clock probably 3x in class, which is something that I never do. I had to stop using my arms and just move my feet with my hands on my hips instead of waving above my head! I had to stand on the sidelines.... well I didn't have to stand on the sidelines but I went over there to get a drink and the music started and I just stood there... like in a total daze or something... for about a minute. The songs were so FAST yesterday. LOL.

The reason that was funny is that I told Anita about a Zumba instructor who was so FAST and one of those gold medal instructors that you pat yourself on your back when you finish one of THEIR classes... kwim?... anyway, Anita was putting a playlist together and I went back and listened to a class that I had recorded from Tony... guess what?... he wasn't so FAST; it's just that, at the time I went to one of his classes, I wasn't able to keep up! Now I thought I'd go back to one of his classes, but (guess what?) NOT until I get back from my cruise. Gasping air yesterday, big time!

I'm so thankful that for my cruise in March that I've decided to take my personal Zumba instructor along. I feel all warm, fuzzy, and totally protected in my Zumba endeavors! :D

So I have a sad story to share.. not my sad story, but I had to be the bearer of really, really bad news to a person in class yesterday. There is an instructor named Teddy that everybody adores... loves the class because it's so much FUN. On the scale of FUN... 10++... on the scale of core exercises?.. maybe 6... on the scale of exertion... 9, 10-ish... so a very FUN class. About 2 weeks ago, Teddy took a job in Chicago. I didn't go to his last class but I understand that it was pretty teary. Anyway, yesterday there was a girl in class who didn't know that Teddy was no longer going to be our instructor. Unfortunately, I was the one that told her. She has the most beautful, big blue eyes... and I watched them fill with tears. She was devastated.. so much so that she left Zumba after the first few notes of the first song. I felt so sorry for her, but also I thought... people you canNOT be so attached to your instructor that it affects your own health and exercise program.... seriously...

Except me, of course. I can be attached to MY Zumba instructor, but that's different....:D Maybe I don't get so attached to the Zumba instructors that I go to because there are so many of them? I, obviously, have preferences among them... but at the end of the day... it's exercise. You gotta take care of yourself.

So glad that it's a rest day for me. Tomorrow, I hit it again...

kasi1979
October 16th, 2011, 03:08 AM
Oh Pam,
seeing your cruiseclock countdown does make me wish for another cruise :)
Care to share some details as to where you go or what you have planned?

I treated myself to something new yesterday. My bike was close to 23 years old and doing my grocery shopping yesterday morning I stumpeld upon a bargain at the store. They had reduced their bikes by more than 50 per cent. So I took my time, thinking about it all afternoon and returning to the store in the evening... Now I own a brandnew city-bike that I will take out for a testrun today :) Really looking forward to that. Just thought I share my joy.

Happy Sunday to all of you.

Anita Latte
October 17th, 2011, 03:21 PM
Kasi, how was your bike ride? What a great treat! I used to love to ride my bike, but I lost that habit. I tried to get it back a bit after college, but it didn't really happen. We still need to teach DS how to ride. We got the bike over the summer, but somehow, we just never made the time. And now he's a bit embarrassed to learn because he is older and thinks he should already know how to ride. And the learning process could be embarrassing. :rolleyes:

I purchased new shoes yesterday. I purchased online so I have to wait. I blew two holes in my last pair. The holes are at the pinky toe area, so I think I need a shoe with better lateral support. I read some good things about a couple Nike shoes. They are actually crosstrainer style shoes with a funny sole that has diamond shaped grooves all in it. The grooves are supposed to supply a great freedom in movement. And the crosstrainers have all the different supports, so we'll see. I think they'll come tomorrow. I don't think you can start a shipment on Sunday. I'm excited!

Meanwhile...I am trying so hard to get my life organized. The way my class schedule has gotten all spread out means that my time feels a bit disjointed. I don't have the big blocks of empty time that I had before. So I really need to know what needs to be done and have plans in place and an ease of use about the house for getting things done.

It sounds silly, but I've been doing things like clearing out and cleaning out sock drawers. Just to make little things like putting away clean laundry easier to do.

With all my focus on household chores, I've been fasting time on the computer. I get sucked into the World Wide Waste of time in a horribly addictive way. I'm trying to regulate when I actually get on the computer and how much time I spend on it. So far so good. And I'm ALMOST caught up on laundry! LOL.

Meanwhile...I hope all is going well for everyone. I'm teaching tonight. I had two new ladies come to my Saturday morning class. I know at least one is going to enroll in the evening classes also. We'll see if more of Kelly's class comes back this week. I'm doing a new salsa and a new cumbia this week. I'm doing it tonight and in my corporate class. Not sure about my Curves class.

Salome. This is actually a Zumba routine. And these ladies are having so much fun. LOVE IT:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBKjOH4dU1I

Cumbia Poder. This is Beto. I am using his choreography:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yLUXOskPq8

kasi1979
October 17th, 2011, 04:56 PM
Salome is fun, weve been doing that one for a few month now.
I was back in class yesterday.
In the 4 weeks break that I took, Annie changed lots of songs. Actually, I knew about half the songs and routines and everything else was new. Well, Im kinda sore today *lol*

I decided to take it slow and attend 3 classes this first week and increase bit by bit.
I discovered today, that the public pool finally is open for everyone again on Mondays, so maybe Ill switch a Zumba class for an evening of swimming now and again. I enjoyed swimming onboard so much...

Anita Latte
October 17th, 2011, 10:07 PM
Salome IS fun...that video is the ZIN routine given to the instructors. I absolutely LOVE that video. Those ladies are having such fun. And they are all a bit different in the way they move. I love it so much.

It's a good soreness right? I think sometimes feeling sore feels good. It feels good to know that you pushed the limits of your body a bit. I actually received a sort of complement about that this evening. There is a student that started taking Kelly's class the same time I did. She was inconsistent in going. Didn't attend all the sessions. Well she came back. And today, she said, she didn't know WHAT we did on Wednesday...but Thursday...she was SORE. And she has never once been sore from a Zumba class! I thought that was pretty cool actually.

Member123
October 18th, 2011, 06:09 PM
Kasi,
Thank you! We are going to be doing a really nice cruise from Boston, Massachusetts to Tampa, Florida... through the Caribbean. We're going to Aruba, Curacao, Barbados, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Thomas. I'm really excited about this because there are a few people on board that we've sailed with before... I really like them a lot; they are all about relaxing, having a good time, dancing, feeling good. It will be great to just get away from the daily worries and concerns. PLUS, after this cruise, we get to visit with Anita and family and have a fabulous time there. So, we're just counting down the days....

Today marked a week's return to my regular routine. What a difference today's Zumba class was to last week's! It's amazing how quickly your cardio can degrade, but also amazing how quickly it comes back if you put in the time and effort. Last week I attended Zumba classes 6x: twice on Tuesday, twice on Thursday, Friday morning, Saturday morning. I had those days off... then Zumba today again. I felt better in the getting-winded category but my arms and legs felt a little wooden. My calorie burn was down about 200+ total calories, so I know I didn't expend quite the same effort as I can when doing Zumba.

We'll see what I'll feel like when I go to Anita's and tag along to her routine! That will be fun for me, but maybe not for the first class! LOL.

I am down to single digit countdown to the trip and I have quite a bit of things to still get together. This weight loss and clothing stuff is just amazing to deal with... now I realize that I need to go shopping for a strapless bra. My problem is that they don't make strapless bras in a small enough size for me! What?!? They don't think smaller breasts need support or <ahem> specific coverage? I hate going bra shopping.... so of course I've completely put it off for as long as possible. Now, I'm stuck and I simply have to go get that done...

Still haven't figured out what I'm going to take. Still need to do last minute details. So I am trying to keep myself active and away from the computer. It's amazing how much more I can get done in my day if I don't make checking the boards part of my daily experience. So I apologize for not answering your question right away...

Where's Donna?!? I think she must be very busy as well. Hopefully, with good things!

Hi to everyone. I'll probably check in here a few more times before we leave just to see what everyone is doing. Kasi, if you have any more thoughts about your recent trip, I would love to hear about them!

Anita Latte
October 23rd, 2011, 12:03 PM
Good morning! Or Good Afternoon...or Good evening...:)

I'm feeling a bit sore this morning. Last night I went to a Master Class. A MC differs from a Basic Zumba class in that 1. it normally longer than an hour. 2. it normally has more than one instructor. Last night's class ran long; it was 1 hour 45 minutes. The main instructor was Jason Thompson. He's from Kentucky Debbie! OMG...so good.

He is newer to Zumba, but has a history of dance. He studied African Caribbean dance for 15 years. He has a master's degree. He was a teacher for 4.5 years, teaching special ed. I'm not sure exactly how he got into Zumba, but wow...he brings a unique offering to class. All his moves end up with a touch of the African feel, a hint of Reggae/Caribbean feel...and soooooooo...muscles that I don't normally use got used last night. OMG. I'm not sure WHAT we did, but certain muscles in my, a-hem, rear end and middle back are like, HELLO?! I'm HERE!! :eek:

Here's a taste of one of the songs that he did last night. It is the only one that I can remember...and it is only because the chorus was so clear:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDZePkckRcM

The class also had a lot of high impact moves. Not my fav. I did it for the one class, just to do it, but it wasn't my idea of great fun. I don't know. Maybe this is how my age plays into this but I don't enjoy all the jumping and jarring motions as much. I don't mind a bit of high impact here and there, BUT...song after song...ugh...it would be easy enough to modify Debbie, if ever you had a chance to see him. He has a sweet spirit. I highly recommend him.

And he's easy on the eyes...:o:rolleyes:;)

Meanwhile...I am trying to decide what if anything I am going to do for the class I teach on Halloween. I don't love Halloween. Normally, we hole up in the house and ignore the world for the night. DS thinks of Halloween as having to walk around a lot to get a bunch of candy that you don't really like. LOL. He's not into it...we tried different things...most church functions and "fall festivals" are a bunch of chaos with uncontrolled children in a mad dash trying to get as much candy as possible in areas that are too small for the crowd, creating a loud and confusing atmosphere...or long lines to do silly games...so generally, we just pretend the day is meaningless.

BUT...this Halloween, I teach a Zumba class. Some instructors will have a full-fledged Hallloween theme. Some start to teach choreography to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in bits and pieces in the classes leading up to Halloween and then being able to do the full song on Halloween night (similar to the music video choreography or inspired by it anyway). I'm not interested in all that work, nor do I think my ladies would be up for it...I HAVE thought about doing a warm up that would be more Halloween inspired...OR doing ONE song. But, I'm just not sure about that.

Meanwhile, I'm trying to figure out what new song to bring to my corporate class this week. I think it's time to do a real Reggaeton song, but I'm not sure which one. One that I know very well that is generally liked is "Que Te Pica" by Notch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FziFUMEQCyM&ob=av3e

I'm still thinking though...there is a fun song that is out there that I know Mom does in her classes, that is a combo of merengue and reggaeton, "El Amor El Amor":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4OFRfgqVoQ

I've been listening to this one a lot, so I feel like I know it pretty well. There are other good songs out there, but until you get a feel for Zumba, they might be a bit annoying. I need to break the class into Reggaeton first. IDK. Anyone understand what I mean?

Headed out to team tennis this afternoon. Hope everyone has had a great weekend!

Anita Latte
October 23rd, 2011, 10:04 PM
It's Sunday night and I'm contemplating my week.

I headed to the grocery store earlier this evening to pick up the essentials for tomorrow. Have you automated any of your meals? Breakfast? Something easy that you can eat every weekday morning at least? Maybe even lunch?

DS loves breakfast tacos. I take 2 egg whites and one whole egg to make scrambled eggs. Add a bit of grated cheese. He adds taco sauce. My local grocery store makes wonderful tortillas in house. Fruit. Generally, DH and I do oatmeal with fruit. And we have taken to using Hemp Milk, which sounds odd, but is supposed to be a good source of Omega-3's. We are trying to avoid soy.

Lunch has turned into sandwich city, which is new and different for our family. We normally haven't done that too much. It's easy though, so that's been working.

Dinner tomorrow needs to be easy. DS has tennis that goes from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. I teach class from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. DH goes to play his own tennis after work at the same club and he takes DS home with him. I need dinner to be DONE when we get home. That means crock pot for me. Tomorrow, I'm going to do taco meat in the crock pot. Easy. Easy. I haven't done this before, but in theory, it should be a peace of cake. I'll tell ya'll how it goes.

Eating in is KEY. No matter what you eat. You HAVE to eat from home so that you can control the sodium. Mom and I have recently talked about this. She can share her story about the family visitors, but the gist is that eating out is SO DETRIMENTAL.

Meanwhile, I volunteer at school first thing in the morning. Then I head out to Curves to do my first morning class taking over for the instructor that has left. That's at 9:30 AM. Then I have to get some thing accomplished around the house. Get DS. Get him ready for tennis. And myself ready for the evening class all at the same time. I basically take him to tennis (leave at 4:00 pm ish), hang out for a brief bit (leave around 5 ish), go to where my class is held, work on new choreography before class, and have class (at 6:00 pm).

I find that my corporate class is dictating a lot these days. It's fun to take this captive audience on a Zumba journey. Beginning with a basic beginning and thinking about what to introduce them to next. And then I take these songs and work them into my rec center class. It'll be the way I wean people in and out of Kelly songs. I've decided to go the current non-Kelly route and do El Amor El Amor, which is actually a mix of merengue and reggaeton.

So that means that I will also do this in my Monday night class for the first time. How fun is that? I haven't figured out that play list yet, but the 45 minute corporate class looks like this:

Rain Over Me (Pitbull feat Marc Anthony) Warm Up
El Amor El Amor - Merengue/Reggaeton
Salome - Salsa/Latin Pop
I Need to Know (Marc Anthony) - ChaCha
Jai Ho - Bollywood
Cumbia Poder - Cumbia
Ari Ari [Part 2] - Bhangra
Zoomer - African-inspired French Reggaeton (LOL!)
Take You to Rio - Pop with Salsa Moves
Stand By Me - Bachata (Cool Down)
American Honey (iTunes Session) - Stretch

I can't even begin to tell you how SICK of Jai Ho I am. OMG. I DESPERATELY need a different Bollywood Song. I don't know if I have shared this link before, but this is the song that is next on my list:

Maahi Ve (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8Gn3UPyg3Q&feature=related) (the name is spelled wrong on the link)

I don't know that I would do this choreography, but I like the way that Bradley edited the song:

http://www.youtube.com/user/CrazySockTV#p/u/27/BTycFFlraGA

I think that I might have skills enough with the free download Audacity to edit the song. We'll see! But this is work in progress. I HAVE to be able to change Jai Ho! :p:rolleyes:

I have to decide if El Amor El Amor works for my evening Curves class or not. I have to get to know the morning ladies first. They are a different group. Basically the evening class...it will depend on if I think that the choreo will work on carpet and if I think that the owner will like the song. I've learned that she is the deciding factor on this. Even if she can't do the choreo...she has to like the song. I don't mind knowing the rules of the game. Keep the owner happy. Works for me. :)

All in all, feeling pretty good about my up and coming week. Hope everyone else is feeling the same.

Cruiser Dancer NE1?
October 24th, 2011, 10:12 AM
LET'S GET ZUMBA FITNESS GOING AT CARNIVAL!!

Open letter to Vicky Rey, VP-Guest Relations

Hello Vibrant Vicky!!

Thanks again for priming our cruise fun-to-go.
We'll be cruisin w/the gr8 CCL staff & we'll mellow.

A few of my cruisers and I are Zumba Fitness fanatics. As per sister cruise company Princess news below, their cruisers have another great reason to fun-cruise, be lively & be healthy at the same time. I & many feel Zumba perfectly fits in CCL's endeavor & objectives.

Lord, I hope one or 2 Carnival Splendor staffers will be conduct some Zumba sessions when we sail on Nov 13-20, 2011. With about 10k daily-calorie input, Zumba will greatly help with the output. Besides, 2 days at Cabo will be somewhat -un-appealing.

WILL THERE BE ZUMBA? Can U forward me the right protocol for me to make my point?

However, the almighty Vicky Rey may just be the precise powerful advocate for us guests..;)

As always, Thanks & appreciatively,
EA
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5/31/2011

Princess Cruises Offers Sought-After Zumba Classes Fleetwide
Exhilarating Fitness-Party Workouts Have Passengers Shaking Their Hips While Getting Fit

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (May 31, 2011) -- Zumba Fitness, the exhilarating dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music and contagious choreography, is rolling out to the entire Princess Cruises fleet. Since December, passengers on many Princess ships have been joining in the hip-shaking fun with complimentary classes taught by licensed Zumba instructors. The classes quickly became among the most popular activities on board, and now additional staff members will complete the official training to become licensed Zumba instructors as the program expands fleetwide.

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http://www.princess.com/news/article.jsp?newsArticleId=na1161

Anita Latte
October 26th, 2011, 02:01 PM
SO. Food. From HOME. Need inspiration? Here's what I had for lunch today:

Ingredients:

1. Salmon filet, rub with olive oil, sprinkle with favorite spice mix. Today I used a Citrus Seafood Blend from Adams Reserve.

2. Asparagus, rub with olive oil.

3. Red Bell Pepper, whole, rub with olive oil.

4. Petite Penne Pasta (cooks in 7 minutes).

5. Pre-washed Baby Spinach.

6. Olive Oil

7. Lemons

Preheat your grill. Grill the salmon, asparagus, and red bell pepper. Best way to grill salmon: begin with skin side UP and flesh on the grill. Turn salmon 90 degrees after 2-3 minutes. Turn salmon over to skin side after another 2-3 minutes. If the other parts of the grill are still active, just turn off the heat under the salmon and let it continue to bake in the covered grill until it reaches your preferred temperature. For me, the pepper was still going...so I turned off the under burners and let it stay on until I took the pepper off.

To grill asparagus, spread it out so that the spears don't fall through the grill grates and lay in a single layer. As they get color, just rearrange them trying to be able to get color on the other side. Use tongs to do this. Don't worry about even color all over...when they are at your preferred state of limp v. crisp...remove from the grill. Asparagus came off first for me; Don't worry about trying to keep it warm, it can cool a bit.

To grill the pepper, put it on a hot part of the grill. You want to color the skin without totally blackening, but not totally, because I did not remove the skin today. Turn the pepper as needed to get color on all sides.

Meanwhile...when you start to preheat the grill...put a big pot of water on to boil. When the water is boiling, cook the pasta according to box instructions. I buy Barilla which cooks in 7 minutes.

When the pasta is done, drain, and put back in that hot pot. Add the baby spinach (however much you want) to the pasta and stir and cover so that the spinach will wilt a bit.

When everything is done cooking, dress the spinach pasta mixture with a bit of olive oil. Put that in a bowl-style plate. Add cut pepper strips all on top. Add asparagus to one side and the salmon to the other side. Squeeze fresh lemon over all of it. Enjoy!

One grill. One pot. One cutting board. EASY and super duper yummy. The key is being able to keep track of the water/pasta inside while dealing with and watching the grill outside. Feels like restaurant quality food. Lots of yummy flavor, lot's of color, and HEALTHY!!

Enjoy!

Going to class tonight. Fun lunch so simple dinner. Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup! :)

Anita Latte
October 27th, 2011, 10:21 PM
Mom and Dad are safely arrived in Boston today! They can't believe the weather! Talk about a packing nightmare! I'm excited for them. They will be here in 3 weeks!

Joby
October 29th, 2011, 11:52 AM
Mom and Dad are safely arrived in Boston today! They can't believe the weather! Talk about a packing nightmare! I'm excited for them. They will be here in 3 weeks!

Glad to hear that they have arrived AND you all will get to visit soon!

Anita Latte
November 1st, 2011, 02:52 PM
In my mind, Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season. In my house, the holiday season lasts from Halloween through my birthday in March...I consider it the time of the year where desserts are EVERYWHERE...the potential to overeat is EVERYWHERE...the potential to eat bad is EVERYWHERE...

Basically this is temptation season...

October 31...Halloween
November 17...Parents arrive (let the partying begin!)
November 24...Thanksgiving
December 5 or 6...Parents leave
December 11...Dad's Bday (so early celebration before they go)
December 24...Christmas Eve
December 25...Christmas
December 31...New Year's Eve
January 1...DH's Bday
January 17...DS's Bday
February 14...Valentine's Day
Parents arrive??? Party AGAIN!
March 11-18 CRUISE...Spring Break
March 25...MY Bday
Parents leave

Somewhere in here are all kinds of other excuses for celebrations and poor eating choices...Company Parties...Holiday Parties...Sunday Football...Dynamo in the MLS playoffs...NFL playoffs...Super Bowl Sunday...Birthday celebrations with friends v. birthday celebrations with family...

There are excuses galore for partying all throughout the holidays...

You have to have a strategy to get through the holidays. Whatever that strategy is.

DS went trick or treating last night for the first time in 4 years. OMG. He went with a friend. The friend says that he always gets a lot of candy from his neighborhood (different than ours)...so that's where they went. OMG. I should have taken a picture of the MOUNTAIN of candy that poured out from his bag. OMG. OMG...OMG!!!!!!

I think the candy itself must weigh at least 10 pounds? I mean...there is now a SICK amount of candy in my house. It's SICK I tell you.

And this is only the beginning...

Because this is what happens...you get something for the one day...maybe a cake even...but it isn't over in one day...the food lingers around the house and you have to deal with it through out this time frame.

So what are YOU going to do?

Here's what I am going to do:

1. I make the decision to enjoy without INDULGING...the difference being the AMOUNT. Remember, we are striving for BALANCE.

If you KNOW that you want dessert...then be HUNGRY for it. Food tastes so much better when you are hungry. Don't be stuffed from dinner and still expect to enjoy dessert. You have to forgo something during your meal...I think the easiest thing to forgo is a starch...lay off the bread, the potatoes, the rice, the noodles...whatever...stick to protein and veggies and dessert.

2. If you can, eat your dessert at an odd time when you can really enjoy it...not just late at night.

Sometimes, I like dessert for breakfast. Especially pumpkin pie...OMG...with a latte!!! But seriously...if you like pastry in the morning...or pancakes...or waffles...or toast with jam/preserves...muffins...bagels...ANY kind of wheat and sugar based breakfast...how different is a slice of birthday cake from a waffle? Or a bagel with cream cheese? Seriously. Think about it. Not that you should do this every day...BUT...it is a strategy for trying to overcome adding calories to your day.

Because THAT'S the deal...you have to try to find a strategy that still gets you at an approximation of your normal caloric intake...you have to figure out the substitutions, if you are going to have some holiday food.

AND realize that you have the whole of the holidays to enjoy...you don't have to do it all in one day or one meal. Try to spread it all out.

Eat slowly.

Chew your food really well.

Realize that most leftovers are still really, really good.

Listen to your body...and don't eat when you are full. Stop. Tell yourself you can have a yummy goodie when you are actually hungry...and if that's breakfast the next day, instead of dessert that night...well, so be it.

This is how I got through the holidays last year.

My journey started on September 12...and I lost weight all throughout the holidays...you can do it. You just have to put a little thought into it...have some premade decisions...and stick to them.

I had class last night. There were 5 ladies that came out and worked up a sweat with me!

This is the other thing...you HAVE to keep to your fitness schedule. If all else fails...use your fitness schedule as the structure for your week...don't compromise...you MUST do it...rearrange other things around it as much as possible...continuing on with your classes and other activities will help you stay motivated to make good decisions.

Hope everyone had a happy Halloween!

Donna, Kasi...do you have Halloween?

kasi1979
November 2nd, 2011, 04:23 AM
Hi Anita,

I went to Zumba on Monday night, the first time in what felt like forever. First I was ill, than we went on vacation and I had back issues, when that was better my knee acted up, so Ive been out of the loop for nearly 6 weeks...
You can imagine how hard Zumba is when you havent been for so long. However, it was fun, too.
Halloween is still a "new" event in Germany, that is not as big as in the US or Canada, some kids celebrate and there are a few parties, but not much in decoration or trickn treating.
We did "Thriller" in Zumba class, that was our "Halloween" event.
As we have fall vacations right now and tuesday way a holiday in my part of Germany,the class was packed...

Im trying to get back in the loop.
Workout and food-wise.
Im doing tiny steps in the right direction.
Anyways, Soda was banned from our home and I managed to resist when visiting friends last night. Ok, it seemed kind of strange that I brought my own drink with me, but I knew they would offer coke and i needed something to help me stay strong, so I brought a bottle of sparkling citrus-water with me. I also resisted the sweets after dinner and am pretty proud of myself today.

Im still trying to figure out, what made me gain so much weight, that I now have to loose and apart from having a sweet tooth, I believe its also being unhappy with my job. So Im finally pulling myself together, gathering all my documentation and get ready to apply for a new job. Wish me luck, ladies.

No cruise on the horizon, so maybe change is what I really need.

Lottie_0
November 5th, 2011, 12:33 PM
Hi Anita
I am a big Zumba fan
We have a fantastic Instructor, she is a trained professional dancer and danced for a while on the cruise ships.
This definitley shows in her Zumba classes.
Going on the Azura soon and after quite a bit of research it looks like it is one of those ships that has not yet started offering Zumba classes :(.
This would have been a great time to do them , you know, eat a bit, burn some calories, eat a bit.
This is a fun routine on youtube that I sometimes do.
Great western/ zumba choreography.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gXv3S4lP3c

Hi Kasi
We also did thriller this week. Great fun.
Regards Lottie

kasi1979
November 6th, 2011, 02:52 PM
Ladies,
how was your week?
mine not as active as planned, but I managed to squeez some exercise in.

On friday night we had our girls cooking night, this time with thai food, and at my house.
The best food of the evening was the soup, easy to make and so yummy:
for 4 persons:
1 tbs oil,
1 tsp five-spice (http://www.dict.cc/englisch-deutsch/five-spice.html) powder (http://www.dict.cc/englisch-deutsch/powder.html)
150g corn
250 g carotts, finely sliced,
6 green onions
100 g peas
400g chicken breast, cut into small pieces
1 chili pepper, de-seeded and finely chopped,
200g chinese egg-noodles,
1,7 l chicken brooth
3 EL soy sauce

Heat the oil in a wok or large pan, add the fice-spice powder, corn, peas, carotts, green onions and chili pepper. Stir for 5 minutes. Add the chicken breast and stir for another minute. Break the noodles into small pieces and add them to the wok. Pour in the brooth and soy sauce, stir and let it cook for about 5 to 8 minutes. Enjoy.

Today I went swimming. My highlight, I managed 1000 m, thats 40 laps in the public pool down the road. I hit rock botton for today entering the shower after my swim. Someone had stolen my towel, so there I stood, dripping wet and just a tiny towel left that I usually bring to stand on when changing, that needed to get the job done... So, I have to check with my mom if she has some old towels that I can use when going to the pool in order to not loose another of my good ones...

Anita Latte
November 9th, 2011, 03:52 PM
Kasi...that recipe sounds awesome, I can't wait to try it! I love easy!

Sorry I have been MIA, but anyone who has ever tried to prepare their house for their parents' 3-week long visit can surely understand what is going on in my home in ALL my spare time (not too mention trying to keep up with what is normal around here!)

I'm going to play on the computer tonight. I just finished choreographing a warm-up that can finally replace this one Kelly warm up that I have fallen back on for ever now. (and I am so sick of it!) It has moves that warm up the same body parts and is about the same intensity, so I'm really excited about this. The song was a request from a student, and I was happy to hear what she liked because she is from Kelly's old class that I took over:

Moves Like Jagger (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEPTlhBmwRg&ob=av3e)

Did the choreo today and it just fell together for me! I'm still struggling with a new warmup for my corporate class. But this one, we are doing it tonight!!

I'll be back later...:)

Anita Latte
December 18th, 2011, 01:36 PM
Happy Sunday!

I can't believe how much time has passed since I last posted! :eek:

I won't dwell on this though, because that is ultimately WAY too boring to read...so moving on, as if I hadn't missed a beat.

I have been doing two Holiday songs in my classes. The first is hysterical. I absolutely love all the words...it makes me smile every time I hear it:

White Christmas in Houston (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJa1rA_YVPg) by Branded.

Lottie...that video that you posted was an AWESOME inspiration for me in working on the choreography for this song. I hyped up the western moves, keeping it simple, but also highly energetic.

The other song I have been doing, AND the choreography I have been doing is:

Feliz Navidad (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZHmUFYxtTs)

Both songs are generic holiday songs...I avoid the religious songs in my classes. This has been a little difficult for the stretch song, because I like to use a slower, calming kind of song. I ended up using these for stretching:

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Michael Buble (LOVE his voice)
Santa Baby by Michael Buble (which I only tried once because the class didn't seem too into it)
The Christmas Song by Natalie Cole and Andrea Bocelli
Baby, It's Cold Outside from the Elf Movie Soundtrack

I had a lady request O Holy Night by a famous country singer, but this is not appropriate for my classes IMO. I want to acknowledge the up and coming holiday, but I don't want to preach, KWIM? Besides, having holiday music is a great way to have some new music (even for a short term) in class...and I think this can reinforce the idea that Zumba is not about perfection in dance movement. ;)

Not that I don't personally LOVE Christmas carols and in particular, most of the more "religious" carols, or hymns.

I'm working on my resolutions for the year 2012. And I'm trying to put these into practice before the new year starts.

I found that I had too often had what I am going to call a "Fat Tuesday" mentality. It's the party like crazy today because tomorrow, everything is going to change.

It's like the Sunday school or kindergarten teacher that makes the kids all stand up and shake and move and jump all around like crazy...you know...to get the WIGGLES out...so that now they can sit perfectly quiet and calm for the next several minutes or hours or whatever. Ya right.

DH and I would get all the bad food and drink that we would decide we should forgo AFTER THAT DAY or NIGHT or WEEKEND...whatever...we would think that a massive indulgence would somehow make it easier to fast all that we had indulged in...but somehow, the fast of all that was bad wouldn't last...and we would have to deal with consequences of the splurge...over and over again...because we could "Fat Tuesday" over and over again...

Maybe this time.

Maybe this time.

Maybe this time.

:p

So last year, or rather, in Sept 2010, I decided that this mentality wasn't working for me. I needed to learn balance and get away from the wide swinging from extreme to extreme. I think that I have been pretty successful in this.

So the next step for me was to adopt this "Git 'er done" mentality. "Don't put off until tomorrow what you can get done today"...which is a huge turn around from the "Don't worry about doing today what you can still do tomorrow" motto that seemed to rule my life. Unfortunately, I haven't been as successful at implementing this one in my life...just ask Mom about PASSPORTS and she will tell you how bad I have been. Scratch that. Don't ask. In fact, I should probably delete the reference as it has become a major source of stress and aggravation between the two of us...

But I leave it because this has to be a part of my continued process of personal growth and reformation...because I HAVE been somewhat successful in this endeavor...in certain areas...and not in others.

And I will continue to focus on this in the new year...but also...I am adding a new element to this...I'm not sure how to express my thoughts...so this exercise in trying to post them is certainly beneficial for me to try to define them.

First, has anyone read Tim Gunn's book Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work? There is an idea of social graces and manners and politeness that Gunn talks about throughout the book. It's very inspiring. How?

Here's an example:

I was in line at the grocery store. I picked my line and proceeded to unpack my cart onto the conveyor belt. The lady in line before me was a somewhat elderly lady, a bit overweight, with sorry looking ankles that probably caused her pain...and she was looking pained. I smiled at her. And she started to tell me that maybe I would want to pick a different line because she was waiting for her daughter to run and get something that they had forgotten.

I explained that I was a patient person and I could certainly wait. No worries.

And we started talking about Thanksgiving. I can't remember why my Mom wasn't with me...but we had the most pleasant conversation about family and preparing for a feast...and she shared the privilege that she enjoyed of being the host without any cooking responsibilities because of the women of the family were charged with providing the feast for the 16+ people that would be at her house.

It was such a pleasant way to pass the time. It was very Zen. Very in the moment. Very much aware of living life in present.

I find that I have been living very much in the future or for the future A LOT. With very little present time living going on.

And this is where my new angle on the "Do it today" type motto comes in. I am more determined to enjoy the moment, and in fact, to work to CREATE moments. DH and I have not had much of a social life in recent years. I'm hoping to change this in 2012.

It's all wrapped up in a live life more fully in the present, being social and friendly, teaching my son social graces, non-procrastinating, and otherwise pursuing a mental image of myself as a more frequent and gracious hostess than I have been in recent years kind of thought.

Some of this is expressing itself NOW as I am the hostess for Christmas this year. We will have my mother and father in-law, Dh's sister with 2 kids, and Dh's youngest sister and husband, as well as our family of 3 at Christmas. That's 10 people...

I have been busy with decorating the house, planning accommodation for everyone, etc etc. Mom helped me with my dining room table centerpiece before she left. It's beautiful!

What I am overcoming in my thoughts is the payoff for all the work involved. In the past, I have thought about decorating the house with half an eye to all the work involved in having to repack everything and take it all down. And I could easily talk myself out of doing much decorating. Last year, we didn't even decorate the tree.

It's a pre-lit tree that my friend found in the attic of the house she was renting. And she loaned it to me because they already had their own and it was one of two or three that the found left in the attic of this rental house. I never gave it back...:o Anyway, last year, we put it up, plugged it in, and never decorated it...AT ALL.

We did decorate the outside...but we didn't take the lights out of the holly bushes until summer...:rolleyes:

And I did decorate my little 3' foot tree...and the mantle.

But it was still something of a minimal effort overall.

And I have determined that I don't like this thought process in myself. It's this mentality that has people never making their beds because they will just get into them again that night.

But if you get into a habit of making your bed...then you get the pleasure of turning it down each night...and sliding into a bed where the sheets aren't wrinkled and annoying your feet...and the room feels neat and pretty every time you enter it...and really, it's not that much work to make the bed after all...

This year...there are decorations EVERYWHERE...there is a touch of Christmas everywhere. Silly hand towels, pot holders, placemats, trees, mantle, outside lights, entry way vignette, sheets, etc. And I could care less about all the work that it will surely be to undo...because I am so thoroughly enjoying the benefit now.

I'm not sure that I've conclusively described this outlook that I am trying to achieve here...but hopefully, as time passes, it will become more clear as I try to become a person that I have long wanted to be in regards to a social life.

So. Anyone have any resolutions of their own for 2012? I think this would be a great topic...

I am on break from my corporate and my Curves classes for 3 weeks! My recreation center classes will take a break between Christmas and New Year's. I'll be working on new songs in this time. I'm so thrilled to have this break!

Meanwhile, I hope that everyone reading this is managing to not stress too much this holiday season...and is able to enjoy it to the fullest.

kasi1979
December 19th, 2011, 04:09 AM
Hi Anita,

so good to read from you again.
Ive been out of the fitness loop due to some health issue or another pretty much since our cuise. I just started to attend classes again two weeks ago and as is quite common so close to Christmas, I had many other appointments so that I did not make it to class often.
Classes are off starting Wednesday and wont start again until the second week of January...

My new year resolutions?
First of all, I made a hugh step in the right direction (at least I hope so). I went out and got myself a new job that will hopefully be more satisfying that my current one. Im handing in my three month notice tomorrow, so Im a bit nervous today...
Well, my biggest goal is to get rid of the overweight. I managed 2011 to quit taking the blood-pressure medicine and now its time to get serious in regards of weight. You ask how? Well, Zumba for sure, three times a week, and DH and I are getting back into the gym. We both want a new silouette so thats where we start.
My BIL is going to marry in 2012, so thats one more motivating factor, as I want to look good at his wedding.
Well, I believe getting back into gear and changing our lifestyle in reagrds of sport and eating habbits along with a new job is plenty of challenge for 2012. What do you think?

I have to get back in the loop today. We spent the weekend in London. I went shopping (GAP is my favorite store), did some sightseeing and enjoyed two days away from it all. Well, food has been as unhealthy as it gets, so we need to change that again. One step in that direction: I bought tea, Im a peppermint fan, I absolutely love mint tea. Aboard RCCL I discovered a combination of spearmint and chamoille that I could not buy in Germany. I finally found this combination in London and brought home 4 packages of tea :)

Just two more days of work and I will be on vacation until next year... We are spending Christimas eve at my parents. My sisiter is coming home from Italy for the holidays, so its a quite affair. On Christmas day we are at DH aunts. We that is, DH and I, BIL and his girlfriend (fiancee?), SIL with her partner, my FIL with his partner and the aunt and uncle. Its going to be to much food... In the years back I spent the second Christmas Day (Boxing Day in GB, what is it called in the US?), just relaxing or hitting the gym, I dont have any special plans for this year, yet...

Hope to read from all of you soon.

Joby
December 19th, 2011, 09:02 AM
I love to read your philosophical writings, Anita:) They make me think and that could be dangerous:eek:

kasi1979
December 20th, 2011, 04:02 PM
Well,
I just returned home from our last Zumba class in 2011.
Even though I missed several weeks worth of workout, Im happy to say that I have now completed a whole year of Zumba.
Now I have to get by without class until Jan. 9th. I think its time to activate my wii again.
Starting tomorrow Im officially on vacation. And I now have a set timeframe to drop weight. My brother-in-law is planning his wedding for august 2012...

Hope all is well.

Anita Latte
December 22nd, 2011, 10:48 PM
WTG Kasi! A whole year of Zumba!

Isn't it fabulous? I love the comfort of knowing, even if I take a break, or have some time off for whatever reason...Zumba is there waiting for me when I am ready to hit it again. And I can look forward to it. Even if I enjoy the break...I can look forward and be happy and excited about starting up again.

My last class of 2011 will be this Saturday morning. Yes, that's Christmas Eve morning. It is just a scheduling deal...I had a choice between class on December 24 or 31. I chose Christmas Eve, because I have to be up and busy that day anyway. I could actually sleep in on New Year's Eve morning...

I think, though, that it will be a great time to blow off some steam and any anxiety about hosting my in-laws for Christmas. I will go to class, feel like myself, do my thing, work up a great sweat, be grateful for how different my physical fitness is compared to this time last year, and just de-stress...LET GO...my Zumba shirt says. I think I will that morning...I'll just Feel the Music (TM) and enjoy my class :).

One of my summer time students came back this week. She is a college student and I invited her to come to my class if ever she is home for a holiday. The fact is that she is fit and catches on to the moves very easily...has great energy and I enjoy her in the class...and especially at this time of year, when attendance has been inconsistent, it's great to have a body in class. It was an ego boost, too, to hear that she really liked my class better than the one she could take through her college. :rolleyes:

I'm busy busy will the prep for being a hostess...I don't know that I will post again until after the big holiday.

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Anita Latte
December 31st, 2011, 12:33 AM
Saturday, December 31 will be my last class of 2011.

I was forgotten about. I had 7 lovely ladies show up to get their fitness on on Christmas Eve morning, but the place was locked down tight. It was embarrassing to say the least, and frustrating to have these ladies get themselves worked up for a work out but have no way of working them out.

So class is rescheduled for tomorrow morning.

If I follow through with my current plan, I will be challenging myself a little bit. I do like my current simple first song warm up to "Moves Like Jagger." It's one of those easy to do, easy to get started moving kind of songs.

But I am so incredibly sick of all my other warm up songs. None of them have that feeling of ahhhhh, it's familiar and yay, I'm doing Zumba...no...it's like...UGH...THAT song...AGAIN...so...I'm going to be slightly winging my second warm up song...I really like "The Time (Dirty Bit)"...it's older, but it gets you moving...I have a good idea of what I want to do...but it isn't set in stone...

And then...I'm sick of the version of the song of Sway that I use...it has this one part in it that makes me nuts...it's Kelly's choreo...and I've liked it...but I'm ready for something different...so I'm going to use the Michael Buble version of the song...and I'm changing the choreo just slightly...so the ladies will just have to pay attention and learn one new cha cha step.

Also...I've found this SO FUN song...Lovumba by Daddy Yankee...and I found a GREAT routine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3ehE6Wmvjo&feature=related) online...check it out...I'm going to be doing this tomorrow. I'm looking forward to doing it!!

Also...I FINALLY choreographed a bachata that I have been wanting to do FOREVER. Cuando me Enamoro (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DO8GsIYfhQ&ob=av3e) My routine is more bachata inspired than really bachata like...it's a hidden killer, I call it...because you think that it's a low interval song, but it's a great work your body song because it's slow enough to do knee lifts and lots of arms...so it isn't as much of a break as you would think...tee hee...

I've learned that my ladies think I have a somewhat villainous laugh...they know they are in for it what I laugh at the beginning of class...:cool:;)

Meanwhile...I've nailed at least one specific thing to change forevermore as part of a New Year's resolution. DH is on the same page...always helpful...so not only will the change be made, but PROGRESS should occur as well...

Here it is...

Do you do this?

Someone says something about taking a cruise to Alaska...or a trip to Alaska...or a trip somewhere else...

Or talks about a specialty cooking class...

Or a craft project...

Or whatever it is that floats your boat...

And you think to yourself...or might even SAY...

"I've ALWAYS wanted to do that..."

These are the words that I have resolved to get out of my vocabulary...or at least, I resolve to not say them in that particular order...EVER AGAIN...

Because I have decided that these are the words that allow for procrastination...and as weird as this sounds...CLUTTER...

Because sometimes these are the words that we use to continue to keep something in our house...when we haven't dealt with it or done anything with it for, oh, I don't know...could be days, weeks, months...and in some cases...YEARS...

I like to cross-stitch...and there is a series of patterns that depict the twelve days of Christmas that I have owned since, oh, I think 8th grade! I still have them. Every Christmas I wish that I had taken the time to do them. And next year, I am GOING to do it...

And I will determine that I will either make a plan to do the things that I have always wanted to do...or I will stop wanting to do them, and come to grips that I like the idea but I don't really care enough to take of business...

I hope everyone has a great New Year's Eve...Cheers!!!

Anita Latte
January 1st, 2012, 05:13 PM
Happy New Year Everyone!

Class was fabulous yesterday. I learned something very, very important...or rather...I RELEARNED...I was reminded...and I'm sharing here...

Anyway...if you attend Zumba Fitness classes, please be aware of the warm up time and the cool down time. There is a recommended 8-10+ minute warm up time in the manual for Zumba instructors. Generally, this translates into 3 songs with many instructors...maybe even 4...

1. First Warm Up Song (to start moving all your joints)
2. Toning like Song (to wake up your muscles, most specifically abs, gluts, quads, hams...expect to do things like squats or plies, lunges, ab crunches in various directions, etc.)
3. Second Warm Up Song (to raise your heart rate)

Please notice that you are NOT working out...or even really DANCING...you are WARMING UP.

So I was very conscious of this yesterday morning because I know that I haven't seen my Saturday morning ladies for 2 weeks. I planned for a very long warm up interval. I told everyone that I planned for this, and boy howdy, did I see smiling faces when I said this. What I considered my warm up segment was almost 12 minutes long.

I may have said this before, but it bears repeating. I learned this from Mom...

Your joints are not lubricated until you move them...your body will release lubrication into a joint after you move it...so UNTIL you move a joint...it doesn't have whatever "oil" it needs to safely move...so you need to go through a series of movements that will systematically go through all the different joints in your body so that they will all become ACTIVATED...they will get lubricated...the flip switches and they change from being a joint at rest to being a joint being moved...with OIL.

How many different ways can I say that?

Warm Ups are something that Zumba instructors have complete freedom in doing. Unless they seek out a specific DVD, and purchase it separately, they do NOT have any choreography from Zumba Fitness for the warm up segment of their class. Not all warm ups are created equal.

This joint warming up is the most important. It's great to also have the toning aspect...but it isn't as important as really making sure that your body is warmed up.

First, through slow to moderate movement...THEN, through increased tempo to get your heart rate up...

If your instructor doesn't have a great warm up sequence, you may need to do some supplemental warm up moves prior to class. Mom went to an instructor yesterday that didn't warm up the class properly. And she kind of hurt her back...well...tweaked is the word...

At the end of the class...you need to have a period of time to bring your heart rate down...

Many instructors aim for a 2-song cool down. The first is considered to be the one that can bring down your heart rate...like a bachata or a cha cha...the last song is the stretching song. You don't want to stop moving and stretching when your heart rate is still racing at the work out level. It doesn't feel good.

Everyone needs to be aware of time in the class...and understand that if their instructor isn't doing this well...you are responsible for lowering the intensity of your workout so that you can create your own cooling down segment in class.

I personally like a longer cool down...partly because I find that my students can really get into the slower songs...which ultimately raises their heart rate, so we have to be careful of this...I allow for this and generally have 2 slower songs before my stretch song. Currently, I've been doing a salsa, Dame de Tu Boca by Luis Enrique, and a cha cha, I Need to Know by Marc Anthony before my stretch, Feeling Good by Micheal Buble. This is the final 12 minutes of my class.

These are all things that I already knew...you all probably already know...but let's now talk about about how this makes you feel.

With 24 minutes of class dedicated to warming up and cooling down...that only leaves 36 minutes for actual "working out." And if the play list isn't a full 60 minutes, but is more like 57 minutes to allow for announcements and/or class change over activity...then we are talking about only 33 minutes of actual "work out" which is just enough time to allow for 2 or 3 HIGH intensity songs (10-12 minutes) intermingled with some moderate intensity songs (20 minutes or so)...just enough of a kick in the pants to make you feel like you ACHIEVED something by getting through the class...but not so much that you are wiped out and not fit for anything else after class.

This is a great workout.

You leave feeling energized...your body feels like it was well used (in a lovely way :rolleyes:) through a variety of movement...but plenty of recovery as well. And you feel ready to tackle another class like this all over again...on a different day of course. :p

The more I learn...the more I realize that I have so much more to learn...someone on the Zumba instructor forum said that it is easy to become a Zumba instructor but very difficult to BE a Zumba instructor...

I need to do research to see when the next offering for a Group X certification will be in my area. There is so much to learn about the proper way to work out your body...and Zumba Fitness training isn't designed to create fitness instructors...not really...an instructor really needs to pursue additional education to put together a class that will not hurt or otherwise discourage the participants.

So I write this to pound into my own brain how great class felt yesterday...knowing how much I sweat and that I got in a great work out...even though there was much class time dedicated to the warm up and cool down...and also as a bit of something to watch out for for all my forum friends...as well as something of an alert to anyone reading this that has a resolution toward greater health and fitness and thinking that Zumba would be a great thing to try. It's just another way that Zumba classes vary from instructor to instructor...and another reason why...if you don't like the class you went to, you really should try going to another instructor's class.

Now I'm off my box...

Hope everyone had a safe New Year's Eve celebration. Happy 2012 Everyone!

Anita Latte
January 5th, 2012, 12:16 PM
This is my last vacation Thursday. Next week, my schedule explodes back into its normalcy of 8 classes a week. But for one more week...this week...I have only the 3 classes. So today and tomorrow are technically my last days of "vacation."

I did have class last night. I simply reorganized the playlist I did on Monday, which was only slightly different from the playlist I did on Saturday. And I'm going to do the EXACT same playlist this coming Saturday. I have goals in several categories...and one Zumba teaching goal is to stop freaking out about my playlists as much as I have been in the past.

So here is the current list:

Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 (easy warm up)
Good Feeling by Flo Rida (major joint warm up /abs/squats)
Waka Waka (Esto es Africa) by Shakira (cardio warm up / calypso)
La Despedida by Daddy Yankee (merengue)
Lovumba by Daddy Yankee (merengue/reggaeton)
Sway by Michael Buble (Cha Cha)
Cali Aji by Zumba Fitness (Salsa)
Pegate by Grupo Treo (Merengue)
Cuando Me Enamoro by Enrique Iglesias (Bachata - Toning)
Chiquilla by Kumbia All-Starz (Cumbia)
Sexy and I Know It by ***** (Pop)
Ari Ari [Part 2] by Zumba Fitness (Bhangra)
Take You to Rio by Ester Dean (Pop with Salsa and Samba moves)
Ven a Cumbiar by El Simbolo (Cumbia)
Dame de Tu Boca by Luis Enrique (Salsa)
I Need to Know by Marc Anthony (Cha Cha / cool down)
Feeling Good by Michael Buble (Stretch)

It is EXACTLY 60 minutes long.

EXACTLY.

Which I think is pretty amazing to hit it right on the money for a 1 hour long class.

You will notice that Reggaeton is really missing from my playlist. :o I am really picky about the Reggaeton songs that I like. Many of them do not have enough musical changes in them to be interesting enough to me. And the sound can be too hard without interesting musical breaks. This is the genre that I am working on currently. I have several songs that are about half way there with the choreography.

No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti by Illegas
En Sus Marcas Listos Fuera by Daddy Yankee (Apparently I really like this artist. LOL)
Caliente by Barbero
El Batazo by Zumba Fitness

This will be the next direction I go when I decide to introduce another song. It will depend on what the choreo ends up being like to determine which song to replace on the playlist.

I made an announcement before class yesterday...

I think we can all take it to heart...

Just a little reminder that Zumba is not about doing a routine correctly...it's about moving your booty...getting active to some music...and hopefully having fun...so I encouraged everyone to really move...to not worry about making a mistake...to let go of being embarrassed to do something wrong...that I would rather they get a good cardio work out in and make HUGE mistakes than never make a mistake and not get as good of a workout because they were too timid...

Just a thought...

Like anything...you can only get out what you put in...and you can get a lot out of Zumba if you put the effort in...I think some people, though, are more worried about looking foolish because they might be the only person going left when everyone else goes right...

Who the heck cares?

The one that makes steady progress toward their fitness goals because they give it everything they've got has the last laugh when it is all said and done.

I've decided that this is going to be something that I say before every class...to encourage people to just have fun...and MOVE...move A LOT...

Mom has found a couple of great sounding cook books. Please post the titles Mom...we are thinking that we will be doing a cook book club of sorts a la something that Mom read about or stumbled upon...

The idea is that a group of people all have the same cook book, and they systematically go through the cook book and make all the recipes in it...talking about their successes and failures with regards to the recipes. Also any changes or riffs on the recipes...how they were incorporated into a meal, etc. I think it was a baking cook book that was used in the group that Mom had stumbled upon, which could really have more failures and suggestions (baking is really a science). But we like the idea for a regular ole cook book.

Mom's into Latin food and Italian for this year...

I'm thinking that Latin and Zumba go well together...;)

So we are looking at cookbooks by Aaron Sanchez...

Mom has to post the titles so that we can find them. She said he has two good ones that she got from her library.

Anyone want to join in?

Member123
January 5th, 2012, 07:39 PM
OK.

Aaron Sanchez, (I adore him on both Heat Seekers and as a judge on Chopped)... hopefully others get Food Network or know who we're talking about. Anyway, the cookbooks that I located by him are...

La Comida del Barrio
Simple Food, Big Flavor

The barrio cookbook has recipes that are divided by the type of food establishment that would be serving them. The subtitle of the book is Latin-American Cooking in the USA. The explanations of Latin-style eating and cooking were very interesting. The second book is really interesting because Aaron takes a key ingredient (like salsa verde) and explains how to make it... in other words, gives you the recipe. Then, he adds recipes that use the key ingredient, like for salsa verde he has tomato salad with queso fresco (that uses 2 Tbsp of salsa verde) and Roasted Batata Salad with Salsa Verde, etc. There are about 4 recipes for each key ingredient.

I also love Rick Bayless and i found a cookbook by him titled Salsas that Cook, Using Classic Salsas to enliven our favorite dishes.

I thought that I would get more involved with Latin American cooking for a few reasons... one of them being that Anita and I (with family) will be visiting some Mexican ports on an upcoming March cruise and my DH and I will be traveling to some South American ports in December. I thought that I would like to learn some Spanish and know a little bit about the culture and the food before our travels. Of course, living in the American Southwest, I do get exposed to a lot of Latin flavors in cooking.

I also found an excellent book by Geoffrey Zakarian (the new American Iron Chef!) entitled Town Country, 150 Recipes for Life Around the Table. The concept in this book is to take a key ingredient (for example, spareribs) and provide an elegant recipe for TOWN and a more rustic, family style recipe for COUNTRY. What Geoffrey says in this book really resonated with me... he says, "I want to encourage people to spend more-- and better-quality-- time in the kitchen, and less time wired, plugged, or tuned in to the internet and the TV.... don't be afraid to make mistakes in the kitchen. Just get in there, have fun, and cook some good food."

Yeah!

So I didn't make any resolutions about exercise because I think I've nailed that component down pretty well. I have a new lifestyle that I started practicing last year and that's simply that I love Zumba and I will go to my Zumba classes. I don't have to do any self-talking, or try to motivate myself to get my Zumba workout clothes on and go... I just go! I feel like going; I love going; and I go.

This year, (yeah!) I'm happy that one of my favorite Zumba instructors is going to be leading a regular class during the week on Tuesday nights. She has subbed into my classes before and I really, really like her style a lot. So I'm really happy that she's going to be there for me one day a week!

I usually go to Zumba 3x or 4x a week. Unfortunately, the classes are pretty much stacked up at the end of the week. My typical schedule is Tuesday night, Thursday morning, Friday morning, Saturday morning. If I felt like it, I could go on Sunday morning. Sometimes I do that because my least favorite instructor is the one that leads the Friday class and sometimes I feel like subbing a Sunday class for her. That instructor is the one that prompted Anita to write about taking care of ourselves in class and making sure that we get an adequate warm-up. I wasn't paying enough attention during her class and ended up with a sore lower back. Now I know that I have to get into class early and do my own warm-up if that instructor is teaching because she really doesn't warm up our joints; she's all about the cardio! But I'm smart enough to take care of myself; and now that I've had that wakeup call... it won't happen again. (I was just too used to following Anita because I had the joy of being able to go to her Zumba classes during my holiday visit; So I became a more trusting person because of that and forgot where I was when I came home!)...:p

Anyway, I've made the first soup recipe from the Barrio cookbook. It was a bit bland and after analyzing it, I think I need to season the soup which I'll be doing tonight! Really, really good flavors though... and easy!

Anita, how do you propose that we incorporate this discussion into our Zumba thread? Should I wait for input from others (Donna? Kasi? Kim? anyone else?) to see if there's any interest in this? Obviously, if no one else has access to the cookbook(s), then we'd have to pick another one that everyone would have access to....

.... but I LOVE this idea! After all, eating is a huge component of our healthy lifestyle path.

Anita Latte
January 5th, 2012, 08:51 PM
All these books are in my library system! YAY! My local branch doesn't have any of them, so I had to request them all.

As for incorporating this into the Zumba thread...well...I've been debating this one. I don't really care for the way that this forum doesn't allow for editing of any posts past a certain date...so I'm thinking that this discussion needs to take place in a different place than here.

IF this forum were to allow for editing, then I could create a table of contents so that we could forever go back and refer to all the comments regarding certain recipes. I could constantly be updating the table of contents as we moved from recipe to recipe. Without the ability to do this, I think that it would get extremely frustrating because the whole point in doing this is not only to have the experience, but also to create a sort of database for future reference.

When you saw this for the baking cookbook...was it a blog? Was each recipe a separate entry and people just posted comments to share what happened? Because this is what I am thinking might be the best thing to do...create a separate blog for this. I know that I already have a blogger account, so it wouldn't be a big deal to do. I think.

I think we could even make it a private blog...a member only kind of thing? Where only members could post comments. We could have one blog entry be dedicated to Introductions so that if user names are different over there, for instance, if you, Mom, didn't want to be Member 123, you could let us know that your user name is really you, KWIM?

What do you think about that idea?

Anita Latte
January 5th, 2012, 11:29 PM
EVERYONE! This includes ALL my forum friends...

I have started a new blog for this cook book endeavor. Details to be worked out in the future, but the address is:

http://cooksthebook.blogspot.com/

It took a bit of playing with the words to get an available blog address.

I can tell you that you will need to be a member of the blog to post. So if you do not currently have the proper account to become a follower/member of the blog, you will need to remedy the situation in order to add comments and join in the discussion.

I will try to update the blog with a little something that will confirm for you that this is me over there. However, you can now become a member of this empty blog.

More details later, it's time for bed. I'm very excited about the prospect of sharing cooking stories...or at the least...sharing the inspiration to be active in the kitchen.

kasi1979
January 6th, 2012, 02:39 AM
Hey Pam,
welcome back, havent read from you in a loooong time.

Im not familiar with any of the books you mentioned, will have to take a look, whats available via amazon, maybe even for kindle, as I received on for christmas. I already signed up for the blog.

So much happening at our side of the pond.
I found a new job, which I will start on april 2nd.
I handed in my notice and will be leaving my current job mid-march, which leaves me with enough time for a one-week vacation. As DH wont be getting any time off, my friend and fellow cruiser andrea will join me for another western Med cruise :)
Our ports are: Civitavecchia (where we board), Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Cagliari, Palermo, Civitavecchia. My first cruise without any Sea-days. Dont know how I will fit in some relaxation time...
Workout wise Im still on Zumba vacation. Classes start again next Monday, and Im really looking forward to that.
Right now I plan on attending class on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. As I finally managed to convince DH to return to the gym, thats where we are headed on two other nights per week.
My gym hands out pre-defined workout-plans right now. Ones called fatburn-circle and gears towards a workout with different machines, two time a week for 6 weeks. after that you should change your routine.
I think Ill be giving that a try.
First of all I want to drop some weight, and its a nice alternative to what Im doing the rest of the time.

We are quite lucky this winter weather-wise. Just one day of snow so far, and if Im honest I absolutely hope this is not about to change, as lifes so much easier without shoveling the white stuff, sliding over ice-patches and freezing. Temperatures are wll above freezing point, so much so, that people are already suffering from hay-fever allergy because so many plants are blooming. Strawberries grew well into december, I cannot remember a time when that happend before. Even my azalea bush is in bloom. So, nature seems to be mislead regarding which season we actually have right now... Lets hope that February and March wont be too bad...

Ok, take care everybody,
Ill check the books and come back to you on whats available here.

kasi1979
January 6th, 2012, 02:53 AM
Just a quick note,
Simple Food, Big Flavor is available for Kindle
Salsas That Cook: Using Classic Salsas To Enliven Our Favorite Dishes is available in printed form in Germany.

Anita Latte
January 7th, 2012, 02:49 PM
Monday: Anita
Tuesday: Pam, Kasi, Anita
Wednesday: Anita
Thursday: Pam, Kasi, Anita
Friday: Pam, Kasi
Saturday: Pam, Anita
Sunday: Kasi

Kasi, congratulations on your new job! It sounds like the norm is to give quite a long notice when you are leaving your job there! I recall now when you mentioned this before...two months notice? Two weeks can be the norm here.

I think it's a great idea to get a vacation in there between the jobs! DH did that once and it was so nice. Sounds like a busy cruise schedule, but definitely fun.

Mom and I were talking and our main concern with the Latin cook book for you, Kasi, is the availability of some of the ingredients. I'll have to take a look at the book myself, but Mom was thinking that maybe it would be great fun for you especially when you are into your gardening weather and may be able to grow some of the ingredients that you might have a problem purchasing in your stores.

Just off the top of my head, green salsas and sauces in Latin cuisine usually use a fruit called a tomatillo; I guess you could liken it to a green tomato, but it is altogether different. Have you ever seen this in any stores in your area? They normally have a paper like husk around the fruit. Or could you get seeds? Personally, I was thinking that it would be good to start a garden myself, especially geared toward this venture. So we might plan the order of the recipes based on when the ingredients would be available (especially if we all try growing our own!).

Had a great class this morning. Kelly's business relationship in her place went sour and so she is not teaching at this time. I was wondering if any of my former classmates might come back to the rec center to check my classes. And yes, indeed, one student came this morning. It was a very positive thing. I admit to being a little concerned as to how well received my class would be, especially if these ladies were so attached to Kelly and her classes...could they be open-minded and enjoy me for who I am and how my classes are? Sure enough...yes, it was very good.

And in other feel good news, one of my students continues to make progress in lowering her cholesterol. Her doctor was threatening to give her Lipitor for Christmas, but apparently, he is pleased with her progress and said to continue doing what she was doing. Very cool!

And another student reported about her vastly improved blood pressure. Used to being about 147 on the top number, the nurse was so excited, and had to call for the doctor, because this student's blood pressure was 124 over 71! How exciting is that?

Next week is the week for everyone to get back to it, it seems. My corporate and Curves classes resume. Kasi is back into her classes. Mom is getting back into her groove.

Donna, you still doing Zumba classes? Debbie? Are they still having Zumba at your church? Kim, you back into your Pilates? Anyone else?

If you'd like to be added to the schedule so that we can cheer you on too, please let us know what your schedule is!

Anita Latte
January 8th, 2012, 12:20 PM
Good afternoon everyone,

I just want give a BIG shout out for how to set up your blogger account in order to maintain some semblance of privacy.

You HAVE to have a first and last name included in your account information in order to set up your account. Do NOT use your real names. Even if you change your user name to only be your first name or some other pseudonym, there will be a way for everyone to see the full name that you used when you set up your account.

Mom had a stroke of BRILLIANCE in coming up with her name; I am passing this along to you so that you will not have to go through what Mom is having to go through in order to deal with privacy issues.

Please use "Chef" for your first name
And your real first name for the last name
When you FIRST set up your account.

Your user name can be whatever you would like it to be.

The account name information is accessible only in the activities area of the given profile whenever anyone clicks on the name of a follower of a blog, so it is somewhat buried, but still...it's there.

Member123
January 8th, 2012, 08:18 PM
Well, perhaps not everyone is as challenged by some aspects of the internet as I am. Hopefully! Right?

I'm so happy that we've decided to add this blog activity into our already busy schedule and there's absolutely no sarcasm in my voice when I say that. :)

I think that I'm an overall happier person when I'm doing my due diligence in the kitchen. I know that I eat better and that I feel better. My biggest problem is just a boredom factor; my DH can eat the absolute same thing for breakfast (well, he does) and lunch (ok, he does) and would for dinner if I let him! Me? I just can't. I just can't. Enough said.

I'm happy that I've got some company in trying out new recipes... new flavors. My DH "might" give me a struggle with this. His comment about a new recipe that I recently tried was... "it's not my favorite." OK? Well, I know that he would eat his "favorite" forever, as we've already established. So I'm just going to have to run with this and take his comments in stride. After all... I already know what they will be, right? He'll be eating some "not his favorite" along the way and I think he'll survive.

So I didn't make it to Zumba on Saturday. I totally psyched myself out of going and I'm sorry that I did that to myself. It's just too long to go without Zumba from Friday morning until Tuesday night. If there was a class that I could go to tomorrow, I think that I'd just get myself to it. But, as there isn't... that just becomes wishful thinking.

So, this coming week... Zumba on Tuesday night, definitely on Thursday morning, probably on Friday, and definitely on Saturday! And I'll be trying a few new recipes this week!

Christmas is slowly, slowly, slowly retreating in my house! I decided that I wasn't going to put anything away until it was (a) repaired and (b) perfect. So, I've spent hours and hours troubleshooting my pre-lit Christmas tree! Eureka, this afternoon! I fixed all the light strands. So, it is now in it's protective wrapping, ready to be stored. Still have some final touches to do on some ornaments that need to be repaired and then it will be done and absolutely ready for next year.

Then, believe it or not, I'm going to start polishing silver! I didn't use my silver this year because of its condition. I'm just not going to let that happen again! So I've decided that I'm going to put the house on more maintenance schedules so that I can be more impromptu; being organized precedes the ability to be flexible!

So I will be busier this year, but it's all good.

Anita Latte
January 9th, 2012, 10:16 PM
This is the week...all my classes on back on my schedule...EIGHT.

I admit that I'm a little concerned about how I'm going to feel. I had one week off, sort of, from the rec ctr classes. But I've had THREE WEEKS off from the corporate and Curves classes. I could get seriously tired this week!

Today went well though. For my morning 30 minute Curves class, I put together a list that was definitely not intense. You could get your heart rate up, work up a sweat, but not really ever feel like you were pushing it. Or maybe that's just me? NO. I asked the ladies how they were doing, explained my goal in the playlist, and they had a good work out.

For my evening hour long class, I did the same playlist that I did on Saturday. It's just enough of a kicker...you don't hit a wall though. Serious sweat going on.

I have my lists planned for my two 45 minute classes tomorrow. My corporate class gets this one:

Good Feeling (warm up)
Waka Waka (Esto es Africa)
Lovumba by Daddy Yankee
Take You to Rio by Ester Dean
Pegate by Grupo Treo
Cuando Me Enamoro by Enrique Iglesias
Que Te Pica by Notch
Ari Ari [Part 2]
Hella Decale
Dame de tu Boca by Luis Enrique
I Need to Know by Marc Anthony
Feeling Good by Michael Buble

I absolutely LOVE how this list begins with Good Feeling and ends with Feeling Good. LOVE IT. Cracks me up. The warm up is new to them, and so is Lovumba and Cuando Me Enamoro. Then there's a mix of newer and older (like I even used it in the very first class...).

The evening Curves ladies get:

Moves Like Jagger (warm up 1)
Rain Over Me (more warm up)
Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)
Cuando Me Enamoro
Danza Kuduro
Sway by Michael Buble
Cha Cha by Chelo
Take You to Rio
La Despedida
Dame de Tu Boca
Ay! Papacito
Feeling Good

They get the new bachata (Cuando Me Enamoro) and the different version of Sway, which has only one different section in choreography from the other version. Otherwise, these are all familiar songs, so the ladies should get a good feeling...even though they don't get that song yet. They need to get back into the groove before I hit them with a new warm up song.

Meanwhile, today was a good food day. Meaning...we didn't eat anything that wasn't prepared from this house. All home cookin'.

I made a big pot of Festive Black Bean Chili (http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/588005-Festive-Black-Bean-Chili) yesterday, which DH and I are eating for lunch served on top of leftover rice. Dinner was a concoction I made up based on preseasoned chicken breast that I had picked up on clearance from Target: Tomato Basil flavor.

Grill the chicken. Also grill onion and red bell pepper.

I cut the onion into 3/4 to 1 inch slices across the bulb so that it looks like a tree trunk with the rings. Use a 2 tooth picks to poke through the rings to keep them from falling apart on the grill. Rub olive oil on each side of the onion.

I cut out the stem, seeds and pith from the pepper, and otherwise leave it intact. Rub the outside with olive oil.

We cooked a box of whole wheat spaghetti noodles. Dress with olive oil. Add and stir in chopped grilled chicken, chopped grilled pepper, chopped grilled onions, and fresh baby spinach. Serve.

We'll have leftovers for dinner tomorrow night. Nice...sitting here knowing that dinner is already prepared for tomorrow. It's a...wait for it...wait for it...

Good feeling...:cool:

I've been posting and talking on the new cook book blog (http://cooksthebook.blogspot.com/)...so there will be plenty of kitchen inspiration around here to help us all out with our health and fitness goals. Hope to see everyone over there too!

Meanwhile...have a great Zumba class tomorrow Kasi and Mom!

Anita Latte
January 13th, 2012, 09:21 PM
Well. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the Wii Fit board thing to work this morning. But based on my scale and using a BMI calculator...if I COULD have...I would have FINALLY been into the NORMAL range for BMI.

When I started, I was OBESE.

I am PUMPED ladies. BEYOND.

This means that I am about 158/159 pounds. I squeak into the normal BMI range in the 24.X range...but still...

NORMAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I weighed myself this morning (which I haven't done in forever) because the ladies at my corporate class were asking me how much weight I've lost since starting to teach the corporate class. That would be over 10 pounds...up to 15 depending on how you figure it...with weekend/pizza/beer weight or weekday/better choices weight. :o

The most fabulous part of this whole equation is that I am still on the downward trend. I've read about other people that get satisfied with a large weight loss and achieving a size 8/10 (my current size!)...and decide to hit maintenance mode.

Well. I'm not one of those people.

When I was 18, I was 137 pounds and 19% body fat. I see NO reason for me to not be able to achieve that again. NONE. SO.

I still have 20 pounds to go...

How is everyone else doing?

Anita Latte
January 13th, 2012, 09:42 PM
I'm turning 40 in March 2012. My mom found an outrageous deal on a Spring Break cruise in March 2012, so we booked a big family vacation for my parents, my husband, my son and myself which will be in honor of my big milestone.

It's also the goal for life change including major weightloss.

I started taking Zumba classes the week of Sept 12. I'm up to 3 Zumba classes a week and 2 Pilates classes.

I LOVE Zumba. I know it has a lot to do with my instructor, who I also love. I've had great success so far losing 4 inches around both my hips and bust and 1 inch each around each thigh. I'm totally pumped and more motivated than ever to continue getting healthy.

Anyone else out there a Zumba fan? Or doing Pilates? I thought we could exchange stories, songs, encouragement...

WARNING...I love to talk...A LOT...and I will also be using this thread as a kind of record of some other changes I have going on around the house...including, but certainly not limited to, cooking healthy homemade meals and breaking the restaurant/eating out cycle.

I hope anyone interested in these topics will join me!

I can't believe I missed my one-year anniversary for starting this thread!

I do this only because I am feeling so pumped with myself right now. It's the first time in my life that I have stuck with something for so long. 15+ months!

I ordered a cheap copy of the manual that is used for Group Ex certifications. Getting this cert is on my bucket list for 2012. I'll start with learning what is in the manual, then work on the actual cert. The copyright is 2002 for the one I ordered, and I know there is a 2010 version, but I've actually read negative reviews of the changes, so what to do? Get a $5 book and then go from there?...yeah...that's what we do...

kasi1979
January 14th, 2012, 01:53 PM
Anita,
congratulation on your amazing achievments.
Its absolutely awesome what you lost so far.

While Imn struggling to get back in the swing of things, I finally managed to loose a tiny bit, however, I hope this will continue...

Today is not a good day. The cruise ship I was scheduled to sail on in march had a accident, well, actually, it capsized. So sad. Unfortunately some dead and injured.

Anita Latte
January 14th, 2012, 10:46 PM
OMG Kasi...I went looking for the news story. Very sad.

Member123
January 15th, 2012, 11:58 AM
Kasi,
You have no idea how worried I was because I knew that you had scheduled to cruise on that ship, but I couldn't remember exactly when you had planned to do so. My memory was that it wasn't until later, sometime in March. There are so many conflicting stories as to what happened with that ship, but I am so saddened by the situation. I am so relieved to see your post, however, so that I can stop worrying about you! Heartfelt prayers to everyone who is affected by this circumstance.

Don't get your cortisol levels up! You know that stress plays a huge factor in our ability to lose weight. I know that you've been exhausted with your situation at work, and hopefully the new job will be much more manageable. We don't want to ever wish our lives away, one day at a time, always looking into the future... but it's nice to know that you have a change on the horizon. :D

So the mantra of making the most of our day and just living to the fullest extent of our capabilities is really the way to go. I read somewhere... make the most of 2012 because it's the only one that you'll get! That struck me as being just a logical statement with a lot of meaning and purpose. I relate to what you're saying about getting into the swing of things. I, too, am having a bit of difficulty doing that for this New Year. In fact, it almost doesn't feel like the energy of a New Year... quite yet. Maybe it's because I didn't mark the passing of 2011 in any meaningful way... or welcome 2012, quite yet. Don't know. Sometimes being philosophical just brings rubbish... kwim? Makes me think that I need to do something quite simple... like wash my windows. :p

Anyway, so good to hear from you.

kasi1979
January 17th, 2012, 04:15 PM
Hi Ladies,

just came home from my second zumba class this week. Still pumped and tired. Right now we are dancing to: Stand by me, Dance Dance, Historia, Zumba Mami, Salome and a few others I dont know the name off.

Im convinced that Ill manage to drop weight this time around. Im increasing the number of classes that I attend. Starting february DH and I will give the gym another try. We tried this month, however after three night of circling the neighborhood in search of parking space we just headed home. Too many persons with good intentions for 2012. However, from years past I know that this attitude usually wears off within a month, so just two more weeks and things ought to be back to normal.
Annie plans to also offer Zumba Toning classes starting this march. i just signed up for the sunday class yesterday. I hope it will be fun.


Regarding our cruise, we are still watching the news and feeling entirely grateful that we have not been onboard and that a relatively small number of lives was lost. I know, any death is a tragedy, however a ship filled with more than 4000 people could have easily been the grave of many more...
We have not yet heard from Costa how they will procede with bookings for cruises starting march or later. We have to wait until we receive the final cancelation info before we can book another cruise - yes - we are still going to cruise. You dont stop driving a car even though there are accidents daily, you tale a plane to different destinations and there are some aircrafts lost each year, so why not continue cruising?

So, what am I doing apart from Zumba and planning future cruises?
I am finally back to reading lots of books thanks to my Kindle that I received for Christmas. Im planning our birthdays next month, am de-clustering our home and selling stuff. The money gained that way goes into our cruise fund.
DH built me a money bank last year made of wood and plexi-glas, Its the shape of the celebrity millenium. So, whenever we have coins of small denomination in our pockets, or gain money by selling something, or returning bottles, all this money goes into the cruise fund. On our last cruise, there was enough money to pay all tips from that fund. Hopefully it will be a nice bonus for our cruise in the fall.

Anita, Pam, Im sorry, that I cannot take part in your cooking adventure. For one, Im incapable of using the blog-site properly, and I cannot get my hand on the ingredients without spending a fortune. The chipotel is only available online and runs at about 15 bucks for a small tin...

Take care ladies.

Anita Latte
January 21st, 2012, 01:09 PM
Bloch is a leading manufacturer of dance shoes and they have finally recognized the dance FITNESS market!!! They have designed shoes specifically for dance fitness and they should be released in early 2012. Check them out:

http://www.dancemania.biz/blog/new-zumba-fitness-shoes-arriving-in-2012/

I'm so excited about this!!

Shoes are always an issue so I thought I'd pass this along. Definitely worth a try.

Had class this morning...it was a BIG class!! Lots of energy, lots of fun!

I'm in the process of applying for another corporate Zumba Health and Wellness class contract...and two ladies from the company were in the class this morning. And it was just one of those playlists...really great intervals...well spaced high intensity songs...not too slow in between that you lose momentum...60 full minutes of music! And there was still the great buzz at the end of class where people are energized and talking about how sweaty they were and what fun the class was!

Here's what we did this morning:

1. Moves Like Jagger (Maroon 5) warm up
2. Good Feeling (Flo Rida) second warm up
3. La Despedida (Daddy Yankee) merengue
4. Que Te Pica (Notch) Reggaeton
5. Big and Chunky (Will.I.Am) Abs/Core
6. Danza Kuduro (Don Omar & Lucenzo) Kuduro
7. Take You to Rio (Ester Dean) Salsa moves
8. Lovumba (Daddy Yankee) merengue/reggaeton flavor)
9. Dame [Touch Me] (Zumba Fitness version: original by JLo) Cha Cha
10. Pegate (Grupo Treo) merengue
11. Ari Ari [Part 2] (Zumba Fitness version: original by Bombay Rockers) Bhangra
12. Cuando Me Enamoro (Enrique Inglesias) Bachata
13. Ven a Cumbiar (El Simbolo) cumbia
14. Sexy and I Know It (*****) Pop
15. Dame de Tu Boca (Luis Enrique) salsa
16. I Need to Know (Marc Anthony) cha cha - cool down
17. Feeling Good (Michael Buble) stretch

We rocked it this morning!

Hope everyone is staying motivated to continue on.

Zumba love!

Susie51
January 21st, 2012, 08:07 PM
I found this thread today and I also, took a zumba class today. Forty minutes, is all I could do, but now my right knee is bothering.. The class was fun and it was great to move with the music, but until I lose more weight Zumba will not be apart of my exercise program, because of my knee joint disease.

whizkidcat
January 21st, 2012, 08:52 PM
I have the Zumba 2 my daughter gave me for Christmas.
I worked out twice :(
I've got to get more motivated!!

Anita Latte
January 22nd, 2012, 01:29 AM
I found this thread today and I also, took a zumba class today. Forty minutes, is all I could do, but now my right knee is bothering.. The class was fun and it was great to move with the music, but until I lose more weight Zumba will not be apart of my exercise program, because of my knee joint disease.

Susie...I hope you come back here to read. The instructor that inspired me, my Kelly, has major knee issues. She was a gymnast and had knee issues and this was back in the day when they would do some sort of scraping of the joint. She has no cartilage in her one knee; it is bone on bone. I have several students with knee issues and also knee replacements. When you have knee issues, Zumba is not necessarily out of the question...it is something that you need to become a bit knowledgeable. You need to understand what kind of moves are bothersome for your particular knee issues and also understand what modifications you can do whenever these moves are done in the choreography.

The fact is that Zumba is an easy license to get to teach and instructors will vary GREATLY. You may or may not get one that will show modifications, so you have to be responsible on your end of the deal for knowing what you can and cannot do.

There are a couple of things in particular to watch out for when you find that a knee hurts:

1. Watch your feet. When you travel to the left or right in any of the many two step moves (like a step, together, step, together...traveling to the left...left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot), you need to watch that your toes are pointing in the direction that you are moving. Sometimes, one side doesn't want to do that. Since your right knee hurts, it's possible that your right toes are actually pointing to the right when you travel to the left. This stresses that right knee.

2. Watch your hips! If you watch this lady here doing salsa, just the first seconds of the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e1jFQNj1TM

What she is doing can put major strain on the knees. The man's form is better for the knees. He still has a bit of hip action but his thighs and calves are staying in more of a straight line than the chick.

3. Watch out for the way that you put weight on your problem knee. I have a student that has issues with a bachata move. If she doesn't concentrate and really watch the way that she places her weight on her foot as she steps out on the one knee, then she can have issues.

4. Watch for any twisting motion with your knee. In this video, they demonstrate a particular merengue step, right at the beginning:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsSrq3HBa7A

With a problematic knee, you can't twist like they do in the very beginning. You have to keep your toes, knee, and hip facing in the same direction. You just do a more simple step together step together kind of move. You can bend your knees a bit to get into the move, but DON'T TWIST.

These are right off the top of my head. The fact is that Zumba is fun and just because you have a challenge to deal with, if you can spend just a little bit of time preparing yourself for how to deal with different moves in class and how to modify them, you can really reap all the benefits of Zumba, time flies for the time of class, the music is fun, you are dancing in a fitness way...if you come back and read this...please respond...I'm happy to help you in any way that I can...

I have the Zumba 2 my daughter gave me for Christmas.
I worked out twice :(
I've got to get more motivated!!

I am not a person that is motivated to work out on their own...well...not for any length of time. My motivation for that is limited. :rolleyes: If you find that you aren't motivated to do it on your own...do it a different way!! Would a class, being with other people, having a schedule motivate you? Would it help you? Then DO THAT. MAYBE, going to a class will increase your motivation to hit the Zumba 2 at least once a week...

This season on the Biggest Loser the theme is no excuses...it's okay to not be motivated to work out alone at home...OR perhaps the issue is really that you don't like WHERE in the house you could work out...whatever the EXCUSE is...don't let that be the ruling factor that dictates to you that your health and wellness will suffer because this excuse exists...find a way to deal with what the underlying issue is...find a class...get a different space in the house...make your kids do the video with you...whatever...if you have read through any of this thread...then the following is in context...

Git 'er DONE!!

:D

calenita
January 23rd, 2012, 03:29 PM
I went to Zumba last week for the first time and loved it. The class is only once a week though. What else should I do to complement my Zumba. I bought the Wii Zumba and just don't really like it... but maybe as I learn more in class I will feel more comfortable with the Wii?

Anita Latte
January 23rd, 2012, 03:56 PM
I went to Zumba last week for the first time and loved it. The class is only once a week though. What else should I do to complement my Zumba. I bought the Wii Zumba and just don't really like it... but maybe as I learn more in class I will feel more comfortable with the Wii?

My Zumba instructor also taught Pilates. For me, it was a great complement. It helped me identify how to activate different muscle groups and then be able to focus on really engaging these muscles during Zumba. There is a difference between swinging yourself around and purposefully trying to use your muscles to do a movement...just an example...I would tense my arms A LOT during certain movements...not that I could necessarily keep them for jiggling, but I would mentally be trying to do that and physically tightening up my arms during merengues especially and doing certain moves like the "Beto shuffle."

If you don't like the Wii, don't force it. I personally don't have the motivation to sustain doing tapes or Wii activities. I need people. I need the schedule. I need the dedicated space. Not helpful, I know, but perhaps you can find another instructor's class to attend on a different day? When I searched on Zumba.com, there were 15 classes within 25 miles of "Ottowa Valley, Canada". Would any other class work? Most seemed to be in Churches, Halls, Civic Centers, or other independent locations.

Anita Latte
January 24th, 2012, 11:08 AM
Here's an inspirational story...

One week ago Monday, I pulled up to the parking lot of my evening class. I had followed another car into the parking lot. That car parked in one of the handicapped parking places. I saw the driver...and I admit that I thought to myself...OMG...I hope she isn't trying to come to my class...

Sure enough...

A woman, barely old enough to be my mother, OBESE and walking stiffly and awkwardly because of the shape of her body came into my class. I learned that she has an artificial knee...not the first person to have this in my class...and not the only obese person in my class...

It isn't that such as person shouldn't be in a Zumba class...it is that such a person needs help BEFORE they attend a Zumba class. It is why I was concerned about her coming into my class...because the modifications she needs to do are extreme...and I didn't really have the opportunity to inform her of them before the class...

I was able to talk to her a little bit...but nothing beyond typical encouragement to just listen to her body...modify the moves as necessary...don't think she has to do exactly what I am doing, etc.

She lasted for four songs. After 15 minutes...she left.

I thought I would never see her again...

I was talking with my students after class. Because this lady stood in the front of the class...right next to me...she was on everyone's radar...and her movements were such that everyone was worried about her...and honestly, most people were concerned that she would hurt herself. In our after class conversation, I learned about the conversation that this lady had with one of my most faithful students, Patty.

Patty is obese. Patty has knee issues, maybe even a knee replacement. I can't remember. She hurt her ankle a couple weeks back. She has been doing Zumba for over a year. She KNOWS what she is doing. She has done the DVDs, the classes at Curves, she was my first Saturday student...and she has now worked herself up to being able to go to two 1-hour classes a week. She is a rock star. And apparently, this visiting lady said to her, "I guess Zumba really is for everyone." Because this lady saw her body on Patty, and Patty was doing Zumba.

It turns out that this lady was not just doing the one free class...she had registered for my class, without ever trying it first. She told Patty this. There is a no refund policy at the rec center. I wrote an email to the director to tell her about the lady leaving class...to warn the director that she really shouldn't be starting with a Basic Zumba class, but should be starting with a Zumba Gold class, which could be called a transitional class. It is taught in a slightly different way...the highest pace is slower than a Basic Zumba class (although the intensity can be just as high) and modifications for specific conditions are taught to the instructors (for knee/other physical issues, pregnant women, etc.). I offered in the email to meet with this lady before class, if she should try to get a refund, so that I could encourage her and teach her some specific modifications.

I was SHOCKED to see the lady back in my class on Wednesday. I tried to encourage her...but I was running late...the bathrooms were locked...etc etc.

She lasted 25 minutes that day...

Fast forward to yesterday...phone ringing...unfamiliar number that I answer anyway...and it's this lady...

She had in fact tried to withdraw from the class and get a refund on her registration yesterday. SHE was astounded when the director talked to and she learned about my offer in the email. We had a great phone conversation that lasted for a long time...and we met 20 minutes before class started.

The main thrust of my conversation with her was to give her permission to just DO what she was able to do. Too often, we begin a new venture with high expectations of our abilities...and when our abilities do not match our expectations, we get frustrated, angry, disappointed...it stirs up a bunch of negative feelings...and so we quit...because we don't like the negative feelings being stirred up...because we don't accept what we are actually able to do. We beat ourselves up over our failings...we get angry with ourselves that this is what we have done to ourselves...and instead of taking that first step, reconciling ourselves to the our current situation and limitations...and GETTING STARTED so that we can begin the work that needs to be done to get to the point we really want to be at...we quit before we even start.

And continue to bemoan our current circumstances and wonder how we can ever change them?

Let me tell you...not about the modifications that I showed her...because I did show her MAJOR modifications...and encouraged her that there was nothing negative to be said over being able to do this instead of that...THIS is still MOVEMENT...is STILL exercise...this is STEP ONE. It's hard to be different in a class when the majority are somewhat similar...BUT...you have to get over yourself in this way if you are ever going to overcome.

I told her that getting through the entire class was goal one. And it would be a major achievement.

She did it!!!

She marched in place when she needed to. She barely moved her legs at some points and just moved her arms. She never once crossed her feet in footwork (think grapevine move) and always turned to face the direction that we were traveling. She sat down during some songs...and still moved her feet while she was sitting...I told her to do this so that blood would not pool which is the risk when you just STOP moving. She never turned around. And she got through the class.

Ladies...if this student describes you...be encouraged. Getting started is not an easy thing to do. It is much easier to do any physical movement and activity when you are more fit. But I'm telling you...if you can overcome...the sense of achievement that you will feel...it will be amazing...this lady is registered not only for the end of the current session (2 more weeks) but also for the next 8-week session. She is going to see an amazing change in the 11 weeks that will pass from when she took her first class. Not in her ability necessarily (although I expect that she will improve and be able to have more fun after getting to know the songs) but more in her attitude. I just know it.

And ladies...if this doesn't describe you? Be grateful. Be thankful. Move that body that doesn't have much difficulty moving beyond your own lack of motivation. Let your appreciation for the fact that you do not have artificial knees or hips...a micro tube in your heart...a former brain aneurysm...and generally have enough fitness to move without challenge be your motivation to use what you got.

Know what you can do. And DO IT. Go ahead and be angry or frustrated because you can't do what you think you should be able to do...or what you used to be able to do...and use that emotion to fuel a desire for change...and get started...where you are at. So that you CAN grow and progress and improve.

calenita
January 24th, 2012, 11:09 PM
Anita - What a great story. It is hard to go to a class and worry about your weight. Good to see her try to do what she can.
I also looked up the classes in my area and will try another class next week in my area, so I could do two a week. Zumba! Looking forward to tommorrow night.

littlelovely21
January 25th, 2012, 03:35 PM
Hello ladies! I didn't know this forum existed and may I say, I'm sad that I didn't. Anita, we're cruising together (we've talked on the Roll Call) but I wish I had known this thread existed we could have definitely gotten to know each other better :) I needed the motivation in 2011, I basically only did Zumba once or twice a week after my wedding March 5th because my son took up karate and the schedules conflicted. Then I had to have my gallbladder removed at the end of September so I couldn't exercise. THEN my instructor was involved in a car accident and her physical therapist said she couldn't instruct for a few months, given the fact that she's the only instructor at her studio she had to shut it down. So when I was finally able to workout again she wasn't there :(

I tested the waters in December at a couple places but nobody was like my Anna :o Thankfully I finally found this one place near by where I actually felt *comfortable* I definitely felt the workout (the other places' routines barely made me break a sweat! :rolleyes:) So I'm finally back on track going Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays :D I know I probably won't see much difference in only 46 days for our cruise but I'll be hoping for the best!

Anita, congratulations on your success and your journey this last year! I'm very proud of you as well as all of the other ladies who have stayed on this journey with Anita. I'm trying to read through all 34 pages, only on page 4, but I need the inspiration! Have a wonderful day ladies, I hope to talk to you all soon.

kasi1979
January 25th, 2012, 03:44 PM
Hi and welcome to our thread.

Ladies, I have cruise news:
Since the Costa Concordia disaster, we were looking for an alternative for our march cruise. While I would have loved to join you in the caribbean, a long-distance flight is not in our budget right now.
Well, my cruise-friend and I finally rebooked, we habe an interior stateroom on the Costa Serena going to the Canary Islands in march. We originally planned a 7 day cruise, now we will be cruising for 12 days :)

So, as soon as the cold I caught is better, I will be back in Annies classes to work on my "cruisebody". I managed to loose about 2,5 kg since christmas, not incredibly much, but a start.
If I could keep that up, I would look a lot better this summer.

littlelovely21
January 25th, 2012, 04:53 PM
Hi and welcome to our thread.

Ladies, I have cruise news:
Since the Costa Concordia disaster, we were looking for an alternative for our march cruise. While I would have loved to join you in the caribbean, a long-distance flight is not in our budget right now.
Well, my cruise-friend and I finally rebooked, we habe an interior stateroom on the Costa Serena going to the Canary Islands in march. We originally planned a 7 day cruise, now we will be cruising for 12 days :)

So, as soon as the cold I caught is better, I will be back in Annies classes to work on my "cruisebody". I managed to loose about 2,5 kg since christmas, not incredibly much, but a start.
If I could keep that up, I would look a lot better this summer.

Great job on the loss! *insert clapping smiley here* :)

Sort of off topic, but I noticed that you were supposed to be on the Costa Concordia in the near future :eek: After seeing the tragedy those passengers went through I'm sure you are very happy to not have scheduled your cruise sooner. Such a scary situation for all those involved and my prayers have gone out to them and their families. We won't let that event change our perspective on cruising, we love it and can only pray that that incident was isolated and won't happen again, EVER hopefully! Glad to read that you are also not letting it affect your decision to cruise. Have fun on your cruise in March! :D

Anita Latte
January 25th, 2012, 05:53 PM
@Calanita...I hope you have a great class tonight! Instructors vary widely...and the class is so instructor dependent, I hope you click with this one so you can enjoy twice a week! I think having two different instructors could be fun, especially if they have complementary but different styles...keeps it interesting!

@Vanesa (littlelovely)...WELCOME!! I'm so glad you found us over here. :) You've had some challenges in 2011! How great that you have persevered and finally found a class that works for you. IDK...3 times a week for over 7 weeks...you could definitely see some changes. Especially if this is something of a shock to your system, and especially if you keep up with your water intake (something we all seem to struggle to do here), and especially if your diet is supporting your health and fitness goals.

You should definitely join Mom and I for Zumba on the cruise. It'll fit right on with your schedule! LOL. I'm planning to try for a class for each sea day, which should put it on Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday, IIRC. Let me know if you have any favorite songs...I can't guarantee that my routine would be the same...and maybe that would be frustrating? but if I know the songs and have a routine, I'd include some.

This thread is long and wordy...:o. Some ladies have come and gone...I don't know if they still read or not...but that's the way it is with a thread that is over a year old.

@Kasi...It would have been so much fun to have you cruise with us! 12 days...that will be such a great vacation. Congrats on your weight loss. Don't knock it. I think that's over 5 pounds? That's over a pound a week! That's fantastic; it's the recommended rate of weight loss for long term.

I'm getting geared up for class tonight. I have to admit that I'm not too pumped. Wednesday is usually something of a downer. I have so many that are only coming Monday night and so the drop in attendance is expected, but usually the class is less than half the size of Monday night. And I know that one of my regulars is traveling...and with our weather going on...IDK if anyone is going to show up. We'll see what happens.

Anyone seen the new Zumbawear? I want the new cargos!!! I really don't need to be spending any money on that right now. I need REAL clothes. LOL. I did order some new things...should be here on Jan 30. Can't wait!

Anita Latte
January 26th, 2012, 11:12 AM
I learned an important lesson last night. Shorter songs make the time go by faster! There are some songs, "La Vida Es Un Carnaval" is one of them...that just seem to go on and on and on...I feel like...OMG...will this song EVER end? Not necessarily in the beginning...but when the musical changes don't change often enough...and in following the Zumba formula, you are doing the same move for however long...OMG...so...

Whenever I am feeling not quite pumped for class I just need to remember that if I pick songs that are about 3 to 3:30 minutes long...the class will fly by.

I think there is something in the weather...we haven't had sunshine for days...and yesterday...you HAD to turn on the lights, even during what should have been the brightest time of day. The humidity is INSANE. One student said, "YAY we did it!" at the end of class yesterday. So it's not just me.

I could tell last night and just in general that it's time for me to work on a new cool down song. I still really enjoy "I Need to Know" by Marc Anthony, so I need to pull it before the enjoyment factor departs so that I can incorporate it again later. I think "Smooth" by Santana has that same sultry feel to it. So I'm going to be working on choreo for that tomorrow, maybe today.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

kasi1979
January 26th, 2012, 11:56 AM
Hi Anita,

is it still warm at yours?
We are currently having temps around freezing point and are absolutely grateful that daytime is finally increasing again. Theres not much that is as demotivating as darkness.

I cannot join Zumba this week, as I caught a cold. So I love reading about your classes and participate that way.
We have one song in class currently where I always wish it was shorter. Do you know "Volare"?

I had a look at the new collection, and there are several pieces I would love to have. Especially the football jersey looks good for me. Well, I promised myself a new top as soon as I manage to stay below 80 kg, so sometime in February that should be coming my way.

What else am I doing?
I received a kindle for Christmas and I read 10 books this month :) Its kind of addictive that you can start reading a new book as soon as you finish one, and you dont have to search for a storage place afterwards.

littlelovely21
January 26th, 2012, 01:49 PM
@Vanesa (littlelovely)...WELCOME!! I'm so glad you found us over here. :) You've had some challenges in 2011! How great that you have persevered and finally found a class that works for you. IDK...3 times a week for over 7 weeks...you could definitely see some changes. Especially if this is something of a shock to your system, and especially if you keep up with your water intake (something we all seem to struggle to do here), and especially if your diet is supporting your health and fitness goals.

You should definitely join Mom and I for Zumba on the cruise. It'll fit right on with your schedule! LOL. I'm planning to try for a class for each sea day, which should put it on Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday, IIRC. Let me know if you have any favorite songs...I can't guarantee that my routine would be the same...and maybe that would be frustrating? but if I know the songs and have a routine, I'd include some.

This thread is long and wordy.... Some ladies have come and gone...I don't know if they still read or not...but that's the way it is with a thread that is over a year old.


Anyone seen the new Zumbawear? I want the new cargos!!! I really don't need to be spending any money on that right now. I need REAL clothes. LOL. I did order some new things...should be here on Jan 30. Can't wait!

Thank you for the warm welcome I'm still interested in trying your routines if you're able to find a place to hold class on our cruise just let me know and I'll ditch my boys for an hour :D

I remember reading your post on how to figure how much water we should take in and how to calculate it. If you don't mind sharing that info again, it'd I'd love to know. I also have found myself *keeping my knees together* while I sit at my desk to tighten the inner thighs and I even told my co-workers about it so we all have been doing so at our desks yesterday and today :D (You had mentioned that advice early in the thread).

I desperately need to go cruise shopping I have NOTHING cute to wear for the cruise, sadly. I'm just not a big shopper but I need a new swimsuit and some shorts, regular daily wear as well as some formal dresses :eek: I'm making myself panic just thinking about it! lol

I have Zumba tomorrow, CAN'T WAIT, and then I'm trying a belly dance class on Saturday. I've done a few before but it's been a while. I plan on using this to supplement the Zumba classes since I can only do Zumba Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. I need something to keep my motivation up during the weekend. 45 days Anita! ;)

Hi Anita,

is it still warm at yours?
We are currently having temps around freezing point and are absolutely grateful that daytime is finally increasing again. Theres not much that is as demotivating as darkness.

I cannot join Zumba this week, as I caught a cold. So I love reading about your classes and participate that way.
We have one song in class currently where I always wish it was shorter. Do you know "Volare"?

I had a look at the new collection, and there are several pieces I would love to have. Especially the football jersey looks good for me. Well, I promised myself a new top as soon as I manage to stay below 80 kg, so sometime in February that should be coming my way.

What else am I doing?
I received a kindle for Christmas and I read 10 books this month :) Its kind of addictive that you can start reading a new book as soon as you finish one, and you dont have to search for a storage place afterwards.

I hope you feel better. I can't imagine dealing with THAT kinda of cold weather. No thank you! I love our "cold" in South texas where everybody bundles up when the temps reach 50 degrees F haha Take care of yourself and enjoy your Kindle!

Anita Latte
January 26th, 2012, 02:50 PM
@Kasi...OMG YES...I know that song "Volare"...It's by the Gypsy Kings and it's an old song. I love the lead singer's voice of that group SO MUCH. Just love it. That rhythm is called "Rumba Flamenca" and it's a kind of more groovin' and less uptight and stiff version of Flamenco dancing. I really like that rhythm and I really like that group...but their songs seem to go on forever and so I have never even tried to choreo one. Someone put the Gypsy Kings' song "Caminando Por La Calle" on a mixed tape for me in college. I LOVE that song, and think it might make a nice cool down kind of song...

And YES...we are still warm...been in the 70s with high HIGH humidity...like 70-90% humidity...so even though the actual temperature isn't high...the stickiness factor is and it's just so gross feeling.

@Vanesa...I definitely have clothes issues! I did order some from Athleta. I have the formal dresses but my main problem has to do with regular casual clothes. I have work out clothes coming out my ears!! But nothing that could be considered "normal" and so that is what I am trying to fix. I have high hopes that what I have ordered will work.

I've never really landed on a personal fashion style and so I actually have a hard time finding clothing that makes me feel really good for normal everyday wear. These days, with the weight loss and changing body...I just wear my exercise clothes everywhere. I started researching to get some inspiration and I think I googled "SAHM uniform" or something similar and there is a TON of information out there about yoga pants and knit shirts and/or matchy matchy track suits...LOL!! It seems to be the challenge for everyone to find something that can hold up to the rigors of babies, children, household chores...something that is washable and yet, still somewhat fashionable or stylish. It's my personal mission right now to discover my style to help guide me as I completely overhaul my wardrobe (necessary as I have shrunk out of so much and will continue to shrink).

Have fun in bellydancing! I took a bellydancing class. SO FUN. I'm trying to remember what it was that was sore that was so surprising...I think it might have been my calves? That would be weird, I have SICK strong calves...upper legs? IDK...but it's a great workout...shoulders too when you get the arm movements into it all.

The water recommendation is based on your weight in pounds. You calculate it by multiplying your weight by 0.5 ounces to 1.0 ounces. This is the range of water that you should be shooting for daily. So...I am about 158 pounds right now...So that is 79 to 158 ounces of water daily...OR 10 to 20 8-ounce glasses.

Which is a heck of a lot more than 8...

THEN you are supposed to add more water for every 20 minutes that you exercise...AND MORE water for any caffeine or alcohol intake...

Seriously.

Your body is a "bag of mostly water...ack ack" (For anyone that has seen Mars Attacks ;):eek: such a stupid movie...) ANYWAY...

It's easy to understand HOW we can all be feeling drained when we haven't had enough water...especially if this is day after day...

Speaking of...I know I have been lacking in the water department...UGH...probably another reason why I have been feeling a bit slow this week...that and the Australian Open...OMG...been staying up a little too late to watch a couple matches there...

Hope you recover quickly Kasi...have fun in your class Vanesa...Calanita, how was the other instructor?...Donna, hope you are doing well...Mom has to share her story of her record high today...and to all the lurking FIRE ladies...Zumba love!

aoknkentucky
January 26th, 2012, 05:37 PM
I am so sad to say this, but unless we have ten people show up for our Zumba class on Monday night, the class will be cancelled. This is one of the reasons that I have not posted what night my class meets or how many times per week I exercise since this was my only exercise of the week. Tiny baby steps, I know, but I was just beginning to feel comfortable enough to add another night of exercise when our instructor hinted that this would happen after the first of the year if enough people didn't come to the class.

I really like my instructor, Nikki. Since she had just begun as an instructor, this was/is the only class she teaches. We have several classes in our area, but I just can't get motivated to show up at a different place where the class is established. To be honest, my main reason (excuse?) is that I find it more and more difficult to explain my limitations to someone. I look perfectly fine. I can do most of the moves if I gear up (medicate) like the Enegizer Bunny before I arrive on-site. The problem is that I hurt like H##L for about three days after. This is not good for my joints, my muscles, or my stash of painkillers.

Anita, I really appreciate your earlier post about moving is moving is moving (my paraphrase). As you and Pam have said over and over here, the right instructor makes all the difference in the world. I'm glad you gave the example you did. My movement is not limited by my weight, but I really related to the lady with bone-on-bone movement limitations. I learned quickly that reworking the moves just a little made all the difference in the world for me to be able to participate.

Enough of the Debbie Downer. We may have enough people to continue. Monday evening will tell the story. In the meantime, I went to my first Tai Chi class last night!!! This is a brand new class that is starting in another location. One of the two friends that attends Zumba with me has a buddy that leads a couple of Yoga classes in this location, so both friends and I attended last night. I really liked it. I can "do" it. I may not have all the moves, but I can keep up with the tempo. LOL As the instructor told us, progress in finessing moves is measured in decades. Kinda puts it all in perspective and takes the pressure off, KWIM?

Kasi, I'm very glad you were not onboard the Concordia and I'm sure you will have a lovely time on the newly booked cruise. I bet you'll make your goal of maintained weight loss too. You go, girlfriend!

Welcome newcomers. I'm sure you'll like the spirit of encouragement and the tips and hints you find here. I'll report back on Tuesday to let everyone here know if I am still a Zumba participant, but I'm not sure if I'll be adding further posts since it seems I'm headed in a different direction with exercise by way of Tai Chi.

Member123
January 26th, 2012, 06:55 PM
Debbie!

OK, this thread is about people who LOVE Zumba, as in "Any other Zumba fans?" We don't care if you post about doing Tai Chi because the post doesn't say anything about actually DO-ing Zumba, and we know that you are a fan. So, that's not going to get you out of coming to our party, girlfriend! :D

Anita hinted at my most amazing accomplishment today. First I have to set up the scenario for you! I walked into my Zumba class today and found a well-attended class, so I ended up moving out of my "regular" location in the class and heading to the back row. One of the reasons that I did that was because I realized that there are a lot of shorter people in my class! I think the majority of ladies in there are hitting somewhere around 5'2" or 5'3", so I have no difficulty seeing the instructor from my height of 5-7-1/2" (I'm taking the 1/2" because my doctor was really impressed with my 1/2" at my last checkup... she said that women "my age" <ugh> were losing height and she thought it was wonderful that I was maintaining!). So, anyway I'm at the back of the class and I'm able to see everyone in the mirror, which amounts to a whole lot of people who are dressed in black exercise clothes... maybe a little bit of white thrown in here and there. Well, I decided to wear my bright lime green top today! And, would you believe that Young (my instructor) decided to wear her bright green cargo pants today! So, in the sea of black/white, we were standing out like crazy in the mirror!

Maybe that's why I feel like I really gave it even more than usual today. IDK. But, I really poured it on and kept up with Young. Felt pretty good during the hour. I have a really cool feature on my heart rate monitor (HRM) that shows a "recovery" heart rate; in other words, when I hit the STOP button, it remembers my heart rate at that moment and will display my heart rate after a minute of time has elapsed. I read (somewhere) that a healthy heart will drop 10 beats per minute after stopping exercise; I usually drop 17 to 20 beats in the minute after stopping, so I feel pretty good about that.

Imagine my surprise when I checked on my calorie burn and found the number...

<drumroll>

1057....

Yep, I broke the 1000 calorie burn figure! I couldn't believe it! I usually burn in the low- to mid-900s, so I was pretty impressed with myself!

As we've mentioned on here before, the use of the HRM is mainly as a tool for a general idea of the level of exertion and, therefore, the numbers might not be able to be taken literally. Disclaimer, etc. But, even using the HRM as a metric tool for exertion.... WTG! Don't you agree?!?

kasi1979
January 27th, 2012, 03:14 AM
Wow Pam,
thats awesome. So you are the girl they need for the promo-tours :)
Its interesting that you write of your monochrome classmates, our classes are a sea of color, everything from pink, yellow to different blues, greens and so on. Even the ones that dont wear Zumba clothes are colorful. Maybe we need that color because its so dark and unfriendly outside...

You should have seen my face this morning when I went to weigh myself. Im below 80 kg *yeah*
My weight seems to finally drop. I hope this trend will continue.
So, if I manage to maintain that weight or loose a little more this upcoming week, Ill be buying myself a Zumba shirt next Sunday :)

Today Im aklways listening for our door bell, as I ordered a new mobile phone. Mine is a company phone which I have to hand back on my last day at the current company.

littlelovely21
January 27th, 2012, 02:46 PM
@Vanesa...I definitely have clothes issues! I did order some from Athleta. I have the formal dresses but my main problem has to do with regular casual clothes. I have work out clothes coming out my ears!! But nothing that could be considered "normal" and so that is what I am trying to fix. I have high hopes that what I have ordered will work.

I've never really landed on a personal fashion style and so I actually have a hard time finding clothing that makes me feel really good for normal everyday wear. These days, with the weight loss and changing body...I just wear my exercise clothes everywhere. I started researching to get some inspiration and I think I googled "SAHM uniform" or something similar and there is a TON of information out there about yoga pants and knit shirts and/or matchy matchy track suits...LOL!! It seems to be the challenge for everyone to find something that can hold up to the rigors of babies, children, household chores...something that is washable and yet, still somewhat fashionable or stylish. It's my personal mission right now to discover my style to help guide me as I completely overhaul my wardrobe (necessary as I have shrunk out of so much and will continue to shrink).

Have fun in bellydancing! I took a bellydancing class. SO FUN. I'm trying to remember what it was that was sore that was so surprising...I think it might have been my calves? That would be weird, I have SICK strong calves...upper legs? IDK...but it's a great workout...shoulders too when you get the arm movements into it all.

The water recommendation is based on your weight in pounds. You calculate it by multiplying your weight by 0.5 ounces to 1.0 ounces. This is the range of water that you should be shooting for daily. So...I am about 158 pounds right now...So that is 79 to 158 ounces of water daily...OR 10 to 20 8-ounce glasses.

Which is a heck of a lot more than 8...

THEN you are supposed to add more water for every 20 minutes that you exercise...AND MORE water for any caffeine or alcohol intake...

Seriously.

Your body is a "bag of mostly water...ack ack" (For anyone that has seen Mars Attacks such a stupid movie...) ANYWAY...

It's easy to understand HOW we can all be feeling drained when we haven't had enough water...especially if this is day after day...

Speaking of...I know I have been lacking in the water department...UGH...probably another reason why I have been feeling a bit slow this week...that and the Australian Open...OMG...been staying up a little too late to watch a couple matches there...

Hope you recover quickly Kasi...have fun in your class Vanesa...Calanita, how was the other instructor?...Donna, hope you are doing well...Mom has to share her story of her record high today...and to all the lurking FIRE ladies...Zumba love!


Anita, thank you for the reminder on howto compute the suggested water intake. I'm 145 lbs currently. I'd like to be 130 but I just don't know if I'll ever get there because I've got a good amount of "junk in the trunk" lol Sadly it's hereditary and no matter how hard I try I'm always going to have it as well as thicker thighs. I know I can get the thighs toned over time, but I just don't know if I'll ever have them NOT touching. Hubby loves 'em, I don't. :rolleyes:

I'm kind of the same way as you are when it comes to clothes. I've never had a "style" I just wore whatever fits and isn't too expensive. But I do love to dress up for special occasions, then I'll get all made up and wear something sultry and I'll put on my high heels. Sadly I can't muster up half the energy to do that to get ready for work! Ha! If I could I would probably spend all day in my yoga pants they are so comfy and they keep everything in place for me :D I'll let you know how I do in the belly dance class, I'm sure my calves will get a good workout from tiptoeing and whatnot.

I have Zumba tonight and I NEED it after all the snacking I did at this Food & Wine Classic we went to last night. Oh my goodness the food was yummy but we definitely had too much to drink :o (If I had to add a more and more water for the amount of alcohol I drank last night, let's just say I'd be drinking a ton of water! lol)


Debbie!

OK, this thread is about people who LOVE Zumba, as in "Any other Zumba fans?" We don't care if you post about doing Tai Chi because the post doesn't say anything about actually DO-ing Zumba, and we know that you are a fan. So, that's not going to get you out of coming to our party, girlfriend!

Anita hinted at my most amazing accomplishment today. First I have to set up the scenario for you! I walked into my Zumba class today and found a well-attended class, so I ended up moving out of my "regular" location in the class and heading to the back row. One of the reasons that I did that was because I realized that there are a lot of shorter people in my class! I think the majority of ladies in there are hitting somewhere around 5'2" or 5'3", so I have no difficulty seeing the instructor from my height of 5-7-1/2" (I'm taking the 1/2" because my doctor was really impressed with my 1/2" at my last checkup... she said that women "my age" <ugh> were losing height and she thought it was wonderful that I was maintaining!). So, anyway I'm at the back of the class and I'm able to see everyone in the mirror, which amounts to a whole lot of people who are dressed in black exercise clothes... maybe a little bit of white thrown in here and there. Well, I decided to wear my bright lime green top today! And, would you believe that Young (my instructor) decided to wear her bright green cargo pants today! So, in the sea of black/white, we were standing out like crazy in the mirror!

Maybe that's why I feel like I really gave it even more than usual today. IDK. But, I really poured it on and kept up with Young. Felt pretty good during the hour. I have a really cool feature on my heart rate monitor (HRM) that shows a "recovery" heart rate; in other words, when I hit the STOP button, it remembers my heart rate at that moment and will display my heart rate after a minute of time has elapsed. I read (somewhere) that a healthy heart will drop 10 beats per minute after stopping exercise; I usually drop 17 to 20 beats in the minute after stopping, so I feel pretty good about that.

Imagine my surprise when I checked on my calorie burn and found the number...

<drumroll>

1057....

Yep, I broke the 1000 calorie burn figure! I couldn't believe it! I usually burn in the low- to mid-900s, so I was pretty impressed with myself!

As we've mentioned on here before, the use of the HRM is mainly as a tool for a general idea of the level of exertion and, therefore, the numbers might not be able to be taken literally. Disclaimer, etc. But, even using the HRM as a metric tool for exertion.... WTG! Don't you agree?!?

Congrats on the 1,000 calories burned! That is so awesome!

Wow Pam,
thats awesome. So you are the girl they need for the promo-tours
Its interesting that you write of your monochrome classmates, our classes are a sea of color, everything from pink, yellow to different blues, greens and so on. Even the ones that dont wear Zumba clothes are colorful. Maybe we need that color because its so dark and unfriendly outside...

You should have seen my face this morning when I went to weigh myself. Im below 80 kg *yeah*
My weight seems to finally drop. I hope this trend will continue.
So, if I manage to maintain that weight or loose a little more this upcoming week, Ill be buying myself a Zumba shirt next Sunday :)

Today Im aklways listening for our door bell, as I ordered a new mobile phone. Mine is a company phone which I have to hand back on my last day at the current company.

Yay! Congrats to you as well for your loss! That is so amazing :) Maybe that's what I need to use as inspiration, shopping rewards for pounds lost! :D

Anita Latte
January 30th, 2012, 10:47 PM
Just a quick note...how is everyone?

I'm adding a new song this week..."Hola My Friend". It's a Zumba Fitness song. I don't know who sings the original. I am not doing this routine...but here is the song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5UXqYDVYDs

I made up my own routine to it...I watched some videos about "Hot Hula Fitness" and my version of the song is all about a major core workout...very fun...lots of attempts at hula like hip swaying. :) I'm in love with this song...I'm in such a vacation mood. On tonight's playlist was this song and:

Plane to PR (did you know PR stands for Puerto Rico?)
Ven a Cumbiar (we call it the cruise ship song)
Take Me to Rio
Ay! Papasito (makes me think of cartoon ladies with fruit on their heads)
Iko Iko

And of course, my typical mix of other latin rhythms that give that wonderful vacation-y feel. :) I'm getting so excited for our cruise...oh baby!!!

aoknkentucky
January 30th, 2012, 11:15 PM
I'm so excited! Tonight was to be the last night of Zumba at our church if we didn't have atleast 10 warm bodies. We had ELEVEN!!! The very best news is that I can now proudly tell the group here that I have a weekly fitness routine. Because we thought we might lose our Monday night Zumba, one friend researched and we will be learning TaiChi on Wednesdays. The other friend that attends with us found a Zumba class in another location on Thursday and we will be trying it this week also. Three times a week? Me??? How did this happen? I went from couch potato to this? I owe so much to everyone here. Thanks for the encouragement everybody. --Debbie

kasi1979
January 31st, 2012, 02:35 AM
Debbie,
thats awesome, I know how you feel.
At the End of 2010, I was this unfit lady, always lounging in front of my computer and not getting it done.
Now I attend Zumba classes up to 5 times a week, and I feel good.
Its wonderful what you can achieve when you finally find the workout that you love.

I think Ill be back on track this Thursday, as my cold seems to finally get better. So looking forward to the good-time music.

Anita Latte
January 31st, 2012, 09:45 AM
@Debbie...I'm so glad you got 11!! I was hoping Monday's attendance would make the grade. :)

I think it's great that you are trying out another Zumba class. Instructors vary so much...in general there should be an overlap of moves...I'm not sure if you would recognize names, but still...when you hear a cumbia song...you will likely be doing some sort of new configuration of the basic cumbia (one foot moving forward and backward), "sleepy leg", "sugar cane or machete", and booty circles...salsa will have one foot forward, the other backward...switch...the out to the side and out to the other side...the kick back, where you just go to the back on both sides...I think you get the drift...Remember though that the routines may or may not be the same between instructors...and music taste varies greatly too.

I can't wait to hear how the new class is.

@Kasi...Congrats on your weight!!! Woot Woot!!! I'm sure the trend WILL continue. Are you going to get one of the football shirts? I've been thinking about getting some more loose fitting shirts...almost all my shirts are the tanks...I like them...but I wouldn't mind something different now and again...and I'm glad you're feeling better...it's good to not push it when you aren't feeling well...the important thing is to know that you have something to do when you are better and that resting while your body needs it won't steal away your motivation.

I realize I have THREE Daddy Yankee songs on my playlist this morning! I really like him, I guess. LOL.

Yesterday...I played Stand By Me for my cool down /pre-stretch song. I think my classes at Curves liked it but were getting bored with it...the choreography is really simple, really repetitive...and yes, it could be called boring...I started offering some more complex songs...but I brought this one back yesterday...it was the most energetic bachata EVA! The ladies were getting into it and having so much fun with it...which just goes to show you...ANY song done with enthusiasm can be more intense. You get out what you put into it.

Bea_Bopp
January 31st, 2012, 12:30 PM
Hi - newbie here.

Your thread jumped out at me because I too am a Zumba fan - love it:D. Twice a week with a fantastic (male) teacher at our local sports centre - the hall takes 80 people but it's so popular that you have to phone as soon as booking opens to get in.

Our teacher used to be a dancer so he puts his own spin on the choreo but also styles out the songs. One of our current tunes is 'Maria' and if he's in the mood we get the full Ricky Martin - very cheeky;).

We also use 'Stand By Me' as a cool-down song - do you do the strange 'hand to shoulders, head, knees' thing at the beginning?

Guess where our teacher used to dance?...in the shows on cruise ships!

kasi1979
January 31st, 2012, 01:10 PM
Hi Bea
and welcome to our Zumba thread.

We do the Hand, Hip Knee combination at the beginning of Stand by Me, I kind of like this cooldown song, however I prefer historia.

My Zumba instructor Annie is a certified dance instructor for Latin and Classic dances, too. Shes been dancing all her life and thats what you feel when watching her. Its as though she breathes rhythm. This new year classes at the beginning of the week were so crowded that Annie has to add two more Zumba hours to her schedule to not have to turn anyone away.
Now I can choose classes from the following schedule:
Monday: 6:30 or 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:45 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:30 p.m.
Thursday: 6:15 and 7:30 p.m.
Friday: 6 pm
Sunday 11:30 am
and starting in march I plan to add a Zumba Toning class on Sunday.

I wont be attending all classes, thats just to much in combination with a full time job, but I believe up to 5 classes are doable.

littlelovely21
January 31st, 2012, 01:17 PM
Debbie,
thats awesome, I know how you feel.
At the End of 2010, I was this unfit lady, always lounging in front of my computer and not getting it done.
Now I attend Zumba classes up to 5 times a week, and I feel good.
Its wonderful what you can achieve when you finally find the workout that you love.

I think Ill be back on track this Thursday, as my cold seems to finally get better. So looking forward to the good-time music.

It is quite amazing how addicting Zumba is isn't it?! I remember when I first started, my hubby was shocked that I was even working out because I was such a lazy butt! lol And I'd even take 2 classes B2B and he just couldn't believe it. I wish I had more days available to do it but my schedule only allows for 3 classes a week. Keep up the good work Kasi!

@Debbie...I'm so glad you got 11!! I was hoping Monday's attendance would make the grade. :)

I think it's great that you are trying out another Zumba class. Instructors vary so much...in general there should be an overlap of moves...I'm not sure if you would recognize names, but still...when you hear a cumbia song...you will likely be doing some sort of new configuration of the basic cumbia (one foot moving forward and backward), "sleepy leg", "sugar cane or machete", and booty circles...salsa will have one foot forward, the other backward...switch...the out to the side and out to the other side...the kick back, where you just go to the back on both sides...I think you get the drift...Remember though that the routines may or may not be the same between instructors...and music taste varies greatly too.

I can't wait to hear how the new class is.

@Kasi...Congrats on your weight!!! Woot Woot!!! I'm sure the trend WILL continue. Are you going to get one of the football shirts? I've been thinking about getting some more loose fitting shirts...almost all my shirts are the tanks...I like them...but I wouldn't mind something different now and again...and I'm glad you're feeling better...it's good to not push it when you aren't feeling well...the important thing is to know that you have something to do when you are better and that resting while your body needs it won't steal away your motivation.

I realize I have THREE Daddy Yankee songs on my playlist this morning! I really like him, I guess. LOL.

Yesterday...I played Stand By Me for my cool down /pre-stretch song. I think my classes at Curves liked it but were getting bored with it...the choreography is really simple, really repetitive...and yes, it could be called boring...I started offering some more complex songs...but I brought this one back yesterday...it was the most energetic bachata EVA! The ladies were getting into it and having so much fun with it...which just goes to show you...ANY song done with enthusiasm can be more intense. You get out what you put into it.

I too love Daddy Yankee :D His music definitely makes you wanna get up and shake your moneymaker! haha

Hi - newbie here.

Your thread jumped out at me because I too am a Zumba fan - love it:D. Twice a week with a fantastic (male) teacher at our local sports centre - the hall takes 80 people but it's so popular that you have to phone as soon as booking opens to get in.

Our teacher used to be a dancer so he puts his own spin on the choreo but also styles out the songs. One of our current tunes is 'Maria' and if he's in the mood we get the full Ricky Martin - very cheeky;).

We also use 'Stand By Me' as a cool-down song - do you do the strange 'hand to shoulders, head, knees' thing at the beginning?

Guess where our teacher used to dance?...in the shows on cruise ships!

Welcome! I'm a newbie here as well but I feel right at home with these ladies and how we all can share in our weight loss achievements & goals and our love for Zumba!

Anita, I have started this week with the lemon water you had suggested a while back. I'm having one in the am and one before dinner every day. Hoping to see a difference after a couple of weeks. I googled quite a bit and most everything I read seemed to be that adding lemon water to your daily routine helped increase the weight loss. I'm hoping it works for me too :)

The new place I'm going to is also an herbalife distribution center and they have a combo deal that I plan on using for my 3 Zumba days. It's $6 and you get the class as well as a before workout tea and an after zumba herbalife shake as your dinner replacement. This is my first week combining Zumba 3 days a week, the meal replacements, lemon water detox an Saturday bellydance class. Man I'm getting tired just thinking about it all! lol But I plan to stick with it because my goal is really to go on our March 11th cruise with the same weight and body I had when we went on our March 6th honeymoon cruise last year. I weighed 139.5, currently I'm 143.5. It seems like it'd be so easy to get down to that weight but IT'S NOT! We ate out soooooooooo many times after getting married, Pizza almost every Saturday and then the fact that after I got married I basically stopped exercising, it's been dificult to see that low number again. But I am trying and will continue to do so and I hope I can keep it going even after my cruise now that I've found this support group as well as a local FB support group for weight loss and I'm making new friends at the new Zumba place too that can keep me in check. I hope everyone here has a fantastic week. GOOOOOOO US!

littlelovely21
January 31st, 2012, 01:21 PM
I'm so excited! Tonight was to be the last night of Zumba at our church if we didn't have atleast 10 warm bodies. We had ELEVEN!!! The very best news is that I can now proudly tell the group here that I have a weekly fitness routine. Because we thought we might lose our Monday night Zumba, one friend researched and we will be learning TaiChi on Wednesdays. The other friend that attends with us found a Zumba class in another location on Thursday and we will be trying it this week also. Three times a week? Me??? How did this happen? I went from couch potato to this? I owe so much to everyone here. Thanks for the encouragement everybody. --Debbie

Congrats on getting the 11 to Zumba! Also, congrats on committing to a healthier lifestyle. I too was a major couch potato! :o But I'm so glad we have all found Zumba :) Keep up the hardwork!

aoknkentucky
January 31st, 2012, 01:56 PM
Hi Everybody. Anita posted recipes in the early days of this thread and I thought I'd post something I found a few minutes ago on a blog. Have you ever read a blog and clicked on a blog from their blog list; read that second blog and clicked on an interesting sounding blog in the second blog? Well, that's what happened to me today and I'm afraid I'll never find it again. If I put the recipe here, I'll remember where it is and we can all benefit. I haven't tried this, but it sounds yummy and healthy. Win-Win.

I simply popped 2 pork tenderloins (but any pork will do) into the slow cooker, added some sea salt and pepper, and then dumped a jar of Trader Joe’s salsa verde on top. (any all natural salsa works, just make sure no added junk) Let it cook on low for 8 hours. Came home after an intense Crossfit (Zumba) workout, shredded my pork with a couple of forks, it should just fall apart.

Whipped up some easy guacamole – just 2 avocados mashed with a couple spoonfuls of salsa, a little cumin, sea salt and pepper and it is ready to go

Pre heated broiler, sliced up 3 bell peppers that I lightly coated in olive oil and seasoned salt and stuck them in under broiler. Fliped mid way through, about 5 minutes on each side.

I “riced” a head of cauliflower by sticking the florets in the microwave for 2 minutes, then using my chopper to chop it up. Put the cauliflower into a skillet, added about a 1/4 cup of salsa along with a sprinkle of sea salt and pepper and sauteed until a little softened, about 5 minutes

Served the pork with a dollop of guac and sour cream, with the veggies on the side – delicious

Anita Latte
February 1st, 2012, 10:13 AM
Hi - newbie here.

Your thread jumped out at me because I too am a Zumba fan - love it:D. Twice a week with a fantastic (male) teacher at our local sports centre - the hall takes 80 people but it's so popular that you have to phone as soon as booking opens to get in.

Our teacher used to be a dancer so he puts his own spin on the choreo but also styles out the songs. One of our current tunes is 'Maria' and if he's in the mood we get the full Ricky Martin - very cheeky.

We also use 'Stand By Me' as a cool-down song - do you do the strange 'hand to shoulders, head, knees' thing at the beginning?

Guess where our teacher used to dance?...in the shows on cruise ships!

Hi Bea! WELCOME!!

I may be stealing Mom's thunder here, but your instructor sounds like one that used to teach one of Mom's classes. PACKED to the gills...he had a dance background...and he was just SO FUN...his mannerisms were excellent...he connected with the class...everyone just enjoyed being there with him.

I can only imagine being in a regular class that size though! WOW!! I bet the energy in the room is amazing and that alone would get you pumped up to go. It sounds like going to a Zumba concert twice a week. What fun that would be!

That weird hand movement stuff at the beginning of "Stand By Me" is choreography straight from Beto...instructors get a CD/DVD combo every other month...the DVD has Beto or one of the other main people from Zumba teaching a live class and also one of the Zumba Education Specialists (the people that are trained to train Zumba instructors) teach their own choreography to each song on the CD. So instructors can choose one choreo or the other, mix and match, and/or incorporate their own choreo. My instructor already had a routine to "Stand By Me" before the Zumba Fitness version came out, so I do what she did to it. I could have changed that, but it was the one bachata that I already knew when I started teaching and I didn't mess with it.

I like the Maria song too...there is a Zumba Fitness version where they remixed it into more of a Flamenco beat rather than the Pop beat of Ricky's original. Sounds like you have a great class. Let me know what songs you really like and seem to be well liked...I'm always on the look out for new music...especially cool down and stretch songs at the end.

I wont be attending all classes, thats just to much in combination with a full time job, but I believe up to 5 classes are doable.

Wow Kasi, it sounds like Annie's classes have really taken off! That's fabulous. I know from having my own class attendance fluctuate that more people really does mean more energy. It's possible to have fun in a smaller class, especially when everyone knows each other...but sometimes, when you are struggling with your day or are more tired or whatever...it's helpful to have more people to get into the groove.

It is quite amazing how addicting Zumba is isn't it?! I remember when I first started, my hubby was shocked that I was even working out because I was such a lazy butt! lol And I'd even take 2 classes B2B and he just couldn't believe it. I wish I had more days available to do it but my schedule only allows for 3 classes a week. Keep up the good work Kasi!

Zumba IS addictive. I think that's what makes it so great! When you are first getting started, if you have found an instructor whose taste in music is similar enough to your own...not that anyone really had any prior TASTE in Latin music right?...but you know what I mean?...he general sound and the quality of the voices...when you think about what the class is...listening to some music and moving around for a while...it's not hard to decide that you can do that. And it becomes a short step into...yeah, I WANT to do that, I in the MOOD to that, and then I NEED to do that. ;)

I too love Daddy Yankee :D His music definitely makes you wanna get up and shake your moneymaker! haha

I love that about him! There are some singers in that genre "Reggaeton" that I just can't stand...they are SO hard...they sound like they are YELLING...they sound ANGRY...I can't handle them at all. Wisin Y Yandel falls into that category for me...lots of instructors like "Estoy Enamorado (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whBcmlaSLJM&ob=av2e)"...I do too...BUT the hard verses sometimes bug me...the video is kind of sad...and so I continue to pass on that song...I know Abusadora (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXH2DqVOC8&ob=av2e) is also popular. It's weird to reference songs I don't really love...but they are used and I know sometimes people like to know what songs are in class but they can't remember anything about the songs or figure out any words to even try to search. LOL.

Welcome! I'm a newbie here as well but I feel right at home with these ladies and how we all can share in our weight loss achievements & goals and our love for Zumba!

I'm so glad you feel at home! My whole reason to start this thread was for exactly what you wrote...to share our achievement and goals and give each other encouragement along the way. :)

Anita, I have started this week with the lemon water you had suggested a while back. I'm having one in the am and one before dinner every day. Hoping to see a difference after a couple of weeks. I googled quite a bit and most everything I read seemed to be that adding lemon water to your daily routine helped increase the weight loss. I'm hoping it works for me too :)

We're starting the lemon water again too! DH is struggling with his routine. It's been messed up for several months now. Things have changed at the tennis club and he hasn't been able to get on the ball machine, and that's what he loved, so he is having a hard time figuring out what to do.

The new place has a great deal on Zumba classes! You do have an aggressive schedule set up, but it sounds do-able. The great thing about Zumba is that you CAN adjust your exertion level as needed...even if you are tired or sore...moving with generally be good for you...one thing...it may take your body a bit to adjust to all the necessary energy that you are expecting it to give you...so yes, you may be more tired than usual as your body learns what to do...I've been going through this adjustment as my body gets used to my schedule again after having had a break from two locations' classes over the holidays.

Debbie...that recipe sounds yummy and easy! Thanks for sharing it! Note to everyone...this kind of thing is ENCOURAGED here.

Salsa and any kind of protein in the crock pot is AWESOME! I haven't done pork, but I HAVE done chicken and turkey. I've done chicken breasts and turkey thighs. You can experiment with the salsa that you use too. This makes me want to look at that "Salsas That Cook" book by Rick Bayless from the library. The only rough thing that I have found about jarred salsas is the sodium content. That can rough on water retention...

This is my morning OFF! Yay! I've done "Hola My Friend" now three times...I LOVE it...it sticks in my head...I studied some of the videos of "Hot Hula Fitness" on YouTube and I do a kind of Polynesian inspired routine to it. It's a recovery song for sure, but it's a sneaky arm killer...especially if you try to keep "pretty arms" throughout the routine...OMG.

I have indoctrinated my corporate class with "Gasolina" which is a KILLER song. It's one of those that you think...this isn't so bad at the beginning...and towards the end, you're like "Is this song ever going to be OVER?!?!" I can only do it to them once a week. LOL. But I like to have those simple moves, killer songs...I need to figure out what song that will be for Thursday's class.

I'm waiting around this morning for the garage door repair man. The spring broke on our door...Thank God neither myself nor my car was under the garage door when the spring broke. And I need to do laundry. AND finish putting my Christmas stuff away. :o Debbie, you thought YOU were bad. LOL!! Hope everyone has a fabulous day!

Member123
February 1st, 2012, 12:56 PM
Today I have a weird sense of just... being... and doing some thinking. I need to sit down and think a bit. Right now, I'm just putting down some random thoughts as they come to me... because. I had a weird :confused: few moments in Zumba class last night.

So just hang along with me as I randomly sort out myself this morning.

OK.

I've been feeling a bit frustrated about the changes that my body has been going through... to "my" eye. When I look in the mirror, I feel a certain sense of time.. because my body has responded to the Zumba weight loss with a certain sense of "age," again. to "my" eye. I don't appreciate the way that I've lost weight and my skin has become loose and I get a muffin top when wearing certain pants. AND, I think that's a contributing reason for why I'm hanging onto pants that are now 2 sizes too big: they really aren't that comfortable! It's not comfortable to constantly be pulling up your pants throughout the day.

Oh! And my bras are also too big! The band, in its tightest fastening point, does sit right under my breasts. But, during the day, it also creeps up and ends up gravitating towards my nipples, which makes my bras also very uncomfortable! Well, I'm not an "endowed" person: actually, except for the headlights "issue," I could probably do without a bra entirely.

But, there you have it: pants too big; bras too big. Just baggy overall and that includes (again) to my "eye," my skin!

So I started on this grand search to figure out what to do about skin tightening. WELL, let me tell you that there are basic things that need to be done. What should I do? Should I share my research with everyone... right out of the get-go... or should I put my skin through the paces and then report on the outcome? I don't want to share bogus information, so I'll let you know that I'm starting on some of the procedures that I found out about... and I'll report back. And I promise! I HATE it when people post that they will report back and they DON"T... So I will NOT do that!

But, I will tell you one of the most important things that you can do for your skin and to help it with the tightening that needs to be done after weight loss... because we all already know what it is. WATER. HYDRATION. Must Be Done. So, I sit today with a pitcher of lemon-infused water on my countertop and a full glass of water being sipped on my desk. Yes, today will be a day of running for bathroom breaks.... always happens when I begin (yet another) attempt at hydration.

So, to my weird moment in Zumba class. I needed to explain some of my current feelings in order for you to understand the 'weirdness" of my moment.

I'm standing in Zumba class, and I'm completely spaced out. There is a major golf tournament happening in my area right now; it's one of those national televised tournaments which means that we have streets that are closed to normal traffic patterns, major congestion, bizarre drivers, just general hassle. Kisha (instructor) didn't take this into account and they've just announced that she's stuck in traffic and will arrive somewhat late to class. So, we're all standing around... and I feel a tap on my shoulder... so... turning around, I see a lovely young woman that I had met a few months ago, Lindsay. Lindsay stepped up to talk to me because she hadn't seen me in quite a while.. really since September of last year.

Anyway, Lindsay just wanted to tell me how fabulous she thought I looked! She was amazed at how TONED my arms are! And how TONED my stomach looks!

What?!?

This was my weird moment. How could I be getting compliments on something that was making me feel frustrated and somewhat depressed?

So, I'm thinking about this.... are we just really, really hard on ourselves? Do we need to be more gentle and caring and nurturing to our ourselves? Do we need to be more kind?

I'm just wondering....

in the meantime, I'm drinking my water....

littlelovely21
February 1st, 2012, 02:17 PM
Today I have a weird sense of just... being... and doing some thinking. I need to sit down and think a bit. Right now, I'm just putting down some random thoughts as they come to me... because. I had a weird :confused: few moments in Zumba class last night.

So just hang along with me as I randomly sort out myself this morning.

OK.

I've been feeling a bit frustrated about the changes that my body has been going through... to "my" eye. When I look in the mirror, I feel a certain sense of time.. because my body has responded to the Zumba weight loss with a certain sense of "age," again. to "my" eye. I don't appreciate the way that I've lost weight and my skin has become loose and I get a muffin top when wearing certain pants. AND, I think that's a contributing reason for why I'm hanging onto pants that are now 2 sizes too big: they really aren't that comfortable! It's not comfortable to constantly be pulling up your pants throughout the day.

Oh! And my bras are also too big! The band, in its tightest fastening point, does sit right under my breasts. But, during the day, it also creeps up and ends up gravitating towards my nipples, which makes my bras also very uncomfortable! Well, I'm not an "endowed" person: actually, except for the headlights "issue," I could probably do without a bra entirely.

But, there you have it: pants too big; bras too big. Just baggy overall and that includes (again) to my "eye," my skin!

So I started on this grand search to figure out what to do about skin tightening. WELL, let me tell you that there are basic things that need to be done. What should I do? Should I share my research with everyone... right out of the get-go... or should I put my skin through the paces and then report on the outcome? I don't want to share bogus information, so I'll let you know that I'm starting on some of the procedures that I found out about... and I'll report back. And I promise! I HATE it when people post that they will report back and they DON"T... So I will NOT do that!

But, I will tell you one of the most important things that you can do for your skin and to help it with the tightening that needs to be done after weight loss... because we all already know what it is. WATER. HYDRATION. Must Be Done. So, I sit today with a pitcher of lemon-infused water on my countertop and a full glass of water being sipped on my desk. Yes, today will be a day of running for bathroom breaks.... always happens when I begin (yet another) attempt at hydration.

So, to my weird moment in Zumba class. I needed to explain some of my current feelings in order for you to understand the 'weirdness" of my moment.

I'm standing in Zumba class, and I'm completely spaced out. There is a major golf tournament happening in my area right now; it's one of those national televised tournaments which means that we have streets that are closed to normal traffic patterns, major congestion, bizarre drivers, just general hassle. Kisha (instructor) didn't take this into account and they've just announced that she's stuck in traffic and will arrive somewhat late to class. So, we're all standing around... and I feel a tap on my shoulder... so... turning around, I see a lovely young woman that I had met a few months ago, Lindsay. Lindsay stepped up to talk to me because she hadn't seen me in quite a while.. really since September of last year.

Anyway, Lindsay just wanted to tell me how fabulous she thought I looked! She was amazed at how TONED my arms are! And how TONED my stomach looks!

What?!?

This was my weird moment. How could I be getting compliments on something that was making me feel frustrated and somewhat depressed?

So, I'm thinking about this.... are we just really, really hard on ourselves? Do we need to be more gentle and caring and nurturing to our ourselves? Do we need to be more kind?

I'm just wondering....

in the meantime, I'm drinking my water....

I completely understand how you feel *hugs* I think us women in general will never see ourselves as others see us. My husband and other friends tell me all the time how pretty I am and what a great bod I have and it goes in one ear and out the other. Sadly. Sometimes I'll agree (if I'm having a high confidence day - very rare) but most of the time I'll just say thank you and think to myself, "How can you see that with me?" I know I'm not a big girl, I weigh around 143 and am about 5' 3" but I'm wide in the hips. Some would say I'm curvy or average but I see myself as a big ol whale from the waist down. I KNOW that I'm NOT but that's just how I FEEL. :o

kasi1979
February 1st, 2012, 03:17 PM
Hi Ladies,

just have to report back from my first Wednesday night class, As it turns out, Annie has reached her limit and my dance studio has another instructor under contract who will teach the Wednesday class every second week instead of Annie. The prospect ist that Claudia, the new instructor will be taking over more classes once shes settled.

Well, lets say it was a weird class. Not only did we not not even one song, Claudia likes to junp and twist, a lot. And this are two things, my knees are not comfortable with. I can do some mild jumping, but continuos fast jumping is bound to be hurtful. So I stumbeld through class. Through lots of high intensity incredibly fast songs Ive never heard before and I suddelny realized its no fun and Im close to tears.
So, while generally I love Zumba, Claudias kinbnd of teaching is no love-at-first-sight. I hope her style will grow on me, too, and maybe she tones her style down a bit. It was kind of luck, that class was in low attendance tonight. Just about 10 people.
I was not the only one struggling through, another girl, overweight like me, and possibly also with knee problems, gave up after abpout half the class and went home early.

Sorry for ranting, but I was not prepared for my night out on the town would be struggling und stumbling through.

Im heading for the shower now and will be back online in a bit.
It seems water intake is one topic where I could be first in class. I drink about 3 liters per day, unsweetend water, lemon water or peppermint teas.

Im going to buy me the black football zumba jersey as motivation. I just have to figure out the best size for me, as this shirt seems bigger than the others...

See ya later girls.

Anita Latte
February 1st, 2012, 04:43 PM
@Kasi...I am so sorry to hear about your class...after you were so looking forward to going again after being sick!

You need to give feedback as soon as possible! You are a long term client, you have been attending Zumba classes at this location for a long time...pleasing you should be high on the priority list of that studio. They NEED feedback on this instructor that they are thinking about bringing in. Getting her "settled" could be that they are EXPECTING to hear about her and need to see if she is a good fit for their group.

SO. You need to talk to someone at the studio.

Here's what you need to say...

Do NOT talk about not knowing the songs...and do NOT try to give subjective feedback like "I like Annie's class better." You need to give specifics like the following:

1. Claudia did not show variations in the moves. Her moves were mostly high impact moves. Explain that you have knee issues and NEED to be instructed in to what low impact move you should be doing in place of the high impact move that is being shown. It is her JOB to show the different levels and lead a safe class. Therefore, she is not properly fulfilling her roll as the INSTRUCTOR...and you need your instructor to INSTRUCT.

2. I would also mention that you prefer an interval style of class...where those that what to up the intensity can, but those that are trying to do intervals have the higher intensity songs mixed in with lower intensity. Explain that your understanding is that Zumba can be both...but the way that Claudia led the class...HOW to do any of the songs at a lower intensity was not obvious...and perhaps it would be possible to make the class' playlist to be more like intervals, but it was not taught that way.

3. Say that the pace of the class was overall too fast. Really analyze whether the moves themselves were too fast or her changes of moves were too fast. or she didn't cue well enough so that you could follow along. Did she not do the same move for long enough? And thus, changing the moves quickly made the class feel like it was much faster paced? Or was she just a "Heart Attack" Zumba instructor? Either way...give your feedback.

(Intensity and pace are too different things...think about how a certain song that may be more focused on toning type moves could be very intense but not necessarily fast paced.)

4. Finally, you need to state that you have been taking Zumba for almost a year. Explain that you are familiar with many of the basic moves and yet, you felt like you were stumbling and struggling through the entire class. Kasi, this could really be an indication of how good Claudia is at truly LEADING the class and communicating what you all should be doing to the songs.

This is why I say that instructors vary GREATLY. Understand though Kasi, that you are clout. You are the client that the studio wants to keep happy. You are a long term client. You have brought other people in the classes to try them. This studio, if they really care about their business, wants to hear from you about this knew instructor. It is probably one of the reasons why she is only teaching one class at first.

Don't put it off. Give your feedback. I don't know how experience Claudia is as an instructor. If you is very experienced, then she should appreciate the feedback, because she should be focused and caring about her student's and fulfilling the trademark slogan of Zumba...Ditch the Workout, Join the Party. And she should already know how to respond to such feedback. If she is a new instructor, then she REALLY needs the feedback so that she can improve.

I think you ARE the water star!! WTG!!

I have to leave soon...but I wanted to respond here quickly so that you might see this now. Zumba hugs.

Member123
February 1st, 2012, 04:48 PM
Oh, Kasi....

I so understand what you're talking about!

As Anita has said, over and over, Zumba instructors are so very different; there really isn't any kind of franchise-type training that would make one Zumba instructor kind of like all other Zumba instructors. That's a kind of... bad news/good news... scenario because you really want the individual personalities to be able to shine through.

Because of my gym membership, I have the opportunity of experiencing quite a significant number of different Zumba instructors. There's only one that I will tell you I will NEVER go to her class again. I went to a class that she led and found myself getting so annoyed... then angry.. I left. I've never done that to ANY one before in ANY type of class. But, I realized that I didn't want to endure her class any longer. She was a substitute; as it turns out, she recently substituted again and I thought about going... for a fleeting minute. I didn't go; the people who talked with me about her class just validated that decision for me.

I'm sorry that Claudia is one of those types of instructors. I call them ADD... as in Attention Deficit Disorder instructors... because their class is kind of like... we're going to do THIS now.. and THIS now... and THIS now... and FAST... and THIS now... and LOOK AT ME! Because I'm doing THIS now. It's just exhausting and irritating... hence the ADD adjective.

You know I wear a heart rate monitor, right? Well, I still do... and I can tell you that those ADD instructors are NOT as good at burning calories as the instructors who are calm, deliberate in their movements, and just FUN type of booty-wiggling instructors. Mainly, I think, because the ADD's are too fast in their movement changes and they are so difficult to follow that you can't really get INTO the movement and give it all the energy that you can with the instructors who just flow with their movement.

Well, the only advice that I can give you is... especially if you really want to do the class on Wednesday... is to just modify, modify, modify the movements to be able to fit into what your body wants to do. It takes some understanding and some deliberate thought... but you can get to the point where you are working out quite effectively. I actually had someone come up to me after a class and ask if she could always stand behind me because she liked what I was doing as a modification to an ADD instructor! So, you can get the job done... have a great workout... and just enjoy the movement and the music.

BTW, Anita, there was a person in my Zumba class last night who decided to do jumping jacks during our cool down song! Made me laugh! I so did not get that jumping jack memo!

Kasi, if you need some help in any type of movement modification, just ask. Anita is really good at helping with knee issues. What I can tell you is that I just slow things down. For example, there is an ADD movement that goes something like.... jump to face the wall and land in a squat... jump to face the opposite wall and land in a squat... jump to face the opposite wall and step out and raise your arm in a pec flye type of movement... then repeat by jumping to face the opposite and wall and do the pec flye movement. It's a terrible movement pattern for me! So, I modify by... forget the jump.. who needs that?!? Just step into the move, do the lunge, come up and step into the move and do the lunge. If I feel like it, then I"ll face the same way everyone else does. If I don't feel like it, then I just keep facing the front and do the lunge. No big deal. AND, if I don't feel like doing a fast, fast dance step... well, I just do a slower, bigger step. So, while everyone may be on their tip/toes and mincing across the floor, I'm just stepping once for every time they step twice. Again, no big deal. I promise you that I'm burning a significant amount of calories and I don't keep up with those ADD instructors and I don't even try to!

Just don't let this instructor harm your motivation!

WTG on the water! I'm having an uncomfortable day as I've had about 48oz of water and I think I've emptied my bladder with... well... a small pond...

kasi1979
February 1st, 2012, 04:54 PM
Hi Anita,

thanks fpr your posting.
Ill head back to the studio tomorrow for my next class and talk to the boss, so that she knows how it felt to me.

Thanks and enjoy your day, Im heading of to bed.

Oh, and I orderd the football jersey, will report back on size and fit once I received it.

kasi1979
February 1st, 2012, 05:01 PM
Hi Pam,

thanks for your encouragment. As I already posted, Im heading for the next Zumba class tomorrow. Lets see how sore Im going to be.

I think I was just so unhappy because it was absolutely not what I expected it to be...

Anita Latte
February 1st, 2012, 11:06 PM
For example, there is an ADD movement that goes something like.... jump to face the wall and land in a squat... jump to face the opposite wall and land in a squat... jump to face the opposite wall and step out and raise your arm in a pec flye type of movement... then repeat by jumping to face the opposite and wall and do the pec flye movement. It's a terrible movement pattern for me! So, I modify by... forget the jump.. who needs that?!? Just step into the move, do the lunge, come up and step into the move and do the lunge. If I feel like it, then I"ll face the same way everyone else does. If I don't feel like it, then I just keep facing the front and do the lunge.

WTG on the water! I'm having an uncomfortable day as I've had about 48oz of water and I think I've emptied my bladder with... well... a small pond...

Mom, is the move you are talking about in this song?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjNIKzAH_CA

Nice going on the water Mom! I'm so dehydrated, I just know it. I keep trying to catch up...I need lemons...

Only had 3 ladies in class tonight...and one of them was a lady that is in my Saturday class that couldn't make it this coming Saturday so she came tonight instead. :( These ladies...I tell you what...I've got to sort through some thoughts about this class.

Planning a killer corporate class tomorrow...:cool: I say that but so many songs are slow and fast all in the same song...it's intervals within each song...and definitely a more sustained higher level class...nothing sick fast though...Here's my list:

Good Feeling
Waka Waka
El Amor, El Amor
Hella Decale
Jai Ho
Que Te Pica
Take You to Rio
Lovumba
Dame de Tu Boca
Hola My Friend
Feeling Good

Hope your class is better tomorrow Kasi. Tell us how it goes.

Member123
February 2nd, 2012, 10:25 AM
Anita, yes! The move that I was trying to describe is done in the song link that you posted. All I do to modify that jump-twist-squat move is make one of my feet be a pivot point. kwim? I just have one foot that never leaves the floor, so I don't do that little jumpy bit in between the squats that everyone else is doing. I just pivot, squat (with intensity), pivot, squat... and move my arms in that modified pec-flye movement, if I feel like it. Absolutely turn a hi-er-impact move into a low-impact move, for me. No knee problems, for me, in the modification. But, of course, everyone's knee issues are a bit different...

I absolutely sabotaged myself last night with my dinner! I'm a fairly decent cook so when something goes wrong it usually surprises me. There was a rack of baby-back ribs on sale quite a few months ago. I had to get them out of my freezer because they were taking up so much darn space. So I cooked them last night... and they were terrible! I love ribs... but this meat was just fatty... and I hated the flavor! Ugh! I ate as much as I could tolerate... and then I just couldn't eat any more... but still being hungry, I went into a crazy snack binge and started eating anything I could find. Brushing my teeth wasn't sufficient to get the taste of those ribs out of my mouth, so I ate... and ate... and ate... hunks of cheese... peanut-butter smeared bread... chips.. anything!

2 lbs.

That was the result of all that binge eating. A total sabotage! ugh.:eek:

aoknkentucky
February 2nd, 2012, 11:34 AM
Oh, Pam. I can so relate to your post about pants and bras and SKIN! My daughter is my best girlfriend for telling me how it is. You know the one that says "not that top, no, not that one either" when you're out shopping? She is at the half-way mark in her second pregnancy and earlier this week she said, "Oh Momma, your neck looks so nice and thin and mine is getting fatter and fatter." I hadn't mentioned it to anyone, but had just noticed that morning how my weight loss seems to have created much looser skin in my neck area and I was a little self-conscious that my neck was beginning to look "old". Her comment was said out of the blue, no previous conversation remotely about this and I know my daughter. She noticed it and said it. Simple as that.

What I'm trying to say, Pam, is I think you and I both are being a little too hard on ourselves, maybe? I won't ever have back the 125 lb. pre-childbirth body that I had at 22, but I'm getting stronger and healthier and yes, even better-looking than I was before I started this journey. My pants didn't fit either. I bought new ones. My bras have PLENTY in them, but they don't fit properly anymore either.

I heard the other day that you can't trust 25 year old for a bra-fitting. I believe that! I purchased two different styles and went back in the same store a week later because I liked one bra better than the other. Found out that I'd purchased two different sizes by mistake. Had another bra fitting. She brought me various types in various sizes. End of story is that I left the store and didn't make a purchase. She told me that I wore my bra tighter than most people usually wear them. Who are these people? People that don't need a bra in the first place? I need foundation garments to hold everything where it needs to be. Otherwise, I end up with my underwires across my nipples. What's the use in spending $$ to constantly be uncomfortable? I decided that I will try another store and look for the lady with the tape measure around her neck that looks to be closer to my age. Good luck, Pam, with all necessary shopping. But aren't you glad we need to go shopping? It means we're on the right path. I'll add my Zumba hugs to you too. --Debbie

Bea_Bopp
February 2nd, 2012, 11:44 AM
Kasi1979 - so disappointing for you. I bet the teacher wouldn't mind some friendly, positive feedback. She wants a full, enthusiastic class after all, so she'll want to know if you're not happy.

Anita - wow, that video you posted. Fantastic group but boy are they serious!!

My class tonight. We all shuffle in after a hard day's work/looking after the kids, cold and grumpy. Reluctantly peel off the layers (it's very cold here at the moment). Then the music starts...and within a few moments young and old, large and small, are shimmying and shaking and smiling. The magic of Zumba:D

aoknkentucky
February 2nd, 2012, 12:02 PM
Kasi, Sorry your Zumba class was lousy. I agree with Anita and am glad that you're planning to let your thoughts be heard.

Anita, I'm glad you said what you did to Kasi, because it helped me too. Nikki is the only instructor I have had and I think she is good. She gives good cues to follow and always shows us new steps sequences when she introduces a new song to class, but like Pam, I make modifications to several things that Nikki does. There is a hop and kick sequence that involves turning around while hopping on one foot, kicking out in front with the other foot and turning around, not just to the side, but to the back and then repeating--several times--until the music changes and another dance move takes over. I may not be explaining this fully, but I can't do it. I'm not a rabbit and I don't hop. So I kick and turn. Boy, do I kick. I kick as comfortably high as I can and I can kick pretty high. It's become a game for me to see how high I can kick and then be ready to turn when everyone else does. Make sense?

When I first started, I left the class so frustrated with myself I was nearly in tears because of what I perceived I couldn't do. Now, it's a game to modify to what I CAN do. Nikki's routines also have a lot of arms above your head movements. Some I can do, some I can't. Well, technically I can do them, but I'll need painkillers before I get home if I keep my hands above my shoulders as much as everyone else during the entire hour. So, I modify. I do a lot of arms swinging down and out instead of up and out.

We seem to do a lot of four beat rythms and change movements every 8 beats. She changes and it takes me the first two beats to get the right side engaged, uh-oh wrong side, change feet/arms, now do the four beats, oops changing again to something else, first two beats to get the idea, uh-oh wrong side, change ..... Get the idea? I'm not at ALL dance people. That gets frustrating for me too. IF I let it. For me to continue Zumba, and I do love Zumba even if it sounds like I don't, I have to make it fun and do-able for me. I hadn't thought about it being ADD instructor, Pam. I just thought it was Debbie Don't Dance not being able to get it. And, maybe it's both!

Member123
February 2nd, 2012, 02:06 PM
Debbie! OMG! Seriously, both of your posts made me laugh out loud! Which I so needed to do because I've become so darn serious in the last few days. Whew. Thank you so much!

kasi1979
February 2nd, 2012, 02:28 PM
Hey Ladies,
just returned home from tonights Zumba with Annie, class was once more packed and so much fun, it totally made up for last night.
I feel tired but much better than yesterday, fells as if I got a really good workout today and my muscles are tired.

Well, I hope Ill reach the point where Ill need new clothes, too.
Looking in the mirror while doing Zumba its always like watching a trailer from greenpeace: Save the whales...

Anita Latte
February 2nd, 2012, 03:11 PM
OMG...Debbie you are CRACKIN' me UP!! I'm very excited to see what happens tonight in your Zumba class. Nikki sounds sweet but I recall that she is newer? Sometimes instructors have to go through this learning curve...generally, as a student, they are something of a super star...a front row rock star...remembering the routine when the instructor forgets it...and so they get all complicated with their choreo when they become an instructor...they don't yet appreciate SIMPLICITY...LOL.

So if the instructor you go to tonight has more experience? It'll be so interesting to see if you get good solid moves for a WHOLE verse. LOL.

Kasi...glad you had a good class today. Did you talk to anyone or are you letting it drop to see what happens? I really do think you should give feedback. Is there a form that you could use? Sometimes there are "suggestion boxes" in places like that. Maybe that would be easier?

This is a fun seek and find game for me...so Debbie...is the kick and hop around move like this one during the first verse in this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G1AkJ-97ng

It's even more kicky with this instructor...don't like her shouting in the class though...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms3I_1J2TW0

And just because I LOVE to see Beto...he is HIM doing the same thing...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_2X59Cycrc

Enjoy everyone! Got a short and sweet class tonight....30 minutes only...whew...I'm tired...

kasi1979
February 2nd, 2012, 03:18 PM
DH made dinner tonight, we had tomate-veal-gratin.

Serves 4:
You need:
350g minced beef
1 onion finely chopped
1 tsp mixed herbs
1 tb flour
300 ml beef stock
1 tb tomato puree
salt and pepper
2 big tomatoe, sliced thin
4 zucchini finely sliced
2 tb cornstarch
300ml low-fat milk
150g low-fat cream cheese
1 egg yolk
4 tb fresh grated parmeggiano cheese

Pre-heat the oven to 190 C (about 375 F), roast the onion and minced beef for 4 - 5 min. Mix herbs, flour, beef stock and tomato puree with the beef. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring the mix to the boil and cook until thickend.
Fill the mix in a casserole, layer tomatoes above and close with a layer of zucchini slices.
Mix the corn starch with a bit of milk. Bring the remaining milk to the boil, add the mixed corn starch and stir until thickend (about 1 - 3 min). Take the mix from the heat and mix it with cream cheese and egg yolk.
Pour the white sauce over the zucchini, top with parmeggiano cheese and put the dish in the oven for 25 - 30 minutes, until crust turns golden.

Enjoy.

kasi1979
February 2nd, 2012, 03:23 PM
Hi Anita,

Ive talked to Petra, who owns the studio and told her about my experience last night.
She said to give it another try, Claudia will have to adopt a few of our songs and tone it down a bit.
She seemed to appreciate the feedback.

Anita Latte
February 2nd, 2012, 03:26 PM
Bea...yeah...Sensaocrew...If I spelled that right come across as so serious in that video...I can't recall their faces in their other videos...they are a popular YouTube Choreography team with Zumba Instructors. A little high impact for me...

aoknkentucky
February 2nd, 2012, 11:38 PM
Anita, I watched the videos when I got home tonight (you-tube is blocked at work). None of these kick and turn moves were quite right, I don't think. To be honest, I never tried to do it. It seemed too ridiculous for me to try. The move is even more than what the second video girl is doing because our move never puts the foot down until you are completely turned around. It's bring knee up to parellel, kick straight out, kick backwards with the same foot, then turn while hopping or bouncing on the foot that's on the ground so that you are now facing the opposite way, and repeat. It like the one foot never touches the ground and all your weight is on that one poor knee, turning and jumping...and Lordy, Lordy...even if my knee could take it, none of the rest of me could. Of course, this one of the few moves that seem to repeat over and over.

Because this is the only instructor I've had, I had nothing to compare. Watching the videos closely, they seem calmer and more dance-like instead of gymnastic, KWIM? Maybe I'm not making sense, IDK. Didn't go to the second class tonight. It will sound lame, but i overdid tai-chi class on Wednesday. Who would think you could hurt yourself by breathing too deeply during deep-breathing exercises? I have a bulging disk in the middle of my back that bulges in toward my heart and lungs. I didnt put two and two together until it was too late. I thought my muscle relaxers would have me up and running today, but instead i was running to the doctor this afternoon. Soooo, We are aiming for next week. Down, but not out yet. I'll give a report next week. --Debbie

Bea_Bopp
February 3rd, 2012, 10:55 AM
Anita, I watched the videos when I got home tonight (you-tube is blocked at work). None of these kick and turn moves were quite right, I don't think. To be honest, I never tried to do it. It seemed too ridiculous for me to try. The move is even more than what the second video girl is doing because our move never puts the foot down until you are completely turned around. It's bring knee up to parellel, kick straight out, kick backwards with the same foot, then turn while hopping or bouncing on the foot that's on the ground so that you are now facing the opposite way, and repeat. It like the one foot never touches the ground and all your weight is on that one poor knee, turning and jumping...

Yes we do that move too. You turn the full 180 degrees hopping on one (bent) leg, whilst wiggling the other one in the air. NOT the most dignified move!:eek:

Loved that Beto video, thank you, I had no idea there were Zumba videos on YouTube. Looked lots of fun in that big crowd:) Have to pity the girls on Cromer beach in the first video though - it's on the east coast of England and was probably very cold!!

Tomorrow our teacher is getting all his classes together for a 'Zumbathon' - two hours of Zumba to raise money for local children's hospices. I hope we get a break in the middle...:o

Anita Latte
February 3rd, 2012, 09:02 PM
Kasi...Oh I'm so glad that your feedback was appreciated. That's a good studio. :) Give her another chance...Mom has an instructor that started off on the WRONG foot...she was opposite though...breaks between the songs, etc., and now she is one of Mom's favorites.

Debbie...that moves sounds ridiculous to me, I have to say. I wouldn't do it either.

I do understand what you are saying, and it is one reason why I am so interested to hear about what happens when you try out another instructor. Now that you are more familiar with Zumba, going to check out another instructor may not seem so intimidating. And that is the word I was looking for...I hear about more women who equate Zumba classes with the infomercial they see on television...and classes are so NOT like that infomercial...well, I guess some can be...but the point is that instructors are SO different. I kinda hope you find one that's more "dancy" than "gymnastic-y". LOL!

Bea...YouTube is COVERED in Zumba videos. I can spout off the routines that I do that I copied straight from other instructors. Zumba Office is really cracking down on illegal videos though...so you might need to also search for "Dance Fitness." Legal videos that include the word Zumba are supposed to be 2 minutes or less...and supposed to be used more for promotion purposes (like to advertise your own class). So some videos that show an entire song are supposed to NOT use Zumba, not have the instructor wearing Zumbawear, etc. The description may say something like "choreography intended to be used in a dance fitness class."

Beto is the BEST!! So fun to watch. Did you notice that the link I gave was on the Zumba Fitness channel? There are several videos to watch there. A lot of it is advertising, but it's fun too.

Zumbathons are fun!! There may or may not be an official break...you may just need to break on your own. Get water when you need it. Take the time at the end of the song that is really repetitive to get your water so that you are ready to go at the intro for the next song...or extend the break with the intro to the next song. :) Let us know how it is!

Anita Latte
February 3rd, 2012, 09:36 PM
So tomorrow is my first new Saturday class at Curves. I need to show up at 8:00 AM when the doors open, set up, and start class no later than 8:05 AM...45 minute class...end at 8:50...pack up...go to the rec ctr...set up and start class at 9:30 AM...one hour class!...whew!! Should be fun!!

I have the playlists all planned. Shouldn't be too bad actually. I know it sounds rough, but as I said, I have been in the process of really figuring out my classes. I NAILED my Curves classes this week. My owner loved the list so much, she wanted me to make a CD for her to listen to in the car...such a compliment!!

I'm still trying to nail down the rec ctr...we'll see how tomorrow goes...I've come to realize a couple things from talking to Mom...my list tomorrow is incorporating these ideas...I'll report how it all goes tomorrow.

There was a mix up with the registration, so it's possible that there will be newbies in my rec ctr class tomorrow. AND I KNOW there should be 2 or 3 newbies at Curves. It's exciting. Newbies usually add great energy. Hopefully the impending storm won't keep the students away.

Hope everyone has a good night.

kasi1979
February 4th, 2012, 04:57 PM
Hey Ladies,
how is your weekend?
Anita, were there many new participants in your class today?
As its saturday, I slept long, went shopping with DH, mainly sweets to take with us to Italy when we visit my sister in two weeks for the long carnival weekend.
This afternoon we went to the cinema and watched the new Brad Pitt movie moneyball. As I had my usual cinema meal, of popcorn and a small coke, I feel absolutely stuffed tonight.
So, after taking a look online and noticing that everyone else seemed to be busy, I went back down to the family room for some home exercises.
I did the small pilates workout (20 minutes) and afterwards 40 min of Zumba for Wii, and as I did not like their cool-down I switched to youtube for Dance Dance Dance and afterwards Historia.
Now I feel good as I always do after a Zumba workout and am comfortably tired.

I think this little sport program tonight makes up for my missed class last night. Its that time in the month when I love to curl up on my sofa with a hot-water bag. So I skipped class yesterday in order of a night spend at home.

Tomorrow is another Zumba class and thats all Ive planned right now.
Its pretty cold, weve about minus 12 C, which equals to about 10F, so being outside is no fun right now.

What are you doing?

Anita Latte
February 4th, 2012, 07:39 PM
So this morning was my first morning with the two classes. It went SO well. I'm very excited.

First, at Curves...there were 12 ladies there for this first Saturday class. And the owner said that there are 4 more ladies who were out of town this weekend who said they wanted to come and would come next weekend. So this is fantastic. Three of the ladies had never been in one of my classes during the week and all the other ladies were ones that I see during the week. That made me feel so good that the ladies like my class so much that they would come for MORE. :cool:

Then, at the rec center, there was a mix up with the online registration, so I knew there was the possibility of there being new students today who would be thinking that the new session started today. There were 3 new students! One student is a young lady...in high school I'm thinking...I was very excited to see her in class. She needs to come to class. She needs to do something active...and I'm praying that I can hook her into Zumba. She did great, but I can see the shyness and lack of confidence in her...I'm so hoping she is the one new student that has signed up for the evening classes as well.

I hit a good groove for the rec ctr classes too, I think. It was raining so hard...I got soaked in between the two classes...I had a new shirt to wear to the second class but my hair was already SOAKED...so when I started sweating? OMG...let me just say that I read about an instructor who has a student that brings a MOP to class with her...and she offers to clean up anyone's area that needs it in-between songs...and I WISH she had been in my class this morning...ever been to an amusement park where the shows have the "wet zone" in the front rows? OMG...that was me and my class this morning.:o:rolleyes:

One of my most supportive students turns 60 tomorrow. I wish I'd know more in advance so I could have planned something...but I'd like to do something for her...I just have to figure out what.

Major rain today meant that the tennis tournament for DS was delayed all day...and then finally they said to check the schedule for match times tomorrow...but more rain is expected. Who knows what will happen?

Kasi...I can only imagine cold like that...seriously...our air conditioning is running daily. Even with the rain...highs in the 70s. Supposed to cool off though with this front. We'll see.

Bea_Bopp
February 5th, 2012, 10:09 AM
Hi everyone

I survived the 2hr Zumbathon. It was easy to keep going because it was such fun, there were lots of laughs, even though we got tired. We had a short break about halfway through when we did a cool-down routine then there were a couple of minutes before we started again. Guess which ladies dropped out? Yup, the young student girls behind us...it was too hard for them.:eek:

Anita - we did Caipirinha! First time ever - when we started I recognised the tune from the video you posted. That was our only new tune, the rest were routines we had done before, although in some cases we hadn't done them for a long time.

It's cold here too, although not as bad as with Kasi. It started snowing yesterday so I had a 15 minute walk to Zumba as we live at the top of the hill - no way I'd be getting my car back home once it snowed!

Anita Latte
February 6th, 2012, 05:58 PM
Bea...glad to hear your Zumbathon was so fun!

That is dedication to walk to Zumba! Good for you!

It's fun to recognize the songs when you know a bit of the history of them!

I've been doing the same playlist for Curves now for the third 30-minute class in a row...changing only the stretch song. Today, I did the duet version of the song "Beautiful" from last season on The Voice. Not my favorite, but the new session started yesterday after the Super Bowl and I kind of did the song in honor of that. Thursday, I did Il Divo's version of "Unchained Melody" and last Monday, I did Gloria Estefan's "Desde la Oscuridad."

I did a major change to the Stand By Me choreography. We turn and use all four walls like we are doing a line dance. They love it. There are several line dance Bachata's on YouTube...I think I'm going to have to do some research and pick one for my ladies...I can tell that they would be all over the line dancing...which isn't technically following Zumba formula...BUT...I think it would be fun.

I'm doing Saturday's playlist tonight at the rec ctr. It's a fun list and nice intervals. Definitely colder today...finally feels like winter...low 40s...high barely above 60!

Anita Latte
February 7th, 2012, 03:45 PM
Had a great turn out Monday night. It was a good class. There were a couple more ladies that used to go to Kelly's class that showed up last night. I know one has enrolled, and I'm hopeful that the other will also. There were 12 ladies! With the size of the room, this is a great number...lots of energy.

Today I did my new reggaeton for my corporate class. I didn't do this exact choreography, but it's similar to:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iU-HJsCbvoA

There is something very satisfying about stomping the floor on the "Batazo" parts...especially with the stage I'm on? OMG...I felt like BANG...BANG...BANG...I don't know...a release of aggression? I especially love the way the MAN in this video moves...mmmm mmmm. LOL.

I want to change up my 45 minute playlist for Curves...but I'm not sure how exactly...so maybe I won't? :)

Anita Latte
February 7th, 2012, 03:50 PM
Oh! I've meaning to report this...

While at the tennis tournament this past weekend, I was able to read a kind of mini-edition of the magazine, "Prevention." There was a report of a study by the University of Georgia regarding the best calories in to calories out ratio for optimum weight loss. Interestingly enough...the results are very surprising. I have to run to get DS from school...but here's a reference to the study I found online:

http://importanthealthsecrets.com/secret-way-to-melt-pounds/

I think this explains how I can have a sudden drop even when I feel like I haven't been eating that great...I've just been doing so much Zumba that I'm within that 300-500 calorie window...on EITHER side of the equation. That rocks!!

kasi1979
February 7th, 2012, 04:34 PM
Hi everybody,
how are you?
I just finsihed a small workout in my livingroom.
Started with 20 min Pilates and added about half an hour of Zumba.
I know, normally Tuesday is one of my night where I would join our Zumba class with Annie. However its so cold here right now, that I was totally unwliing to leave home again and the prospect of sweating and then being out in this freezing air was enough of an excuse.
Temps are about -16 C at night, must be around 3F if it found the correct conversion table.

Temperatures should go up towards freezing point sometime this week, hopefully rising temps dont equal snow, we like the dry arctic air we get right now.

Im heading of to bed, take care.

littlelovely21
February 8th, 2012, 02:19 PM
Good afternoon all!

Stopping in to see how y'all are doing :) I'm in my 3rd week of doing Zumba faithfully, I thought I'd only have 3 days a week to do it, but the instructor notified us that she'll be offering a Saturday class from 12-1 so I took advantage of that this past weekend :D I've been drinking my lemon waters faithfully, one in the morning and one in the evening. I've also replaced 3 weekly dinners with Herbalife shakes (the nights that I do Zumba for convenience). I've also incorporated the belly dance class once a week too. Yet all of this has me at only around a 1 pound loss. I'm trying to not feel disappointed but it is difficult.

Anita I've read over and over your posts to the ladies not to be discouraged by the scale but it's so difficult. I did take my measurements on February 1st and I was 38 bust, 33 waist and 42 hips. I do have quite a booty lol :p When should I take my next set of measurements do you think? I think weekly is probably silly :o but would every two weeks be ok?

kasi1979
February 8th, 2012, 04:08 PM
Hi,

dont be discouraged because your weight is not dropping as fast as you would like.
After loosing nearly 4 kg since Christmas I seem to have hit the next roadblock. My weight is not going down. So I hope that its a phase and continue doing my sports and avoiding sodas as well as most sweets.
I tried the measurment method, however not noticing any changes was even worse than not loosing weight.

Tonight was no sports, as I met up with some friends at a japanese restaurant in the city. Needless to say I ate way to much. So Im heading out to Zumba class again tomorrow, and I can wear my new shirt, as I received my zumba football jersey in the mail today *yeah*

Take care,
continue on your good way,
and enjoy the party :)

Member123
February 9th, 2012, 10:36 AM
Good afternoon all!

Yet all of this has me at only around a 1 pound loss. I'm trying to not feel disappointed but it is difficult.

Anita I've read over and over your posts to the ladies not to be discouraged by the scale but it's so difficult. I did take my measurements on February 1st and I was 38 bust, 33 waist and 42 hips. I do have quite a booty lol :p When should I take my next set of measurements do you think? I think weekly is probably silly :o but would every two weeks be ok?

I'm going to echo what Kasi said! Actually, a l pound loss is a cause for celebration because it's just a "measurement" validation of the course that you're on to walk on the path of a healthy lifestyle!

First of all, did you go to the shopyourshape website? Depending upon how you normally put on weight, that site says that you are either a Pear or a Spoon. That information will be important for you only because it will tell you where (most likely) your weight will come off first! Your body is very efficient, and it will do things in the easiest way for it to... in other words, if your body normally finds it easier to put weight on your buttocks, then the reverse is also true and you will find that the weight will come off of your buttocks first... usually (as an example).

Which leads me to just talk about the difficulty of taking measurements. Measurements are normally such a great validation of the good that we are doing when we eat a healthy diet and exercise. However, it can be difficult to take accurate measurements, especially around the circumference of our body... why?... because it's so darn difficult to get that tape measure at the exact same spot every single time... and to have the tape be parallel and straight every single time....

So, in essence, especially when you are first starting out... as badly as you want to have some measurement (inches or pounds) that let you know you are accomplishing something.... the best validation that you can have is simply going to come from your inner voice... from your heart and from your brain. You KNOW that you are doing the right thing! You KNOW that eating healthy and exercising are what you need to do for your health and for the best silhouette that you can have in your body. You KNOW.

Let that be enough for the very beginning. Don't rely on pounds lost and inches lost...at FIRST. Just rely on yourself and your support group and walking along the healthy lifestyle path. The results that you truly want (the pounds lost and inches lost) will come... they will come....

littlelovely21
February 10th, 2012, 10:09 AM
Hi,

dont be discouraged because your weight is not dropping as fast as you would like.
After loosing nearly 4 kg since Christmas I seem to have hit the next roadblock. My weight is not going down. So I hope that its a phase and continue doing my sports and avoiding sodas as well as most sweets.
I tried the measurment method, however not noticing any changes was even worse than not loosing weight.

Tonight was no sports, as I met up with some friends at a japanese restaurant in the city. Needless to say I ate way to much. So Im heading out to Zumba class again tomorrow, and I can wear my new shirt, as I received my zumba football jersey in the mail today *yeah*

Take care,
continue on your good way,
and enjoy the party :)

I guess that's kind of where I'm at. Not seeing much change on the scale or in my clothes and after putting so much effort for 2.5 weeks I feel like SOMETHING should be changing, know what I mean? I'm glad you did eventually see change, even if you have hit another roadblock. If you made it past the first one I'm sure you'll do great about getting over the second. I just have to keep pushing myself and I'm sure in time I'll see the change I want to see. I'm just very impatient lol

I'm going to echo what Kasi said! Actually, a l pound loss is a cause for celebration because it's just a "measurement" validation of the course that you're on to walk on the path of a healthy lifestyle!

First of all, did you go to the shopyourshape website? Depending upon how you normally put on weight, that site says that you are either a Pear or a Spoon. That information will be important for you only because it will tell you where (most likely) your weight will come off first! Your body is very efficient, and it will do things in the easiest way for it to... in other words, if your body normally finds it easier to put weight on your buttocks, then the reverse is also true and you will find that the weight will come off of your buttocks first... usually (as an example).

Which leads me to just talk about the difficulty of taking measurements. Measurements are normally such a great validation of the good that we are doing when we eat a healthy diet and exercise. However, it can be difficult to take accurate measurements, especially around the circumference of our body... why?... because it's so darn difficult to get that tape measure at the exact same spot every single time... and to have the tape be parallel and straight every single time....

So, in essence, especially when you are first starting out... as badly as you want to have some measurement (inches or pounds) that let you know you are accomplishing something.... the best validation that you can have is simply going to come from your inner voice... from your heart and from your brain. You KNOW that you are doing the right thing! You KNOW that eating healthy and exercising are what you need to do for your health and for the best silhouette that you can have in your body. You KNOW.

Let that be enough for the very beginning. Don't rely on pounds lost and inches lost...at FIRST. Just rely on yourself and your support group and walking along the healthy lifestyle path. The results that you truly want (the pounds lost and inches lost) will come... they will come....

I had not seen that website and sure enough I'm the "Pear" it described me exactly. I can only hope that if the weight goes mainly to my bottom and thighs that when it DOES start coming off it'll be from that vicinity of my body. :o It was very difficult to measure myself, so I had my husband do it for me. Of course he sees "nothing" wrong with me and says that I'm just being silly so I told him Thank You, hush up and take my measurements LOL :p I will try to try my hardest to not rely on the measurements and scale (in the beginning) like you mentioned. Like I said though I can get very discouraged pretty quickly if I don't see a change since I'm so impatient when it comes to stuff like this. And I'm actually pretty likely to emotional eat too :o I've been better about that these last 2.5 weeks but it's very challenging when there's so many fast food places near my work and home.

Well after 2 rest days I finally have Zumba class again tonight and I'll be going on Saturday as well. Hopefully the classes will put me in a better mood and jumpstart my emotions towards a more positive outlook. Thank you all for the support here, it really does help. Because I know all of you were in my shoes at some point in time and are now over the hump and feeling great about yourselves. Of course we all have our days but it's the support that gets us back on track :)

Anita Latte
February 10th, 2012, 04:55 PM
Yet all of this has me at only around a 1 pound loss. I'm trying to not feel disappointed but it is difficult.

Anita I've read over and over your posts to the ladies not to be discouraged by the scale but it's so difficult. I did take my measurements on February 1st and I was 38 bust, 33 waist and 42 hips. I do have quite a booty lol :p When should I take my next set of measurements do you think? I think weekly is probably silly :o but would every two weeks be ok?

Not seeing much change on the scale or in my clothes and after putting so much effort for 2.5 weeks I feel like SOMETHING should be changing, know what I mean?...I'm just very impatient lol

I will try to try my hardest to not rely on the measurements and scale (in the beginning) like you mentioned. Like I said though I can get very discouraged pretty quickly if I don't see a change since I'm so impatient when it comes to stuff like this. And I'm actually pretty likely to emotional eat too :o I've been better about that these last 2.5 weeks but it's very challenging when there's so many fast food places near my work and home.

Well after 2 rest days I finally have Zumba class again tonight and I'll be going on Saturday as well. Hopefully the classes will put me in a better mood and jumpstart my emotions towards a more positive outlook. Thank you all for the support here, it really does help. Because I know all of you were in my shoes at some point in time and are now over the hump and feeling great about yourselves. Of course we all have our days but it's the support that gets us back on track :)

Oh Vanesa...

Girl...you have to chill out. Seriously. I can feel your angst...and I can tell you, it's keeping the weight on you...because stress and fluctuating emotions are NOT HELPFUL. Especially when you have so little to lose.

Here's the deal...perhaps you have read or haven't read about how I got started...I didn't lose a SINGLE pound in the first two months of taking Zumba classes...I knew that change shows up slowly and so, to not discourage myself, I only measured myself ONCE A MONTH...There was no change in the first month...although my clothing seemed to start to fit better...and then, in the second month...I lost 2" around my hips...BUT NO WEIGHT STILL.

After my birthday last year...I completely stalled. Because of this random weight loss and inches loss, my average weight loss since September 2010 is somewhere between 0.5 and 1.0 pound per week. You can NOT let the scale, measuring tape, or tag in your britches determine your attitude and outlook. If you are, then you are missing the whole point of what I have tried to say on this thread...and maybe I haven't repeated myself recently...

Get your attitude based on WHAT YOU ARE DOING...not the EFFECT of what you are doing...the GOAL is to go to class...the GOAL is to get hydrated...the GOAL is to eat right and KNOW that you are treating your body like the precious gift it is...doing your best to keep your body in good working order so that as you are older you can still walk upright, without aid...play with your grandkids...travel without difficulty...park in a non-handicapped spot...and otherwise maintain a quality of life that reflects that you have treated your body well and it is rewarding you as you age.

The GOAL is not WEIGHT LOSS. Get that OUT of your head. If that is your goal...then you need a serious adjustment to your thinking.

The goal is HEALTH and FITNESS.

Success in this goal is celebrated DAILY when you go to your classes and get your fitness on...when you have that day of rest and know that your body needs to recover while you KNOW that you will be back to class on the scheduled day...when you give your body good nutrition that FUELS your body...when you hydrate it...and when your mind is focused on these things...your PATIENCE level doesn't become an issue. Because you recognize SUCCESS is the pursuit of HEALTH & FITNESS through a multi-faceted lifestyle that goes beyond a stupid number on a scale or tag on a garment.

Feel good about yourself because you are DOING GOOD FOR YOURSELF. It is GOOD for you to work out and eat right. It is good for you to treat your body as the beautiful thing that it ALREADY is. You keep on keeping on and recognize that eventually what you have been doing will make a difference.

If you have EVER done this before...shocked your body with an extreme exercise schedule...then your body recognizes this...and it's waiting...because likely, in the past, you gave up...and your body didn't have to make any long term adjustments...because you got impatient, and frustrated, and decided that you could stay at the same weight and size and ENJOY yourself instead of working so hard to change and get nothing. So your body is WAITING...are you going to give up? Or are you actually going to keep after it long enough for your body to say...HUH...I guess we need to make some changes around here.

And then, BAM, sudden change. Not nice, pretty, easily tracked, linear change...SUDDEN CHANGE...and ONLY because you stuck with it.

And THAT'S my lecture for the day. :cool:

Vanesa...you will notice that I don't report on my measurements or my weight any longer. I haven't changed much since the last time I reported...I'm still right around 158-160 pounds on the scale...my measurements are making me crazy because I can't seem to find the same spot to measure as I have in the past...and so I have completely stopped using these as a measure of anything.

These days...I'm focused on the flab...and the shape...all I care about is reshaping my body...I want my stomach different...I want my shoulder blades sharper...I want my triceps firmer...I want my thighs to stop touching (if they EVER will)...and I want to be able to fit my calves into a tall pair of boots without looking completely ridiculous (if THAT can ever happen)...and I want to lose what I THINK they call saddle bags on the upper sides of my butt...I want people to look at me and KNOW that I WORK OUT...that I take care of myself...I want to LOOK like one of THOSE people. ;) And these goals go beyond weight and measurements.

I highly recommend that you spend some time rethinking your goals. Get new goals fixed in your mind...achievable goals...goals that are reflected of the lifestyle that yields the body you want...then go in pursuit of the LIFESTYLE and just KNOW that the body will follow.

littlelovely21
February 10th, 2012, 06:19 PM
Anita,

I really truly needed that stern talking to. I hadn't realized how negative I have actually been on myself. It's seems pretty petty to worry about 5-10 pounds just for a cruise. You're right about the fact that if I want to truly change and shape my body to how I want it it has to be a long term commitment to the lifestyle. Im normally not very negative but when I can't see a difference quickly I do give up. I have given up numerous times in the past. But I don't plan on doing that this time around. Trust me I do want to just be healthy for myself and my family :)

Again, I'm sorry for the negativity. I want to be comfortable in my own skin. That should be my "goal" not the weight loss, I just need to accept that as my goal and do the best I can to achieve it. the goals you said will also be my goals, like going to class. It seems like if I just keep achieving that goal weekly I'll get to where I wanna be HEALTHY and FIT.

Anita Latte
February 10th, 2012, 11:19 PM
Kasi..how do you like the jersey? Let me know how it is to work out in it...are you using the snaps? How short is it? Does your tummy show?

@Vanesa...*Cyber hugs* Everyone goes through periods of negativity. The fact is that transitioning into this lifestyle is not an easy thing to do...yet this is what it takes to be health and fit...and if your Texan neck of the woods is anything like mine...and knowing that Texas boasts MANY of the fattest metros in the USA...I'm sure you also see many people that are NOT winning this battle on a daily basis. The support around you can be so lacking...

I don't know if you read Mom's post about the great increase in success that people have when they have a support group of any kind...including one like this one...cyber support...THIS is why I started this thread...because I do like to encourage people and whenever I get my preach on, I build myself up as well...and reaffirm everything that I believe and recommit to the path less traveled.

Can you believe the cruise is 29 days away!!!

If I were you, I would just be concentrating on trying to maintain my schedule from now until the cruise...and that would be a HUGE accomplishment. HUGE. And since you know that I'll be rockin' a sweet Zumba class 3X during our cruise...you will still be able to get your fitness on while on vacation. Which you will probably be more inclined to do since both Mom and I will be there. And who could miss us? ;):rolleyes:

It sounds like you are doing great Vanesa...keep it up. Chin up. Change is a comin'!!! Wait for it...wait for it...:cool:

Anita Latte
February 11th, 2012, 07:56 AM
It's 6:30 AM and I have been awake for 20 minutes. :eek:

I've always been the kind of person that wakes up before their alarm. When I was younger, I would usually wake up anywhere between literally 2 to 10 minutes...these days, it seems like 30 minutes is the norm...UGH. Sleep and me...sometimes we have problems. But I do like to be awake for a while before my class...I think I'll be taking a nap this afternoon. ;)

ANYHOO...I'm eager to see the turn out this morning...I know some people are going to be out of town...but I also know of others that may be first timers at Curves at least...and it's the first class of the new session at the rec ctr. I'm doing playlists very similar to last weekend. This morning...I'm going to remember to turn on my HRM so I can track my effort!

We have a special tennis tournament that DH and DS are participating in today. There was a young woman that had an office at our tennis club. She was a physical therapist / chiropractor. So nice. Well...she ended up in the hospital right before the holidays...and shortly after the holidays, she died of cancer. When she was in the hospital for an unrelated issue...they discovered that she was in stage 4 of a cancer (I don't remember of what) and she was gone 4 weeks later. Today's tournament is the first annual memorial for her.

They have constructed a new fitness pavilion which will be dedicated at noon and the proceeds are going to benefit her family.

It's a crazy thing. Everyone was shocked at the suddenness and cause...because no one...even this young woman, knew.

I'm sorry if this is a downer! But this is what my weekend is going to be about. It should actually be a very interesting event. Most of the participants in this tournament are club players.

The level of play is all over the board, especially in the junior divisions. Tennis rankings are based on points...and once a player reaches a certain level of points...they "champ up"....then there is another level where they "champ up" again...so you have 3 levels of players...ZAT, Champ, and Super Champ...In some tournaments, these levels of players are each their own draw so that the levels are segregated. In an "open" tournament, there is no segregation...

This is an open tournament, but non-sanctioned, so points can be earned by playing. Most higher level players avoid non-sanctioned, but this tournament is special...so my sweet ZAT kid, if he wins his first match will have to play a Super Champ in his second match. We know this boy...he does the academy with DS. It's just going to be interesting to see these different games between these club kids that normally don't play each other. Hopefully, the matches will have good tennis...and the more experienced players won't just completely crush the less experienced.

We'll see what happens with all of this later.

I need to eat.

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

kasi1979
February 11th, 2012, 04:17 PM
Hi Ladies,

happy Saturday, wherever you are and whatever you are doing :)
After sleeping in, I started my day at 7:45 am this morning, as I have to get up at 5:45 during the week, two hours more sleep feel like heaven...

I checked what has happend while I was asleep and read your postings here.
Today was spent shopping.
First we got to an outlet shop that sells dairy products and we stocled up on cheese, joghurt and everything else we thought wed like.
Afterwards we headed across the border into the Netherlands. Right across the border is a lovely town that has some amazing shops and they are open 363 days per year, an absolutely foreign concept in Germany ;)
We strolled through an outdoor store, an electronic market, and went grocery shopping.
As we are heading for my sisters place next weekend we bought all the things that she cannot buy, at least not at as resonable price, in italy. I believe our car will look like a delivery van when we drive the 10 hours to see her.

We spent the remaining afternoon at my BILs and later at my father-in-laws, before heading back home.
On our way we stopped at the rhine harbour in Duesseldorf to take some pictures. The harbour is partially frozen, so it made for some interesting pictures...

Anita, you asked about the football jersey. I bough a size L shirt, which fits me perfectly, so that right now Im not using the buttons. Should my figure change much, I can always refit the shirt by buttoning the back side... The shirt does ride up and one might catch a glimpse of your belly when you do many moves with your arms high above you head. However I felt like it was not too bad. The material feels nice and I hope it drys fast, as I just got my washing done and want to put on the shirt again for my sunday morning class.

Hope you are all feeling good.

kasi1979
February 11th, 2012, 06:17 PM
Heres a picture I took today:

http://www.me-us.de/foto/ddorf_kl.jpg

littlelovely21
February 13th, 2012, 11:19 AM
@Vanesa...*Cyber hugs* Everyone goes through periods of negativity. The fact is that transitioning into this lifestyle is not an easy thing to do...yet this is what it takes to be health and fit...and if your Texan neck of the woods is anything like mine...and knowing that Texas boasts MANY of the fattest metros in the USA...I'm sure you also see many people that are NOT winning this battle on a daily basis. The support around you can be so lacking...

I don't know if you read Mom's post about the great increase in success that people have when they have a support group of any kind...including one like this one...cyber support...THIS is why I started this thread...because I do like to encourage people and whenever I get my preach on, I build myself up as well...and reaffirm everything that I believe and recommit to the path less traveled.

Can you believe the cruise is 29 days away!!!

If I were you, I would just be concentrating on trying to maintain my schedule from now until the cruise...and that would be a HUGE accomplishment. HUGE. And since you know that I'll be rockin' a sweet Zumba class 3X during our cruise...you will still be able to get your fitness on while on vacation. Which you will probably be more inclined to do since both Mom and I will be there. And who could miss us?

It sounds like you are doing great Vanesa...keep it up. Chin up. Change is a comin'!!! Wait for it...wait for it...

Thank you again! And yes I vaguely remember reading that post about support groups that your mom posted and I'm actually now part of 2 one here with you lovely ladies and one on FB also.

On Saturday I decided to help out my instructor by going with her to help her out at the HEB (local grocery chain) for a Zumba demo :) I was able to actually make it through the whole hour and a half of songs! :eek: At first I was a bit nervous because I hadn't done a public demo like that in quite a while (participated with my first instructor) but it felt good to get a FREE workout in! Zumba instructors all over Corpus each have a time block and perform their choreo every 2nd Saturday of the month to promote healthy living and HEB does free health screenings. Which Corpus could definitely benefit from, since last year or the year before, our city was chosen as the most obese city in the USA. :(

I'm trying to stay positive about this but I just have the worst luck with instructors :( I don't have details, but my instructor was in the hospital this weekend and won't be having classes until Wednesday, which means I can't do Zumba until Friday because I take the classes Monday, Tuesday & Friday. I'm going to try to find a place I GUESS to go to for Monday & Tuesday but most of the other places are so out of my way that I lose motivation to leave the house if it's too far. Worse case scenario I guess I can pop in the Zumba PS3 game I have just to try and break a sweat even though it's not as intense as going to a class in person. :rolleyes:

I'm so excited because I actually was able to fit in some cute clothes at Forever XXI for our cruise. Granted it was the largest size they carry I think in shorts but they fit so well I didn't even care about that I thought I looked good and I FELT good in the outfit that I didn't think twice and bought the whole ensemble: hat, earrings, bracelet, shorts, & tank :D I'll probably where it to the M&M. Well, that's about all I have for now. Please send good thoughts/prayers for my instructor, I need her to get well soon!

Anita Latte
February 13th, 2012, 10:11 PM
Kasi...I LOVE that photo! The framing is excellent. I love seeing the broken sheets of ice on the canal (is that a canal?) and the time of day...oh and the balance of the buildings...it's just such an excellent photo. Really nice.

I got the Fast Dash Shirt...I think that's what it is called. I only have racerbacks otherwise really...but this shirt is fun...thin material...I got the black one with the gold lettering. I'm thinking about the jersey...hmmmm

Vanesa...good for you on the HEB Zumba class...90 minutes is a LONG class...wow...WTG!! And fitting into clothing is VERY exciting. I remember how hard it is to be bigger than the biggest size in the mall stores...and it's very exciting to be able to fit into any clothing in those stores! The size doesn't matter...if they look good and more importantly, you feel good...then that's all that really matters. Yay!

I understand your dilemma with the Zumba instructors...I really do. It's what finally inspired me to get licensed myself. I was wanting to add another day to my schedule and I was looking around at other classes that I could take...and I just didn't like the other classes at all...I didn't care for the instructors. And that's when I knew that I had all my eggs in one basket so to speak...and if anything happened to Kelly, I would be lost...and I couldn't afford to be that beholdened to one single instructor...and that all combined that I decided to gift myself for my 39th birthday last year with the training to be an instructor.

I hope that you can find another instructor or another class that works out for you. I think this is one of the advantages that Mom has going to 24 hour fitness...she has access to so many different instructors.

I've been shopping for DS for cruisewear. It's hit and miss with the way they do the boy's sizes. Some hits today, but I'm not LOVING them...so I'll be trying again...maybe tomorrow. We'll see. Probably Wednesday would be better. Debbie...you thought YOU were bad...I'm STILL trying to get Christmas totally put away.:o I seriously need to get that done tomorrow.:eek:

Anita Latte
February 14th, 2012, 10:57 AM
Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!

Remember...as on ANY holiday or celebration or special occasion...nothing is "off limits," just be smart about what you are doing...take it into account...think about your day as a whole...BALANCE...eat when you are hungry...eat slowly...SAVOR...be able to recognize when you are full...and STOP.

And go to class tonight, if it's on your schedule!! It's the best gift you can give to yourself...to keep your schedule.

Zumba love! Cyber hugs!

aoknkentucky
February 14th, 2012, 11:35 AM
Debbie...you thought YOU were bad...I'm STILL trying to get Christmas totally put away.:o I seriously need to get that done tomorrow.:eek: I realized yesterday that I still have the wrapping paper, bows and bags in the craft/play room upstairs! Time has flown by since Christmas. DH and I took another four day break from the work/home life this past week. I love these little short get-aways. He lets me plan them and off we go. Hokey to some, but we had a ball!

Relaxing, yes definitely! Excercising, not one bit! It was sooo stinking cold. 12 degrees and I definitely dressed trying to be cute and not for warmth.

Freezing rain and snow yesterday when I left work, so I didn't stay around for Zumba class. TaiChi is up next for me on Wednesday. I've signed up for 8 weeks and the first week was free, so I have 6 more weeks in this session. By the end of this series of classes, I will probably change to outdoor walking. Breathing and slow movements are probably good for me, but this isn't something I plan to continue long term. I honestly thought at the end of my first session that this would be the one type of activity that I could participate in fully. However, there's lots of holding my arms out in front of me for extended periods of time. As usual, I must modify what I am able to accomplish in class. It may be the fact that our instructor is teaching the moves and holds positions that oridinarily won't be held when we learn the move fully, but for now, it stinking HURTS! This should be continuous slow movements and slow breathing to match, but right now, I leave hurting and know that isn't what supposed to happen.

I never thought I'd have to go home and tell DH that I hurt because I breathed too hard. I feel like such a weinie. Debilitated Debbie at 56. I don't mind the number on the scale and I could care less what my pants size tells me, but to know that I can't go to a class that BREATHES without leaving class early and wanting to scream? Sheesh! I could just scream thinking about it.

It's so disheartening some days. For everyone out there that is struggling, it doesn't matter what the struggle is, does it? It seems the most real struggle to you. I've heard it said many ways for many different things, but the main point is this: If it's happening to someone else, it's minor. If it's happening to me, it's major!

Pity party over! Time to move upward and onward. Happy Valentine's Day everybody. Let's love ourselves, warts and all. Let's love the important people in our lives EVERY day. --Debbie

Anita Latte
February 14th, 2012, 10:10 PM
Chuckle of the day:

http://amycard.blogspot.com/2012/01/zumba-making-idiot-of-yourself-to-music.html

littlelovely21
February 15th, 2012, 01:18 PM
Vanesa...good for you on the HEB Zumba class...90 minutes is a LONG class...wow...WTG!! And fitting into clothing is VERY exciting. I remember how hard it is to be bigger than the biggest size in the mall stores...and it's very exciting to be able to fit into any clothing in those stores! The size doesn't matter...if they look good and more importantly, you feel good...then that's all that really matters. Yay!

I understand your dilemma with the Zumba instructors...I really do. It's what finally inspired me to get licensed myself. I was wanting to add another day to my schedule and I was looking around at other classes that I could take...and I just didn't like the other classes at all...I didn't care for the instructors. And that's when I knew that I had all my eggs in one basket so to speak...and if anything happened to Kelly, I would be lost...and I couldn't afford to be that beholdened to one single instructor...and that all combined that I decided to gift myself for my 39th birthday last year with the training to be an instructor.

I hope that you can find another instructor or another class that works out for you. I think this is one of the advantages that Mom has going to 24 hour fitness...she has access to so many different instructors.

I've been shopping for DS for cruisewear. It's hit and miss with the way they do the boy's sizes. Some hits today, but I'm not LOVING them...so I'll be trying again...maybe tomorrow. We'll see. Probably Wednesday would be better. Debbie...you thought YOU were bad...I'm STILL trying to get Christmas totally put away.:o I seriously need to get that done tomorrow.:eek:


Well I didn't try as hard as I should have to find a replacement instructor for Monday & Tuesday :o but I definitely will if she's still unable to have class on Friday. I won't give up! :D

I have to shop for my DS as well but not until I'm done shopping for me since he's a bit easier to shop for. I think I'm going to go with the nice button down shirt & tie for him, we don't go to enough formal events for me to invest in a blazer that he'll only use twice on the cruise and then outgrow.

I'm glad I'm not the only one with a little Christmas that still needs to be put away! :o I still have my lights up lol thankfully it's just a few strands bordering the roof but still I'm THAT house that still has 'em up, WHOOPS!

25 days until our cruise! I wish we were already on the ship but the anticipation of leaving is all part of the fun I think. it'll be here before we know it.

Anita have you decided which days you and mom are going to try and do the class? I've already told hubby I wanted to participate so he won't be shocked when I book it to exercise with y'all if everything works out and we can. (Fingers crossed!)

Anita Latte
February 15th, 2012, 01:28 PM
Venesa...We are going to try to have class on the Sea Days. I think that's Monday, Tuesday and Saturday? It will be totally dependent on when the room might be available. Mom and I were just talking about this...I'll have some 45 minute playlists too...just incase I can't get the room for a full hour.

My DS is a PAIN to shop for...he has DH's proportions...lots of torso, not too much leg...and so it is very difficult to get bottoms for him...if they fit in the waist, they can be SO LONG in the leg OR in the crotch...I spent this morning shopping for him...I brought a pair of his jeans with me to match up against other clothing...we'll see how it goes after school today! DS will be wearing a suit. I LOVES dressing up in a suit, so I can't deny him the pleasure...we got a lot of mileage out of the last suit we bought...so I think it'll be worth it...I'll say this...my young man owns 4 ties? And he started his collection in 2nd grade! LOL. LOVE zippered ties!! They are the BEST.

kasi1979
February 15th, 2012, 01:44 PM
Ladies,
so good to read that you are in full cruise planning mode.
I have to wait just a couple more days than you and am absolutely looking forward to the cruise. The only item I have to buy before we go is a new tankini. Mine needed replacement after 7 years... As I need one that Ill feel comfortable in to really swim, that will take a few hours in various stores,

The cold spell that hit Germany seems to be over and we are in low temps above freezing point. Anything better than ice and snow.
We had a function from work yesterday evening in a big hotel in town and the showmaster for the night started with some jokes and asked everyone in the room who has a significant other to please stand up. Then he made up repeat:
I
am
in
so
much
trouble...
Due to spending valentins-day with co-workers ;)
It was an nice evening.

I wont make it to Zumba class at all this week.
On monday I was at the movies, yesterday the party, tonight just bone tired, and tomorrow starts the carnival weekend, so theres no Zumba class tomorrow night and well be heading to visit my sister in Italy early on Friday, as its a 10 h drive to get there...

I got myself 4 new books for my kindle at yesterdays valentins special on amazon, so that Ill have enough to read over the weekend...

Take care.

littlelovely21
February 15th, 2012, 05:24 PM
Venesa...We are going to try to have class on the Sea Days. I think that's Monday, Tuesday and Saturday? It will be totally dependent on when the room might be available. Mom and I were just talking about this...I'll have some 45 minute playlists too...just incase I can't get the room for a full hour.

My DS is a PAIN to shop for...he has DH's proportions...lots of torso, not too much leg...and so it is very difficult to get bottoms for him...if they fit in the waist, they can be SO LONG in the leg OR in the crotch...I spent this morning shopping for him...I brought a pair of his jeans with me to match up against other clothing...we'll see how it goes after school today! DS will be wearing a suit. I LOVES dressing up in a suit, so I can't deny him the pleasure...we got a lot of mileage out of the last suit we bought...so I think it'll be worth it...I'll say this...my young man owns 4 ties? And he started his collection in 2nd grade! LOL. LOVE zippered ties!! They are the BEST.

Sounds like a plan on the Zumba days :)

Where did you get his suit? I'm also worried about my son stretching it seems like every 4-6 months he's just getting taller and taller, I'm like WTH?! I buy him new pants and BOOM they're high water on him :o My son likes to get dressed up too for like church and special occasions but we're just not invited to many of those events anymore (everybody is already married, nobody is turning 15 anymore (quinceneras), no baby baptismals, etc.).

littlelovely21
February 15th, 2012, 05:29 PM
Ladies,
so good to read that you are in full cruise planning mode.
I have to wait just a couple more days than you and am absolutely looking forward to the cruise. The only item I have to buy before we go is a new tankini. Mine needed replacement after 7 years... As I need one that Ill feel comfortable in to really swim, that will take a few hours in various stores,

The cold spell that hit Germany seems to be over and we are in low temps above freezing point. Anything better than ice and snow.
We had a function from work yesterday evening in a big hotel in town and the showmaster for the night started with some jokes and asked everyone in the room who has a significant other to please stand up. Then he made up repeat:
I
am
in
so
much
trouble...
Due to spending valentins-day with co-workers ;)
It was an nice evening.

I wont make it to Zumba class at all this week.
On monday I was at the movies, yesterday the party, tonight just bone tired, and tomorrow starts the carnival weekend, so theres no Zumba class tomorrow night and well be heading to visit my sister in Italy early on Friday, as its a 10 h drive to get there...

I got myself 4 new books for my kindle at yesterdays valentins special on amazon, so that Ill have enough to read over the weekend...

Take care.

Kasi I just could NOT deal with that cold haha As often as I say I would love to live somewhere REALLY cold I don't think I'd ever be able to, especially with those temps!

I love tankinis :D It's what I normally wear to the beach here but I found a couple that are not full coverage hidden in my dresser last night, I'm gonna try them on and see how they fit. If they look nice it'll be one way of me savings money for this trip :)

I bet you can't wait for your trip as well, it's right around the corner for all of us!

Anita Latte
February 15th, 2012, 05:29 PM
Kasi...No Zumba all WEEK!! :eek: It happens. The important thing is knowing that you will be back to class next week...and meanwhile...at least try to make good choices in your eating...and regardless...eat slowly...stop when you feel satisfied...NOT stuffed. I wish you well with your swim suit shopping...NOT my favorite thing to do. :p

Vanesa...I got DS's suit at Dillards. Not the cheapest, but not the most expensive either. Fortunately, the suit pants FIT! Yay! I bought the jacket too small though...which just proves that I'm having a hard time visualizes my bigger boy...I bought the right sized shirt though...phew...and he LOVES the color. :)

Anita Latte
February 15th, 2012, 10:25 PM
So Wednesday night has been something of a downer class for me on my schedule. The ladies have been so inconsistent...so when I was making my playlist for tonight...I was just like...hmmmm....what do I want to do tonight? And I decided that it would be great fun to do as many different rhythms as I could...so I came up with the following playlist:

01. Moves Like Jagger (warm up 1)
02. Good Feeling (warm up 2)
03. Zoomer - MM25 (African Dance)
04. Cha Cha by Chelo (Swing/Charleston)
05. Ven a Cumbiar by El Simbolo (Cumbia)
06. Cuando Me Enamoro by Enrique Iglesias (Bachata)
07. Que Te Pica by Notch (Reggaeton)
08. Dame (Touch Me) - MM24 (Cha Cha)
09. Jai Ho - Slumdog Millionare Soundtrack (Bollywood)
10. Hola My Friend - MM25 (Pacific Rhythm - Polynesian)
11. Drop It Low by Ester Dean & Chris Brown (Hip Hop - Toning)
12. Pegate by Grupo Treo (Merengue)
13. Ari Ari [Part 2] - MM22 (Bhangra)
14. Dame de Tu Boca by Luis Enrique (Salsa)
15. I Need to Know by Marc Anthony (Cha Cha - Cool Down)
16. The Prayer by Andrea Bocelli (Stretch)

Class went by in a FLASH! It was the fastest hour...SERIOUSLY. If you are wondering what the MMs mean...it means Mega Mix and that's the kind of CD that I get every other month from Zumba Office. Some of these other songs may have been given on CDs to instructors in the past, but I had to purchase them.

So much FUN!!! I haven't had that much fun in a class in a long time.

I ended up in conversation with a student after class. We were just talking about the songs and the moves and what not. And I explained to her the way that I think when I do the different songs...like what you can get out of the moves and songs when you put your mind to it. I think I'm going to have to make an announcement in class because she acted like I was giving her an amazing revelation.

So I'm sharing here...because it's been a while since I've taken an educative stance with any posts...so here it is...

My thoughts when I do any kind of arm movement...I do NOT just throw my arms around and swing them around...I am thinking about TENSE arms...I am totally focused on the thought..."my arms will not jiggle...my arms do not jiggle...tense arms...strong arms...not jiggly arms"...and I am seriously keeping my arm muscles as engaged as I possibly can...

There is a thread on the Fashion & Beauty Boards about "Toned Arms & Shoulders" and some ladies were thinking that you can't get much of an arm workout during Zumba...well...they are wrong...that's all there is to it. Not if you use your brain and engage your muscles and FOCUS.

I will also add simple arms...trying to add a cardio element to a slower move with arm movements above heart level...not necessarily to get a huge cardio boost...but to maintain a higher heart rate during the recovery, low interval song. I do a box step during the chorus of "Take Me to Rio" and I just add alternating arms reaching up...I told my Curves class about the cardio aspect last night...one student said that she thought it was about being like an eagle like the words of the song! LOL.

There's a merengue that Kelly did to "Que Buena Tu Ta" that I affectionately call "arms from h---"...for me some other songs are just like that...just not as obvious.

So think about that when you are participating in your Zumba FITNESS classes...think about the fact that you get what you put into the classes...and the more you put in...the more you benefit...not that this is what you have to do all the time...or every song...but ya'll understand what I'm saying, right?

Bea_Bopp
February 16th, 2012, 04:19 AM
There is a thread on the Fashion & Beauty Boards about "Toned Arms & Shoulders" and some ladies were thinking that you can't get much of an arm workout during Zumba...well...they are wrong...that's all there is to it. Not if you use your brain and engage your muscles and FOCUS.

I don't agree with them at all. Like you, our teacher stresses that you engage those muscles and focus - you have to put the effort in to get results. My arms feel like they're going to drop off after we've done Qute Mueve!

Anita - you use 'Drop it Low' in your class - love that song! Have you ever seen this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHYEespjZT0&list=FL_n0Qk20ugCMoXxPhhlNLBQ&index=11&feature=plpp_video)? It's a Samba, not Zumba, but fabulous...and great arms!

Anita Latte
February 16th, 2012, 09:57 AM
Merengues are GREAT for arms!

I had not seen that video before. I haven't gotten into watching all the dancing shows. Very nice. That is a different "Drop It Low" song.

The one that I use is by Ester Dean and you can see it here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RxFO8DV-9A&ob=av2n). It's a toning song for me. I do Kelly's routine to it. By the time the song is over, your quads and hips are screaming.

There is even ANOTHER "Drop It Low" song from the movie Rio...you can see that here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlXlbAfxnHk).

littlelovely21
February 16th, 2012, 11:48 AM
Kasi...No Zumba all WEEK!! :eek: It happens. The important thing is knowing that you will be back to class next week...and meanwhile...at least try to make good choices in your eating...and regardless...eat slowly...stop when you feel satisfied...NOT stuffed. I wish you well with your swim suit shopping...NOT my favorite thing to do. :p

Vanesa...I got DS's suit at Dillards. Not the cheapest, but not the most expensive either. Fortunately, the suit pants FIT! Yay! I bought the jacket too small though...which just proves that I'm having a hard time visualizes my bigger boy...I bought the right sized shirt though...phew...and he LOVES the color. :)

That's so great that they fit! I bought a few dress shirts w/ties and 2 pairs of dress pants online that should be here in about a week. I hope they fit my DS well, if not they'll have to be returned and we'll have to actually GO shopping and have him try on stuff, I prefer shopping online (better deals :o).

Anita Latte
February 18th, 2012, 08:12 AM
I really hope the weather doesn't keep the ladies at home this morning! If I have to be up and awake and ready to go...then they should be also!

Seriously though...I'm realizing that there isn't anything in place to warn ladies about whether or not classes are canceled due to severe weather. I think I'm going to make an announcement regarding this, and get a plan in place.

I've had my ladies requesting their favorite songs/routines lately. I've made announcements regarding my openness to requests, so....this are the ones my ladies have spoken up for:

Waka Waka
Take Me To Rio
El Amor El Amor
Hola My Friend
and crazily enough...Gasolina...the young lady said, please do this one, it kicks my butt. LOL!!

They can only identify the first two by name...all these others are in order..."the jumping jack song," "the hula," and "windmill arms." :)

I wonder what everyone's current favorite songs/routines are...if you can recognize them that is. :rolleyes:

Anita Latte
February 22nd, 2012, 10:33 AM
How is everyone?

I have felt busy! And I when I haven't felt busy, I've been lazy! LOL.

I can't believe I'm in the TEENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's almost cruise time for me and I couldn't be more excited! *happy dance* *happy dance*

My brain is focused on this and little else. So I don't have much conversation. How is everyone?

littlelovely21
February 22nd, 2012, 01:22 PM
Good afternoon! Just checking in, last week I ended up slacking because of my instructor's injury which turned out to be pretty bad! She has a hernia that she hasn't had taken care of and she fainted so a friend took her to the ER where they admitted her and they found out she was bleeding heavily! :eek: I don't know how she mustered up the energy but she made it to class on Friday & Saturday and has continued on this week. She's not giving it 100% which is difficult for us to give 100% when her energy isn't visible so she's been giving us verbal energy I guess you could say. I'm still leaving class drenched so I guess I'm doing my part. :D

Took a break from shopping for me but I got my son's clothes in yesterday and sadly the pants didn't fit so I'll have to return those soon and then take him to look for pants. The shirts and clip on ties looked nice on him I just need to get them pressed before we leave. (I don't own an iron :o)

Ahhhhh I'm so ready to get this show on the roa . . .sea? lol I'm so bored here at work, I have nothing to do and it's killing me one hour at a time. I'd much rather be on the ship! :D

kasi1979
February 22nd, 2012, 04:15 PM
Its fantastic that you can easily count your days until you cruise.
Ive 24 days left before heading back to Italy to board Costa Serena.

Ive lots of activities going. Last weekend was spent in Northern Italy visiting my sister, we returned Monday evening. Tuesday was a looong day at work and some grocery shopping. TodayDHs birthday and we just returned home from his birthday dinner at a mongolian restaurant.
Tomorrow is a cooking event from work. Friday we habe friends here for a small party. Saturday we are heading for the zoo and celebrating my b-day. Sunday is family time with our realtives for both our birthdays.
So this week is full of activities and if Im honest, there wont be much time left for sport or anything else.

Im really looking forward to the visit of the zoo. Friends of mine that I met at a caribbean cruise several years back are going to come along with their little son, as is my cruise-friend who will be going on the upcoming vacation with me. So, if animals and the child dont offer enough to talk about theres always the topic of cruising ;)

aoknkentucky
February 23rd, 2012, 10:45 AM
Happy Birthday, Kasi!

Anita Latte
February 23rd, 2012, 10:12 PM
Happy Birthday Kasi!!!

Good evening Everyone! I am in a great mood because tonight is my last working day and I have tomorrow off! Yay! I really should work on new music/routines tomorrow though...but I have some tweaks and twinges going on...so I don't know if I really want to work on anything or just rest and take care of stuff around the house.

I recently found some information that has been LOVELY to act on for the past couple days...so I am passing along this information to ya'll!

So. I have these hard, bony bumps on the tops of my feet...on the arch side...and they can not really hurt, but sort of hurt, and I have to adjust the laces on my shoes...and sometimes, after class...the little bumps are very red and acting irritated...not really itchy, but...I can't describe...but if you have these bumps on the top of your feet too, then you know exactly what I am talking about.

So I found this:

https://drshoe.wordpress.com/2008/02/03/top-of-the-foot-bump/

And there is a recommendation there about how to lace your shoes so that the bump isn't bothered and you can still get the support you need on your shoes. Well, I have changed all my Zumba shoes to this lacing pattern...it is WONDERFUL...seriously...it has made a huge difference in the comfort of my feet after class. Like the photo...my laces end up not going across the foot at the point where the laces would go through that flap on the tongue of the shoe...so there are no laces through that point, but this hasn't been a problem for me.

Just passing this info along...I announced this in my Curves class this evening and showed everyone my shoes...my white laces on my hot coral shoes are easy to see...and there were several ladies giving me feedback that they have to deal with this same issue.

So there you go. A helpful hint.

Meanwhile...hope that I can find some great music. This week's stretch song was well received by most classes...it's an older song, but very nice...and it is a "rumba flamenca" so it doesn't count against my 30% instructor's choice! Here it is:

Gipsy Kings - Caminando Por La Calle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVNzDPtuoQ0)