Let’s get the business part of this post out of the way. Yes, it’s been a month since my last post. Yes, Tug and I told you we would post weekly. I think I have indeed gained weight. I have not journaled food on Fitness Pal in about 3 months. I took two weeks off exercising. I have eaten some bad things like Cheetos and French fries. My clothes feel a little tight. I am bummed about all this but encouraged that I had 6 workouts in five days. That’s right. One day I worked out two times. That is because I started ZUMBA!
Disclaimer #1: I am not a good dancer.
Disclaimer #2: I probably would not have done this if my friend Sarah did not ask me to join her.
Final disclaimer: No, I don’t really have the time for Zumba but I thank my husband for making it work.
Zumba meets twice a week at my local rec center. I think I paid about $45.00 for 5 weeks. I thought this would be an easier workout than my 40 minute running/weight lifting circuit workout. I was so sure this would be a “workout light” that the first day I not only did my circuits in the morning, I wore a regular daytime bra to Zumba. Both turned out to be mistakes. In fact, I have made a few mistakes with this Zumba thing. Let me share them with you. I hope this helps any Zumba hopefuls make good choices instead of Andi choices.
Lesson #1: Zumba is a really good workout. You do not need to add a workout before or after it. It would however be helpful to add a glass or two of wine before it. That would assist in loosening up the joints and allow you to dance better. (This is actually a lesson I learned in college. Wine=good dancing).
Lesson #2: Wear a sports bra, not a regular everyday bra. There is a lot of jumping, swooping and gyrating of which a regular bra cannot handle. In fact, wear two sports bras.
Lesson #3: Panty liners can’t hurt. I am pretty sure Zumba instructors don’t realize that many of their students have had children. Need I say more? Didn’t think so.
Lesson #4: Take your glasses off. Your face will sweat. Your glasses will fall down your nose. But more importantly, glasses allow you to see yourself in the mirror and that is a big no-no. You do not want to see yourself in the mirror. And there is a mirror. Fifty mirrors, actually.
Lesson #5: Don’t eat before class. Especially Taco Bell. (see Lesson #2)
Lesson #6: Get ready to meet the other You. The You your spouse keeps telling you is inside. That’s the woman whose hair blows in the wind on a non-windy day. She’s that woman who wears electric blue eyeliner and shiny red pumps with peek-a-boo toes. She’s the one who hangs with Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson on Sunday afternoons. Ok, that might be a stretch. Let me just say that it takes a lot of effort to shake it, shimmy, grind and pump it in any given beat. And bit of effort toward this end will open a new view of yourself. And she’s HOT! (When you are not wearing glasses).
I am sure week two of Zumba will expose more lessons. Seeing how I am still a novice, please feel free to share your own. Help a sister out.