Monday, April 30, 2012

Zumba Makes Me Laugh!



Dang!  I just realized, all of you A-Z Challenge bloggers are probably doing Zumba posts today.  I'm not in your challenge but I'm using your "Z" anyway cause it was just too much fun on Friday.

Zumba...now that was a challenge.



Here's how it went down:

Thursday finds me feeling sorry for myself about all that's going on in my world.  I'm slumped on the couch, dressed in baggy sweatpants and a baggy sweatshirt, (I'm dressed for the class already!) laptop open to Facebook, television tuned to a Dr. Phil, while going over recent events in my mind.  I hear the bus pull up out front.  I close the laptop and mute the television.

In typical fashion, my tweenager bursts through the front door, waving a white piece of paper back and forth, and talking a mile a minute.

It's a permission slip.  Can we go?  We HAVE to be there!!  There's going to be FREE healthy snacks and FREE smoothies!!  Can we go? Can we? Can we?

I arrive to the class not expecting much.  I mean, really, it's for a bunch of middle schoolers.  How hard can it be?  I see a smattering of adults and about twenty-five kids.  Ten minutes later, more kids.  Some more adults wander into the gymnasium and the DJ announces that we'll have everything wrapped up no later than 5:10.  I glance at the clock...it's 3:55.  Okay, some instructions, some snacks, some Zumba, some cool down, some more snack and some smoothies while they then sell us their classes - I got them all figured out.  mmmmhmmmm.  I nod my head knowingly.  Glancing around as if to warn everyone not to get suckered into the Big Sell at the end!

Off the kids go to get their smoothies and fruit and I talk to one of moms.  A very nice lady who is the mom of child's best friend.  We talk about going to the beach this summer.  I can't help compare myself to her.  She's a beauty!!  From Venezuela, her accent is beautiful, her body flawless!  No baby gut on her like I carry...damn!  It's all right, I tell myself, I'm still in good shape.  Stop beating yourself up, Elsie!!  This is about having fun.  Not about who looks the best.

The Migraine I had lingering throughout the day was mentally pushed back.  It was time for fun.  The DJ put on some Latin music and hordes of kids rushed the floor.  It was like when (okay, I'm dating myself here) when they put "C'Mon Ride That Train" on in the club or "Baby Got Back", you just knew the floor was going to be crowded.

I played it safe, in the middle, away from the kids and by the mom I had spoken to earlier.  A safe zone.  I awaited the instructions.

"DO WHAT I DO!"  This tiny woman boomed into her microphone and off we went.  I was so lost and confused and embarrassed and looked around wondering if this lady had lost her mind.  But, no, everyone else was just going with the flow.  They didn't care that they weren't perfectly in sync with her or that they didn't even come close to doing what she was doing.

They were laughing.  They were smiling.  They were having fun!!  So, I did too!!!   I looked up at the clock and thought, holy cow, look at me, I'm gonna last the WHOLE class!!!  I can't believe it!!  I was winded, I was sweaty, I was laughing.  It was fantastic.  My head began to throb and I knew I had to stop.

But, I last twenty minutes!  Surely the class was only, what, forty minutes?  Ummm, no, not so much.  Cool down began at an hour.  The class ran over because the kids were having so much fun.  My new friend, she lasted the entire time, as did every other adult, which made me laugh even more because I saw why.  I threw every ounce of energy I had into it, like I was at Da Club.  They paced themselves.  Smart ladies.  I also learned that my new friend Zumba's five times a week at the Y.  Hence, the killer body.  I'm thinking you actually have to do something to get that killer body besides sit in front of the laptop all day? Just a thought....

What did I learn?  That my ass is going to find a Zumba class and if I can't find Zumba it will be yoga...although, I really want to Zumba.  I just know that I need to get out of the house and be social again.

Zumba kicked my ass on Friday but it made me laugh, let me do my favorite thing - dance - and I got in some exercise too.  Zumba rocks!!!


39 comments:

  1. I make fun of Zumba regularly, but I'm sure it'd still kick my ass. And this is from a guy who runs, lifts weights, and trains Muay Thai regularly. Silly as it looks, I don't care who you are - dancing for an hour straight will leave you wrecked.

    Also, re: today's comment, we'll still be around for our close blog friends, and that's you included. I read and comment here because I love reading your blog, not because I want a comment in return. So don't think this is the last you've seen of us.

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  2. Well, that Muay Thai is no joke - I think you'd kick Zumba's ass! Or maybe just the people standing around you....

    aaawwww, now I'm all mushy inside....I'm glad to know you guys enjoy reading my blog and will be giving me free advice on how to publish my book when I'm done (see what I did there?) and that you'll still be around.

    Now - I have got to go food shopping! So, stop distracting me!

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  3. Sounds like quite the fun time! I hope you are able to find a Zumba class on base! But then again it might be best to join the class your friend is in!

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    1. I would love to join the class she's in! I just need to check the rates - stupid money!! LOL But, it would be a good way to make a new friend since my daughter is friends with her daughter already...hmmmm

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  4. Oh, I love zumba!!! It's so much fun!! Glad that you made a new friend. When they have a rocking body it's great motive to work harder :) lol

    P.S. Was there really no sale at the end??? It can't be... lol

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    1. You know me so well, Jax - that competitive edge would kick in (the medics would arrive, haul me off in the ambulance, IV dangling, and I'd still be trying to achieve her killer body!) LOL

      That's my NY girl!!!! No, no sale at all...just so flyers if you wanted them. That's it. It was truly about the kids. I'm such a pessimist when it comes to stuff like that. Go figure. I donate, I volunteer - so why can't others?? Duh!

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    2. Okay, now I'm really going to do my errands.....no.....really.....

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    3. LOL See, best motivation!!! lol

      and what about free advertising!! That sounds like a sales pitch?? No?? This just can't be...

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    4. hahaha - it was subliminal advertising!!!!

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  5. why do they serve food at an exercise class???? Shouldn't they starve you all there and make you sweat like in army :)

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    1. You're going to find this quite funny, Dez!

      I'm taking the class on a military base and tomorrow is supposed to be my first class. (I may have an appointment that conflicts) Anyway, the instructor looked at me, heard my tale and said - "avoid the lunch time classes; those are when the active duty members show up so we kick it into high gear" In other words "You'll die in there!" LOL I think she'll starve me! She also recommended other low impact classes to help get me in better shape =)

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  6. Glad to see you getting out and having fun! And in a healthy ass kicking way to boot! Stick with it and you will put Miss Venezuela to shame!

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    1. I'm telling ya, Dan! She's going to call me and ask if want to go to beach with her and her daughter and I'm going to strut out in my bikini looking hotter than I already am! *BAM*!!!

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  7. ZUMBA!! I swear I almost stopped breathing and DIED, the last time I did Zumba. As much fun as it is, that shit is hard. Oh and it works!

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    1. That's what I told her. That's why she recommended I stay away from the lunch crowd..the more, um, in shape crowd. She also said approaching it like it was a dance club probably wasn't the best idea since I haven't stepped foot in one in the last decade LMAO!!

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  8. LOL one thing I never tried, I'm sure it would kick my ass in 10 minutes or so and I actually work out and walk and such. Doing it for an hour would be killer. But eventually you will get there if you stick with it.

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    1. Oh, I'm gonna get there! Panting, sweating, cursing and maybe even shedding some tears in the process. Maybe even in the fetal position at some point...but now the seed is planted and I have to do it. I'm bound and determined. If Zumba makes my Migraines peak, I'll change it over to the other class and tone and work my core. Either way, this is the summer of Elsie =)

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    2. Sounds like the summer won't be a bummer. As at least you can swear away and have a good excuse for it with ease, not that one ever needs an excuse..haha

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    3. You know me; I curse like a sailor....or a NYer!!

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  9. Sounds like fun! I might try Zumba when I've worked myself up to a half decent fitness level. I used to love dancing. Good for you Lovey, go for it ;-)
    I coming back later as my bloggery hid your last three posts from me . . . I just saw them now, but gotta cook first. Lovey x

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    1. Girl, I'm not even 1/4 decent fitness level. But, I love to dance and well, this is the perfect fit for me.

      Blogger has done that to me a lot lately...I don't know what the deal is??? I need to cook too! I'll be catching up to everyone who posted this afternoon tomorrow.

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  10. I'm so glad you went, and were able to just relax, let loose and go with it! Sounds like you really did have fun, and yes - getting out was the best part. It is so easy to isolate when you feel crappy all the time and life is complicated. Hoping this week goes much smoother for you! How sore were you the next day? :-)

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    1. That's exactly what I was doing Josie. Isolating myself from everyone because I was unhappy but the clouds are parting and I'm seeing hope for Devin and I and it's a good thing. I'm happy. Plus, I'm taking my selfish part back - I'm working on ME again.

      Sore - are you kidding? It hurt to lift the phone to my ear LMAO!!!

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  11. I've never done this but it's all the rage right now. I have a twitter girlfriend who does this along with Weight Watchers and she's lost 20 pounds and is feeling like a new woman. She's made friends and also started yoga and bellydancing because of the Zumba classes. You should so do this, it would make you feel better and get you around other women and you'd have a blast.

    PS I'm late as Hubbby's been bad off and I was able to get him in to see his doctor on short notice today. It's going to be a tough week with more doctor appts. but we'll survive it.

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    1. Eeewww - other women....I'm so not a girly girl LOL

      I don't like to hear this about your Hubby. It saddens my heart. I'm glad you got him into the doctors office. Know that I'll be praying for you both, Anne. I know you're strong, just keep that strength and know that I'm just an email away. It works both ways, Anne - you were there for me....

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  12. Nice! sometimes its the best thing to do when you feel like crap. get up and shake that thang! it changes everything!!

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    1. I shook it so hard, my neck still hurts! LMAO

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  13. How can anyone's favourite thing be to dance! I ask you... have you taken leave of your senses...

    I remember once being at a company do - well I was on a course with several others from my company and a few others at a hotel/conference centre. It was early December so there was a Christmas casino/meal/dance night I think for a local company and somehow we crashed it... well there was a bar, what can I say... but a very good friend of mine was drinking with me, some song came on "I'm horny" I think it was, she jumps up "Oh love this, we must dance to this" she grabs my hand but I'm welded to the bar for the rest of the night. I stared her in the eyes and just said slowly and calmly but in the manner of a man not to be messed with "I don't do dancing"... she went off with one of the bosses who looked a total goon with her gyrating all about him - she was really playing up to it all by then... I just carried on drinking

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    1. LOL - It's "Me So Horny" from 2LiveCrew - a very dirty, nasty song but great to dance to! Especially after a few drinks...

      Yeah, I'm that co-worker. I can't dance worth a hoot. I have some rhythm but not much but after a few drinks I think I am just the sexiest, most talented dancer out there and somehow have been given the gift of dance. My husband has yet to dance with me, except one slow dance - he hates it! But, he'll sit back and watch and smile. Probably laughing at me on the inside. I don't care, it's fun!!

      LOL

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    2. I do the odd "smooth" with Mrs F when needed - normally when it'll most embarrass the kids :-)

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    3. That's the best part...embarrassing the kids!

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  14. Good for you Elsie. I have found intense exercise to be my best therapy. At 46, and nowhere close to perfect, I really think I could kick the ass of a 25 year old me. I feel stronger, much more muscular, but I really just think it's that I'm mentally tougher.

    I don't think I'll try punching myself in the face though...yet.

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    1. I wonder if that's what it is? At 25 we didn't care because we took it for granted, our youth, I mean. Now, in our forties...we realize it's time to start focusing on our health, mentally and physically...

      What do you do for exercise, aside swim in Billy's pool?

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    2. I do twelve oz. curls. Sometimes 16 oz. When my wife makes a big enough fuss I have to work in the yard.

      Seriously, I go to a gym 3 or 4 times a week and do 30 or 40 minutes of weights, then I treadmill 3 miles. It's just enough to allow me to drink more beer.

      And, I may get in Billy's pool, but I rarely "swim". Beer may spill.

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    3. Dang, Barfly! I feel like I should play the LMFAO song "Sexy and I Know It" song for you.. "I work out!!" Don't act like you haven't heard it; they play it the gym LOL

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  15. Zumba is fun but I've always preferred salsa dancing...especially in Cuba :)

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    1. Cuba? Wow, I've never been to Cuba. There was a lot of Salsa during the class yesterday and the class was heavy into working out, not just dancing which was quite a challenge. But, I decided I'll go back despite the fact that I heard giggling (even though it was in my own head)

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  16. Ok I know I read this yesterday but I do not see a comment so I am leaving it now I was sure I left one though.................anyway Zumba looks fun but I have never gived it a try even though my daughter the one who always tells me I am fat says I should give it a go.....

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    1. Your daughter tells you you're fat?? Oh my gosh, that would break my heart!! It was fun, hard but fun. The people in the class were so supportive, came over and told me to keep coming back =)

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