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Having fun with Zumba

Friday, January 06, 2012

My in-laws gave me Zumba 2 for Wii for Christmas. I don't have the first one, and in fact, only got a Wii console a few weeks ago. I'd never had ANY gaming system in my life, so it was kind of a big deal. (The parents weren't big believers of allowing their child to sit around playing video games all day. But TV was ok. wtf?)

Anyway, I REALLY LOVE the Zumba. I thought it would be really cheesy and silly -- AND IT IS! But it's TONS of fun, and I am enjoying it. I feel kind of totally uncoordinated and lacking grace/elegance, but I'm learning. It takes a while to get the moves down, especially for someone who has never danced before. (raising hand)

When I weighed in on January 2nd, I was mortified to read a number I haven't seen in 3.5 years. All that hard work: GONE, just like that. Instead of beating myself up over it, though... I just reset everything (including my mindset), and am starting over.

So far, it's going well. I've done Zumba three times this week (three days in a row, actually) and have shed 3.6 pounds. I've been tracking my calories, writing down every single thing I eat (even if it wasn't something on my diet plan) and have been feeling SO MUCH BETTER. I really fell off the wagon big time. I gained 18 pounds in 4.5 months. How screwed up is that? Oh well. Hopefully I can re-lose them as quickly. I know at least five is just holiday bloat. I went a little nuts after the miscarriage and just ate everything in sight for a while.

But I'm better now.

My goal is to lose 33 pounds going from 213 to 180. I think, according to BMI standards and whatnot, that I "should" be around 165 max for my height. But I'm not going to worry about the ultimate goal right now. I'm just trying to do something big but doable. I have never, in my adult life, been below 191. So if I can get into the 180's, and actually reach 180? That'd be awesome.

I'm also trying to decide whether or not I want to stay vegan. I've been vegan for 1.5 years, and have for the most part really loved it. But I miss cheese so much. When I fell off the diet wagon, I ended up eating a lot of cheese -- mostly because we were traveling and my options were limited. Now, I'm lactose intolerant, so I don't want to go nuts. But I like the idea of branching out my options a little bit. Plus, goat cheese doesn't bother me at all. I'm thinking about adding some goat cheese to my diet, at least for a while. Well, that's what I've BEEN doing. I only buy goat cheese from dairies with good reputations. They are small, and have a lot of information about how they treat the animals. So I feel ok with that. For now. I may change my mind again, but I guess I am lacto-vegetarian for now instead of vegan. (Although I still eat vegan 95% of the time.)

I really should update my sparkpage.

I also graduated in December. I did a four year degree in 2.5 years. The ability to relax and breathe is taking time to get used to! The stress I endured was horrendous, but at least I'm out the other side now.

Looking forward to a day of eating well.
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    Congrats on the graduation!

    I've been thinking about the Zumba for one of our game stations...my middle son loves to dance so he'd probably enjoy it as well. I've been reading around and everyone that has it seems to enjoy it. I'm so tempted...thanks for sharing!

    And, I'll be keeping up with your success so make sure to share every single little detail! :)
    3139 days ago
  • MCDOWN75
    I'm starting Zumba on Monday. Thanks for the inspiration.
    3142 days ago
    I have been longing for a Wii Zumba - forever. Congrats on your loss! emoticon
    3143 days ago
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