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.