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Thursday, January 31, 2008

are you there? or are you all watching LOST?!

Just wanted to pop in and say I just got back from teaching, and I'm so happy because I got the Ultimate ZUMBA Compliment: someone asked if I'm Latina! Cuz I can shake it! Isn't that great?! :)

OK, now go back to watching Lost, like I know you all are. ;)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

164.5

164.5! That's the number on my scale this morning, for a grand-total loss of 21 pounds. I'm a very happy camper today.

But, oh! the soreness!

After I got home from the two classes I taught yesterday I remembered I had also agreed to sub for another girl that night. So I showered and changed and all that good stuff and while the rest of my family were relaxing, eating dinner, and winding down for the night, I went off to Zumba.

I ended up not having to teach--the other instructor had been out with an injury but is back now--so I stayed to take the class from her. I said I wasn't going to do that--I had already gotten plenty of exercise for the day and I had food shopping to do--but I felt dumb leaving, after I had been chatting with some of the other women outside the studio, waiting for the cycling class to get out.

OMG.

Let me say first that I LOVE the girl who taught. She's so nice and very peppy and positive and energetic. But as a Zumba instructor--I dunno, I just wanted to throw her over a bridge by the end of the class. Her style is very cheerleader, and she wouldn't stop shouting cues over the music!! In Zumba, the music is the most important thing--it's what makes the class fun, and hearing the changes in the music is how you know it's time for a different move. I got into Zumba because it was fun, so don't! shout! at me the whole time or I'm going to explode.

But like I said, I really love this girl. So I stayed, and did my best, even though for everyone else I'd'a been outta there!

*shudder*

There is one girl in the class who I thought had taken every morning and evening class I subbed for the one instructor this month. I found out last night that she took all the Monday night classes, and her identical twin sister took all the Tuesday morning ones.

So now I'm racking my brains trying to remember if I said anything remarkably stupid like, "When we did this song last night, you remember..."

Anyway, she (and her identical twin sister) are such great dancers. They can really move, and they look like they're having such a great time. I told the sister at last night's class that she should look into teaching on the side, since she obviously loved it so much. She was surprised at first that she could teach. I told her that she didn't have to teach to take the workshop, but if she does, she should definitely get a group exercise certification and stuff before she teaches. I hope she looks into it...

Oh, I have another recipe for you! I haven't tried making it myself yet but a girl from work made me some to try and it is fantastic! Here ya go:

Red Lentil Soup
split red lentils
chopped onion
6 c water
1 tsp ground tumeric
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
4 cloves garlic
2 green chilies (remove seeds for milder heat)
4 inc fresh ginger or dried ground to taste
2 16 oz cans whole tomatoes w/juice
3 tsp salt
fresh coriander garnish
can replace 1 tablespoon olive oil w/ ghee if you have it

In sauce pan combine the lentils, water, tumeric, cumin, ground coriander, and chili powder. Heat to boil, reduce heat cook covered 30 minutes.

In blender combine garlic, onion, chili, and ginger; process until fine. In a skillet heat 1 tbsp olive oil or ghee in pan. Add mix from blender and cook 2 minutes. Stir in garlic, mix in rest of olive oil. Make sure lentils are cooked BEFORE you add the tomatoes and salt. This will STOP the lentils from cooking. Once you know they are cooked add the salt and tomatoes and let simmer until thick (about 30 mins).

Makes 12 1-cup servings.

Monday, January 28, 2008

get well soon! but...not TOO soon...

I just got back from subbing two back-to-back Zumba classes. They went really well. The second was a very basic beginner Zumba class I subbed for my boss on the fly, when her original sub came in all sick and begged me to take it or she was going to cancel.

We did some stuff from the soundtrack to the old DVD set, so it was old-school Zumba. Still lots of fun, still a pretty good workout. The girls were in childwatch the whole time, and except for a quick run to the vending machines to ply them with snacks for an extra hour, everything was fine there. I always wonder what the instructors do if one of their kids needs a diaper change in the middle of class. I should probably ask...

Whoops, gotta go--my good friend Kat, who I never ever ever get to see, is on her way over!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

randomness: infomercial, chocolate de especia, muchos clases, por favor, ,zumba shoes

So...has anyone seen the new infomercial? I keep missing it! The next Guthy Renker listing is for 6:30 tomorrow morning, so I'll be up with the birds. Someone get me a soy latte, pronto! What? Starbucks doesn't deliver? The heck, man!

That's not what I came here to write about. I wanted to talk about chocolate!!! So, I gave up everything animal-derived, right? And at first I was all scared, like Oh NOES, that means I can't eat chocolate cuz chocolate has cocoa butter and butter comes from milk and milk comes from cows!

Yeah, I know. I'm a dork.

BUT! The good news is that cocoa butter does NOT come from cows, and while milk chocolate has, as the name would suggest, milk in it, dark chocolate--which I love and which is so yummy and good for you and antioxidizing--does not. At least I'm pretty sure it doesn't. And if it does, don't tell me, OK? Oh, and the verdict is still out on white chocolate, which isn't even really chocolate. I have to go look that up.

Where was I? Oh yeah. So I've been eating the occasional dark chocolate, which makes my mouth happy and almost makes me forget about things like cheese and yogurt and honey and PIZZA and all those other things that, while not really tempting to me now that I know more about them and how they're made and how they affect the human body, still smell and taste so stinkin good. Mmmm.....*drool*

Sorry...got carried away for a second. :)

I wanted to tell you about one particular bar I tried that I was so happy about. It's by Theo Chocolate and it's called Coconut Curry. Now, I love coconut and coconut milk and I don't really love curry but me encanta chocolate that's spicy so I had to have it. Unfortunately, I had already eaten half of it before realizing it was milk chocolate, the stuff I'm not supposed to be eating. Fortunately, my guilt was assuaged by the fact that a) I had already eaten half of it and wasn't exactly going to vomit up a chocolate bar for a little milk and b) it's all-good: organic and fair-trade certified, which gives me the warm-fuzzies. Sooo I finished it. :) It was fantabulous. OMG--just the right amount of spice and chocolate; I dare say it was so good as to be an aphrodisiac. Just ask my husband, who had the good fortune of welcoming me home right as I finished eating it. ;D

What else?

Oh yeah! I emailed a bunch of friends about the free Zumba demo and I think I may end up having a pretty good response. I also made up some cards to hand out at work. I can't wait. I hope I have so many people show up at the studio that the owner offers me ten classes a week. :)
My instructor friend Tina is nasty-sick, so I took her class on Saturday and will take her tomorrow-morning one as well. I feel kind of bad--I called her and was all, "Oh, honey, are you feeling better? No? Oh, poor thing, well...do you need me to cover your class?!?!?!??!?!?!?"

Oh, and I was looking at my feet today while I was at work. To be more specific, I was staring at my dance sneakers--my Nike Shox O-Drive. I LOVE them, (heart) them even, but I put so many miles on them--I can barely stand to take them off because they make me feel like the Super Cool Zumba Instructor that I am--that I think it may be time for new ones sooner than I might expect. Here's what I want:


Mmmm, Nike Shox Q'Vida. This color combo is only on ebay, so they're probably stolen off the back of some truck somewhere, but I lurve them. Just one more thing on my very extensive Zumba wishlist, which, of course, includes a certain DVD set from a certain infomercial (broken record anyone?)...

Ooh, crap, it's late, I need to go to bed if I'm going to get up for that infomercial, and cover the class, and I haven't even gotten the kids' clothes ready or anything.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....

Friday, January 25, 2008

yummy vegan recipe

This was the first recipe I made as a brand-new vegan. It's from the inaugural Winter 2008 issue of Clean Eating magazine, (1) which is great for herbivore and carnivore alike.

Quinoa Black Bean Salad

  • 1 c. quinoa, washed and drained (I put a paper towel in a strainer and poured in the quinoa, rinsing and draining it all at the same time without getting it everywhere)
  • 2 c. water (you do NOT want to use too much water--trust me, it comes out all mushy and gross)
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • juice of 2 fresh limes
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 5 green onions, finely chopped (I really suck at this--my green onion pieces were as big as my thumb)
  • 1/4 c fresh cilantro, chopped (or not, if you're like me and keep forgetting to pick some up)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Wash and rinse quinoa. In a saucepan, bring quinoa and water to a boil. Reduce to simmer, cover and cook until all water is absorbed, about 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool (Although personally, I like it better warm. With a side of blue corn chips. And a few good quality dark chocolate squares for dessert).

In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, cumin, and red pepper flakes.

Combine cooled quinoa, beans, tomatoes, and onions in a large bowl.

Drizzle dressing over salad and toss in cilantro. Season with salt and pepper.
The great thing about this recipe is the quinoa itself. Read this excerpt from the magazine:
Although it's considered an "ancient grain," quinoa (pronounced "keen-wah") is actually a cousin of leafy green vegetables like spinach and swiss chard. Where it differs from its green and grain counterparts is as a protein source: Just one cup has 20 grams of protein--twice as much as old-fashioned oats and about the same as a three-ounce serving of cooked cod. This gluten-free grain-like substance also contains magnesium, iron, potassium, and B-vitamins...And did we mention that it's one of the few plant foods that provides all nine essential amino acids simultaneously?

If you have ever looked into giving up meat, you know one of the arguments against it is how meat is the major source of the complete set of amino acids, which is essential to good health; in fact, before I read this article, I thought the only way to get all 9 at once was from meat. It is often thought that vegetarians, and particularly vegans who eat no animal products, have to be meticulous about eating certain foods in combination to get all the proteins they need. But not so! A little of the magic green-grain every day and I'm good to go, woo hoo! :) Plus, it's extremely versatile--you can use it like you would use rice or couscous in all your favorite recipes.

Soo...what's going on with you?

(1)Young, Allison. "Power Foods." Clean Eating Winter 2008: 73-79.





Thursday, January 24, 2008

for those of you in the MA/RI area...

Come PARTY with me at a FREE demo class for ZUMBA--the dance workout that's taking over the world!

I'm throwing a free demo class to introduce my new class at Studio 1, 588 Kelly Blvd./Rt. 152 in North Attleboro and I'm inviting everyone. It'll be on Saturday, February 16 from 9-9:45 am.

You don't need to know how to dance. You don't even have to like to work out. I never did...and now I'm an instructor! :)

Call the studio to register: 508-643-0808. C'mon, do something for yourself in 2008.

I'm so excited!!! :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

OK, it's really late and I need to get to bed but I wanted to pop in and ask if you've seen the new Zumba infomercial yet. Anyone? Argh! It's driving me nuts! I printed out the schedule for all the Guthy Renker infomercials but every time I actually get to tune in, it's always ProActiv. Bleh. Who wants to watch people clear up their acne when you can watch Beto, for cryin out loud?!?!

Well, I guess it's all about the money. So go to www.zumbafitness.com or www.zumba.com or www.spiceupyourbody.com and order yourself some DVDs!!! Seriously--isn't it time you did something for you? :)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Here's another link for a really great excerpt from the upcoming informercial (which is supposed to air TONIGHT!! TONIGHT PEOPLE!!! OMG!!!):

Beto in Ohio

Oh and guess who got her picture in the paper! ME!

Yeah!!

Last fall--October or Novemberish--a local photographer and some photogs from Japanese media came to a class of Tina's that I went to. As soon as I walked in I thought "You've got to be kidding me" because I had not done laundry in like forever, and I was wearing the most unflattering workout clothes, which is why you aren't going to see this particular picture (although, really, how much worse could it be than the other pictures I've shown you, right? Wrong!) but I am SO excited because the caption says, "In the center is Kimberly MyLastName, Zumba Instructor."

EEeee!

So anyone who read that paper and wants to find out more about Zumba can look up MY NAME and find ME...just in time for my Saturday morning class!

How cool is that!??!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

new zumba infomercial!

OK people, listen up! This weekend is the debut of the new Zumba infomercial with the brand new, totally rockin DVDs. You've got to tune in! Go to your cable box and search for "Zumba" or "Guthy Renker" (which is the production company who did the infomercials; they're big in the infomercial world, I guess. They did ProActiv.) and TiVo! and watch it! and buy it!

Here's some preview videos; you're gonna love it:

(and Zumbadoras, see how many big names you can spot! Beto, Tanya, Gina, Asuka, Koh...)




(mmmm, Beto fix...)




You can buy the new DVDs from zumbafitness.com if you miss the infomercial. Also, check out SpiceUpYourBody.com. This is huge! I can't wait!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

reunited and it feels so good

So I'm back to teaching. I cannot even tell you how good it feels to be back! I taught this morning, last night, last Thursday night, took a class Saturday, taught last Monday night, filled in for someone the Saturday before that...that's six classes in eleven days and I feel great! :)

And oooooh, my UFOs. I LOVE them. I've worn them to three classes this week and they're so comfy. The zipper kept falling down on my purple ones last night--that was fun--but wow I love them. And I feel super cool walking around the grocery store in my instructor getup: UFOs, dance sneakers, head scarf, "Zumba Instructor" jacket... ;) hehe

I have to tell you, because I was so happy and I said I would, that the customer service at beWild.com was so great. I got one style of UFOs from there for Christmas and they were way too small. Beautiful, but too small. I might have kissed them goodbye. Anyway--we were a little nervous that they wouldn't take them back because my hubby bought them way before Christmas, being the prepared little dobee that he is, and the return policy is like 30 days or something but they took 'em back! No problem! Exchanged them for the unisex style, but those were GINORMOUS so then exchanged them again for the girly basic. I figured, "No way are they going to do it--they'll just send them back with a note saying it's been too long." Nope! I got my girly basics in just two days. So the moral of the story is if you're looking for comfy, funky Zumba pants, get yourself some UFOs from beWild.com. Girly hipster if you're...smaller than me...and girly basic if you're...not. ;) They are fabuloso.

Eesh. I'm so sore. We did my routine for Salio el Sol--the routine that I love and that I was supposed to enter for the choreography contest but never did--last night and this morning and I'm hella sore in the shoulders. Sore in a good way, of course. ;)

Ooh! After class today--this wouldn't have happened last night because I was way off my game for some reason like maybe oh I dunno all those (ahem non-vegan and sugar-filled) cookies I ate--some women came up and said they had so much fun that they were definitely coming back next week. Zumba has hooked another one! ;) I love that feeling like maybe I helped make a difference to someone by introducing them to Zumba.

I know I hate thinking of where I'd be if I had never come across it, if I had never taken that first class. I'd probably weigh 300 pounds, for one thing. I was so nervous, too, and scared to get in there and just do it. So lesson number 2 for today! Just do it! ;) Don't be scared! Be bold! Look at me! 20 pounds down and an instructor, getting paid to have fun! And people really notice the change--I get positive comments all the time.

Oh that reminds me. Last night I was on my way to class and my hubby asked if I was "teaching or having fun." I looked at him like he really should know this by now and said, "Same thing!" :)

OK, I'm off to take a nap play guitar hero do something productive. In the meantime, wanna see something scary? Here ya go!:



Yeah, that's me about a year and a half ago, at about 185. Just another example of how very very thankful I am for Zumba. *shudderr* And that there is my daughter Jo, rockin' the rock wall. I would have showed her how it's done but I think the wall woulda come down. ;)

Friday, January 11, 2008

because i promised a picture...

Here's a picture of me, in my new UFOs that just came today. I hate how I look in pictures--they only remind me how far I have to go and what a bad idea it is to squeeze 167 pounds onto a 5-foot-2 woman (although I do try to remember that the 167 used to be 185...), and I'm pretty disappointed in the quality of the photo since it came from my new camera, but I promised, so here ya go:



PS: I know you're loving my 80's couch. We're all about the free hand-me-down furniture here at the if not now household--this one's been in my family for about 20 years. :)

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

hi!

Hey look, I'm still here! :) Happy new year!

I haven't been in much mood to write lately. (You: "Obviously!") Between Christmas and New Years, and everyone in my family getting sick, including me, the computer has been collecting dust in the corner. (I'm sorry computer. I still love you. Just not as much as my family. Or my sleep. But more than my housework.)

Hey, I have news! My first new year's resolution: I've gone vegan! <----seriously, check out that link to urbandictionary.com's definitions of vegan. You'll crack up. Just don't spend all day there; that site will suck you in and spit you out 24 hours later, in a complete daze about where the last day has gone. ;) So, yeah, me a vegan! Who'd'a thunk? I never would have believed it either--the way I saw it, God put animals on this earth in part so we could eat them. But! The more I looked into it the more I learned that this is not actually the case (God gave Adam and Eve plants to eat, and only gave over the animals after Noah and the flood left the vegetation seriously depleted-go look it up!) and that meat, dairy, eggs, and all that are making us fat and giving us cancer and other diseases, not to mention rotting in our guts, which, as it happens, are ill-suited for processing meat stuff. And of course there is the terrible treatment that the animals endure. Now, I'm no huge animal lover. I like them OK, but I'll take people over animals every time. Just the way I roll. But even if you hate animals, you can't watch the videos I've watched or read the stories I've read on what happens to the animals raised for food without coming away thinking, "I don't want to eat that!"

On one of the websites I visited there was a quote from some guy, I don't know who, I have such a bad memory, that said something about how if factory farms and slaughterhouses had glass walls, we'd all be vegetarians.

I won't go into details here--I'm no nazi-vegan or whatever they're called, but let me say this: look into it for yourself. Make your own decisions about what you want to put in your body. Find out who is telling us what is good for us, and what interests they have stakes in that might influence the info they're shoving down our throats.

Oh, and this too: since going vegan about a week and a half ago, I have never felt better. I've also lost four pounds, but that's probably got just as much to do with the "no sugar, no soda, no coffee, more exercise" thing. I had a cold, and it lasted all of a day and a half.

OK, so enough about that for now. I'll probably be talking about it a lot--new products and recipes I've tried, that sort of thing. But moving on...

My next new year's resolution was to make less of an impact on the environment. Not much to say about that: bring my cloth bags to the grocery store. Drink my water and tea out of travel mugs and bottles. Take fewer baths, although I don't like bathing in our dinky tub anyway.

And my third resolution is my favorite: throw myself a huge birthday bash! I'm turning 30, and I want a gigantic, festive, fun party...with lots of Zumba, of course! I've got about six months to plan. I can't wait!

So how bout you? Made any new year's resolutions?

OH, before I forget, guess what?! I'm back to teaching!! I subbed a class last Saturday morning and another last night. I was supposed to sub this morning but Bek woke up sick and miserable. She's been sick for a week and a half, and I thought she was finally better, but apparently not. Anyone want a cranky, snotty, coughing, moody, screaming one-year-old? Cuz I have one. I'd like to trade her back in for the sweet loving model, but I don't know what she's done with her.