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Sunday, June 22, 2008

trying to think of something really wtty and clever to talk about bfore tanya b gets here


I'm sitting in Starbucks (not a real Starbucks--here in suburbia we only have the kind of mini-Starbucks that come inside Targets), nursing a soy latte, willing all the soy protein goodness to cure up my little aching body.

I just got back from the master class with Tanya B! and my friend Lee! and OMG I hurt everywhere.

It feels so good! :)

Anyway, so I'm trying to think of something good to write before T gets here. See, Lee (who I just met in person for the first time in class today and who is SO CUTE!) told Tanya all about the blog and made me write down the address to give to her, which may or may not have been payback for when I dragged her butt up on stage with me...

But so yeah, she's going on and on about the blog and I'm freezing up! because...OK, see, I get self-conscious knowing all you guys from my classes read this stuff. We're our own worst critics, right? When I started the blog, I assumed no one would ever read it, and if anyone did, it would just be random people who randomly came upon it from some random Google search. No worries, right? Who cares?

But now Tanya B., the Zumba instructor I wanna be when grow up, knows how to get here?! Fan-freakin-tastic.

:) Just kiddin, Lee--the truth is I suck at promoting anything I do, so I'm thanful to have you!

Anyway, about the class. Do I even have to tell you it rocked out loud? Because...it did. And oooooh, my classes are in so uch trouble this week... You know, most of the instructors in my area have been doing this for less time than I have, so we're all at kind of the same level. So when I get to take a class from a ZES I learn a whole lot...which I can then take to class with me! Heh heh heeehhhh...

Oh, speaking of ZES classes, I guess Ann Saldi, the woman I took my original Zumba workshop with, gave a class in the middle of one of our local malls the other day. How cool is that? Imagine all the shoppers looking own and needing to know what that is that she's doing! Woo! :)

Oooh, and speaking of Ann, she's holding a Zumba Instructor workshop at the Franklin YMCA (that's one of my Ys!!) in August. So...if you want to learn to teach it--even if it's just sometime in the unforeseeable future--you owe it to yourself to go! Sign up soon at zumba.com because I know it will sell out. C'mon, you know you want to! C'mon, I need the subs! ;) And as always, I'm here if you want to ask me anything about getting trained. Anything! The email is kimberlypaine at comcast dot net.

Next time--a review on the Zumba gear I just ordered. It should be here Tuesday, and I'm really hoping I don't have to send any of it back. Which is kind of ironic seeing as how my business accountant and financial advisor, a.k.a. my husband, is hoping I have to send it all back! :)

Oh, and I'll try to add more pictures later if I can figure out my stinkin camera.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

down in the dumps

To my Wednesday classes:

Sorry I wasn't there today. I know you had a great time with my subs though, because they're both great! I'm at some mandatory YMCA training today, so I couldn't make my classes. Sorry for no telling my 9:30 class--I was planning on being there until the last second.

I'm kind of in the dumps today, feeling very overwhelmed and inept, so any prayers/positive thoughts/forwarded non-dirty jokes you can send my way are much appreciated.

Besitos.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

if not now: powered by ramen noodles

OMG there is no freaking food in my house!

I've probably already told you this...

(Hey, wait a second...I can type!!! Someone must have cleaned out my keyboard!!! Wicked pissa!! )

(Anyway...)

So yeah, I've probably already mentioned, but we here at the If Not Now household are on the "We have no money" diet. We've just finished paying off all our debt (thank you Dave Ramsey!) and now we're saving for an emergency fund, after which we can go buy a house. In order to get to the "buy a house" part sooner, we are cutting every possible thing out of the budget to get that emergency fund fully funded as soon as possible.

You'll notice that "every possible thing" did not include internet access. That is a basic life necessity. So is, apparently, cell phone service, cable, air conditioning, Blockbuster Video DVD delivery, and Ciao Bella Blackberry Cabernet Sorbetto. Yummmm. But besides that, we're seriously cutting back.

To see for yourself, just come over and look through my fridge or the cabinet. I promise it won't take long. Today for lunch I actually ate ramen noodles. It was just like being in college again! But without the smoky bar scene and coffee-fueled 20-page essays!

What does this have to do with anything? Well, nothing really. Although I'm thinking of writing a diet book based on the next few months. ;) hehe

And now for something a little more relevant: I've committed myself to a new challenge! One of the great ladies on the Zumba Instructor message board is going to measure herself and then do the Abs DVD from the new Zumba DVD set every night between now and Conference in October. She's going to prove (again, as she says--she's got this great testimonial to how Zumba worked for her in the new informercial) that Zumba works, and she has challenged the rest of us to join her.

So, I'm in! Are you?

Starting tonight I'm going to do the abs video every day...or at least as much as I can. I measured myself tonight and I'll measure myself along the way, with the final measurements taken at Studio Zumba in Florida, where a bunch of us are meeting right before Conference.

In case you want to keep track, and because I want you all to see how effective Zumba is so you'll get off your butt and try it if you haven't already, here are my measurements now, as well as at from about a year and a half ago, when I was at my biggest evah:

Waist now: 31
Waist then: 37

Hips now: 42
Hips then: 47

Upper arms now: 12
Upper arms then: 13.5 (this number is the biggest pain--it never moves except to go up. After I started taking Zumba classes it went up to 14 from my enormous guns)

Thigh now: 24
Thigh then: 28

Well, that was fun! Nothing like posting your measurements for the whole world to see to humble you a bit, I always say. ;) The good news is, it's good to see how far I've come. Seriously--SIX INCHES off my waist! Did I even have a waist then? (La la la...this is me ignoring the fact that I had recently given birth when those old measurements were taken...)

So, I'll keep you posted on how all that goes. Feel free to join me in the challenge. You don't have to have the new DVD set to let me know how you're doing--just any old regular exercise will do.
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You know, I'm having a bit of trouble. See, I'm shrinking out of my clothes. Good problem to have, right? But I could really use some clothes that don't fall off of me, particularly during classes. So I'm on the Zumba site and there are these cute pants in the shop. Or I'm on bewild.com looking at the UFOs and I am drooling over them. But I seem to be on the cusp of two sizes. I don't want to get the larger size because I'm pretty much out of them. But I don't want to get the smaller size yet because I'm pretty sure they won't fit comfortably yet, and if I can go a little longer without spending money, I should. But then I think, well, the longer I wait to buy the next size down, the less time I'll be wearing that size before I'm into the next size down, so what's the point? But then I'm back to wearing clothes that are too big! Hmf...if only all my problems were so...positive. :)

Another instructor on the site mentioned creating a website to exchange old Zumba clothes you don't want anymore. Part of me is like, EW. But the other part of me--the rapidly shrinking part--is like, "Gimme some clothes!!!" :) So I dunno. I don't know how Zumba as a company will feel about that sort of thing anyway, so we'll see if it even pans out. What do you think?

OK, OK, I've procrastinated enough. I've blogged, painted my nails, picked up the kids' toys, I guess it's time to go work my abs. Ready to get worked, abs?

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Zumba, claro!

So I'm still finding it wicked hard to write lately. It's not that I don't have anything to say--I do! I do! But blogging has been kind of a chore lately, rather than a fun little hobby.

I love to write--and I'll admit, I love to hear myself talk. What blogger doesn't? That's why we do it, we just pretend it's about you. ;) But now that it's summer, and freaking gorgeous outside, I just don't have a huge desire to sit at the computer and type.

And then there's the fact that one of my dear, sweet, angelic children must have got crumbs all up in my keyboard because none of my keys want to work! Kind of puts a damper on typign when I have to go back and edit my post to add all the missing Ns, Is, and Hs...

OK, on to what I have to tell you...

Remember back a while ago I told you I was taking over the Wednesday morning class from a totally awesome instructor that everyone loved and OMG I was gonna hurl and they're not gonna like me and OMG I can't sleep and aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Remember? And now it's my favorite class of all?

Well...guess who came to my class yesterday! Yep, the previous instructor, the totally awesome one.

HAHA! I was so nervous! You'd've thought a ZES* just walked into the room or something.

But that class was the best yet. The energy was intense. Personally, Wednesday class, I think you were just showing off. ;)

I enjoyed having her there so much...really, I wish they'd let her come back and co-teach with me. Maybe just sometimes? We'd definitely have to get a bigger room though. And I'm not just saying that because she reads this blog. (Eep!)

The best part was later, when I got an email from her thanking me for taking care of her class. I don't know what I emailed back, but I should have thanked her...for doing such a great job teaching the ladies who've been coming forever. It makes my job so much fun.

*That's Zumba Educational Specialist--they teach us how to teach Zumba, and they're kind of Zumba superstars, although any one of them would tell you they're just like the rest of us, just with a different job.


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NINE MORE DAYS till the Master Class with Tanya B.! Promise I'll take pictures. Actually, I take that back. I suck at taking pictures, because I hate being behind a camera while all the good stuff is going on. Also because I totally suck at photography. So...I promise to take at least one picture...if I'm not too busy shaking what I got. Y'know, I do have priorities. :)

What the heck am I gonna wear? All my clothes are too big! (I know, I know, tough problem to have, right?) I think my next step after signing off here is to check out some new clothes...Can you say business write-off? ;)

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Speaking of my classes, heads up you guys. New stuff coming, next time I see you! In the meantime, because I love you and want you to have a good laugh at my expense, witness this photo of me and "my girls"...taken roughly 20 years ago. I did mention my quickly-approaching 30th birthday doesn't bother me, didn't I? ;)

Monday, June 09, 2008

anyway...

AAAaaaaaarrghh!!!

I forgot to do Drawing Day! I was going to draw a Zumba picture for you all! I forgot!

*grump*

Anyway...

Not much to write, and I'm post-class sweaty and in need of a shower, although what good it is to shower when it's 90+ degrees out and my house is not much cooler...

anyway...

I just got home from subbing a class for another instructor and...and...

OK I'll say it: I want her class!!!

It was so great! There were lots of young people and I've been dying to get a class like that, cuz we all know young people love to move, right? I swear--if you don't start moviendo la cintura by the time you're 35 you totally forget how. So, you know, Zumba came at just the right time for me.

Have I mentioned I turn 30 in 18 days?!?!???!?!

I'm OK with that though. I've never been a "OMG it's my birthday, kill me now!" kind of girl. I'm more a "It's my birthday!!! Tell everyone!! Let's PARTY!!!!" kind of girl. And oh! I share a birthday with the greatest chica!!

But OMG! 30!!!!!

Anyway...

So, the class. Yes. It was great! Now, don't get me wrong. I have a couple of classes now that I truly love teaching. Great people, they just eat up everything I throw at 'em. They know who they are. ;) But I also have classes that take a little more effort--more effort to work up the energy in the room, more effort to learn the steps, more effort to choose songs and routines that are more appropriate to the class's ability. I wouldn't mind balancing out those classes with another class like tonight's. I had so much fun!

Oh, I have a funny story. Two, actually.

The first one is I was teaching yesterday and we did "Mas Que Nada" and somehow...I can't believe I'm telling you this...I punched myself in the face. Hard!! I split my own lip practically!

Now, I'm not easily embarrassed. I'm too "Meh, whatever" to get too worked up about, well, anything. But that? Was kind of embarrassing. The middle of class! Bleeding!

The other story is probably not so funny, unless you teach, too. I was all excited because I came up with some great choreography to a bunch of songs from the last megamix that Zumba sent us. I was all, "I'm awesome! I'm awesome! That took me no time at all!"

Then I realized that the CD I'd been working on was actually the one we got in March. Three months ago. Yeah Kim! Really awesome! It only took you 12 weeks to come up with choreography for three whole songs!

OK, so, like I said. Probably only funny if you're me. :) But hey! I was pretty excited when I cracked Mueve la Cadera! I love that song!

OOOOh, my classes, listen up! I know what I have to tell you!

My boss told me today to tell you all that if you are interested in teaching Zumba, keep an eye on zumba.com's "become an instructor" page because the North Attleboro branch of the Y is supposed to have an instructor workshop this summer. Yay! So if you've ever entertained the notion to teach...even if it's just a little niggle in the back of your head...email me and I'll answer any questions you might have. I always tell people that deciding to teach Zumba--teaching Zumba--has changed my life in so many ways. You owe it to yourself to find out more if you think you love it even half as much as I do. :)

OK, off to shower. Must remove the sweat before I sweat some more. In his forecast for tomorrow, the weatherman used the word "oppressive." I hate that word.

Friday, June 06, 2008

late night randomness

Dear Amy's Kitchen,

Thank you thank you thank you for making this pizza.

I don't know how you did it, but somehow you took foods I don't ever eat--shiitake mushrooms, which I like to call something else, and artichokes, which I have sworn in the past to never ever put in my mouth again--and made them into one of the most fantastic pizzas I have ever eaten.

And all that, with no cheese!

My only regret is that every time I sit down with one of your No Cheese, Roasted Vegetable pizzas...I eat the entire thing. By myself. But really, at only 900 calories per 12" pizza, that's not so bad! If I were getting my pizza at, say, Pizza Hut, I'd probably be getting that in what? one slice?

So thank you from the bottom of my vegan pizza-loving heart.

Now, send me some free pizza! xD

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Hey guess what happened to me yesterday! No, guess!

I got hit on! By a kid! Well, not a kid but he must've been like 20. He said I was cute. He was very respectful--backed off once he saw the wedding rings, saying "He's a lucky guy"--but yay! I'm cute to someone who isn't required to think so! :)

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

writers' block

When was my last post? A week ago? More than that? I'm so blocked!

Um...um...

Well, so that Monday night class didn't pan out. A couple months ago I promised to sub a class this coming Monday. I wrote it on my planner so I wouldn't forget.

Then I forgot.

Then I took the Monday night class at the Sharon Community Center.

Then I remembered about the Monday I promised to sub.

Did they overlap? Yup!

So I wrestled with it for a while. Part of me wanted to Go for the Money! and blow off the class I promised to sub for because it doesn't pay even half as much as the new one! and part of me knew that the right thing to do would be to honor my prior commitment. So I emailed the woman who coordinates the new class and told her I couldn't teach that day, and I would try to get a sub but didn't know of anyone off hand who didn't already teach a Monday night class.

She emailed me back saying, pretty much, never mind, I'll give it to this other girl, hope we can work together in the future.

Me = super bummed.

But! I guess it's for the best. I did what I thought was the best thing. I know not everyone would have, and I know if I tried harder I could have found a way to keep both commitments, but it would have required a lot of finagling...so I'm comfortable with the situation.

But man I could really use that money. And it was a great group of women! And I would have had access to free yoga classes!! You know, flexibility is a very important part of anyone's fitness regimen...

So if you're reading, woman whom I disappointed, call me! :)

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Ooh! Only 17 days til the master class with T!!!!

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OK, I'm wiped the heck out. G'nite!