Monday, August 17, 2009

trying to NOT kill my classes. you're welcome, classes!

OK so we just got the new batch of choreography from Zumba and it features choreography by my (everyone's) favorite instructor, Tanya B, and it's so incredibly good that it is taking every ounce of restraint I have to NOT go into classes to day and be all, "Woo hoo, here's nine new songs for you all, yayyyyy!!!"


It's so good. Love the music. Love the choreography. Can't wait to do it all!!!

Deep breath!

OK. So. We have twooo new songs for today. Then one or two next week. Then all the rest!! one or two more the following week, and so on.

To my classes: I just want you all to appreciate what kind of restraint this is taking from your loyal dedicated Zumba instructor. ;)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

go ahead and call it a myth to my face.

Check out this article from Time magazine.

Did you read it?

What do you think?

Is exercise a myth?

Are my classes going to be totally empty from now on because people read in Time magazine that exercise for weight loss is useless and decide that since it's from Time it must be true so why bother going to the gym anymore?

Let me make this clear. You cannot lose weight from exercise alone. You do need to modify your eating habits. Tosca Reno says, in her book The Eat-Clean Diet, that losing weight is 80% what you eat, and only 10% exercise (the other 10% is genetics, because I know you were adding it up).

But exercise is so vitally important! Take it from someone who would weigh 300 pounds if she'd never started exercising with Zumba. Exercise builds muscle, which burns more fat all day than a deconditioned body. It tones up your body, so that even if your weight doesn't change, the way your body looks does. It makes you feel good, so you'll take better care of yourself. It increases your ability to take in and process oxygen, which makes your body more efficient at everything it does, including metabolizing fat. It lowers your resting heart rate and puts you at lower risk for pretty much every type of disease. It physically makes you happy. And when you exercise, you're more likely to eat the types of food that will fuel your body and less likely to treat your body badly with crappy food.

This magazine is hoping you'll buy their issue because you're looking for an excuse to drop the workouts. Don't stop exercising because of one magazine article hoping to cash in on your hatred of the treadmill. Find a fun way to get in your workout. You know mine, but don't be afraid to find your own.

Then use the magazine for puppy potty training.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

i ran!

I ran a whole mile today!

I've never done that before!!

And the best part? I totally could have kept going...if I didn't have to pee so badly! :)

Oh and also I spent some quality time with the weights. I'm sore. And oh-so exhausted.

I teach three classes on Thursdays, so maybe today wasn't the best day to go all crazy with the morning workout.

But OMG! I ran a mile!

And tomorrow I'm going to run two!!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

paul and me, we understand each other

15I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22For in my inner being I delight in God's law; 23but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:15-25)
I hate this dieting business. It can just go jump off a cliff. Seriously.