Photo taken of me while I “shake it” at South Main Baptist Church’s Summer Musical, South Pacific. This was in the Honey Bun number. Thanks to Laurie Sellers for taking the photo. Seemed perfect to use for this blog post. 🙂
Since the kids are back in school, I have been settling into my fall routine. And trying on some new routines. That has meant trying new things for me. Yes, I know, doesn’t sound like me…yes, I consider myself as a fun person and can be adventurous from time to time, but I am pretty predictable, to be honest.
Mark has a new healthier lifestyle inspired by his co-worker who was on the The Biggest Loser last season. She has brought her personal trainer, Calvin Lawson, in to the office and they are receiving weekly training sessions on nutrition and exercise. This has resulted in my darling husband eating 5 times a day (a significant increase from his 2x/day) with smaller portions of healthier foods. This is a good thing for our family, but is has also been a CHANGE. Something that has taken some adjusting to, to say the least. It’s like having an infant in the house again eating every 3-4 hours! Thankfully, most of his meals are at work but it does take a lot of preparation.
Also, we are all working out a lot more than we used to. Again, all good things, but it is something different for us.
I have been happily doing Yoga for 10+ years so to say I am “comfortable” in my exercise routine is an understatement. Yes, yoga is great because you never really get burned out because every class is different and you can always push yourself further than before. I have always told people that I go to yoga so I don’t have to go to counseling each week! It is my meditation time, prayer time, my “me-time” that I hold as sacred time in my schedule each week. My once a week practice has increased to 2-3 times/week in the past few years and I am proud to see myself grow stronger mentally and physically because of it.
Now, in the spirit of being supportive and going to the gym with Mark, I decided to try a few new exercise classes at our gym.
What did I pick?
Bellydancing and Zumba.
Wow, I had NO idea what I was getting into but I had been by the class before and it looked fun. I figured, why not?
“New” attempt #1: Bellydancing class
I go into this class a few minutes after it started and everyone has on their little dangly, shiny, jingly belt things on. Ok, so I don’t have one, but I can still shake it, right? I look around at my fellow classmates and they all look like they have done this before. There is a good mix of ages from a few teenagers up to a few senior citizens but mostly moms in their 30s-50s. So, I think “I fit right in.” I am confident. I am strong. I think, I am a pretty good dancer (but I’m no White Chocolate, Kathy!) and I can hang with this group.
The teacher, Keyla, is great…energetic, fun, and broke things down and started slow for us. My only complaint is that she had one of those wireless mikes crammed in her face so that it was so muffled it sounded like Charlie Brown’s teacher most of the time. At one point I hear “woh-woh-woh-smee!!!!!” That was “shimmy” as in “shake it” for the entire song. Yes, my hips hurt just thinking about now.
It was a great class. Although I felt awkward and uncoordinated, I had fun and got a thorough workout. It was a LONG hour. It was the sweatiest workout I had ever done.
Until I tried Zumba.
“New” attempt #2: Zumba class.
What is Zumba, you might ask? Well, according to the website, The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. I have never done Jazzercise, but I think it’s like the new trendy Jazzercise, from what I can gather. I was glad to see that Keyla was also the Zumba teacher. This time, thankfully, without the awful microphone. But, she was still just as lively.
Perhaps moreso, because I was covered in sweat from head to toe. I am not used to sweating when I work out. I am not a big sweater in general. But…oh…my…goodness. This was QUITE a workout! There were lots of similarities to the bellydancing class, lots of “SHAKE IT!!!!!!!” being yelled out. But, again, I was awed and inspired by the diversity of folks around me and stuck it out for the whole hour. (I have even gone back to Zumba again!)
In closing, I will share some of the lessons I learned:
- BRING WATER TO BELLYDANCING AND ZUMBA CLASS! (Seems basic, but I didn’t and I was hatin’ it!)
- Grey is a bad color to wear…it shows the sweat stains much more clearly than black!
- Trying new things is GOOD for me, physically and mentally.
- I am tougher than I think I am.
This reminds me of a facebook post that said something to the effect of We complain about things the way they are but we are afraid of change so nothing ever happens. I don’t want to be that person. I don’t want to complain about my health or my body if I am not actively doing something to change it.
So in the spirit of a new season, now that is finally starting to feel like it is fall, here is to trying new things! Cheers!
(Would love to hear your stories about trying something new…please share your comments!)
P.S. So, be honest, with this title, who thought this was going to be a post about SKYROCKET!?