Zumba Part 2

As I have shared in past posts, one of the things that help me most during my grieving journey has been exercise. Somehow having those endorphins pumping seems to minimize the sadness and make you forget everything even if it is only for one hour. So I have been religiously going to Zumba a few times and week and finding myself knowing the routines for the most part. I mean I can’t get up and teach them as my mind goes completely blank, but as soon as the music starts playing, I instinctively know to shake my hips and wave my arms. πŸ•ΊπŸ»

I have been really proud of my progress in this class. My instructor is a wonderful person but it is very hard to understand her. She is from Brazil, so I catch every third phrase like “shake your booty” or “drink water” for example. Most of the time I just smile and nod as if I know what she is talking about. Anyways, back to my progress, I am able to do most of the intricate steps (except for this samba move which I try to fake – it is crazy fast and can’t get the brain signals down to the feet fast enough) ugh.. πŸ™‰ Her choreography is super cute and something I imagine I could sprinkle into some dance floor moves at the next party I am invited to such as a wedding (really hoping my nieces and their boyfriends will pull the trigger). πŸ’πŸ™πŸ»

My only dilemma to the enhanced dance moves is that I still don’t look so great doing them even after 8 months. Cely, the owner and instructor, moves her shoulders, chest, hips, legs and butt which makes the steps really relevant and modern. However, I can only maybe get two of the five body parts moving correctly at the same time. Like I can get the steps and maybe the arms but there is no activity with the shoulders and hips. Those slight omissions translate to awkward and stiff moves. πŸ‘£ It makes me feel like I am an uptight suburban middle aged women – oh gosh I resent you even thinking it! πŸ‘» I always prided myself on my ability to dance but I am starting to think I can’t. Another issue I have is that I have seemed to lose my bounce. πŸ€Ύβ€β™‚οΈ Whenever it is time to jump up and down, I find it takes a lot to get air between and me and the floor when others jump up and down with ease. So I try and then do that old lady imitation move where you kind of hop side to side instead of a simultaneous jump. 😬

At the end of one of the classes, Cely came up to me and said that I lost a lot of weight. I shared with her that I did not.. but probably was wearing a more flattering workout outfit. Then she stated “NO, you have because I was reviewing some of the earlier you tube videos and there was definite improvement.” In my shock and horror, I asked as I gulped … “There are videos out there?” She said, “Oh ya… I put them on my Facebook page.” I have a hunch that is going to get me sometime in the near future. I better not run for a political office.πŸ‘ΈπŸ»

So as I reflect on the last half of year, there are some things I know for sure…. 1. I will never master Zumba instruction level; 2. I have physical limitations that restrict me from shaking 2 major body parts at one time; 3. Monochromatic workout outfits fool my teacher about so called weight loss and 4. It is a great way to blow off steam and forget your problems while burning about 700 calories in an hour. I guess it is worth it in the end of the day… Watch out next celebration… I will whip out some of my new moves.. just don’t record it and put it up in social media. πŸŽ₯

One thought on “Zumba Part 2

  1. I love this. I’ve never tried Zumba and it’s on the list. I’m sure your dance groove is better than you think. Thanks for continuing to crack me up.

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