I think I need ZA…

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Borrowed this from Zumba with Fernanda – don’t know you, but you’re obviously a good person…you Zumba! ๐Ÿ™‚

I seriously think I may need an intervention or a 12-step program…for many reasons. Here are just a few!

1) Every time a song from class comes on – no matter where I am – I automatically start thinking of the routine in my head, usually start moving along with it, and if the environment is right (aka I’m alone or with fellow Zumbaholics) I just full on break out in dance!

2) I have spent many hours and a decent chunk of change recreating our many different Zumba playlists in iTunes, and if I can’t find a song because it’s from Zumba Fitness I get annoyed because that means I can’t practice!

3) I plan my entire week around when and where my Zumba classes are.

My awesome instructor Eva’s schedule…check out her site (and more complete info) by clicking on the pic!

4) When I can’t get to a Zumba class, I blast my playlist (see #2 above) in my family room (below) and dance away – all by myself!

My “studio” and my “audience” – they don’t have much of a choice do they??

5) I have a Zumba station on Pandora.

6) On nights that I have Zumba my husband is lucky to get cold cereal for dinner.

Love this!!

6) I’m sitting at home on a Friday night with a cold, coughing and sneezing, and all I can think about is how annoyed I am that I might not be able to go to Zumba tomorrow morning!

Take 2 Zumba classes and call me in the morning!

Oh who am I kidding…

Hairspray is dangerous!!

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Ok…so anyone who has known me for any length of time knows that I am not the most coordinated person in the world. In fact, I’d consider myself downright clumsy. Some would even say accident prone.

This brings me to my “nobody could possibly do something so stupid…except me!” story of the day. Thursday is one of my favorite days of the week because I get to go to Zumba at 5:45 with my friend and awesome instructor Eva (check her blog out here). I was especially looking forward to tonight because I know I won’t make it to class on Saturday because I’m going to visit family. ANYWAY…I was getting ready for work this morning and was just about ready to walk out the door. I was putting the final touches on my hair when I DROPPED the can of hairspray ON MY BIG TOE!!

How much could a can of hairspray possibly hurt you ask? Enough so that I sounded like the dad from “A Christmas Story” weaving a “…tapestry of obscenity that as far as we know is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.” ย I won’t even mention the blood (yeah…not good). I think it was just the way the edge of the bottom of the can caught the top of my toe…and it was a full can.

Long story short, I’m sitting here with a bandaged up toe in no shape for Zumba tonight. There is a point to this story. The fact that I’m really pissed about missing a class at the gym is something new for me. It used to be that I’d use any excuse to get out of going to the gym. Now that I’ve found something I really love (and that TORCHES calories by the way – over 800 per class for me!!) I get upset when I can’t go. I know life gets in the way (stupid hairspray!!) but in the past, something like this would have completely derailed me. Now that exercise (dare I even call it that??) is a habit, and I truly LOVE what I’m doing, there’s not much that can keep me from it! I have done Zumba classes with headaches, colds, and even plantar fasciitis – and if you know what kind of nasty heel pain that means, you understand! Now this, I can’t really do much of anything because I can’t even put my shoes on. At least it was 80+ degrees today so I didn’t look like a complete idiot wearing my sandals to work today!

Needless to say, from now on, I’m going to have to keep a tighter grip on that can of hairspray… ๐Ÿ™‚

Is there a class or type of workout that you just can’t bear to stay away from? Have you found your “soulmate” workout?

My New Toy and Zumba Math…

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Hi. My name is Brenda, and I am a Zumbaholic. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย No, really. I am powerless over Zumba. Every time I hear a song from our class playlist, I automatically start thinking of the routines in my head, and moving my arms and legs – even in the car! I actually get annoyed when I can’t go to class. When I can’t get there, I Zumba in my living room!!ย Last night I did two classes in a row – that’s right. Two glorious hours of non-stop fun! Who can say that they are still smiling and having fun in the second hour of a workout?? Now, I did wake up with a kind of “Zumba hangover” this morning – I was exhausted and sore, but it was so worth it!

I’ve always known that Zumba was a great workout, and there are estimates out there of how many calories you can burn in an hour – ranging anywhere from 300 – 1,000 depending on your weight, the intensity, etc. I wanted to find out the real deal, so I bought myself a new toy – a Polar FT60 heart rate monitor! It was really easy to set up and use. I got mine here. I wore it for the first time during one of my training sessions, and it was very simple to operate. I sync it with the Polar Personal Trainer website, and it keeps track of all of my data! It’s even easy to see the results of a session on the watch itself. For example, here is what it looked like after Zumba class number one last night…

…and here is what it looked like after Zumba class number two!

Yes, that is a total of 1,751 calories TORCHED in just under two hours! Even Eva (my amazing Zumba instructor) couldn’t believe it!! ย So my Zumba Math equation is Zumba x 2 = -1,751 calories!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ok…so that’s not a real equation (my day job is as a math program coordinator for a pretty decent sized school district), but I love numbers. I’m a data geek. I love comparing stuff like this! I was really surprised that I burned more calories in the second class than I did in the first, because I thought I had let up a little bit on the intensity. Not according to the data, though! My intensity was actually HIGHER in the second class! My max heart rate was higher in the first class, but my average was higher in the second. I could do this all day… ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m not going to bore you anymore with my data analysis, but I wanted to post this for a reason. It’s not just really cool to know all this stuff, but in the course of trying to become healthier, it’s important. I want to know how many calories I burn so I can better determine how best to fuel my body AND keep burning fat. I want to keep track of my intensity so I know when to ramp it up, and when to let up a bit.

I’ll keep posting about this from time to time – and we’ll see what new things I find when I crunch the numbers!