Thursday, March 1, 2012

An Exercise State of Mind

There's just something about exercise that gets me in a good state of mind. It's probably the endorphins, but I think it's more than that. I think it gives me a sense of structure that I've been lacking in the chaos of new motherhood, and, besides my voice lessons, it gives me something to look forward to. I feel like I'm being proactive in working on myself and it feels really good!

you've probably already seen this
on Facebook but...
I went to Zumba for the second time last night. I can't really say too much yet because I've only been to two classes, but the classes seem really different even though it's the same exercise. The morning class was smaller, and I think this made it easier to follow along. Wednesday there were so many people and it was obvious that many of them had been doing this awhile. I think this made it more difficult because several of them seem to be modifying the steps and doing their own thing (especially the ones dressed head to toe in zumba gear). It was also really difficult to see the instructor and the music was so loud I had a hard time hearing myself think. I also got some stink eye looks from some of the women around me when I would talk between songs to Heather who had come to try the class out with me. I'm not a fan of bitchy intense exercise snobs. I'm glad this wasn't my first class experience because I don't know that I would have been as excited about it.

I'm going to try the gold class next week since it's supposed to be more for beginners. Hopefully that will help clarify some of the steps and I'll be able to keep up in the main classes better. Having done other things similar to this I know that there must be some technique to it if I really want to strengthen my core and improve my posture. I think Zumba will be a good fit for my competitive perfectionist personality!

I managed to wiggle my butt into a size 14 pair of jeans today. Given there Old Navy and they're a bit broken in already but I think it still counts. My size 16 jeans were getting so big I didn't have to unbutton them to get them off. I haven't weighed myself in a couple weeks and I think I'm going to continue putting it off for awhile. I'm tired of being attached to a number. So for now I'm just going to enjoy the endorphin high of doing something good for myself!


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