Zumba! ~ Opinion

The new Zumba DVDs are okay, but I like the older ones I have much better. The workouts are much more fun on the older version. The new ones are far too commercialized. Everyone is wearing Zumba gear and there is too much time spent listening to funky zumba music in between dances.

Truthfully, I’ve watched more than I’ve worked out to this. So far, I’ve done the Toning Workout with the Zumba toning sticks (they are virtually weightless). It was okay. 45 minutes and I sweated some. The abs workout was *meh* ~ but I really wasn’t much in the mood for it, so I’ll try it again before I completely say whether I liked it or not.

In the meantime, I’m anxiously waiting for The Biggest Loser workouts and the Jillian Michaels toning DVDs I ordered.

Today’s Workout

I went back to the gym and did 45 minutes elliptical and 15 minutes bike today. I came home and started the Zumba Abs workout, but I just wasn’t into it. I was hungry and so went and made dinner instead (broiled asparagus and cod fillets). I’m not sure about the rest of my week. Mom’s in town starting tomorrow, so I’m hoping at the very least to be able to squeeze in at least 30 minutes each day.

Speaking of Mom, she’s still calling everyday. Whether to run her menu by me, or to tell me what she’s cooking, or to ask me how I cook something. It’s cute. Really. But it’s everyday. Then today she told me she didn’t eat lunch. So she got the lecture about skipping meals. I think it went in one ear and out the other. Ah well. I’ll repeat myself tomorrow.

Sister wants to join the gym with me ~ she and kiddo will be signing up next month. I doubt we’ll be able to workout much together because of our schedules, but hey if she wants me there, I’ll make it happen.

Finally, a friend at work said she thought I needed to be nominated for the People magazine weight loss spread that they do every year. I wish I could, but I don’t have any true before shots. The one I have posted on my blog isn’t even a “true” photo. I was probably about 30 pounds heavier than that photo when I started last year. I still don’t like to have my picture taken, but I’m getting better.

Recent Splurge

I’ve splurged again. Not on clothes this time, but on exercise dvds and equipment. This is it. No more. I need to save my money for groceries. Oh, and bills. Besides which, I need something new to try exercise wise. I don’t want to get in a rut with my current workouts.

First and foremost. Look what came in the mail today. The newest version of Zumba Fitness! I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about this. Of course, it would come in on a day when I have the kiddos so won’t be exercising. But….there’s an inner drive in me that is tempted to do the 20-minute express workout when I get home tonight. At 10pm. I’m telling you, if you’re not familiar with zumba, go to www.zumbafitness.com right now and check it out.

Next, I got Biggest Loser Power Sculpt. I’m new to the whole Biggest Loser craze. I’ve never watched it before this season, but once I started watching, I became hooked. So, what’s not to love about the workouts. I’m hoping they really inspire and motivate me. And since I got Power Sculpt, I got Cardio Max too.

Finally, I got The Complete Workout by Jillian Michaels. Frontside and Backside. It says it’s for beginners, but I don’t know. From what I’ve read, and what I’ve been told the only reason it’s labeled that way is because she goes through each movement with you, explaining why and what you’re hoping to accomplish. I’m not exercise beginner, but I still like to know what and why I’m doing something.

Friends are laughing at me now, but in a good way. I’m being accused of being addicted to exercise. I really don’t know what they’re talking about (I say facetiously).

Today’s Workout

Today’s workout was 45 minutes Fat Burning Fusion with Ellen Barrett. This is a great one too! I’ve got quite a few recipes to post and I’m debating on whether to do a blog with just recipes, or if it really even matters. I’m still deciding.

I was supposed to go out to lunch with some friends, but we got snow last night and we don’t think we can all meet downtown, eat, and have them get back to work within an hour. Luckily, I’ve got some backups. I’ve got leftover Asian Cucumbers I can eat, I’ve got a sweet potato I need to cook up, I’ve got tons of salad ~~ I just need to decide what I want.

What Was I Thinking????

Okay, so I’ve been bad exercise-wise this week. I have all sorts of excuses, but quite honestly, I just didn’t feel like it. Which offsets my whole mental health. I just feel so much better when I do it. I know this ~ and I really feel better when I do it after I didn’t feel like it. So today, I tried to make up for lost time. 2 workouts. And my whole body is screaming, “What Was I Thinking????”

First workout: Slow-Robics with Ellen Barrett. I love this workout. I DVR’d it from All Star Workouts on FitTV and work it into my schedule at least a few times a month. Slow-Robics is essentially endurance cardio combined with sculpting. I love it normally can really feel it the next day. Especially in my legs.

Second workout: Tank Top Arms, Bikini Belly, Boy Shorts Bottom by Minna Lessig. A little back story. I tried this workout once before ~ but all I had were light weights and this workout is supposed to alternate between heavy weights and light weights. It was okay but I didn’t think I’d gotten the full workout since I didn’t have the different weights to vary with. So I splurged and bought some new weights. 10 lbs, 5 lbs, and 3 lbs and then I tried this workout again. Oh. My. Heck. I kept thinking to myself “What Was I Thinking???” Having the heavier weights really made all the difference. I have a feeling I’m really gonna feel this one in the morning ~ especially in my arms.


I had every intention of going to the gym tonight to do elliptical and bike. I even got to the gym and walked around twice. Not one machine to be had. Not one. It’s so frustrating that I pay a monthly membership fee and then can barely use it. So, I went home and did 40 minutes of Pilates instead. At least I didn’t let it completely wreck my evening ~ I still got in some exercise. I’ll try the gym again tomorrow and see what happens.

I guess in hindsight it’s okay. I donated blood today and they did say no strenuous exercise for the rest of the day. But really, how strenuous is the elliptical really?? 🙂