Sunday, May 15, 2016

Where've I been? Where am I going?

Hello, blogiverse! A lot of bloggers feel guilty when they take a long break. I've gone back and forth between immense guilt and feeling like it's ok, since I haven't had anything terribly interesting to say in a while! As you know
from my last post, fitness is still a passion but not something that I have as much time for these days. And, I'm trying to be OK with that. So, I'm probably going to take a short break from The Z Beat but come back this summer with new stuff. How does that sound? And, will you still be here when I get back? I hope so!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

No Excuses or Balanced Approach?

Motherhood is awesome and all-encompassing... so much so that I'm finding it super difficult to make time for exercise. I miss working out - it's something I really love to do. But, between a full time job (one that's meaningful to me, where I expend a good amount of energy), house cleaning, grocery shopping, attempting to maintain a handful of relationships, and mommying, I find myself needing to prioritize and some things just don't get done [[as a dust bunny rolls by... note to self: vacuum soon]].

I do still workout, but more often it's a power walk with the baby in the stroller instead of kickboxing class or a HIIT session. Just this morning I got up early and was 3 minutes into my workout when she woke up (unexpectedly early) so I had to abandon my plan and feed her (nursing with a sports bra on is practically a workout in itself, but that's another story).

I can't help but think about the No Excuses mom... ya know... her:

I don't think putting others down is an acceptable form of motivation, so this kind of makes me crazy. But I get it... there's a camp of believers that say you can make time for anything if you want it enough. They'd tell me to find time to exercise and that if I really wanted to I'd make it happen.

So... I'm curious to hear your opinion: If you really want to exercise, can you ALWAYS find time for it? Or, do you allow yourself to prioritize other things without feeling guilty to maintain a sense of balance/sanity?

P.S. This was my view while writing this post. #ForeverMultitasking

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Latest on ZLife

Hello! In case you've missed it, I've been blogging away over at ZLife. I'll be back here with new content soon, but check these articles out in the meantime!

10 Best Dance Movies of All Time

Confessions from a Zumba enthusiast

Fitness-related spring cleaning tips

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Zumba Time All the Time

This post is by Dana, a guest blogger on The Z Beat!

Let's just say you can take the girl out of the Zumba class but you can't take the Zumba class out of the girl! Here are just two examples of what I mean.

Table for Two: The evening starts off innocently enough. I promise myself that I am NOT going to talk about Zumba because the people that I am with are not Zumba enthusiasts. I get it all out of my system by listening to Zumba music while getting ready to go out and dancing around the house. On the way to pick up my friends I blare my favorite merengue and scream the words out the window at the top of my lungs. I think I have gotten it ALL out of my system.

My friends get in the car and say “How are you?”….”Good” I respond with the local top 40 station softly playing in the background. I think we made it about 30 minutes before the topic of Zumba comes up. They ask how classes are going “Good Good” I say as I brush the entire topic under the table as I truly try to move on with the discussion; and then it happens at dinner. I hear a song that I MUST HAVE FOR CLASS. So I break out my phone, stand up and I hold my arm up in the air like I am saluting the ceiling in the middle of appetizers. I honestly don’t care if people are looking, or what they are thinking because I am Shazam-ing my next favorite song and all I can think about is choreography.  

(Video Credit: ZIN Rob Powell)

The Night Out: After dinner it is decided among the group that everyone wants to go dancing. Hmmmm you think to yourself, dancing. “Well, I really can’t dance you blurt out”, and then it comes. The blank stare, the awkward moment of silence and the screaming “WHAT!!!?? You dance a zillion times a week”. But really have you ever tried going to a club and dancing? I don’t mean doing your best Zumba routine on the middle of the dance floor as your friends join in and follow you on queue. I mean actually dancing. I have found that is so hard making that transition from doing a Zumba routine or choreographing a new routine with Zumba steps to actually just letting loose and dancing. It is especially difficult when “your” Zumba songs comes on. I mean it is like a magnetic force trying to hold you back as you break out in a routine in the middle of the dance floor.

But before you know it you do a few small steps, make a few hand gestures like you are doing the routine, you inch your way out on the dance floor, then you get a little bolder and make bigger moves and by the end of the song you and your peeps are full fledge Zumba-ing on the dancefloor. The outcome? #Zumbahigh and yes you can dance, and it feels great! However, I am going to venture to say that while Zumba does encompass dancing, *most* cases you can’t substitute dancing for Zumba when you are in a club. Put that caveat in your back pocket and go for the let’s-get-the-party-started theme and get on that dance floor, start your best cumbia, bachata or merengue, and I guarantee before you know it people will be shimmying and shaking with you. Does this look familiar?

# Zumbatime #Anytime

Saturday, March 19, 2016

10 Reasons Why We Screw Up in Class

We all have moments that belong on the Zumba instructor blooper reel. But why? I've narrowed it down to one of these 10 reasons. AmIright?

1. Suddenly remembering an item for your To Do list: Groceries! Carpool pick-up! Finishing your taxes! It's SO hard to put those things out of your head, no matter how hard you try. If I miss a step, I've likely just remembered I forgot to put my laundry in the dryer.

2. So-and-so is talking... again: Look, I'm not a tyrant or anything but when people consistently talk while you're trying to remember what comes next it can be totally distracting. It's only natural to wonder if you're being complained about (it probably has nothing to do with you, but you can't help but think about it...).

3. Wardrobe malfunction: Was that my bra strap snapping undone? Could my undies be any bunchier? Whatever it is, you know what I mean - anything having to do with your clothes when you're in front of a room full of students is an instant distraction.

4. Someone just walked out the door: Everything from, "Is he OK?" to "What the heck, why don't you like my class?" runs through your head.

5. Someone just walked in the door: Hello, Leslie Late-pants. Thanks for drawing everyone's attention away from my new cumbia!

6. Thinking about food: Mmmm, burritos.

7. Thinking about booze: MMMM, margaritas!

8. Suddenly remembering an item for your To Do list, again: You start repeating "laundry, laundry, laundry" to yourself until you have no idea what you're supposed to do next.

9. Feeling exhausted: Sometimes your choreo is so killer you kick your own butt. All that energy spent wondering if you can make it through another song really takes away from actually remembering your moves.

10. Feeling blissful: Every once in a while, it hits you - I love being an instructor! "Look at all of these smiling faces. This is great! Everybody loves m--shoot, what comes next?"