Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Zumba Certified and Other Randomness

So I am officially Zumba certified!  It was really an awesome experience and I'm so glad I went, even if I never do anything with it!  I love going to group seminars, trainings, fellowships where everyone believes in something.  It doesn't matter what it is, so long as you all feel passionate about the same thing and come together to explore that passion.  The training started out with a Master Class; I have to admit my nerves started rattling right before we got started.  I thought to myself, what if I'm not good enough?  What if I make a fool of myself because I can't keep up?  My next thought was:  I don't give a flying rat's ass if I look like a fool, I dropped $200+ on this and I will have fun if nothing else!  So I jumped right in and had a blast!  And I kept up!  ;)  In fact, I received a couple of compliments even!  After that we spent the rest of the day going over theory and breaking down each of the dance styles.  I'm quite certain I won't remember everything, but they sent us home with DVDs, so I'll be okay.  I met a girl at the training who is from the same country as my dad, and I really enjoyed talking to her about cultural things and such.  I got her information so I networked a little bit!  I really need to improve on my networking skills.  I tend to like certain people and just stick with them, but if I'm going to fulfill my dream of helping others achieve success in fitness and other aspects of their lives then I need to really put myself out there.  My only complaint/suggestion for the training was to end the class off with another round of Zumba.  We spent hours going over the different dances and we put them together some, but I would have felt more revitalized at the end of the training if we had put everything together for at least a mini session.  I brought plenty of healthy snacks to munch on throughout the day to keep my energy up, but by the time I got home I was starving.  I piled a plate with some food my dad and I had prepared Friday:  baba ghounoz, lebnah, zaahtar, cucumbers and tomatoes, gyro meat and egg whites, Arabic style beans (it's pronounced "fool", but I'm not certain how to spell it), olives and feta from the Mediterranean market, and spicy tomatoes stewed with garlic, jalapenos and spices.  It was SO good and definitely hit the spot!  Baba Ghonoz is my absolute favorite, it's basically like hummus, but instead of chick peas you use roasted eggplant, it's mmmmmmmmm so yummy!  Anyhoo, after I gorged myself on my feast, I spent the rest of the evening relaxing with the boys.  Here's one of the group pictures we took at the end of the training, not too flattering of me... but meh, at least it proves I was there!  :-P
I'm on the top just left of the middle.  Priscilla, our trainer, is on the bottom row on the far left.

Sunday morning I got up and cooked a pot of oatmeal in preparation for my platelets donation.  The last time I gave blood I ended up feeling pretty ill due to (methinks) not eating enough.  So I was going to eat a hearty breakfast before I headed out!  I made the oats with half milk, half water, cinnamon, a tablespoon of chopped walnuts, 1.5 teaspoons of Splenda brown sugar blend and a half a tablespoon of light margarine.  I added a tablespoon of raisins and for some reason it just didn't set well with me so I picked them out.  It was soooooooooo good!  I love brown sugar, cinnamon and walnut combinations!  Donating platelets was an interesting experience.  I could feel the life slowly draining out of me and I was freezing the whole time!  Even in a sweater, my jacket and a blanket laid over me!  And my arm was resting on a pillow with a heating pad in it.  I kept getting these tingly tremors that would go all the way down to my legs and last for a few seconds then go away.  It was very bizarre!  The lady that was monitoring me gave me a calcium chew, but they kept coming!  Luckily it wasn't painful, just very strange feeling.  I spent the afternoon working on getting a playlist together for when I hopefully start instructing.  I decided to just go for it, I don't want to give myself time to doubt and get nervous.  I've learned the only way I will ever get anywhere in life is to not only steadily pursue my goals, but to fling myself thrashing and screaming at the ones that are out of my comfort zone because when in doubt, Lealah loses.  I am my own worst enemy (refer to Rules and Random Tips #11). 

Food has been decent lately.  I've been on a cereal kick.  I absolutely love me some cereal.  In fact, cereal used to be a binge food for me and I  have to be pretty careful to not over do it when I get that craving.  My mix of choice lately has been a handful of frosted blueberry mini wheats, a handful full of Kashi Cinnamon Harvest shredded wheats and a handful of Kashi Go Lean Crisp.  That shit is deeeeeeeeeeeelicious!  My boyfriend thinks I'm a nut for mixing my cereals, but there's something about the slightly unhealthy frosted mini wheats being eaten with the Kashi cereals that just sings to my heart!  If I choose not to mix cereals, I usually throw half a chopped up banana in the mix.  I don't even really miss things like Fruit Loops or Cocoa Pebbles.  And I'm also newly hooked on Breeze Unsweetened Coconut Almond Milk.  Oh. My. Gosh.  If you ever thought you would never be able to handle non-dairy milks, you have got to try that stuff. I <3 it!  Anyway, I've found that if I opt for the healthier cereals (full of protein and fiber!), they work great as a workout fuel in the afternoons and/or for breakfasts.  Dinners we've been eating are:  Mexican shredded chicken in tacos, over rice or over salad with sauteed veggies; home made ground turkey,  veggie and orzo soup; Arabic food; Mushroom Chicken over rice and veggies filled in wherever possible.  I was graciously bad last night, however; we went to Arby's.  Instead of getting one of the 800 calorie Market Fresh sandwiches though, I got a Beef and Cheddar sandwich and a small curly fry.  I haven't counted yet, but I'm sure it's about 800 calories anyway, but I really wanted some curly fries so I opted for the less calorie ridden sandwich.

Today was uneventful, although I have to say my butt and shoulders are SO sore.  The calorie burn from the training wasn't what I had hoped, but I definitely worked my body!  When I got home tonight, I ran three miles and then thought about running three miles, but then bitched out and just practiced my Zumba list for about an hour and 20 minutes.  For dinner I made a bowl of rice with pinto beans, Mexican chicken, fat free cheese, tomatoes, green onions and salsa.  Now I'm just getting ready to settle in for the night, tomorrow is yet another day!

I was going to proof read my post last night, but I set my tablet down for a few minutes and passed out, so here we are a day late!

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