How Zumba and P!nk Changed My New Year's Resolution

On the morning of January 1st, head throbbing and heart jitering with caffeine, I skulked into my first Zumba class of 2011. I felt like crap so why was I there?

My New Year’s resolution was to exercise more, eat healthier, eat less, blah, blah, blah. I wanted to kick it off with a workout to punish away the evils of December 31st and the 2 weeks that preceded it  (evils being too much cheese, chocolate and sparkling wine).

The few zumba-ers who’d shown up whispered to each other (Duh. I wonder why???) and I wished I’d stayed in bed (not really an option because of my toddler. But cartoons on the couch would have been just fine).

Our instructor cued up the tunes and started to wiggle her butt. More awkwardly than usual, we joined in.

Moments later I glanced at the mirror and saw myself smiling. I saw everybody smiling. And I saw everybody’s smile grow as P!nk’s Raise Your Glass began to pound in our chests.

We shook our hips.

We pivoted.

We jumped.

We sang.

We  laughed out loud to the line, “Oh sh*t, my glass is empty. That sucks!”


And somewhere mid-jump, I realized what a blast I was having…at an exercise class. How weird.

And with the next pivot I remembered discovering many of my favorite foods on the Bon Appetit Food-Lover’s Cleanse list of Foods to Focus On.

And as I shouted, “Raise your glass if you are wrong, in all the right ways”  I flashed back on this post by Laurrie Perry (Crazy Aunt Purl) about decriminalizing food.


And with a final hip-shake my New Year’s resolution shifted from:

This year I will exercise more, eat healthier, eat less, blah, blah, blah



This year I will do things that are good for me because they feel good.

This might just be the first New Year’s resolution that I have a shot at keeping!





Stay tuned for some Zumba-inspired recipes that make me feel good:

  • Spicy Shrimp, Sausage and Barley Stew to Make You Say, “Oh sh*t, my bowl is empty. That sucks!”
  • Finding Healthy Comfort in Fusion with Mexican Napa Cabbage Rolls (Yes…seriously. But it’s not what you think. This is a filling of rice and ground turkey spiked with heat and topped with fresh flavors rolled into a crisp cold napa cabbage leaf and eaten fajita-style).

Chris from Cook the Story

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