How Zumba and P!nk Changed My New Year's Resolution
By CookTheStory on January 06, 2011
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).
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 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 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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