Unleashing My Inner Latin Freak

I am a dancing fool.
Or, maybe just a fool who likes to dance.
Either way, dancing is something that I have always enjoyed. I spoke about my love of dancing with the stars here. I might have even hinted about my desire to be on the show.
So, it should not surprise you to find out that I ordered Cardio Dancing With The Stars.


Oh yes I did.

My initial thought was that I would do this workout on my off days from the gym. (I’ll let you know how that works out when I actually start doing it regularly because oh. my. word. it is a workout!) When I ordered the DVD, I was excited about learning basic steps of the Cha-Cha (don’t you love that word), Samba, Paso Doble and Jive while at the same time gettin’ the ole ticker elevated. (Oh, little jive, please be easy on me.) I’m also seriously hoping my klutzy tendencies don’t get in the way of a fun time with Ashly, Kym and Maksim (who by the way abandoned any thought of stealing me away from McDaddy last month when he proposed to Karina Smirnoff.)
I am however, starting to rethink the whole dancing thing.
I don’t think anyone has ever died while doing Zumba, but the first time I did it, I was quite sure I was going to make history. On top of that, I was wondering if I would even be able to stand upright after my first Zumba class.
We did some fabulous moves. Moves that required some serious hip shaking. Moves that required me to flex muscles that have probably not been flexed since my days as a majorette when I did toss illusions. Which was like 20 years ago. And, might I add that just because you have the hips, that doesn’t mean they will do what you tell them to do.
I’m just sayin’
Google had this to say about my Zumba….

Zumba is the new Latin dance fitness craze that is sweeping across North America. High energy and motivating, Zumba incorporates Latin dance moves into a sequence of workouts done to the beat of fun, hot, pulsating Latin music. Zumba utilizes the principles of fitness interval training and resistance training to maximize caloric output, fat burning and total body toning. It is a mixture of body sculpting movements with easy to follow dance steps. Workouts often incorporate merengue, samba, salsa, flamenco, calypso, bachata and the tango. You get a full workout, burning 500 to 800 calories during a one-hour class.

In other words, it will help you unleash your inner Latin freak.

Oh, and in between dancing and working out at the Y, I’ve lost 24 pounds in 28 weeks.

Between my new DWTS DVD and Zumba, don’t be surprised if you happen to be flipping through the channels and see me cuttin the proverbial rug on Dancing With The Stars some night. Until then, I’ll be off practicing my moves and flexing my muscles.

After all, a dancing fool and her hips are soon parted.

And losing these hips would totally work for me!!!

Find out other things that might work for you at Works For Me Wednesday over at Rocks In My Dryer.


  1. says

    Another absolutely hilarious, inspiring post. I’m so impressed and so happy for you on the 28 pounds. I dare say I have found a few that you’ve recently lost, but I digress.
    Did you change your eating in the past 28 weeks? If so, how?