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Add Zumba To Your Life!

1 May

Michelle and I were thinking we’d like to try some aerobic or maybe dance classes for quite some time, but the financial aspect of this idea never let us move beyond the discussion. We have heard from other people about Zumba, apparently some new fitness class in the gym that everyone is buzzing about these days. Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Its choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, cumbia, flamenco, cha-cha-cha, tango, martial arts, and some Bollywood and belly dance moves. Well, after all that information we had to check it out, especially since almost every gym offers a one-week free pass, which we thought we’d sign up for.

However, instead of going to a Zumba class, I have decided to skip this step and bring Zumba to us. Yesterday I ordered the Zumba Kinect game so Michelle and I could exercise at home. As soon as her foot heals we are planning to try it out and see what the buzz is all about. Meanwhile, we’ll be stretching with yoga–Netflix added a whole bunch of workout dvds online, which we definitely have to take advantage of!

Check out this Zumba promo video:

 

All the best,

– Vita :)

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Vacation Eating: East Coast Edition

10 Apr

We only get to go to New Jersey to visit my husband’s family about once a year because it’s hard to budget for the airfare these days. But when we get there, it’s a whirlwind of house-hopping to see each of his FIVE brothers, his mother, his aunt and cousin, and our friends in the area, all set to the sounds of merengue, salsa, bachata, and hip hop, and the smells and tastes of Peru, Brazil, and Newark. It’s always an amazing time. I fell in love with Newark when I moved out there to go to college…and then I fell in love with my husband, whom I met there. His family moved to Newark when he was a little kid. Being from the west coast, it was a crazy culture shock at first

Newark bridge

A Newark bridge on a cold, overcast morning.

to move to Newark, but after the first week, I knew I’d found a new home. I spent nearly five years there before we decided to move to Los Angeles for a while. It’s an area that has a little bit of everything from nearly every part of the world…with a distinct New Jersey attitude about it. Plus, it’s only a 15-minute train ride from Manhattan, which is awesome, of course.

Newark sunny

Newark on a bright sunny day during our trip. Beautiful springtime.

I can imagine us moving back there someday, but LA is my home too, so we envision a life of living in several places in the future. As long as we’re together, home is where your heart is, right? Anyway, my point is that we have a blast when we go there. And a lot of the fun and visiting is centered around food, which is a terrific, bittersweet problem to have because everything tastes great but I’m trying not to eat too much. When you’re around family and on vacation, it can be extremely difficult to not over-indulge or even feel pressured by others to eat more, as I described in this previous post. For example, practically the first words out of my Peruvian mother-in-law’s mouth were, “Estas rellena. Toma, come,” which, loosely translated means she told me I looked like I had filled out (was a little heavier) than when she last saw me and then she told me to eat the huge plate of food she was handing me. She cracks me up. I love her to death and she’s an awesome M-I-L, but how am I supposed to eat after being told I look ready-to-have-babies heavy? Ha! Because she raised six boys, bless her heart, she typically overloads a plate for me–even if I tell her it’s too much, she insists I eat it–so sometimes, when my husband finishes his plate before me, I’ll switch my half-eaten plate with his empty plate when no one is looking. :) He happily eats more, I sit there happily stuffed.

I noticed a few general diet-saboteurs that occur when traveling:

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What Could Be a Better Workout Than a Night Of Salsa Dancing?!

23 Mar

I have mentioned before that I’m not a big fan of exercise. I only like it when it’s fun, and usually it’s some sort of a sports game like tennis, volleyball, or ice skating. There is one more fun activity I’d like to share with everyone, which is guaranteed to boost your mood to the sky, leave tons of positive emotions for the whole week ahead, and make you exercise without even noticing, and that is salsa dancing!

Do you remember the scene from the movie “Along Came Polly” when she took him to the salsa club?  Continue reading

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