I’ve been doing Zumba. Much to Mini Me’s dismay, this has resulted in me gyrating at random intervals throughout the day. I’ve always been a dancer. Not in the coordinated, classically trained ballet dancer type of way. Not in the Fame–I’m gonna live forever kind of way. More like, in the shake your booty like you think you don’t dance like a white girl sort of way. Only now it’s worse, because in addition to my old school 1980’s dance moves (think Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel Aire at best and Bruce Springstein at worst) I have now added my Zumba moves including, but not limited to: gyrating, lassoing, Charro-style booty shakin’, and this strange tippy-toe mambo thing that is just fabulously fun when used while pushing a shopping cart.
Oh yeah. Because when I say at random intervals throughout the day, what I mean is at home, at the grocery store, at church, at a yard sale, in Susie’s pool, or any other place that I might hear music. Or not. Don’t really even need music. Just having someone ask about Zumba is enough. Or mention Dirty Dancing. (Nobody puts Moody in a corner, heh heh.)
While it IS fun, the goal with this Zumba thing is to get in shape. It’s supposed to burn, like, 400,000 calories in an hour or something, which is almost enough to counteract The Great Chocolate Cake Disaster of Last Week. Because, friends, Moody has no will power. None. And so she usually tries to keep the danger items out of the house. Things like Hostess Orange Cupcakes, that I like in spite of myself. Things like really good bread. Any form of chocolate. When Mini Me asked, “Mom, can I make a chocolate cake?” I should have known that no good could come from saying “Sure.”
So, she made the cake. A whole 9 x 13 inch pan of it. And frosting, too. And we ate some. Then Hubster came home and hated on the cake, “I don’t like chocolate cake” he said. Looks like it’s just Mini Me and I tackling this thing. Again, no good can come from this. Mini Me and I ate some more cake after supper. The next day, we had cake for breakfast. Cake with lunch. Cake as a snack. Cake after dinner. The following morning, Mini Me ate the last piece of chocolate cake for breakfast, proclaiming to me that she’d done it to save me from eating any more of it. I am blessed to have such a selfless child, am I not?
One cake. Two people. Approximately 36 hours. Did I mention that no good could come from letting her make a chocolate cake?
As you can see, eating sensibly is just not how I roll. Oh, I do alright most of the time. In fact, I really probably eat better than most folks. But man, when I fall off the wagon, I not only fall off, buddy I hit the ground running in the opposite direction, my chocolate smeared face contorted by maniacal laughter. Anybody remember Mike Myers’ Hyper Hypo character? That’s me.
So, if a girl like me wants to lose some weight, exercise in some form is a must. Preferably something that I don’t totally hate. Because I’m pretty good at avoiding things that I hate. But Zumba has been great because it’s actually fun. I’ve been doing it 2 times a week for about 4 weeks now, and the instructor is doing monthly weighings & measurings, so next week I’ll be able to let you know if all that booty shakin’ has been enough to counteract The Great Chocolate Cake Disaster. Stay tuned.