Overall – what did you think of the Zumba Fitness Exhilarate DVD Collection?
I LOVE IT! It's the little details about it that had me impressed. The addition of a 20 minute workout in Rush for those days when you couldn't do a full one- genius. The maraca- inspired toning sticks (which my boys LOVE ) All the different instructors to ensure you will find someone who you like. The music- oh my goodness the music!
It's just all together a wonderful combination that MAKES you want to get up and DANCE. And it works! I didn't blog it because I wanted this big reveal moment at the end, however the pregnancy got in the way of that... but I lost just under 10kg at one stage. I was down to 86.2kg. (I say was because the nausea has put me off eating, which has meant that I've gained weight again. NOT fair!) but Zumba WORKS!
Is it something you will continue using now?
I can definitely see myself using it in the future. Again, the pregnancy has made it hard- all I seem to want to do is sleep or be sick, so I am hoping once I jump that hurdle I'll be able to manage getting back into the Zumba swing of things again.
What changes have you noticed:
• In you body?
Anyone who has been following along with my blog will know that I was really upset because I had high hopes of losing the weight off my tummy area- it's my real problem area. Of course, bloating has ensured that didn't happen.
I have noticed weight loss around my face- it's subtle, but I have cheek bones again My thighs only touch at the top- and that is quite a good achievement too!
I know I have lost tummy weight, as my pants are bigger... it's just only noticeable in the morning before the bloating kicks in.
• In your mind – your mood, outlook
I know straight after a Zumba session I feel calmer, happier and like I have achieved something. I was noticing I was a lot less stressed when I was doing it 5 days a week- I was literally taking out my frustrations during a session. It would get to a stage where I felt like I had had enough, but I would use my frustrations to keep me going. Weird motivation, but it worked, and I was feeling all the better for it!
•On your energy levels?
Again, this has been ruined by the pregnancy- but before the symptoms kicked in, I had more energy for sure. I felt like I had a spring in my step, and I know I blogged about going on camp and walking up and down steep dirt hills all day long without hardly breaking a sweat. I could NOT have done that before Zumba.
If my boys were asking me to go outside and play, I would supervise while sitting on a chair. Now, I tend to get involved (ok, at the moment more passively, but a few weeks ago I was joining in on their games because I had more energy!)
• In your family? (Eg. Have the DVDs inspired any other family members to join in)
DP did talk about it, but it never eventuated because he works long shift hours and just is hardly ever home. My kids joined in- my little Backup dancers. And whlist I was happy for them to do so, I do feel like Zumba time was MY time, and I really did prefer to do it alone. (No one there to laugh at my wobbly bits then!)
I talked to my Mum a lot about it too, and I think she was inspired because I caught her looking at the program and she did ask to borrow the DVD's (I told her to buy her own!! )
• In your approach to physical activity – have the DVDs inspired you to try another form of exercise – like walking or a gym class?
I have a friend who is a fitness instructor, and I was about this >< close to signing up to her bootcamp fitness class before I got the BFP. I used to just roll my eyes when she would ask me to join, but I really was motivated and about to do it.
I am more inclined to park the car 5-10 blocks away from where I need it and to walk though- and that in itself is a big accomplishment for me!
• How much weight have you lost?
So at about week 5 as I said above I was down to 86.2kg.
By the time I saw the dr at week 7 to discuss the pregnancy, I had started going back up again- 87.4 (bloating, body going into starvation mode due to not being able to eat much) etc. This morning I am weighing in at 88kg exactly. I am so determined not to go back over 90kg (although I guess I will have a lot of baby and fluids etc to account for...)
So in total today I have lost 6.4kg, but at one stage it was 8.2kg and looking good. I think had I not have fallen pregnant (and off the bandwagon to an extent) I would have certainly cracked that 10kg barrier.