On the morning of January 1st, head throbbing and heart jittering with caffeine, I skulked into my first Zumba class of 2011. I felt like crap so why was I there?
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 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!
Check out these Zumba-inspired recipes that make me feel good because they’re simultaneously healthy and comforting:
- “Oh Sh*t, My Bowl is Empty. That Sucks!” Soup (a.k.a. Smokey Soup with Some Shrimp, Some Sausage, Some Barley AND SOME HEAT)
- Mexican Holubtsi (a.k.a. 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.