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My Zumba-Filled Labor Day Weekend

Posted on September 26, 2018 by under Zumba.    

The month was off to a great start. I took Friday, August 31, off to make it a four-day weekend with the Labor Day holiday. This was the most fun four-day staycation weekend I’ve ever had. I didn’t go anywhere. All I did was hit a bunch of Zumba classes and I was totally fine with that.

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Linda was off on that Friday too so we met up at VASA Fitness. We started the weekend off with bang – STRONG by Zumba with Liz. She is intense!

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Next up was Todd’s Friday night class at West YMCA. No picture of me but I did get to see these two in their matching outfits. Sooo adorable!

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I taught my normal Saturday and Sunday classes, which I don’t typically take pictures of so these next photos are from the classes that I hit on Labor Day. This one was in Sarah’s 9:30 AM class at West YMCA. She taught two classes that day. One at West YMCA and then another at Northwest YMCA. I only took the West one because I wanted to join the party at South YMCA with Missy and Todd.

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I got to be triplets with these two cuties.

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I stopped by Panera for a quick lunch before heading to South YMCA and ran into Jeri. Of course she looks fabulous and I look like a hot mess. LOL. #StoryOfMyLife

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At South YMCA I got to dance with Lindsay and Chelsea.

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I ended up twinning with Brynden at South. We talked about what shirts we were going to wear but wore the same leggings completely by accident.

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And Tammy was there too. This woman is a beast. This was my second class that day but this was class number three for her because she did the Turbo class right before Sarah’s class at West also.

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Inspired by Tammy, I decided to stay for Amy’s Zumba class also.

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Here’s a picture I took with Todd as I was leaving. We forgot to take a group photo with the whole class. 🙁

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My next class was STRONG by Zumba with Liz at VASA Fitness. Can you spot me?

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Here’s our post SBZ group photo. We kept our normal schedule at VASA for that day except we were doing a Red, White and Blue promo all weekend. Free classes to anyone who shows up in red, white or blue. It was the perfect opportunity for all of my YMCA friends to check out the new gym.

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I taught my normal Monday night Zumba class after Liz.

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It was my final class of the day (and weekend).

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I like to yell at the class sometimes. Just kidding. I don’t really yell at them. I just shout out encouragements. We also like to hoot and holler and make all sorts of noise. It’s party of the fun!

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Here’s our post Zumba group pic. As you can see, some of my Zumba besties came to party with us. I just love these guys. They make my heart full.

Labor Day was the best day ever. I told Brian that night that it reminded me of when we were on the Zumba cruise back in April because I managed to squeeze in five classes in a single day (there was one day on the Zumba cruise that I took six classes). The only difference was that I had to drive all over town to hit all of these classes, where as on the Zumba cruise all I had to do was walk from class to class. There were some days I made it so my classes were in the same area of the ship so I didn’t even have to go very far.

If you’ve been thinking about going on the Zumba cruise, think no further. It is the best vacation ever. And, it’s the only cruise that you don’t come back from having gained 10 pounds! LOL. Here’s a link to the booking site.

When you book, be sure to use my instructor code: 461028.

This gets you $25 onboard credit to use on anything on the ship and I get credit for referring you! If I get enough people to go I’ll get to go for free, so it’s a win-win for everyone! Let’s do some Zumba together! <3 <3 <3

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New Zumba Job

Posted on August 31, 2018 by under Things to Do, Zumba.    

I got a new part-time job (jobby?) teaching Zumba for a new gym in town, VASA Fitness. They opened very recently. Their first week was the week that I got back from #ZINCON. I actually taught the Monday that we arrived home.

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It was crazy but I got through it. And look, we are all still smiling.

Brian didn’t want me to get another Zumba job at first because he didn’t think my schedule could handle it. He was like, “Please don’t try to get a job there just so you can get a free membership. We will pay for a membership if you really want to join.” I was not to be restrained, however. I applied, interviewed, and was hired.

I think I may have been the very first instructor to teach in that beautiful studio.

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The new gym is located in the old Albertson’s at Harry and Georgetown (between Oliver and Hillside on Harry). There’s a golf course and a Big Lots over there.

It’s pretty amazing. The gym is beautiful and has everything you could possibly need. The group exercise studio is huge and can comfortably accommodate 70-80 people. It also has a stage and a couple of huge, industrial fans. The lighting in the studio (and throughout the facility) is absolutely perfect.

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Another amenity Brian and I both like is the fitness cinema. It reminds me of the one at Onelife but actually bigger. You can ride a bike, walk/run on the treadmill, or get on an elliptical while watching a movie. They also have a couple of racquetball courts and a lap pool. But the best part is the hydromassage.

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I think, once Brian tried the hydromassage for the first time, he pretty much got offer the fact that he didn’t want me to take on another Zumba job. LOL.

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In addition to everything else, they also have a gym where you can play basketball and pickleball. I haven’t tried to play pickleball there yet but I’m hoping to get a one on one pickleball match against Brian sometime.

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The monthly membership fees are quite reasonable too. I think I would have seriously considered joining even if I didn’t work there.

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Here’s a picture from my second week of teaching there. That day was a mess. I couldn’t get my phone to work so, after messing with it for some time, we ended up using Brian’s phone which didn’t have all of my songs in it. We started late and, even then, barely had enough songs to dance to.

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Class is getting better, though. Last week some of my friends from Andover YMCA came to visit since the floors in our studios in Andover were being refinished. And then Amanda and Charis stayed after to show me a new dance.

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I’m really enjoying teaching Zumba at VASA so far. Their philosophy of “Fun Happy Fitness” is consistent with my own. Our mantra is to help people find happiness through physical and emotional health. Our goal is to UPLIFT everyone through fun and happy fitness. UPLIFT is an acronym that stands for Unity, Passion, Love, Integrity, Fun, and Trust. How can you not like an organization that values these things? I think it’s a great fit and was a no-brainer for me. Plus, Kass Martin also teaches at a VASA in Utah so I knew I was in good company. LOL.

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I’m super excited for this weekend because we’re basically doing an open house. Everyone who wears red, white, and/or blue can take classes for free. I’m only teaching on Monday night, though. I’ll be at the Andover YMCA per usual on Saturday and Sunday. Not sure when another opportunity like this will come up so, if you’re not currently a member and would like to check out VASA, this is your chance. I hope to see you on Monday night!

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#ZINCON – The Final, Final Installment

Posted on August 31, 2018 by under Food and Drink, Travel, Zumba.    

I thought I was done posting about #ZINCON but I keep finding more pictures. LOL. I’m going to try to wrap things up in this post. After all, it’s almost September and it’s time to move on.

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Brian and I tried to get some pool time in on Sunday but it was sweltering. The resort pool would have been better because it offers more shade but it was packed so Brian and I went to the terrace pool. There is no shade and it was hot and it was also packed. The look on my face pretty much says it all. We were miserable.

I think we only stayed for an hour (at most) before calling it quits. Back to the room we went to cool off. Speaking of our room, this is pretty much what my side of the bed looked like the entire time.

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After showering and cleaning up, we decided to walk over to the Pub (located at Pointe Orlando). There are lots of places to eat but this is Brian’s absolute favorite.

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He actually didn’t walk over there while I was in my sessions this year. I’m glad he decided to share his annual Pub experience with me.

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Here’s what the interior looks like. Not sure if I have posted pics of the inside before or just food. Okay, I guess there are interior pics from back in 2013 when Brian discovered the place the first time. Follow the link to see Brian’s old blog post.

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In the meantime, here are some circa 2018 pics…

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We ran into Jane and her friend from Michigan, Lisa. I found it amusing that we started the trip with Jane (when we met her in line at the Kansas City airport) and ended the trip with her also. I think we were on the same flight home.

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Here’s Brian posing with his favorite beer at the Pub.

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Yes, we are that nerdy couple that likes to wear matching shirts. We specially love our Wichita Wicked Brew Tour shirts.

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I took a picture of this page because I thought it was helpful.

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I’d eaten at the Pub a few times but this was the first time I’d tried the fish and chips. Clearly, I’d been missing out. This was the best fish and chips I’d ever eaten. Although, I couldn’t decide if I was just hungry for real food and that’s why this tasted so delicious. I think it was really good, though. I may have to pop in to the Pub when we first arrive next time so that I can make a real, untainted assessment.

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As per usual, Brian got the ham and cheese on a pretzel roll. It is his absolute favorite thing to get there.

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Pointe Orlando is not that far from our hotel. We usually just walk over and walk back. You can see our hotel in this picture.

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Once at the hotel, we decided to stop at B-Line for dessert. Brian had a chocolate milkshake. I had the most delicious chocolate cake and cheesecake combo.

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Then we walked off the calories from dinner and dessert by doing some exploring.

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We’d been here several times since 2013 (I even came for a work conference one year) but I’d never been this way before.

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This was my first time seeing this part of the convention center.

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There are a few more pics on Flickr. Just click on one of the photos above to check them all out. We had a very nice walk. Then it was time to go back to the hotel.

We skipped the after party at Cuba Libre this time because it was rough coming home last year. This year we were flying into Kansas City and still had a three-hour drive back. We chose to go to bed at a decent time instead of staying out late partying on our final night.

Although last year, we were also responsible. We went to the after party but didn’t stay out too late in anticipation of our early flight home.

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Here’s Brian completing the hotel checkout on the TV as we were leaving the next day. And that’s it. This pretty much wraps up our #ZINCON 2018 adventure. I hope you enjoyed reading the trip recap as much as I did recalling it.

Until next year!

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#ZINCON Recap – Final Installment

Posted on August 26, 2018 by under Travel, Zumba.    

August is almost over and I’m still recapping #ZINCON. It’s sad how hectic and busy the last few weeks have been. I’ve hardly had any time to catch y’all up. Anyway, we are finishing the #ZINCON recap today. No matter what.

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We are starting the final installment with this photo because this man Jose was a true enforcer. This man made sure people did not cut any lines. Brian observed him in action several times. No one was getting away with anything. Not on his watch.

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Next is a photo of Joel on stage with Lindsey Taylor during Latin Pop.

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I got a video too, which I posted on Facebook. I’ve since deleted it from my phone and now can’t find it on Facebook. I might have posted it on Joel’s wall, in which case, I can’t share it here anyway because of his privacy settings. I’ll have to remember to post my videos to YouTube or my Zumba with Ching page before deleting them so I can always find and share them.

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Lindsey’s Latin Pop master class was the best way to start the day. I felt so energized after. And then, as I was leaving, I ran into my favorite Fly Girl. Crystal was part of the Fly Girl team this year! That’s so awesome!

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My next session was Colombian Roots with Water Diaz. I love me some Wally! He is the nicest guy ever. Although, I must say, he taught us so many things in the two hours that he almost made my head explode. Thank heavens for the notes because I can barely remember anything.

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Here’s a video clip from Colombian Roots.

Next, I had the Best of ABBA with Kass Martin and Steve Boedt. These two are amazing by themselves but they are ridiculous together. It’s magical. I had Motown with them last year. If you ever have an opportunity to take one of their sessions at #ZINCON (it doesn’t matter what it is), do it! I guarantee you will have a great time. Plus, they’re so inspirational.

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Here’s a clip from the end of the session.

The are so exuberant and overflowing with positivity. They always fill me positive vibes. (Thanks to Kass’ sister Emily for taking this next pic.)

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Then it was time for the theme party.

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I didn’t want to pack a big costume in my suitcase so I just packed a butterfly mask and some wings and figured I would wear it with an all black outfit (tank and leggings). I knew I wanted to be more causal because I didn’t want to pack an extra pair of shoes and I had already planned to wear sneakers. Having been to these before, I wanted to be comfortable because I knew I would be on my feet for several hours. #NotMyFirstRodeo

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My outfit actually got an upgrade when we got to #ZINCON because I picked up some Swarovski bedazzled gear (tank and leggings) at the Zumba Wear Store. So, instead of wearing the basic black tank and leggings I brought, I ended up wearing my new Swarovski gear. They were kind of expensive so I haven’t really been wearing them to workout. I’ve only worn the outfit once since I’ve been back. I was very careful when I washed them and that’s the main reason they haven’t gotten a lot of wear. I’m kind of afraid to ruin them. I don’t want to lose any crystals!

Here’s a video of Joel getting his face painted at the theme party.

These next set of videos are from the concert at the theme party. I got a really great spot. I was super close and could see everything and I could hear the music, which sometimes doesn’t sound the best, but was fantastic that night.

This group is called Locos Por Juana and they are amazing.

We met their bass player David (topless guy on the right) on the Zumba cruise earlier this year. He seemed really nice but probably doesn’t remember us.

BIP (another Zumba favorite) also performed that night.

Then it was back to Locos Por Juana again with Yo Te Quiero Ver.

Beto not just danced but also sang the song with them!

That was the first time ever that I actually stayed for the entire theme party. I normally get bored and head back to the room well before the end. It was different this time. I felt so enthralled and energized by the performances. It may be partly because they played all my favorites and I was familiar with the songs. No matter the reason, this was the best theme party concert I’d ever experienced. I thought it was even better than the concert during the #ZINCON 2013 theme party and that was my favorite theme party of all time.

The only disappointing thing for me was that my phone ran out of battery well before the theme party concert ended. So when I ran into Derek Hamilton (BIP) on my way back to the room, I couldn’t get a selfie with him. I did get a hug and kiss on the cheek, though.

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Also, Joel wasn’t the only one who got his makeup done. I did, too. You can’t see it very well in this photo but they gave me fake eyelashes and glitter all over.

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The next morning I was up bright and early for my Latin Urban session with Jhon Gonzalez. I saved it for last because I wanted to remember everything.

That pretty much wraps up #ZINCON 2018. I think I have one more post about Orlando but that’s pretty much it. Sorry it took forever to get caught up. We are almost there. Check back soon for the next update. GNG.

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Fitness-Concert Team Exit

Posted on August 19, 2018 by under Zumba.    

I missed sharing this video in the last post. At the end of the fitness-concert, I found my way to the tunnel that they made to the stage so I managed to catch the fitness-concert team as they were exiting at the end of the event.

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