Monday, May 2, 2011

B gets moving and then moving some more

I feel so ready for May! A long month full of possibilities. But before I dive into this month, I wanted to share a bit about April and the five new types of exercises I tried this month (6 if you count my workout yesterday which was technically already May).

I didn't start the month anticipating I'd be an adventurer, but it just kind of happened. And I love it because for me it's a sign of getting stronger and being braver about moving my body.

1) Snowshoeing.
Yup, you read that right. I went snowshoeing. In Tahoe.

I'd never been to Tahoe and so I had no idea what to expect. But when a friend invited me to join her a little getaway, I was thrilled to take her up on it. I thought the snowshoes would look like tennis rackets, but I guess that's the old fashioned kind of snowshoe.

My friend was a cross country skier so she was often whizzing ahead of me.

It was absolutely gorgeous. I've never been a snow bunny, so I was certainly wary about the trip. But it was incredible to be out in nature with almost no sounds but the crunch of the snow under my shoes.

I loved climbing in the shoes. There's a little grip on the bottom and so I was able to stick to the side of the hill like a pro!

I had no idea the lake would be so huge. Once we went down by the water it was seriously freezing cold. The wind actually hurt as it blew on you.

We dipped into Nevada to check out the casino. I lost at the Wheel of Fortune machine but won a bit at craps. I had never played, but it was just like the movies with us on the side cheering and people blowing on the dice.

2) Yoga 2/3
I mentioned this class in my Friday post. But it's on the list since I was so nervous to go to an advanced class, and so happy when I didn't pass out in the middle of it.

3) Carnaval burlesque Dance.
Yes, you also read that right.
My friend Katie and I had a running date scheduled in March, but I had to cancel when I got my nasty cold. We were going to reschedule a run, but instead since it was Dance week here in the Bay Area she invited me to come check out a class with her. It's a perfect time to try out new styles of dance since all the classes are free! Sadly, no pics to show you. I know I would have been so nervous if someone had been snapping pics of my booty shaking, so I figured I'd better offer the same consideration and keep my camera tucked away. But the description of the class pretty much sums it up.
Hot Pink Feathers
Carnaval Burlesque Technique

Learn saucy movements from the crossroads of World Carnaval Dance and Cabaret & Burlesque from Carnaval SF 08 Queen Kellita! Feel delicious in a community of delightful women as we articulate our bodies to best express our delectable spirits with isolations of hips and chest, and long gorgeous lines!
Yowsa right!?
The room was packed and so it was a little less intimidating than I thought. We did a whole lot of shimmying and shaking. The instructor was about 4'11" tall, but her personality was 8' tall. She did a great job of making us feel comfortable and her moves made it clear she was a shimmying pro.

4) and 5) were on the same day. Thanks to a free ticket from my friend Coleen, I checked out the Self Magazine workout in the park here in SF. The celebrity guest host was Alison Sweeney, from the Biggest Loser.
Not sure why, but I totally thought I was gonna get to meet her and talk to her and ask her all of my Biggest Loser questions. But she left right after she talked to the crowd. I think she did participate in one of the classes before I got there though.

The event felt a bit like a vendor fair with tons of booths shoving samples at you and trying to get you to sign up for various sweepstakes.

By far my favorite moment, and the 4th new workout of the month, the Masala Bhangra class! The instructor Serina Jain was fierce and fabulous and had us laughing, dancing and moving. I've never done Bhangra dance and it was a blast!

My 5th new workout of the month was also part of the Self workout in the Park. It was this class called BodyArt, which sounded pretty great, but was actually just this odd mash up of yoga, and undulations that left me a little dizzy.

Least favorite moment of the day: a guy was handing out Nivea samples (big full size bottles). I took one thinking it was lotion, and then when I saw it was cellulite cream I said "oh no thank you." He looked shocked! "But it's free!" I said no thank you again. I wanted to tell him I thought even the idea of "instant removal cellulite cream" was gross and that there have been so many studies showing that it doesn't work, but I didn't say any of this to him.

2nd least favorite moment: They had a Garnier facial tent. I've never had a facial, so a free 10 minute mini facial sounded divine. It was actually lovely and refreshing. I laughed at the end because they hand you a mirror while you're lying there to show the effects of the facial and their products. But we were lying down! Everyone looks more youthful and smooth faced when you're lying down. I pointed this out to the woman who gave me the facial, but I don't think she wanted to hear it. I thought it was funny. Actually, the only thing that lands the facial on the least favorite moment list was when they wiped off my SPF 70 sunscreen during the facial and put on this moisturizer with a SPF of 15, so I got sunburned.

Am I just cynical? I was so not impressed by the event. Maybe it's because I went by myself. Maybe if I'd been with girlfriends it would have been more exciting? I did love that Bhangra class so I suppose that made it all worth it. But overall it felt like 'Commercial in the park', more than the day o' empowerment I'd been expecting. I did love that there were women of all sizes and shapes there. I was worried it would just be a sea of tiny women a la the cover of every issue of Self. It was nice to see real women out there strutting their stuff in the Saturday sunshine.

Whoo! I'm tired just thinking about all of this moving and shaking!

I am now officially:
1) sore
2) a little braver
3) 4 pounds heavier (muscle gain? my lapse in calorie counting?)

Any new workouts you've tried? Anyone else tried Masala Bhangra?


  1. Wow, that is quite the month of new workouts! I am impressed by all the moving!

  2. Thanks Autumn!! I was so excited to tell you all about it.

  3. My goodness, you've been movin' & shakin'! I haven't tried anything new yet, but I'm about to. I asked for boxing gloves and mits for Mothers Day, so I can start doing a boxing workout.
    I also told my 19 yr. old son that I wanted to try to melee, (hand to hand combat) with him, (with nerf weapons). He & my 17 yr. old son do it in the back yard and it is quite a workout. They don't think I could take it, and haven't let me try it yet. But I'm determined to talk them into it.