June 30, 2009

After working on the computer for a while, I had a snack and packed up for Zumba –

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Zumba was fun!! Diana goes to this zumba group many nights a week and is a pro – she’s even getting instructor certified. I’m so glad Michelle was there with me because it was much more fun with a friend (Diana was up in front of us bustin’ her moves). We started right in with salsa, some hip hop and many other what-appeared-to-be-Latin dances. Having 10+ years of dance experience, I caught on to the moves pretty quickly, but I’m not exactly the most shake-your-booty type, so I doubt I looked that cool! It was still fun though, and a great form of exercise. I don’t think I can afford to join the group on a regular basis, but the class did rekindle my flame for group exercise. I used to do boot camp, kickboxing, step, sculpt, cycle, CardioFunk – all of ‘em! I don’t know what happened; I just got bored or something. I’ve been enjoying going to the gym when I feel like going. But maybe I’ll do a class later this week!

I got home around 7:30 and we were lucky to have leftovers from last night to heat up for dinner. My GOSH was this dinner spicy!!

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Okra, potatoes, rice and a little tofu curry, all covered in sriratcha :)

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Plus kale chips, which Matt super-spiced with some cayenne without my knowing. I went from bite of spicy kale to hot + spicy indian. I love spicy foods, but it was not the most pleasant dinner!

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KERF made it onto the new Good Bite (really cool food blogger) site!!! Look for my RoseBerry dressing in the bottom left corner!


And Operation Beautiful made the front page!!!


A MAGICAL thing happened today – for the first time since Africa my Google Reader was empty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m off to make it empty again and go read some more Too Many Cooks :)

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1 Deva June 30, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Wow, that sounds like a spicy dinner! I love spicy but I need something not spicy in a meal like that to balance everything out! It sounds like you had a lot of fun at Zumba!


2 Lynn (The Actors Diet) June 30, 2009 at 9:04 pm

super spice girl!


3 Diana June 30, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Thanks so much for going! Next time I will dance side by side with you guys…the front was the only open spot! :)


4 Christina June 30, 2009 at 9:13 pm

I was actually about to check in to taking a zumba class. Glad you enjoyed it!


5 Katharina June 30, 2009 at 9:22 pm

I love zumba classes! They’re so much fun and everyone usually gets into it. There’s so much positivity energy going around in that room, and people don’t look like mindless drones in a gym.

Uuugh you’re so lucky to have a baking husband! All of your breads look incredible mmm mm good 😀


6 Emily June 30, 2009 at 9:23 pm

I’ve always wanted to try Zumba. I have a lot of dance experience from gymnastics and from musical theatre, so maybe I’d be good at it?! :-) Sounds like you had fun!

I’m going to check out the easydoesit budget. Sounds like a good idea for someone going into an unpaid dietetic internship. Yikes!


7 Devan Newman June 30, 2009 at 9:27 pm

spicy food is definatly the way to do it 😉
SO good.


8 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) June 30, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Glad you had a good exercise class!

Have a good night!


9 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) June 30, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Glad Zumba was fun!! I’m sure I’d love it =)

Dinner looks yumssss. I LOOOOVE spicy!


10 caitlin June 30, 2009 at 9:33 pm

yay for operation beautiful!


11 polly June 30, 2009 at 9:38 pm

hey girl!

Your snack looks like the perfect plate to me. YUMMMM.

Kath, I know I am a simple girl but what the heck is a GOOGLE reader? I think it’s a link to blogs and it alerts you when they have posts you have not read? Am I close?

I just have a short list of fave blogs and I pop in. 😀 Even my bloggins is simple… but I ALWAYS use Windows Live Writer… that is a little miracle I can’t live without!

Love ya bunches and have a fun night. Tomorrow we are making Frushi. 😉 XOXO


12 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) June 30, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Every time I hear Zumba I think of Roomba, those robotic vacuums lol!



13 Rosalie June 30, 2009 at 9:46 pm

I have always been intrigued by zumba, and how sweaty everyone looks when they step out of the class. But I’ve been hesitant to go because I am nottttt a dancer at all and have NO rhythm ;p


14 Priyanka June 30, 2009 at 9:48 pm

You make workouts sound like so much fun! I have just found a new workout friend and I just hope it is good for both of us!


15 Sues June 30, 2009 at 9:53 pm

I love spicy and that dinner looks amazing, but I wonder if I could handle it! I’ve been wanting to try zumba for a while but I’m scared because some of the ladies at my gym are crazy zumba-ers with zumba shoes and everything!


16 leslie June 30, 2009 at 9:59 pm

congrats on making it onto the good bite site! exciting!

i’ve always been curious about zumba. i’m the same way though, i like having the flexibility of exercising when i want. i think the class schedules would work better for me if i had regular working hours rather than random freelance ones. but classes can definitely be a lot of fun!


17 Kimberly June 30, 2009 at 10:12 pm

I’ve always been intrigued by Zumba, but haven’t taken the plunge and actually taken a class, even though it’s offered at my gym. Recently I’ve been taking a Total Body Workout class and I fall behind on the coordination in the aerobics portion, so I’m not sure I’m ready for Zumba yet!


18 Rebecca June 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm

I’ve wanted to try Zumba at my gym. It looks like a lot of fun!
Congratulations on getting on Good Bite!


19 melissa June 30, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Congrats on the g-reader! I love seeing KERF around the web, your gather and breathe articles are always amazing!


20 sue June 30, 2009 at 11:46 pm

mmm! sriracha! i love that stuff :)


21 Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) July 1, 2009 at 12:12 am

My nose is running just from reading your dinner.

Quit looking at my boobs. 😉


22 Joelle (Chasing Pavements) July 1, 2009 at 12:34 am

Din looks fantastic!

Is zumba a good workout? I always hear rave reviews from friends, but i’ve never actually tried it. Def sounds fun though!


23 Shannon (The Daily Balance) July 1, 2009 at 4:11 am

Glad you have fun at Zumba — I still have yet to take a class! I’ve been waiting until I had a bit more time in my schedule, but that isn’t happening…

Maybe it’s something worth MAKING time for!


24 Madelin @ What is for breakfast? July 1, 2009 at 6:07 am

Wow I wish we had something like Zumba in Australia!


25 Virginia July 1, 2009 at 6:12 am

i have never heard of zumba! sounds like fun!


26 Stacy (Eating To Live Love Laugh Tri) July 1, 2009 at 7:13 am

You get major kudos for trying out Zumba. I have seen the class at my gym but I am not very coordinated or graceful. I definitely think it is best if I stick to running. : )


27 JENNA July 1, 2009 at 7:24 am

Congrats on Good bite!! SOOOOO coooll!! :)

Zumba sounds like fun!!


28 Mara @ What's For Dinner? July 1, 2009 at 7:33 am

LOL My reader hasn’t been empty since I started camp!!! Its so hard to keep up! WTG!


29 Kath July 1, 2009 at 8:09 am

polly ,
You got it – it collects blog content by RSS feed and puts it into a nice list of new updates. It’s just a way to condense your bookmarking, but it’s not as fun as reading on the actual sites because it’s less personal.

Re. Zumba,
Don’t be scared ladies!!! Just go with a friend and stand in the back. It’ll be fun! It’s not hard to pick up and I’m sure there are lots of new people all the time.

melissa ,
Thank you!

Joelle (Chasing Pavements),
Honestly, I didn’t think it was very hard. I did wear my HRM and only burned about 150 calories for the hour. But according to Diana, the more you get into the moves, the harder it gets, so maybe I just wasn’t funky enough for a harder sweat!?



30 Sarah July 1, 2009 at 8:11 am

I tried Zumba for the first time last week and I actually have the opposite problem — I had a hard time with the steps but I loved shaking the booty, haha. It is a great workout :)


31 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope July 1, 2009 at 9:01 am

I’ve heard of Zumba but never tried it out for myself. It definitely sounds like a neat way to stay active and have fun!


32 Krissy (Single Serving) July 1, 2009 at 9:18 am

The Zumba class I take is a definite workout – but it is true if you are new to it you can pick it up pretty quickly if you stay near the back. We had about 15-20 new people in my last class. I think the level of intensity depends on your instructor too. The guy who teaches my class is really high energy and fun.

So glad you enjoyed it! Sorry about your spicy dinner!


33 alison July 1, 2009 at 10:19 am

I saw Food, Inc. the other day and thought it was really interesting. Anyone interested in nutrition should definitely check it out. it was a real eye opener, kind of like Super Size Me.



34 Graze With Me July 1, 2009 at 11:35 am

Spicy dinners are good but I can never finish the whole plate. At least that’s my experience! Cayenne pepper on the kale chips sounds good though.


35 Kaley July 1, 2009 at 10:01 pm

I have Google Reader, but I always click through to the actual site. Is that weird, haha?


36 faith June 19, 2011 at 11:43 am

Crazy coincidence- I thought “hmm, what was Kath doing in June 2009” and randomly opened this post about your first Zumba class!


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