I encountered a slight obstacle today at Zumba, yet I was able to work through it. On my way to Zumba today, I started to feel sick. By the time I got to Saddleback Church, I had to stay in my car for a few minutes to try and get my stomach to settle. I was even debating whether I should go into the class or not. After a few minutes, I felt like I would be okay to get to the class, so I went in.When I finally got into the class, I had missed the first couple of songs, but I was excited that I could follow almost all the moves to my first song. This time, I did not add as much of a bounce to my steps, and could not put as much effort into the moves, yet I still feel like the class was another great experience.
After the last class, feeling like I missed a lot of the moves, I was excited to see if I improved today. We had a different leader, so we ended up doing some more Hispanic songs, but I loved it! We usually get a few of these songs in, yet today we got to do Spanish songs for most of the dances. I enjoyed learning the dance to another culture, and trying to mimic the moves. I think that it is really interesting to learn Hispanic dances compared to some of the other dances we are learning, and I have gained an even deeper appreciation for another culture. I am currently taking Spanish 3 IB, and since I feel in love with the language since freshman year, so I have found learning about the culture in class really interesting, and then being able to experience the culture through the dance is also really neat. We also listen to different Spanish songs in class, so it is also cool to be able to hear and recognize some of them and dance to them.
My goal with Zumba is to cross-train for the half marathon, try something new, and improve on my weakness (dancing). With the dances today, I felt like I was able to follow along and do the footwork better. I also felt like my hand-foot coordination improved, as I was able to follow both the arm movements and the footwork. I could also apply and follow along to some of the new dances better than I have when we learned new dances in the past. I went with T again, and this time my other friend, Ally, was able to join us, as she had been out with a concussion so she hadn’t tried Zumba yet. Now that she is almost completely healed, she will also be able to start training with us for the half marathon. Towards the end, we switched positions so that she could see their feet better, as it was her first time. I was still able to follow along, yet I think I missed a couple of the minor details in the footwork as it was harder to see. I am able to follow along with the moves, yet the leaders are able to move their body and hips in a much more advanced and intricate way than I can yet. So, even though I have the footwork and some of the arm movements down, I am far from mastering the complete body movement, and I am hoping with more practice I can improve on this weakness and my dancing skills. As we dance, I also try to stay in the moment, and not to worry about homework or any other stress. Overall, I think that although I did not get as much of a workout out if today, I am improving on my Zumba skills, and gaining a greater appreciation for different cultures.
I think that I either ate something that had gluten without knowing, or something else that I may have reacted wrong to. I tried to recall the food I had eaten over the past couple days to figure out the problem, and then to have my dad use muscle testing to figure out if I have a sensitivity to the food I had eaten. My number one suspicion right now are the chocolate chips I ate yesterday, as my dad tested me and found that they weaken my body. From now on, especially while training for the half marathon, I am going to keep track of everything I eat to find the roots to any problem, and see if what I eat correlates with how I feel on runs.