BellyDance Fitness for Beginners (review)

I borrowed this DVD from a friend and after doing the workout am glad I didn’t buy it.  It’s a great DVD if you’re new to fitness or a beginner belly dancer but for an avid fitness/dancer like me, it just wasn’t enough.  My expectations were low for this one.

I could have done without the minute long entrance of twins Neena and Veena but for others, they may enjoy it.  The entire workout is very low impact and relaxing although a few of the moves may be a bit challenging for beginners.  It’s divided into four sections- Introduction and Warm Up, Arms and Ribs, Hips and Floor Exercises and Cool Down.  Each section flows into the next and before you know it you’re finished (it’s approximately 25 minutes long).

Because the moves are different than what my body is used to I’m sure I will be a little sore in spots tomorrow.  I was pleasantly surprised my arms burned in the warm up like they do in the P90x Chest and Back DVD during the arm circles.  There were some good ab and butt sections so you will tone a bit if you do it regularly.   I recommend this DVD to anyone who is looking for a low impact, lower body workout and/or someone who is new to fitness.

My final thought as I pushed the ‘stop’ button was that this would be a good warm up before doing a higher impact workout.  The DVD can be purchased for $14.99 on Amazon.com.

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Day 47 I’m dancing my way to healthy

*Update- I changed the title from “I’m dancing my way to skinny” to “I’m dancing my way to healthy”

For people who can follow the P90x type workout DVD schedules- more power to ya!  For people like me who don’t, we dance to a different beat.  Literally.  Well, at least I do

I’ve decided to stop stressing over trying to stick to the schedules I keep making and do things my own way.  I’ve always said ADDers have more fun!  I got up this morning and went on a 30 minute walk after taking the kids to school.  I waited a little bit then did the Wii Zumba ‘easy’ that I did yesterday.  Still not easy.  I know I need to do some strength training, too, so I wandered over to Jennifer Nicole Lee’s youtube and did the following arm workouts:

The last one is my favorite and by far the hardest.  I was proud of myself for doing 10 reps and 3 sets where appropriate.  I did the one with the toe touches on the tire last and was pumped up when I went to pick the kids up.  However, about halfway home my arms suddenly felt like rubber.  I know I’ll feel it even more in the morning but it’ll be a good hurt.

Normally I wouldn’t exercise after 7:30 but things get busy sometimes with four kids so it was a must this evening.  Since I’m dancing my way to skinny I figured I’d finish up the day with 50 minutes of Just Dance 2 on the Wii.  I had a great time and a fun workout.

According to the scale I’ve only lost four pounds in the last 47 days but I did have three people tell me tonight that I looked a little thinner.  I hope so!  It looks like Skinny Bitch may be conquering Slacker Fattie after all.

But, but, but I want moooorrrreeeee!!!

I don’t know why Hubby won’t let me buy more exercise stuff.  I don’t really have that much!

Actually, when you pile it all neat and tidy like that it doesn’t look like much at all.  Meanie-head you say?  Nah.  He’d gladly buy me pretty much whatever exercise gadget or DVD that I wanted.  So why doesn’t he?  Well, probably because before I took the picture  I had to dust it all off.  The Ab Lounger was given to us by my father-in-law and if you just happened to pop in unannounced you’d find it covered with a Sponge Bob Square Pants sheet because the cats like to use it as a bed.  The ball and circle thingy (yoga ring)  in front of it were a birthday present from my biological mom and the Reebok weights were from my Aunt Nancy.  If you squint really hard you can see the Brazil Butt Lift that I just had to have after seeing an infomercial in the middle of the night so Hubby caved and ordered it.  All of those were bought for me with promises I would use them- which I do…..sometimes.  In fact, at this very moment I’m bouncing on the ball with the circle thingy between my thighs squeezing away.  🙂

I begged for the Reebok Step.  I told Hubby I wouldn’t ask for take out for two weeks if he bought it.  Instead we ordered take out for two weeks.  Then I bought it for myself a few months later after I’d gained 20 pounds.  In all honesty, if it had come with a decent DVD I would use it a lot more- ok, I’d use it period.  Instead, the cats tend to use it as a scratching post if I don’t put it away (or my 17 year old uses it to sit on when she washes the tires on her car).  The weight bar Hubby bought when he decided to get buff several years ago.  I think he’s used it about as many times as I’ve used the step although, in his defense, it needed those metal things on the ends to keep the weights from falling off which he finally bought.   The mini-trampoline was a hand-me-down for the kids but don’t tell them that- they think it’s mommy’s, Shhhhh.  The sparkly hula hoop, yup, that’s mine, too!  The kids know not to touch that because they’ve already bent two.  Those are fabulous ab workouts!  My 17 year old and I spent an entire hour hula hooping one night- whew did my abs hurt the next day.

That little purple thing on the left is my Go Fit kettlebell which is another great workout even though the DVD is uber cheesy and I’ve yet to find another one.  I’m tempted to make one myself but for now I use the one it came with and some youtube videos.  On the other side is one set of weighted balls (there’s no telling where the little kids hid the other set) although I’ve never really understood the best way to use them.  My 7 year old son uses them to beef up his little muscles for baseball- it’s adorable.

As I was typing this I figured I should probably take a closer picture of the DVD basket so, there ya go!  On the sides are ankle weights which I also use as wrist weights (they’d work better if I didn’t have scrawny wrists which, by the way, are the only scrawny part of my body).  The black and yellow set came with the Brazil Butt Lift Deluxe Pack- oooolala- along with the green and yellow bands.  There’s a red one floating around the house somewhere- Hubby used it to shape his baseball glove….no comment.  The blue ones I bought just because.  I’m not really sure why I still have the Legs and Arms video since the only VCR in the house is in the little kid’s playroom and mommy’s not allowed to touch it.  The Billy Blanks DVD’s which retail for $14.99 a piece I got at Goodwill for $1.oo a piece.  That reminds me, I need to do a post about that.  Those I start, but take out after about 10 minutes and do The Core Rhythms because the warm up kicks my butt.  Core Rhythms came from one of the weight loss contests I was in because I didn’t want the gym membership (I’m sooooo not a gym rat, I’ve tried, it doesn’t work).  I could do Core Rhythms every day, loads of fun and I sweat my non-Latin booty off.  Oh, yes, the Carmen Electra Striptease DVD’s.  Ummmm, she should stick to modeling because she’s worse at teaching a dance DVD than she is at acting- still love her though!  Crunch Go-Go Dancing is another DVD I absolutely love.  The only problem is that it’s been missing for 6 months and I’m NOT happy.  I got Buns of Steel because my butt looked hawt after doing the original Buns of Steel video I used to have after baby #2.  Something changed in 10 years because I don’t think I’ve ever made it to the end of the new DVD- it’s hard!  The Pussycat Dolls dance DVD I got when F.Y.E was going out of business along with the Denise Austin Power Zone Pilates DVD.  I was ready to give the first one a horrible review until I did it two more times.  Being a former dancer I was looking for more than one or two counts of eight but it’s grown on me.  The pilates…uhhhhh….I think I took the wrapper off- maybe.  On the end is Brazil Butt Lift which is fantastic- I just need to stick with it and follow the schedule.  In the front are the lame Reebok Step DVD’s, free McDonald’s DVD’s I got when they released their new 3 servings sized “healthy” salads which I always got with fried chicken instead of grilled- tastes better.  Oh and the Walk Away the Pounds DVD which I opened then lost the case.  It’s probably got the Go-Go Dance DVD in it.

Last but not least is my trusty dusty (only thing I never have to actually dust off) iPod which I bought for myself and absolutely adore.  It’s ADD friendly with only one big button to push, yay!  I plug it in my head when I’m cleaning the house, ironing and making dinner but only when the older kids aren’t around because it would be extremely embarrassing to be caught boogieing down to the 80’s in front of them.  I also threw in my measuring tape which I use to track my non-existant results after learning that scales were evil inventions made by the Devil himself.  Oh, geez, DOH!  I almost forgot!  Not pictured are the P90X DVD’s because ummmmm, they were uhhhh given to me and (looks around whistling) aren’t in the original cases….or on the original discs.  Sorry Tony!

So see?  I really don’t have that much!  (But you should see my wish list, heeheehee)

Challenge and Motivation

Through blogging I’ve been able to reach out and help others who are trying to become healthy and fit.  On my personal Facebook I occasionally post when I’ve lost weight or inches as well as the workouts I’ve done.  Some of my friends sit at their screens yelling at me complaining about wanting to lose weight.  Apparently that’s turned out to be a great thing as one of my friends started a group to motivate her friends.  I was her motivation even though she was one of those yelling at her screen (and letting others know how annoyed she was because I’m not happy with my weight).

It’s pretty much been proven that having a workout buddy or someone to hold you accountable is a major plus in helping to keep you on track.  On my old blog I would tell my readers about big workout plans I was going to do or amazing food plans I was going to follow.  You won’t get that here.  You’ll only see what I’ve already done since I tend to be more of a planner than a doer.  I’ve joined the group on Facebook and hope to not only gain motivation through the other members but also motivate them as well.  I’m also hoping to use this blog as motivation and be accountable to you.  After all, you’re coming here to see how a REAL mom gets fit!

I’ve set a goal to be fit and healthy by mid-August, just in time for Hubby’s birthday.  That gives me about 70 days to complete my goal.

Day 70 (we’re counting backwards)-

Yesterday I was very proud of myself for doing my Crunch Go Go Dance DVD with both ankle and wrist weights.  Boy was that a workout!  I posted my success on Facebook and a friend commented she’d just ordered INSANITY.  “INSANITY is P90x on crack” was what my friend Bethany said.  I said, “It was nice knowing you!”  After chatting back and forth about it I decided to get my butt off the computer and exercise again.  Bethany recommended P90x Plyometrics and described it as jumping around like a Gazelle.  I was pumped but scared especially after putting the DVD in and seeing it was over an hour long!  But, I stuck it out and even though I had to follow the moderation chick I finished the whole workout without pausing or passing out.

What is your motivation?  Take before pictures, that’s a big motivator for me.  Here are my before and after pictures from the six month long weight loss challenge I was in last year:

Before picture 1/09

Before picture 1/09

After picture 7/09

After picture 7/09

Ok, after seeing these now I’m really mad.  I was six pounds away from my goal and I threw it all away!  Never again.  When I get there I’m staying there- fit and healthy.