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Monday, June 20, 2011

I Zumba with Old, Dead People

No, that isn't my euphemism for the 60+ year old ladies in the back of Zumba class.  Here's a photo of me after Zumba class this weekend:
I attend Zumba classes at a "Grange Hall."  I had NO idea what a "Grange Hall" was 18 months ago.  

Turns out it's like a community center that was once used for organized agricultural groups involved with animal husbandry.  Grange halls began popping all over the USA in the mid to late 1800s.  Therefore, I Zumba surrounded by A LOT of wood paneling and vintage black and white photos of old men....seems like there were some serious Good 'Ol Boy meetings back in the day at my Grange Hall.  I wonder what these men would say today seeing us ladies shake our booties to Lady Gaga...?  Who knew such a funny and unique exercise opportunity existed.

My Jazzercise classes are also held in a Grange Hall (a different Grange than Zumba).  It's practically a wood log cabin.  I especially enjoy the black and white photos of the square dancing ladies on the walls from the 1940s/1950s.  What would those prim and proper ladies in their starched and pressed dresses say about us Jazzercise dancers doing our grapevines and kick ball changes in our skimpy tank tops...?  Again, an exercise opportunity and experience that never would have happened prior to the band.

Lastly, I went on a fun two hour hike today....UP...A...MOUNTAIN.  This was totally a non-scale victory (NSV) for me.  There's no way I could have hauled my previous fat self up that mountain at 256 lbs. This was the view at the top:
Exercise opportunities are out there and for me, the most fun and entertaining exercise is NOT in a gym.  Find your exercise and get moving.  Time's a wastin'!

**Edited to add: Thank you for the shout out Reality slapped me in the face with a lap band!  Her post today made me smile.  She's getting her exercise on...a 5k is in her future! AMAZING! **


  1. Love the hiking photo!

    Btw, I Zumba with old people, and they all Zumba better than I do!

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  3. I've never even heard of Grange Hall, looking into it now! :)

  4. Yep - exercise is part of my life. Yes, I do the morning routine in the gym, but I also have taken up Zumba (thanks to you!) and biking w/hubby. I did a 10 mile ride this past Saturday and am SO happy to be doing activity for FUN. That's something I would never have considered 3 mos ago.

  5. This is toooooo funny! The pic of you on the mountain is spectacular. I wanna go hiking!

  6. Love it....the hiking picture is great.

  7. I hadn't heard of Grange Halls either. Interesting! The More You Know... :)

  8. I hadn't heard of Grange Halls either.

    I do like your blogs about different kinds of exercise. I love trying new things!

  9. Yes, ma'am!!
    I am dutifully running my doggy on a daily basis-- what a great excuse to get out there.
    I love the picture, both you and the scenario looking amazing!!!

  10. What a beautiful view!! I love to hike and miss it SOOOO much since I live in a place that's flatter than my chest. (which is pretty flat.)

    Every once in a while we go back to Colo and I get to hike around.

    Great accomplishment getting up there! Mountains can kick your ass sometimes!