Hey hey folks, we made it to Wednesday!
Since I’m in the office for lunch, today, no No Pants Wednesday for me today…I enjoyed a few leftover chips and bread from our office holiday party for which, true to fashion, I was the only one that dressed up.
Oh well, I think it was obvious that the holiday spirit was in everyone’s hearts as we ate our way through a MASSIVE catering by the Cheesecake Factory.
I normally steer clear of the giant Factory, known for it’s ENORMOUS portions and frying everything from zucchini to macaroni and cheese. And I’ll admit, yesterday during lunch, I definitely over-indulged a little bit. But by choosing a very healthy option from their “Skinnylicious Menu”, I managed to not feel too bloated after enjoying some of the shared appetizers (spinach artichoke dip and Tex Mex egg rolls).
I even had enough for a hearty dinner made of delicious leftovers. Folks, I present about 2/3 of the Skinnylicious Grilled Salmon and Vegetables!
I scoped out the Skinnylicious Menu and found a bunch of (reasonably priced) healthier options and small plates that I think will definitely come in handy the next time I head to the Cheesecake Factory. It was delicious, even reheated, and the (likely less-than healthy) dipping sauce on the side made everything even more tasty, creamy, and flavorful.
As for the Zumba-tritious…. well that’s gotta be the sore, sweaty feeling I felt after a particularly intense Zumba session at the gym! There were actually 4 Zumba instructors in the class, though only one was the instructor, and, for some reason, I tend to get competitive when I feel like there are skilled folks in my group fitness classes. Or if there’s a very tall lady, or a pregnant women. I don’t know, it’s a bad habit, but it’s the athlete inside of me and wants to win.
Luckily, since EVERYONE wins when we Zumba, I left feeling great. I also left thinking about the most recent Zumba classes I’ve taken. And I think I realized that, even though it’s supposed to be a “Latin dance inspired cardio workout”, I always prefer the songs that are less of a samba and more of a chance to dance like a crazy person. So, in case you’re looking for a fun (short) dance party playlist, these are my three FAVORITE Zumba songs to dance to!
1. Jai Ho – The Pussycat Dolls
With a sweat-blasting pony step, sexy hip swirls, and Bollywood inspired moves, this song’s beat and tune always get me working harder/better/faster/stronger.
This official song of the FIFA World Cup always makes me want to kick a ball into a net, rip off my shirt, and show off my killer bod a la Brandi Chastain.
In the video, it’s very apparent that Shakira’s hips don’t lie, and the African chanting lend themselves so well to the lyrics:
You’re on the frontline
You know it’s serious
We’re getting closer
This isnt over
If the little kids jumping all over the place in the video don’t inspire you, clearly you have no soul.
3. Country Girl (Shake it for Me) – Luke Bryan
I think my family would disown me if they knew just how much I love country music. Clearly, my parents should’ve never let me go to school in North Carolina (oh, and falling for a Mississippi boy… I’m a walking cliche).
This song makes me wanna sweat the heck out of my achey brakey heart, eat some fried catfish, and grab some boots.
Mostly, I just look good in a cowboy hat.
What’s your favorite song to Zumba to?
Or, if you don’t Zumba, what’s your favorite song to workout to? That one tune that makes you push harder than anything else?