Feb 25, 2011

advice needed on zumba and snowmobiling

I hope you all have an amazing weekend.
My weekend is going to consist of a lot of
snow, catching up on my AutoCAD class,
and reading my new book, suggested by my
lovely friend Amber,
who by the way needs a little bit of TLC -
please head over to her blog 
and give her a bloggy hug!
I can't wait to start reading this book
when the snow is falling and I'm nestled by the fire.
I also wanted to mention before I dive into my
post that I recently met such a sweet girl
on our blog world named Olivia who is going
through a rough time right now.  
She's getting chemo for cancer. 
We've e-mailed  and she has such a sweet spirit
and an amazing amount of strength for going 
through what she has had to endure!
If you want to visit her blog click on her 
blog button below and 
here is the post 
to get more info about where to send her
a card or giftie in the mail 
if you feel like doing so. :)
I'm sure she'd love a hello or sweet comment too!
Thanks Ocean Dreamers.
Okay... so I need some advice on a few sports.
The first is zumba.
I tried it the first time on Tuesday and I loved it.
However, I didn't know half of the steps and felt
really out of place. I've never really been good at
dancing - I feel like I have two left feet!
I've taken one salsa class and enjoyed it,
but it took me forever to learn just the main steps.
Perhaps if I really put a lot of 
effort into zumba I could be good.
Or I could just have fun with it no matter how silly I look.
I really enjoyed it because you get a great workout,
you sweat like crazy, you have fun dancing, and
the music is out of this world!!
 But today when I tried it for the second
time I felt a bit out of place. I admit my muscles
were tired from Tuesday which may have made
it harder for me to keep up because the 
steps and body movements are so fast!!
I thought if I took another class today
that my body would get used to 
the intense workout. I'm really really sore now,
in a good sort of way. I think if I continued it
it would become easier, but to be honest I'm not
sure if I'm cut out to ever dance or get the foot work
down to this sort of exercise just because of my
coordination. I don't know - perhaps I'm not
giving myself enough credit.
What do you think?
Should I continue zumba even though I'm
not that great at dancing? 
Or should I just have fun with it even if
I never become "good" at it
and continue with my two left feet, which
could be quite embarrassing by the way.
I need help in this area please!
Perhaps there are beginning videos
on how to get the steps and twists down.
I would love for any ideas/suggestions
that you might have. Thanks so much!
Now on to my second sport that I need advice on,
aka Snowmobiling.
I have the opportunity to rent a snowmobile
for the day at my cabin in a few weekends.
I have different opinions though on whether
I should rent one or not. My brother says
that since I don't have motercycle experience
that it may be hard for me to manage through 
the snow (we're talking 5-8 feet here) and
that it might flip because it's harder to drive
it on lots of snow. Perhaps I could find a flatter path?
This seems unlikely since there is 
a ton of snow everywhere
near my cabin's location. 
So...the question is, do I rent 
the snowmobile and just
give it my best shot or pass on it for now?
Have any of you gone snowmobiling?
What was your experience and did you have
any previous motorcycle experience??
I'm not the kind of girl who is afraid to try
new things and I love new adventurous sports,
within reason of course.
But I'm torn on this one since my brother
said it's easy to flip these things over if you turn
them wrong, which scares me a bit.
I don't want to get stuck 
under the snowmobile, lol!

But it does look like a blast.
Please let me know what you think! 

I better head to bed because if the weather
is kind to me I get to "meet" for the first time
this amazing lady for breakfast at Mimi's Cafe!

Hope you all have an wonderful Friday.
Thanks in advance for all of your advice
on zumba and snowmobiling.



  1. I believe this is just your first time with zumba. I'm pretty sure you're going to nail it with practice. Have a lovely weekend, Kellie xx

  2. I have never tried zumbo but I would like too! I think I have two left feet too! But I would keep at it! Practice makes perfect!!!

  3. The Hunger Games is my next read on my Kindle - it comes highly recommended so I'm excited to read it. You'll have to let us know what you think!

    As far as Zumba goes.... I just jumped on the Zumba bandwagon about 4 weeks ago. I am the worst dancer ever but I have such a blast and get a great workout, so I keep going. As my instructor says, don't worry about what you look like doing it - everyone else is too focused on how they look to worry about you.

  4. Where I'm from, people snowmobile all the time! But the machines are large and they would take some getting used to. As long as you drive slowly and ease into it I don't see why it wouldn't be fun! IF you find that it's too over powering for you, ask a guy friend/family member to drive and you could ride on the back.

  5. Don't quit Zumba girl. It's more about the workout than the dancing, and as long as you are having fun and are enjoying yourself...don't stop it!!! Maybe just go once a week, it may not be leaving your body as sore. :)

    Happy Friday.

  6. You are the sweetest thing ever and I'm sure that you being a friend to Olivia has brightened her days so much!

    Snowmobiling looks so fun! I'm not a dancer so I'm not about the Zumba so much hehe :)

    Stay warm this weekend! Off to check out the blogs you've listed!

  7. I think you will be fine on the snowmobile as long as you are along with an experienced rider.

    Your Brother is right the heavier snow is going to be a challenge over groomed paths. That being said you will need to be more aggressive with the throttle to keep your machine from getting bogged down in the heavier stuff.

  8. I LOVE zumba!! I am not very good at it, but it's a great workout. It makes me feel so good for the rest of the day. Keep zumbaing girl!!

  9. snowmobiling!!! i have never ever done it!!!! have fun, missy.

  10. i can't wait to read the hunger games, i've only heard great things!

    have a fabulous weekend sierra :)

  11. Dont stop zumba-ing!! you will definitley get better as time goes on.

  12. Ohhhh zumba! I've never tried it but everyone who tries it loves it so you should keep doing it and post your zumba~isms! xox! happy weekender!

  13. HI was sent to your blog by Join The Gossip. I linked to you head on over and check out my blog when you get a chance.

    As for Zumba, I want to try it, but have 2 left feet with no rhythm Looks fun, I say stay with it.

  14. I've never heard about Zumba before...but thanks to bring it to my attention...sounds like fun :-)

    Have a great weekend my dear friend, cheers: Evi

  15. Oh Sierra, we need to talk! We should Gchat or something. LOL... I think I can help you with both of your questions.

    With Zumba, if you loved it and had fun, stick with it! You are right, it's the best workout because you sweat it out while having such a great time. No one in Zumba is judging you on your dance skills. It's not like taking a ballet class. I'm a former dancer, so I tend to really work on stylizing the steps, but in every single class I've taken, more than half the class is just there having fun! None of them get all of the steps -- even me -- but we just keep moving and catch up the best we can. The key is to just keep moving. If you're really self-conscious, I'd recommend approaching the instructor after class. I haven't met a Zumba instructor yet who won't take a few minutes to help someone get some steps they're having trouble with.

    Onto snowmobiling. You absolutely do not need motorcycle experience to ride a snowmobile! I rode one two years ago on a golf course -- granted it was a smaller machine. I didn't go really fast, and I didn't try anything crazy like that picture jumping over the hill! I had jetskied a few times before that, and it's a pretty similar experience, so if you do one, you can feel confident in doing the other. But I would definitely say to rent and give it a try. I think you'll have a lot of fun!

    Good luck with both, and let me know how it goes! Have a great weekend :)

  16. I've never tried snowmobiling but it looks like a lot of fun!

  17. I have never been to Zumba, but I say stick with it! It always sounds like people love it when they go.

  18. I've avoided Zumba due to my lack of rhythm. HAHA

  19. I haven't done Zumba before but I would try again or look for beginner videos.

    I hope you enjoy The Hunger Games I have wrote about my love for this series many times. x

  20. Ah, you are so going to love The Hunger Games. I've just recently finished reading the first two books in the trilogy, and plan on starting the third in a few weeks. Tres fab!

    Happy, Happy Weekend, my love!! :)

  21. I've never tried Zumba, but if you love it and it's fun, I say go for it!

  22. Eek I am SO glad that you're reading The Hunger Games! Such a good trilogy!!

  23. I heard about those books and added the series to my list!

  24. I've never done Zumba though I have ALWAYS wanted to, it looks so fun. When I started Yoga, I was so awkward and horrible at it but I decided like, who cares, I'm here for my own reasons and I don't mind not knowing how to do it perfectly. I think you should take the same approach with Zumba, you'll pick it up! and if it's a fun way to work out, you'd be dumb to not stick with it!! I don't know anything about snowmobiling but I have always wanted to try it, you would be so lucky to do it in Utah!

  25. I have been wanting to try Zumba FOREVER!! I keep hearing such great things. Oh, I wish I had money to join a gym or community center which offers it...sigh.

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend! xoxo

  26. I take zumba and love it! I think you shouldn't worry about the steps as much as just have fun and stay in motion! The more you do it, the less you will feel conscious about it! xo

  27. Hi Sierra! How are you?! It's been like forever since I visited you so I'll try to catch up a bit.

    Yes!! Go for both - Zumba is fun, FUN and I grew up in the snow, we hopped on snowmachines (yeah thats what we called em) like other kids hop on bikes :) You don't need a whole lot of experience, just keep the speed down a bit and stick to a set trail if you can.....

    Have fun sweetie! xo

  28. I ALMOST bought that book yesterday. Maybe I should have! Zumba sounds like so much fun! I've only done it once, it was a Zumba/Salsa/Dance video.


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