Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Dance Diary: Month 11 and a week...

So then... who remembers these posts? I *vaguely* remember setting myself a couple of New Year's Resolutions waaay back in January; one was to get back into dancing and another was to blog on a regular basis.

In January, starting the resolution...
Good news is, I have stuck to both of these! The bad part is, I did not continue a feature I started called 'Dance Diary' which combines the two; in fact, the last entry I made was Month 8 and a bit..., and Month 2 and a half... before that (whoops!)

But, now that it is coming to the end of the year, we begin to think about the past 12 months - what we've achieved, what we haven't done, what has changed, what has stayed the same - so this feels like the perfect time to bring this 'feature' to a close (if you like...)

So, how has this dancing resolution played out over 2011? Well, as I mentioned above, I have continued dancing for the WHOLE year and it all started with the 'Strictly Diary'. For Christmas, I received the 'Strictly Come Dancing: Strictly Fit, Dance Fit' fitness DVD and regularly carried out the dance workouts. It was a lot of fun and, after a few attempts, I really felt myself getting a grasp of the moves and improving - I'm starting to wonder why I didn't carry this on? Probably because the dances do become a bit repetitive; the DVD could benefit from a few more routines in my opinion...

But, come February, I had found another dance hobby to keep me occupied and fit - Zumba! Myself and a couple of friends began classes on a Wednesday and LOVED it! We all had a great laugh whilst getting fit - what could be better?! The moves are great fun to do (especially on a dancefloor on a Saturday night...) and you REALLY work hard, to the point where we had stitches after 20 minutes, and I still attend the same class to this day - a whole 10 months later!

Just like many other fans of this fitness craze, I rushed out to buy the Zumba game for the Wii - admittedly, I only went on this game a handful of times, and it now sits on my bookshelf - but it is there for when I need it! I am also the owner 'Just Dance 2' which again has a place on a shelf, so I think it is safe to say this part of the resolution is not my strongest...

At the Zumbathon in June
Another great part of this resolution is that I have taken part in TWO charity events this year thanks to Zumba with Rachel (Cleethorpes); a sponsored zumbathon in June in aid of Help for Heroes and Wish Upon A Star - which I managed to raise over £100 for so THANK YOU to everyone who sponsored me! - and another non-sponsored zumbathon in November for Children in Need, both making me realise how fortunate I am to have found Zumba!

So, that's it for this year's 2011 Dance Diary (it doesn't feel right saying that!), but, I can say, that this hobby will definitely be continuing in 2012!



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