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Fly Girl Edition: The Fitness Assessment

Yes, it’s true… I can dance for hours & run for miles, but ask me to go to the gym to lift weights and I’m lost (and will probably end up in the group-fitness studio instead). It’s not my favorite activity and I’m sure many can relate.

If this sounds familiar, don’t give up! Find a friend who will push you and motivate you to hit the weights. I decided to turn to my friend, Bobby Jackson, who is a professional personal trainer and owner of The Custom Fitness Institute in Pompano Beach, FL. Personal trainers are trained to guide you and help you take your fitness to the next level.

First step to a personal training program should always be a Fitness Assessment. In this video, you will see what a Fitness Assessment is and the proper way to measure your body fat percentage & body mass index (BMI).

Wish me luck!

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Fly Girl Audition Video: Zumba® with ZZ

Now here’s a little story I’ve got to tell, about 2 bad chinos you know so well… ha! (If you know the original rhyme, comment below for a chance to win a special prize from me!)

Well this China (a nickname my hubby calls me) decided to audition for a spot in the Fly Girl 101 session, led by the talented Lisa Marie, at this year’s Zumba® convention. In order to audition, you had to learn the routine she choreographed and add the 2 last counts of 8 of your own stylo to the song “I Wanna Sex You Up” by Color Me Badd…. what?!?! I was all in. I wanted to keep it real to my Miami roots, where graffiti is considered colorful art and bust out my gold hoops, nameplate, cross & chain I’ve had since the 90’s. The only thing is that Miami is 20 min for where I live now and the deadline was like tomorrow. Thank God for #FATVillage in downtown Fort Lauderdale where the art culture is blooming. I waited for Chino (my nickname for my hubby aka Jimmy) to come home from work Thursday evening and off we went to go film the video.

Now it was time to film. The sun was setting but man this weather lately has been super hot & humid so I didn’t want to take too long to record it. The idea was to keep it smooth but hit the movements to make it look clean. I am a bit of a perfectionist and did the routine a couple of times… well… more like several times before I was content with the final product. Jimmy saw them all the same and wanted to call it a day. But my eyes could see when my arms weren’t where they should be, or a movement wasn’t as strong as I wanted it to be. It was the last shot that I was like, ok… this is it… if it’s not “perfect” in my eyes, then there is nothing I can do about it because it’s hot, he’s hungry, and I’m getting tired. The last shot ended up being the one I submitted and most content with. Finally! Let’s go home.

Now time to edit! Not only did I edit the video to add my name and title of the video, I also edited the song to have a short intro and cut the right section of the song that I danced to. Took awhile but I enjoy editing (not always but this one was fun for me!) Uploaded it on YouTube and emailed it as instructed. I was excited more than I was nervous. It was fun to film something I could relate to, something that is totally me, and the style of dance I grew up dancing especially in Miami.

A week later is when I got the email saying, Congratulations FLY GIRL!!! What?!?! Honestly, tears of happiness came as I called Jimmy to share the good news. We did this together and together we celebrated. Now, I’m sharing the good news to my students and followers. Thanks to everyone who encouraged and believed in me. Can’t wait to share on what’s to come.

Make sure to like, follow & subscribe to follow my Fly Girl adventures.

#FlyGirl101 #ZinCon2017 #ZumbawithZZ #FortLauderdale

lunasol vida: Fly Girl Edition

Welcome to lunasol vida! My name is Zule (ZZ) and I am a group-fitness instructor in South Florida who specializes in Zumba® & Mat Pilates. As some of you may know, I recently auditioned to be a Fly Girl for Lisa Marie’s Fly Girl 101 session at this year’s Zumba® Convention (ZinCon) happening July 27th – 30th in Orlando, FL. Follow me as I prepare and transform my fitness level to the best that I can be in hopes of influencing & motivating my students/followers in their own health & wellness journey.

Thank you to everyone who donated and participated in this charity event for Peru.  We featured and danced to some classic Peruvian songs while bringing awareness of the Peruvian culture.

The money we raised will be donated to Americares Relief Fund for Peru who have been providing medical care, shelter and food for the displaced Peruvians cause by the Peru Floods of 2017.  A million thanks to you all!

Here are some pics from the event!

#UnidosPorElPeru

 

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BAILETON ZUMBATHON® Charity Event for Peru

You’re invited to BAILETON ZUMBATHON® Charity Event for Peru happening Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM.  This is a 90 min Zumba® Charity Event dedicated to raising money for the displaced Peruvians who have lost their homes due to the devastating floods & mudslides that has killed many and destroyed thousands of homes.

100% Donations only event meaning you pay what you want to donate to Peru.

If you can’t attend but would still like to donate, please do so! Proceeds will be donated to Americares Relief Fund for Peru providing them medical care, food & clothing.

Get you ticket here>>> https://baileton-zumbathon-for-peru.eventbrite.com/

Donations will also be accepted at the door… SEE YOU THERE!!!

#UnidosPorElPeru

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Best of Zumba® 2016

 

Thank you to everyone who came to the Best of Zumba 2016 class held at Pivotal Fitness in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, FL! It was great to see new new and old faces dancing to the best songs of 2016. It was a full class!!! Thank you to those who stayed after for the group pic.

Best of Zumba 2016 was such a success that it will now be an annual event so I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for us… until then we will keep dancing and having fun!

Zumba love!

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What’s new for 2017?

Happy New Year!!! 2017 is finally here and I’m sure many of you have lots of new ideas & hopes for your future.  I am also excited for the new year as lots of new opportunities are among all  of us.

What’s first on my list? Organization, as in organizing my life!  Honestly, I enjoy being organized.  It helps with seizing the day, knowing what you have to take care of and getting tasks accomplished.  I mean, who doesn’t enjoy completing tasks with efficiency and confidence?  It helps to be organized, not only around your office or house, but your life as well!

Life can cause us to keep going… and going… and going!  We get pulled into so many different directions that we try to remember what we initially begun with and then we get pulled into another direction.  It becomes exhausting after awhile.

Take some time to “clean house” as I like to call it.  Take a moment to think about what is working for you and what is not.  Whatever is not working for you, think of it as clutter.  Clutter is anything that is taking up space and even time that is not beneficial for you.  Get rid of all the clutter or put it in the back burner for now.  You never know when that back burner eventually makes its way to the front.  Everything is timing!  But if it has no beneficial use now or even in the future, get rid of it!

Once you get rid or place the clutter in the back burner, now  its time to focus on what’s working for you and make them your goals for the year.  Write it down somewhere so you can always refer to what your initial goals are.  Trust me, so many opportunities or responsibilities will pop up and you will forget what your plans were in the beginning of the year.  Stay focused!  Sure it’s great to be spontaneous, but if you are always saying “I wish I did this” or “I wish I had time to do this”, then you my friend need to stay focused on what you want to do.  We all have time if we make time for it.  If we don’t, the year will be over before you know it and you will be back to square 1 all over again.

Create a To-Do list and mark them off as you go.  I use this wonderful app called Wunderlist where anything that pops in my head that I need to do, I just add it on there so I don’t forget.  Start a list and add to-dos under each list.  For example, for my wedding, I had a list called ‘Wedding 2016’ and added all my to-dos for the wedding under there.  Each day, I would open up my list and see what was pending and mark it off when it’s completed.  It was a lifesaver and everything I wanted for my wedding was done.  No complaints over here!

So with the beginning of the 2017, I will be organizing my life a bit more, placing some things in the back burner and getting rid of the rest, and staying focused on my goals by writing it down and adding/marking off my to-do’s as I go (Yes, I even have a list called ‘Goals 2017’ and do plan on accomplishing them by the end of the year).  2016 was full of opportunities and I was pulled into a million directions it felt like.  But this year, I know I will be a bit more organized and focus more on the direction I want to go in.  It does take a bit a self-discipline, but when the end of the year comes, you can look back and see everything you have accomplished and how much closer you are to your goals than you were in the beginning which makes it all worth it.