One of my most popular posts has helped people find the name of the Christmas song about “a poor orphan girl named Maria” and “a bird with a broken wing” since 2008. The final lyrics to the song explain that the song this bird sang at the manger on Christmas Eve was the “very first nightingale’s song.”
This Christmas song is called The Gift. It was written by Stephanie Davis. The song was recorded and made popular by Garth Brooks and was also recorded by Aselin Debison. Here are the lyrics. Enjoy!
A poor orphan girl named Maria
Was walking to market one day
She stopped for a rest by the roadside
Where a bird with a broken wing lay
A few moments passed till she saw it
For its feathers were covered with sand
But soon clean and wrapped it was traveling
In the warmth of Maria’s small hand
She happily gave her last peso
On a cage made of rushes and twine
She fed it loose corn from the market
And watched it grow stronger with time
Now the Christmas Eve service was coming
And the church shone with tinsel and light
And all of the townfolks brought presents
To lay by the manger that night
There were diamonds and incense and perfumes
In packages fit for a king
But for one ragged bird in a small cage
Maria had nothing to bring
She waited till just before midnight
So no one would see her go in
And crying she knelt by the manger
For her gift was unworthy of Him
Then a voice spoke to her through the darkness
Maria, what brings you to me?
If the bird in the cage is your offering
Open the door and let me see
Though she trembled, she did as He asked her
And out of the cage the bird flew
Soaring up into the rafters
On a wing that had healed good as new
Just then the midnight bells rang out
And the little bird started to sing
A song that no words could recapture
Whose beauty was fit for a king
Now Maria felt blessed just to listen
To that cascade of notes sweet and long
As her offerings was lifted to Heaven
By the very first nightingale’s song
How many calories does Zumba burn? In my informal calculations, I have estimated that Zumba burns approximately 10 calories every 10 minutes. Now, it’s important to remember that EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT so you may burn more or less than 10 calories every 10 minutes by doing Zumba.
How many calories does the average American eat during Thanksgiving dinner. Well, according to one graphic I found on the internet (see below), someone estimated 1330 calories in an typical Thanksgiving dinner. That’s over half the amount of calories that average American female is advised to consume in an entire day. If it is true that Thanksgiving dinner consists of 1330 calories, it would take 133 minutes or 2 hours and 13 minutes of Zumba to burn off Thanksgiving dinner.
What’s the point? Choose what you eat wisely! Many Zumba studios, like Zstudio in Duluth, Minnesota for example, offer after Thankgiving “Turkey Burn” Zumba classes which is an extra long Zumba class offered to help you maintain your weight through extra calories of the holidays. Check with your favorite local studio to find out if they offer an after Thanksgiving Turkey Burn Zumba class.
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Together We Dance to Cure ALS! Join us for a Zumbathon charity event benefiting MDA’s Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Here are the details:
- Who? You, me, and other Zumba lovers who want to contribute to a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- What? Together We Dance to Cure ALS Zumbathon Charity Event 2013 in Duluth, Minnesota
- When? Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 2:30-5:30
- Where? Clyde Iron Works, hosted by Zstudio, 2920 W Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55806
- Why? ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a progressive motor neuron disease that causes loss of voluntary muscle control, function, and movement.
- How much? $15 in advance or for Zstudio members, $20 at the door, $10 for ZIN members
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Yours truly is going to be a part of a Zumba Party in Pink in McGregor, Minnesota. Here are the details:
- Who? You, me, and other Zumba lovers who hate breast cancer!
- What? Zumba Party in Pink Rally for Breast Cancer Prevention
- When? Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 1-3pm
- Where? McGregor Elementary School Gym, 148 S 2nd St, McGregor, MN 55720
- Why? All proceeds go to the Zumba Global Research Grant for Breast Cancer Prevention, in collaboration with the Susan G. Komen Foundation
- How Much: $10 per person
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What happens when a Zumba instructor gets married? A Zumba flash mob to Limbo by Daddy Yankee at the wedding reception, of course! Congratulations, Jill & Mitch!Zumba | Tags: Daddy Yankee, Dance, flash, flashmob, limbo, married, marry, mob, reception, wedding, you tube, youtube, Zumba, zumba instructor | Comment (0)
It’s been awhile since I posted a playlist. I’ve been using some combination of the below lately. Enjoy!
Go Girl (Warm Up/Hip Hop)
(Muncho Mambo) Sway (Warm Up/Cha Cha)
Wild One (Warm Up/Hip Hop)
Cha Cha (Swing/Salsa)
Dance Bailalo (Samba/Axe)
Lo Que No Sabes Tu (Merengue)
Chico Y Nacho ft. El Potro Alvarez
One of my new favorites!
Church (Hip Hop)
T-Pain ft. Teddy Verseti
One of my new favorites!
Ven Conmigo (Cha Cha)
Daddy Yankee ft. Prince Royce
Shakira ft. Residente Calle 13
Pumps and a Bump (Hip Hop)
Pull Up (Abs/Reggaeton)
Mr. Vegas ft. Pitbull & Lil Jon
Call On Me (Abs/Toning)
Romeo Santos ft. Usher
Save the Last Dance for Me (Cha Cha)
Young Girls (Cool Down)
Sail (Cool Down/Rock)
Take a Bow (Cool Down)
Attention anyone shopping for the perfect Zumba shoes: I just received a coupon for 15% off Ryka retail prices for my clients, friends, and family!
Ryka has a wide variety of athletic shoes perfect for Zumba. If you are looking for a good pair of new shoes for Zumba, check out this deal! Enjoy!
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Offer ends June 30, 2013
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As a Zumba instructor and fitness professional, I am a member of the rykä Fit Club. Ryka offers discounts to fitness professionals through the Fit Club, and I just received these coupons to share with clients, friends, and family for 15% off retail prices!
Ryka offers a nice variety of athletic shoes perfect for Zumba. Use the promo code below to save 15% off your favorite Ryka athletic shoes for Zumba!
Order online at www.sw-fit.com
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Offer expires June 30, 2013
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The other day, I struggled to carry a 35-pound box of kitty litter up 3 flights of stairs to my apartment. It was hard work carrying that much extra weight up the stairs and I was exhausted. My legs were tired and I was breathing hard when it occurred to me: I used to weigh 35 pounds more than I do now, and I carried that weight around with me all day, every day!
Here are a couple of pictures of me from 2008, before I started doing Zumba. I am 5 feet 2 inches and I weighed approximately 145 pounds. (Excuse the black bar, I would like to remain somewhat anonymous.)
I started doing Zumba in the spring of 2009 and I became a certified Zumba instructor in May of 2009. I have been teaching ever since. At my peak, I was teaching 18 Zumba classes per week. I currently teach 8-10 Zumba classes per week. I take other instructors’ Zumba classes whenever possible.
Here are a couple pictures of me from 2012. I am still 5 feet 2 inches and I weigh 110 pounds!
So if you’re trying to lose weight, here’s an idea for the next time you need some motivation: Calculate the number of pounds you’d like to lose, put that amount of weight in a backpack, and carry it with you throughout your day – maybe even to Zumba. When you’re finally free of that extra weight, you’ll feel great and you’ll want to be free from that extra weight every day!Filed under Zumba, exercise, health | Tags: 2008, 2012, 35, after, backpack, before, extra weight, feet, inches, lose weight, motivate, motivation, pounds, rencsi, weight, weight loss, Zumba, zumba class, zumba classes, zumba instructor | Comment (0)