My week: salsa and strength workouts

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This young guy is our salsa teacher.

After a long break, salsa and choir both started this week. On top of that I finally began my “super training” workouts on Wednesday. 🙂

I started easy – I only did two strength training workouts this week.

Next week I’m going to increase my workouts to three and  after another week or two I’m going to add two short metabolic intervals to the mix.

I had completely forgotten how exhausting a 90-minute long salsa class can be. I had to take a nap on Saturday afternoon which I rarely do otherwise. I guess it’s not a surprise after a long break and two flus. We mostly rehearsed basic salsa steps and turns from the fall.

I took with me a scarf I got from my parents as a souvenir and tied it around my hips. I would’ve tied the scarf around my waist but I really don’t have a waist at the moment. I’m shaped like square box!

There’s a funny incident re my scarf. Some new guys had joined our class and when I demonstrated my new scarf one of the guys asked what the scarf is for – “Is it for protecting yourself from men?” I had to admit that it’s exactly what it’s for – in rumba women use a scarf to protect their private parts if men do some specific courting gestures/motions.

Thank god I have the scarf to protect myself from men’s attentions. 🙂

Taking my own medicine

I also made other changes to my routines this week.  I think Í would benefit if I paid more attention to my diet, so I picked a couple of resolutions from my own list and started working on them. I chose resolution #1: keep a food journal and #5: eat regular meals.

I’ve kept a food journal for about week now. I haven’t discovered anything earth-shattering except that eating beans seems to keep me satisfied for a long time. I guess it’s not surprising– after all, beans are packed with protein and fiber. I especially like black beans and I’ve eaten lots of them since I learned to make a black bean soup with bacon strips.

I’ve also tried to ensure that I really eat most of my calories during the day (frontloading). I even made some calculations to see how much calories I should have on different meals according to the weight loss app I use. If I eat 1700 cal a day, my

  • breakfast should consist of ~340 cal (20%)
  • lunch should consist of  ~680 cal (40%)
  • snack should consist of ~120 cal (7%)
  • dinner should consist of ~440 cal (26%)
  • snack #2 should consist of ~120 cal (7%)

As you can see, lunch is the biggest meal. I’ve done pretty well distributing calories between different meals except on Thursday when I ate too lightly before the choir practice.


Tonight is the most expected television night for a long time. At 8:15 pm I’m going to glue myself to my television set and drool over Sherlock aka Benedict Cumberbatch. It’s the first episode of the third season. 🙂


  1. Ohhh… I love Benedict as well! The new season hasn’t started here as yet!

    90mins of salsa sounds like a great workout and your instructor is a cutie!

    I’m actually really bad at distributing my calories as I eat about half (or more) of them at night! (Which I know isn’t the right approach!)


  2. Satu says:

    Yes, our instructor is a young cutie. 🙂 And a Very good dancer and salsa instructor in my opinion.

    I wanted to make precise calculations and check my meals against them because it’s so easy to think that you eat regularly – when in reality you eat regular meals perhaps every third day or something.

    P.S.I hope you get to see the new season of Sherlock asap. One can’t go too long without seeing Cumberbatch as Sherlock and stay sane…

  3. Carla says:

    hmmmm I have never salsa danced BUT BUT BUT I DO THINK I HAVE A DVD HERE SOMEWHERE?
    I shall search
    and call THAT todays cardio 🙂

  4. Satu says:

    Hi Carla! I just finished dancing to the tune of some Adele’s songs and *not surprisingly* my dancing were quite salsaesque. 🙂

  5. Aimee says:

    I love that you are taking salsa dancing lessons. Your instructor is adorable! I loved salsa dancing so much when I lived in Mexico. All the men there danced. It was so much fun!

    • Satu says:

      Ooh, now I envy you Aimee! If salsa could be called something it’s FUN! 🙂 I wonder if I can ever get to dance in Cuba or in any other Latin American countries…

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