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Getting RIPPED

Pit stop during exercise

Some things just tickle me when I am working out or teaching Zumba, and one of these is thanks to women (of all ages) having to take a toilet-break during class.

Let me explain….there is a song called El Amor, which a few Zumba ladies have christened The Bathroom Song, because I generally play it in the middle of class to get the heart rate up, and by that time they have sipped a fair amount of water, and with the routine requiring them to move A LOT, many of them need to ‘nip to the loo’ (as I say) or ‘go the bathroom’, as they say. It never fails to amuse.

I’ve also noticed this in Aeroboxing, when things take a step up, or we go for jump-rope time, they’re shooting off to the john one after another. Okay, myself included on occasion… 🙂


A lovely little pic of us Zumba instructors at our recent 3 hour Zumbathon


I am bit miffed with genetics at the moment. To be fair, I’ve been pretty lucky with genetics and health, but I am getting v cross with the genetics that determine my mid-region. Yes, we’re back to abs again. Some people have that lovely, flat mid-region and that’s just genetics. And it’s not me. Some people have long, lean limbs and that’s just genetics. That is me.

As much as I am grateful for my health and long, lean limbs, I would like to trade one long lean limb for a lovely, flat mid-region. Oh hang on, that would look really weird……and probably make me all off balance, which would ruin any chance of achieving ultimate fitness. Hey ho, flabby gut it is 🙂

RIPPED training

This coming weekend I am training to be a RIPPED instructor. Oooh, I hear your cry! What is that?


“Experience this total body “plateau proof fitness formula” workout, utilizing resistance and cardio training, which masterfully combines Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance, and Diet components of R.I.P.P.E.D. to help you attain and maintain your physique in ways that are fun, safe, doable and extremely effective…” – you can see what I’m going to put myself through here.

Nice! I can’t wait and have been pushing myself this week to really feel my fitness levels improving.

Bring it on! I’m just hoping I can get a job teaching RIPPED as soon as possible, because I think it’s a whole bunch of awesomeness just waiting to be unleashed!

Easter eggs

It is with great sadness that I report I ate a whole LARGE bag of Cadbury’s mini-eggs over the weekend all to myself.


I felt sick. And ashamed. But they were lovely!

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Claire Bolden

Claire Bolden McGill is a British expat who lived in Maryland for three years and moved back to the UK in August 2015. Claire wrote about her life as a British expat on the East Coast and now works in travel and hospitality PR in the UK. She still finds time to blog about her repatriation and the reverse culture shock that ensued - and she still hasn't finished that novel, but she's working on it. You can contact Claire via twitter on @clairebmcgill or via her blog From America to England. Contact the author.


  1. A large bag? All at once? Oh my! They are selling those blasted mini eggs earlier and earlier now as well. Used to only get them right before Easter now they are on the shelves right after Christmas. They are my favourite Easter treat.


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