Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Happy 2011!!!!

It's a GRAND new year, yes?? You bet! 2010 couldn't have come and gone any quicker. It was such an INSANE year for us Marangi's :-) 2011 is going be our BEST year yet!

First off, I want to give a warm welcome to my new Zumba and BodyPUMP participants at Transformation Fitness and the Trails YMCA. And to all the spunky gals at UCO who are now joining me this semester - I'm shoutin' out...HOLLA!!!


Greg is adjusting to his new position here in OKC and Tulsa as the Human Resources Director. He's put in PLENTY of hours (20 hr days, no kidding) and is working extremely hard for our family. There's been a lot of traveling, but we're adjusting better and better each week. Anthony, Kyra and Nina have been super troopers when it comes to helping me keep it together at night when I'm exhausted after teaching my classes and taking care of things while Greg's been away. Anthony is faithful to holding us to prayers, scripture study and happy thoughts; Kyra makes sure her and Nina do their homework (so they can play on Stardoll); and Nina makes sure we have our veggies at dinner (mainly because they want to be able to eat the yummy dessert I've baked that day). Enzo, our baby poodle just gets in your face when he wants to go potty, eat or play (the potty thing is something he's finally GETTING after 3 months of his being in our home). I think the only reason he has accidents now is to get back at me when I'm gone working out, GRRRR!

I am busy with lots of scripture study since I got my 1st calling in church in over a year, Relief Society Teacher. Since my surgery in November 2009, I hadn't had an "official calling", so I'm so HAPPY to be needed again! I love the sisters in Relief Society! Since moving here, I've been going to the Oklahoma City Temple at least once or twice a week and I can't even begin to tell you how much I have learned going so often. It's been a blessing for my marriage and for my kids!

I've also been listening to one audiobook after another. I like to multi-task my hobbies and I felt like I couldn't sit still and read for hours during this time of my life! I must admit it's so nice to read something and not have to write a paper like I was doing for the last 2 years in school! The OKC Metro Library has a great selection of books (that I don't have to pay for) and I use Audible.com quite a bit too. But, I'm so excited about DeseretBook.com's audio library! Some of my favorite talks/books on there are Sheri Dew, John Bytheway and Mary Ellen Edmunds collections. While I "read", I can do my home routine, arrange my playlists for teaching, scrapbook and even go on a run. I'm growing fond of multi-tasking, yes I am! Pretty soon it'll be time to clear the garden - and we have BIG plans for that this year!


It's been so very nice and extremely therapeutic to slow down my pace the past 6 months. I haven't been able to slow down yet in the exercise department, but it's better than the 6-9 classes I was teaching back in Perrysburg! I just started my full teaching schedule again (3 Zumba, 1 BodyPUMP) and I'm also training for my 1st full marathon (26.2, BABY!) for the OKC Memorial Marathon on May 1st. I started running shortly after we moved here in August and ran my first 5K in October (see picture previous post). I have a great friend and training buddy, Jamie, whose incredible athletic pursuits have inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and train for it. She makes training look so easy (NOT)! We've been running with the OKC Landrunners Running Club (up to 400 people!) on Saturday mornings (getting out of bed between 5:45 and 6am) and let me tell you, it's been an adventure! Not only have I acclimated myself to running EARLY in the morning and in the BITTER cold (once it was 28 degrees)training for this has also taught me that food is really FUEL and sleep is truly restoration of the body. Never in my life have set out to make sure I eat well-balanced (at least most days). I've learned so much about discipline in the last month. Too amazing. We also have another training buddy, Molly, who also moved here recently from Perrysburg and worked at the Fort Meigs YMCA. Her stamina is amazing! I've never seen her gasp for breath, even during a brutal (for me) hill workout (10 miles). The real challenge for me is to balance my energy between marathon training, teaching my classes and being a supportive wife and LOVING mom as I keep my home and family in order. I've decided this week that I'll be running immediately after teaching my Zumba classes at UCO, just during the winter here. It just saves me the headache of trying fit 2 workouts at separate times of the day. Jamie and I are entering the Triple Crown Races in March - 3 races, 5, 10 and 25K. Hopefully, we'll get a nice mental edge and be able to improve our pace times. Don't worry, our training tapers off at the end of April so we'll be able to run our 26.2 on race day :-) All I have to say is: if you're fighting with anxiety and/or depression and you're well enough to do it...RUN!!! I am officially addicted to all the benefits running has given me: moo-coo anxiety and stress RELIEF and my new-found strength (tone) and endurance in my lower body, including my feet.

***I'm so excited to be a part of and to help lead over 100+ participants during the half-time show of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Indiana Pacers NBA game on March 2, 2011 here in OKC! It'll be a Zumba Fitness Party to benefit the American Heart Association's GO RED FOR WOMEN movement. I don't know how many we'll be anticipating for the game, but it'll be my BIGGEST crowd of Zumba spectators yet! And you know me, I LURVE a BIG crowd!!***


Other family news: Anthony will be traveling with his DECA (marketing) class at Francis Tuttle Tech Center - here's some info:

State Career Development Conference

Each year, DECA members from across the state come together to demonstrate their marketing skills by participating in competitions designed for specific marketing career objectives. The 67th Annual Oklahoma DECA Career Development Conference will be held Feb. 8-9, 2011 at the Marriott Southern Hills in Tulsa.

We're excited for Anthony and he's pretty jazzed too! His topic will be on Sports and Entertainment - we know he's gonna ROCK it! Good luck to my AWESOME son!!

And now, the moment we've been waiting for...my ZUMBA playlist for the next couple of weeks, in no particular order. Some are new (to me) and some are my classics. As always, the warm-up and cool-downs change all the time:

Carito - Carlos Vives - Cumbia
Te Amo - Makano - Reggaeton/Salsa
On The Floor - Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull - Lambada & Club Mix
La Casa Del Ritmo - Daiquiri - Salsa/Tropical
Sheila ki Jawani - Vishal Shekhar - Bollywood
Me Estas Tentado - Wisin & Yandel - Reggaeton
Y Si Te Digo - Fanny Lu - Latino Pop
Toma - Pitbull & Lil Jon - Hip Hop/Reggaeton
Micala - Sonora Carruseles - Salsa
Caipirinha - ZUMBA - Brazilian
Cha Cha - Chelo - Latin Pop/Swing
Mueve La Colita - TPS - Merengue
Move That Body - Akon - Hip Hop
I Like It Like That - Tito Nieves - Salsa
Who Dat Girl? - Flo Rida - Hip Hop
This Is My Life - Edward Maya - Cha Cha
Rocketeer - Far East Movement & Ryan Tedder (cool down)
Don't You Wanna Stay? - Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson - (cool down)

Have a happy and safe week - until next time...when Oklahoma closes down and I have 3 days to update my blog again :-)

See ya at the party!
Myra :-)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Hola!! I'm SO sorry I've not posted my playlists lately - life is crazy busy with our new Poodle-puppy, Enzo, amongst all the everyday routine with the kids. Here's just a really quick post of the songs I have lined up for the rest of the month (many of them are my classics):

Firework - Katy Perry
Only Girl - Rihanna
Marjanni Marjanni Kasame - Billu Barber
Nina Bonita - Chino y Nacho
Beso En La Boca - Axe Bahia
Clumsy - Fergie
Pasarela - ZIN 20
Un Chin Chin - ZIN 6
Simarik - Tarkan
Reggaeson Son - ZIN 17
Mami - Kumbia Kings
Dance and Shout - Shaggy & PeeWee
Follow the Leader - Soca Boys
Estas Perdida - ZumbAtomic

I have a new class on Thursdays at 7:30pm at Transformation Fitness in Edmond, starting November 18th. Sounds like it's great group of folks :-)

You can catch all my drama on FaceBook for now - and don't forget to get all the latest updates on my Zumba with Myra page. Will promise to write longer later...the picture from above is Greg and I at my 1st 5K, Race for the Cure, last month. My race time was about 28 mins :-) I'm looking to run a 10K in the Spring, wanna join me?

See ya at the party!

Forever dancing,
Myra :-)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

UCO Playlist - Sept 27


I'm so proud and excited for my group of ladies at UCO! They're doing such a great job moving to the beat of my music :-) We're really jammin' now...we'll be learning how to Dougie tomorrow night - "Holla!"

Here'e my current playlist and we're exploring everything from Cubia (Kumbia Kings) to the 80's (Footloose) and now Cali Swag District - "Holla!"

Iko Iko - The Belle Stars
Tu Boquita - ZIN - Salsa
Gata Brasileira - ZIN - Brasilero
El Baile Del Pescao - ZIN - Reggaeton
Danca da Maozinha - Axe Bahia - Axe'
Telephone - Lady Gaga - POP
Hala - ZIN - Reggaeton
Tengo Un Amor - ZIN - Bachata
Muevete Pa' Ca Muevete Pa - Zumba
I Need To Know - Marc Anthony - Salsa
Na Na Na Dulce Nina - Kumbia Kings - Cumbia
Alegria PA Zumbar - Zumba Cardio Party
Run the Show - Kat Deluna - Bachata
Footloose - Kenny Loggins - 80's
Teach Me How to Dougie - Cali Swag District - Hip Hop
Where'd Ya Go? - Fort Minor - Cool Down
Return To Innocence - Enigma - Cool Down

Hope you have a fun time and I thank you so very much - for joining my party :-) "Holla!"

Forever Dancing,
Myra :-)

Monday, September 20, 2010

UCO Playlist - Sept 20

Hi Ladies!!!

Wonderful job tonight! I hope you had a great time with all the different styles of music, especially Save A Horse. That's one of my unexpected classics :-)

Starting in October, I'll introduce some new music - still VERY busy trying to settle in here in Edmond - but I LOVE it here!

Here's our playlist this week:

Just Dance - Lady G & Kardinall Offishall Mix (Warm-Up)
Check On It - Beyonce (Warm-up)
El Menenito - ZIN
Rude Boy - Rihanna
Tu No Eres para Mi - Fanny Lu (dedicated to DeAnne :-))
Pasarela - ZIN (dedicated to my Zumba Troupe in Ohio)
Boro Boro - ZIN (dedicate to Barb)
Evacuate the Dancefloor - Cascada (For my Troupe)
Clumsy - Fergie
Don't Stop - ZIN
Te Aviso, Te Anuncio - Shakira
Save a Horse - Big n Rich
Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars

Hope you guys have a great time and remember..."NO WORRIES!"

Have an awesome week and I'll see ya at the party!
Myra :-)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New Playlist for UCO - Sept 8, 2010

Hola to my new friends at the University of Central Okalahoma!

It's sincerely a GREAT pleasure to serve you at the Wellness Center as your new Zumba Instructor on Monday and Wednesdays at 6:45pm! I have a great love for dance and an even greater LOVE for Zumba because of all the joy it's brought to my life! I'm not the best at remembering names, but my goal this semester is to associate your name with your smiles! So go on and flex those facial muscles :-)

You'll find an updated list each week of my playlists and don't be too shy to Friend me on FaceBook, if you'd like to request a song. I *only ask* that I receive your request the morning of the class. My page is named, "Zumba With Myra".

My #1 focus of the class is the Zumba mantra, "Ditch the Workout, Join the Party!" I don't want your experience to feel like work - at all! Just come on in and leave all your cares behind - no homework, no stress...and as I always say, "NO WORRIES!"

Here's what on tap this week:

Right Now...Akon
Beso En La Boca...Axe Bahia
La Candena de Oro...Cabas
Rude Boy...Rihanna
Slide...ZIN 24
Tu No Eres para Mi...Fanny Lu
Que Te Pica...Notch
Carry Out...Justin T & Timbaland
Solo Se Viva Una Vez...ZIN MM 13
Alegria Pa Zumba...Zumba Cardio Party
Tik Tok...Kesha
Boro Boro...ZIN 22
Bust A Move...Young MC
Where'd Ya Go?...Fort Minor

PLEASE don't hesitate to ask any questions if you have any - I would love to help in your fitness and wellness goals :-)

Hope you have a great time with me - See ya the party!!!

Forever Dancing,
Myra :-)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

We're Oakies!!!!

Hola Family and Friends!

Yes, we're alive and well in Edmond, Oklahoma, a northern suburb of Oklahoma City. So far, this city ROCKS! We all really love it here and are settling in as well as we can. It's been a VERY stressful month with the move and then rushing to get the kids registered for school, which started on the 17th - way too UBER early! But some exciting news about school - we have another one in the Marangi clan in college!! Anthony is officially working on college credit through BYU Independent Study. Anthony could be on his mission in year so he wouldn't be able to start college until he returned from his mission. We thought that concurrent enrollment would be a great idea. He has a sweet Senior schedule from 7:50am to 10:35am. However, he does have early morning seminary at 5:30am! He's been a great trouper about that. Anthony is also working on getting his Eagle project approved this week. He has about 3 and a half weeks to complete it...ALL!

Kyra and Nina love their new school and their teachers! I have recently signed up to volunteer so I'm anxiously awaiting my new assignment (no more 1st grade copy mom for me :-)). Nina is quite the reader in her first week of school - I'm so proud of her! Kyra has a gift for being friendly and loving to learn anything that's put in front of her. She's always so excited when she does a great job on her assignments. She's really come a far way from not being able to speak at 3 years old...

I have so much to update about Greg and myself, but I'm exhausted! Good news though...I'll be starting a new Zumba class next and am SUPER excited about that!
But the best news about living here...the OKC Temple is only 20 minutes away!!! Oh, another thing...y'all better watch out because I'm fixin' to end up with an Okie accent, really soon :-)

The pictures from above are the girls on their first day of school, but Anthony was EXTREMELY camera shy that morning, so here's one 2 days before school started. Is he not adorable?

Be back soon with more updates and a new Zumba playlist!

Keep on dancin'!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New Songs :-)


Just adding a couple of more songs to the playlist...

Objection Tango - Shakira
California Gurls - Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg
WAKA WAKA - Shakira!

I'm totally loving the Katy Perry song since I'm totally representing CA and the West Coast here (born in Oakland - sealed in the LDS Oakland Temple). Can't get enough of that song, it's HOT!

Also, if you haven't visited my new Zumba page, Zumba with Myra on Facebook, it's a fun place to chat about my classes, music and choreograhy. Hope you'll "LIKE" it!

The picture above is taken at Perrysburg High School during Kyra and Nina's dance recital with the YMCA. It was my debut as a Hip Hop Instructor for the girls' class co-teaching with Megan Peiffer, she's so adorable!

See ya at the party!
Myra :-)