Just call me Shakira.

Happy Friday, everyone! Smile

Before I get into the meat and potatoes of today’s post, I thought I’d give everyone a quick update on the lives of Kristen and Brandon.

(If you don’t really care about the lives of Kristen and Brandon, feel free to skip ahead.  But just don’t tell me you skipped ahead, because then we can’t be friends. Smile with tongue out)


1. We’re still living in the hotel.  It has now been 6 weeks.  Within that 6 weeks, I have been locked out of my own hotel room 3 times, had a woman with possible dementia (no, really) find her way into our room unannounced, spent $30 to do our laundry, and cooked more crockpot meals than I ever imagined possible.

2. The good news?  We’re under contract on a house!  Yay! Thumbs up  The not-so good news?  We don’t close until May 31st.  So that means 8 more weeks of hotel living.  Yahoo.  But that’s OK, because I know how much you all love my crockpot meals, right??? Winking smile

3. I am no longer sitting on my booty while my husband brings home all the bacon.  I am doing school psychology contract work with a school district, on an as-needed basis.  And within the next couple of weeks, I will also be working part-time as a Supervisor in the Kids’ Activities Department at Lifetime Fitness!

I’m really looking forward to this new opportunity.  Lifetime Fitness seems like an incredible company, and their clubs are super nice … so I’m excited to get working! Smile

I think that’s all the big stuff!  So let’s move on, shall we?


Today I have a fun workout to talk about, as part of Lindsay’s FLOW event!

In Sweetness and In Health


If you follow me on Facebook, you already know about the new workout I tried earlier this week.



Yes that’s right.  I zumba-ed (I like to make up words.).

Brandon and I both got a free week to try out a local gym (this was before I knew I was getting hired at Lifetime Winking smile), and I thought I’d take advantage of the opportunity to try something new!

Normally I really don’t like group classes.  I don’t know why, but I don’t.  Maybe I don’t like relinquishing control?  Maybe I don’t like the fact that 99% of group classes always end with core-work, and I despise core-work?

But Zumba was different.  Zumba was FUN.  And bonus … Zumba didn’t end in core-work.

As most of you probably already know, Zumba is a Latin dance-inspired workout.  I loved the music that was played throughout the class, and I loved that it didn’t feel like working out.

What I didn’t love were elderly women in the room who were showing me up.

Evidently Shakira was wrong … my hips do lie. Who me?

But I found this video online when I got home, and it made me feel better.  Evidently there are plenty of older women out there who still have the moves … not just the women in my class!


Come on … grandma had to impress you.  That woman can move!! Thumbs up

In all seriousness, I definitely want to try Zumba again!  Hopefully I will have the opportunity to try more classes like this at Lifetime! Smile


And finally, a recipe.

Not just any recipe … probably my new favorite recipe!

Stephanie at The New Healthy had posted a recipe for “Black Bean and Corn Salad” a while ago, and I decided to try my variation on it last weekend!


People.  You need to try this.  Does anyone else get the corn salsa when they go to Chipotle?  That’s what this dish reminded me of.  Yum.

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Serves 4-6 normal people, or 2 people if you’re extra hungry like we were. Winking smile

(adapted from this recipe)


  • 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can whole-kernel corm (drained and rinsed) Note: I used canned corn, but next time I’ll use fresh or frozen.
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • About 3 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1.5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper to taste


  • Add everything to a pot (except your cilantro) and cook over low to medium heat, just until warmed up.  Stir occasionally. 
  • Take the pot off the heat and add the fresh cilantro.  Stir to combine.  Add more seasoning, depending on your taste.
  • Enjoy!

Now Stephanie called her original recipe a “salad.”  With the mix I made, you could easily eat it on its own as a salad, but I think it makes an amazing salsa with blue corn tortilla chips.

Or even better?


On nachos!! Thumbs up

I just put a little shredded Mexican cheese on top of blue corn tortilla chips, warmed the plate up in the microwave until the cheese melted, and then added the salsa and more cilantro.


So. good. 

No, really.  Like really really good.  Brandon and I demolished that bowl within the day.  And we both agreed it would be a great thing to bring to a party … healthy, easy, and delicious!! Smile


Question for ya …

What’s on the agenda for this weekend?

Have you tried any new workouts recently?  If so, tell me the details!

Ever had the corn salsa at Chipotle??  What’s your favorite thing to get at Chipotle?

Brandon is a Chipotle-fanatic, so we go there fairly often.  I usually get the chicken burrito bowl.  I really like their cilantro lime rice, and I LOVE getting lots of mild salsa and corn salsa on top!


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48 Responses to Just call me Shakira.

  1. Becca

    Hotel living does not sound like but fun but at least there is an end in sight :) whoo hoo!
    I love Zumba! I think I laugh and smile the whole way though the class. I’m sure I look like a dork but thats ok. Congrats on the job!!
    Ohhh at Chipotle I always get the chicken salad with black beans, corn, brown rice and guacamole. YUM
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Becca!! :)

  2. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    HAHA! I LOVE Zumba– mostly for the fact that you don’t need to have any cool dance moves to qualify! It helps that everything is pre-choreographed and if you go to the classes enough, you pick up on ‘em in no time ;)

    Now I’m cracking up at the idea of you posing as Shakira in one of her music videos! You’re too funny!
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  3. Katie @ msfitrunner

    That looks so yummy! I’ve made a variation of it and it is so easy.
    That’s great that you liked Zumba- I’ve never really been into the group fitness and I don’t really have any desire to try Zumba, but never say never!:)
    Congrats on the house!!! Light at the end of the tunnel, very exciting!
    Have a happy Easter weekend!!

  4. kaceyjt

    Congratulations on the contract! The next 8 weeks will fly by and you’ll be in your new house before you know it:) We haven’t been so lucky w/ our house hunt but it’s a bit different since we don’t have a deadline and we get to live at home while we look.
    Have a happy Easter!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Aww well I hope the house hunting improves soon!! Have a very Happy Easter, too, Kasey!

  5. Tessa @ Amazing Asset

    Dohh hotel living must be a pain, but that’s awesome you have an end point! I really love this kind of salsa/salad so I shall be giving this version a try :)
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  6. Christi McGuire

    Congrats on the new job!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you!! :) Looking forward to seeing you soon!

  7. Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life

    I make a very similar black bean and corn salsa and I love it! So light and fresh! Congrats on the job opportunity at Lufetime, it will be so much fun to work with all the kiddies! :-)
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  8. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    Um wow- lots of great things going on in this post! Congrats on the house AND the job! I used to work at Lifetime Fitness for my summer jobs and loved it :) . And I love that it’s doing stuff for kids- that’s great!! I’m so glad you had fun at Zumba! I loved it the couple of times I’ve taken a class, but I’ve also realized that I need to have a good teacher for it haha. Hope you have a great weekend girlie! Love u <3
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Lindsay! Love you too!!

  9. Kat

    yay for all the exciting stuff!! sounds like things are really falling into place for you out there. I cant wait till you get your house! Its going to be amazing :) Happy Easter!!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Kat! Happy Easter to you, too!!! :)

  10. amy @ fearless homemaker

    yum, the corn salsa looks awesome! + i’m so glad you liked Zumba – when i tried it for the first time a few weeks ago, i loved it. happy friday!
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  11. Gretchen

    Yay on the house! :) That’s so exciting!
    I’ve been thinking about trying Zumba, too…but I haven’t done a group class in years and I really don’t want to feel stupid as I’m lacking in the coordination department. :)
    Have a great weekend!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Everyone looks silly … so don’t worry about that part! Just have fun! ;)

  12. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    I love Zumba! I’ve been taking it for over 3 years, and it only gets better!
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  13. Theresa

    awww yay i’m so excited you guys found a house!! those weeks will fly by before you know it (scary, isnt it?)

    I’ve heard sooo many good things about zumba but i laugh thinking of even trying it..i’m a horrible dancer and so uncoordinated. not sure if its for me, lol. i feel apprehensive about group classes as well..the only one i’ve really given a chance is spinning and i LOVE it. but prob bc cycling doesnt require a ton of coordination ;)
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    • notsodomesticated

      I have yet to try cycling … that might be another one I need to check out!!

  14. Andrea @ Andrea Out Loud!

    I love your update! And that is really exciting a hosue is in your future!
    You will be so relieved to have a kitchen. all June & July of last year (until we arrived at our apt in NC) i complained about not having a kitchen of my own (we stayed with his dad for a month and a half) and it was THE best thing ever. like christmas times 12
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh I know. I’m going to be a baking MACHINE when we move in!!! ;)

  15. Alyssa @ Fit and Fun in Third

    This looks like the perfect recipe for me to make for this weekend! Thanks for sharing! :)
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  16. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    Ahhhh I didn’t see this week where you tried Zumba!!! I love teaching Zumba – it is SO much fun – you must come visit and take my class now. :) I’m so happy that you liked it!

    I love black bean corn salsa – one of my friends makes a dish called cowboy caviar that has all different types of beans, corn, onion, peppers, etc. It’s delicious.
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    • notsodomesticated

      I would LOVE to attend one of your classes … I bet you could show me a thing or two! ;) It was so fun, but I definitely need some more practice to get the rhythm down haha!

  17. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    that’s awesome you got a job at lifetime!! you’re right, their clubs are SUPER nice. :) that’ll be so fun. and congrats on closing on a house too! woohoo!! haha i love your stories about hotel living… hopefully from here on out they don’t get even crazier!
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  18. Corrie Anne

    Waka Waka! Hooray! I’m excited for your new job! Sounds awesome. I’m pumped because my husband is off grad school this weekend so we can hang out!!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, girl!! Have fun hanging with the hubby!!! :)

  19. Tabaitha

    I love corn and black bean salsa! Congrats on the house and new jobs. Lifetime is fantastic gym!
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  20. Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    Yay! I’m so glad you liked the black beans and corn. I make it at least once a month! It’s also perfect for leftovers on top of a salad, in a wrap, etc.. :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh yeah, we loved it. My husband just asked today if we had any more, but sadly, I don’t have the ingredients on hand! ;)

  21. Yellow Haired Girl

    Oh that recipe looks so great! And Zumba is one of my favorite things in the whole wide world. It’s such a great workout and I totally pretend I look like some hot J.Lo-like dancer while in reality I look like a sweaty disaster :) hahaha. Enjoy your weekend – glad there is a light at the end of the “hotel living” tunnel!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, girl!! :)

      • Erika@YouJustDidWhat

        Need to try Zumba!! Looks like so much fun!
        I ate CHIPOTLE yesterday. I could live off just chips and guacamole. But everything there is delicious!!
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        • notsodomesticated

          I could live off all of their salsas … yum!!

  22. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    I love Chipotle so much! I always get the corn and mild salsa as well. I have made a similar salad to yours before as well and ate it right up with some chips. Yum YUM! New workout: Bikram…loving it. Can’t wait to see what the hubs thinks of it!
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  24. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

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  26. Brittanie @ Three Bracelets

    So glad I came across your blog! My goal for 2012 (well one of the many) is to try Zumba! Can’t wait to follow your posts!

    • notsodomesticated

      Hi Brittanie! You should definitely try out Zumba … and then let me know what you think! ;)

  27. Karina Powell

    Ok how cute is your blog! can’t wait to follow you! I LOVE fitness, running, everything.. We are 19 weeks pregnant, and you just made my cravings complete with that black bean corn salsa! thank you!! So happy I stumbled upon your blog! Mine is http://aaronkarina.blogspot.com… we are somewhat newly wed as well!:) xoxo
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  29. Baking Serendipity

    Congrats on the job and on the house! I love Lifetime Fitness :)
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  30. Jenny

    Love Chipotle – both the mild/pico & corn salsas (although sometimes it’s a bit spicy for me).

    I make a dish very similar to your recipe above for parties & such – only differences are I leave everything cold & add in 2 avocadoes (or guac pre-made packet) & chopped up roma tomatoes – it’s a great dip with tortilla chips! (especially the hint of lime ones, just saying…)

    Hope you are enjoying ATL living!

    • notsodomesticated

      My husband doesn’t like those “hint of lime” chips, but I love them! Sooo good!

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