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I think of myself as a regular yet lazy exerciser - not meaning that I don't work my butt off when I do decide to workout but a lot of the time, when I am home from work, a cold beer, a good book or movie, and lazing by the pool sucks me into their tangled, pudgy web but about twice a week I force myself into a Turbo Fire dvd or a 90 minute ashtanga yoga session. This, along with regular belly dancing practice has given me a lifestyle that keeps me muscular yet fluctuating around 160 lbs. on my 5'1" frame. Being a belly dancer, I would tell myself I didn't mind the extra jiggle - that it enhances the allure of my shimmies! However, this year I got real with myself I realized that being overweight is not truly who I am, or how I feel on the inside. (Ever look in the mirror and find yourself completely shocked by your appearance?) I have the desire to really discover the real me and not hide behind the extra junk. I'm not going to be the cute, chubby little girl anymore. Time to grow up and become the best woman I can be!

Member Since: 4/8/2010

Fitness Minutes: 14,672

My Goals:
I am focused on eating healthier day by day, incorperating lots more veggies into my diet. I love veggies anyway so, for me, it's just a matter of pre-planning to make sure the veggies are conveniently ready for me to grab on the go! My goal is to complete the TurboFire/P90X hybrid schedule, increase my yoga practice to become more flexible, strong, and grounded, thereby decreasing the need for alcohol and to eat emotionally. I also want to keep up my 5k training and complete another 5k race. My goals center around improving my performance abilities as a belly dancer - becoming lean, strong, flexible and skilled - but most of all becoming as healthy as can be in the process!

My Program:
I am doing the Turbo Fire/P90X hybrid schedule from Beachbody.com. I love doing workout dvd's at home!

My goal is to become a morning exerciser so that I can complete the Beachbody workouts in the AM and keep up with my 5k training after work, as well, as my belly dance practice and yoga.

Belly dance practice with my troupe, Wild Routes, twice a week plus drills on my own 2-3 times per week, including zils, shimmies, undulations, and floorwork. Also, working on solos this year! Yikes!

I am very passionate about the belly dance and 2012 will be my 5th year with Wild Routes. I am so proud of what we have become and I will continue to work tirelessly to improve my skills so I can be an asset to my troupe. I think 2012 will be a great year for us! By the way, we are available for parties! :p

I joined a CSA program to help me with my veggie intake. I am loving finding new and simple and tasty recipes for things like chard and mizuna. I'm lovin' the veggie

Personal Information:
My name is Melissa. I have lived in Southern California for 35 years and I love it! My passion is my belly dance troupe, Wild Routes! Come out and see us sometime!

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"Courage is fear that has said it's prayers."

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    Hi Melissa, I added you as a sparkfriend. I have done normal bellydance for about 6 years and if we would have had a tribal fusion group, I probably would have joined it. I bought the DVD from rachel Brice, Serpentine, but because I attended a gym, I don't do it very often. Pictures of you reminded me, that that is a very good option to stay fluent and get stretched. So thank you for reminding me!

    I really love your pics and your look! So let's grow up together?

    greetings from Holland from Nienke
    1513 days ago
    Thanks so much for the Spark Goodie!! Now if I can just get my nutrition on board with my workouts I'll be in business...
    1521 days ago
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    1521 days ago
    Hey Lady! Hope you are having some fun in your part of the world. You should try zumba, I honestly think you would love it. Think a form of belly dancing only faster and with a LOT more hopping emoticon
    1530 days ago
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    Thanks for commenting on my blog. ....I love your bellydance photos!
    1568 days ago
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