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Sunday, February 11, 2007

I posted a comment on another Sparker’s blog this morning regarding exercise and what I do to get my daily exercise in and I felt the urge to blog about it myself here. It is for me, right now, the single most important facet of my lifestyle change. I used to HATE to exercise. Period…end of story. I knew that it was a key ingredient in the whole lifestyle change and I just couldn’t get my brain to wrap itself around the concept and embrace it. I mean really, a woman of my size out in public, going to the gym with all those size two little things and making a fool out of my self. I so don’t think so!

Then I had a sort of epiphany (although deep down I had known it all along…go fig) Movement of ANY kind is exercise. Walking at the park, feeding the ducks. Walking to work everyday…walking AROUND work everyday in the course of my duties (I usually put in, at the very least, two miles a day running around after my doctors. I wonder if that really counts towards exercise?). But most of all, I discovered that what I love to do most is considered exercise. I love to dance. I dance at work (even if it is in my chair, and especially when I am all alone in my little room when my workmate leaves for the day), when I am at my Renaissance Faires, you can catch me dancing surreptitiously when the drums begin or we are in the vicinity of the belly dancers. When I go to my Christmas party or to other parties I frequent with a group of some of my online friends, I can dance the night away. Last August, a friend and I actually closed down a party, we danced to everything, including the twist! He was kind enough to give me a massage afterwards as my body was ready to rebel and thought I was going to fall down from sheer exhaustion

Yes, I ADORE dancing and it occurred to me as I began contemplating and planning this lifestyle change, that this is what I could do for exercise. I can do it in the privacy of my own home. I can be just wild and uninhibited as I wish! *Smiles* It can be sensuous, as I explore my body and it’s reactions to the moves I make, it can be exhilarating, it can be so very exciting as I am able to bend, stretch and twist farther as I get more fit, and it can be exhausting, but it always feels GOOD! It is what helps keep me motivated.

I have several songs that I love, and when they come on, I just HAVE to move. So, I put them in a few different dance mixes that now are 45 minutes long and just boogie away. (I started out at 20 minutes sets, then went to 30 minutes and now here I am) I have two songs that inspire me every time I hear them and they are in every mix. Gloria Estefan's "Get on your feet" which for me is so apropos, and Sugarland's "Something More." When I dance, I twist, turn, stretch, and shake my hips as if there is no tomorrow. It gets my blood flowing, my heart pumping and it ALWAYS puts me in a positive frame of mind.

As I become surer of myself, more in tune with myself, as I grow to love myself more and as I grow to care less what other people think, I will venture forth to the gym. Those size two little things have nothing on me! *grins* I am a strong, vibrant, healthy, loving, succulent woman and the world is mine!

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AMETHYSTSTAR 2/18/2007 12:02PM

    *hugssssssss* Dee and Tonya. Thanks so much for the positive feedback. I'm glad to know that this small thing that I do might be inspiring to others!

It just tickles me that the answer was there all along. *Shrugs* I truly believe it is all about timing and the fact that my mind set opened the door for me.

SO shake your groove things my friends and have FUN!!


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MOMO2WB 2/18/2007 10:51AM

    Absolutly wonderful post!!!!!! You have just inspired me to get my body moving to music!!! I've struggled with exercise too. Matter of fact, I still am. When no one is home I love to turn the music up and do my thing!!! So, inspiring!-Tonya

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MUSCLEWOMAN 2/11/2007 10:17PM

    I LOVE THIS BLOG!!! You just make me wanna dance AME!!! WOOHOO!!! Hey you maybe could get a pedometer and wear it and see how many steps you are taking at work. I think I want to do that! I am sure I walk my butt off. They say tho, if it is what you do all the time, it is not exercise but I KNOW the dancing sure is and you know what you said ANYTHING can be exercise if it moves and gets your heart rate up. So like I like to swim, I like to explore mountains and stuff like that! So yeah swimming laps and hiking anything so long as it gets your heart rate going. WOW I am so amazed at your progress too! Pretty soon you will have to put up some new AME pics so we can see how healthy you are getting!!! Keep dancing my friend :)

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

All righty then, I have been withSP since 1/13/07 and have finally settled in enough to want to post a wee bit of a jouranl every once in a while.

I have had such a wonderful start to the new year that I am almost beside myself. I have made some lovely new friendships, deepend an old friendship and basically have made SP a home away from home. I have lost 13 pounds since the first of the year and I feel great. My whole attitude has improved as well as my health.

I have always been a positve, upbeat person, but I am even more so now and people are noticing. It is really kind of odd, cause I really don't feel ALL that different, but friends are commenting to me how different I seem. *shrugs* I don't know and don't plan on dissecting it to much. I just plan to keep on with what I am doing and enjoying all that my wonderful life has to offer.

Bright Blessings on this Beautiful Saturday!

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MOMO2WB 2/18/2007 10:53AM

    13lbs. is wonderful!!! Your positive personality does come shining through!! I love it. -Tonya

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MUSCLEWOMAN 2/11/2007 10:12PM

    Keep dancing AME I am so cheering for you to succeed and am there for ya in success and when it gets hard. I am SOOOO happy you succeeded at your water streak!!! Good JOB!!! What little mini challenge do you want to maybe work on next?

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DAVENPLK 2/10/2007 8:52PM

  SP has a way of changing our entire outlook about ourselves. Yes, we are worth it!!! Those 13 pounds are 13 very important pounds that make you feel better about yourself. Keep up the good work!!! You are doing great!!! Thanks for the positive thoughts.

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