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Monday, August 29, 2011

I've been working out more than this, but don't log it all. Maybe I should. I read in a few reports that just exercising once per day isn't good enough if you work a desk job. So I take a couple of 15 minute breaks per day to practice belly dancing transitions and yoga. Hopefully this helps.
I actually enjoy working out. I just don't like to do it alone. I need to be out and about. That's actually funny to me and my offline friends because I hate sweating and REALLY hate for others to see me sweat. If at home, I need to be in my dance space for exercise. It's all comfy there. This is helpful since my goal is to workout just about every day. I take Sundays off whenever possible, but last Sunday we went to the zoo and walked for 2+ hours. Yesterday was dance class and we ran overtime, which ended up as 1.5hrs of intense belly dancing. The balls of my feet are still sore!
So all this working out better pay off. I don't just wanna feel the difference. I wanna see it. I would like to see that angle in my jawline and be pointier like I used to be. I just don't want to have a bony face. Luckily I don't think that will happen. Sidenote: I love Flight of the Conchords. Anyway, I'm glad I have more exercise buddies. It helps. Yay motivation. I'll be ordering from YesStyle and AsiaJam in no time!


Belly Dancing Happiness

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

So we have started training with Vikki from Hipnosis. So far so good! The environment is relaxed and Vikki does a great job with helping us hone our skills as a troupe. Choreography is nice, but we want to be as spot-on in our improvisational dancing as possible. That means drilling our cues to make them as clearly visible as possible. We are all fully confident that Vikki is more than capable of helping us achieve that. We will train with her again on Saturday, then monthly to keep us on our toes. Literally.

- Avy


My Knee = Fail

Monday, April 25, 2011

Gym was intense today. Hard cardio. My knee is killing me now. I've been complaining about this thing for years. Maybe it's time for a cortisone shot. Those probably hurt. :-/

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BUMBLEBEE00 4/26/2011 12:08AM

    Doesn't it just put a damper on working out the hardest you can? I've had reconstructive surgery and since my knee is always crunching and pinching. Wish i didn't have this problem. Maybe try an ibouprofen regimen

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What the Frack

Monday, April 18, 2011

I've gained weight. Like 4 pounds. Not the kind that fluctuate. They're sticking around. They've set up camp and roasted marshmallows. Not cool.

I've joined a gym for cardio and belly-dancing practice has increased. I still strength train via Bowflex with David.

I'm not of the opinion that this is muscle weight. I'd be staying the same if anything. I have health insurance again so I'm guessing it's time to get EVERYTHING checked. I refuse to work hard for nothing. My arms look better. My legs are tighter. My midsection looks like schniz and my back isn't much better. That's where I REALLY am desperate to see change. So time to check with a doc. Yep. Fun fun. /sarcasm

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BRENDAJOYCE11 4/18/2011 9:32AM

    Don't give up. Remember, muscle weighs more than fat.

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My Solo Belly Dancing Practice Routine

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

I work with 4 - 5 minute songs for a total of 30 - 45 minutes when practicing solo.

Song 1 - warm up
Song 2 - slide and lift/drop drills (head to hips)
Song 3 - circles, fig. eights, and undulations
Song 4 - layering over shimmies (standard/Egyptian and 3-quarter)
Song 5 - footwork & tribal-specific moves
Song 6 - cool down & stretch