Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Recently A&E showed the "reality" show about The Jacksons. The Jackson 5 minus Michael. These men, all over 50 years old were getting together to perform together again after so many years living their own individual lives and families. Marlon, who seems to be the only one married to the same woman for over 20 years was my favorite until he married. Then of course I had to go for Michael. So I watched him dance as he performed the faster hits. "Dancing Machine" was one of my favorite.
Growing up I could dance. Yes I could! And I not only could dance, but I jammed and I was overweight and could jam. I would picture myself on "Soul Train" and even "Dance Party USA" the latter is where I first saw Kelli Ripper dancing. Any way, when I was 13 years old my doctor put me on this diet. It was not a new way of living, it was called a diet and I believe it was only 1000 calories. No bread after 2pm and only 2 slices, no sweets, no fried foods, eat a lot of veggies on the free list like cucumbers. During that summer I lost 20 lbs and I did it by following my doctors diet plan and closing myself up in my room dancing to this big stack of records that I had.
I knew, at 13 years old, that I could use something that I loved to help me lose some weight. I was consistent and it was fun. Sometimes I would just wear my raincoat and some shorts so I could sweat as I danced. I had routines for all my playlist and I never missed a day. It was fun and I lost 20 pounds. I go back to that fun at times when I just want to free style dance and it's fun. I was a Dancing Machine and I didn't care who saw me. I knew the steps and moves and was a fantastic dancer. I did not let the weight hold me back from dancing.
I am sharing all of this to tell you that in order to work out consistently it's best to choose an exercise or activity that you enjoy and then you can build up consistency in it and others will follow. I did this at age 13 and I know I am doing it now at my "young" age. I still love dancing around and doing those belly dancing moves and it helps my waiste line too. Dancing is something that you don't need a video to view or anyone to teach you. Just get up and move like a Dancing Machine. Laugh and enjoy yourself and you will forget about those extra pounds and find yourself having fun at "working out". It's fun to remember those old times because I think about standing in front of my mother's dresser mirror and pulling my stomach in and it was flat. That was the only time in my life that I experienced a flat stomach. But that is not the last time. I am working to do this again in 2010. You can do it too. Be the Dancing Machine in your living room!!!