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The Weekly Dance Class

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tonight took us back in time to a time I do remember, but not one I danced too. We learned Disco and Retro. I believe they are close to the same thing except called different names depending on the generation. The closest I got to a Disco establishment back in the day was to work in one as a waitress. At least tonight we didn't have the flashing lights. However, we did bust out a couple of moves that reminded me of John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever". The arms up in the air and the hips a shaking. I'm sure I didn't look as smooth as he did, as a matter of fact I just haven't quite found my hip action. This is one thing I can say about Disco, it is a heck of a workout. It got my heart rate up, my face flushed and my hair wet with sweat. Hopefully tomorrows weigh in will show some results.

I encourage you all to bust out a move.

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MEDIC4102 3/27/2010 12:45AM

    Ok, I have to ask... Where do you go for your dance classes? I love dancing - know it's awesome exercise. But I don't have any dance partner and am tight on finances. So if you know someplace reasonable that takes singles for the dancing, please let me know.

Keep up with your dancing - those calories drop away with all the fun.


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KAT7457 3/20/2010 5:25PM

    sounds like it would be fun.

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GRAMMACATHY 3/19/2010 12:59AM

    Ahhhh...Disco. I took every dance class offered at our community college in the early 70's. Disco was a workout even then and I was in excellent shape. One thing about Disco, it was and always will be a lot of fun.

Have you done the Polka yet? That was my absolute favorite.
There seems to be a shortage of dance icons. The hula is cool too.

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JERICAJJ 3/17/2010 11:25PM

    That's what I love about Zumba. You can BE sexy while you're trying to LOOK more sexy....yowza!

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DDOORN 3/17/2010 9:52PM

    I remember WAAAAY back when taking a few basic disco lessons...fun stuff!

GOTTA get myself to a class like this sometime...! Sounds like SO much fun!


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SKINNYPAT62 3/17/2010 9:36PM

    You bet I will bust out a move but probably not disco! I enjoyed your blog! emoticon

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Who Inspires You?

Monday, March 15, 2010

In "TainerJame's" Blog he asked who our inspiration is and who we inspire. These were my thoughts:

My biggest inspiration came from my Nana. She has been dead for over 20 years, but her guidance still leads me on. Ironically I have been thinking about her a lot lately. I'm not sure if I'm looking to her for strength or if i just see her body in mine. My Nana was a very heavy lady. She loved to bake and I loved to eat her goodies. When I look in the mirror I definitely see my Nana's arms and heaviness(I loved her flabby arms when I was growing up). I carry my weight everywhere and so did she. I would be honored to be as wonderful of a person as she was, but I do not want to remain the same shape.

Since joining SP I have been getting to know some of the wonderful people here that are a different type of inspiration for me. I thank all of you who reach out to us "newbies" and make us feel welcome.

As for who I inspire, I hope other members of SP when I've made some real progress. I also am hopeful that I inspire my children to be good people.

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GRAMMACATHY 3/19/2010 1:00AM

    I loved my cinnamon roll baking grandma too, and when I look in the mirror I see her face. It is kinda of reassuring.

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JERICAJJ 3/17/2010 2:02PM

    I loved reading about your Nana. I just lost my grandmother two weeks ago, so the topic is very fresh in my mind. How beautiful that you still feel her presence.
:) Jerica

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DAVESTOOK1913 3/16/2010 5:19PM

    I loved your blog. My grandmother was and still is a big part of me and my life even though she has been gone for four years.

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DDOORN 3/15/2010 10:11PM

    I have met SO MANY fellow members of our SparkFamily who have been TREMENDOUSLY inspirational!

We all keep each other going, even when we can't! :-)


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Weekend woes

Sunday, March 14, 2010

It is harder for me on the weekends when it comes to my calorie count. My husband and I love to cook and we are still working on making it healthier. I guess that is what it is all about. Making changes. He is at least willing to make the change with me so we can at least share meals together. We do love to eat.

One of the things that we love to make from scratch is sausage. We have sausage making parties with friends and relatives. The good news is we make all types of sausage and we control the ingredients. This is something that I will not give up. We both enjoy it very much and it is a part of us.

Today I took lamb sausage out of the freezer for him and I also took turkey burgers out that I wanted to eat. Well when the turkey burgers thawed I realized that I thawed out polish sausage burgers not turkey. The good news is my breakfast and lunch were low enough in calories that I had the extra room for the sausage. The hard part is determining the calories in the sausage that we have made.

Oh well, I'm working on the need for perfectionism and will just have to take the closest guess I can.

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ER15SS 3/15/2010 9:09AM

    Hey, no one said you had to give up what you love just to make this work. Just remember moderation is the key. I refuse to give up most of the foods I eat. I just eat less of them now, and it works.

As a fellow perfectionist, I keep the mantra "Pick your battles" in my head as much as possible. Some things are worth nitpicking over, others are not!

Keep it up! You can do this!

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WILLOW49 3/14/2010 11:09PM

    Sometimes I have a difficult time figuring out calories, too, for things that are homemade. I just go with the closest food item I can find knowing that the difference probably isn't all that much.

BTW, those sausage making parties sound like fun!

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DDOORN 3/14/2010 10:44PM

    Step by step...you'll find your path!

Patience is the word... :-)


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Feeling the effects of the Tribal Dance

Thursday, March 11, 2010

If there was any question about how hard I worked out last night I have no doubts today. My back is yelling at me, but the good news is I have physical therapy today so hopefully the massage they provide me on my back will work out the kinks.

I still got in my walk this afternoon at lunch, since I have plans tonight with friends. And I did additional stretching for my aching muscles. Wish me luck at dinner tonight. I'm a little afraid.

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GRAMMACATHY 3/13/2010 2:02AM

    All that exercise is going to turn into muscle. Thank goodness for the PT.

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DDOORN 3/12/2010 5:52AM

    Woo HOO to your workouts! I'm a big believer in PT...bet it will be of INVALUABLE help!


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FRECKS96 3/11/2010 9:36PM

    Hope you had a great dinner and were successful in meeting your goals! Also, hope you're feeling better tomorrow. It's so hard to stay motivated when you're that sore.

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WILLOW49 3/11/2010 4:12PM

    Sorry you are still hurting today. Hope the stretching and PT helps. I know how difficult it is for me to eat healthy when going to an Italian restauran, so wishing you luck!

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Dancing the weight off

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The third week of "Dace Your Way To Weight Loss" and boy do I see why it is titled that. The class is an hour long and you are moving for 50 minutes of it. We learn sections at a time and then put the sections together. I do alright with the first half of class, but then this old body starts wondering if I'll make it. My feet get a little "toe tied", you know like tongue tied. I'm determined and I keep moving even if I screw up.

Every week the dance is a different one and this week's was "Tribal and Bollywood". I really enjoyed the tribal part and it worked many parts of the body - abs, arms, legs. I would highly recommend a class like this to mix up your workouts. I may have to sign up for the next session too.

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DDOORN 3/10/2010 11:26PM

    Sounds like a wonderful and FUN way to get SPARKED! :-)


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WILLOW49 3/10/2010 10:32PM

    Sounds like a lot of fun and a good workout! Would love to join in, but because of my knees, my dancing days are over...sigh...

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WICISKAWASU 3/10/2010 8:47PM

    Sound like a lot of fun and a lot of work. emoticon I watch dancing with the stars and have noticed that some of the more heavy contestants always loose some weight dancing. Also its good for your heart.

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