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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

PHWEW. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

Guess I was more nervous about that audition than I anticipated. HAHAHA. My hands were literally shaking while I was playing... but it went well. It wasn't flawless (*GRRRRRRR*) but it was good. I sounded great!!! :D The audition was in the Concert Hall so I got to stand on stage and really fill the room, which was awesome!!! My attacks were not all clean on my notes, but I didn't make any real mistakes or anything, it just wasn't as good as I wanted to be. Also the first portion of the piece I chose lasts about a minute, if I play the entire thing it's probably between 2-3 minutes. The audition required a 1-2 minute solo. So after the first portion I asked if he wanted me to continue (there was a page turn and all that good stuff) and he said that was enough for him so there was no need. The only thing is that the first portion has less technical bits, mostly it's just GORGEOUS. :) So hopefully the gorgeous factor is ok. I just wonder if I should have picked something that demonstrates my technical ability better, but maybe he was able to see that with my scale.

ANYWAY. ENOUGH MUSIC RAMBLING. I don't know when I'll know any results of it -- like I said it's not to GET IN, it's a community band, everyone gets in, it's just for part placement. But I haven't heard anything yet -- they might just wait and let everyone know at the first rehearsal.

After the audition (which lasted all of 2 minutes), I went over to the gym and waited for the Let's Dance! class. The brilliant ladies at the counter had no clue they even had this class, so couldn't fill me in on WHAT it was supposed to be like... but we danced to Beyonce (Get Me Bodied), and it was freaking awesome. Loved the teachers, loved the dance, and I felt like I really got a workout by the end of it, so WOOHOO on that front. It was an hour long class, with a brief warm up and cool down.

I wish I could go to it every week. The teachers said they were wanting to do a routine to Ciara's Like A Boy, but there were too many people to do a chair routine. Everyone was like NO!!!!!! We all wanted to do a chair routine. :) HAHAHA. But the room was WAYYYYY too full.

This morning I did Jillian Michael's Maximize: Front routine... or something like that. Anyway -- it was aimed at the PUSHING muscles. And it was tough. When it was over I was like -- really? PHWEW. HALLELUJAH. HAHAHAHAA :D

She had us doing this Standing Mountain Climbers thing that was kinda weird. It was like high knees combined with an alternating shoulder press-like motion kinda? With dumbbells? Also jumping jacks with shoulder presses -- never done that one before. It was fun. I'm sure I'm going to be sore tomorrow. :)

  
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SKYFYRE 8/29/2008 11:23PM

    I hope you hear back on the audition soon! How exciting to play in a band! Something with people is always better than something alone, but music with other music makers is MAGICAL!!!

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WOLFKITTY 8/28/2008 1:38AM

    Whoa! Congrats on your music audition! Sounds like you did well. I can't wait to find out where you're placed!!

Hugs! I'm glad things are on track for you!
Rock on!

Jocelyn

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ZORBS13 8/27/2008 3:41PM

    You would be surprised to know that I have a BA (music) degree and when I'm not kicking ass at the gym, I'm teaching piano.

How did you like the beets? I got a bunch of golden and a bunch of red beets, both with tons of greens for dinner tonight!

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MARLIE13 8/27/2008 1:09PM

    Great job on the audition! I can't wait to hear the results too. Gosh, you make me want to join our community band too but I seriously don't have the time right now. I'll live through you for the time being. lol!

I had my dance class last night at the gym...I'm so addicted! I wish you could go every week. Our gym has it twice a week so I try to go on Friday's too when I can can.

That Jillian workout...ouch! Sounds like an awesome one!

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 8/27/2008 11:35AM

    That class sounds like a blast! I really wish they did stuff like that here, but nope. Too small maybe. And hopefully you'll be first chair in the band!!

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MISSHOLLYDAE 8/27/2008 9:39AM

    Sounds like you had a good day, that's awesome! I'm glad the audition went well, I'm sure you'll do great. I get the feeling you're a perfectionist, lol, I guess that's good when it comes to your music, especially since trombone is the one instrument where it's visibly obvious who out of a group played the wrong note. It's pretty fun to watch a line of trombone players who are all in sync though, the slides all moving together like that, lol. I miss band...

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PUMPKINFACE73 8/27/2008 9:24AM

    awesome job on the audition honey! woo hoo
that Jillian workout sounds intense and fun!

xoxoxo

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LYNNETH7 8/27/2008 7:47AM

    Woohooo! Nice job on the audition. I'm sure you were great. Your maintenance is so totally making me jealous... haha, can't wait to get there. I need to check out some workout videos or something... walk/jogging is great but I'm afraid my body is too used to it already emoticon

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BLAZEGRRL 8/26/2008 10:12PM

    I looooove Get Me Bodied! Such a great workout/dance club song. Sounds like a fun class! Can't wait to hear about your placement in the band, betcha did great :)

Have a good one! emoticon

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SLCOLMAN 8/26/2008 9:02PM

    Glad to hear that the audition went well :) I hope you get a fantastic placement.

That dance class does sound like fun!! I would look like a freak doing it though as I have no body rhythm! LOL That DVD sounds intense!!!

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BRUIN2 8/26/2008 5:04PM

    I cannot picture the standing mountain climbers. Can you please tape yourself doing them and post the video on YouTube? emoticon

And YAY for your audition!! I would also like to hear you play... so maybe your YouTube video should be a combination of exercise and music. Yeah, that sounds good.

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COLTDANCER 8/26/2008 5:03PM

    Oh, how I itch to exercise! While I CAN wait, I CAN'T wait for that recovery period following my c-section that will allow me to get started again! The dance class sounds WAY cool.

I'm glad your audition went well!! I'd have been beyond nervous - I always hated piano recitals, or even playing piano! in front of people because of nerves....I didn't feel that way in Marching Band as much. :) Hope you hear soon!

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Maintenance - 1 month and counting

Monday, August 25, 2008

WOOHOO!!! ONE MONTH DOWN!!!

Granted, today I'm at the top of my range but I have an understanding of why.

Last week I did NOT adjust my calories down for my lower level of activity, neither did I while I was sick the week before.

I only worked out 3 days last week, not 4, although they were all at the end of the week practically. Wed/Thurs/Sat.

I ate my weekly splurge meal yesterday.

SO! This week is back on track FO REAL, I'm not feeling the least bit sick anymore, and I have a great plan for the week, including bringing back Making the Cut MODIFIED version, so that's exciting as well. I will keep this maintenance thing GOING.

Today is my audition so wish me luck. :) I practiced yesterday (which if I'm gonna be a loser I could count that as another workout, and in that case I "worked out" every day last week in some way or another, but I don't consider that a workout -- just bonus calorie burn...) for the first time this time around without my practice mute in.

I have this nifty contraption that is a combination of a silent practice mute and TECHNOLOGY. It has a pickup mic inside the mute, and a little box that you plug the input from the mic into and headphones into that somehow transforms the sound into NORMAL. :) hahaha. Because without the headphones it sounds like some faint whiny sounds. But with the magic box it sounds prettttyy normal. BUT!!!!

It's so heavy, and slightly resists the air flow so it's a little more difficult to play with it in. So yesterday I practiced without it and it sounded GREAT. I just hope I don't flub anything from lack of practice. I know my sound is still there... and the reflexes are there... just gotta be confident and do it.

So I'm working 8-5 today instead of my usual 1-10PM, because my audition is at 6:30 and I didn't want to leave too little time due to it being a high traffic time of day. The great thing is that if I make good time I might squeeze a workout in before. OR. I'll go after. Maybe hit up a dance class. :D I'll have to check the schedule at the gym. But my audition is on campus, and I go to the university rec center so that is very convenient.

Hmm... there's a 7:30-8:30 class called "Let's Dance!" And I have NO IDEA what that would be... hahahaha. Hip Hop isn't until 8:45. Which is less convenient after a 6:30 audition. We'll see. I figure I'll most likely head over AFTER my audition and I'll ask someone what that class is, and then decide my workout destiny. :)

AND YES WISH ME LUCK PLEASE!

Edited to add: MTC starting 9/1, not this week. I'm crazy. But I will be doing the Jillian videos on my Roku instead as a prep. :) YEP!

  
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MARLIE13 8/27/2008 1:15PM

    lol! You just reminded me of my Junior jury (which decides if they like the music you chose for your recital)...I played a Mozart piano sonata. (Can't remember which one right now) but I was so nervous. To overcome the nerves and so my hands wouldn't shake, I just decided to go for it and give it my all. I did great but the funniest critique that I got was that it wasn't the right style. I played Mozart too loudly and more like Beethoven. Whoops...oh well.

Anyway, I love your blogs about music...takes me right back. Plus it's nice to not always be thinking about working out. loL!

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MISSHOLLYDAE 8/26/2008 3:47PM

    A little late to wish you luck I guess, sorry... :'( But I bet you did a great job! I hope we hear about it soon!

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WHATAGRL42 8/26/2008 1:20AM

    Wow, now I'm impressed. On days that contain special extras like auditions or meetings, I just use those as excuses for not going to the gym. But here you are, auditioning, and then skippin' on over to get in a dance class! You're a marvel.
I lost another pound last week. I'm actually starting to look forward to Sundays-- for weighing in!
and ok- you'll have to fill me in. U play the trumpet or something? I'm a recovering theatre geek- have spent most of my life doing community theatre, but has been a couple years since I've done anything. emoticon

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SLCOLMAN 8/25/2008 10:53PM

    Good luck with the audition!!!! & everything else too!

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PUMPKINFACE73 8/25/2008 8:05PM

    Good luck honey...let me know how it goes please
Love having you to share the ups and downs of maintenance with...it is great!...xoxoxoxo

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MDTWEETY 8/25/2008 7:48PM

    Good luck!! Definitely let us know how it goes!!!!

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TRECECOOKS 8/25/2008 6:35PM

    Best of luck, sweetie!! And congrats on the monthaversary!

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COLTDANCER 8/25/2008 4:56PM

    Wishing you best of luck when you audition!

Way to go on a month down with maintenance...you've done AMAZING!

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SWEATONCEADAY 8/25/2008 3:20PM

    happy monthaversary! it gets easier. i have noticed i am not even weighing myself as much anymore. good luck at your audition!

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ODETOLIFE 8/25/2008 1:05PM

    I love your happy and excited, uplifting tone! I know this carries you well! Let us know how the audition goes!!

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BRUIN2 8/25/2008 11:52AM

    Seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee - DANCE CLASS.

Told you I wasn't crazy.

GOOD LUCK LADY!!! You'll blow em out of the water!!

And WHEN are we starting mMTC? (m=modified. hehe) Are you going to go for 2 mMTC workouts a week? Or really be a keener and go for 3?

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LANC92 8/25/2008 11:28AM

    Good luck Dana and BIG CONGRATS on making it through your first month of maintenance! YIPPEE!!

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The Drama Just Don't Stop!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Well...

So much drama at work yesterday... and again today... and all week really.

It's been a bunch of nonsense.

But today is FRIDAY FINALLY! WOOHOO! :D And I don't work this weekend, so yay.

Slept in too late to workout this morning, but when I got up my muscles were nicely sore from yesterdays workout. :D What a wonderful feeling! I've been missing that! Still gonna get in that trombone practice today, though, which I have been tracking on my cardio tracker. :P If I workout tomorrow and Sunday, that'll be 4 workouts this week, and that's a good week, right? I do NOt want to get in the habit of working out less than that.

This maintenance thing is tricky. If I start letting myself skip workouts all the time I know it's possible for me to slip into old habits.

  
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CURVES_N_CURLS 8/25/2008 2:40AM

    You play trombone! How interesting! (Always neat to read the non-Spark parts of everyone's blogs and get to know all the little tidbits about 'em, LOL!) ;-)

-Lisa

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TRECECOOKS 8/23/2008 6:25PM

    Hooray for the workouts, and for the trombone!! You ROCK!!

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MISSHOLLYDAE 8/23/2008 1:02AM

    Shooting for at least four a week sounds like a good goal. Currently I'm trying to build myself up so I plan on working out every day, I generally miss a few each week but with that plan in mind I falter less than I would if I planned to only do four a week. I would just procrastinate and say to myself, ah I can do my four the last four days of the week and bum around for the first three, then those days would come and I would probably not feel like doing it either, lol.

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GRACEFULTURTLES 8/22/2008 6:43PM

    Enjoy your weekend and follow the hotcrotches advice! And yes, do not go lower than four workouts. I think with stress at work you need the workouts to help relieve your brain and body from the bad energy Now take a deep breathhhhh and releassssssse.

Whew!
XO

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 8/22/2008 1:50PM

    Ugh...work drama is the worst. Especially at the end of the week when you get to think about it all weekend. I have a solution though...a good one. Just think of the word "Horcrotches**" and then you'll want to start laughing your head off uncontrollably.

**(There's a story behind it on my blog...one of these days I'm going to use it in one of my stories!)



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Jillian Michaels Rocks my Socks

Thursday, August 21, 2008

So this morning I started trying this Pilates thing on the Netflix Instant Viewer/Roku Box thingie... and it sucked. I was just so not into it. :P Like 2 minutes into it she had me trying something that totally killed my tailbone, so no thank you. Plus she was annoying. SO!

Instead I go for one of the Jillian Michaels videos on there. Wasn't sure what to expect, but it was classic Jillian -- a hardcore circuit training experience! :D Loved it. It totally kicked my butt. I'm getting ready to do the Making the Cut program again in September (slightly modified for less workouts) with my Bun Buddy Brigade crew. (See my favorites.) We're gonna start on 9/1. But today made me both nervous and excited about that because I remember how much MTC kicked my butt BEFORE and I think it's harder than the workout I did today............ I dunno. We'll see. :) HAHAHAHA.

Gonna go practice in about 10 minutes (YAY). My hip is still bugging me but better than yesterday, so we'll see how I feel tomorrow.

  
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SANLONDON 8/22/2008 1:16PM

    Good to hear.

My GF bought me this a little while ago when she knew I was ready to lose some weight. I've been avoiding it as it seems a little ...girly. But a few people here have said it kicks arse and also Sweetmix has convinced me to give it a looksee.

Congrats on your weightloss so far, pretty impressive.

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MDTWEETY 8/22/2008 8:11AM

    I HAVE to try JM sometime!! I hear so many good things.

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BRUIN2 8/21/2008 11:47PM

    YAY for such a good workout!!!!

Our MTC is going to be a blast!! Awww, and it will be just like old times since that's how we *met*. Teehee.

Happy day!!!

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PHOTOTEE 8/21/2008 7:56PM

    OMG I have the Jillian workout front and back.I love her!!! She so RULES. I will start that one once I reach my goal of 90 days workout.I'm at day54 today. Your right,I can't stand annoying instructors(Denise Austin) Arrrghhh. I got to like em'. I like Kathy Smith too,I know she's old scholl but not so annoying.Anna Caban has awsome pilates workouts.She's so not annoying.

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SWEATONCEADAY 8/21/2008 7:17PM

    glad you had a great work out. i need to step up my st again. will probably do a modified mtc in september too. maybe 3 days a week? so you bun bunnies a secret cult group??? lol

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MARLIE13 8/21/2008 6:45PM

    I was panicking for a moment because I thought you were saying that the workout by JM was the one that sucked. Whew...that was a close one. loL! Hoping the practicing goes well!

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 8/21/2008 5:59PM

    Ooh, that sounds hard! And like something that I should try! Good luck with the new program starting up. Let us know how it goes!

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I RAN! YAY!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

So FINALLY I ran. It's been a week and a half since the last time I ran, and almost a week since I last excercised (and that was the only time I excercised SINCE the last time I ran.... yeah). So anyway. It was good to finally be doing that again, but it wasn't amazing.

I didn't warm up properly and now my hip hurts. :( WAH. But I'll stretch it and get over it before I run again. And WARM UP next time for sure.

I've also been practicing my trombone (yesterday and today and once last week). I have an audition for the Community Band on Monday. It's not really a big deal because everyone makes it, it's just for chair and part placement. :) hahahaha. But still -- I want to put my best foot forward. Someone I used to know at FSU, which I was there as an undergrad they were getting a graduate degree (possibly their second grad degree I dunno). Anyway! They play trombone... and they might be doing my audition for all I know. So I want to live up to their expectations. And the only way this audition really matters to me is if I can get first chair -- so that if there are any solos (which probably there won't be -- trombone solos are NOT very common...) then I get to play them. Otherwise, I don't really care what part I play. I like playing the 3rd trombone parts because they often have fun bass stuff going on... 2nd is kinda boring most of the time... but whatever I get is fine.

ANYWAY. So I did practice yesterday and today, and will continue to practice every day this week. Ideally I'd like to get in a session at home before work, and another one during my lunch break, but I've been staying up late watching Olympics every night....... :P So I have been barely giving myself enough time to complete the essentials everyday. Gotta get to bed a bit earlier.

And I guess that's it for now.

  
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MISSHOLLYDAE 8/23/2008 12:58AM

    That's cool that you play the trombone. I wonder if there are community bands like that everywhere? I would love to get involved with one of those. I play the saxophone, although mine needs some work. I haven't played since high school, but I'd love an excuse to get into it again.

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MARLIE13 8/21/2008 3:17PM

    Haha! YOu took me right back to the days of chair placements for flute. Vicious I tell ya! Kick some butt and break a leg! Glad to hear that you're finally feeling better and can get back at it!

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MOM2ACAT 8/21/2008 1:30PM

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ODETOLIFE 8/21/2008 9:28AM

    Ahhh.
I'm back from camping, and I am so glad to hear you are feeling better! Good for you on that run girl! Wohoo!

The trombone huh? That takes a lot of talent to play! It'll be fun to hear all about the band, and where your chair is and everything. I think you'll do great! (only because you do great in so many other things!)

Good to be back, so I can see my friends!!

Lis

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BOTZZZ 8/21/2008 8:59AM

    Glad to hear you are back in the exercise game, I may try and ride my bike today for a bit and see how my lungs do but I am still feeling a bit of this cold in my chest so we will see how it goes.

Trombone solo made me smile lol I don't think I ever heard of a Trombone solo before :P

As Ever
Me

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MAHHCHU 8/21/2008 12:38AM

    Good luck on the audition! Good to see someone use their talent post-school!

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OFEDEOZ 8/20/2008 10:36PM

    Woohooo good to hear you're back up and running

Hope the audition goes well and you get the chair you really want

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