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Dancing with the Binghamtonians

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Last Saturday I enjoyed meeting up with DDOORN, ANNIEMAC_98, and her husband for an afternoon of Contra and English Country Dancing. None of them had tried it before.

Here's DDORN's post about it:
www.sparkpeople.c
om/mypage_public_journal_i
ndividual.asp?blog_id=5541548


For an explanation of this kind of dancing, see my blog post from April:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=5316259


There is also a short YouTube video with people explaining why they like contra dancing and showing them dancing:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=
7m9EGS4iiOg




Pictured from left to right: ANNIEMAC_98 & her DH, DDOORN, 4A-HEALTHY-BMI (me), and my BF

We started with a lesson in a side room. The caller introduced the newbies to the basics of this form of dancing, walking us through some of the common figures, and assuring everyone that we were here to have fun, not perform.

Then we moved out into the main hall where a live band was waiting. DDOORN took some nice photos which he has shared:



It was a lot of fun to dance with my Spark buddies and watch my worlds collide as I introduced them to dancing friends from Ithaca, Syracuse, and Binghamton. Some friends from Rochester even came!







Although my Spark buddies had to leave when the afternoon session finished, DDOORN suggested a great restaurant for me and a couple of friends to visit: Whole in the Wall. www.wholeinthewal
l.com


It was fabulous. I would definitely go back there again. I had a lovely salad with grilled chicken and lowfat yogurt dressing, and split a piece of cheesecake three ways with the BF and another dancer.

The other two decided to find out how small they could keep splitting the last bit of it. As you can see, the piece left was pretty much microscopic when they were finished.



Then it was time to go back for three MORE hours of dancing, then carpooling north back home.

As for burning calories, my HR monitor reports the following:
4:46 of dancing in the afternoon session: 880 cal
3:02 of dancing in the evening session: 553 cal

That's a lot of calories. LOL

There is only one thing Iíd change if I could about these dances - I'd love it if there were a way to more easily divert myself from the very tasty treats that people bring to share. I do bring protein bars and but sometimes Iím not so good about eating them instead of the cookies. I generally try to avoid the snack table, but sometimes I donít have the resolve to follow through. At this dance a woman had brought home made toffee with almonds and white chocolate chips. I admit I had a few small pieces. And I sampled MANY more of the baked goods than I needed.
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I got back on track the next day with my eating, so the damage was minimized. Thatís pretty much the best one can do after indulging like that.

It sounds like my Spark buddies might try dancing again in their area. I hope they do, and that they get hooked enough to meet me for the great dances in Ithaca. It would be fun to see them again in that context!



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KATHIC2 12/15/2013 5:29PM

  Great reminder to get out and their explore life!

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CARRIE1948 11/20/2013 7:44AM

    Looks like fun. Wish my ankle liked it

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 11/15/2013 7:20AM

    What fun!!!

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DALID414 11/15/2013 12:25AM

    emoticon microscopic crumb
I love how you're wearing so much color.

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SARAWALKS 11/14/2013 6:53PM

    So sorry I missed this evening! On the other hand, I'm not sure it would have been a good weekend for me to make the drive. Gotta check out how far it is. I just saw your message today! Please do keep me on the list. Would love to meet up! emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 11/14/2013 1:48PM

  How much fun!!!

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WATERMELLEN 11/14/2013 11:55AM

    Just love this blog.

Exercise can be fun? Even social? And maybe sensual?

I had you pegged as a rebel all along!!

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MAW_OH 11/14/2013 11:37AM

    And all that cheesecake left over! lol. This was a great post !

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NEW-CAZ 11/14/2013 11:02AM

    glad you had a good time, loving the outfit!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/14/2013 10:23AM

    @STARDUSTD

Yeah, I like that skirt, too. I found it last week in a Salivation Army with a saggy waistband and a hack job someone had done trying to attach the waistband cut off from a pair of pantyhose. I removed the pantyhose and picked apart the waistband, added a new 1-inch anti-roll elastic, and sewed it back up. Now it's better than new. Only problem is that despite its age (I suspect 80s or 90s), it still runs in the wash, so I have to keep light things away from it.

I sometimes do bring healthy treats like veggies and hummus, or fruit.

But I find it's better if I stay away from that area altogether and eat the protein bars I bring. Because it's hard to say "no" to a cookie even though I might go over there with the intention of having a baby carrot or two. Proximity and availability are big triggers for me.

Once I have a "gateway" cookie, that often means I'll be returning for another, and another, and another... Sometimes I can have just one. But sometimes I fail.

So the best option is really to try and stay away from that area if I can. And I think that's a matter of
1) keeping my water bottle, shoes, and bag as far away from that area as possible (to limit proximity) and
2) strengthening resolve.

BF tries to remind me - sometimes I listen and sometimes I don't. It's confusing for him, poor guy.

Also, I bring a water bottle so I can drink more with fewer refills than with a cup. (The water is often near the cookies. The less frequently I can visit the Cookie Area, the better off I am.)

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OTTAWABOUND 11/14/2013 10:16AM

    Activity that is enjoyable is just the best!

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STARDUSTD 11/14/2013 10:12AM

  omg, I emoticon luuurve emoticon your skirt, Anja!!
I'm trying to think of a suggestion for dealing with the cookie crux and I don't know how to directly eliminate the temptation. Have you thought about bringing healthy treats to share? That might be a way of eating healthfully while still being social, because it's not you alone eating a protein bar while everyone else eats cookies, it's you and other people eating healthfully. Maybe everyone would still target the cookies, but maybe not.

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DDOORN 11/14/2013 10:08AM

    It was a wonderful time and a terrific introduction to the world of contra dancing...a WAY different experience than swing dancing...both great in their own ways.

You beat me to a blog on it! Busy week, hoping soon to add my 2 cents! :-)

Don

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LESLIELENORE 11/14/2013 9:57AM

    Glad you had fun! Those are some great pictures.

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CHANGE4FIT 11/14/2013 8:52AM

    DDoorn is a SparkFriend and he mentioned his plans to join you and others for this event. Sounds like a blast-fun and calories!

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ELRIDDICK 11/14/2013 8:46AM

  Thanks for sharing

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