ANKHESENAMUN's SparkPeople Blog ANKHESENAMUN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Back to Blogging I have started blogging again about my journey; Weight Watchers, Mediterranean eating, Belly Dance, and just life's success and struggle. <BR> <BR> Check it out when bored... <BR> <BR> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:57:43 EST Back on track.... I have been of course for sometime. The weight I had lost crept back with 5 extra pounds. I have plunged back into it and decided to a give structured program a go. Last week I started Weight Watchers Simple Start, and I LOVE IT! So easy, no points, no measuring, no weighing, so simple and best of all first week I lost 9lbs!!!!! Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:26:43 EST Make the most out your Belly Dance for weightloss Belly Dance can be a great way to shimmy off pounds. Use the tips to make the most out of your belly dance workout. <BR> <BR> 1. Use your core muscle <BR> 2. Suck your belly button inward <BR> 3. Keep arms above head , when you do this your heart rate increases <BR> 4. Have fun and enjoy the music <BR> <BR> Basically keep your tummy tucked in and raise those arms above your head and you will burn more as you dance. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:30:49 EST The Third Jeus My forum post on Deepak Chopra's The Third Jesus. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>messages/?msg=107.1 </link> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 13:59:49 EST Belly Dance and Mediterrnean eating forum I have a new forum about belly dance and Mediterranean cooking, visit my new forum at <BR> <BR> <link><BR>start </link> <BR> Password is bigandsexy <BR> <BR> You will have join Delphi Forums, however it is free. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 01:13:55 EST Making Challah Today I am baking breads, I generally eat breads early in the day. There is nothing like fresh bread and the house smells so wonderful. Thing to remember on the breads is to go easy and track the calories. Home made breads are a great treat! <BR> <BR> Recipe for Challah in bread machine <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2472228&ff=1 </link> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 13:43:49 EST Web Page My new webpage check it out. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 22:50:34 EST Great Article I read this and it really effected me. I know this story, it is similar to my story. Great little read. <BR> <BR><BR>i1dancer.htm Wed, 24 Apr 2013 10:38:40 EST Greek Chicken and Couscous A Mediterranean Minute <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 21:52:34 EST New Favorite snack! I love hummus, however I wanted alternative to the starchy partner. I found snow pea pods! They are crunchy , sweet and go great with hummus! <BR> <BR> WhooHoo a new healthy snack! Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:14:24 EST Trying to Loose Weight? So am I! It is easier said then done. I have lost gained, lost again, gained some back the usual yo-yo cycle. <BR> <BR> My last cycle I had lost 60 lbs then gained back 20. I lost the 60lbs , was cruising along great then went on a 3 week vacation. I gained 14lbs on vacation and lost my motivation. When I returned from vacation I did not get back on program, so here I sit a year later , still with the the 14lbs I gained plus a few more. I have been overweight for 15 years, and the toll it... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:10:20 EST Healthy Benefit of Belly Dance <BR> “Belly dance was created as an opportunity for women to gather together, to Laugh, share in life’s wisdoms, re-gain a sense of personal identity and take control of their health and well-being while experiencing the movement and joy associated with the many styles of this ancient dance form. <BR> <BR> The natural feminine movement encourages proper posture, strengthens and tones the upper and lower back, the rib cage, pelvic floor and stomach. The shifting steps build bone density, h... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 08:40:31 EST Crunchy, Gooey Smooth Most Belly Dance know Crunchy, Gooey, Smooth. I believe it was compared to cereal at one time. The fruit loops are crunchy, the milk is smooth, the stuff on bottom of bowl is gooey. My teacher symbolizes it with the nut cluster candy bar, because us ladies love our chocolate! The peanuts are the crunch, the chocolate is the smooth , the caramel is gooey. The whole thing is pure decadence. <BR> <BR> When doing a crunch a move think the crunch you get when you bite into a peanut. The moves are... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 05:09:18 EST Delicious Whole-Grain Oatmeal Delicious Whole-Grain Oatmeal <BR> <BR> Traditional oatmeal (with rolled oats) has less than half the nutritional benefits that this oatmeal does. Steel- cut oats are readily found. <BR> <BR> Medicinal Benefits of this recipe.... <BR> Beneficial for constipation and weight loss. Scientific studies have found oatmeal to help decrease cholesterol and lipid profiles as well as help control blood sugars in individuals with diabetes. <BR> <BR> Watch my Mediterranean Minute for a Greek Style Bre... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 12:11:35 EST Plus Size Belly Dancers As a plus size student of belly dance all I have received are positive feedback. Many techniques are easier to do for larger women as we become more comfortable in our skin and moving our body. That, for me, is the biggest benefit of belly dancing-getting comfortable and loving my body. <BR> <BR> Belly dance is so positive and has been a source of feminine power for centuries. If you do happen to want to lose weight, belly dance is a great way to do so. Belly dance is an art form originall... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 09:20:20 EST Some Health Benefits of The Mediterranean Diet Some Health Benefits of The Mediterranean Diet <BR> <BR> "The Mediterranean diet is low in saturated fat and high in monounsaturated fat and dietary fiber. One of the main explanations is thought to be the health effects of olive oil included in the Mediterranean diet." <BR> <BR> The Mediterranean Way of eating is high in salt content. Olives,anchovies, capers, salt-cured cheeses, salted fish contain high levels of salt. <BR> <BR> The daily use of red wine is considered a contributing... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 10:10:04 EST Keys to The Mediterranean Way of eating The Mediterranean diet is a modern eating plan inspired by the Mediterranean countries,of southern Italy, Spain ,southern France, Greece , the Greek island of Crete, and parts of the Middle East. <BR> <BR> In 2010 a food pyramid for Italy, Greece, Spain and ,Morocco was created. Based on "food patterns typical of Crete, much of the rest of Greece, and southern Italy. , this diet is based on "regular physical activity,", "abundant plant foods", fresh fruit as the typical daily dessert, oliv... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 09:34:16 EST Belly Dance a Way to Loose Weight? Part 1 Belly Dance a Way to Loose Weight? Part 1 "Get moving" by Ankhesenamun <BR> <BR> Many begins belly dance as way to get fit and loos weight. Does belly dance truly work as a way to loos weight? <BR> <BR> Belly dancing is a form of exercise. The more you dance, the more exercise and the more benefits you will get. A hour belly dancing continuously, will burn around 300 calories. Classes give different types of benefits. Some are a more rigorous, others are core exercise, non-aerobic move... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 09:29:47 EST 21st Century Marketing and Belly Dance <BR> <BR> The 21st century is all about technology!, Technology innovation ,and development. To understand the new marketing, it is important to understand some characteristics and features of traditional marketing . The Industrial Revolution was the start point of the old marketing with focus on producing massive quantities of products. <BR> <BR> In contrast, the 21st Century marketing (new economy) has seen the buying power at all time thanks to the digital revolution. Consumers have ... Thu, 31 May 2012 09:52:45 EST Dispelling misunderstanding in the Origins of Belly Dance Dispelling misunderstanding in the Origins of Belly Dance by Ankhesenamun <BR> <BR> <BR> Many dances have thier ancient origins in some of the oldest dance , dating back 5,000 or 6,000 years done to worship a Mother goddess. Belly dance is no different. Many would disagree based on the idea that they believe proponents of this theory are saying Belly Dance itself have origins going back 5,000 years. I cringe when I hear the claims that Belly dance is only newly formed and not a form of an... Wed, 30 May 2012 17:17:42 EST What is in a Name? <BR> <BR> <BR> What does your Belly Dance name mean? We choose dance names for various reasons, safety, artistic meaning, beauty, and personal preference. When we put on our costumes and our name we become our alter egos. Our dance name can transform us into goddesses, vamps, and ethereal beings. <BR> <BR> My name is Ankhesenamun, chosen for the beauty of the name and the meaning. Ankhesenamun (ank-sA-Na-moon) translats to "Her life Is of Anum" or "her life is for the moon", aka "Moon a... Wed, 30 May 2012 10:09:56 EST Goddess Size Belly Dance Costumes Goddess Size Belly Dance Costuming <BR> by Ankhesenamun <BR> <BR> Goddess size belly dance costumes are a must have for those who practice this art form. The key to finding a good belly dance costume is to select the right style and accessories. <BR> Belly dancer costumes traditionally combine the bright colors, shiny metals, flowing fabrics, and jingling sounds to draw attention to the movements. The traditional belly dance costume includes a bra, a full circle skirt, and armbands. <BR>... Wed, 30 May 2012 00:00:19 EST Spirituality in Belly Dance <BR> As Middle Eastern music plays and dancers gracefully raise their hands from their sides and lift them high into the air then end with palms together above their heads, arms long and posture is nothing less then divine.. The women are short and tall, young and old, thin and ample, and they possess a meditative quality. Facial expressions are peaceful and beautiful. This is what belly dance was meant to be. <BR> <BR> Dance for centuries has been part of religious worship and spirituali... Tue, 29 May 2012 16:56:04 EST Calories in a Margarita Did you now the average Margarita is less then 200 calories? About 193 to be exact. I do not indulge much, today we are having a BBQ and I having 2 margaritas! WooHoo. <BR> <BR> I truly believe the key to success is not depriving yourself everyday. i or 2 margartias is not going to blow my week. Plus with Spark People I can easily see what I have spent and what I have left~ <BR> <BR> So, celebrate now and then GUILT FREE! <BR> <BR> Cheers! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Mon, 28 May 2012 15:43:09 EST Importance of Warm-up and Stretching in Belly Dance Stretching, Warming Up, and Preventing Injuries by Ankhesenamun <BR> <BR> Failing to stretch before class or performance can lead to injury. Cold muscles suddenly put to work are more likely to become damaged than ones that have been warmed up properly. Warming up gradually will increase your heart and breathing rates, increasing the flow of oxygen and nutrients to your muscles before you begin to work them hard. <BR> There are many easy ways out to warm up. Start with simply breathing... Mon, 28 May 2012 12:43:47 EST Chewing Gum So I started chewing gum to curb the night time eating. I have to say it has helped. I have been using a brand called EXTRA, it is sugar free and comes in great desert flavors like chocolate mint, strawberry shortcake, and lemon pie! Works for me to kill that late night urge to binge and for something sweet . Down fall, I go through it like a crazy women! <BR> <BR> Night time eating is the hardest for me. Even if I try to eat late, i still want something sweet in the evening. This gum ha... Mon, 28 May 2012 00:31:17 EST Belly Dance and Mediterranean Way of eating Team I created a Spark Team focusing on Belly Dance and the Mediterranean Way of eating. The two go hand and hand very nicely and are helping me to reach goals. I hope this Team will help others out there. Open to all interested and if you are in Arizona, please contact me for meetups and Belly Dance beginners classes. <BR> <BR> Hope to see some of you there and read posts. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=56822 </link> Sun, 27 May 2012 16:43:15 EST Mediterranean diet and Belly Dance So after a lot of consideration I am going to do the Mediterranean diet. Adding this nutrition lifestyle to my belly dance should produce so lasting results. This eating plan is based on whole foods, lots of fruits and veggies , olive oil, red wine, fish, and limited beef. I enjoy Mediterranean foods so I think this is a good fit for me. <BR> <BR> What else would a student of belly dance do? Seems to fit. Below is a shopping list for the plan, hope this inspires or helps someone out ther... Sun, 27 May 2012 13:13:53 EST A Tad bit of Sensual Dance History <BR> <BR> <BR> Belly Dance, historically known as Raks Baladi (meaning dance of the people of the country) and it, originated as a form of entertainment for the common people. Many other dances come from the Middle East Dances such as the Dervish and Guerda are done for spiritual reasons. <BR> <BR> <BR> The Dervish, which entails spinning is practiced by the ascetic Sufis to achieve religious ecstasy. The Guedra is a trance dance by which the dancer channels energies from the 4 direction... Sat, 26 May 2012 22:20:08 EST Belly Dance Class Well I did I took the leap and went to dance class. The first one in over 20 years! I was intimidated at first, the other students were warm an inviting . I was told I would love the class especially since i had hips to move. One very thin gal even said she was jealous of how great my hips looked rolling about. I was thinking, yeah sure, but as I continued I realized she was telling t he truth. I am sore, my hips, thighs, and calves are telling me I danced and I LOVE IT! Sat, 26 May 2012 20:06:47 EST