MISSUSRIVERRAT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MISSUSRIVERRAT MISSUSRIVERRAT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Ghost Status -- one more thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831080 Thanks to everyone who commented. I have given thought to all of the ideas. <BR> There was one more thought on the topic that I thought I would share.....something that occurred to me today. <BR> <BR> The organization that I work for provides fire protection and EMS services in my community. <BR> I type the reports for their calls and know the dedication, energy, and selflessness of their efforts. They are sometimes called to come during the worst weather and the middle of the night. So... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:33:07 EST Ghost Status Revisited -- warning ....long blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828481 This is a follow-up to my blog of yesterday. My sincere thanks to everyone who commented. <BR> They were very helpful and did shed some light on the topic. I also did a little googling and read blogs on similar topics. <BR> <BR> There are quite a few blogs/articles where women share how they feel invisible as they get older. Many use 50 as the starting point and some even say it is a sudden occurrence. <BR> They also share positives about this, including more freedom and opportunity t... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 07:23:23 EST Am I a ghost? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828017 First , let me say that I don't feel like a ghost on Spark. My Sparkfriends are quite interactive! <BR> <BR> But in my every day life, I feel like I am being stonewalled (except by people that want to sell me something) ! This has happened before to me and it is weird. <BR> Perhaps it is a coincidence, people are busy this time of year, or people somehow think I'm a designated listener. Here are some examples.....I send requests (multiple requests) to friends for info of some sort (recipe... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 09:19:14 EST Integrated Lifestyle Fitness Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794474 I finally have something in place that works with me and the physical demands of my life! <BR> There is some room for flexibility as to timing/scheduling. <BR> Bear in mind that I am semi-retired with a sedentary part-time job and don't have kids that I need to run after. I do, however, have a huge yard with lots of trees & landscaping, beach, and boats. <BR> <BR> I do what I call "cardio" 5- 6 times a week for an hour. This can include outdoor walking,walking to Leslie Sansone DVDs (some... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 07:11:23 EST October Goal -- For Now Anyway ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793180 My goal for this month is to "find out what really makes me feel good." <BR> <BR> So far: <BR> *Walking 5 miles with Leslie and using bands in some of the work-outs. <BR> *Tried out PopPhysique DVD and loved it! This is unique and very targeted. <BR> Just what I needed after doing cardio. <BR> *Stretching. I have been stretching in the evening while I watch TV. I can't <BR> say enough about what stretching does for me. <BR> *Discussing something with my husband that I have been needin... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 06:10:58 EST What Do You Want? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783884 One of my teams posed the question....What do you want? <BR> <BR> This was my answer: <BR> "I believe this is an absolutely crucial question. It guides all our choices and defines the structure of what we consider progress. It gives signposts when we make decisions and design a detailed program for ourselves. <BR> ....... I want to maintain my ability to be very active, independent, and fully enjoy life as long as possible. This means that I need to be able to be strong, flexible, and have ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:11:05 EST September - Is it really over half way through?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782161 Seems that this month I have a mild case of adult onset ADD. Does anyone know if that is really possible? I even forgot that I made September goals! Good thing I blogged so I could refresh my memory. Actually, I have taken quite a mental journey so far this month. House guests threw me off; possible issues with my dance dream/mission threw me off; a hub bub about work threw me off. Am I seeing a pattern here? Have had some interesting thoughts about energy & vibrations prompted by reading the... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:30:41 EST Bouncing Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781459 Well, after my mini-slump in reaction to the news regarding my dance teacher and studio.............. <BR> <BR> I bounced back !!! <BR> <BR> I realized I would not, should not, could not give up line dance/dance ! <BR> I realized there were lots of other options and opportunities ! I thought of so many that now I'm having trouble choosing what to do! I could offer to teach in garages all over my area. <BR> I could organize a workshop for other local teachers to share info and make present... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:16:42 EST Kinda Bummed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780567 Today my activity level has been extremely good (housework, yardwork, walking, dancing). But then....woopsie...my eating seemed to get out of control and I started eating things that I normally wouldn't even be interested in and in a manner that is unusual for me. Finally I got enough presence of mind to ask myself......Why????? What is all this eating about??? <BR> <BR> I think I figured it out.....my dance teacher announced yesterday that she would stop teaching in a few months and cl... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:33:58 EST House Guests http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778430 I'm good when I can control my routine and environment........but when I have to cater to other's food preferences and needs that vary from my own, things go haywire! Plus there's the lack of privacy, personal time for taking care of normal needs, constant vigilance to make sure they are comfortable, no exercise time, and the disruption of my normal activities. <BR> <BR> We get a lot of house guests because they love to come to the river! Plus we've been babysitting a lot. I love the pe... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:32:11 EST September so far -- 3 days into it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773081 So far this month, I have successfully tracked my food....the good, bad, and the ugly. That really was my goal. Since I have a pattern of trying to restrict calories for a few days and then follow with a couple days of being extra hungry and eating more, I have had the suspicion that I really need to eat more than I think I do. I need to make an honest appraisal of my food intake to make an assessment. Sometimes it seems like I have created a roller coaster style of eating. However, on... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 06:02:11 EST September Goals -- Establishing a baseline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771690 1) In order to determine true maintenance calorie level I will track food every day in September. <BR> I will aim for under 2000 per day. <BR> 2) In order to determine best macro balance, I will track food every day in September. <BR> I will aim for close to the balance suggested by Spark as a starter. <BR> 3) I will make an effort to change my behavior to reignite and restore my relationship with my husband by being mindful while interacting with him. I will note specific behavio... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:16:28 EST We have to take some things into consideration...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750890 I've already had to make some adjustments in my plan. Why? I forgot a few things about myself and my life...... <BR> <BR> 1) I have a lot of yardwork that won't go away <BR> 2) We entertain a lot during the summer <BR> 3) I have a fair amount of housework and this increases when we are prepping <BR> for house guests <BR> 4) We have a dock, deck, and boats to take care of. Boating can be exhausting and stressful. <BR> 5) I need to maintain a certain level of strength and fitness just t... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 08:12:25 EST I Got a Gig as an Elf! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743443 Yes, the dance world has a new elf! <BR> My dance teacher asked if she could use one of the line dances that I had put <BR> together for the ensemble finale of her studio's Christmas program! <BR> She asked me to teach it to her students and then perform it with them. <BR> I have taught the dance many times before and it will be a fun one to teach and <BR> to do. It's fairly easy and yet showy, with a lot of direction changes. It's the dance that I created for "Blurred Lines", but w... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:47:05 EST Breaking Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742568 I am gradually getting a sense of breaking free from feeling stuck in my dance progress and in my food & movement plan. <BR> <BR> I would say that the main thing that occurred was that I became quite humble and acknowledged that some of the things I was doing weren't correct or weren't working. I became more teachable....a better student. I had been reverting back to what I was comfortable with and did not want to do the hard work to change bad habits and learn something new. When I stop... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:41:44 EST Dance Progress -- Getting Unstuck # 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735873 For my own record....WARNING....might not be interesting to others. <BR> <BR> Got the contacts and they're not working. My eyes are too dry for them to center and centering is crucial when you have a lot of correction for astigmatism. The contacts make my vision about as blurry as it is normally, only in a different way. So much for being just another pretty face (haha). I am seriously thinking about getting more interesting glasses and expressing my personality through my clothing. M... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:24:45 EST Dance Progress -- Getting Unstuck #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734309 I am going to try walking around my house on my tip-toes to increase balance and calf strength. <BR> This seems to be the weak point in my dancing and if I walk around my house like this in the course of my day, it won't take any additional exercise time! The idea came to me, and then I googled it to see if anyone else suggested this. <BR> I came up with an article! Note : the article does remind reader to stretch calves, if you try this! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 06:37:43 EST Dance Progress -- Getting Unstuck #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732971 In my relaxing time, I'm going through my exercise DVD's, youtube, and dance blogs/websites for inspiration. <BR> <BR> Friday I did the DVD, "Balletone", and weight trained (plus yardwork.....my "meditation & awareness time") <BR> Yesterday I did the DVD, "Ballet Conditioning", & stretched (plus washed my car..."my meditation <BR> & awareness time") <BR> <BR> I watched a youtube video about a day in the life of a ballerina. Even if I had the genetics and was 50 years younger, I wouldn't wan... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 08:59:23 EST Dance Progress -- Getting Unstuck #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732554 This is a follow-up blog to the one posted on July 3, 2014. <BR> <BR> The following is a picture that I ran across on multiple websites of an example of the disparity between body & face (not to mention an "old guy" in amazing shape) ....just so you know what I was talking about. <BR> I think you will agree that the effect is a little disconcerting because of the incongruity. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l204522458.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> First, I am addres... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 13:39:07 EST Dance Progress -- Stuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731124 My dance teacher had suggested that she do a videotape of me dancing. She felt this would be a good learning tool for me. So, I did four very different line dances for her to record <BR> (bachata, waltz, jazzy, & soul). As some of you know, I am doing line dances, but trying to do them artistically (with expression, whole body movement, & styling). Then she guided me in evaluating/critiquing the performances. Truthfully, this was a little traumatic for me because I have never had my danc... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 08:18:15 EST Survival Value - random thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730374 Some books/articles I have read take the historical perspective and talk about how a little extra fat helps a person survive during a famine. Then they relate how, in modern life, our bodies interpret modern stress as a similar challenge.....and then our bodies start storing calories in the form of fat to nourish us during the famine. <BR> <BR> But, I wondered if it is really true. Why wouldn't muscle strength, fitness, and leanness have more survival value? It is the strong and quick pe... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 08:37:33 EST Week-end Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723884 I tried to analyze the dynamics of the week-end in an attempt to make it through without gaining weight.........and still have a fun week-end! <BR> What are the issues? My normal schedule is interrupted. My husband takes charge from 3:00 PM Friday until 8:00 PM Sunday. I have to work around what he wants to do. <BR> We eat out. We socialize. Other people drink more than I do so I get hungry and hungrier while they are sitting drinking past reasonable eating times. Food that goes with... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:26:28 EST Week-end Derailment Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721932 Recently I shared some of what I have learned about myself through tracking. <BR> Another thing that is obvious to me is that week-ends present a significant challenge. <BR> The general trend is that I gain 2 pounds over the week-end and then lose it by the end of the week. I wouldn't necessarily say it is 2 pounds of actual body mass. Part of it is water weight and more food mass. But still, where would I be if I could manage the week-ends better? <BR> Way ahead of the game...that's what ... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:39:10 EST Still processing yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721442 Yesterday had some unusual events that I am still processing.... <BR> 1) At my private dance lesson in the afternoon my dance teacher videotaped me doing 4 different line dances. Then we sat together to watch and discuss them. That is a first for me. It was an excellent learning experience! I will blog about that in the future. <BR> 2) After dance I decided to stop at a grocery store to pick up a few things. I felt I needed a post work-out snack and opted for a 20 oz. real coke and a pr... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:43:42 EST Latest lessons learned from Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719630 Guess I'm a late bloomer. I've been seriously active on Spark for over 2 years....lost about 18 <BR> pounds and yet just started tracking. Another label might be stubborn and rebellious. <BR> Anyway......I found that maintenance requires more fine tuning. So, in the spirit self-discovery, I decided to track to learn more about my food intake. So far, I this is what has been made evident to me through recent tracking: <BR> 1) One serving of nuts really takes up a LOT of the daily fat allot... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 07:40:30 EST Another Dance Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716246 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1281886760.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2053671427.jpg"> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 06:38:08 EST A Lesson in Laziness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714771 This is something I ran across on Wikihow. There are actually some good ideas in the article and if nothing else, it does cause one to think a little differently. <BR> <BR> <link>www.wikihow.com/Be-Lazy </link> <BR> <BR> My personal thought for the day.........there is a fine line between efficiency and laziness! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 08:23:52 EST June Motto http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713963 Work smart*, <BR> Have fun, <BR> No drama. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1063488050.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l547374026.jpg"> <BR> <BR> *(I've seen it written as "Work hard", but I saw another Sparker use "Work smart" and I like that better.) <BR> <BR> I bought a peace sign necklace on sale thinking I'd give it to one of the grandkids for a present. <BR> But I decided to keep it to myself and wear it to remind me ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 08:11:14 EST June -- the non-goal month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708220 I am going to try to take pressure of myself by reducing the demands and expectations that I put on myself. It's all getting too stressful and wearying. I just want to relax and play more. <BR> I don't want to strain or struggle in any area. Some stretching, learning, growing.....sure. <BR> Beyond that..... not so sure. I have to go at my own pace, respect my needs, and take care of myself. <BR> <BR> I do plan to play with the Spark Nutrition and Fitness Trackers during this month. ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 16:40:56 EST Yard Fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704115 My new concept...... <BR> "Yard Fit" <BR> It is viewing yard work as a work-out .........like a sport that you need to prepare for, recover from, and plan. I am convinced that it is an excellent, legitimate work-out. I just need to control it, or should I say....control myself. The only difficult part is that Yard Fit, is related to weather. So, this means that if I cannot "train" in my yard, I will have to train in another location that day. My plan is to do strength training (all body... Tue, 27 May 2014 07:45:49 EST Chair Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700494 As I proceed design a program for myself, I'm going to share specific things that work for me. <BR> In recent posts I have talked about being stiff and sore, mostly in the upper body. Yoga was suggested to me. Truthfully, I have never been a big fan of yoga. Somehow it seemed so competitive and foreign to my natural movements. Plus, a lot of the poses have the head hanging down, and I feel like I am going to pass out. I've always preferred the dance/gymnastics stretches. <BR> <BR> How... Thu, 22 May 2014 06:33:03 EST Designing a Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698161 Am I the only person who feels they need A PLAN ? <BR> Judging from the content of other blogs that I read.....I think not! <BR> But I'm having trouble right now! There just seems to be too many contradictions and incompatibility in my needs & goals! <BR> <BR> 1) Dance emphasizes lower leg and core strength and flexibility. There is also an emphasis on leanness and lightness as well as freedom of movement with a controlled effortlessness. There is not much sustained intense cardio unles... Mon, 19 May 2014 07:56:35 EST The "Dark Side" of Spring Fever? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694680 i think that my physical and mental slump was a combination of factors that happened in a short period of time. I had trouble dealing with it all and then, in a weakened state, just sort of crashed. <BR> In a nutshell, I think it does have to do with adjusting to Spring. <BR> 1) Change in weather requiring physical adaptation and habit changes <BR> 2) Increase in physical demands due to spring yardwork and spring cleaning <BR> 3) Increase in social demands, social events, and house guests... Wed, 14 May 2014 07:45:35 EST I'm in Rehab http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692082 Well, not officially.......... <BR> Just self-imposed. The problem is not substance abuse. The problem is dealing with aches and pains from, well, not sure what! Maybe it was all the intense dance, maybe it was all the intense yard work, maybe it was Annual Spring Stress (all these new social obligations and demands on an introvert with some social anxiety takes it's toll.......I kid you not). Maybe my thyroid symptoms are back......this was one of them that starting medication fixed...... Sat, 10 May 2014 16:37:21 EST Validation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675630 This week I had my fourth private dance lesson. As some of my friends may have noticed, my status reflected a down mood. I have managed to move out of my mini-depressed state....but that would be the topic for another blog. This one is a summary of the content of my fourth private dance lesson. <BR> <BR> I went to the lesson feeling rather bothered because I was still sore from all the extra yard work. Also, due to quite a few demands on my time, body, and emotions, I had not practiced ve... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:04:58 EST You Can't Make a Heart Love Somebody http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661150 From the song, "You Can't Make a Heart Love Somebody" <BR> "You can't make a heart love somebody. <BR> You can tell it what to do, but it won't listen at all. <BR> You can't make a heart love somebody. <BR> You can lead a heart to love, but you can't make it fall." <BR> <BR> I've been feeling empty and yes, unloved lately. But, as somewhat of a contradiction, I've really been feeling a strong need to spend a lot of time alone. <BR> <BR> I have hoped for some kind of affectionate resp... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:17:57 EST Dance Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659140 Last week I had my third private dance lesson. I danced each dance several times and the teacher made comments and offered suggestions. The teacher's general comment was that I was "progressing beautifully." Wow. That did make me feel good <BR> So next time I intend to do the same four dances that I picked out and try to improve on them even more. <BR> <BR> I am also working on dances for the weekly lessons that I give my friends. They enjoyed doing the dance "Irish Stew" to Pitbull's... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 08:26:39 EST The Glass is Always Full http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652962 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l619866567.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No matter how much water is in the glass, it's really always full! <BR> Air will always make up the difference to fill your glass, and there is an infinite supply. <BR> Air is not the absence of substance. It is a different kind of substance with properties invisible to our eyes. But it is always there, everywhere. <BR> <BR> The power of air in every breath we take. <BR> The power of air supporting the soarin... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 07:29:57 EST Feel the Rhythm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648947 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1697883412.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1342383397.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1844998797.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l181170907.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1746170514.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l125629150.jpg"> <BR> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 08:45:01 EST Danspo (Danspiration) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648717 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l859730620.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1631986967.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2071259523.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l658600645.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1281460776.jpg"> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 21:52:47 EST Artistic Identity & Next Dance Lesson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647723 I finally came to the conclusion that I want to work within the framework of line dancing. Current line dancing has quite a variety to it. The choreography and performance shows the influence of other genre's, but is not a full-out version of that dance. To really specialize in a genre requires a commitment to that style as well as a commitment of time to devote to learning that style. The dancers that have achieved the most success have specialized, at least to some degree. I prefer the ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:15:41 EST Dance Crazy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639269 Had a snowy and cold past few days, so we are sticking close to home. <BR> This gave me ample time to spend lots of time dancing. Youtube is a great resource for travelling through the world of dance! I watched latin ballroom lessons, soul line dances, <BR> Cajun/zydeco dancing, and discovered a line dancer in Malaysia (under "senipadu") <BR> that is the best line dancer that I have ever seen! "Senipadu" has over 700 Youtube entries! <BR> She is my dance hero. And yet..... I have to find... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 08:05:49 EST Adventures in Latin Dance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634458 I am still venturing forth! <BR> <BR> I found an explanation on youtube to help people relate to the Latin beat. <BR> Here's the link <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5FOwr-jDwQ </link> <BR> <BR> I've added whole body stretching to my routine since the Latin moves require more <BR> flexibility, plus I have revived the body part isolation exercises from the jazz classes that I took a long time ago. I do feel myself loosening up. Flexibility is a big part of dance, and I had gotten away ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:40:06 EST Private dance lesson # 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630671 Well, my honeymoon phase with latin dance might be over already! <BR> You know when you try to learn something and it just makes you realize how much you have to learn and don't know? I'm at that point. Plus, I am finding that since the style is quite different from country dance technique, I have to unlearn some habits of country dance to learn the latin (type of hip movement, foot placement, even counting <BR> beats seems different in a way that I can't quite figure out). I am hoping tha... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 08:43:39 EST Lessons learned from my private dance lesson #1 (January) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598765 I have been teaching line dance to my friends and in not-for profit places for about 10 years now. I definitely feel that I have developed my ability to teach. But I have felt an unmet need to develop myself as a dancer. I finally came to the conclusion that I needed formal, personal instruction in styles and technique. I also felt that it needed to be a private lesson at this point of my development. I decided that ballroom dancing was most akin to the current line dance. So, I finally... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:33:59 EST I CAN DO IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593163 Repeat after me....... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1553081627.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l234975961.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1698556308.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l828155965.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 06:14:43 EST Vitamin P -- Pleasure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591978 I was thinking today about the idea of eating for health vs. the idea of eating for pleasure. <BR> I ran across a very interesting article about this and thought that I'd share it with you. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>psychologyofeating.com/metabolic-pow<BR>er-pleasure/ </link> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 07:33:03 EST Make-up demo for those of us dealing with wrinkles.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584245 I ran across this tutorial and felt it might be helpful to those of us dealing with wrinkles.... <BR> <BR> Wow, this lady definitely has a lot of wrinkles. (Comment: I wonder how her neck and shoulders stayed so youthful? She also has beautiful teeth.) <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2<BR>290272/Keira-Knightleys-make-artist-Li<BR>sa-Eldridge-scores-140-000-YouTube-hit<BR>s-week-beauty-tutorial-50s.html </link> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:03:07 EST Sharing a few thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583364 I made it through the holiday season and maintained my lower weight. <BR> Truthfully, I am shocked. I tried to review my habits to analyze how that happened.... <BR> what I did differently this year. Here's what I came up with: <BR> 1) I hardly drank any alcohol. For me, that means 4 beers total between Thanksgiving and through New Years Eve. <BR> 2) I consistently exercised, even increasing my cardio to 5 miles (Leslie Sansone) a day, up from the 4 that I had been doing. I exercised ... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 18:53:52 EST Health/survival trumps fashion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572559 I ran across a very interesting site (wwwtheandersonmethod.com} <BR> with some very interesting blogs. I am sharing the author's thoughts on body composition because I felt that they were somewhat unique. <BR> <BR> "In the end, it is better to make health your goal rather than a certain fashionable appearance. Fashion may dictate that certain legs, arms, noses, thighs and waists are popular, but your body is designed by genetics and a creator that is more interested in you than fashion. Fas... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 20:59:42 EST