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4/24/07 4:48 P

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Aw that would be sweet Cherry!

I originally wanted a wrist computer but Cnd said he loves his integrated one and my bf also love his so not sure what do to myself. Honestly I like the look of the wrist comp and not having to have one attached to be bcd but I guess I should go for what is more practical. What to do???? I hear you gf!

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4/24/07 4:43 P

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Girl! YOU are so welcome! You are such an inspiration- widh I had you right here beside me in GA. We could wine and dine together - oh and dive. LOL!
Not sure which computer to go with, there are so many choices?!?!?!?!? :/

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4/24/07 4:14 P

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Wow, that is awesome Cherry! Thanks for posting this! emoticon

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4/24/07 3:47 P

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Exercise #3:

Build A Relationship With Your Diaphragm
We all instinctively know how to use our diaphragms--every breath you take is controlled by your diaphragm, and if you find yourself breathing hard after exerting yourself, your diaphragm will be working hard on your behalf. Musicians (vocalists and those who play wind instruments such as trumpets) have learned to control their diaphragms more consciously, to inhale larger breaths and put more support behind the sound they produce.

When learning to do belly rolls, make your diaphragm your best friend. Consciously think about it. Breathe deeply and see if you can isolate the sensation of that muscle between your navel and rib cage.

An excellent time to do this exercise is while you are behind the wheel of your car or sitting at a computer keyboard. Hunch your shoulders forward over the steering wheel or keyboard, so that your abdominal area is somewhat compressed by the posture. If you never drive a car and never sit at a computer keyboard, then just sit in a normal chair and lean foward with your shoulders hunched as described.

Now, tug inward ever so slightly just below the rib cage, above the navel. You won't be able to pull it in very far in this posture, but the point here is to discover where that muscle is, and how to isolate control over it. You should feel a muscle rubbing gently against the bottom edge of your rib cage. That is your diaphragm. If you can tug it in even a small amount, you've accomplished the point of this exercise. Now, rhythmically pull that muscle in, then let it relax, then pull it in again.

Do this exercise as often as you can discipline yourself to do it--once you build a close friendship with your diaphragm, you'll be able to do not only belly rolls, but also beautiful stomach flutters! Breathe normally while you do this.



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MICHELAR's Photo MICHELAR Posts: 22,215
3/29/07 10:13 A

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Did 50 crunches last night! emoticon

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3/28/07 4:11 P

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UGH!!! ABS!!! emoticon I though this was supposed to be fun! emoticon
Just kidding! Already have abs covered Cherry!


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3/28/07 11:08 A

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Exercise #2: emoticon

Build Strength In Those Muscles!
You already know how to do either situps or crunches. (Modern fitness thought is that situps are not good for you, crunches are much better.) Do as many situps or crunches each day as your abdominal muscles will tolerate. Try to do a minimum of 10 or 15 at first, and try to work up to 25 or 30--or more! The stronger your abdominal muscles, the better your belly rolls will be! If you need help building strength in these muscles, videos that may help are Veena & Neena's Bellydance Fitness for Beginners: Arms & Abs, and the "Abs Only" workout that appears on Rania's Bellydance Fitness for Weight Loss: Daily Quickies. Both can be ordered from Amazon.com.


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3/25/07 9:26 A

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jODI, THAT IS SO COOL! thank you for the nice thought anyway.
I understand Cherry will be posting an excercise weekly, and when she does she will let us know on the challenge thread that she has posted them on the bellies up one.

Guys, I went to my belly dancing class and it was awesome. 1.5 hours of what seemed like simple - but was hard work sinous moves. It was amazing. I am so very fat I am totally grotesque, but everybody was very nice to me. The bad news is I hurt my left knee and the teacher told me I should be careful since it is often the case with this kind of dance. Maybe it was just not meant for me. I am going to give it a try again in 20 lbs or so, and I need to go to my chiropractor to see if he can help me make it better. For now I think i HAVE TO LAY OFF OF IT FOR A WHILE SINCE IT IS REALLY BOTHERING ME!

Still, I came back home and did a couple of the moves for hubby and he had to swallos real hard!!! That was so funny. I'm going to really try to get this done. I'm going to take care of my knee and learn those ssexy moves!!!!

For now, perhaps I will stick with Cherry's virtual class and start working on my bodys tone. That will help for when I start my class once again. emoticon


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MICHELAR's Photo MICHELAR Posts: 22,215
3/24/07 11:25 A

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Did not have time to look into it further Secret, but plan to next week.

Hi Jodi, Cherry willbe posting the lessons as she goes along. Should be interesting.

Hi Always, good to see you again! does feel nice to let it go sometimes, doesn;t it?

Edited by: MICHELAR at: 3/24/2007 (11:26)
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3/24/07 3:37 A

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I like the exercises, how often are you going to teach us another move? The tribal ladies here do wear grass skirts, I wish I could send you some.

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3/23/07 4:48 P

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thanks girls, its amazing how unusual it is to relax your stomach all the way.




 
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3/23/07 3:19 P

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So Mich, did you find another place for the classes? emoticon


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MICHELAR's Photo MICHELAR Posts: 22,215
3/23/07 3:17 P

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Absolutely not Secret! It's great! emoticon

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3/23/07 1:48 P

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Wealth of information? Just as long as I'm not the boring NERD! emoticon


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Thanks secret, you are a wealth of information today.

I called that studio I came across yesterday and they have a class starting April 1. The bad news is it is 8-9 at night and that is way too late for me. So not sure. From the article you poseted it sounds like a great thing to do. I will research to see if there are some other studios in my area that offer it. emoticon

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3/23/07 12:55 P

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For those new to the site, We playfully say we are a Harem, and the grass skirt girl is Michela's find of the closest aversion of our outfit. (Thank you Baby). Our Teacher Cherry is giving us our beginner lessons, and a few of us are planning to use the belly dancing as part of our weekly workout. Here is a small article about Belly Dancing you might find interesting.
Bellies up - Bellies in!!!

Belly Dancing: The Sexiest Workout Ever
FREE DAILY FITNESS TIP
By Carly Young, Special to LifeScript
Thursday, March 22, 2007

Centuries ago, women and girls performed belly dancing moves for each other in private to celebrate the female spirit. Although times have changed, you can still benefit from the graceful and elegant art of belly dancing. Performing moves such as hip rolls, figure eights and snake arms will help you firm up your whole body – and learn how to express yourself more intimately through movement. Belly dancing requires steady concentration and fluid movements. Oftentimes, your hands and arms will be swaying one way while your hips are moving another. Throughout the whole dance, your arms will be moving in elegant patterns, or at the very least, you will be holding them above your head. One of the hardest elements of belly dancing is simply keeping your arms lifted the entire time, but all your efforts will be rewarded as your triceps become more toned. You may feel awkward at first, but don’t be afraid to let loose and have fun. If you’re shy about taking a class in public, try out a DVD at home. Experiment with different workouts (get them from Netflix so you don’t have to buy each one) until you find the one that’s the most enjoyable. The exotic locations and beautiful scenery featured in many belly dancing videos will also keep your interest piqued. As you gently roll your hips around you’ll understand why belly dancing was designed to celebrate the beauty of femininity – and don’t worry, the coin bra is optional!

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Personal Goal for July: Loose Weigh 213 lbs by then end of the month, my lowest weight these last two years.

Personal Goal for 2008: Weigh 154 at the most by the end of the year!!!
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Bond Girl Contests: goals NOT MET.

Lose 20 Lbs by Xmas Challenge: GOAL MET (earned 12 trophys)


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MICHELAR's Photo MICHELAR Posts: 22,215
3/23/07 9:49 A

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Checking in and doing it now! emoticon

Edited by: MICHELAR at: 3/23/2007 (09:49)
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3/23/07 9:40 A

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Exercise #1: emoticon

Teach Your Abdomen To Respond To You, And Learn To Relax! emoticon
This is a simple exercise that everyone can do, that will help you get in touch with your inner self--or at least with your belly roll muscles!
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Stand comfortably, in good belly dance posture. That means your feet should be directly below your shoulders, your knees relaxed, and your rib cage held high--imagine a puppet string attached to your breastbone that is pulling it up and separating it from the rest of your body. Put your hands anywhere comfortable where they can relax--I always demonstrate with my hands on my hips, but their exact placement isn't crucial.
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Now, suck in your gut as far as you can possibly suck it in. Got it as far as it'll go? Now try to pull it in just a little farther! When I teach this to my students, I tell them to visualize pulling their belly button all the way back to touch the spine. Hold it as long as you comfortably can. Next, relax it thoroughly. Relax it so much that your stomach area sticks as far forward as it could possibly want to. We're so conditioned by Western society to keep a flat stomach, that we often find relaxing the stomach area to be more difficult than sucking it in! Notice that I'm not telling you to forcibly push your stomach out--just relax it and let it all hang out.
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Repeat this exercise several times each day. Try to do about 4 repetitions where you hold it in as long as you possibly can, then let it out for an equal length of time. Then try to do 8-12 (or more) repetitions where you repetitively pull it in for a second or two, then relax it for a second or two, and keep going. Be sure to breathe normally while doing this. emoticon

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