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We have to take some things into consideration......

Friday, August 01, 2014

I've already had to make some adjustments in my plan. Why? I forgot a few things about myself and my life......

1) I have a lot of yardwork that won't go away
2) We entertain a lot during the summer
3) I have a fair amount of housework and this increases when we are prepping
for house guests
4) We have a dock, deck, and boats to take care of. Boating can be exhausting and stressful.
5) I need to maintain a certain level of strength and fitness just to keep up with all of this
which must include strength training at least 2X week.
6) I need to do cardio for my mental & emotional health. It can be mindless, but it needs to be about one hour per day.
7) I have some weird food reactions that I need to honor. As I get older, the list of foods that bother me grows longer. It makes me feel a little high-maintenance and difficult, but I just have to accept that and avoid the foods that bother me (onions, green peppers, beans, raw vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, apple peels, carbonated beverages, alcohol, nuts, spicy foods, & pop corn). I know that some of these are healthy foods, but not for me!
8) If I cut calories too much, I get "diet rage"..... first irritable and crabby, then so angry about stuff that I have to withdraw from others so I don't "tell them off." This is obviously no way to live.
9) I have some social anxiety. I am sensitive to others criticizing me. This is something I need to work on. I need my quiet time & rest time to regroup and process things.
10) I can't sit too long, even to rest, or I get stiff. Movement for a purpose seems to loosen me up better than formal stretching.
11) I need to make sure that I get enough sleep. I sleep much better if I do not have any caffeine after lunchtime.

I guess I am making myself sound like a mess, but I think we all have specific things about ourselves that we have to take into consideration when we develop a wellness plan for ourselves. Unfortunately, I was forgetting some of the basics about me and because of this, my plan quickly went awry! Now I am back to getting my stomach & intestines & brain & emotions into working order again before I can move forward!

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CATTI53 8/30/2014 6:20PM

    This sounds like ME! lolol Knowing our limitations helps us to focus on our strengths and run with them!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 8/30/2014 7:48AM

    Great list of insights

re: "I guess I am making myself sound like a mess,..."

LOL! Welcome to the human race!

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GENRE009 8/6/2014 4:29PM

    Hello my friend! you were right about going to the wedding! I did meet some very nice people from Virginia, and my sister talked to me after almost 25 years, but I don't put much hope into that, because my feelings toward her have changed.
As far as you food problems, I noticed something.
beans, nuts, spicy foods, pop corn, caffeine, carbonated beverages, alcohol, cabbage family, have excessive fats or spicy or caffeine: you might acid reflex
or the alcohol might be a yeast problem
raw vegetables might be that you are allergic to pesticides, and this might include nuts if you go into a breathing problem
The diet rage might be from being low in magnesium foods. Magnesium controls your moods. So sleep is also very important in this. You can also get anxiety from not having enough calcium, or protein in your diet.
As far as social anxiety look back into your childhood. we all came from some kind of dysfunctional family. You might have issued that you might have not dealt with, that affects your self image. I can definitely relate to that one. Being away from people who might be critical of you gives you time to regroup, and feel calm. Everyone needs their space to feel creative, calm, and alive.
#10-stiffness, reminds me that you may have had an accident, that seems to creep up especially if you aren't eating enough anti-inflammatories, or healthy fats. but you see it aS MOVEMENT. which HELPS TOO EBCAUSE IT DELIVERS OXYGEN TO THE BODY. @ CUPS OF CAFEEINE COUNTINGH CHOCOLATE , GREEN TEA, OR COFFEEE is the most you should have in one day. other wise it does damage your body, jittery stomach, tumors, and burns up the healthy vitamins to keep your immune system healthy.
p.s. I don't think you are a mess, but a real person, and honest. In many ways I admire you nature, and personality for the strengths you have shown to me. If you need help in any one of the areas I have mentioned, let me know, and I will send you a blog I did. lol, eva

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BANANAMAG 8/3/2014 6:48PM

    It's always good to discover things about yourself, even if they're things you feel you should've known all along. The more you know yourself, the more you can integrate changes that you can do for the rest of your life. Keep up the good work!

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KALEWINE 8/3/2014 9:38AM

    We all have issues we have to take into consideration. It's good to consider your own lifestyle when developing an exercise plan, so you know your limitations as well as what you need strength for.

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FREGGIE 8/2/2014 3:44AM

    I think it's very wise to take a good look at your personal circumstances and take these into account. emoticon
I'm just wondering about the food reactions. Have you talked about this with a doctor or a naturopath? Doesn't seem normal to me to have that many foods you can't eat... in particular the vegetables. I hope you can still get all the nutrients you need if the amount of veggies you can eat is so limited.

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ALICIA363 8/1/2014 8:18PM

    You can do it! We can do it! Moving forward ...

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2HAMSDIET 8/1/2014 7:34PM

    We all have our issues...and I have many of the same as you but we sold the boats when we moved. Not much water around here. Take time for your self and don't give up. emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 8/1/2014 11:54AM

    You are awesome. This is wonderful to be so honest with ourselves. I need to do the same.

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KALIGIRL 8/1/2014 8:16AM

    "getting my stomach & intestines & brain & emotions into working order" - can't do much better than that...
Glad you are adjusting your plan to fit your life!

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I Got a Gig as an Elf!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Yes, the dance world has a new elf!
My dance teacher asked if she could use one of the line dances that I had put
together for the ensemble finale of her studio's Christmas program!
She asked me to teach it to her students and then perform it with them.
I have taught the dance many times before and it will be a fun one to teach and
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 we are going to do it to "Mulled Wines"...
same melody and beat with different words for the holiday. emoticon
Teaching will give me a chance to get to know her dancers. We start working on it next month.

Yes, we will be wearing elf costumes during the performance! Isn't that fun and exciting?


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MRSVK11 7/26/2014 12:25PM

    Congratulations !

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GRLTAZ 7/24/2014 6:35PM

    How cool is that ! Awesome !

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BIGPAWSUP 7/22/2014 9:59PM

    Awesome!! Congrats.

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GENRE009 7/22/2014 6:44PM

    I think that is very confirming that you are very talented. But I would like it if she mentioned that the dance arrangement was chorigrafted by you. Who knows maybe you could be the next JLO! I would definitely video tape this onto you phone & put it into your computer. You never know where this could take you, if you want it to. I think that if you aren't too old, maybe one day you will have your own studio. You are doing your passion, and that is what makes life on earth worth living, kudos to you. emoticon eva

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/22/2014 8:18AM

    That is some serious forward planning! Have fun with it : )

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BANANAMAG 7/21/2014 6:56PM

    Congrats! That sounds like a blast.

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TERI-RIFIC 7/21/2014 4:50PM

    emoticon sounds like it will be a lot of fun. I agree we want pictures when the time comes!

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JLHODKINSON 7/21/2014 2:27PM

    Mmmm, mulled wine. Sounds like a great time!

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TDMLUVZSNOOPY 7/21/2014 2:08PM

    emoticon Sounds like a lot of fun! You will need to post a picture. I bet it will be so cute!!!!

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MOJO0607 7/21/2014 12:54PM

    I love to dance, and this sounds like it will be a blast! Have a great time!

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Breaking Free

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I am gradually getting a sense of breaking free from feeling stuck in my dance progress and in my food & movement plan.

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 stopped being close-minded, I could open my eyes to a new way of doing things. Let me be specific.

With regard to my dance: My teacher has praised my posture, arms, and hip movements, artistry, and musicality. While my footwork/leg movement is acceptable, it needs the most work. It is not the same level as the rest of my dancing. I had been unaware of this and the video taping as well as my teacher's comments made me aware of that. After my initial overreaction to seeing myself on videotape, I settled down to make a realistic assessment of my dancing based on this new information.

Dance Action Plan:
I am working on a targeted, selective training program. For now, I'm only going to focus on my improving my weak areas: balance, leg movement, & footwork. I'm going to read step sheets, professional articles, and watch youtube to keep up informed, motivated, and inspired.
This should be good activities for rest periods.

With regard to my food & movement plan: I was trying to eat too little and move too much.
Doing extensive yard work, training to power walk a 5k, and dance training, & weight training on a low-carb, calorie restricted diet was just too much for me. (As a side note, unfortunately, I was comparing myself to some of my friends that seem to manage quite a bit of activity in their lives. If I can't be that active, then so be it. We are all different. I have to construct my activity plan based on what I can handle. Maybe it's because I have low thyroid and they don't, who knows. Maybe they are exaggerating all that they do. Ya never know.) I have obtained some new information about this from another website....leighpeele.com.....which really made me rethink what I had been doing.

Food/Movement Action Plan....I am going to follow the food plan of being in a 300-500 calorie deficit for 5 days a week (probably M-F) and maintenance for 2 days per week (probably Sat & Sun) . I will track daily and weigh myself daily for now as a tool just to be aware of how the scale fluctuates. As far as activity, I am going to work on controlling myself so I do not wear myself out. I will do the 5k that I paid for on August 4th and then none after that. I will limit my yard work to one hour at a time and not do it during very hot periods of the day. (Unfortunately I had been comparing myself to my husband who is obsessed with the yard and is quite the workhorse in all types of weather. I didn't want to be considered a slacker. Guess he & I will just have to agree to disagree about how picture perfect the yard has to be. Are we seeing a pattern here about me comparing myself to others??? Ooops, I think so!)
I will avoid using any one body part for extended periods of time to avoid stressing it too much. I will try brainstorm & experiment for ways to train that are not burdensome to me (stretching? yoga? pilates? belly dance? breathing exercises?). I will do controlled weight training 1X week for upper body and to strengthen weaker areas. I'm not going to worry about getting specific cardio training in with power walking or Leslie Sansone DVD's. I will practice line dance as needed within my comfort level and that will have to suffice as cardio.

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TINIERTINA 7/22/2014 8:11AM

    @C-J TODAY, that would be a very logical choice for SparkPeople to have. A La-Z-Boy for indoors, and a chaise longue for outdoors ...

But, hey, logic does not equal Altius, Citius, Fortius ... DOES it?

You know I've been tempted to leave Spark myself because I share an attitude of, if it is too much, then ease off ... must have been all that yoga (not the wannabe stuff, but the traditional stuff, too) over the years ...

The best I could come up with is: Every day is emoticon

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FREGGIE 7/20/2014 5:09PM

    Good plans. I wish there was an emoticon of a person lying on a nice chair, in the sun, in their garden... !

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BIGPAWSUP 7/20/2014 1:04PM

    You've got this. I know you can.

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JOANNEEMERALD 7/20/2014 11:52AM

    Sounds like you are working on having a more positive attitude toward your exercise and your eating. That's great! I think that the most important thing about exercise is FUN! The more fun it is and the more it makes you happy, the more you want to do it. That's why dance is great. You've got the music and you feel your body move to it. You use all the parts of your body.

It sounds like you are a high level dancer. Is that true? What would happen if you were to get rid of the mirrors and just have fun?


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KALEWINE 7/20/2014 9:34AM

    It's always important to listen to your own body. Everyone is made differently. Some people can handle more than other people can. Others have to go more slowly. I'm glad you have discovered this now, so you can work on a plan that's right for you. Your plan sounds great, but don't be afraid to tweak it if you find it's not working for you.

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TERI-RIFIC 7/20/2014 9:11AM

    Sounds like a balanced workable plan. Good for you. The best exercise is the one you will do which is also probably the ones you like! emoticon emoticon

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TINIERTINA 7/20/2014 9:00AM

    You have to pay attention to your medical conditions, MISSUS.

You don't really have to hear any more of this, but before I'd gotten diabetes Type 2 a year and a half ago and I'd gotten a fairly bad case upon sudden diagnosis; on looking back I had been (though undiagnosed as such) pretty severely insulin resistant. The young and in a hurry yoga instructors who were working with me had been frustrated trying to teach me a lot of things. They'd also imputed laziness and lethargy.

You can't let ignorant people bring you down. Compare in one direction only: for instance, that you are far better off than someone who must use a cane to dance with.

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Dance Progress -- Getting Unstuck # 4

Thursday, July 10, 2014

For my own record....WARNING....might not be interesting to others.

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. Maybe this is my time to be interesting, unique, fun, quirky, and whimsical. Yes, I am seriously thinking about having more fun.

Had a very beneficial e-mail conversation with my dance teacher. We are going to work on what we agree are my areas "needing improvement": footwork, body isolation moves,
stage presence (although we agree that being freaked out by videotaping adversely affected my stage presence).

This whole dance thing is exhausting me physically, mentally, and emotionally.
I am asking myself why. If I am doing it for the exercise.....there are easier ways....much easier ways. I have exercise from yard work built into my daily activities. I can be more active and accomplish things....like cleaning and doing projects. I can do mindless things like Leslie Sansone DVD's, power walk 5k and lift weights. I can enjoy line dancing in the garage with my friends in the garage even if my footwork is not perfect and we have a great time.
I do have low thyroid and am on medication for this. I seem to be stressing myself too much with all my dance drama. If I am doing the dance because I feel a need for artistic expression, I could paint or something instead. I really need to think this through because it is sapping too much out of me.

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TINIERTINA 7/17/2014 12:23PM

    I had done the same with Yoga that you have been doing with dance. Getting hyper involved (even without too much $-monetary skin in the game; because for sure I could not afford frequent live group practice!)--kicking my butt enough at home such that - with my own (more physically accessible, nearly across the board, but TOUGH due to calisthenics/pilates thrown into the mix) longer than class length practices, I could cross train to live commercial yoga classes 2 or 3 times per month max.

Of course, health problems caused me to about-face and do the same thing to low-impact cardio dance. But it's different!

It's less serious!

I cross trained to take one (1) free Doonya class (that's Hindu-Indian Zumba to you guys), and although they do not have a mocking/humblebrag aspect about themselves ATALL, in that land of no disingenuous-self-mockery, lies a vast, judgment-free zone.

Probably it's because they have not commercially caught on yet here. [Gotta tamp down that cynic in me. It's NOT pretty.]

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MIAMOJO 7/16/2014 6:13PM

    I stopped dancing because of "dance drama." In my case, it was all too serious. I went into it wanting to have a fun and relaxing time (like how your line dancing sounds) but it ended up taking all my free time and a lot of my thoughts, and that's not what I planned on.

There was just no middle ground; the learning curve was steep, so I was taking 5 hours of lessons on Mondays, dancing for three hours at a practica on Thursdays, attending a formal dance on Saturdays, and doing workshops and other events. It had to be all or nothing, so I stopped going.

At first I really missed it because it had (accidentally) become such a big part of my life; but it turned out to be the right decision. I wasn't looking for pressure (quite the opposite!) but that's what it became. I do miss dancing in general, and hope to find something that's more about having fun than about technical perfection.

Good luck with whatever you decide! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 7/11/2014 8:07AM

    Interesting questions about your dancing - will be interested to hear what you think and how you deal with it going forward.

I remember a friend who loved to garden (her office was full of cut flowers the year round). She quit to start a landscape (small plants only) business and found the business end, sucked all the joy she'd previously felt. Came back to an office job with a renewed sense of peace, but took her a year to get back to her own garden.

Guess what we do for ourselves we love, but when others start to enter the picture, it can change things...

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/10/2014 1:29PM

    Did you try using liquid tears? (drops) I used to have very dry eyeballs as well.

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BIGPAWSUP 7/10/2014 9:47AM

    I love the idea of expressing yourself more with th glasses. Terrific idea.

Of you enjoy the dance stick with it. If not, then reevaluate.

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KALEWINE 7/10/2014 8:57AM

    I'm a dance teacher and I've been dancing for over 20 years. It does require an insane amount of energy, but if you love it, then that's not a problem. Try to not invest so much energy in getting better (I'm not saying don't keep striving to be better) and shift your focus to having fun.

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Dance Progress -- Getting Unstuck #3

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I am going to try walking around my house on my tip-toes to increase balance and calf strength.
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.
I came up with an article! Note : the article does remind reader to stretch calves, if you try this!

Here's a link with more info:


I can also do calf raises while I wash the dishes and brush my teeth! emoticon

Which leads me to another multi-tasking tip....while working out in my yard, I can meditate AND wear teeth-whitening strips! ( Hey....and also have something cooking in the crockpot?)

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MIAMOJO 7/8/2014 1:37PM

    I danced tango for several months a couple of years ago, and balance was my downfall! I never knew it could be related to calf strength. This is definitely good to know, thanks!

emoticon Keep dancing!

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2014TODAY 7/8/2014 8:23AM

    PS Ha! You are literally 'standing on your toes' to improve yourself. That's an expression in my language. To walk or stand on one's toes means to make extra-ordinary efforts!

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2014TODAY 7/8/2014 8:21AM

    I love how you keep coming up with ideas! I just read this quote by Rumi: "Why stay on the bottom of the pit when I have a strong rope in my hands?".

When I had pains in my ankles, the physiotherapist suggested I stand on one foot for a few minutes per day. For example while brushing my teeth. I also added that as an exercise to my yoga practice: standing on one foot, and making circles with my other foot. That really challenges one's balance. Another balance exercise is to stand with feet hipwidth apart, then lift one foot off the ground (bending the knee of that leg) and then bend also the knee of the leg you're standing on, doing rises like that. This is an exercise I got from another physiotherapist to increase the strenght of the area of my hips, with regard to balance.

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KALIGIRL 7/8/2014 7:58AM

    Here's to multi-tasking!

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TERI-RIFIC 7/8/2014 7:13AM

    Cool ideas!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/8/2014 6:47AM

    I was taught that as a child for dance. I still sometimes catch myself walking on my toes.

Best of luck.

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