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Five Tips for the First Time Dance Competitor: New post on Squidoo


Five Tips for the First Time Dance Competitor

Beginner Dancers at a Ballroom Competition (CC)I have a new article over on Squidoo.com.  Here is an excerpt from the introduction to the article:

Congratulations!  You are already a winner!

Just by deciding to compete, you have placed yourself into a very special group of people. Don’t believe me?

When you’re done checking out these tips for the first time competitive dancer, I invite you to read Dancers Are Special People.

I remember my first time competing. I have to confess that I was very nervous which is really weird because I love being in front of people! That didn’t stop me from being nervous however.

I still get nervous just before walking onto the dance floor for the first dance at every event. Truthfully, it feels like I gotta go to the little dancer’s room!

You laugh! But it’s true! And I’m not alone!

At my last competition, I was standing in line ready to go onto the floor for the first dance of the event; I was right behind this professional dancer who was in the same heat with his lady student and I overheard him say “I gotta go” with a wiggle and a…

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I hope you enjoy the article.

See ya on the dance floor!

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Once more dear poundage, “Unto the breach…”


Cat on a Bathroom Scale (CC)

It Lies!

With apologies to Shakespeare, here I am once again charging, or should I say waddling, forward.  It’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog so here is a quick update:

As I went into the UCWDC World Championships of Country Western Dance in Jan 2011, I weighed 238 lbs, a loss of of 37 lbs from my heaviest weight of 275.  Yay me!  I made it through the deadly months of October, November and December with its land mines of savory treats and communal eating.  I made it through the stress of preparing for the World Championships.  I was on track and although I had plateaued, I was at least *not* gaining weight.

I did pretty good at Worlds:  1st place (and a brand new World Championship title) with my dance partner in Couples Diamond III and 2nd overall in Couples Crystal III.  Yay!  I placed 2nd overall in Advanced Male Crystal Line Dance and Advanced Male Diamond Line Dance.  Yay!  I placed 2nd overall in Male Pro-Am Crystal and Diamond and 5th Overall in Open Male Pro-Am.  Not too shabby.

I came back and… Read the rest of this entry

The Week in Review or… “Ya gotta have a bag-o-tricks”


Iz Magic! ©2011For the first trick of the evening:  Being Strong without even trying…

I have to share a “moment” from this week from where I work  I’m surrounded by a group of folks who like to bring in food and leave it on the break room table for everyone.

This is sweet and nice and generous, and it does foster a sense of community at the workplace, HOWEVER, for me those little offerings of friendship are sneak attacks!  They are land mines on the way to a healthy me!  They are evil incarnate!  Basically they kinda suck eggs.

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