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Thur & Friday… Good & Bad-ish and writing before coffee.

It is 8am on Saturday… And I haven’t had coffee yet…

Bring me mai coffee or I poopz on the bed ©2011It’s brewing.  But you should be warned that I am awake at an ungodly hour of the morning and I am pre-caffeine.

Goodness knows what my fingers will end up typing.  Jus’ sayin…

I woke up hungry this morning.  I haven’t woken up hungry in a long time.  So something must be changing in my body.  I’ll count that one up as a “good” thing.

Just because I’m still pre-coffee (still brewing… …I can smell it all the way from the kitchen) and in a grumpy mood, I’m going to whine about my sinuses.  I thought I was coming down with a cold.  I may be but it may also be allergies.  I’ve got this awful drainage which is causing me to cough this icky gunk.  All clear so far so no infection but it is DISGUSTING!

I’ll be right back.  The coffee should be done by now.

Back.  jus a moment while I take a sip….


There is nothing quite so delicious as that first sip of coffee.  It is a signal to the body that the rush is coming.  Moving on..

Stuff I did gooder on Thur & Friday…

Yes, “gooder” is a word.  But in case you’re not up on your lingo.  “Gooder” means:

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Ugh… My body hates me.

Jus tha’ facts…  Jus tha’ facts…

c2013 TxCowboyDancer DesignsI just woke up about an hour ago.  That would be 11:30 CST.  Ugh.  I went to bed last night at 12:30ish so I was probably asleep by 1am.  Ok, campers, lets do the math.  [drum roll please]  That works out to roughly 10 and 1/2 hours of sleep!!!!!! 

My body hates me.

Ok, ok, it really doesn’t hate me but it is being VERY demanding:

Me:  I’m going to get you into shape.  Here’s the work out plan.

Body: Excuse me?  Are you serious?  You’re nuts

Me:  Yes I’m serious about this.  We are going to get into shape.

Body: Fine.  But have you heard about this thing called “payback?”  heh heh heh

Me: Payback?

Body: Yes!  Go ahead, do something like dance for four and a half hours of practice and classes, and then drive a standard truck for another 2 hours commuting and then haul groceries up stairs and stretch and lift, go ahead and just try it boyo!  ‘Cause if you do, I’m going to make you SLEEP! I’m gonna make you REST!  But not until I make you ache and your muscles burn.  I’ve got friends ya know…  My buddies, who you know as the arches in your feet, are a nice set of twins who will make you regret all that dancing!

Me:  Do your worst…Ssssnnnnnnzzzzzzzzzz


All kidding aside, it is horrible how much “recovery” time my body demands at this stage of the game.  And it is horrible how

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Day Three… and itty bitty steps which feel like hiking Mount Rainier

Doing Better – Not perfect but better

c2013 TxCowboyDancer (Tony New)The photo to the right is one that I took on a trip to Seattle Washington, where I attended the Emerald City Hoedown, which was this year’s IAGLCWDC Annual Convention and where I taught a workshop at the event.

We stayed an extra day so we could go on a bus tour of Mount Rainer National Park which I really enjoyed.   On the tour, we stopped at several points, got out of the bus and was able to enjoy a bit of the scenery.  One of those stops took the tour group down into a ravine created by a glacial melt river full of rounded rocks washed down the mountainside by the water.

The park service had used some of these rocks to create “stairs” on the path down into the ravine for visitors to the park to use to get closer to the water and to a log “bridge” which allowed you to cross the river.  I was toward the back of the group and was doing pretty good, until I saw the steps in the photo.

That’s where I bailed and said “There’s no way!”

Two years ago, I would have happily gone on down with the rest of the group but when I saw these rocks, my self-preservation instincts kicked into high gear and did some fast calculations involving the lack of a hand rail, the roundness of the rocks, the wetness of the rocks, my physical condition, and memories of a fall on stairs during a vacation last year and the result was visions of my dance career flashing before my eyes.

I went back up and watched from the ledge.

It was just one more realization of just how out of shape I am.  And how badly I need to get back into shape.  And just how much my physical condition (or lack of it) is affecting just about everything in my life.

Today is Wed, Day 3 on the path to a new healthier me…

Things I did good yesterday:

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Fifteen of my Squidoo Articles are in the Top 100 Dance Lenses!

Cat Diva Kitty – I iz awesome! – with Watermark ©2012Let’s hear it for the boy!

When you write an lens, what Squidoo calls articles, you have to select a category into which you place your newly created masterpiece.

Because I write a lot about Line Dancing, and Squidoo does not have a separate category for “Line Dancing”, most of my articles end up in:

Entertainment & Media » Dance » Other Dance Topics

I think you can see that these categories are basically very broad subjects.  Entertainment & Media is VERY broad and includes:

  • Celebrities
  • Movies
  • TV
  • Humor
  • Performing Arts
  • Anime & Manga
  • Dance
  • Theater
  • Radio
  • Web Series & Shows

Whoz da kittyAnd, sadly I do not have ANY lenses in the top 100 in Entertainment & Media.  However….  [drum roll please]  When we get to DANCE, things are a different story.  Right now I have 48 articles on Squidoo and 26 of those are in the “Dance” category.

So… [drum roll please] …uhm… doing math here… give me a second… carry the 2 and divide by 100 and take the square root… oh the heck with it…  I’m going to go ask my room mate who is a math teacher for the answer.  Be right back.   da-da-da-dum   Ok.  I’m back!   Still there?  Great!  🙂

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Reflect, Review, Revise, Revel, Reward, …Really!


Diva Kitty practizin dance ©2012Well, yesterday was a busy dance day.  Practiced with my dance partner for a little over an hour.  Then I went to the West Coast Swing classes taught by the most fabulous Beata Howe and “Pappa Daddy” TRose aka Terry Roseborough.  That was another 3 hours of dancing.  OMG!  Oh, my aching feetsies.  Ouchies!  Oh da pain, da pain.

Ok, ok, maybe I’m being a bit dramatic, (hey being dramatic is what I do…I wouldn’t be “Tony” without the drama!)

…but in all seriousness, I did kinda push things.

So, now I know, at my current fitness level, doing four hours of dancing/learning/practicing is very close to “over doing it.”

The trick is to find exactly the right amount of exercise with which to stress my body.  I may have to alternate “heavy days” like yesterday with “easy days” or “rest days” while I’m still on the bottom end of the “fit” range.

It is true that I’m trying to build up stamina but I’ve also got to not overdo it and injury myself.  It is important to give my body a chance to repair itself and build itself stronger.

That’s how you get fitter; you stretch your limits, rest a bit, then stretch your limits again.  Eventually tasks that were difficult become easier.  Then they become routine and then you have to stretch further to keep on improving.  Woot!


Who da man?  Who da Pappa Daddy?  Who is on track on his fitness goals!  Come on, chant with me…  “Go Tony!  Go Tony! Go Tony!”

Doing those little circle things with your hands clenched in a fist is optional, but encouraged.  🙂

Here are the cold hard numbers:

-- 12.2 lbs lost (total so far)
-- 1 lb lost at the official Jenny Craig Weigh-in this week.
-- 5.65 inches lost (total so far) - Hips, Chest, Waist
-- .4 inches lost this past week.

Yay!  2013 is on track!  Woo Hoo!    Here are the charts and the cool fun visual stuff: Read the rest of this entry

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