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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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Recommended Reading: Stretching by Bob Anderson


Stretching by Bob Anderson << HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!! 🙂

Note from lil ole me: If you can afford to buy only one book, then buy this one.  If you can’t afford to buy it then get it through a library.   I used this book so much that I wore out my first copy and had to buy a replacement.   No matter what sport you do, there are stretches for it in this book. There are also general purpose stretches included as well. And it starts from a zero knowledge base which means they explain everything in simple terms. VERY WELL DONE! 🙂

streching coverDescription from Amazon.com: ISBN-10: 0936070463 This is the book that people tell their friends about, that trainers suggest for virtually every sport and activity, and that medical professionals recommend to people just starting to get back in shape. Stretching first appeared in 1980 as a new generation of Americans became committed to running, cycling, aerobic training, and workouts in the gym — all of which are commonplace now.

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The Importance of Making Your Bed


My Bed ©2011

One corner of my room…the neat side. The other side would scare you! 🙂

One of the continuing themes that has developed in this blog is that switching from an “unhealthy” lifestyle to a “healthy” lifestyle is very very hard!

And what does “making your bed” have to do with “getting healthy?”  Well to most people there may not be a connection, but for me there is.

Keep reading; all will be revealed.

Prepare yourselves, dear readers, all 7 of you who are reading this blog, because once again, we are about to enter the weird and wonderful world of “Tony’s Brain”….

cue the music please, hang onto the guide rope and if you get lost, well, the monster in the subconscious has to be fed somehow doesn’t he?  heh heh heh…

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