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Day Two… Small Steps and Overdoing it on Day 1…

Another short post…

Stuff I did good yesterday.

Tape Measure on a Cat [CC]

Does this thing make me look fat?

“Good” = “better than what I was doing.”  “Good” does not equal “perfection” just “better”

  • One complete day without Diet Coke.  Yay!
  • Breakfast was two eggs, two slices of toast and orange juice and coffee (we won’t discuss that breakfast was around 11am since I slept til 10:30ish)
  • Lunch (which was actually around 5:30pm was grilled chicken sandwich (mustard and extra veggies) and ice tea at Sonic.  (I didn’t know Sonic sold Ice Tea…  LOL — Note to self and to the six people actually reading this “no fast food” means that if I do have to do something on the run, I do something from the few “good” choices and there are some, a few, at just about every fast food joint.)
  • Dinner (around 11pm-ish) was a sandwich and potato salad and ice tea. (I was EXHAUSTED when I got home so we went the easy route)

Let the applause commence!

On the “over did it” front:

I used my body WAY too much.  I had dance practice with my partner but before we started dancing we did some cycling and some lifting and stretching for about half an hour.

Then we danced for an hour.

Then I had 3 hours of West Cost Class and social dancing in between.  When I got home, around 10:30ish, after going by Kroger, I was so sore.

I couldn’t get to sleep until almost 2am.  Then I kept waking up all night because my legs hurt; I finally got up around 6 am, so I’ll probably need a nap sometime today.  I definitely overused my legs; they are literally aching right now, even as I type this, especially the big muscles in the back of the legs and the ankles and the arches of my feet.

NOTE to self.  On a big “dance day” I shouldn’t also do “aerobics” and lifting.  I should do those on non-dance-practice days.

Stuff for today:

Cat sleeping in the net of a socer goal with caption that reads "I haz a goal and I iz sleepinz on itz."I’m glad that today is a “computer” day where I update my Squidoo articles and add more products to my Zazzle store, etc.

I am going to TRY to get to the 24 hour fitness near me for an hour today to work on learning the new Smooth Advanced dance for ACDA/UCWDC.

Today, however, is also “laundry day” which for me, at my current fitness level counts as “exercise”.  *sigh*  I really need to take photos or better yet, a short video of the trek up and down the stairs to the laundry room.  You fine folks reading this really do need visuals to truly appreciate the ordeal involved in the simple statement “Today is Laundry Day.”  Ugh.

All in all, day one went well.  Day two is underway and I basically have no choice any longer.  I have to get healthy or else.  We don’t want to think about the “or else.”

There you have it.  Stay tuned.  And wish me success.

See ya on the dance floor.


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

Putting “Getting Fit and Healthy” into Perspective

An interesting comment at Worlds, sparks some deep thought and a very long blog post…

Backdrop on the stage at Worlds 2013While I was at the World Championships of Country Western Dance, I pretty much cornered anyone who would listen to me for more than 60 seconds and regaled them with my “plans for the coming year.”

Side note:  for those of you who want me to get to the point without my usual “Tony Ramblings”  *ahem*  Today’s topic is:

“trying to come up with an analogy that accurately encompasses the magnitude of someone’s effort to ‘get fit and healthy'”

Tigger bouncingBut saying it that concisely just sounds way to scholarly for my taste.  And it is Borrrring!  And way *not fun* and way “too brief”, so back to the ramblings of Tony’s Brain as I set up the picture for you.  🙂

So, at Worlds, I “trapped” lots of people and forced them to watch me make like Tigger as I bounced around in excitement and effused about my plans for the coming year!

Just in case you don’t know who Tigger is watch this video:

This enforced captivity on the part of my listeners at Worlds usually started off with the innocent and alluring sounding statement

“Did you hear my good news?  I won a spot on the US DanceSport Team!  China here I come!  then…

Read the rest of this entry

Quickie post–I’m moving forward again! Woot!

News Flash

orange tabby cat on newspaper (CC)

I went by Jenny Craig yesterday…

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And I lost 3.5 lbs last week!

I’m back on track and moving forward again!

Yay!  Happy Dance!  Woo Hoo!

And now I return you to your regularly scheduled Internet browsing

See ya on the dance floor!

I’m ready for my closeup…

Someone wake me when the Pulitzer People call…

Diva Kitty (CC)Yawn…. Another new day, another increase in lensrank… 😉 One becomes so used to fame so quickly… *Yawn*


Am I fooling anyone??? OMG!!!! OMG!!!! OMG!!! This is so cool!

My article that I was so happy about yesterday:

Easy Line Dances for Weddings, Company Picnics, Family Reunions, and Parties of all Kinds

has gone up AGAIN in the rankings when they released the current numbers this morning including daily stats from yesterday!

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# 1   in Entertainment & Media » Dance » Other Dance Topics
# 1   in Entertainment & Media » Dance
#66 in Entertainment & Media


# 770 Overall

out of almost 2 million articles!!!! WOO HOO

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