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3 Months from now you will Thank YourselfI’m starting… …again.

I’m not going to lie, I’m not “into this” or “excited” about working out.  I’m depressed.  I’m pissed off at myself for letting my body get out of shape and gaining back 20 lbs of the 70 lbs that I had lost.

Back in March when Covid-19 hit and the whole country shut down I was at my half-way point: 70 lbs gone / 70 lbs left to loose.

Now that number is 50 lbs lost / 90 lbs left to loose.

Now,  just walking to the kitchen to get coffee feels like I’m working out.  SIGH

But, the first dance competition of 2021 is in 107 days, in mid-March, and that is a little over three months, assuming that the Covid Pandemic is on the wane and the event is ACTUALLY HELD!

Which means that if I want to dance with my students in a weekend competition, then I have to get moving NOW!  Because frankly if the event were this weekend instead of three and a half months from now, I would not be able to physically do it.  No way, no how.

The sucky part of this is that getting OUT OF SHAPE is so frigging easy.  That is what the body wants to do!  Getting into shape and staying in shape is hard. Just doing that first teeny tiny step, then taking the next teeny tiny step…SIGH

But both mentally and physically I feel AWFUL right now.  I want to feel better.  So…today  I will do some “easy wall pushups”  I will do one lap of the “stairs” (I’ll explain what I mean by that in my next post) and I will do some stretching.

And it will be a start…again.

Heads up…

For those of you who are still on the mailing list, or see this on Facebook and/or Twitter etc, I am going to keep posts short, VERY SHORT.   For the most part.  LOL  We’ll see how that plan works…  I’m not known among my friends for my ability to “keep things short.”  I do tend to ramble on…  Tell the long tale…  oh!  Ooops!  LOL

Wish me luck.

I’ve lost SEVEN pounds! Oh! eM! Gee! Woot! Whoo Hooo!


7.5 Pounds gone since 6.19.2015!!!!!!!!!

snoopy_happy_danceI’m freakin’ out here!  Literally I’m typing with this HUGE ear to ear smile on my face.  Do you know what is like to drink your morning coffee with your lips stretched out ear to ear?

Messy.  Very messy.

But SEVEN FRIGGIN’ POUNDS!  It’s a miracle!  I’m seeing the face of Elvis in my coffeemate! There are frogs raining from the sky!

Ok, ok, I am a weeeeeeeeeee bit excited by this.

You may have noticed.

I do have trouble opening up and expressing myeslf after all.  I need to work on that.

SEVEN POUNDS! and 1% body fat!  In LESS THAN TWO WEEKS!

Did I mention I have lost weight?  Oh, I did? ooops.  My bad.

Just to be specific:   I weighed 318.6 lbs on 19-June-2015.  This morning, (AM reading), 02-July-2015, just 13 days later I weighed 311.12 lbs

318.6 – 311.12 = 7.48  (rounding) = 7.5 lbs!!!!!!!!!!!!

OH. EM. GEE!  Like totally! [in my best Valley Girl voice]

This morning’s revelation…

Breaking NewsNo, I’m not going all Biblical on you.  Revelation as in “news.”  Back on 6-19-2015  or 25-June-2015 for my European friends, I weighed in.

I had not stepped onto the scale in literally months.  Yes, I had been a bad boy.  Mea Cupla.  I had partaken of the chocolate chip cookies.  I had drank of the 100% whole milk.  I had eaten of the deep dish pizza.

Maxima Mea Culpa.

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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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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…

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


News Flash

orange tabby cat on newspaper (CC)

I went by Jenny Craig yesterday…

[drum roll please]

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!

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