Dance, Life, and Lunges

May 30, 2007

Day 4

Filed under: bharata natyam, Dance, exercise — thatdancinggirl @ 5:47 am

6:40 am

After a week of avoidance, today I woke up at 5:45 am determined to practice dance and really sweat it out. Sadly, it didn’t turn out that way. I decided to practice my varnam (the long, hard piece) because I will be performing it at the end of July at a festival, however, I was just too tired to practice. I did some of it, but mostly I “faked” it and listened to the music.

Disappointing.

I am kinda warm and sweaty, but I think that has more to do with the weather than the actual dancing (this past week we have been blessed with oodles of sunshine and warmth). I’ll definitely try this again, but after a cup of some much needed coffee.

Ciao for now!

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11:34 pm

Okay so today didn’t go exactly as planned. I didn’t get any studying done and I certainly did not have a chance to do any cardio before my shift started. Luckily, one of my friends was at the gym and she wanted to learn a couple exercises. I spent an hour with her doing deadbugs, planks, squats, and many MANY lunges. Needless to say, by the end of that session, I was warm, my heart rate was slightly higher, and I was giddy with excitement [from all those endorphins] :). But seriously now, I really have to commit to exercising. Consistency is key!

I weighed myself today after about a month, and I’ve lost about 5 lbs since I last checked in. That sounds all fine and dandy, but last time I had weighed myself, I was 7 lbs heavier than my original weight. So in actuality, I have gained 2lbs….but lets pretend that didn’t happen. Okay, I can’t do that, that would be immature. Now, instead of losing the 15 lbs that I originally wanted to, I have to lose 17lbs. 2 lbs isn’t thaaaat much…only 7000 calories…yikes!

Well, we’ll see how I do tomorrow!

Nighty-night!

May 11, 2007

Second Wind

Filed under: Dance — thatdancinggirl @ 5:44 am

I’m excited about Bharata Natyam again.

After dreading dance practice for the past couple days, suddenly all I want to do is watch Bharata Natyam, read about Bharata Natyam, and most importantly, dance Bharata Natyam.

What brought along such a change? Well, I just took my practice out of context (my rec room/dance studio) and took it to the gym. Did you know that BOSU balls are excellent for practicing mandi adavus (full squats) and poses? I swear, my thighs are still sore! By combining my traditional dance class with my traditional work out at the gym, I’ve suddenly created a new and useful exercise program for myself. It still needs a bit of tweeking, but once I’ve finalized my exercise/dance program, I’ll post it up on here.

I think I’ll end off here though…I know it was a boring post….but I’m sleepy haha.

Till next time!

May 8, 2007

Focus

Filed under: Dance, Life — thatdancinggirl @ 4:06 am

 

“Don’t chase after the past,

Don’t seek the future.

The past is gone,

The future hasn’t come yet.

See clearly on the spot,

The object which is now.”

– The Buddha –

The above quote has got to be one of my absolute favourites.

Why, you ask?

Well, lets just say, that I belong to the majority of university students who tend to do anything and EVERYTHING except what they are actually supposed to do; in simpler terms, I am a self-confessed, master procrastinator. Reading this quote sort of puts me back on track, at least until something else distracts me.

Today was the first day of the summer semester. Although the workload for today was quite light (read the syllabus…yay), I can feel my internal to-do list lengthening by the minute. During my 3 week spring “non-break”, I became a little over-ambitious, and scheduled as many things as I possible could for the next two weeks…am I regretting that? Not yet. However, in order to stay on top of things, I’m going to have to mend my time-wasting-ways and actually do what I am supposed to do. Sigh

So today, after four days of just oozing lethargy, I finally made my way back to the gym. Correction. I made my way back to the gym IN my workout clothes WITH the intention to workout. You see, I am a weight trainer at the local YMCA, so I spend a lot of time there…unfortunately, most of that time is not spent “goddess-a-fying” my body. Well anyways, it was really warm today and I didn’t feel like exercising much, so I thought I would just do a quick little thing and get outta there (don’t get me wrong…I love exercising…but sometimes it’s a love-hate relationship)…it didn’t work out that way. The gym was super busy, and filled mostly with my friends and co-workers, who all happened to be working out…I couldn’t slack off! So I basically OWNED the machine and sprinted back home on an adrenaline-high.

That high was short-lived.

I planned on practicing dance straight after I got home, but I ended up giving my younger sister a long-awaited lesson. Now, its my turn to practice…but I really don’t feel like it. If I were as strict on myself as I am on her, I would be a pro in no time….but I’ve been way too easy on myself. This has got to change. I’m babbling on aren’t I? I’m just trying to avoid my varanam (35 minute piece). Time to look back at the aforementioned quote and do what I have to do – – DANCE!

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