Dance, Life, and Lunges

June 9, 2007

Things WILL get better!

Filed under: exercise, Idle Thoughts, Life — thatdancinggirl @ 10:12 am

Well, yesterday I completely got my @ss kicked by the physics midterm, but I can’t blame anyone but myself for it. Lately, my attention and motivation in school has been waning, and as a result, I ended up cramming the night before. Correction: I convinced myself that I was cramming, but really I fell asleep on my notes. Not the best study method eh? Especially not when one is supposed to make her GPA skyrocket so that she can be accepted into med school (and right now, that is a near impossible feat!).

Normally, I would¬†beat myself up after such a devastating failure, however, I don’t have the time to do so. I have two midterms back to back on Monday, and I need to be completely focussed in order to prevent “Friday” from happening again. Seriously, I need to step up my game. From this moment onwards, I’m going to rock school (i.e. I will try much, much, MUCH harder).

Wish me luck ūüėÄ

¬†In other news, exercise has been on a hiatus, as I have been [pretending to] study. During my half-hour break at work on Thursday, I decided to exercise a bit, instead of vegging out in front of our t.v. set. It’s amazing how much one can complete in just 1/2 an hour. I knew that in order raise my heart rate in such a short amount of time, I couldn’t be lazy, so I did lunges, dead bug flies on the bosu, squats on the bosu, crunches, and woodcutters all back to back to back to back! Wowee what a workout, and I felt so good after I was done. The lunges worked so well that my legs are still kind of sore (two days after). Since I am typically short on time whenever I workout, I should concentrate in getting a lot more high intensity stuff in the short period of time. <— *that was a bad sentence haha*

Anyways, must go study!

Ciao ūüėČ


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.


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!


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!


May 29, 2007

Back on the Wagon [Day 3]

Filed under: exercise — thatdancinggirl @ 8:52 pm

I had such a great workout today. Really! The past couple weeks (okay months maybe) I have really been slacking off as far as workouts go. I mean, yeah I was getting a decentcalorie count (averaging to about 400 calories per half-hour of cardio) and sweat loads during the random times that I decided to actually work out, but I never felt as if I were challenging myself.

Today I did.

I eschewed the Stairmaster and instead, opted for the Step Mill (giant escalator-like machine). My co-worker has been urging me to try it out since forever, telling me that it was a better workout than just the Stairmaster; I felt otherwise. The first time I ever tried the Step Mill, maybe 3 or 4 years ago, I did about 10 minutes and hated it. I hadn’t been on ever since then, well, not until today. Today I walked straight to it and jumped right on. Oooweee what a workout! I barely got through 20 minutes of it! My thighs were killing me, I was out of breath, sweat was pouring down my face, and I was loving it (too bad I couldn’t do a complete 30 min).

To finish off my cardio, I decided to spend the last 10 minutes on the Stairmaster, and just use a higher level than I’m used to. I was walking to the magazine rack to grab something to read, when my manager waved to me. She was working out on the elliptical and was pointing frantically at our maintenance guy (whom I absolutely adore). He was working out on one of our newer machines, the Arc Trainer and looked pretty much beat. The poor guy was drenched in sweat and beet red! My manager wanted me to try the machine out with him, so that’s exactly what I did.

Oh my gosh!

I didn’t know this before, but the Arc Trainer is like the elliptical machine BUT A MILLION TIMES HARDER! Oh man,¬†my legs have basically had it now, I’m pooped!

After all that cardio (okay 35 mins isn’t much, but its okay), I got about 20 minutes of shoulders and arms done, and then spent a good 15-20 minutes on core work. I recently learned how to do a dead-bug on the Bosu ball and have become obsessed with it (since I’m not so great on it). Today I was finally able to do a full extension of the leg and arm without toppling over. I’m proud ūüôā I also did a whole bunch¬†woodcutters with a medicine ball and some Bosu plank-and-drive-ins.

I admit, I had fallen off the exercising bandwagon, because school and work got so busy. But now I’m back on and so motivated to improve myself. I want to lose about¬†15 lbs by the end of summer or mid-September, and so I’ve got to work super hard to achieve that. Hopefully I’m able to create an exercise plan (something on my to-do list) and be able to stick with it.

Wish me luck!!!

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