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Monday, April 9, 2012

Irish dance diet and the benefits of daily practice

Ghillie marks on my feet
My motivation to practice daily varies depending on whether or not I have a feis or performance coming up and what else is going on in my life.  But when I consistently practice my dancing on a daily basis I see a big difference.  Check out the ghillie marks proudly shown on my feet above.  Gotta love it!

My technique improves by leaps and bounds (pun intended)

I have more energy to dance and less compulsion to overeat, thus creating a positive cycle.

I learn my dances and retain them longer, much to my teacher's relief.

I feel confident in my ability to perform and shine in front of the judges.

How about you?  Do you see a difference when you consistently practice!

This week I did pretty good and was down two pounds on Thursday.  Then we went to Texas Roadhouse to celebrate my brother and sister in laws' success in their Biggest Loser contest (good job guys!), and Easter Sunday we had too much food.  I still counted calories but only ended up losing a pound. Still, one step closer!

Week One
Weight lost= 1 pound
Total weight loss=1 pound


  1. Um...you always remember you're dances anyway. It made me totally jealous. :)

  2. Well I got overly enthusiastic about going back to dance class after a hiatus of several months. So enthusiastic that I strained a leg muscle. Nothing serious, just a reminder that I can't literally jump back into dance class without some preparation, a warmup before class and a plan for pacing myself until I'm up to speed. I have a couple of soft shoe dances that include multiple vertical jumps. I was having so much fun, I kept going like the Energizer Bunny. Now I need a t-shirt that says, "I'm not a creaky old lady, this is a dance injury!"

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