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Monday, April 2, 2012

Irish dance diet

Irish dance diet day one
Week One-Day One
155 pounds

I'm starting something new today.  The Irish dance diet.

Yes, you heard me right.  I'm going to use Irish dance to lose my extra weight and get back into shape.

After having five babies, I've gone back to my Irish dance class. It's a bit harder to get off the floor now than it used to be and I have goals I want to accomplish in dance!

Then, last summer I slipped a disc in my back which put me out of commission for a few months.  I gained a good ten pounds from the lack of exercise. When I went back to class again I ended up with severe sciatic nerve pain that put me right down on bed rest.

It's a vicious cycle that begins with weight gain, spirals to a lack of exercise and keeps going.

So I've decided that if I'm going to accomplish not only my dance goals, but other goals in my life, I need to go for it.

Here's the plan:

Irish dance class twice a week, and dance practice at home at least three more times a week, coupled with a healthy diet that will help me get to my goals.

What are my goals?

Lose 30 pounds by September 1st
Condition myself and improve my stamina and technique in Irish dance
Drop down to the &overs and get a solo dress for competition

Why am I doing this?

I either need to bite the bullet, lose the weight and become a real dancer, or resign myself to dancing at less than my capabilities.

Wish me luck!


  1. Oh good luck Can't wait to see all your progress.

  2. Good luck Christy! I think that is an awesome goal!

  3. Good luck! I always lose when I really apply myself to dance to get ready for a comp.

  4. Good luck! You're an inspiration, as I'm doing something similar, i.e. going back to Irish dance classes as a focus of my fitness program. The attraction for me is that 2 hours in dance class goes by so quickly and enjoyably - plus it's downright therapeutic. I also find myself craving healthier foods, drinking more water, etc. when I dance on a regular basis. One of my goals, in addition to losing weight, is to sign up for my school feis this fall. The thought of getting up and dancing under lights in front of a panel of judges, musicians, my dancing peers, their families and my teacher is a major motivator!

  5. Oooh, ooh! I want to join in the dance diet :) I've actually been dancing more and training for a half marathon, and my diet is pretty good -- but could always be better! I have a severely slow metabolism and some other physical attributes that keep me from burning calories at a normal rate. I also am trying to lose 30 lbs to get to a healthy weight that will make both dancing and long-distance running easier on my joints.

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