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What You Find, What You Feel

“What you know, To be real.”

Yesterday I went to the doctor.  He thinks I have Anemia.  I have to take expensive iron pills.  It might be good news because I researched Anemia and saw that it can cause Insomnia and pale skin.  Maybe I am not this pale in real life!!  😉  And maybe I will get rid of the Insomnia when I correct the Anemia.

Also good news–my BP is NORMAL.  Before the last few weeks, my BP has not been in the normal range in years!!  I have always been in pre-hypertension range.  It has to be the muscle-building workouts.  It is the only thing I am doing different.  Other workouts didn’t make this big of a difference in my BP.  I have discovered something here!!

I taught my classes yesterday.  We are getting ready for a big Halloween performance!!  This is a busy time of year followed by a slow time of year when Halloween ends.  We are also starting the Level 2 Combos.  Those will not go away when Halloween comes.  They will keep going into the new year!!  (Unlike my countdown!!)

295 down, 70 to go!!!!

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Gotta Make a Move to A Town That’s Right for Me

“Won’t you take me to Funkytown??”

I was at a party last night and the DJ played that song.  I took it as a sign that I should go home.  Funkytown, really??

It has been four whole days since I have updated and I wasn’t even on a cruise!!  LOL.  I am still getting used to having a job in addition to my bellydance schedule but I plan to do better on the updating.  I want to see this goal through.  I am so close to reaching my goal and I want to finish this right.

I didn’t blog as much but I still got my hours in and did all my workout which are definitely working.  My frienemy the heartless be-otch we all call the scale let me know it’s working.  I don’t hate her as much this week but she is still on watch!!

I practiced with Hareem Shar’eem on Wednesday, The Shuvani Jezebels on Thursday, Wicked Gypsy on Friday and everyone yesterday in prep for a gig we had last night.

Yesterday was a gaming convention called Con on the Cob.  I taught a workshop during the day and we had a show last night.  My workshop was supposed to be an hour and they cut it in half because of scheduling problems so it was 30 minutes.  It was really hard to teach a choreography in a beginner class in 30 minutes because I had to cover technique of movements too.  I did the best I could and we got through some of the dance.  Also, a new thing for me–having the class streamed on the internet!!

Our show was supposed to be 45 minutes but it got cut to 30 because of scheduling problems.  We cut 5 pieces out of the line up.  It was a bit of a nightmare trying to work it all out.  Also, once we got in there, the stage had mics and a giant podium up there so we had to move everything to the floor in front at the last second.  I have to say, the dancers were great about all the changes and just went with it.  I am so happy that all the dancers are able to go with the flow even when the situation is rough.  I am very proud of everyone I work with!!  Shout out to everyone who danced last night!!  You made a bad situation fun!!

Also, a shout out to Gina who just had surgery and was very missed at last night’s show.  Please heal quickly!!  We hope to be dancing with you again soon!!!

293 down, 72 to go!!!

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It’s a Rich Man’s Game

“It’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it.”

Yesterday I did a lot of practice and work and taught my classes.  Today I started a new job that is not a dance job so that could get in the way of my progress if I let it.  But I won’t.  I will let the new job take the place of my chill out hours or sleep hours or something.  I must continue to work out and practice dance!!

It is a part-time social work job.  My old boss needed help and called me.  I am hoping it just helps me with my goals and my travels because I will have more cash.  We’ll see!!  I still have to practice today so I better get on it!!

288 down, 77 to go!!!

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Born, Born, Born

“Born to be alive.  You’ve got to be alive.”

Today wore me out!!  Wicked Gypsy practiced the Halloween piece over and over and over today for two hours.  Then we went outside and practiced fire for another hour. 

During that time Lena taught us all how to light our fingers on fire.  We were transferring fire from a lit wick to an unlit wick with our fingers.  I burned my index finger of my left hand because I didn’t rub it out fast enough.  The worst part–I messed up the shellac on that finger too!!  (Now we will see if Gina still reads my blog.)  Need new shellac!!  I’ll be calling!!

After we were done, I came in the house and sat down.  I instantly fell asleep.  I was so tired.  Now I found the cure for Insomnia–light myself on fire!!

I did a workout when I woke up even though I was tired and sooo did not want to.  I always feel so much more accomplished when I really didn’t want to do the workout but did it anyway.

286 down, 79 to go!!!


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Imagine All the People

“Living for today.”

So Melanie came over and we practiced fire like I mentioned in the last blog.  We practiced a routine we knew and made up one that we don’t know yet.

Yesterday I slept all day long.  It was the most bizarre thing.  I did my workout, went to the grocery store, and then slept all afternoon.  The good part is that while I was at the grocery store, I took my blood pressure.  It was NORMAL!!!  It is never normal.  My goal is always to be in the pre-hypertension range so that I don’t have to go back on medication.  Normal isn’t even on my radar.  It has to be the workouts.  There really isn’t anything else that I am doing differently.  I wouldn’t even say that I am eating “right” right now.  I’m not cutting down like I should really.  I’m not going crazy or anything but I wouldn’t use the words heart smart diet either.  Could be the weights add something my body needed.  Who knows.  I am very pleased though.

Last night after my hundred hour power nap, I went to The Light-Up Akron Festival.  That festival looks great now.  It has come a long way.  On the way out, I bumped into a band playing by the gallery.  They are called Mustache Yourself and they are inspired by Django Reinhardt.  It so nice to hear that sound.  I love that kind of music.  I stood there until they finished their set and then I came home to look them up on the internet where they list their inspiration as Django.  Awesome!!!  And the best part is that they are from Akron.  I can see them again!!!

283 down, 82 to go!!!

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“Freak Out!!”

So let’s start with Tuesday:  I went to the final Zafira performance in Pittsburgh and it was a wonderful show.  Totally worth the drive.  They always have it together.  Regardless of how many people they have on stage, they all hold their own.  They are always together and connected.  There isn’t one person who ‘kinda’ knows the routine; they all know it.  There isn’t a person in the back who is following; none of them have to follow.  100% of them have done the work they need to do to hit the stage.  I long for that!!  Many dancers feel like almost is good enough but is it??  Is it if getting it really great is achievable.  It takes more time and people don’t want to take more time so they get to that ‘good enough’ place and set up camp.  If everyone is doing their absolute best then that is completely acceptable but are they?? 

Zafira is so inspiring.  We can do better!!  Be inspired with me!!

Wednesday I practiced with Hareem shar’eem for Con on the Cob.  We perform there next week.  After our show there is a Star Trek party with and open bar.  How can I not love this gig??

Yesterday, I practiced improv with The Shuvani Jezebels as well as my Wicked Gypsy piece.  We are well into the fall season and won’t get a break until Halloween is over.  Then I can work on the new things I am planning!!  Tonight Melanie is coming over to practice fire.  More later!!

282 down, 83 to go!!!


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The Writing’s on the Wall

“We are the youth gone wild!!”

So I am in the middle of my “muscle burns fat” workouts.  Still in the first month.  Again I will say it is like nothing I have done in the past.  It is all with weights.  I like it and I am going to go for the whole three months but this program makes me realize how weak I am.  I am too tall to be this weak!!  Where she uses 20 pounds, I use eight!!  Hopefully after 90 days I will change that.  Now I notice muscles more often when I look at people and then I realize I don’t have any.  I have never had any.  I am hoping that even though this is how my body is use to being, I can still change it!!

I also taught two classes.  Drilling and Pirate Choreography.  Everyone is working so hard to learn the pirate piece in time for our seasonal gigs that start in two weeks!!!  We are getting there but it is definitely crunch time!!  I should drill my stuff today.

Tonight I am going to Club Bellydance in Pittsburgh.  I picked that over the Cleveland version because I want to see Zafira’s last show.  they have been one of my great influences and I will miss seeing them perform as a group.  Hopefully, they will continue to bring great teachers to Pittsburgh at Zafira studios though!!  I spend a lot of time driving there each year.

280 down, 85 to go!!!

I am in my last quarter of the year.  It’s getting down to the wire.  It looks like I will make it to my goal but you never know!!  I could get sick.  I could get an offer to go on tour.  I could get kidnapped and returned on January 1.  Stay tuned!!