Weight Loss Results Week #11

I had another good week and this gentle momentum feels good.  I weighed in at 183 today.  I am inching closer and closer to the 180 threshold.  I was pleased I still logged some weight loss despite the celebratory nom-noms I had this past weekend for my birthday.  I was a good girl and only bought one of those mini-cakes from Publix so I wouldn’t be tempted to eat, oh let’s just say half the cake.  It was perfect for a small slice for me and then to share with the family and friends and be done with it.

Working out has still been a challenge for me and I haven’t done my work out video in several weeks.  I have continued to do strengthening exercises with my therabands for my ankles which has really helped my left ankle that had a bad flare up recently.  I still can not go on relevé on my left foot because of the tightness in the ankle but it is feeling better and looser.  My right ankle on the other hand is acting like a champion and thinks it’s ready for the Mariinsky stage LOL.  I recently ran over my left foot with a shopping cart and ended up with a seriously painful boo-boo on my pinky toe.  Walking proved very difficult for days and it still hurts.  I thought at first the toe could have been broken with a hairline crack, and I think it may still be, otherwise it is severely bruised.  I had to walk on the inside of my foot for days which made my left calf  feel like a lead brick and I am sure has added some tenderness in the left ankle too. Shoes were something I could barely tolerate, I’ve been going in my socks as much as I can.   Thankfully each day it has logged improvement.  I see myself sidelined by a pinky toe and I want to go en pointe?  I need to definitely take more care and get stronger.  How I keep getting these ridiculous injuries is concerning but also it attests to my physical fitness – I need to get some!  Ballet classes are less than two months away and that will certainly be a wonderful contributor to increasing my physical fitness.  I can hardly wait!

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It’s the Simple Ballet Things…

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Back to First Position Image

I got my first subscription issue of Pointe magazine in the mail!  Yay!

Also, at my library I checked out a copy of Apollo’s Angels by Jennifer Homans.  I have been wanting to read this for a long time and now I can!

It’s the simple ballet things that make me happiest sometimes. 🙂

She’s Got Legs

OK, so I have a secret obsession.  I go onto Discount Dance Supply and DanceWear Solutions, among other dance supply websites, and dream about the pointe shoes and leo’s I will fit into one day.  Also, the dancers on there are so pretty and I dream of having a shape similar to some of them one day.

So has anyone else been on their site and seen this dancer? Yessss….I was perusing the pointe shoes and dreaming….if they just didn’t make those things so pretty, pink, and shiny!

 Holi Canoli!  THOSE are the legs I aspire to one day. 

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Discount Dance Supply Image of Elena Lobsanova

Weight Loss Results Week #10 – Half Way Point

This week I weighed in at 184!  I lost one pound from last week.  I am pleased!  I feel like I am knocking on the door of going below the 180 threshold.  While I was wanting to be at a different number at the half way point of my weight loss this summer, I am feeling good about where I am today.  I have lost 11  lbs in the past 10 weeks!  Some days and weeks were much harder than others and some weeks the weight just drained off like water.  I wish more weeks were like those!

All in all I am feeling great about my weight loss and looking forward to my ballet classes that will be starting in 8 weeks!!!!

Here’s another update to throw in here.  Remember my post on taking my measurements? I have lost 3.5 inches over the past month too!  2 of those inches are from my waist alone.  I am SO glad I started taking my measurements.  That feels awesome!

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Quitters and Winners

Just gotta say it felt great to do my ballet workout yesterday.  I felt more myself and centered.  My ankle even felt better afterwards.  I could even point it!

Though I have had my struggles in life to keep the momentum going for something I have started…this phrase struck a chord in me and settled itself somewhere deep.

Winners never quit and quitters never win.

I’m not going for the gold in the ballet-olympics but I will never lose this weight if I quit, because then the fat wins.  By quitting, I am only giving up on myself.  When I think about what that means, how sad is that?  Then I realized that I got this way because I did give up on myself. Time to fight for team BTFP!

I gotta do the work to get the results, especially when it’s the hardest.  Sometimes that is the most rewarding.

Weight Loss Results Week #9

This week I feel good about my results.  I weighed in at 185 today, meaning I have lost 10 lbs overall so far.  That’s gaining 1 pound from last week but given the food poisoning circumstances, I am pleased.  I weighed myself through the week and I bounced between 186-185 and for the past 2 days it’s been 185.  So, I feel like these are real results and not an anomaly.  I have been eating normally, not great but not awful either, and steadily getting back into my routine post back injury and food poisoning.  I have really been working hard on curtailing the emotional eating and recognizing when it rears its’ ugly head.  It’s preferred performance time tends to be 9:30 at night.

My left ankle, which is the one I badly sprained last Spring, decided to have a flare up in the past few days. (I guess it didn’t like my back getting all of the attention)  I am not sure why it flared up but I have been wearing a brace on it and it has gotten much better.  So today will be the first day I return to working out since my back injury.  I feel it is ready and since my workout is very low impact, my ankle will do fine.  I will be wearing the brace AND my new ballet flats for the first time.  YAY!

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New Ballet Goodies!!!

Got me some new ballet goodies! Oh yeah!

See, I didn’t mean to get them but the dance store was right next door to a business my hubby had me drop off some paperwork.  All the way there I was like “Don’t need to go in there.  Don’t need to go in there.  Don’t need to go in there.  Don’t need to go in there.  Ok maybe I could just loooook.”

Lookie, lookie what I gottie!!!

Ballet Goodies

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I walked in really just wanting some new leg warmers that were not so long. I am short and my thigh length leg warmers are more like waist length on me.  The sales girl was so cute when I asked for the stirrup style and she said, “The kind that you want to go over your pointe shoes, right?”  Oh how I wish it was to go over pointe shoes!  I bought a pair that is 27″ and when stretched out comes just above the knee on me .

Then I thought I would check into some new flats.  Ya know, just peruse the selection.

I wanted new flats because when wearing my old ones the foot pad always hit the ball of my left foot in a bad spot, especially in relevé. I needed something that had a wider pad and I found Bloch’s “Pro Elastic” with a very wide foot pad. It even feels a little bit cushy. It’s not the prettiest shoe but it feels good on my foot and no more pain. The elastics were even sewn on too!  Talk about ballet swag and they came home in the bag!