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!

Did You Know You Could “Port Your Bra”?

You must be thinking…Wow…you can dock yours?  Mooring lines and everything?  I bet you use those “bumpers” for padding too.  Well noooo….

I follow a blog called The Real Full House. Check it out.  It’s a very honest, heartwarming blog with a lot of great humor. The author recently posted an entry titled, Port Your Bra that is his hilarious interpretation of a dad while at a parents observation day at his daughters ballet school. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

I thought it was so relevant for those of us in the adult beginner ballet world.  I hope some fellow readers will be able to relate and get a kick out of it. Any person who is new to the language of ballet, or those of us refreshing, have heard some of the phrases said by our instructors and we’ve had to do some mental acrobatics to assimilate what was said, peek at the nearest dancer at what they are doing,  and then tell your body to do the same.

I would love to hear others’ funny interpretations of ballet movements!

Ballet T-Shirts

Ok, so several weeks ago I stumbled upon some dance-inspired t-shirts.  I love t-shirts and I would love to sport some of these to show off my ballet love.  I am definitely laying down some hints to my hubby for some of these for my upcoming birthday.

I especially love the artsy shirts from Cloud & Victory…I am obsessed with their shirts…me wants one or three!  Over on Adult Beginner’s blog she is offering a discount until June 15th on some Cloud & Victory shirts.  Head on over to her blog here to find out more!  Here are my favorites…love these!

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The Fouette
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The Jete
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Have you seen any of the shirts over at Discount Dance Supply?  There are just too many cute ones and the prices are great!  Here are a few of my faves…

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Keep Calm
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Stage Directions
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Ballet
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Do you have any ballet shirts?  Where have you found yours?

Mariinsky’s Swan Lake…What’s the Big Odile?

OK, so you know I have gone a little ga-ga about the live broadcast of the Mariinksy’s Swan Lake.  I was maybe a little (ok a lot) over the top in my excitement.  I have always, always, always, wanted to see the Kirov Mariinsky dance live. I can tell you it was worth it.  It was beautiful, graceful, elegant, and emotional.  I was completely taken by the grandeur and left breathless and with tears in my eyes.

Look!  Dancers can be funny too!

Silly dancers! You don’t need 3D glasses to be in 3D!

But that is the ending of the story….let’s start at the beginning…

I bought my tickets online on May 18th for a theater in a neighboring city since none of my local theaters were showing this.  Well, three days ago I learn that my local theater is going to be showing it. Yay!  I don’t have to drive over an hour away now.  I thought I could simply get a refund for the tickets at the distant location.  NOPE.  I had to go to the actual ticket office of the theater which was over an hour away.  I also had to do it before the showtime.  Say whuuut?  It really peeved me they could take my money electronically but could not do an electronic refund.  I went in dizzying rounds with the theater and I ended up donating those tickets to the city’s local ballet school.  At least, they went to some use.  So the start to my Mariinsky experience was not a pleasant one.  I rarely get peeved but I was really hot about this one.  Glad in the end I was able to turn that lemon into lemonade.  I hope a nice young dancer was able to enjoy the tickets and that seeing them dance made a difference in his/her dancing life.

So, my bestie, Mrs.L and I meet up at the theater.  We got ourselves dolled up for our ballet date and I was quite pleased I fit nicely in a LARGE sized dress shirt…I can’t remember the last time a large fit me. Food poisoning was flattering on me LOL.  Ms. L was pretty in pink in her ballet pink sweater.  We are the first in the theater and settle into our seats…..and by the time the curtain went up only 5 more people joined us in there.  I could NOT believe only 7 people attended this.  I just think the marketing in our area was not well done. When I contacted the ballet school I donated the tickets to, they were surprised to learn of the live broadcast.  They are a BIG metropolitan ballet school.  So this just wasn’t marketed well I think, otherwise I know more would have been attending this.

Now onto what you are really more interested in…the dancing!  Calling it dancing…isn’t really the best way to say what the dancers were doing on the stage.  It was more than that.  It was artistry, grace, strength, and elegance.  I was blown away. If you would like to see the online playbill for the Mariinsky’s Swan Lake it is here.   From the moment the curtain went up…I had tears in my eyes for about 10 minutes watching them.  I wear false eyelashes…and one of them nearly became a casualty to my tears. Haha!

The star in my eyes of Act I  scene 1 was the Joker, danced by Vasily Tkachenko and here is his Mariinsky bio.  He is a member of the Coryphees…wow.  I can’t wait to see where he is going to go. The best way I can describe him was that gravity did not apply to Vasily.  His jumps would just hang in the air for a few moments before floating to the ground.  He had such explosive power but his control made it look light as air.  I am now a HUGE fan of Vasily!  The link to YouTube on his name shows his performance as the Jester from a few months ago but I think what I saw last night was even better.  It was like the dancers were on fire.

Ok, so Act I, scene 2 opens at the lake.  Was anyone else blown away by the swans swimming in the background?  They looked real!  Really masterful prop work done there.  I am practically holding my breath until the swans dance on stage.  I just love how they take the stage.  I have always been in love with the choreography of Swan Lake and at times I could just imagine how it would feel to be dancing those steps with the other swans.  Then she is there…Ekaterina Kondaurova.  I was not very familiar with her before last night’s show but I was beyond impressed with her. Here’s her Mariinsky bio.  How she emoted with her face and eyes, the swan-like mannerisms…just pure artistry.  She was able to pull me in and make me believe she really was the swan queen.  Now in Act II as Odile…WOW she was fantastic!  Her blazing eyes pulled you in and you couldn’t help but be pulled along with her with each fiery step.

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The next dancer, kinda stole the show for me and I am a bit sheepish about it.  You’re not supposed to like the bad guy right?  Well, the dancing of Andrei Yermakov as Von Rothbart  was a force to be reckoned with.  I have nothing but praise for the whole company but he was something stellar.  Here is his Mariinsky Bio.  You read that right, the dude is only a second soloist…say whuuut?  Mariinsky…you need to promote him and promote him now!  His facial expressions and eyes…even how he breathed was all Von Rothbart.  I wished he was able to dance more!

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So I sit here this morning, grateful I was able to see such artistry and grace on the big screen last night and wishing it wasn’t over.  It felt like such a glorious dream I never wanted to wake up from.  It feels good to have done something I always wanted to do and that was to see the Mariinsky dance live.

 Thank you Mariinsky!