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March 2013

Swing Madness!

 

 

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I have been very fortunate this year to have been chosen to dance in a tour with the famous Glenn Miller Band from the United States!

They are coming to New Zealand during May and June, and we are touring the North and South Islands with them, and we will be busting it out Swing style to their amazing sounds.

I’m so excited! We started rehearsals last week, and so far I am having an absolute ball. My partner is fantastic, so much energy and we both act like clowns but give the dancing everything we’ve got. There are only four dancers for this tour, so I feel very honoured to be a part of it.

Our choreographer is doing a fantastic job of capturing the authentic Swing style, and incorporating movements that suit the four dancers with our backgrounds in Jazz, Hip Hop, Cabaret, Ballet, Tap and Contemporary. It is certainly the most fun I’ve had dancing in a while.

Something about Swing dancing, and Swing music just makes me so happy, and makes me smile. Maybe it’s because I have so many fond memories of dancing with Swing Patrol in Melbourne, or maybe it’s the thrill of being whipped around the dance floor by my partner, who knows.

One thing I will tell you, is if you want a good cardio workout, go do some Swing Dancing! I’d forgotten how energetic it is and how fit I was when I was performing the Swing show when I worked on Cruise Ships. You might not have to point your toes and turnout like you do in Ballet, but boy you will work up a sweat keeping up with the fast paced tracks, jumping and kicking those legs! And to think I have to do it all in heels eventually! Ahh

For this tour we will be learning 6 routines, and dancing almost every night of the month that we are on tour – bar those days that we are traveling further. I can foresee myself having many naps on the bus in between shows.

I’m looking forward to trying on all our costumes, I absolutely adore the fashion of that era and am keen to get into my high-waisted shorts, put my hair in some Victory Rolls, and smack on some red lipstick.

If you wanna come along and see us dancing our socks off, and hear the most amazing Swing Band of all time, tickets are selling on Ticketek so get in quick!

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One and a Half Days Left!

tracy 1So this week I challenged myself to stick to the first week of the Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis Dynamic Eating Plan.

It was basically a mix of vegetables, pureed and the combinations were tastier than I expected. I experimented with heating them up and having them cold to see what I liked better, some things such as the Sweet Potato and Corn pudding, were better warm. My favourite combo had to be the Vegie Protein Soup, which was basically Broccoli, Chicken, Celery, and some stock, and tasted delicious.

During the day I’ve found the small servings to suit me well, there are enough of them that you have something small every few hours, and it’s a good feeling that you are giving your body some yummy veggies to help fuel your workouts and cleanse your system.

I used a protein shake in the morning instead of her juice – as I don’t have a juicer – and on most days I didn’t eat the Chocolate Pudding as I don’t usually have dessert, so I still have 2 servings left of that. Even though it is SUPER YUM,  I decided to save it for this weekend.

During this week I have been doing the Tracy Anderson cardio and muscular structure workouts every day, and my energy levels have been good except for Day 5 where I felt tired and floppy.

The only alteration I had to the diet, was a couple of dinners with my husband, where I had a chicken breast and vegetables, and the other was a piece of beef and salad. When I compare these to the Vegie Protein Soup that was on the menu, it’s not much of a change. I still kept my servings small and didn’t add any breads, wheats, rice, or pasta.

So after my wee challenge I have Saturday afternoon and Sunday left to go, and I’m really feeling good about what I have achieved. I’ve been eating healthy all week and feel lighter in my stomach and after weighing myself I’ve lost 1.1kg.

Next week I will be up to my 10th day of the workouts which is when I will re-take all of my measurements (according to the instructions on this Metamorphosis program) so it will be interesting to see how my progress goes.

What I like about this program is that each week is a different menu, and every 10 days you change your muscular structure workout, so you are constantly being challenged, and you don’t get bored. Although one week is definitely long enough for this “Nutrient Boost” menu, because I was starting to get tired of  having the same options every day.

But, the results are inspiring me to carry on!

Next week the menu changes, to include protein bars – which I will use my protein shakes for – poached or boiled eggs, blueberries and kiwi fruit, and chicken breast with a variety of sides. Yum, looking forward to some more solid food. ha ha.

An Experiement

I’ve set a challenge for myself this week….to follow the perscribed diet plan as designed by personal trainer to the stars, Tracy Anderson.

There are 14 weeks worth of eating plans in this particular one I have from her, and this first week looks the hardest. I started preparing the food last night and it is all pureed for the first week. So no solids!

That will be a big challenge for me, not having much texture in the food. Like eating baby food for a week! The point of it, is to eat lots of smaller, nutrient dense foods and rid your body of impurities. A good cleaning out of your system is never a bad thing, we can forget that many of the foods we eat these days can take a long time to digest. Some up to 24 hours to get through our system.

So I will see how this goes, and if I will even last the full 7 days. I’m sure I’ll want to reach for something more exciting by the end of the week, but will my will power be strong enough to get me through?tracy 30

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