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Yeah, I signed up years ago but have yet to actually complete a challenge. So I'm BACK. 

 


Main Quest: become a better belly dancer and lose some weight in the process 

 

Goal #1: lose at least 3-5 pounds by dancing at least four times a week for a minimum 30 minutes (so far I've lost 10 lbs in the past few months but I'm in the middle of a looong plateau stage right now)

 

Goal #2: do Pilates to build strength in my arms and stomach, and pancake fold stretches for flexibility; at least four times a week for both (it seems a lot of transnational fusion belly dancers do a lot of muscle training using this stretch, so it's been something I've always wanted to be able to do)

 

Goal #3: get better at hula hooping and learn at least ONE new technique by the end of this challenge (currently trying to hoop on the hips and knees but because I can't do either - HOOPING IS HARD 😭 - I might try to master isolations instead)

 

EDIT - Goal #3.5: get back to studying languages (right now I got French, Japanese, and Fante to tackle!) - finish one book or set of online lessons by the time lockdown ends

 

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Happy training! 

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On 5/5/2020 at 10:32 AM, Cherry_Bomb said:

The pancake fold is this one. The pike is similar but with your legs together. My pike isn't too bad, but this one I really want to achieve!

 

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Ah, of course. The stretch I’m even worse at than pike. 😅 Following for the flexibility inspiration!

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On 5/6/2020 at 4:39 PM, PaulG said:


Ah, of course. The stretch I’m even worse at than pike. 😅 Following for the flexibility inspiration!

 

Yay! Since you're following, here is the video I plan to follow for the challenge - I'm learning more about stretches and I now realize I should probably figure out how to do a proper straddle first, but I'm still going to do this one a couple of times a week as per the YouTuber's suggestion. 

 

 

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Welcome! Pilates is an excellent for building strength and I always found myself surprisingly worn out every time I've been to a class. I've always been quite curious to try belly dancing - have you been doing it for long? 

 

7 hours ago, Cherry_Bomb said:

 

Yay! Since you're following, here is the video I plan to follow for the challenge - I'm learning more about stretches and I now realize I should probably figure out how to do a proper straddle first, but I'm still going to do this one a couple of times a week as per the YouTuber's suggestion. 

 

 

Thank you so much for posting that video! My pancake is absolutely shocking and I actually learned a lot from watching that video! (Damn hamstrings! 😆)

 

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On 5/10/2020 at 10:28 AM, MsAllegraFox said:

Welcome! Pilates is an excellent for building strength and I always found myself surprisingly worn out every time I've been to a class. I've always been quite curious to try belly dancing - have you been doing it for long? 

 

I first started learning in 2004, but didn't really get into it until about four years ago. It's fun - hard, but fun! And yay, I'm glad the video helped! 

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On 5/13/2020 at 9:39 PM, Neeko said:

Belly dancing weight away sounds like a lot of fun! Yoga is part of my challenge this go because my flexibility has been appalling. Good luck with your challenge! :) 

 

It is! And thanks. :) 

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So far I've lost two pounds! (1-3 more to go 😂) And I've kinda given up on the pancake stretch for a bit - I think I need to improve my straddle stretch first, so I've been working on that.

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Ha ha, I got so into the challenge that I forgot when it was supposed to end!

 

 

Results: 

 

Goal #1: lost 2.5 pounds. SO CLOSE. :(

 

Goal #2: getting better at the straddle and pancake stretch - I can feel it! There's definitely a difference between doing the stretches last month and what I can do now. (Gotta do my NF Flexibility Benchmarks again to be sure.)

 

Goal #3: yes! I can hoop the other way now, and keep it going for at least three minutes! Wheee~

 

Goal #3.5: I finished an intermediate lesson pack in Japanese and the first half of my French intermediate textbook. 

 

 

Overall, not a bad start...? Either way, level two here I come!

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3 hours ago, Cherry_Bomb said:

Overall, not a bad start...?

Success on three goals and like 80% on the fourth? That looks like a good start from here. :)

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