Double Duty

Well, the season finale for DWTS is on, so I figured I’d take advantage of a moment sitting down at home and while watching also attempt to kill two birds with one stone and write a blog post.

I’ll just go on the record right now and say that Donald Driver has really won me over throughout the entire season and I loved his Country Western number last night.  Of course all the finalists did great and I enjoy watching every minute.

So, I’m sure there will be commentary about the show interspersed throughout this post.  Although I’m somewhat sad to lose my Monday addiction, I’m excited for the premiere of SYTYCD on Thursday.

As for real life dancing, well, I danced for the first time this morning since my birthday.  Ivan’s a trooper.  I know he prefers to meet earlier in the day, but usually ballroom dancers like to work in the evening hours.  Ivan, however, is more than willing to meet at even 6:30am (he’s been known to meet with Katie even earlier than this, can you believe it?!) if it means he doesn’t have to come even at 5:00pm.

So, not only did he locate me a place to practice that is across town so I can go there before work, but he’s willing to meet me at 6:30am so I can be done by 7:15am and make it to work by 8am.  The even more amazing part is that I woke up to do it today, and plan to do so many more times in the coming months.  Why is this so amazing?  Well, I’m a vampire.  Just kidding.  But it is my husband’s nickname for me (besides Dancin’ Queen) because I’m generally a night owl and hate the morning hours.  Anyways, only dancing can get me out of bed even one second earlier than absolutely necessary.

I’m kind of in a little slump though, I have to admit.  I know I’ve put on weight, rather than take it off, and this doesn’t bode well for the Desert Classic which I’m dancing in in just over a month.  I’ll still fit into my dress, and all, and there’s still time to improve, but I’m not pleased with where I am right now.  Cardio continues to be my nemesis.

I don’t know if it is the wildfires raging across Arizona or what but I’ve been so congested and having difficulty breathing the past few days.  Also, I tweaked my neck.  I swear I’m not going to do a laundry list of crap that’s wrong with me, I’m just going to say that I went to bed at 8pm last night and even after getting a full night’s rest, Ivan noticed I was dragging this morning.

First off, I wore work-out clothes.  Usually I wear stretch pants and a skirt and a top but today I wore a tshirt and work out pants.  Not the cutest, most flattering, or most feminine outfit, I’ll admit.  I just didn’t feel anything like Sheri Shepherd must have felt while getting for that number with all those men.  Oh my gosh she is so much fun to watch.  I have a big ole’ goofy grin seeing her enthusiasm.  Well, anyway, back in the real world, I was grubby.

“You never dress like this.”  Ivan told me after dancing for about five minutes.  “What’s going on?  Wine last night?”

“Oh no, Ivan, I was in bed by 8pm last night, I’m just not feeling great.”

“You’re arms are heavy today.”

I guess I was pulling on Ivan more than usual.  When I’m not holding myself up properly, he’ll tell me this.

“Yeah, I agree, Ivan.  Sorry.  And I think you are right.  This outfit is not helping.  It’s making it even worse, how I’m feeling about myself right now.”

“It’s okay.  I understand.  It’s comfortable.  It’s just not feminine.  It’s okay to wearing.”

But actually, it’s not.  It is just an outward reflection of how I’m feeling about myself right now.  This too, shall pass, it always does, I’m just kind of bewildered that I’m not more excited about the Desert Classic and that I’m not preparing for it as intensely as I did my last competition.  I’m not exactly sure what it is all about.

Part of it, I feel, is that I’m working fulltime once again, and after the 8.5 hour day, I have 1.5 hour commute.  That makes for a 10 hour day.  Not ridiculous, just an adjustment from working 18 hours a week – and trust me, I’m enormously grateful to be employed!  It is simply that have less free time and expendable energy than I did previously.  It takes a lot of mental energy and concentration to do my new job.  I noticed right away that it would probably be better to take a dance class before work rather than after the very first week!  I was a mental midget and couldn’t cram any more information into my brain after the learning curve on the job.  So anyways, that could explain some of it.

This weekend is the People’s Choice competition here in Phoenix.  I’m going to go watch Ivan and Marietta compete on Saturday night or whenever it is.  Maybe that will light a fire under my butt again.  Usually being around my favorite addiction is quite motivating.

Also, as part of my birthday swag, I scored some iTunes giftcards and a new iPod.  I have designs of creating some dancing playlists, cutting together songs representing the types of dances I will do in 2 minute segments with like 10 or 15 seconds of rest in between them and making Ivan and I dance through them all at least once on each lesson to kick up the intensity of my cardio training.

Oh my goodness.  I’m getting tired for bed.  I don’t know if I will make it to the end of the show to find out who wins.  Silly Collette just texted me and said she got on Facebook and already saw who won!  Silly rabbit!

I guess that’s really all I have to share today.  Kind of a ho hum post for a ho hum day.

I have some Topic Series in the works, though.  Like about what it’s like to have someone coach you, and what people mean when they say they are in their head versus being in their body.  Also, if anybody has any topic they are curious about, please let me know!  That’s how the whole thing got started, anyways….someone asked  a question!

Alright dear friends, I’m going to sign off for now.  It will be interesting to see who goes home with the mirror ball trophy this year.

Ta ta for now,  Stef

5 thoughts on “Double Duty

  1. Aurora says:

    Stefanie, so sorry to hear you’re in a bit of a slump–and that you’re having problems with cardio! 😦

    Obviously, I have no idea of what your current financial, health and mental situations are, so this is very cheeky of me…BUT–I’d be happy to share with you what I’ve done for myself recently, that’s been a HUGE help in (starting) to get back in shape, and lose weight, if you’d like to email me. (No, I’m not a coach for an exercise video franchise, and I’m not selling anything–taking it offline is just my way of avoiding unsolicited (if well-intentioned) suggestions from someone you don’t know. If you email me–I’ll share. If you don’t, I’l figure you’re just not interested right now.) (Feel free to remove this post, if you like, as well, either way. No harm, no foul, and no hurt feelings on my part. :))

  2. Marian Condon says:

    Stef – I, too, am sorry to hear you’re in a slump. Everything changes, though, and you’ll be feeling differently soon. I have a technical dance question for you regarding the DWTS finale: did you not think Donald was letting his head drop forward a bit? I thought so, but I must be wrong, because Len complemented D.on his posture. Perhaps it’s OK for a tall man to bend his neck a bit, if he has a short partner, as long as he otherwise pulls up through his body. I’ve had a few very good developments in my life lately, which I’ll describe on my blog as soon as I get a minute. What’s SYTYCD?

    • loveablestef says:

      Hi Marian,

      I have to be honest…though I’m aware Donald Driver won DWTS, and I’m glad about that, I have yet to watch the rest of the finale. I was pooped last night and had to be up early, early. I don’t know exactly how Donald looked in his final dance, but I will say that in general, I always felt like his shoulders were raised. Sometimes his head projected forward as a result. So to me, his posture did seem a bit off from the start. I think this has a lot to do with being so developed in his upper body and extremities as a football player. As far as Len complimenting him, it is possible that Donald improved his posture over the course of the season. It could be markedly better than when he began, yet still leave room for improvement.

      Also, I think most people would agree that technically speaking, Catherine was probably the “best” dancer. (I still think she has ballet training.) Anyways, her lines are gorgeous. But being the “best’ technical dancer doesn’t always translate into being the best overall dancer. I think people, including me, respond to being moved emotionally. Donald was extremely successful in that – I think his Country Western number stole the show last night. I could feel the energy he and Peta projected through my TV screen.

      At the end of the day, it’s all so subjective, you know? People prefer different things. I’ll take someone who gives an emotional performance over techincal perfection any day, but that’s me. Others might feel the opposite way. And there will be dancers we prefer because of their natural strengths and abilities that are in line with our preferences. Maybe we can all mostly agree on what looks the most technically competent, I may still override that in my ranking of a couple. Also, there is still wiggle room for what each person considers technical excellence.

      I can’t wait to hear about the good developments in your life. Please write soon.

      And SYTYCD is “So You Think You Can Dance?” a reality TV show about dancing. It’s one of my favorites. It features all styles of dance, from Hawaian to Bollywood, Ballet and Ballroom, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Modern, you name it, they probably will do it…including Russian folk dancing! That was an interesting one to be sure.

      Hope my answer helps!


      • Marian Condon says:

        Thanks, Stef! Your answer did help. I will add a post to my blog today. Have been neglecting it, as usual, because I do so much work around the book. Am starting to schedule interviews and am paranoid about the Dragon technology and my oh-so-complicated digital recorder. Will start with folks who dance at my studio so I can have a do-over if I get home and find out I screwed up. I’m saving you and Bi-utiful for after I get my act together. I also want to mine old blog posts from both of you for gold, and that will take time. Did you get the e-birthday card I sent? One I thought I’d sent recently to another person did not get delivered and I may need to look into that.

      • loveablestef says:

        Marian, no I didn’t get the card. Thanks for thinking of me, though!

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