Tuesday, 4 April 2017

C is for Crossdance™ #crossdance #atozchallenge

C is for Crossdance™

Crossdance™ is a dance fitness concept created in Denmark that includes cardio, body toning and balance modules all set to popular music from any and all genres or decade.

Apart from bouncing around on a few sticky dance floors in dingy clubs over the years... I've never danced before. Every aerobics class I've ever attended has made me feel awkward. The very few Zumba classes I've attempted left me feeling foolish and uncoordinated, plus I'm not really a fan of Latin music.

As a group fitness instructor I'm always looking for new ways to motivate members and challenge myself. When I received a voucher to do a Crossdance™ instructors course I was hesitant, but also excited.

Set your mind to something and you can do anything, right?  So I learned the concept. Then came the hard part. I had to put together a whole hours training program. So for the last 3 months I played the same songs over and over again. I practiced and practiced for as long as my calves could tolerate it. Gradually my arms and legs began to work together. My body began to move to the rhythm and catch a beat and my ageing brain could even remember the choreography.

Last Monday I held my first hour long class. 14 choreographed songs including an 8 minute long warm up mix. The time flew and we had a lot of fun. I know there are instructors all over the world that do this stuff in their sleep but this has been a Mt Everest feat for me. The best part is there is already a waiting list for next Mondays class and people are asking for more.

The secret to the success of Crossdance™ is the simplicity and repetition of the moves, and the blending of cardio, toning and balance to give an optimal training session, that people of all levels of fitness and co-ordination can participate in.

I hope Crossdance™ makes it to your part of the world.  Here's a sample video with Kirstine the founder and director running a class.


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Sunday, 2 April 2017

B is for Bread without the Bloat. #atozchallenge

This ain't no recipe blog so I'll the share the links to the two bread recipes we have tried and enjoyed below.

While both breads are high in (good) fats they have very little carbohydrates, which makes these recipes perfect for anyone who prefers to eat a low carb, high fat diet.

While it may seem ridiculous to consider a diet high in fat to lose excess fat, it begins to make more sense when you consider how fat and carbohydrates work as a fuel source in our body.  Carbs will always be burned first and both fat and carbs will be stored as fat if you take in more fuel than you require.

I say don't blame butter for what the bread did.  In a perfect world a balanced diet would be ideal, but it can be very difficult to get that balance right. Elimination has helped us. We've just done 3 months of minimal carbs ( (20 grams a day from vegetables) and the results have been astounding. We feel great and our bodies are burning our own energy reserves of stored fat for fuel. That means weight loss. Life is good.

I don't miss bread but it is convenient especially when eating with friends and family. So we made our own low carb bread. A few of the 'not so usual' ingredients used to make a variety of low carb breads include.

Flax seeds
Psyllium Husks
Coconut flour
Almond Flour
Sesame flour

Flax bread was our first attempt. It resembles the dark rye bread folk like to eat here in Denmark and we loved it. Remember a little goes a long way. It is more filling than traditional bread and lasts a long time in the fridge. I love it spread with avocado and a sprinkling of chili flakes on top.

Okay I have lost the link to bread number 2 which had psyllium husk in it. It was less dense but equally delicious.  I do know I found it through this link which has no less than 53 low carb bread recipes.

Once you have the ingredients on hand low carb breads are surprisingly quick and easy to make.

Have you experimented with low carb breads before or is this something you will probably never attempt?

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A is for - Aristotle is no April fool. #atozchallenge

The main road in town is being dug up to have it's pipelines replaced. The surrounding streets have to endure 9 more months of chaotic traffic until the road re-opens. In a country where punctuality is paramount a delay won't be tolerated with patience, so the pressure is on the council and workers to meet the deadline.  

This morning (April 1st) the local mayor announced workers had found the tip of an ancient viking blade and the whole area is an archaeological treasure chest, that will need to be excavated. Experts are flying in from around the world and the road will now be closed for up to 5 years. Which is not hard to believe considering Fyrkat, the remnants of a viking ring castle, is located less than 1km away .

The locals I had spoken to were hopeful it was an April fools joke, but remained unsure until the truth came out later in the day.  Some people were hoping it was true. 

Aristotle gets a mention in my A post today because I came across these 24 quotes from Aristotle this morning.  

There was a few I loved but I'll share the one I thought was wrong at first... 

14.) “There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”

My initial reaction was No. People with knowledge have done/do evil things and not all ignorant people, bless their souls, are evil.

Then the picture started to emerge, Hitler was ignorant and evil. 

And then my own personal experience made me nod in agreement. All the evil things I have to endure were truly born out of ignorance.  It makes understanding the motives of and forgiving those people a whole lot easier.

Do you have a favourite Aristotle quote? 
What was the best April fools joke you heard this year?

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

A to Z challenge 2017 Theme Reveal

29th March 2017 - Muscle memory has kicked in and my A to Z challenge cells are demanding action.

My themes always tie in with where I am at the time I first thought of doing a theme. This will be my 5th challenge. The first year I blogged about healing with words. Year number 2 was about the 26 greatest loves of my life. The third year was a bit of blur as I described the journey of being a carer for my mother who died of motor neurone disease (aka ALS.) Last year was an A-Z of my journey starting a new job as a fitness instructor when I was in the worst condition of my entire life.

This year has finally been the year where our ways of eating have become a big focus in our household. We have eaten too much, too often, for no good reason. My immediate thought was wading through an A - Z of diets and healthy eating. The ones we have tried, the ones we think are ridiculous. Why different bodies need different interventions. The contradictions, misconceptions and even a few delicious recipes.

BUT.... all that changed when I saw the A to Z BINGO CHALLENGE post and thought now there is a list packed full of inspiration.

So I've decided to combine food glorious food with some bingo challenge inspiration. I'm giving myself permission to just have fun with the daily challenge of posting something, anything, somewhat creative and a little informative -

So I guess if you happen to be looking for a fasting alien in deep outer space, on a motorcyle with a new pet fossa eating grain free bread, who thinks it's unfair that only humans can be called astronauts  you might find it here this month.

A post that made you cry might be tough for some in the Bingo Challenge, but I have tear jerker from a couple of years ago that I might refurbish ... it would cover the dog image on the bingo card too.

I do kind of wish I could forget April is A-Z month, it feels a bit like cleaning out my wardrobe. A job I always put off but it feels so rewarding to complete.

Happy 2017 A - Z Challenge everyone, looking forward to reading many of your posts.