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Five Years of Fabulous

The nicest gift arrived in the mail this week — a necklace commemorating my five-year anniversary as a Jazzercise instructor. It’s nice, as they say, to be noticed. And as I reflect on five years of plies and chasses, and the¬†wonderful relationships forged on the the dance floor and stoked off it, I can’t¬†help but … Continue reading

Dancing Queen

A brief tribute today to my friend Pina, who will hang up her sneakers today after 13 years of teaching Jazzercise. Our little stage in Stamford, CT, won’t be the same without her beautiful smile, upbeat attitude, terrific energy and amazing shimmy. When I first started taking Jazzercise classes 8 1/2 years ago, I went … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — Worth the Weight

The picture isn’t old, but the jeans are. Flashback 15 years to the last time Basil was able to put these pants on, button them and still be able to breathe. Yup, he’s down 27 pounds now and quite proud of himself, as he ought to be. Folks out in the world are starting to … Continue reading

You can call him Slim

We’ve been dishing up big helpings of healthy living around here — or trying to anyway. I’ve been exercising for ages, but finally Basil and Catherine have gotten on the band wagon, too, both joining a local gym and working out a couple days a week. (I can’t get them to take one of my … Continue reading

A step ahead

This will no doubt amaze you, but perhaps you are in the same boat: I have the ability to be embarrassing even if no one is watching. All month, I’ve been participating in Find Your Stride 2014, a free online challenge to take 10,000 steps a day — a widely recognized fitness milestone that most … Continue reading

I could have danced all night…

Last night found me again outside my comfort zone, in the arms of a handsome Spaniard not half my age. It’s not what you think. I was taking my first ballroom dancing lesson. It was a Christmas gift to myself, delivered via one of those Amazon deals I usually delete without reading, lest I finally … Continue reading

Lies my brain told me

The human brain is an amazing masterwork, able to think and reason, create incredible things … and lie. Yes, lie. To ourselves, that is. Not the little white ones, but bald-faced, nose-growing lies. These past few weeks, I’ve been taking part in a 30 Day Healthy Challenge run by my friend Kristen under the auspices … Continue reading

A whole different ball game

Church league volleyball game today, but like so much of life, it didn’t turn out as planned. The Archangels girls got to Bridgeport on time, warmed up with their Holy Trinity counterparts and waited. And waited. And then waited some more. The ref didn’t show. Rather than squander the opportunity, though, both sides agreed to … Continue reading

Jammin’ in my jammies

It’s true I’m trying a resolution or two in 2013, but one thing will certainly not change: I will continue to embarrass Catherine (recognizing that this is often an innate talent of mine. No effort required). And there’s no better time than the present. We offered a special Pajama Party Jazzercise class today at the … Continue reading

Thrill of victory, agony of the feet

Back from the GOYA Olympics, sunburned, exhausted and a little bummed. (A little reminder: GOYA = Greek Orthodox Youth of America, not the beans.) After a quick win of our first softball game, the Archangels team moved on to the next round where they faced off against some serious teen athletes. In very short order, … Continue reading