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    Irish dancing huh? Sounds interesting. My best friend is Irish and has some sister's who dance, but they live in Tucson so I probably couldn't do that too regularly.

    Grips, when you come out here, we'll definitely do a 5k or something along those lines. I think I would die if I tried to run 5k right now.

    I probably weigh about 210 now and don't have half the muscle I did in college. If I could get to 195 and get 75% of the muscle back I had then, I'd be happy.

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    I agree with Grips, you have to do it for yourself. But a healthy challenge is always good. Didn't some of the members of the board do something like this before?

    Dart nutrisystem is expensive, and well looks nasty!!!
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    I've long thought that it's important to establish the habit (in this case, exercise). It's less important what you do, and more important that you do something. I thought this psychologist's comments about routine and willpower (you can) were interesting (she talks about eating, but it could be applied to exercise). In her book she talks about the runner who automatically reaches for his shoes in the morning.

    http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_6780090

    Q: You say that eating healthfully is largely a matter of habit.

    A: We get into routines. Say you're in the cafeteria line thinking, "There's the ice cream; do I want to stick to my diet today?" If you have no particular routine, the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain involved with complex thought, is active. If you're in a routine, whether a bad one or a good one, the basal ganglia - the older part of the brain that isn't associated with conscious thought - is active. The upper advanced brain can think about something else. So if you always order the salad and the bowl of berries, you don't even think about the banana split.

    Q: So, it takes willpower to change habits?

    A: People like to say that willpower is either a myth - it doesn't exist - or that dieting has nothing to do with willpower. All willpower means is resolutely following through on decisions without getting derailed by short-term temptations. It's very straightforward. Willpower gets bad press as a diet technique, perhaps because lots of people have so little of it. But it's a trainable skill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdindon View Post
    Irish dancing huh? Sounds interesting. My best friend is Irish and has some sister's who dance, but they live in Tucson so I probably couldn't do that too regularly.
    There are several Irish dance schools in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Tempe...
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    Is Irish dancing the same thing as clogging, or something different?

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    Quote Originally Posted by matclone View Post
    Is Irish dancing the same thing as clogging, or something different?
    very different, although clogging did evolve from Irish and Scottish "hard shoe" style step dancing. There is also soft shoe in Irish dancing, with lots of precise jumps, leaps, steps...

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    Deal.

    I asked because I know of some cloggers and clogging classes around here (Denver) and I remember they asked for hard shoes. Your explanation makes sense.

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