Out of Line

In my never ending quest to get into some sort of shape besides round, I have subjected myself to a multitude of exercise videos and classes-high impact aerobics, step aerobics, irish step dancing,  jazzercize, pilates, yoga…the list goes on and on.  You’d think that I’d be fit and fabulous by now, but I find it hard to stay with anyone thing for very long. I’m always searching for that one program that will be fun, easy, and will make the weight and inches magically fall off. 

I used to say that I was trying to get rid of the “baby fat” left over from my pregnancies, but since my last baby is now going on 28 (years, not weeks or months) I don’t think anyone is buying it.  So at 54, I like to say I am doing this “for my health”.  That way, I get accolades for doing the right thing rather than looks of pity for still trying to look young. Today I’m trying out some old instructional line dancing videos from youtube.

I feel obligated to insert here a little explanation about my dancing history or lack thereof.  My husband and I were raised in a  fundamentalist-type church that was absolutely death on dancing. ( “A dancing foot cannot be attached to a praying knee” we were always told.)  Although we now have no problem with the idea of dancing,  neither one of us can take two steps in rhythm to save our lives.  When we had to learn how to waltz for our son’s wedding-we worked really hard for weeks. I’m proud to say we were the hit of the reception. People were crying they laughed so hard…and we were right there with them. 

Now about line dancing.  It’s looks so deceptively easy…especially in that snappy little GE commercial where all the people are stepping out at work to Alan Jackson’s “Good Time”.  How hard can it be?  Evidently it can be quite hard for the choreographically challenged.  No matter which dance I try, by the time I have managed the first three steps the music is finished and the lesson is over.  I must say it does get me moving and it is fun and that’s really the point, isn’t it?  Hey, I might actually make it through an entire song someday.  Don’t look for me on any GE commercials, though.


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