I think it's great that you want to lose weight. If that's your decision and you will be healthy after doing so, stick to it. Some say "stay just like you are," "learn to accept yourself," etc. But few would apply the same reasoning to other avenues of life, like studying and learning new things, improving your dancing, or improving your personality. So stick with it if it is the healthy thing to do and it will make you happier with yourself! (just don't expect perfection and happiness *solely* from that!)
First, don't try to lose too much too fast! If your competition is in a month, don't plan on losing any more than 5 pounds. If you have the time, why not run or bike or lift weights? Walking is cool, but the old "fat-burning zone" at 65% of max heart rate way of thinking just doesn't make sense. You will burn MORE fat (and total) calories doing a high-intensity workout in the same amount of time than you will doing a low-intensity workout. Do high intensity exercise for 30 or 40 minutes a day, and even with no change in eating habits you'll lose 3 or 4 pounds in a month (~400 cals per day, 2800 cals per week, ~= 3.5 pounds in a month). This is a reasonable rate at which one can lose weight. As a bonus, if you make this activity moderate weight training, you will burn more calories even *after* you stop exercising (always a bit motivator for me--like getting paid without working!).
Of course, no (non-diet) sodas (empty cals), and coffee is also a big source of empty calories for many. Eat reasonable and slowly so you'll know when you're full. Examine eating habits and ensure you're not eating too much because you're in an anxious state rather than really hungry. These things all contribute to sensible eating.
So far...it hasn't been going well. I've always been an emotional eater...and lately I've been having emotional problems.
My goal for the remainder of September is 4 miles a day, 3-4 times a week. I find it almost impossible to stay away from carbs, because I've done the Atkins diet before...and after losing a huge amount of weight but gaining TWICE as much back, I'm deathly afraid of low-carb concept.
Nevertheless, I will NEVER give up!!!
Ok...I'll post more updates soon, heheheh.
oh...and my partner does actually annoy me...just not enough to make me lose my appetite.
Good luck with it Missy! I have to say though, I lost about 20 pounds once I began competing and there are 2 things you might want to watch for that I experienced...1. I may have lost weight a bit too fast and it hurt my endurance for a little while. My muscles would get tired faster than before. (that fixed itself pretty quick though!) And 2. After losing the pounds, I sort of had to re-learn to balance myself when dancing because I'm a clutz by nature and the lost weight threw off my balance a bit.
Anyways, keep us updated in how it's going!
My name's Sophie and I work for Reveal magazine in London. I am currently researching for a piece on ballroom dancing. I'm hoping to speak to someone who has lost weight through ballroom dancing. If you can help me please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org or write back!
have also had significant results, lost about 80 lbs -- wasn't all from ballroom, but the ballroom was a huge part of it for sure. the dancing didn't just help with the weight loss, it also radically changed the fitness level of my body.
I've also lost some weight (not a lot) since I started dancing. For me, I hated to exercise before I started dancing and you couldn't pay me enough to stick to any type of exercise routine. After a couple of days I lost motivation and would stop. Now that I've started dancing, I've become motivated to exercise because I see the results and the difference in my dancing. Does that make sense? Now I make it a point to exercise every day even if its for 15-20 minutes. In the past 8 months I've only skipped 1 day. That is amazing for someone like me who could never stick to any type of exercise routine!