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My 100 Day Dance Challenge

My 100 Day Dance Challenge

Day 68 of My 100 Day Dance Challenge

Anyone that knows me personally, knows that I am obsessed with dancing.  I live to dance.  In fact, in the Fall of 2014, a doctor told me that dancing literally "saved my life".  2014 was the year that I was diagnosed with a blood disease called Thrombocytopenia.  I am only alive today because a blood transfusion saved my life.  Between 2013 and 2014 I lost an incredible amount of weight from dancing (almost 300 lbs).  What astounded doctors was that my constant dancing actually slowed down the progression of the disease.  Thrombocytopenia is a blood disease that severely affects the flow of oxygen in the blood.  My blood oxygen was basically non-existent and I was slowly dying.  My constant dancing kept the blood circulating and that is what kept me alive.  The doctor told me that I danced the equivalent of a MARATHON A DAY in order to lose weight at the rate I did. I think it was a combination of being ill and expending enormous amounts of energy.  This unique miraculous life changing experience inspired me to create a website called danceandslimdown.com in 2015.  It is a "hobby business" but it is the business that I do from a complete and total place of love. 

If I am 100% honest, this mission is bigger than me. (I say this a lot).  I believe that the mission I have been given is to spread inspiring messages about life and dance with the world.  When you visit the website for Dance and Slim Down or visit the Facebook Page, Facebook Group, or our specialized Community Pages, you will see that it is 100% about motivation, dance and educated nutrition.  I want to be a beacon of hope to those who are over 45 years old and/or are over 250 pounds.  I dedicate every single thing I do to you.  This is because I was once 500 pounds and in a wheelchair.  I once was unable to stand for more than a few seconds at a time.  My knees simply could not support me.  I was 100% disabled and many thought my life was over.  For years I just existed and simply waited to die. However; I was blessed with a second chance at life, I am now obsessed with dancing and getting fit.   

It has been a tough battle back to the world of the living, it was a battle to relearn how to stand, how to walk, how to climb stairs again. Anyone who has experienced serious illness, morbid obesity, or disability understands the difficulties.  A prime example; standing in the shower without a bath seat. This is something that normal people take for granted.  Life was not easy as a 500 pound person.  It is difficult to explain just how horribly horrifically bad things had become exactly.  It is a nightmare I often recall and yet wish to forget.   

When I went into surgery in 2014, I made a promise to myself and to God that fateful day.  I whispered silently: "Dear Heavenly Father, if you just give me this one last chance to make it right, I WILL... I will do better. I will be a better person. I will be a better mother.  I will be a girlfriend for my boyfriend  I will take care of myself and I will dance every day! Please let me stay alive to marry my boyfriend Preston.  If you do, I will dance everyday and share my joy with the world."  (I do dance every day, and I did marry Preston).

On December 1st 2017 I began what now has become a private obsession.  I began a personal dance challenge which originally was for 21 Days.  I realized how much weight I had gained, so I upped it to 100 days straight of dancing.  So far I am up to Day 68!!!  I have shared several posts that were on Facebook this past week:

 

Sharing Dance Diary entries from the 100 Day Dance Challenge:

Day 68 of Dance Challenge
I am so proud of myself.  I danced 2x in one day yesterday. I battled through the fatigue and illness and laziness to once again achieve my goal.  Each day I complete my workout I am rewarded with sweat, it makes me feel like a champion.  I feel like I have conquered Goliath, just like the Philadelphia Eagles. (see how I threw that reference to the Super Bowl in here?) 😁  

Today I feel like a champion because I stuck to the plan and I followed through even when every ounce of me wanted to just laze around. No matter what I did it.  I completed the task.  One of the secrets I used for completing my goal was to complete it early.  The first dance I did immediately upon rising and the second dance I did immediately after dinner at 6:30 pm.  I am proud that I stuck to the plan and finished what I started. It gives immense satisfaction.  It feels good to know that I am taking care of myself and caring for myself now.  I feel so good.   Much love and luck to all! 
 

Day 67 of Dance Challenge
I am a little late with day 67 and there is a reason behind that. Today I went shopping with my daughter, watched the Super Bowl, ate a piece of American Sub and ate a piece of cake. (which I know was 320 calories because it said it on the container).  Anyway... Today was THE FIRST DAY I ate cake or bread in OVER 30 days, due to another challenge I was on... 

Bottom line, I got sick as a dog. I had the runs, I felt nauseous and dizzy.  I laid down around 8:30 pm.  I woke up at 2 am!!!  I could not believe it! I missed the opportunity completely!  That meant I had a distinct choice to make.  I could lay in bed until a decent time and work out then or I could get my butt out of bed and GET 'ER DONE!!!!  I GOT "ER DONE!!!  I did a full set, I sweat, I felt proud, I felt sweaty, I felt great!!!  I realized I had to get it done because I LOVE ME and because I want to set a good example. I almost felt like a strong disciplinarian making myself stumble out of bed and put on my workout clothes... but that is part of the integrity I am developing toward keeping the promise to myself.  It reminded me of an Aunt who once woke me up at 3 am in the morning to do the dishes because I fell to sleep without doing them.  I held myself accountable even through sickness... and that made me feel proud that I stuck to the plan and did what I set out to do.   This means that today I technically dance TWICE and those are the rules of the challenge.  Now if I miss dancing today, I lose... but I won't.  I am looking forward to my next dance today!!!! Whoo-hoo!!!!  (Feeling proud of myself today!!!)  

Good luck everyone and "Get 'Er Done!" ?????? 

Day 66 of Dance Challenge
Yesterday was the day... the day the tried my patience and pushed me up to the very brink of laziness!!! lol! ?????? First off, it is the weekend.  I took a benadryl before I fell asleep and I did not go to sleep until about 8 am in the morning if that... when I finally woke up it was a little after 6 pm.  My daughter had called frantically because I never responded about going grocery shopping.  I called her and we ended up postponing the outing until tomorrow at noon.  Then there is the super bowl and we will be using a LYFT so she was concerned about that.  By the time I finished with her, my son in law came over and then left, I made dinner, and did some business. By this time it was getting rather late.  I started dancing at 11:30' ish.  I got the bare minimum in barely breaking a sweat at about 12:05 today!!! I am so upset that I missed the opportunity to get in a full workout earlier as I planned... but at least I did ALL of my weights and kettlebells.  So at least I stayed on point with  that.  I guess no matter what, I am extremely proud that I once again put on my black gym shoes, got off my butt, and got moving!!!!  Much love and luck to everyone!!! 

Day 63 of the Dance Challenge
Today I realized something for the first time.  I was having a hard time getting going today for some reason. I guess after 63 days all the songs start to seem the same.  So I stopped what I was about to do which was just lift weights and skip the cardio and I paused. Then I said "It's okay, you can do it baby!"  I calmly found a song I liked and began dancing.  There were several things that was amazing about that moment. 
1. I remained calm. 
2. I did not give up or cave in. 
3. I called myself "baby" in a loving soothing way.
4. I motivated myself and gave myself strength to go on.

To some of you these things may seem completely normal. However; as a women who used to just cave in and give up when I did not "feel" like I could do something it was a satisfying moment.  Also, I am not sure I have heard myself talk lovingly and soothingly to myself before. It may have been a first.  All my life I heard negative voices in my head.  Now I KNOW I CAN DO IT so telling myself that I can seems only natural.  I realized today that I finally love myself. It was as though I had an epiphany! 

 

About The Author:  Adrienne Igo has more than 20 years in the Recruitment Industry, she runs several small online businesses and is an online social and digital media consultant.
Adrienne Igo once was 500 pounds and spent more than 7 years in a wheelchair before beginning a personal weight loss journey in 2013.  She went from a size 54 dress to a size 12. She currently has over 500 dance and motivational videos on YouTube
 

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