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I'm back

Well, sort of.

If I haven't posted here in a while it's because my interests and my life are undergoing a shift, and have been for a while. Two weeks away from the computer helped cement my realization that a change is necessary if I don't want to end up like some of my older colleagues.

The rest is under a cut in order to protect the uninterested or easily bored on my flist. :)

As a few of you know, I have a degree in computer science (my diploma is something like a master's degree in the US, I'm guessing). I am working on my PhD thesis when I'm not teaching or doing all sorts of odd jobs for my professor. It's a job that involves a lot of sitting down and staring at a computer screen for hours on end.

My hobbies (drawing and writing) also involve sitting in front of the computer for extended periods of time. My other hobby (reading) requires lounging on the sofa or lying around in bed.

Oddly enough, the more one sits, zombie-like, in a chair, the less one is inclined to get up and move about. That leads to a pretty sedentary lifestyle that I've been unhappy with for years now. I haven't been unhappy enough to do something about it, though.

Well, I am now.

Here's why: I used to dance. Ballroom latin competition. Three to six hours of practice every day after school, more on weekends. I weighed over thirty pounds less than I do now and I ate like a pig without putting on any weight. More importantly, I loved it, despite the frequent yelling and drama during practice.

Well, after I started studying computer science dancing became less and less important. I finally stopped doing it altogether when I started working. And now, three years after, I've started dancing again, and I've realized that I can't go back to the days of moving from the desk to bed and back again.

I just won't. There's such a huge difference between being an inanimate blob and suddenly feeling one's body again, exploring what it can do. I could spend whole days just working on my balance or practicing isolations, turns... There's so much to improve, and I know exactly how to do it. I just need to put in the time.

In fact, having danced for so long, I can't practice just a little on the side. I need to go full out, and for that my fitness level and my flexibility has to catch up to all the things I can already do but can't keep up for more than 30 seconds because they are so high impact.

Basically, it boils down to this: either I surf the net or I work on getting back in shape. I don't have enough free time to do both, so  I've picked dancing.

Right. So this is why I've been inactive for so long. :)

I'm keeping track of my progress in a special diary. I might post some of it here so you can all point and laugh. Only the boring PG-rated bits, though.


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Sep. 26th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
We'll take what we can get. And if you feel the urge to shove a picture our way, well, that's just icing on the cake, really. And I totally know what you mean about the activity vs inactivity thing. That's the main reason why I can't/won't give up my taekwando despite my current injuries. <33 Thankfully I have a good, forgiving doctor.
Oct. 1st, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
Don't know about pictures since I have this thing about the internets and privacy, but I'll definitely write a progress report now and again. :)

Injuries are definitely a problem. I hope yours are not too bad!
Oct. 1st, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
Progress reports are good. <3 So long as we know what's going on, really.

It's just a hip fracture and shin splints and bone spurs in each foot. It'll eventually heal. =) Seriously, it's not as bad as it sounds, really. I've been taking it easy, but I'm just not willing to sit still. I.. I just can't take it.
Oct. 1st, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
I'm really sorry to hear that! I know that hip fractures are terribly painful, and they restrict one's movement even worse than foot problems do. Good luck with the healing process (and I hope you can avoid similar injuries in the future). :)
Oct. 1st, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
It'll be alright. =) My feet actually hurt more than my hip does unless I try to flex it past a certain point. I miss my flexibility. However, I went back to the doc last Monday and she gave me a steroid shot, so hopefully we'll get that back soonish. I really, really want to get back to doing the splits/side-kicks to the head again. So yeah, long story short? Take care of yourself. Once it's gone, it takes a lot to get it back. Also, take vitamins even if you don't think you need them.
Sep. 27th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
Good for you for taking it back up! And good for you for pointing out how for many of us as well, doing the things we love can lead to this stagnation if it takes over our lives. I've started running again, and even that little bit of activity during the day makes all the difference in how I feel.
Oct. 1st, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
I wish I could run, but my feet hurt like hell when I try. Not the knees, though. Never had any problems with the knees. Luckily, dancing is hard on the feet in a totally different way -- it might hurt during practice, but never after. :)

Anyway, a little bit of exercise each day makes a huge difference. I've found that practicing in the morning keeps me energized all day.
Sep. 28th, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
Escape from the internet can only be a good thing. Especially if it's for something active. ♥
Oct. 1st, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, except it's really hard not to click on the Firefox button instead of the workout DVD button in the evenings. *sigh* Also, ♥
Oct. 1st, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
It's funny to create an account here, to do a first search and to find a person who chooses to dance again.

I'm in a similar position. I used to dance, probably not as professionally as you. Having started work and other activities, I left dancing behind. Just today I thought of starting it all over again.

I read your comment and think that it must be some sort of sign for me to return to dancing.
Oct. 1st, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
That does indeed sound like a sign!

If you can manage to integrate dance into your current life, I'm sure it's going to be a good thing. What I've noticed for myself, however, is that it's easy to get spread too thin if you have a lot of disparate interests/activities and try to keep up with all of them. Focus is usually the key.:)

That said, welcome to LJ!
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