Posts in the Medicine category

What I’ve Learned About Dancing and Dieting So Far: Part 2 - Dancing

As a dancer, I’ve pretty much got two left feet. Always have. (If my DNA source code is anything to believe, it’s partly because I’ve got a slightly worse motor cortex than most, making it harder for me to learn that kind of thing… I’m not sure whether I buy that or not). Although I’ve always had a blast making a fool out of myself on the dance floor, provided I had poured enough alcohol into myself to ignore the jeers, and the fact that I’d never be able to pull based on my “moves”. (Fortunately, my lack of coordination and finesse appears to be relegated only to dancing).

Last week though, I was playing Dance Central 3 with my wonderful wife Darci, and she said one of the most amazing things ever…  (in between mocking my lack of skill). This is the one piece of information that totally clued me into what I was missing about dancing, and why she was more easily able to ape the dancers on the screen than I was. It was mind blowing, and has completely gotten me over the hump.

What was it?


What I’ve Learned About Dancing and Dieting So Far… Part 1: Dieting

So a few months back, I decided to try playing Dance Central to lose weight, and for the first two weeks it worked like a charm! I lost a fair bit of weight (close to 10lbs), and checking on my electronic scale it wasn’t all water weight. Pretty awesome! What’s more, it proved out my theory that if you’ve got a lot of fast-twitch muscle fibers, dancing is a pretty solid way to go to get exercise – about the only thing comparable might be interval training.

Now, I’d be lying if I said I was able to keep it up long term. I got a cold, and unfortunately, after a couple of days out of commission, I just kind of forgot to get back on the horse. Well, now I’m back and dancing again… and it’s time for an update on what I’ve learned in the interim.


Statins, Cholesterol… Yeah… About that…

So I have said on a number of occasions that I have a rich butter slurry running through my veins. Yep, I have bad cholesterol – although it’s been improving over the past year, to the point where it’s still high but at least the HDL/LDL ratio is getting better. Mainly by doing – so far as I can tell – three things:

  • Switching from Half & Half in coffee to Whole Milk at home and 2% milk at work
  • Losing weight (which surprisingly mostly happened due to the first change, and removing sugar from my coffee)
  • Reducing the amount of carbs that I eat

I haven’t shifted to a low fat diet (how exactly do you do that and have a low carb diet and eat nothing but roasted turkey/fish and spinach… not that I’m opposed to that, but…?)


A Change in Protocol

So a while back I had my genes sequenced by 23andme (I got Darci’s sequenced too), and given that I’m starting to really worry about my long term heart disease prospects (thanks, genes), I decided to start digging into the details.


Dance Central Fitness Experiment–End of Week 1 Report

So it’s now been a week since I started my little exercise adventure (okay, I posted my first article on Sunday, but I started actually doing it last Wednesday).

When I first posted, my weight was 199lbs. Body fat percentage, according to my handy-dandy scales-cum-tricorder was 28%. I will warn you right now that I’ve discovered that it’s pretty inaccurate unless you weigh yourself a couple of times to see where it lands, and I didn’t know that at the start, so it might be 2-3lbs too high.