Ballet Shoes & Mickey Ears

The happenings of this Disney-obsessed runner and dancer!


Ready, Set, Go!

It’s 11:30. This means I have 30 minutes until my diet officially starts. And I’m scared!! I’m doing a low carbohydrate, or Atkins diet. My husband, his father, mother, and my mother, have all had great success with this. My goal is drop at least 15 pounds. I’ve never tried this diet before but I’m really going to go at it hard. I’m such a carb queen that I’m actually scared lol. But I HAVE to lose this extra weight. I don’t like the way I look or feel. And I really want to look good for our recital in June. So this is the best way to jump start the weight loss. I’ll be eating high protein and aiming to keep my carbs to 20 grams or less a day. If you’re not familiar with carbs, take a look at your nutrition labels. There are carbs in practically everything you eat. Meat, cheese, and veggies are mostly low carb. So this will be what I am eating. Carbohydrates are the same thing as sugar. Carbs = Sugar. Our bodies were not designed to eat high carb diets. Hence why the obesity rates are so high and children are so over weight. Health and science along with the physiology of your body is an incredible thing to study. I studied for hours upon hours in dental hygiene school about these topics. My husband took 4 years of graduate level health and science classes, so he’s a genius when it comes to the body and the science behind how and why it works the way it does. I’ve learned a lot from him.

So instead of munching on left over birthday cake for the rest if the upcoming week, I will sadly be sending it to my husband’s work so the ladies there can enjoy it. Sigh. But I can’t wait to look and feel better about myself.

Goodbye dear carbs, it’s been a fun time. I do not want to say goodbye, but I need to. We’ll see each other again some day. Just not right now.

With 15 minutes left until midnight…I have officially broken up with carbohydrates.



Ballet in Cleveland

After celebrating my birthday all day today, I finally have some time to blog! But first, here is all of the awesome gifts I got for my birthday! I’m so very lucky to have such great friends and family. I love them all!! And I loved my gifts!!


Now, onto the exciting news I have!! Today I came across an organization called, Ballet in Cleveland ran by a woman named Jessica Wallis. She is a dancer/teacher who started up a non-profit organization to help bring professional classical ballet to Cleveland. I had to link you to their Facebook page, because as of right now their website has not launched. It’s set to launch Monday or Tuesday. You will be able to find it at I decided to message her on Facebook today and expressed my interest to her in this organization. I told her that I was an adult who takes ballet and pointe, non-professionally, and that I absolutely loved the message she is trying to spread in my city. I told her I was also interested in getting involved with her organization. Well, wouldn’t ya know? She messaged me back. She wants to meet me! ME! I am thrilled!!! So this Wednesday I am meeting her for coffee!! I told her how my BFF, Legal Ballerina, also takes dance with me. I told her that our teacher was a professional ballerina too. And she would love to meet all of us! I also mentioned to her in the email that my BFF and I have tickets to the Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker show at the end of November. She expressed much interest in LB and I meeting up with her before or after the show at her organization’s meet up!! Their office will be located right next to the Palace Theater that will house the ballet. I AM SO EXCITED. Who knows what this will bring me?!?! What it will do for Cleveland?!?!? I wish Cleveland had a professional ballet company. It would be awesome if they did, but sadly they do not. I’m hoping to be able to get involved with this organization at whatever level I can!! I want to spread the joy of ballet to as many people as I can. This may be the way to do it!!
So, to many of you, this may not be as exciting as you thought my news would be. But for me, this is super big! Someone wants to meet me. I can’t wait to meet her! What yet another awesome “gift” for me today!!

Oh, and did I mention that Mary Helen Bowers tweeted me today?!??! Yup, that’s right! I tweeted her my picture of the ballet workout DVD I got, and she replied!! So awesome. First famous person to reply to me! Squuueeeee!!!!

Oh ya, I may have also got 4 more Disney puzzles. Oops. I can’t help it! They’re just so cute and fun!

I’m pretty sure I can mark my 26th birthday as a WIN. Thanks to everyone for all the sweet messages!

Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for some new additions to my blog! I will be starting some fun, new things soon!



Feet Flexibility

My Halloween this year will consist of working (only for a half day!), evading the ridiculous rain, stretching, maybe some practicing, and hopefully watching a scary movie with the husband!! I’m so ready for this rain to be done with. It’s been raining consistently since Saturday. Enough already! I think our town moved trick or treating until the weekend, but I don’t think we’ll be passing out candy anyways. I’ve kind of been slacking on the stretching since last week. So I must do it tonight.

Here are a few videos I like that show different ways to increase foot and ankle flexibility and how to warm up before stretching them. Let me know if you do any of these exercises and what you think!

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Gory at the Quarry

Well after 2 nights in the cold rain and 8 loads of laundry later, I’m back! Camping wasn’t all that bad this weekend. Friday night we actually stayed dry there. Saturday was rainy off and on all day, but it was tolerable. The dog had fun!! There were so many other dogs there this time!! It was nice to just kind of walk around the quarry and see all the pretty fall leaves. This is one of my favorite camping places. It hosts summer music festivals every year. It really is an amazing place!! They had some pretty awesome bands there this year for Gory. It was a long, cold, wet weekend but it was still fun!!! Back to the old routine tomorrow!! Here’s hoping class goes well tomorrow!!! Hope everyone stays warm and dry this week!!


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Pumpkin King

This adult ballerina did not stretch or practice tonight. Instead, I spent the evening with my husband decorating our pumpkins for Halloween. My husband carved his pumpkin and I tried painting mine for the first time. It was tedious but I’m happy with the outcome!! I still have one more to paint (for our doggy), but that will have to wait until after ballet class tomorrow night. Enjoy!!!

Jack Skellington

Husband’s Pumpkin (he took the traditional route, eh)



Crochet with a little Ballet

Today is a good autumn day to get back into crocheting. I was fortunate to have my mom teach me how to at the beginning of summer. I know people say blankets are tough to make, but I’m determined to finish it!! It’s my first crochet project, so we’ll see how it goes!! Here’s what it looked like when I left off this summer!!


Anyone else out there like to crochet?!? I also like cross stitching, but it is very time consuming. I’ve never tried knitting. My mom likes to sew, crochet, quilt, and embroider. She’s much more craftier than I am!! She’s made some beautiful things!!

The husband and I plan on just relaxing at the old homestead tonight, so I guess I have no excuse not to stretch!! I’ll try to post another picture tonight! Hope everyone is working hard on their stretching!! I know I’m trying to!! I’m also going to work on some pirouettes and some pointe shoe/feet strengthening!!