Playing Country Tunes on the Piano: My New Challenge!

I’ve always preferred classical music for playing on the piano or new pop tunes like Adele. But lately, I have been addicted to listening to Taylor Swift and trying to learn some of her songs on the piano, which has allowed me to branch out entirely and wonder if I can actually produce some quality country-sounding tunes of my own on the piano!

take-me-home-country-roadGenerally country music is associated with acoustic guitar, but I don’t see how the two have to be mutually exclusive.  Some of the old classics I’m sure you know, and it’s been a total hit.  I’ve also recently started dancing lessons as I want to be a triple threat in my industry and be able to play piano, sing and dance a well.

A lot of you know about my struggles with my weight, which is another reason that spurred me onto playing country tunes on the piano.  I recently started a new diet and exercise program that is centered around dancing to country music!  This dance workout program is called Country Heat and it is an absolute blast!  There are 7 different workouts that you do and you complete one each day. Every Sunday is my rest day from exercise and I try to focus on some yoga and relaxation in addition to playing the piano.

On the days that I am exercising, I’m just enjoying moving and dancing to the tunes – anyone who enjoys country music knows how fun it is to line dance and rock your hips back and forth.  You’re burning calories without even having to try too hard. And it certainly doesn’t feel like exercise at all.  I also know that I need to be healthy and have a good diet or all my efforts will be for nothing.  That’s why I’m following the nutrition plan included in the Country Heat program. I’m using these special containers that are designed to help you learn about what is a “normal” portion size and to not over eat or over indulge.  That part is harder than the working out which is just good old fashioned fun and dancing.

I’m going to try to learn to play some of the songs in the workout videos on the piano for kicks as well. Overall, I’m happy with my progress and continuing on as usual!

Getting Back on Track with the 21 day diet

Okay, so we sailed through January after making outrageous claims for what we wanted to do in the new year.   I promised myself I would pick up another 10 weekly clients for my piano lessons.  I scored three.  Still good, but didn’t meet my goal yet.

I promised myself also that I would lose 30 pounds because I gained about 10 over the holidays. But that came after my new year’s party where I drank excessively and ate even more.  A few days recovery consisting of eating junk food and that leads me to mid-February, close to Valentine’s day without a date and not a pound lighter. I decided I have had enough and know I need to make a big change if I want results.  I read about the 21 day diet plan, which is a sugar and carbohydrate detox that you do over the period of 21 days and it suggests that this is the perfect amount of time you need to be able to kick a bad habit and kick your cravings.  I am on week 1 and I feel fabulous.  All the 21 day diet reviews I have read show weight loss after mere days for people who have been cutting out their sugar and carb intake.

The first week was hard since my go to is chips or chocolate after a hard day’s work. But I followed the plan and stuck to fruit for my sources of sugar.  And rather than eating a bunch of savory fattening snacks like chips or Doritos, had to eat a bunch of vegetables. I didn’t think I would enjoy this nearly as much as I do.  But I love to eat in volume and with the 21 day diet, you can eat as much vegetables as you like and the plan includes some awesome healthy recipes to go along side it.

Sugar and carb cravings can be deadly.  It can cause you to feel fat and lethargic and you’re never satisfied after just one bite. You crave more and more and it never seems to end.  You need to really commit to the full three weeks in order to get the best results possible.  Weight loss is difficult but the math is simple.  Burn more calories than you consume and you will lose weight.  By kicking your bad habits now, you will be able to build a leaner and stronger body while shedding excess fat that has been preventing you from living your life. I can’t wait to see my results after I finish the full 21 days.