Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Dancing With the Stars--Finals

Due to time constraints, I am not going to go into great detail with my final recap.  I am trying to remember if they ever held them the week of Thanksgiving before and I honestly think they haven't.  I am crazy busy right now getting the food ready and my house and entertaining kids.  Plus, we have new neighbors who just happen to have a kid who is in Ryan's class.  Great!  Yes...and no.  Another blog for another day because it is time for Dancing with the Stars!!!

I really was fooled by this entire season.  I thought who are these people??  There were a couple I knew:  Ricki Lake and Carson Kressley.  I had no idea who JR Martinez was but I was immediately drawn to him because of his bright spirit and his incredible story.  I could have cared less about rich boy Rob Kardashian when it started. And yet as the weeks went on, he let his true self come to the surface and he blossomed into a true gentleman whom I could honestly root for.

On Monday night the three remaining couples each danced a new dance and the ever crucial freestyle.  This dance can make or break you.

Ricki and Derek's freestyle did not disappoint.  It began with Ricki bursting through a photo of herself from when this season started.  The transformation is positively amazing.  She has easily lost 50 pounds.  Their dance was high energy with lifts(typical with Derek) and ended with him spinning her --to the point where she was a little dizzy--so good thing the dance was over!  It was a good dance.  The judges each raved about their freestyle and gave them high marks.  No ten's though.  I was surprised by this.

Then came Rob and Cheryl.  She was smart and started the dance off slow like a waltz as this is his strength.  And then she kicked it up.  It was like old timey dancing.  And he was having a blast.  Not only was he having such a good time he was doing amazing.  Their dance, to me, was the superior dance...at this point.  I still had not seen JR and Karina.  But they had a lot to live up to.  The judges gave them perfect scores.


JR and Karina, the fan favorites.  First let me say, their first dance they got low scores.  The judges tore them up.  JR later promises Karina he will get her that win.  (She has never won the mirror ball)  I do not like the music at all.  Music aside, the dance itself was great.  I am not going to let a little thing like a song steal votes--it totally didn't.  I voted for them.  But here's the rub.  I liked all three of them!!!  After seeing all three freestyles, I was convinced Rob and Cheryl had it in the bag.  Their freestyle, in my humble opinion was the best one.  Remember freestyle will make or break you.

Last night all the couples returned and danced.  It was fun seeing everyone.  Carson danced with Anna, and Maks, and Anna and a few other guys.  It was hilarious.  Chaz, Lacey and Lacey's Dad all danced.  It was fun.  David and Kym danced with a whole crew and he had a blast.  But the three remaining had to dance one more and then it would be decided who took third.  After that, the last two couples would dance off for the prize.

Ricki and Derek danced their Psycho dance.  It was really good. Again.  Rob wanted to do the Fox Trot--the dance he dedicated to his dad. And JR and Karina danced their original jive which Len had called too much Lindy.  All were amazing.  So glad I didn't have to call it!

In third place.....


Ricki and Derek.  SHUT UP!

So now it is JR and Karina and Rob and Cheryl dancing off in a Samba.  Between points and votes it comes down to....
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JR AND KARINA
(with a one point difference in the judges totals)

I will be back with my DWTS recaps March 19, 2012!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What's On Your Plate?





Turkey day is just two days away.  For some it can be one the most scariest days of the year as it is perhaps the biggest gorge fest of the year.  It was fine to do this when our forefathers sat down to feast with the Natives because it truly was a feast of great thanks.  They also didn't have McDonald's at every corner, cars, and the technology that glues our hind quarters down.  So this feast was acceptable to ... well... feast upon. 

At Weight Watchers last week we talked about how to plan for Thanksgiving.  What is going on our plate.  And not just that.  Have a good breakfast that morning.  When is dinner that day?  Do you eat in the afternoon?  Or do you have it at a more normal dinner time?  Keep your stomach satisfied with your regular meals.  Eat fruits and veggies through out the day.  Are you a guest?  Bring something that you know isn't high in calories and fat--but don't tell anyone.  That's your secret.  Are you the chef?  Instead of you being the taster, assign someone else the task.  You chew some gum:  POLAR ICE by EXTRA will keep you out of everything.  How about adding some movement this week?  I am going to Zumba today.  How about a walk or a game of tag football on the big day.  Just don't lock yourself out of the house the way they did on FRIENDS! 

We also got to see the total points values of all the food for the day.  Rather than go into the great explanation of points, I will simply link you to a site that counts calories.  Now this site is awesome.  It gives you a list of all the possible foods and drinks you may be having on Thanksgiving.  You check the items you will be having and then hit calculate.  It gives your grand total and even tells you how much exercise you will have to do--that is the scary part.  But guess what?  It is offering full serving sizes.  I am not planning on taking 1/2 cup of stuffing, 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes, and 1/2 cup of yams.  I am planning on about 1/2 of each of those.  Or less.  I want the rolls.  I want room for pie.  All those foods will fill up your plate fast.


  • eat slowly
  • enjoy the conversations
  • use a smaller fork
  • use a smaller plate
  • When you take a nice deep breath(sigh) it's your body's way of saying I am done.  
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sneak Peak?

Did you happen to notice the button on my sidebar?  What? You didn't?  I will show you....





 

If you were here last year you may remember we hosted this fantastic way to recap to the year!  Here's one of my recaps here.  So you see all those fabulous names listed on that button?  They are your gracious and humble hosts this year!  

What is the 2011 Review Extravaganza? It is your chance to write up some posts and recap what happened throughout the year. You can put your favorite pictures, tell your favorite stories, link back to your favorite posts, really however you want to do it. And just in case you had some slow months, we will be reviewing three months at a time.

This will begin Friday, December 9th.
So-Friday the 9th, you will link up with your recap about January, February and March.
Friday the 16th-link up with recap of April, May and June.
Friday the 23rd-link up with recap of July, August and September.
Friday the 30th-link up with recap of October, November and December.


I have to tell you the best part-- there are prizes involved-- 8 prizes in fact! A personal prize will be picked by each of our hosts for the winner. And how do you win? Every week that you link up with your review you get a point- and the more points you have the more time your name is thrown into the hat.

Next week the other hosts and I will break down the nitty gritty of all the rules and introduce you to all of the lovely ladies hosting this extravaganza. Set your Fridays in December aside as you are not going to want to miss this.