Advice to any dancers who have been nursing an injury for the past 3 months: make your first class back one filled with 12-year-olds.
No matter how much time you’ve spent away from the studio, that first time facing the mirrors after an injury is going to be rough. The barre feels foreign under your palm, there’s a leotard invading your personal space and your ankles can barely support an eight-count balance. Eeep.
Place a young dancer in front of you, though, and see empowerment replace fear. Your knees will still wobble and your fingers will feel fuzzy, yes. But those sparkly little eyes looking up at you from under stiff port de bras is just enough to enlighten.
Whenever I feel fearful about the daunting work that lies ahead before the start of this new season, I try to do something more easily said than done: remember my past. I have fallen before, but I can rise strong.
So, have you read Brené Brown’s book yet? What did you think?
It seems that every year as June rolls around, beach season begins and my desire for a sculpted bikini body directly conflicts with the inevitable decrease in my daily physical activity. The past two summers in particular (last year I was recovering from an injury, the year before I had surgery on my toe) have been especially slow on the whole work out front, which is perhaps the reason for this year’s boosted motivation. I’ve been finding some way to sweat every morning (a rotation of ballet class and kickboxing with a few dedicated buds), but sticking to a diet in the summer is about as easy as going to Target for one item and not coming home with a carload of things you never knew you needed (does that happen to anyone else?).
Just when you’re doing really well and eating right, it’s someone’s birthday and one too many drinks must be had. Then your friend invites you to your favorite pub on a Wednesday night and how do you not order those garlic fries that just walked by only to stop at the table right behind you? However, recently I’ve set a goal for myself; Maintain healthy eating during the week, and use weekends as little cheat treat days!
Breakfast can be a tough meal to stick to. Some people just skip it altogether (BIG mistake! Most important meal of the day to kickstart your metabolism!), but I’m one of those freaks who wakes up with a growling tummy, always ravenous for anything with a side of bacon. Of course, since that’s not exactly time, budget or diet friendly, I decided to whip up a batch of healthy banana-oat muffins to grab and go for breakfast, snack time, or anytime, really. These guys are packed with tons of good nutrients and don’t use much sugar, so you can start your day out on the right bite. I used this recipe, but substituted coconut oil for applsauce (just use 1/2 the amount of oil) and added raisins and ground flax seed for added fiber, but next time I’m throwing in some coconut flakes, cinnamon and chopped walnuts, too! Yum!