It’s everywhere. In your stupid folded paper magazines, and your nonsensical Pinterest picture board, and on your Rachael Ray television programs, which might be a joke about how bad televisionprograms can be, or might be an actual show. I can’t figure out yet, I am only caveman. There is lot of things I don’t know. Why the burning ball of fire in the sky gets so angry in the middle of the day. Or why your kitty cats grow so displeased when I pet them from back to front. But there is one thing I DO know, and this I know for sure: you people need to chill the fuck out about my diet.
If you’re battling a mental illness and didn’t want to wake up this morning but did anyways, you’re a motherfucking badass. Because living with a mental illness is hard and I’m damn proud of you for still being here and fighting. You’re metal as hell and tough as nails. So keep on fighting, you kickass Viking warrior. You can win this.
I have started doing 30 minutes of cardio and 60 min of muscle training since January 3-5days a week. When can I expect to see definition in my muscles. I have noticed improvements in strength and endurance, but not appearence.
All of this depends on how your body looked before, how much fat you’re carrying, where that fat is distributed, what your health is currently like, what your genetic history is like, what sort of training you’re doing, how much that training challenges you, what you’re eating, what you define as “definition” in terms of your own body, how you hold your posture, what sort of lighting you’re viewing your body in…..oh god, and so many more variables!
The point is that there’s no way to accurately estimate these things. Without knowing anything about you, your body, your training or your lifestyle, it’s downright impossible for me to guess. But even an informed professional would have a hard time pinpointing a period of time where you would be guaranteed to see visible definition. Your body is different than any other body and, even if you follow the same diet and exercise regime as a hundred other people, your lifestyle and genetics will impact the way that the routine affects you.
In the end - Try not to dwell on it too much. If visible change happens and you like the way that it makes you look, then great! If not, then enjoy exercising just for the sake of it. The process itself should be rewarding.
Let’s celebrate tonight. And for the rest of our lives. Let’s celebrate the fact that I lived and survived. That despite hating myself, I loved myself enough to do this, to put myself before everything for the first time in my life. Let’s celebrate every meal and every battle as a victory. Let’s celebrate because I am still around to see the stars. Let’s celebrate the fact that something mattered more to me than being skinny, than conforming to society’s absurd standards: let’s celebrate me.
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“So acknowledge here to yourself, ‘I am unique, and while there may be someone who is better than me at this or that, it doesn’t matter because they’re not me. So no matter what, they’ll never do it like me because that’s impossible.’ So embrace the quirks, embrace your individuality, embrace where you are in life. No one else is like you, and that is special, and that is unique.”—Kathryn Budig (via mayur-asana)
p.s. My laptop is broken… again. Ugh. So I’ve restocked my Queue from Jeremy’s desktop, but I’ve got almost six thousand messages to go through, as well as a bunch of new workouts I’m planning and new calendars for April. Please forgive me if I’m spotty in terms of blogging until I can get my lappy fixed. Thanks!
Do you have to be an experienced dancer to minor in dance? I am asking because I really would LOVE to study dance for the rest of my life but I never gotten training....ever. I never had the money or emotional support.
Nope! (Well, maybe, depending on the school.) At most schools, you’ll be starting in beginner classes, then moving up as you learn more. You’ll likely be studying dance history and anatomy as well, and possibly things like Alexander technique or Pilates to help build awareness of your body.
The best thing for you to do is talk to the dance department at your school. They’ll be able to tell you what they expect out of the minor students and can tell you what to expect while working towards the minor.
A minor in dance is a really great way to get involved in dance without dedicating your life to it. Depending on what your major is, the minor could help you work in managing a dance company, teaching dance, doing fundraising for a dance company, and a lot of other things. It’s a great door-opener!
I'm really interested in going on pointe, but I'm enormous for ballet (6 feet tall with usa size 12 shoes) and I don't think they even make pointe shoes in my size, and I know tall girls are often discouraged from trying pointe, because we just weigh more. Any suggestions?
I did pointe with a man. A young man. In pointe shoes. Surprisingly, the dance store in the area had his massive size in stock, whereas I had to special order mine because of how wide my feet are.
Being tall will make some things more difficult. You may have a more difficult time turning because your center of gravity is higher, things like that. But if you work at it, there’s no reason why your height should stop you from enjoying it.
That depends on a lot of factors. For me, it took one year. But, obviously, if you start ballet when you’re 6, you won’t be put en pointe a year later.It depends on your age, your strength, your technical skill, etc.
What I always recommend is talking to your ballet teacher(s). Let them know you’re interested in doing pointe and ask them what they’d suggest you to work on to reach that goal. They’ll be better equipped to help you get there.