What Fit Looks Like What Fit Looks Like
It was fun at first. It was a pastime I loved and the friends I formed.
At the age of 14, I began to think about it as an option for a job and began to think of the potential for something that I could pursue. I was able to combine my love of performing arts and my love for writing. When I was 18, I realized that I wanted to pursue a degree and pursue a degree in English and dance in order that I could write and choreograph musicals.
However, I had a secret. I was not feeling well. I was trying to lose weight prior to every audition or performance.
It's no secret that the fitness and beauty standards set by dance professionals are not achievable for a lot of people particularly for Black women.
In order to pursue a career in professional dancing, I needed to meet the expectations that were not given to me.
This was the first time that I experienced the same feelings like many Black women as they tried to navigate the fitness world. It is a message that says the perfect body isn't one that is a Black one.
Don't be a slave to unattainable standards
The stress I experienced as a dancer was exacerbated by the fact that I was disqualified. After auditioning for a variety of dance schools at universities All the top dance programs turned me down. I didn't wish to be accepted by one of them (though I am now pondering the reason I didn't accept Howard).
Rejection and standards that are impossible to attain are powerful combinations.
Since I was a foodie who loved eating and indulge in sweets, I ate a lot of sugary treats and unhealthy food. It doesn't matter what type of food you're eating such as baked salmon cooked with dill, sauteed cabbage and garlic, or huge Zaxby's chicken fingers plates. Food makes me happy.
Afterward, I cleansed as I believed I needed to manage the result.
I had a second audition twice by the dance department of the university program before I entered college. I was rejected twice. When I was 19, I realized I was not able to earn a living from dancing, regardless of what my love.
I decided to join an extracurricular group on campus , and I changed my focus on school from creative writing and journalism.
To release the pressure I put on myself to perform well I was also able to break free of certain bad behaviors. Soon after I started college my purging and binge eating ended.
My friend was the "freshman 15". I would go to the gym when I wanted to. I had a series of not having the desire to exercise and intense training. This is my routine even though it's been more than 10 years since I began these habits.
My personal path to a healthy lifestyle
My relationship with my fitness, health and overall health, as well as general well-being is a bit complex. I am currently in a state of not working out. Since the beginning of October, when I discovered that I was expecting my second child I haven't been on my yoga mat.
I look at the mat and I think I must take it out and begin the flow. This is particularly true because I did yoga for until 36 weeks after the birth of my son. However, I'm not.
I've used gym memberships. I used to go to the gym 3 times a week. I would devote about an hour working out followed by another an hour or so of exercise.