|Mike and I at the IAPS Convention in June!|
About a year and a half ago, I decided to get healthy. I was tired of my hip hurting from standing in a particular position at my easel. I always kind of lean back and put my weight on my right hip. I was tired of making choices about what activities to participate in because of this nagging pain. And, I must admit, I was tired of carrying around that last bit of weight that I'd always wished I could loose.
I'd been exercising doing a form of dance called NIA, nianow.com, but I really wasn't putting that together with a healthy diet and other lifestyle choices to get the most benefit. NIA incorporates not just fitness, but self awareness and self-healing . So, with a very conscious approach, I lost 15 pounds, changed my diet to mostly fruits and veggies. I eat small meals about six times a day and exercise to break a sweat at least three times a week. I'm now in the process of trying to eliminate things like caffeine which I find very, very hard. But I'm making progress.
I share this with you because a few people have been curious about my weight loss and how I did it. Some were concerned that it was actually ill-health which couldn't be more opposite. Mostly, I share this because I've never felt better, stronger more capable as a person and more perceptive as an artist. I truly believe in the very close connection between energy and attention/mind body.
I feel so fortunate to have found NIA. It makes me happy and makes me go back, again and again.I know it's not every ones path to fitness, but it was most certainly mine. Soooo, check it out and have fun dancing.