I am healthier because I take ballet.
That’s a fact that I realize both physically and mentally.
When I returned to ballet at 39, I lost 45 pounds in a year. It was the first form of exercise I was able to consistently do in my adult life.
My sugar, my heart rate, my cholesterol are all at pretty good levels for man my age.
Being a non-smoker also contributes.
But I’ve also come to realize another important fact: Ballet is not enough.
I eventually gained about 15-20 of the pounds back. And even at my lowest weight, I was still a few pounds heavier than I wanted to be, and just couldn’t go any further.
There are a couple of reasons for that.
I may dance anywhere from 3 to 6 days a week, but I don’t eat like a dancer.
I don’t mean the anorexic, I only eat grass kind of dancer.
I eat like the sports writer I once was. I eat like the stressed-out single parent I’ve been most of my adult life. I eat like the late-night copy editor-page designer I’ve become. And the once-again college student pursuing a second degree in me hasn’t helped.
Fast-food, restaurant food, sports bar food, sodas, snack machines, microwave food, they have been the comfort foods, the convenience foods in my life that have been hard to give up.
I have friends who are into all of those “miracle” lose weight plans: ACE, Advocare …ect. I know that works for them. But that’s not me.
I need someone with nutritional knowledge who can help me plan affordable, healthier meals to help me live a more healthier life.
I also need an exercise routine to complement the ballet. I’ll be honest, I am not a self-motivator. Group exercise has always been something easier for me to do. That’s why ballet has worked when other things haven’t. I have someone who leads me, and others who are working toward the same things with me.
And a gym membership probably isn’t the answer. When your schedule revolves around kids, work, school and ballet, I feel I’ll get in a habit of paying for a gym membership I don’t really use. If I can find a place that allows you to pay as you go, that would be ideal.
Trying to come up with that healthier meal plan and coming up with that second form of exercise right now are two of my goals. Neither are that easy.
And they are just as tangible of goals as my dance goals: Being more consistent with my double pirouettes that I move on to triples, dance in a more complicated piece, perform another pas de deux and be a much technically cleaner, more fundamentally sound dancer than I am.