My big fat BIG dream…

A dream that will come true soon!

I’m sure that everyone has at least one dream, and it would be great if everyone had at least one impossible dream. You might have the dream that you know would love to come true but you have no idea how it would happen. It’s good to have impossible dreams because it forces you to THINK BIG. It also allows you to take inventory of where you THINK your limits are.

My big fat BIG dream is to have a fabulous healthy, fit and shaped body. Now this dream is quite a challenge and not that easy to achieve at times. I try to eat right and I gym quite often – sometimes 5 days a weeks. But when that ice-cream or chocolates calls you, then it’s over… I love my sweets and snacks but guess I need to start controlling that. I don’t want to have a model’s body, but would like to be healthy, fit and nicely shaped.

I want to strive to be tighter, stronger, fitter and leaner but I haven’t yet dedicated myself to do the extra effort to achieve in having that fabulous body. I guess my big fat BIG dream is never really BIG or FAT as I truly believe that there is no reason for looking like that. Well, I’m not fat at all – just to make that clear. LOL! I would just like to be tighter as said before. I love food, but food is supposed to be there to sustain our bodies and provide us with the necessary energy your body requires. I just need to focus really hard… and I will be able to achieve my dream in just 3 months.

I also think that motivation is important and to have a friend or someone with a similar dream… and both of you can work together. I go to gym with a friend and she motivates me a lot. The first few months or stages are always the hardest and you need that someone to keep motivating you – otherwise you will fail. My big fat BIG dream is to have a healthy lifestyle, be fit and also be proud of my body. I don’t want to hide it under layers of clothes but rather be confident on the beach with a bikini. Slowly but surely I am making that dream a reality …

To be confident enough on the beach with a bikini…

Editor: Roelien Zwart

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A healthy lifestyle is the best medicine…

Being Healthy

Days fly past, months fly past and years fly past. We experience that a day is too short for everything. Everything meaning exercising, because 90% of our day we spend at work and when the clock hits 17:00 we are so tired and just want to go home. Our lifestyles today are very busy. We have to work; we have family, school, sports and social commitments to fit into a limited time.

However, we need to be healthy and fit to cope with the demands of a daily life. But what does it mean to have a healthy lifestyle? We need to eat a variety of healthy food, get regular exercise, have time to relax and get enough sleep to give our bodies the time to recover and grow.

If you can’t afford a gym contract, then go jog for 10 minutes – run for 10 minutes and walk for 10 minutes every day. It will make a difference to a healthy lifestyle. Or an hour at the gym three times a week will definitely be a change.

Making a commitment to a healthy lifestyle is almost like making a commitment to a healthy marriage. You have to make it work, otherwise it will fail. In general, a healthy person doesn’t smoke, is at a healthy weight, eats healthy and exercises regularly. Sounds very simple, doesn’t it?

For some people a healthy lifestyle can be quite difficult to adapt. Even for me!! But the trick to healthy living is making small changes … taking more steps, adding fruit to your cereal, having an extra glass of water … these are just a few ways you can start living healthy without making any drastic changes.

Add a little movement to your life can:

Reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes

-Improve joint stability

-Improve joint stability

-Increase and improve range of movement

-Help maintain flexibility as you age

-Maintain bone mass

-Prevent osteoporosis and fractures

-Improve mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression

-Enhance self esteem

-Improve memory in elderly people

-Reduce stress

Yap… sounds good??? Let’s get active!!!

A healthy lifestyle is the best…

Editor: Roelien Zwart

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The Love of Ballet…

On the tip of your pointers

I have done Ballet for more than 14 years. Unfortunately I don’t do ballet anymore, but I miss it more and more everyday. The experience that I have picked up in the ballet studio was unbelievable. Our teacher was wonderful, as she knew just how far to push each individual.

Dance was something I could fall back on whenever I felt unhappy or insecure. I put on my ballet shoes, the practice will start and the stress of a long day just melts away. It was also a way to discipline myself and understand the movement of my own body.

I started ballet at a very young age and I didn’t really then had a choice as my mom believed she saw potential in me so she put me in class straight away. However, the world of ballet was mysterious and intimidating to me, and also a source of curiosity. At a later stage I became more intrigued by its rich history as one of the highest forms of art, and the strength and athleticism it calls for, even as it is characterised by great beauty and delicacy.

I would like to share a few reasons why I have the love of ballet. Maybe then you will realize the beauty of it.

Reason # 1: Ballet is precise.

Ballet can balance out the uncertain grey shade that is life. Whenever I was in class, there was a very correct, very precise way of conducting your body in ballet and I love to know when I’m doing something correctly or incorrectly for once. I was also very happy in class when our instructor gave every individual special attention to their mistakes.

Reason #2: I found that when words fail me, ballet does not.

“For everything that I can’t put into words, a thousand new ways of expression are suddenly possible for me when I dance.” This quote explains everything. It’s like finding something new in the ballet class.

Reason #3: Ballet makes me feel good about my body.

I always tried to find reasons to dislike, reject, and hate my body. But dancing gave me some new sense of belonging and that appreciation for my body as a tool of artistic expression, rather than a thing that must be honed and corrected into something perfect. Ballet helped me to focus on more than just my body, like my feet, hands, neck and soft movement of the body. My body grew stronger, increasingly flexible, and more capable.

Reason #4: Ballet is exercise; ballet is love. Therefore, exercise is love.

Ballet is a great way of precise training, and it a great way to form your body, as well as getting some aerobic work-out once your on the floor. When I danced, I did not even realize I’m doing any exercise. It is so exciting and I enjoyed every moment. I think that exercise should always be something that we find enjoyable, and that interest us in every way. We should always love exercising and not just do it because we have to.

Ballet has given me so much love for dance, and I will always have the love for dancing even if I’m not dancing at all right now. I will always respect a dancer and my dream is that my daughter will take over my ballet shoes one day.

When practicing for a performance, a particular exercise or step will be practiced in class over and over again. I will finally notice some improvement, and the joy is unbelievable. Ballet is hard, and not everyone can do it, as you may very well know. And if you’ve never been in a ballet class before, you won’t understand how very difficult it is, even as I tell you how very difficult it is! Whenever I saw improvement in my technique it was quite rewarding. Going to ballet classes after school was addictive, and I think it might be addictive to many other dancers as well.

The love of Ballet

Editor: Roelien Zwart

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