This post is the final in a series that chronicles my personal journey to better health. You can read the introductory post here.
So, it’s over. My recital was this week. I executed every move — jumps, turns, leaps, kicks, and stretches — to the best of my ability. I was really pleased with the end result. I haven’t seen a recording yet, since the DVDs won’t be available for 4 – 6 weeks. But I really don’t need to see it to know how I did. I already know.
Ending a performance has always been so bittersweet for me. I’ve found this to be the case with musical theater, vocal concerts, dance performances….everything. If you’re a performer of any kind maybe you can relate. You work really hard for what feels like forever on something, and just when you’re about to pull your hair out from when-are-we-going-to-put-this-thing-on-stage-alreadyness….that day arrives. And then, just like that, it’s over. And that’s the sad part. Because when you spend that much time on something, it feels like there’s something missing when it’s over.
But is it? In terms of the changes in lifestyle that I made in order to prepare for this dance performance, I have no intention of dropping anything. My morning walk and meditation has now become a part of my day (again – – I used to do this and just got out of the habit over the past year with our relocation). My newfound knowledge of how sugar and wheat affect my body is not going to just drop out of my brain. I’m sure I’ll make choices that my body won’t love, but I feel much less of an affinity towards these ingredients just knowing how much better I feel since I’ve drastically reduced their roles in my life. And as far as dance goes — well, I’ve recently received some guidance that indicates that perhaps there’s a role for dance that’s greater than just a hobby. Dance and movement certainly relate to Whole Life Health, now don’t they? So there’s something there I’ll be exploring very soon.
Thank you so much for following me through this experiment. I hope that in my story, you see something that might give you an idea of how you could improve your own life through lifestyle changes of your own. I’m just a regular person, like all other people. If I can do it, you can too. If there is some way I can help you, please let me know. Good luck, and remember that you know your body better than anyone else. Trust your instincts and you won’t go wrong.