My workout journey has been a long one. One of the things that you might not know about me is that from early on in childhood into the beginning of my adult life, I was training to be a professional ballerina. While growing up in Washington D.C. I trained everyday and went to the best professional ballet schools in the area that money could by. My extensive ballet training even resulted in me having to leave high school because the hours of training and the physical and mental dedication wasn’t allowing me to perform the way I wanted to in school. My mind was elsewhere.
Always sporting a bun, my years going through puberty weren’t about talking to boys, it was fear of developing a huge bust that wouldn’t look good in a leotard. I continued to master my craft and got excellent opportunities onstage as well as off. At the age of 17, I was asked to train year round at the Miami City Ballet school in Miami Beach, FL and here we are. I never left. After I quit ballet a few years later (that’s a blog post for another day), I got my GED and continued onto college and graduated from the University of Miami School of Business in 2012.
During my college years, I missed dancing so much so I audition for the NFL and became a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader for their 2009-2010 season. Since then, working out has been a struggle. Ballet and cheerleading were always taught in a class form with an instructor so going out to the gym and “doing it myself” was never motivating. I hated going to the gym and having to decide what to do and I often fell off the workout wagon after only a few days of starting. In addition, there was always a competitive edge from the classroom that I loved and thrived in that was missing from working out alone. Something about going to a gym was just so boring.
I have started and failed many times since then so I decided to scrap the gym membership and only go to things that are classroom based. So far, I like what I am doing. Two to three times a week I schedule out a pilates class or dance class/sometimes something new. I love spinning as well but I really depends on the instructor for me. Being fit used to be so important to me and the past few years have been a poor effort at best. Even though I am naturally thin, the older you get, the actually term “skinny fat” starts to apply to you. I started realizing that although I will never be overweight, my body actually started to become unattractive to me. This has been a huge motivator for me so trying to find a method that I will stick to/ actually enjoy is where I am focusing my attentions now.
Photography by: Luccia Lowenthal
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