I started dancing when I was three years old. I loved dancing. It was basically my life. After graduating from high school, dance started to take a back burner to partying and other aspects of young adult life. In 2008 I stopped completely because it just didn’t feel the same anymore and I couldn’t take it.
I missed dancing a lot , but I was afraid to go back. During this time I wasn’t paying much attention to my weight, and when I did pay attention I did very little to counter the climbing numbers on the scale. I hated working out… the “work” part always got to me.
After years of feeling sorry for myself and watching my weight yo-yo like a champ I decided to stop making excuses. So in January 2012 I started counting calories using Myfitnesspal.com and exercising on a more regular basis.
I took up yoga, which I use to hate, along with various forms of cardio including using a stationary bike, Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred, and playing Dance Central on the XBox Kinect. I briefly took up running using the Couch to 5k program, but injured my knee and had to take a break from it.
I am currently in the process of increasing my calorie intake. When I started counting calories I was eating 1200 a day and quickly noticed how much my energy levels and mood were negatively effected. The process of allowing your body to adjust to an increase in calories can be frustrating and long, so I have put away my scale for the time being so that I don’t obsess over every ounce like I have been.
In June I am going to start Couch to 5k again, as well as the weight lifting program outlined in New Rules of Lifting for Women. I am looking forward to seeing more changes in my body composition, and increasing my strength.