When I was a little girl, I loved to put music on and dance around. I just love to dance, it’s so much fun! I can’t believe how amazing it feels. I still do this sometimes like when I’m cooking or just want to move around. I was even in a talent show at my middle school. A friend and I created a dance and gymnastic routine to Whitney Houston’s “I’m Every Woman.”
As I got older, I started to have a lot of pain in my hip and neck. It didn’t really get me down except for when I started to worry and even then I was still pretty active. I took up sewing, crocheting, and knitting at that time and it made the pain in my body worse. I still love to make things like that but I can only work on stuff for so long and then need a break. Yet I can go on hikes, exercise and feel great. It doesn’t seem to make sense but I guess it’s just my body. I don’t like to sit still lol.
I didn’t let pain stop me, but I did go have x-rays and eventually physical therapy then a chiropractor. I was so relieved that it wasn’t serious, especially the pain in my hip. It all worked out well for me and now I just see the chiropractor as needed. I still feel pain in my neck sometimes and I might look into it further at some point. Over the years I tried yoga just for fun. I bought this Gaiam Beginner’s Yoga Starter Kit and I just do the AM yoga portion of the disc now and then. I love following along to the recording and I feel good afterwards. Then a few years later I found out about Leslie Sansone. She makes exercise videos and she calls it “walking.” I love to follow along with her videos just like the yoga.
I have always thought of taking a dance class like tap. I still might try that and see if I enjoy it. But I’ll always have my videos to follow and dancing around my house. When I was feeling better physically I followed this video in the picture above everyday and tried the Vegan diet way of eating. After a few months, I was doing so well physically that I was even doing cartwheels again like when I was a kid. It felt amazing! Right now, I’m no longer eating a Vegan diet and I just eat what I want. I learned a ton about nutrition and I’m grateful for that because diabetes runs in my family. I lost my mother and grandmother way too soon. You can check out my recipes on the blog and keep checking back to see what I eat. I definitely feel like staying active has benefited me a lot and I’m just sharing about this because all of this made a significant difference in my quality of life. It really feels good to write it down and share. I don’t have any relatives or friends around to share it with so I love having this blog!!!!
I also wanted to share this awesome fruit salad recipe I found years ago and have been enjoying since. I love to put basil in mine and it would be good with some kind of sweetener as well.
Here’s the recipe- Antioxidant Fruit Salad. It’s so refreshing and pomegranates are in season right now. I made this salad today for hubby and I , along with some sandwiches, to take on our walk later.