There are hard times in life, times when we will bleed, times when we will be left, times when we will be injured and feel like we can't go on, but I've learned how to go on thanks to ballet.
I cannot protect my children from all possible health issues. Not every disease or disability, such as mine, is preventable. But I can enforce healthy choices, empowering my children with education and options.
If you ask me, the whole point in putting it all out there isn't really about "opening the kimono" but rather about connecting with ourselves in a way that releases the hold that other people's opinions have on us.
It doesn't matter if we explain that we made that cake and those brownies with cream cheese frosting and diced up all those vegetables for their third birthday party, there is no visible record in those pages that we were even there.
The real competition should lie in community service hours logged, charity dollars raised, and persons inspired. Women should be judged based on character and contributions, instead of looks.
I now know that we all have the capacity to turn our shadows and struggles into our greatest light. In fact, I believe that's what we're meant to do. It's my hope that we can ALL turn our struggles into our gift back to the world, because if each of us did that.
If you don't gain a lot of weight while pregnant, people are going to have rude things to say. If you do gain a lot of weight while pregnant, people are going to have rude things to say. And if you gain a healthy amount of weight while pregnant... people are still going to have rude things to say.
Do you ever look back at a photo and think, 'Wow, I looked so much better back then?' even though at the time, you didn't think you looked that great? Well that is how I feel right now when I look at this picture.
My point is simple. Not easy, but simple. "They" can tell you whatever they want. But so can you. You can tell yourself whatever YOU want. Longer, louder and in a way more connected to your powerful brain than anything else can be.
As I encounter the first signs of real aging, I've started to wonder why the What's Happening to My Body franchise deals only with puberty. Because while adolescence may be the first time our bodies play tricks on us, it's certainly not the last.
The wedding industrial complex was going to do everything in its power to convince me I needed to lose weight. And it would take every ounce of will I had to not let it.
There is strength in allowing the people around you to see the darker parts of who you are. If we all hide that, then how can we ever help each other? How can we ever understand? There's a truth behind eating disorders that many are afraid to share, because they're just as ashamed as I was, and I understand that. But it's something we should talk about.
I think of my body as my vehicle for this lifetime -- a vehicle that can't be replaced or traded in like a used car. It needs to be nourished with whole, healthy foods and exercised daily. So, I don't just give thanks to my body with lip service, but with active service by taking care of it with good nutrition and movement every day
People look for the quick fix, to produce the weight loss for them. There isn't one. There is no timeline on a successful weight loss. Consider weight loss the byproduct of a lifestyle that includes eating food that nourishes you, and being active.
So next time you're standing in front of the mirror and start to go down that path of hating what you see, I want you to stop for a second and close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths and get back in touch with what's truly real in you.
I can think of no better way to celebrate Bruce Willis' 60th birthday than by thanking him for making the world better for bald men everywhere.