Uncategorized Jan 30, 2021

It took some gut-wrenching soul-searching, but I finally projectile vomited this deeply personal admission: 

 --- I have a love/hate relationship with my body ---  

OMG the extremes make me dizzy!  But I finally realized this...

When my body is out of control, my anxiety is through the roof! 

And on the other end...

When my body is the way I like it, I am on top of the world. 

How could 5, 10, or even 50 pounds affect me so? What is wrong with me? Am I a complete narcissist? Am I THAT shallow? Do I really value my physical state more than my... well, everything???  More than my character? More than my other skills and talents? More than my spiritual, emotional, and moral well-being? 

Wait a minute. Maybe I am just going off the deep end here. Being dramatic. Let's back up and think this through...

Here's what I know. I hate it when I feel that extra bulge around my waist. I hate it when I can't find something to wear that makes me look attractive. I hate it when the sunlight streams into my bathroom, and I see WAY TOO MUCH cellulite in the mirror. Despite knowing better, this triggers self-loathing and makes my anxiety sky-rocket.

On the other hand...

I love it when I look and feel fit. I feel proud of myself when my body looks toned, tanned, and strong. I am 60 years old now, and I am so grateful God gave me a strong, beautiful body to work with.

I feel like I am failing when I let this beautiful body go to shit. I feel like I am a good girl when I keep my body under control.

I am willing to work for it. I am willing to eat right, not drink, sacrifice most desserts, and exercise every day for it.

So, does that me make a narcissist? I don't know.

All I know is that I FEEL GOOD when my body is in control. I FEEL PEACEFUL when my body is in control. 

And after struggling with a 30-lb weight gain in my late 30’s, I eventually figured out how to get my body under control, relatively easily. 

I just dance.

One hour a day, pretty much every single day.

I just dance.

And that changed everything.

I look good. I feel good. I feel like my husband has kind eyes on me. It's easy to find clothes that look good. I am not nervous or ashamed of my body anymore. I feel confident. I feel grateful.

And, after a lifetime of trial and error, here's what else I have learned: Dancing and being fit is my gateway to inner peace.


That's all I know.

This is WHY I DANCE. (Well, this is ONE reason why I dance - I've got several others as well...)

Do you relate? Do you have a love/hate relationship with your body? Do you feel an intimate connection between your physical, emotional, and spiritual states of fitness? Do you need a fail-safe solution?

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See you on the other side,




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Jules Szabo is a UNC School of the Arts classical ballet graduate. 

Click here for her featured story on the UNCSA website!


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