Apparently that's how long it takes to change a habit. So if you've gotten out of a healthy routine, oh say... going Salsa dancing in the evening... it might take you a while to get back into the routine. Few (I originally wrote "none" but didn't want to over generalize) of us like discipline. I dare say, all of us would like the results if we were disciplined!
But it's not that easy, because we've filled that time with something. Now we have to "find" the time to fit in what we used to do conveniently. In my case, I took a part time job at a doctor's office three days a week. I love the people, the work, and the paycheck;) but I'm strapped for time now. It's hard to find time to run those annoyingly necessary errands (silly groceries) because when I'm off work all I want to do is play with my kids. By the time they go to bed, I do the essentials online (reply to e-mails, pay bills, yada yada) and then I'm pooped! And I haven't even done my PT yet?!
Right now I'm at a critical point with my physical therapy. I'm mostly healed, so I'm getting lazy - which is the opposite of what I should be doing. If I want full range of motion back (something that could come in handy for a dancer) I need to hit it just as hard as I did the first six weeks. But I didn't have so many balls in the air then.
So, how do we juggle? It all comes down to priorities. And second to my kids, should be my complete health, so I've gotten back on the PT horse. No more Allie-Wallie-Doodle-All-Day (my father's childhood nickname for me - and if you ever use it - I'll step on your toes;). I've got to be intentional about how I spend my time. It's one of the biggest gifts we get. And for my money - nothing nourishes my body, challenges my mind, and lifts my spirit as well as dancing.
See you on the hardwood!
In life, I’m constantly surprised with how often we have to go back to the basics. For two reasons, 1) Shouldn’t it eventually get more complicated? And 2) If not, how many times do we have to be reminded to go back before we just get it: it’s about the basics!
As most of you know, I had knee surgery in early May. I’m in the throes of physical therapy as I type – literally, I’m icing and stretching my knee right now. I’m thrilled to be moving, (when it doesn’t hurt;) but I’m cracking up in PT because the difficult thing we’re working on at the moment is walking. My therapist literally explained a normal stride and took me through it step by step. Something I learned when I was in diapers, I now have to retrain myself to do. It’s humbling to say the least.
Thankfully, my dance background helps – (mostly because I’ve swallowed my pride many times on the dance floor;). To really study dance, you question the reason for movement. Why do I take a back step? How do I get there most efficiently and artistically? And my personal favorite: why do my arms move? (Say it with me: “because they’re an extension of your back and rib cage”.)
So as I was hobbling down the hallway, I thought about what makes you walk normally. If you’ve heard me say it once, you’ve dreaded me saying it over and over again – because you push off the floor! In daily life we don’t just throw our bodies through space and hope we end up somewhere good. We push from foot to foot (without even thinking about it) to get to our specific destination.
Dance should be the same way. Push into the floor to get to where you’re going. Find the reason for the movement before you move. Go back to the basics to make the advanced combo look amazing. I’ll see you on the hardwood… and I’m damn happy to be back!:)
Allison loves to write almost as much as she loves to dance, so no one had to twist her arm to get her to write about dancing!