Performance Shape to Reality!

Ok, so here’s the deal with this topic…..Once a professional performer myself, I’m realizing that now that I’m officially retired from that world (YIKES!)……. I may have taken for granted how easy it was to maintain my physique while still a performer. Yes I worked out and cross trained on top of my daily regimen that my occupation required. However, now that it’s not full time I’m having a major reality check with my body image.  As I take a good look at myself in front of the full length mirror with the lights on (Hahaha), I think “Omg, I’ve changed”.  And its not as if it happened over night (nothing ever does). These changes were gradual. So gradual that I didn’t take them serious. I certainly wasn’t watching or cared, for that matter, what I was feeding myself. I guess I just assumed that I would always look the same. How arrogant of me. We all change. Change is good. Change is important for self growth. In my case it’s a reality check on many levels. First off, Growing “outward” for me is not good unless I’m pregnant. Second, I’m realizing that I wanted and perhaps needed a break from all the years of hard intense physical work I put on my body. I just want to eat what I want, when I want and train with less intensity then I use to (yet still look like I was 25). So hear I am, now what? Well, although I love to workout and I will always make my workouts a priority, I simply don’t have to go back to intense workouts like I use to just to maintain. But I do need to watch the foods that I eat. It’s easy to find excuses like, “It’s the holiday and I’ll start next year”. The time is now and always will be. With that said, I will never deprive myself from a good desert every now and again but I will definitely be eating more fruits and veggies! More of the good fats and carbohydrates and a lot less sugar!! YES we need carbohydrates people (and protein)! I’m no expert on food and nutrition but I do have common sense. I always say stick to the basics. There is a fantastic blog about food, its called “food affection”. Check it out as I am sure you’ll find interesting facts and awesome information about our food. As I age I realize my thoughts and perception change as well. Things that were, are now no more. What has become my present, is now a new chapter that is the beginning of what “I” believe amazing opportunity. I will not only walk through the door that opens for me but smile as I take my first step. I wish this on all who are transitioning through life no matter what it is. Accept what we can not change and change the things that we can. I can not change that I am getting older, I can’t change that I no longer perform at the level I once did. Injuries take longer to heal and old injuries are constantly reminding me to slow down. I accept change. For this I am humbled. Finally, I am ready to move forward. I hope that this message speaks to those who struggle with similar issues. Perhaps it’s your age that has you realizing that you can no longer eat what you want when you want. Maybe working out and eating right is a realization to all who have been hit with the same “Omg” moment as I have. Maybe its transitioning in life and acceptance. Till next time, remember to prioritize you!

About Cassandra Pavolic

As a retired performer for 25 years transitioning careers has been difficult. I truly enjoyed my career as an aerialist performer. I was fortunate enough to see the world, traveled many places and met people from all cultures. I learned a tremendous amount about life and people during my years traveling than I would in a school setting. The one thing I took away from being on the road is that no matter what ethnic background you are, we are all so similar. A smile is a smile in every language (happiness or contentment). Expressions of all emotions have the same meaning around the world. For this reason we are similar, and I somehow find that comforting. I'm now 50! It's hard to believe I'm fifty already! I reflect on my accomplishments as well as my failures up to date. Both are irrelevant to what I value most. I value people and relationships. I value my deity, it is the number one thing that keeps me stable. Being true to myself is a portion of my "food" in regards to my decision making. When I steer away from being my true self I am disappointed. Exercise, taking walks, and being still are another source of "food" in my life. I like to be still, listen and observe all things. I have been this type of person since a young child. Perhaps one of the reasons why I take an interest in Personality Psychology and my recent studies human behavior. I hold an Associates degree in Music/Theater/Dance from Dean College in MA. I quickly realized I wanted to perform, therefore my journey began immediately after graduating from Dean. I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist, as well as a Certified Personal Trainer. I am curious, I am persistent and I am passionate. I'm on a mission to be a better person, to help those who want to help themselves, and to share my thoughts, opinions, experiences to anyone who gives a damn. All in hoping that what I have to offer will change lives as you learn to keep your priorities in order. And so I started prioritize you.
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