August 18, 2016

Shake it up

 

Hi, it’s me, Oreet…

 

…and welcome to my very first blog post. To be completely transparent, I’m a little nervous.

This is something that I have wanted to do for a long time. The seed of this blog has been germinating for over 2 years and it’s finally time. One reason it took so long is because I’ve been busy with other projects, but the other is because I didn’t want to start a blog until I had reached a certain level of success in my own business – a milestone. I know this sounds silly but it’s what I felt and I needed to listen to it.

I’d like to take a moment to talk about the intention behind this post and why I was inspired to do this. I’m going to reveal something that you may not know about me, which is one of the reasons, why I’m a little nervous. It really stems from what people are preaching about body image. And for me specifically – post baby body image. Yes, my body did an amazing thing by growing a human being not only once, but twice. But I need to rant…

I’m MAD!

I’m mad about how my body changed and how I see myself now.

I constantly ask, what’s wrong with me??

I mean, I’m a fitness and dance instructor, a fitness and dance presenter, and the creator of a format that promotes positive body image for god’s sake.

Well, what it comes down to is… it’s hard to see my body change.

Things are different now. I have bigger hips, a bigger ribcage, bigger belly and looser skin. My clothes and costumes fit differently too.

I want to find the confidence in my own body again.

Look, it’s a lot of pressure to try to “look the part” and I know I put this pressure on myself. So why can’t I just embrace it?

This all comes down to the question of identity.

When we feel that we’re amazing, it will become ingrained into our identities. As a fitness and dance pro, the only way I’ll be able to experience the advantages of having a healthy level of true, positive, self-image, is simply to decide that I look and feel amazing!

How my students perceive my confidence ultimately begins with how I see myself. I shouldn’t worry about other people’s suspected opinions about me. When I finally see myself as having an amazing body – then that’s when others will begin to see the same thing.

So I did some soul searching and decided that I want to live happy. I can’t waste my time feeling bad about it. So I am working on believing it.

Look, my body has done and can still do amazing things. To be honest, after having my 2 kids, I feel my dancing is stronger now than ever before. So, I am going to let it continue to do amazing things.

I also need to be the one that holds the power of influence!

You know what’s even more important? Being a positive role model for my children. Enough said!

Thank you for letting me share this with you and I hope this helps those who may be feeling the same way about themselves.

 

Be good to yourself and live your happy,

Oreet

3 Comments

  1. I enjoyed your post and the replies from others. I do have to say that I’m pretty okay with my body as I get ready to turn 50. I believe it can do more than I give it credit for, but that’s just about me making time for myself. I’m not sure if I can do some of the things you have on your videos and workouts then I say well you’ll never know if you don’t practice. I think my biggest beauty struggle are my silver tresses. I’m usually okay with them, but I wonder why other always feel the need to comment on them. That’s annoying. especially the ladies with the dye. I feel like hey, I know you dye your hair and I let you be, so why the need to comment. Anyway,the subject of beauty is loaded so thanks for owning your stuff and giving us a space to do the same.

  2. Tamara,

    Yeah, what’s the deal with others commenting. Who cares!!! I have some grey and I’m cool with it. In fact I want to dye it blue. Going grey has made me become more adventurous! Let’s say “yay to grey” dammit! Thanks for sharing beautiful.

    Oreet

  3. I bow down humbly in the presence of such grsaentes.

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