Fitness & wellness inside & out

Fitness & wellness inside & out

It's not uncommon in the fitness & wellness world to judge positive change by the exterior. For example, this image is of a strong & flexible bellydancer in a challenging balancing position. I'm roughly 8-9 years younger here, easily 20lbs lighter, and injury free. Yet if you took a look into my mind you'd find a wild child that was desperate to be successful & loved and had zero coping skills for dealing with pain & trauma.
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 Fast forward to current day: My positive growth hasn't come from dancing & performing for hours & hours every day.  I'm still strong & flexible but way softer, and am nurturing my broken leg & bruised heart back to health day by day. However, if you cracked my soul open, you would find a woman who no longer hides her head in shame with regrets of the past or is consumed with unbearable loss. You would find a soul who finds pride in being a good friend, true to my word and being able to shimmy once a day. I am now a Serene Goddess & I am convinced the best is yet to come!
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 Anyone else riding this rollercoaster? I'm guessing we all are. Here's to joining hands yet simultaneously throwing them up into the air. 🙌🏽🙌🏽

15 comments (Add your own)

1. Carolyn Lombardi wrote:
Thank you for expressing so eloquently what many of us feel but struggle to put into words or feel ashamed to admit. This hit so close to my heart. Absolute truth for so many of us. You are such a beautiful person inside and out.

Thu, December 15, 2016 @ 1:16 PM

2. Nicole Carpenter wrote:
So refreshing. Our society is wired to equate physical strength and a great body with how "well" a person is doing. They don't always go hand in hand and important to go internal and external with the work.

Thu, December 15, 2016 @ 1:17 PM

3. Danielle Erdman wrote:
I have definitely found the same, that looking outward for self worth does not work. It might have a band-aid effect at most. I'm the biggest I've ever been and my health is rocky, but I have the best self esteem now than I ever had and I'm far more comfortable with myself both on the outside and inside. This is why getting older doesn't bother me. The older I get, the less I give a damn about unimportant things.

Thu, December 15, 2016 @ 1:18 PM

4. Jerome Fortin wrote:
You are indeed a truly blessed and inspiring soul, dear Dolphina.:)
Thank you for sharing your light, your strength and your heart too.

Thu, December 15, 2016 @ 1:18 PM

5. Jennifer Deppenschmidt wrote:
This is so amazing and you are such a beautiful soul. Thank you for writing this.

Thu, December 15, 2016 @ 1:19 PM

6. Kayla McKenna wrote:
Girl... 8 spinal surgeries and 3 hand surgeries and a near death intestine blockage! In a wheelchair for 2 years. Was a bad ass dedicated professional theatre actress. Universe handed my ass to me. Said "What have you got now?"
I have ME.
I so feel you Sister woman.

Thu, December 15, 2016 @ 1:20 PM

7. Tom Nardone wrote:
Tom Nardone

Thu, December 15, 2016 @ 1:21 PM

8. Hayley Sims wrote:
I'm with you there!

Thu, December 15, 2016 @ 1:22 PM

9. Kate Brauer wrote:
And on a lighter note, it looks like you are balancing the camera man on your tray!

Thu, December 15, 2016 @ 1:22 PM

10. Kathy Meyer Komater wrote:
Anyone who thinks that beautiful blond girls are dumb has never seen the fire in your eyes & the amazing way you express yourself through dance & through your words. You are an inspiration to all of us Goddesses. You are our queen. A tital you most truly deserve.

Thu, December 15, 2016 @ 1:23 PM

11. Lori Rubenstein Fazzio wrote:
Beautiful!!

Thu, December 15, 2016 @ 1:24 PM

12. Azul Cruz wrote:
Thanks for opening & revealing what was going on with you... I feel with you and now I know that I am in this ride too... I'm doing everything to be ready for the best of my life !!! 🙌🏽🙌🏽

Thu, December 15, 2016 @ 1:25 PM

13. María JJ wrote:
I couldn't agree more. Thank U.

Thu, December 15, 2016 @ 1:26 PM

14. Elena Ortiz wrote:
dolphina been looking forward to your messages.

You're such a great teacher and inspiration. Every day is a gift we all've been heartbroken keep going you're doing great.

Best wishes

Fri, December 16, 2016 @ 2:18 AM

15. geiche3127 wrote:
Thank you for sharing

Fri, December 16, 2016 @ 2:19 AM

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