Always on the move

Hello –  and thank you so very much for stopping by,

I know I have not been posting a lot in the last few weeks. I definitely had a lot going on but the main reason was that I took some time for myself to develop a new skill. I bought myself a really beautiful Photo Camera and started to learn how to take pictures. I must say I am having a blast! I have definitely a long way to go but I am very excited with my progress and I am loving it.

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Last night I went to the gym for the first time in very long. I have a spine injury and I have been battling it for a long time and I guess I got worn down a lot by pain so I decided to just relax for a while and just see that I get better. But I personally like to be healthy and fit, and I need my body as a professional dancer, even so I am retired from competing professionally, so after this break it felt good to get started again nice and easy and to take care of myself.


Here are a few tips on how to get started with exercising and being more active after you had a break:

1 Love your body in every state – you did not work out in a while – so this was your decision. Own up to it and be OK with it. You loved these couch cushions? That’s Ok! Getting started with a positive approach towards yourself is most important. If you do not appreciate yourself now, you will not after you reached your fitness goals.

2 Baby steps! Do not go right away to your absolute maximum – this feels more like punishing yourself rather than developing yourself and taking care of yourself. Start with something light and fun, even if you just go for 15 minutes. An active lifestyle is a habit, give yourself time to establish it and to enjoy it. Start small and create a habit.

3 Increase intensity step by step – one little change at the time. It is again all about changing your own behavior and that usually never works if you have too high ambitions right away (I’ll start my diet on monday….yeah…lol – never works) – start NOW but one little thing at the time.

4 Write down every success you had – every little thing counts! Written words are powerful and after a while you have lots of things to read back and be proud of. Little Victories need to be celebrated – they will add up over time and become big victories!

5 Expect setbacks! Like in everything in life, you will have bad days or will get temporarily distracted by life when it gets a little crazy. Make sure you find motivation in these times, for me a new gym outfit goes a long way, but you can try some different classes, new exercises and mix things up a little bit. If times get a little tough – keep going and get past it. It is like in life – get unstuck – move past it – and know that it will all be OK in the end.

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I hope those tips help you to get back to it in a positive way. For me – setting a date never worked, if I want to make a change, I change now. But very little, it’s like driving and starting to gently stir into a new direction. If you drive to fast – you will crash.

I would love to hear your tips and stories,

xo BB

Staying Healthy

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On any given day we get up and go about our day as usual while being unaware of certain things we are taking for granted. We feel great, we feel we can conquer the world, we can do pretty much anything…. well, yes, sometimes we get a cold or the flu… but shortly after we recover and are back to bouncing through our days… and this goes on for a long time… until some day we wake up, and something is not quite right.

We think it will go away too, but it doesn’t, we press on with life like we are used to … until we figure this cannot be normal or we cannot go on like that and maybe then we think about to go to the doctor to get a checkup…
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Well, for me life was pretty good in my 20ies and 30ies, I do have issues with my spine since I am a teenager but since I am a dancer I was able to keep everything pretty much in check through training and exercise during my 20ies. My 30ies I spent in my dance studios, growing the business, and running from one accomplishment to the next.  I am a very motivated person, I never minded to work hard and I was proud of my achievements.

Now I am in my 40ies, I am as motivated as ever but suddenly my body responds differently to me than it did previously. My first reaction, as usual, was to be quiet about it and push through. But that did not go well in the long run, pain wore me down, especially emotionally, also something I was not used to since I got myself convinced I was superwoman – lol.

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I went to the doctors and ended up with painkillers, some of them gave me side effects that frankly scared me and I stopped taking them. All of those experiences got me to the point that I started to rethink myself. I knew I could not go on like I did and I needed to take some ME time and slow down a little bit and accept that I need to start to approach myself and my goals differently. Self care is an important part of my life now and I would like to share with you some of the things that I feel are energizing to me, relieve stress and tension and bring me in tune with myself.


  1. Acceptance: My best life lessons were taught to me by my dad. If I would call him for advice or even complain about certain situations, his response was to laugh at me…lovingly. He told me – well I know you would like it to be different, but this is how it is – and you have to shift your little head around it and accept it. Otherwise you will just be miserable.
  2. Refocus: Also a life lesson from my dad. If your vision of things is to narrow you need to step away and change your perspective. Make your viewpoint wider and look at things differently than just one way.
  3. Sleep: There is a difference between being lazy and actively resting. I need to make sure I rest and sleep and have some space and time to shut down and recover.
  4. Exercise: In my case I need to do my exercises regularly to keep my body moving and not getting even worse. I am trying to do things that I can enjoy, in my case a new gym outfit can go a long way – lol
  5. Enjoy time with my pets. Animals and pets are great for the soul, they have a way to make you happy and calm.
  6. Cuddle up in pajamas and watch a cute movie
  7. Take a bath
  8. Cook a delicious, home cooked, healthy meal, set a beautiful table and enjoy it
  9. Create a beautiful environment for myself, redecorate, clean up and organize something
  10. Read Positive affirmations
  11. Write down 10 things you are proud of and you love about yourself
  12. Learn something new
  13. Learn to never speak bad about yourself
  14. Breathe and trust your instincts
  15. Do not worry at all about what other people think

I hope I could give you some good ideas, and if it is just to inspire you to always take good care of yourself, even if right now you feel like superwoman. Take some time, get to know yourself and your limits and enjoy your life and everything to can do at any stage in your life.

I would love to hear if you have tips and stories as well

xoxo BB

Some easy stretches with Stella..

Let’s stop for a minute…. breathe… it’s time for ME TIME – yay!

For all of you who think they are too busy to fit some self care and fitness into their day, I have great news – It doesn’t have to take much time to do something for yourself!

I would like to share with you a few very simple stretching exercises I love to do. You will see, afterwards your body feels better, little aches and twitches will disappear, tensions will calm down and you feel great and continue your day.

And Stella wanted to be there too of course, she loves it when I exercise, she has to participate…

Here is what you will need:

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  1. Sit on your yoga mat, put your feet together and let your knees fall apart. Grasp your feet with your hands. Make sure you are sitting on the front part of your sitting bone and keep your back straight. Keep breathing and gently bend from your hips forward, and let your upper body relax. Keep breathing and let your own body weight gently extend your position.

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2) Lay on your back and stretch your legs out. Bend one knee and grasp it with your hands. Gently pull it towards your chest. At the same time watch out that your other leg stays on the floor and your knee stays straight. Hold for a count of ten and then pull your knee across your body. Make sure your other leg and shoulder stays on the floor. Be gentle, let the body weight do the job, keep breathing and count to ten. Repeat with your other leg.


3) Sit up with your legs straight and make sure you are sitting on the front of your sitting bone with a straight back. Breathe in and gently bend forwards from your hips. Try to grab your toes with your hands, if it is not so easy, just simply place your hands on your legs as far forward as you can. Keep breathing and let your body weight pull you down. Make sure your knees are straight and your legs stay flat on the floor.

4) Sit up, bend one knee and place your foot across the other leg. Take your opposite arm and place your elbow across your knee. Make sure you are sitting upright on the front of your sitting bone. Take a deep breath and gently twist your shoulders and upper body towards your knee. Repeat to the other side.


Thanks for stretching with Stella and I, we enjoyed it very much, I hope you too. Contact me for tips and pointers,

xoxo BB 🙂