Those of you further along may have your own answers to the above question. In fact just last week a few of you were commenting on how you expected to have to struggle to get into your jeans, you expected to have to hide your body when participating in photos, or you expect you're going to need a larger size in the fitting room when in fact what you really need is one size smaller. You realized that dressing is no longer a struggle and you can stand front and center in any photo!
But the question I'm posing goes even deeper than that. What can you expect from the Tracy Anderson Method? If you apply a little bit of dedication and a whole lot of sweat, you can expect a pretty profound change, not only in your jean size but in your life as a whole.
Some of you have reported feeling stronger both on and off the mat. You feel more beautiful. Others of you realize that you are capable. I mean come on... once you master a one armed plank with one foot off the ground, then flip around into a table top position all without falling flat on your face, you start to realize that you might no longer be that geeky kid who never got picked for the team.
You realize your own strength.
What I didn't expect from the Tracy Anderson Method was that my worlds were about to collide.
Last week I had the great good fortune to work on the live event show... The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards.
|This was taken during Rehearsals.|
I was even more blessed to be working in the story department. I was able to sit in on round-tables and read-throughs of the script, I was in the theater for rehearsals and was back stage reading the teleprompter, cheering on the talent as the show went live and was being taped for television. The days were long, generally 17 hours not including travel to and from the theater. Sleep was hard to come by. But the rush of being there, watching it all come together was so worth it.
But this is where it gets interesting.
When it came time to make changes to the script, we were down in the basement of the theater in our production office. Just down the hall from us were the rehearsal rooms. One such room was where the dancers went to practice.
I was curious. I couldn't help myself, I wondered what they were up to in there. Before the Method, I never would have given it a second thought. I am all about the words, all about the story. Dance? Sure, it's great... for someone else. Yet each time I walked past the open door, gaped at the wide open space, I felt this odd yearning to go in. So strange.
Then on one particularly long night, it was about 10 pm, all of the actors and performers had long since gone, we knew we had at least another 4 hours of work ahead of us. My boss suggested we take ten. Hmm, what could I do in ten minutes? Catering had left for the day so the kitchen was closed. Hmm. I don't smoke and besides it was raining. Hmm. My mind kept traveling back to the rehearsal room. The room with the gleaming wood floor, the wall of mirrors, the ballet bar, the piano...
Before I knew it, I found myself standing in front of that mirror, feeling (I imagined) what Tracy must feel every day. I stretched out like a cat and started to move. Within moments I was working those standing abs, rocking an arm workout, I even threw in a modified sun salutation for good measure and old time's sake. I was in my element and it was an element that hadn't previously belonged to me. Before the Method, I wouldn't have dared step into the hallowed halls of the dancers, would have been mortified to see myself in front of all those mirrors, much less do some sort of dance moves and with the doors open I don't mind telling you! It felt normal, natural, it felt good.
Once my ten minutes were up, I floated back along the hall to my office, back to my desk. I sat up a little taller, had a little bit more energy and I felt new. Not a feeling you get very often at 40, am I right?
The next day at lunch... (being vegetarian, the chef made a separate meal for me each day)... I was given a plate with grilled tofu and roasted vegetables. Guess what one of the veggies were? Roasted parsnip. If Tracy wasn't already on my mind, one bite of that and I was straight back into Nutrient Boost week and it felt comforting, like home.
So while I wasn't able to work out for the six days I was on the show, I understood that I longed to, that I missed it. It has become part of my DNA. I didn't expect that.
As well, in the past when being on set, I'd always over-eaten, taken one too many cookies, or had a serving that was just a little more than I needed, but last week it was the opposite. I wanted to eat healthily.
Since the chef was cooking separate meals for me, I was able to avoid the buffet line altogether, he created automatic portion control because he took pride in the presentation of the food. I even managed to lose a pound. Running around to deliver new scripts with last minute urgency probably didn't hurt either.
If you manage to find yourself charmed enough to be going through Metamorphosis, or well into your Continuity, something you never expected just might happen to you. This Method... these tools of good heath... may potentially sneak in and become a way of life. In fact, do it long enough and you can expect it.
It's great to be back.