healthy ballerina

Why I'm Coming Out Of Retirement+Ballerina Approved Denim by Alexandra Pullen

I haven’t talked about it a ton on here or my Instagram, but after a two year hiatus from dancing professionally (or even dancing at all really for that matter), I started training again about a month ago! It’s been a steady climb to get my technique back, but the body is truly amazing and muscle memory is a real thing! The main thing I’ve been working on is regaining my confidence and strength so that I can re-enter the professional dance world with gusto. I’ve decided that I’m not done with ballet, I just needed a long overdue mental, emotional, and physical break in order to heal!

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My Morning Ritual by Alexandra Pullen

My schedule is different every day, but I always make sure I start it with a relaxing morning. Even if I have to get up early for work, a workout, or an event—I’ll get up extra early just to have a leisurely morning. My morning sets the tone for my whole day, so I always make an effort to make it count. If I start the morning stressed out, rushing, and running late, I’ll be on edge for a better part of the morning and it’ll even trickle in to the rest of my day. For me, this practice just serves as a moment of stillness before the craziness of the day ensues.

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Why I Don't Count Calories by Alexandra Pullen

I don’t count calories. This is mainly because I’m lazy, but it’s also because I don’t see the point. Your body doesn’t understand an arbitrary numerical value that you select as an acceptable amount to feed your body, nor is there a magic number that is going to make your body say, “I don’t need these five extra pounds.” There was a period of time in which I was really strict and aware of how many calories I was putting in my body, but I was also CRAZY during that time. Since then, I've also become a lot more in tune with my body. Once you can learn how to eat intuitively, you will be able to gauge exactly how much you need and when you have truly had enough. This is the same reason why I don't weigh myself. I want to go off how I feel, not by a number. It's a very evolved way of thinking and being in a calorie/media-obsessed culture that we live in, but I promise that you will be so much happier without the scales and numbers!

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