Test, Test…1,2,3…

Check 1…Check 1, 2…Check 1,2,3….

I’ve attended a few sound checks in my day. Professional Cartographer by day, semi-professional singer by night.

It’s funny, friends…when you think of an opera singer, you probably automatically think of Wagner’s Ring of the Nebulung opera (you know, rather large viking woman). Deborah Voigt was once dropped from an opera in London because of her weight.  Not only does weight play a factor when you have to move around on stage, but off-stage, you have to be able to BREATHE. I cannot imagine that to be easy when you are obese.

On a personal level, I didn’t realize how true that was until June of last year. I’d been on my weight loss journey for about 4 years at that point. I was down 40lbs and holding steady when I decided to do an Advocare 24 Day Challenge (you’ll probably hear me talk about Advocare a lot…it’s honestly changed my life). Day 3, I woke up and realized: I could BREATHE. I mean, truly, truly breathe. And I didn’t realize I couldn’t breathe before. It was almost euphoric, it was so amazing. To feel like you are able to sustain a note for any length of time longer than you’re used to because you now suddenly feel like you can breathe–that’s a big deal. It gives you the confidence to hold the notes and reach for the higher ones (higher notes require more breath…and more breath control, thusly).

I can’t promise it’s Advocare that did it for me. At the same time I started the 24 Day Challenge, I also started eating pretty clean at the same time…almost paleo (now I try to eat Paleo as much as possible because my stomach appreciates it better now. I get stomach aches when I eat poorly…or bread). All that I know, is that I’m 20lbs lighter, in the smallest clothes I’ve worn since 6th grade, and I love that I can breathe.

breathing = awesome.

*drops the mic*

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