Spend a few minutes writing about the reasons behind your fitness and weight-loss goals. What is your true motivation? What do you hope to achieve or experience after reaching your goal?
My true motivation for fitness and weight-loss goals is to first walk comfortably and pain free. I used to have so much freedom exploring my world as I walked. I used walking to meditate and to reflect upon my life.
My dearest goal is to be able to dance as a Traditional Women’s Dancer at Pow Wows again like I used to in my teens. That would require greater stamina for all weekend dancing, but also a bigger investment into the creative expression of creating a dance outfit. I remember fondly as a teen really going out and being able to dance with all the other people in a wonderous community. I have even greater memory of when I first created my own dance outfit by myself including doing most of the beadwork. I selected blue satin and fire color ribbons for a ribbon shirt and skirt. I also created fire color beadwork to go with the ensemble. I felt like I really belonged in the native circle. At times when I go to the pow wows now and I sit on the bench watching everybody out on the pow wow floor having a good time that I long for the days when I was physically able to dance out there too.
My biggest dream is to dance a very specific dance called the Two Step which is a couple’s dance at Pow Wows that I wanted to dance with my true love, my boyfriend Bill. I titled my memoir Two Step because I feel like my life has been a dance towards true love.