Obviously, people value me for all of the other qualities I possess and the many hats I wear; a friend, uncle, son, husband, and father. Professionally, I am a voice teacher, performance coach, conductor, performer, adjudicator, and speaker/lecturer. But one thing does remain constant; I am fat!
The reasons for writing this Blog today is about change. As a voice teacher, I expect my students to break through their obstacles and find their real voice...maybe I should do the same?
As a voice teacher, I expect my students to break through their obstacles and find their real voice. Maybe I should do the same with my obstacles?
Here is some information:
Since changing the way I eat (to a predominantly Paleo-style diet), I get less shaky (or not at all) in between meals and I am less hungry overall. I have lost about 10 pounds (as you know), but my clothes don't fit the way I want them too...especially my shirts. I still drink coffee (too much probably) and on occasion, have some red wine in the evening with my wife. I don't have as much energy as I would like or need for my busy lifestyle (and especially for my daughter) but that is increasing daily as well.
In terms of singing, I find the inhalation process easy (the extra weight allows my abdomen to drop easily), but I don't feel my maintenance is as good as it has been in the past. Overall, my sleep isn't great and for me, that kind of fatigue does not help me or my voice at all. My wife says I am snoring less already, so I guess it's a good thing for both of us. Probably just as important are the psychological affects as well as the physical ones. I just don't feel awesome in my own skin right now, and that plays on everything you do as a person...especially when you're trying to be vulnerable on stage as a performer. I know when I have been less big, I feel more at home on stage than I do now. I want to get back to that place in my life!
Thanks for listening/reading. I hope you get something out of watching me slowly shrink and finding out what changes occur with my own singing and teaching. I'll leave you with the perfect song by one of my favorite performers, Frank Sinatra, "All Of Me".