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Misty Copeland believes "There has been a shift in recent years in which women no longer desire the bare bones of a runway model. Standards have changed: what women do want is a long, toned, powerful body with excellent posture." In other words, the body of a ballerina. In her first health and fitness book, Misty will show women how to find the motivation to get healthier Misty Copeland believes "There has been a shift in recent years in which women no longer desire the bare bones of a runway model. Standards have changed: what women do want is a long, toned, powerful body with excellent posture." In other words, the body of a ballerina. In her first health and fitness book, Misty will show women how to find the motivation to get healthier and stronger, and how to reshape their bodies to be lean and flexible, with step-by-step advice, meal plans, workout routines, and words of inspiration. Celebrating the importance of healthy fats and a fitness regimen based on ballet exercises, Misty shares her own time-tested exercises and an eating plan focusing on healthy fats, both of which keep her in top shape. Tips for motivation and words of encouragement as well as tips on how to keep going even when you may want to give up. An inspiring section on the importance of finding mentors, and eventually being one, plus excerpts from Misty's personal journal, round out this important book on grace and strength.


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Misty Copeland believes "There has been a shift in recent years in which women no longer desire the bare bones of a runway model. Standards have changed: what women do want is a long, toned, powerful body with excellent posture." In other words, the body of a ballerina. In her first health and fitness book, Misty will show women how to find the motivation to get healthier Misty Copeland believes "There has been a shift in recent years in which women no longer desire the bare bones of a runway model. Standards have changed: what women do want is a long, toned, powerful body with excellent posture." In other words, the body of a ballerina. In her first health and fitness book, Misty will show women how to find the motivation to get healthier and stronger, and how to reshape their bodies to be lean and flexible, with step-by-step advice, meal plans, workout routines, and words of inspiration. Celebrating the importance of healthy fats and a fitness regimen based on ballet exercises, Misty shares her own time-tested exercises and an eating plan focusing on healthy fats, both of which keep her in top shape. Tips for motivation and words of encouragement as well as tips on how to keep going even when you may want to give up. An inspiring section on the importance of finding mentors, and eventually being one, plus excerpts from Misty's personal journal, round out this important book on grace and strength.

30 review for Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You

  1. 5 out of 5

    Always Pouting

    I won this book in a giveaway but I don't remember entering the giveaway, probably because I look at the giveaways in the morning when I'm half asleep. Anyway I wasn't really look for a nutritional guide or diet book but I read it regardless. The book is split into I would say three main parts, one about mindset, the other exercise, and the third diet. I really think the mindset one was spot on because usually when trying to lose weight you really have to change your habits and to be healthier o I won this book in a giveaway but I don't remember entering the giveaway, probably because I look at the giveaways in the morning when I'm half asleep. Anyway I wasn't really look for a nutritional guide or diet book but I read it regardless. The book is split into I would say three main parts, one about mindset, the other exercise, and the third diet. I really think the mindset one was spot on because usually when trying to lose weight you really have to change your habits and to be healthier one should learn to accept oneself. The exercise part was pretty good also, mostly focused on warm up and ballet stances, the best part is that the exercises are all things you can do without any equipment and there's a lot in there that you can do through out the day when you're busy with other things. There's also exercises to do laying down which I appreciate and might actually do because I'm lazy. The diet part was made up of a handful of recipes and meal plans as well as lists of foods. The book talks a lot about eating healthy fats which is good but doesn't mention as much about any other nutrients. It's not a bad thing but I wouldn't look to this book to learn more about nutrition that's all. It's more so if you want an idea of Copeland's own diet. I just want to end off saying that I'm in with Misty Copeland and how hard she works and how positive she is. I enjoyed the parts of the book most where she talks about her own experience, she's so candid with her own struggles and I'm a sucker for people being genuine.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I love Misty Copeland and feel this book would benefit a younger audience new to the concept of healthful living. However, I did not learn anything new and was a bit disappointed by its lack of substantive ballet conditioning.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica McCann

    I picked this up more for an inspirational read than for diet and exercise advice; and I got exactly what I was hoping for in this book. Misty Copeland is an inspiration for her talent and commitment as a dancer, and for what she has achieved at such a young age. She is also changing the definition of the “ballerina body.” I found her openness about her own struggles with body image refreshing and comforting. Copeland began dancing at age 13 and was told she was too old to hope for a career as a I picked this up more for an inspirational read than for diet and exercise advice; and I got exactly what I was hoping for in this book. Misty Copeland is an inspiration for her talent and commitment as a dancer, and for what she has achieved at such a young age. She is also changing the definition of the “ballerina body.” I found her openness about her own struggles with body image refreshing and comforting. Copeland began dancing at age 13 and was told she was too old to hope for a career as a dancer. When she “blossomed” from a gangly young teen into a young woman with curves, she was told she was too big to be a ballet dancer. She struggled to find herself and be comfortable in her own skin (which, by the way is brown and is also nontraditional in the world of professional ballerinas). She learned to take care of her body, mind and spirit through healthy food and life habits. In doing so, she proved the naysayers wrong. She became the first African-American to be named a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. She has boobs and a butt, like many woman and few ballerinas. She is also lean, powerful and graceful. Copeland preaches about being the best you that you can be, and encourages other women to stop trying to live in someone else’s body. This was a quick read, and I recommend it for anyone who wants a boost of inspiration and encouragement.

  4. 5 out of 5

    MrsJoseph *grouchy*

    WANT!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bookworm

    For fans or people looking for a general introduction. I'm somewhat familiar with Misty Copeland after reading her autobiography, watching a documentary on her (have never seen her perform though), etc. I was curious to see what this book was about since she told her life story before. What could be new here?   Turns out she jumped on the fitness/book writing trend among celebrities/well-known figures. Copeland takes the reader through the story of her life as well as expanding on exercise, diet, For fans or people looking for a general introduction. I'm somewhat familiar with Misty Copeland after reading her autobiography, watching a documentary on her (have never seen her perform though), etc. I was curious to see what this book was about since she told her life story before. What could be new here?   Turns out she jumped on the fitness/book writing trend among celebrities/well-known figures. Copeland takes the reader through the story of her life as well as expanding on exercise, diet, meditation, recipes, etc. There are pictures of her performing and posing as well as how to perform the various exercises, motivational tips and more.   I liked the book but I figured it wasn't going to be something that I'd want to keep or really read in-depth. Her story and background was already known to me so that information was a bit repetitive. And while I like the concept I could have used a few less photos of her eating or performing and more of the exercises she was doing.    Still, it's a nice book for fans of Copeland or aspiring ballerinas. I don't know how effective or useful her tips for exercising and diets are but it would probably make a great gift. I borrowed this from the library as it's out now and would recommend you do the same to see if it's really for you.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    LOVE Misty! She's such an inspiration. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, it was uplifting and from a very positive outlook gave more than I bargained for. I thought it would be mostly comprised of recipes, healthy tips and workout ideas but she talks a lot about mindfulness and her personal journey. I've read Misty's memoir Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina (which is one of my all-time favorite memoirs) and I was pleased to find that she explored herself from a different perspective and tha LOVE Misty! She's such an inspiration. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, it was uplifting and from a very positive outlook gave more than I bargained for. I thought it would be mostly comprised of recipes, healthy tips and workout ideas but she talks a lot about mindfulness and her personal journey. I've read Misty's memoir Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina (which is one of my all-time favorite memoirs) and I was pleased to find that she explored herself from a different perspective and that there was still more to learn about her! Even though it wasn't the prerogative of this book to be anything like her memoir, she still somehow managed to give a piece of herself. So along with the recipes and Barre stretches/workouts I hoped for I also gained a further glimpse into the life of this fascinating woman.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Mostly fluff but what did I expect. The exercise section seriously needs more pictures and better explanations, but I suppose one should go to a real ballet class or watch a video for that sort of thing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    julianna

    Whilst most of the advice is neither new nor revolutionary, it is a nice read. I would have loved to read its physical copy instead of an ebook version though.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lauren (The Bookish Belle)

    I love Misty Copeland. She is very inspiring and her book did not disappoint. I enjoyed how she wrote about her childhood and shared inspirational stories, while also sharing guidance about living a healthy lifestyle. As a former dancer, Misty’s book sent me back to my ballet days. Those days of focusing on self-image and competition with other classmates. The striving for perfection...all familiar topics that were reminiscent of a time where it was hard to keep my body working, but loving the m I love Misty Copeland. She is very inspiring and her book did not disappoint. I enjoyed how she wrote about her childhood and shared inspirational stories, while also sharing guidance about living a healthy lifestyle. As a former dancer, Misty’s book sent me back to my ballet days. Those days of focusing on self-image and competition with other classmates. The striving for perfection...all familiar topics that were reminiscent of a time where it was hard to keep my body working, but loving the movement and creativity that comes from dance. Misty’s writing is beautiful and I can see this being a great lifestyle resource that includes food recommendations, exercises that work, and mental health awareness. A dancer’s diet is difficult and strict, but Misty makes it seem doable.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    I am torn. Like many, I think that Misty Copeland is amazing. There is no denying her place in history, however, this book does not offering anything new in the realm of health and wellness. Is there anyone who is not aware of the importance of healthy fats in their diet? Is the mind-body connection -- and the advocacy of journaling and meditation -- ground-breaking? No! What makes this book different from other celebrity diet/fitness books? Not much other than Misty Copeland's voice adn story. A I am torn. Like many, I think that Misty Copeland is amazing. There is no denying her place in history, however, this book does not offering anything new in the realm of health and wellness. Is there anyone who is not aware of the importance of healthy fats in their diet? Is the mind-body connection -- and the advocacy of journaling and meditation -- ground-breaking? No! What makes this book different from other celebrity diet/fitness books? Not much other than Misty Copeland's voice adn story. All diet/fitness books devote at least one chapter to the author's backstory. This is where doctor author's provide test case scenarios and data OR where celebrity authors confide in the reader -- telling us about struggles with weight, diet pills, etc. Here is where the celebrity author becomes relatable to the reader. The reader bonds with the celebrity author and understands that the celebrity author is a person with weight struggles "just like me." Unlike the usual blather coming from celebrities who can afford spas, personal trainers, personal chefs, etc. Copeland's backstory is relatable. And compelling. I waffled between 2 and 3 stars, so I checked the ratings I'd given to similar books: Everyday Super Model by Molly Sims (2 stars) Pretty Happy: The Healthy Way to Love Your Body by Kate Hudson (4 stars) Ballet Beautiful: Transform Your Body and Gain the Strength, Grace, and Focus of a Ballet Dancer by Mary Helen Bowers (3 stars) The strength of Ballerina Body is Misty's personal story and the chapter on mentoring.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tea

    There is no specific target audience for this book. People from all walks of life can glean from the positivity and love from Ballerina Body. I am not a dancer, but I love to look up to successful people with an incredible story especially if they look like me! A lot of people do not realize being raised in a family that is impoverished and struggling in America will leave you with no idea how to eat good things. A meal plan for me would be: Cereal, Ramen Noodles, Leftovers, Junk food, TV Dinners There is no specific target audience for this book. People from all walks of life can glean from the positivity and love from Ballerina Body. I am not a dancer, but I love to look up to successful people with an incredible story especially if they look like me! A lot of people do not realize being raised in a family that is impoverished and struggling in America will leave you with no idea how to eat good things. A meal plan for me would be: Cereal, Ramen Noodles, Leftovers, Junk food, TV Dinners, Sweets, Spaghetti, More Leftover Spaghetti, Canned food, Leftovers from a party or somebody's house, sweet tea, and pbjs. Microwave it up in an old plastic Tupperware or a styrofoam bowl and voila you have diabetes and autoimmune diseases like my fam (: Starting off trying to make things you've never cooked, and Especially buying things you've never shopped for is scary!! Where do I start? The fact that Misty put clearcut Meal Plans and THE GROCERY LIST (best part) in the cookbook section was amazing! It's just another testament to how she is an upstanding pillar in the American community! There is nothing like a person making significant differences in the world and leaving a positive mark in history. Thank you so much for your help, Misty. Love you 💜

  12. 5 out of 5

    Leiah J

    I just think Misty Copeland is inspiring, and she continues to be even if this book wasn't super amazing. Some of her writing style was a bit redundant and annoying, and the nutrition info was laughable. But I'm not going to take nutrition advice from her anyway - she's not a nutritionist, she's a dancer. She knows what works for her and that's what she shares here. That's fine; I'll take it with a grain of salt. The floor barre exercises were a bit confusing to read through, but a simple search I just think Misty Copeland is inspiring, and she continues to be even if this book wasn't super amazing. Some of her writing style was a bit redundant and annoying, and the nutrition info was laughable. But I'm not going to take nutrition advice from her anyway - she's not a nutritionist, she's a dancer. She knows what works for her and that's what she shares here. That's fine; I'll take it with a grain of salt. The floor barre exercises were a bit confusing to read through, but a simple search on youtube for floor barre will get you videos of how they work. I saw "A Ballerina's Tale" documentary before reading this book, and I think they pair well together. I like the idea of "ballerina body," and Misty's approach leaves it pretty open-ended (not hard-and-fast rules), which I appreciate. It's more of a general mood/vibe/something to keep in mind. I'm not a professional dancer nor will I ever be, but I still find Misty and this book inspiring.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Hoskins

    I borrowed this really good book from the library and decided to buy it. It has inspiring info about her rise from poverty to a principal dancer in the ABT. Recipes and info about all the good food to eat fish, veggies, fruit. And ballerina exercises. Plus some striking photography of her and food! Just looking at it improves my posture. I'm glad to have it around for the info, inspiration, and the reminder to take care of myself. August, 2017 I have high hopes. My eating has improved, but I'm still I borrowed this really good book from the library and decided to buy it. It has inspiring info about her rise from poverty to a principal dancer in the ABT. Recipes and info about all the good food to eat fish, veggies, fruit. And ballerina exercises. Plus some striking photography of her and food! Just looking at it improves my posture. I'm glad to have it around for the info, inspiration, and the reminder to take care of myself. August, 2017 I have high hopes. My eating has improved, but I'm still way addicted to sweets. I take a weekly dance class, but very rarely dance at home and have not even tried the exercises in the book. I still have this on my "t0-do" list. I would really like to "want" to learn the exercises and cut down on the sugar.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Aarthi

    "Remember that tomorrow can be a new beginning, a chance to recommit to your aspirations." This book is a wonderful guide, not exclusive to dancers, for anyone looking to becoming the best version of yourself, mentally and physically. It is divided into 3 sections - mind, motion and meals - with each sub-section delving into the details of creating a suitable lifestyle for yourself; one that works for you, one that does not require deprivation of any sorts and can be maintained. Misty Copeland wr "Remember that tomorrow can be a new beginning, a chance to recommit to your aspirations." This book is a wonderful guide, not exclusive to dancers, for anyone looking to becoming the best version of yourself, mentally and physically. It is divided into 3 sections - mind, motion and meals - with each sub-section delving into the details of creating a suitable lifestyle for yourself; one that works for you, one that does not require deprivation of any sorts and can be maintained. Misty Copeland writes about her journey as an African American dancer, in a predominantly white ballet world, and shares her insecurities in an open and vulnerable manner that is tasteful. The expectation of keeping up a certain body type is one that a dancer, no matter what style, grapples with, which makes her experiences relatable. However, the book is written in a way that caters to all audiences, in a fastidious manner that is praiseworthy. She also speaks of the importance of having good mentors in your life, and being a good mentor yourself. All in all, certainly an inspirational read!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I picked up Ballet Body at a time when I was seeking to reconnect with my love of ballet, and to fresh ways to self-care during the craziness of 2020. Copeland’s honest and straightforward account and guide was inspirational and exactly what I needed. I still use her floor barre guides when I need a pick-me-up and would recommend this to anyone seeking a better healthier lifestyle.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Madlyn

    My girl. What an inspiration to a new way of sculpturing the body and choosing to eat nutritional foods to feed the body.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Tongate, TLC Librarian

    Start eating oatmeal daily! Oatmeal and oatmeal banana cookies.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    A) ABOUT Reviewed by Victoria Morales This book was exactly what I was looking for. I couldn't be more satisfied from all the things it taught me. American Ballet Theater dancer Misty Copeland takes us through all her knowledge on having a healthy/ fit lifestyle that can lead us to having a ballerina body. Throughout the book Misty talks about her story. About how she started with her ballet career and how she was able to learn everything she explains to us in her incredible book. *From this book I A) ABOUT Reviewed by Victoria Morales This book was exactly what I was looking for. I couldn't be more satisfied from all the things it taught me. American Ballet Theater dancer Misty Copeland takes us through all her knowledge on having a healthy/ fit lifestyle that can lead us to having a ballerina body. Throughout the book Misty talks about her story. About how she started with her ballet career and how she was able to learn everything she explains to us in her incredible book. *From this book I learned the following: 1)Love your body just the way it is. This is one of the first things Misty talks about in her book and she is totally right. We humans sometimes exaggerate and criticize our bodies all the time. About how we don't look like the girls on the cover of magazines or what social media posts. Well instead we should be loving every inch of our bodies because if we don't love our bodies how will we be able to love ourselves? When we also love ourselves we decide to make a change and to love our bodies no matter what. 2) Another important thing I learned is that making habits is not hard, all it takes are making tiny steps to help make changes and reach your goals. Change does not happen over night ( I think we all know that) so if you want to make a change you have to patient and persistent. Being patient is very important because as I was saying we need the determination and persistence to keep moving us forward. We can accomplish anything. All we need to do is take tiny steps to takes us to our goal. 3)Finally one of the things that this book made clear to me is that balance is a need we must all have. One thing I have struggled for a long time is that I think that I should only eat healthy. But that is only half true. We can also eat junk but in a balanced way. In order to maintain a healthy life style and have some fun. You can balance yourself. B) THIS BOOK AND MY HEREO'S JOURNEY This book definitely gave me so much information for a part of my heroe's journey. As you know One of the major areas involved in my heroes journey is dance, and that includes doing a lot of exercise. One of my major goals is to be able to carry a healthy lifestyle and shaped body. It leaves a good impression to others and for my career. C) MY ASSESSMENT I recommend this book to anyone who is wanting to become a dancer or just wants to get to know more about how to carry a healthy lifestyle because this book includes workouts, exercises, recepies and so much more. It gives you things in so much detail. I really enjoyed reading this book and if you are a dancer you will fall in love with it right away.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I was disappointed. The book is split into four sections; I skipped mind and scanned mentors focusing on meals and motion. Motion. I'm not a ballerina. I am a yogi and understand body movement probably better than your average person. I couldn't decipher the floor exercises. Perhaps if you have a ballet background, they will make more sense to you. But even when I was just beginning yoga practice and would flip through yoga books, I understood the instructions for the poses. Meals. I'm a vegetar I was disappointed. The book is split into four sections; I skipped mind and scanned mentors focusing on meals and motion. Motion. I'm not a ballerina. I am a yogi and understand body movement probably better than your average person. I couldn't decipher the floor exercises. Perhaps if you have a ballet background, they will make more sense to you. But even when I was just beginning yoga practice and would flip through yoga books, I understood the instructions for the poses. Meals. I'm a vegetarian. These meals are not. I don't spend 8+ hours per day dancing, so for me and most people, it makes more sense for lunch to be our largest meal when the sun is at its peak and we have the rest of the day to burn off the energy we've consumed. When she eats dinner (no joke, Copeland writes that she loves to get home at the end of the day sit on the couch and have a snack, or maybe a meal if she's hungry. Girl. Eat dinner!), it's the biggest meal and she recommends a big piece of fish. I appreciate the structure of mindfulness, motion, meals, and mentors but don't see the book being particularly insightful or helpful. Often I read a book and while it is not for me I can imagine an intended audience. Perhaps other dancers looking to break into the professional world of ballet? But wouldn't they already know most of this? I am a Misty Copeland fan. I really enjoyed Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina and Firebird is beautiful. I'm glad I didn't buy Ballerina Body when it was published.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ragan Baker

    Excellent! As a professional ballerina and dancer myself, I sincerely appreciate Misty Copeland in many regards to her as performer, woman, activist, Under Armour model, and groundbreaking author. And now her guide to eating and dancing to one's ideal body is not only for dancers, but for all women and is THE book for ballerinas. I believe it is so important that more ballet dancers today catapult change in the ballet world. This is no longer the 70's, full of anorexic ballerinas surviving on co Excellent! As a professional ballerina and dancer myself, I sincerely appreciate Misty Copeland in many regards to her as performer, woman, activist, Under Armour model, and groundbreaking author. And now her guide to eating and dancing to one's ideal body is not only for dancers, but for all women and is THE book for ballerinas. I believe it is so important that more ballet dancers today catapult change in the ballet world. This is no longer the 70's, full of anorexic ballerinas surviving on cocaine and an apple before every show. Misty is evidence that a ballerina can be "lean, muscular, feminine but also strong, lithe, but also curvaceous." We can be it all. Furthermore, while I understand she is not a dietitian or chef, she is incredibly honest and evidently successful in her career, so I look forward to beginning my 2018 New Year's Resolution with her recipes from this book. I wish I had this book all throughout high school and college; it would have saved me a lot of diets, tears, and self-doubt.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah-Lambert Cook

    I really love watching Misty Copeland dance and have enjoyed learning and reading about her. When I saw this book, I was immediately intrigued especially with the rise in popularity of Barre workouts. While I have loved the recipes and weekly menus this book includes, the portion of it with exercises is seriously wanting. It needs better and more pictures and could really just include more in general. I liked the book for the food, really, but otherwise there's nothing new to be learned here. I really love watching Misty Copeland dance and have enjoyed learning and reading about her. When I saw this book, I was immediately intrigued especially with the rise in popularity of Barre workouts. While I have loved the recipes and weekly menus this book includes, the portion of it with exercises is seriously wanting. It needs better and more pictures and could really just include more in general. I liked the book for the food, really, but otherwise there's nothing new to be learned here.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anne Boardman

    I enjoyed reading about Misty's rise to fame and enjoy seeing her dance at ABT regularly. I think the exercise portion needs more photos or maybe get it on DVD since the moves can be complex. The diet section was informative but more guidelines than anything substantial. I enjoyed reading about Misty's rise to fame and enjoy seeing her dance at ABT regularly. I think the exercise portion needs more photos or maybe get it on DVD since the moves can be complex. The diet section was informative but more guidelines than anything substantial.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Fiona Forthe

    Some of the moves and stretches were a bit hard to follow, but the photography is gorgeous. And some of the recipe looked really tasty while being healthy.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Genevieve Haack

    Soooo disappointing! I had to wait 3 months for the audiobook from my library and it is just so bad...it's so generic and has no interesting suggestions. Soooo disappointing! I had to wait 3 months for the audiobook from my library and it is just so bad...it's so generic and has no interesting suggestions.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Shanks

    It was good and simple. Very direct and to the point with how to make things work for each and everyone of us. Biggest takeaway is to listen to your body.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marieke

    I mostly got it because it was on sale. I will definitely try out the recipes.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christina Packard

    She is an inspiration! As a 200 lb. senior citizen who never even has seen a ballet, her simplified straight forward thoughts apply to all ages and sizes. The idea to Learn to find what is best for your own body makes sense. Yes, the food choices and nutrition and some recipes are what most have seen, but she leaves out a lot of clutter which probably confused us in the past. The exercises were mostly stretching and could be done by anyone size or age because they could be done in bed or the flo She is an inspiration! As a 200 lb. senior citizen who never even has seen a ballet, her simplified straight forward thoughts apply to all ages and sizes. The idea to Learn to find what is best for your own body makes sense. Yes, the food choices and nutrition and some recipes are what most have seen, but she leaves out a lot of clutter which probably confused us in the past. The exercises were mostly stretching and could be done by anyone size or age because they could be done in bed or the floor. This is not a How To for Ballerinas, but a way of thinking and approach of how to get our health organized better than we have before. After seeing her on Dr. Oz on TV I was impressed that she appeared to be thoughtful, organized, and a truly caring individual: a person we all would like to know. They told her she could probably not be black and become a Principle Ballerina of the ABT, and look the way she did, but she is and did so. Now I am thinking I too can be healthier, thinner, and more flexible too! After all, it took me about 25 years to drop 90 pounds. I just made it to Onederland after being away for about 39 years! So just maybe I can get down to.. how about 138 which would make me a Normal weight for my height?

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gwen

    Misty inspires me! I already know the ballet basics that she presents in the book (and more) since I'm trained in ballet, however, it was new for me to learn about the floor work exercises. I think it'd be much better in video format, though (maybe she'll do that next)! I also already know the healthy dietary recommendations she presents in the book, and think she does a great job with layout for that for those who are new to this information. I like her focus on healthy fats (avocado for the wi Misty inspires me! I already know the ballet basics that she presents in the book (and more) since I'm trained in ballet, however, it was new for me to learn about the floor work exercises. I think it'd be much better in video format, though (maybe she'll do that next)! I also already know the healthy dietary recommendations she presents in the book, and think she does a great job with layout for that for those who are new to this information. I like her focus on healthy fats (avocado for the win!). I also like how she broke the foods down into "Act I" and "Act II" categories (never thought of it like that), and I really like the idea of making dinner a performance. I like to light candles for dinner, too, and I drink my chocolate soymilk out of a wine glass sometimes! I really relate to her, think she's healthy and a great role model, and one of her guilty pleasures is Red Lobster biscuits (yes!). Thank you again, Misty, for all your words of wisdom and encouragement!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    Written with warmth, kindness, and honesty, this book is an inspiring read. It's divided into 4 sections centered on the following topics: loving yourself, exercising, eating well, and giving back to your community. Misty shares pertinent parts of her life with the reader, including how, as a young ballerina who had never received instruction in eating well, she used to scarf down a whole box of donuts after a particularly stressful day at the ballet! The exercise portion can be difficult to fol Written with warmth, kindness, and honesty, this book is an inspiring read. It's divided into 4 sections centered on the following topics: loving yourself, exercising, eating well, and giving back to your community. Misty shares pertinent parts of her life with the reader, including how, as a young ballerina who had never received instruction in eating well, she used to scarf down a whole box of donuts after a particularly stressful day at the ballet! The exercise portion can be difficult to follow, as the pictures don't always go with each step listed. But the recipe section is wonderful, full of interesting, delicious, and relatively easy-to-make meals and snacks (if you're an intermediate-level cook). My favorites include the Colorful Shrimp Caesar Salad (the homemade Caesar dressing is dynamite!), the Bran Muffins, and the Yummus with Peas. This lifestyle guide is a joyful and tasty addition to anyone aspiring to be more healthy.

  30. 5 out of 5

    beth sommer

    A plan for a healthy sucess Really good book. Misty is such a great role model and someone I could easily imagine having a chai tea and a chat. She must be an honest person because that comes thru in her words on the page. Anything worth doing is worth suffering. Her story amplifies that thought. Great fitness and food and recipe ideas. I am an avid yoga person and spend everyday at the studio or doing a home practice, and now I have added to my home practice some of her ballet routines. This boo A plan for a healthy sucess Really good book. Misty is such a great role model and someone I could easily imagine having a chai tea and a chat. She must be an honest person because that comes thru in her words on the page. Anything worth doing is worth suffering. Her story amplifies that thought. Great fitness and food and recipe ideas. I am an avid yoga person and spend everyday at the studio or doing a home practice, and now I have added to my home practice some of her ballet routines. This book made me wish to take some ballet just to round out my weekly workout, but I found absolutely no dance studios who had any classes geared to very active seniors (I am 65) wishing to learn something new, and get in even better shape. It made me sad.

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