Tai Chi – My New Passion?

Could Tai Chi be what I’ve been searching for to help me on my way to a healthier life? Both inside and out. Early stages yet, but I’m hopeful that Tai Chi will become my passion in life – and not just one of my many short-lived physical activities. Finding excuses for not interacting in anything that requires a high pulse is something I’ve got down to a tee. I like walking on a beautiful Norwegian mountain plateau, it’s the vertical “climb” getting there I don’t much care for.

I’ve always been aware that my lifestyle could (would) eventually have consequences for a food lover and a sweet-tooth like me. Many years and a lot less kilos ago, I used to joke about it, but it’s not such a laughing matter anymore…

High cholesterol levels have been lurking in the background for a while, but when reality first hit, I was convinced that I could eat and exercise my way to healthier cholesterol levels. Unfortunately, the results from my blood test showed otherwise. My cholesterol levels have finally gone down, but only because I’ve been popping pills for the last three months!

There is a downfall to the good life in Dubai. Too many late nights and, sorry to say, farewell parties… Veuve Clicquot and Foie Gras! Naturally, it takes its toll on an aging body when adding all the “too much of a good thing” with the stress of friends moving and unwanted home maintenance – which, by the way, explains why I lost my inspiration to blog. Even my brand new iMac wasn’t able to reboot my writing or was it just that I didn’t know how to tackle the gentle, but oh so scary “Mountain Lion” staring me down…

I’m finally ready to (wo)man up and succumb to the fact that the main reason for my high cholesterol level is my lack of physical activities – and like everyone else, I’m not getting any younger. Time has come to Just Do It!

Why Tai Chi? I was fortunate enough to be invited by my good friend, Ella, to join her at her home for some private Yang Style Tai Chi lessons given by Ella’s friend and wonderful teacher, Anmarie, who was named Meihua Li (Beautiful Flower) by her Chines Tai Chi Master Tang En Xi.

So far I’ve only had two lessons and believe me – it’s a lot more difficult than it looks!
Tai Chi is low-impact and I like that. It also promotes sleep – something I experienced after my second lesson, sleeping like a baby. Tai Chi is also great exercise for mental, physical and emotional balance, strengthening the core muscles, stress relief, high blood pressure, flexibility, stamina and overall health and wellbeing… and the reason I finally found the strength to tackle the “Mountain Lion” (the Apple software on my iMac) and the inspiration to blog again! 

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In February 2016 I moved back to my native Norway after 13 years in Dubai, preceeded by two years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Before becoming a full time expat in 2001, I had a carrer as a travel consultant in Norway. My expat portfolio also includes six of my teenage years in Bahrain many moons ago and two years in Southport, Connecticut, USA.

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