by Klára Denzin
My relationship to Buddy Body was basically like my relationship to my kids’ birthday cakes. I decorated him passionately, especially for special occasions. I spent a lot of time and money to find the best chocolate coating for him. The decoration was always creative, nice to look at.
But it seemed I couldn’t influence the baking process. Mysterious circumstances determined whether the cake had just the right consistence or would fall apart when being cut into pieces. It seemed to be a combination of factors like my oven, the baking tin, the temperature of the ingredients and my baking mood that ‘made or broke the cake’. Most of the time, though, I managed quite well to delight my little guests with pretty and tasty cake creations.
That’s how Buddy Body was for me: the outside was decorated with a lot of joy and effort. For the inside, I just hoped for the best. I requested a lot from him, two or three flights a month, long car journeys, unhealthy hotel meals, rushing from one appointment to the other. This was due to my job and my duties as a parent. Buddy Body was always loyal and patient with me. He seldom muffled. In recent years, however, he tuned up the volume: after my office move, and an alpine tour by bike, Buddy Body went on strike and didn’t want to play along anymore.
But since I wanted to keep Buddy Body as a buddy for a long time, I started looking for new ways. How can I keep him happy and still be active as an international trainer? I went to Judit for a whole foods cooking seminar and to a Chinese Grandmaster for Qigong lessons. There, I learned new methods that allow me to feel good and balanced.
I thank Buddy Body for carrying me. Challenge #4 motivates me every morning to keep in mind that Buddy Body is not a birthday cake that you decorate, but a very important, good and faithful friend. I want to take care of him to maintain a good relationship with him. I still have a lot to do – hand in hand with Buddy Body.