Beyoncé shares how she finds balance in her life

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With her recent album release and intimate glimpse into her life, Beyoncé shows that you can find balance in your life by being a sexual being, a dedicated wife and mother and successful in what you do. Here’s how…

Be real to yourself

When Beyoncé released her fifth album in December, she did so quietly, without publicity and fanfare. One day it wasn’t there … and the next, it was. Just simply appeared on exclusively on iTunes. A statement from her record company Columbia Records shared: “Stripped of gimmicks, teasers and marketing campaigns, this project is truly about art before hype … While not a concept album, the record is designed to be consumed as a comprehensive audio/visual piece from top to bottom. The antithesis of making singles, the visual album is a non-linear journey through thoughts and visions of Beyoncé.” The self-titled visual album contains 14 songs and 17 music videos, and is Beyoncé at her most real and most vulnerable: “I see music,” she said in the press statement from her record company. “It’s more than just what I hear. When I am connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they’re all connected to the music.”  Each song/video has a story behind it as evidenced by the five part series of behind-the-scenes videos she loaded on her YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/beyonce. The album is brutally honest from the opening song Pretty Hurts, and the question: “What is your aspiration in life?” Beyoncé answers: “To be happy”. In compiling this unusual product, Beyoncé asked all the writers and producers she respected to the Hamptons in early 2012 – where they lived together, worked together and immersed themselves in this world. And here was Beyoncé, with cornrows in her hair and still breastfeeding her baby girl Blue Ivy. In the forth part of her behind-the-scenes video entitled: Liberation, she shares that: “In real life I was this woman, this mother trying to get my focus, my dreams, my self back and recording this album was such an outlet for me, to kind of escape and create whatever world or fantasy that definitely at the time was not happening.” And it seems to have worked – not only is this her most real material to date – the album sold 1.3 million units in it’s first 17 days of release making it the quickest selling album by a woman since Taylor Swift’s Red in 2012.

Regaining your body after your baby isn’t easy – but can be done.

Beyoncé knows how pregnancy can affect and drastically change your body. She gained 29kg when she was pregnant with her daughter. The singer, known for her body and her dance moves, didn’t have much time to lose the weight post-birth (not the healthiest or most sustainable way, she knows). “I didn’t have a lot of time to lose the weight, because I scheduled a show three months after I gave birth, which I would never do again,” she admitted in an interview with Shape magazine last year. She shares that, like so many of us, she is not a person that is naturally very thin. “I am a person that has to work at keeping my body in shape.” Good nutrition and exercise is key, and she combined cardio, lunges and a diet full of lean meat and vegetables to lose the weight. Known for her elaborate dances on stage, her dancing also helps her to keep her weight in check. Her personal trainer, Marco Borges, in an interview with Life & Style magazine, shared that he put her on a partially vegan diet, with one vegan meal a day as this generally gets you to eat more greens than you normally would. “Consistency is the key to success,” he says, adding that he recommends running-sprint intervals for quick cardio sessions. Running up and down the stairs can assist as well in moving those unwanted kilograms. And while, for Beyoncé, she had a 12-week goal in mind, she admits that this isn’t recommended for everyone. Being healthy, being active and eating well are all of benefit. As she shares with Shape: “Not everyone is supposed to be the same. Be healthy and take care of yourself, but be happy with the beauty things that make you, you.”

In another interview with Self magazine, she adds: “The truth is, it’s a lot of sacrifice. It’s more about your mental strength. You have to push yourself. It doesn’t matter what trainer you have. And it doesn’t matter what programme you’re on. You have to be healthy and make the right choices.” In December, to celebrate his 44th birthday, husband Jay-Z wrote on his blog: “On 3 December, one day before my 44th birthday I will embark on a 22 Days challenge and go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based! This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a ‘plant-based breakfast’ every day. It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought.” He added: “PS: B is also joining me.” This combined with their exercise routine has taken Beyoncé down to the Size 2 (size 34) and tiny waist she displayed in her nearly there outfit on stage at the recent Grammys.