Happy Monday, peeps! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I hit up Roundtop on Saturday, we had a date night and we also celebrated Mr. Fancy’s birthday! To say that it was a jam-packed weekend is an understatement! I was NOT ready for Monday!! But, alas, here we are and I am pooped!
Today, we are going get a bit personal. I’m going to share the types of pictures that I don’t usually share. So, let me give you a back story on me first. I am a small person, I am barely 5’2. I probably seem taller to you in pictures. It’s an optical illusion…because I have long legs for a shorty! #thanksforthelegsmom My legs make me seem taller. I’ve never been an extremely thin person…it has never come naturally to me. I’ve always had to workout to maintain it and when I don’t, I can seem to maintain my weight, but not the toned body, If that makes sense?!
So, this past year has been a busy one. We listed our house, we moved, we renovated, we traveled. WE.WERE.BUSY. It didn’t leave much time for working out and I did miss it at times. I didn’t think I would, because, I must admit, I don’t enjoy working out. I don’t get a high from it. I do it because I need to, physically and it’s so great for you mentally, as well. After eating out nightly for weeks when we renovated the kitchen, I could tell my pants were a bit tighter. I hate that feeling. I knew I needed to get back to gym, but time is lacking. I don’t have tons of free time to spend in the gym, so I just let it go and figured I’d make time when I could. We went on vacation for spring break and I hated how my stomach looked in pictures and I thought, okay, it’s time to finally get toned up. For no one, but myself. I always say, I don’t care what the scale says, as long as I’m comfortable in my skin and my clothes, then I’m good. I don’t put too much stock in weight. Example: I lost 10 pounds in the fall after I gave up gluten and I’ve gained it all back. Weight is just a number and I think how you feel is so much more important than that! So, a couple weeks ago, I decided it was time to try and really dedicate myself to trying a new and fun routine.
Enter Pure Barre. I’ve done barre type workouts before and really didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere. I think I probably wasn’t doing the movements correctly. Now, I always tell a new teacher that I appreciate them correcting my form. If I’m not doing something correctly, then it’s a waste of my time and let’s face it, I don’t have tons of free time as it is, so, I need my workouts to count! So, I committed to trying Pure Barre 3-4 times a week for 60 days and I decided to bring you along on the journey. I am also going to show you the areas that I’m trying to tone up. This is out of my comfort zone, but I think it will be neat to see how this workout routine can change the body over the next two months. And let’s face it, that hour a day is so helpful. It’s total “me time.” Time that all I do is think about how to stay in certain positions. It’s been so nice, so far! I love that aspect. It’s hard for me to turn off my mind from racing and I can truly say, during this hour a day, I can completely focus on me and my workout. This is very doable for others too, because there are Pure Barre studios all over!! *PS These pics took a lot of courage. There’s no sucking in and it’s all out there. It’s much easier to take photos with the stomach and back area covered! Ha! But, in true realness, I’m showing you my before! And I will be excited to show you my after in 60 days.
So, my ultimate goal is tone my stomach and my back. I don’t want a six pack by any means, I just want that area to be tighter and less flabby. I’ve had two babies, so it’s definitely a loose skin area! I think my legs and arms will follow suit, but my stomach area and my back are my trouble spots. It’s always been hard for me to tone my stomach area and keep it toned. Again, it’s all about sticking to a routine, which is tough for me. So here, we go! And don’t get me wrong, I know I’m not overweight by any means, so please don’t take it that way. I just want to look healthier, feel healthier and I want my clothes to fit better. I love how working out helps the mind too! This hour a day has already done wonders for me and I just admit that I do feel less stressed since beginning this. I will also say that an unexpected benefit to this, is friendships. I have met some great people through Pure Barre and I have a few friends that go, as well. It’s nice to have each other to hold us accountable. I think it’s so important to have people in your corner rooting for you! And I am happy to be rooting for others as well!! I’m excited to see where this journey takes me and I am excited to share the ups and downs of this with you!
Now a little info about Pure Barre and why I chose this method of exercise:
–Pure Barre includes cardio, which is ideal. The platform barre class is equivalent to running sprints, gaining lean muscle mass & burning unwanted fat at your own pace in 1 hour. I do one of these classes a week and this is one of my favorite days. If there were more of these classes that worked with my schedule, I would definitely do more. I was scared to try this class at first, but actually love the platform class now!
-The classes are ALL open to anyone! It’s truly a non-competitive environment and all the teachers are knowledgeable and they truly want to help you with your goals and they want to see you get results, as much as you do! They are rooting for you and to me, this is so key!
-There are new classes coming this summer! There is a new class format that incorporates cardio, resistance and the platform – but with a totally new twist. Can’t wait to try this one!!
-The Pure Foundations class is also coming soon! This class is slower and a great option to come and get a workout, but everything is much slower so you can learn the technique before taking it to the next level. Great for beginners!
And last, Pure Barre is results driven and can be a one stop shop. Giving your best effort in class and working on cleaning up your diet, make it one of those workouts where you actually see feminine, strong results! YESSSSSSS!
I will be taking pictures every 2 weeks to keep track of my progress and then at the end of my 60 days, I will blog about it again and show you my results and all the pictures in-between! I will also share lots of stuff on my Insta Stories, so be sure to check those out, as well!
Thank you for your constant support and I truly look forward to sharing this with you! If you are local, come try one of the two studios HERE and tell them Fancy Ashley sent you!! Or if you have a Pure Barre near you, you should also try it out!! I think you will love it! I hope your week is off to a great start! XO!
A big shoutout to Jaimee and Heather, who own our local Pure Barre studios! Super thankful for these gals and their commitment to helping us all succeed in our fitness routines!!
Photography by Melissa Parsons