Happy Monday, peeps! I am back today with 60 day Pure Barre update! I can’t believe it’s been 60 days since I started this journey. See my before post HERE and my 30 day update HERE. I have taken 46 classes as of today! I am so proud of myself. Besides back when I had a trainer, after Reagan was born, I have not stuck with a workout routine like this, ever. These 60 days have been life changing for me. It sounds cliche, but it’s true. After a rough couple of years, I truly feel like I found a piece of the puzzle that was missing for me. I didn’t realize how much I needed to add a regular gym routine into my daily life. Now, I’m going to tell you, this may be a lengthy post, but I want to cover everything, so here we go!
So, when I first started Pure Barre back in March. My goals were to tone up and feel better. My goal was to go to class 3 classes a week. I was adamant that I was not going to do anymore than 3. That quickly changed and I realized how much I craved the mental break that a Pure Barre class gives. I started going 5 days a week. I wanted to point out that some of my results (my measurements) will probably be more dramatic because of how often I am going. So, if you go 3 days a week, that is perfect, it can just take longer to see results. At the end of the day, everyone goes as often as they can and results vary. I have decided that I need the 5 days and I have switched my daily work schedule around to make it work and I’m so glad I did. I’m going to break down the experience with Pure Barre in a few sections.
I truly feel like I hit the gym jackpot, you guys. The level of positivity is off the charts and I could not be more thankful for the owners of our studio, Jaimee and Heather and the instructors that I take from on a weekly basis (shoutout to Heather, Jaimee, Jamie S., Melissa, Louise, Jolie, Lacie, Megan for being awesome teachers! Hope I’m not forgetting anyone!). I am grateful to call these women friends now and their commitment to helping me (and everyone else at PB) reach their goals has been amazing. They truly care about every client and I so appreciate that! It’s so nice to feel like you have people in your corner who truly care about you! Love you, girls! I am thankful for all of you! I have also made new friends in class and that has been so great too! Love my PB buddies! The community aspect is such an important part. I have realized I need this type of positive place to go to for my workouts. This has been key for me. As I said in my 30 DAY UPDATE POST, the mental break that Pure Barre offers is like no other. I am type A. My mind never shuts off, I truly feel like there are always a million things racing through my head. I have tried lots of different workouts and I can never truly shut off my mind. Well, I can with Pure Barre. One hour a day of thinking about nothing but my workout. This!!! This has been truly life changing as well. It’s one of my favorite aspects of Pure Barre. If i’m ever having a not so great day, I typically feel better after going to class. Hence the reason, I upped my classes to 5 days a week. I truly need this outlet and I plan to continue making it a priority even after my 90 day challenge is over.
So, I didn’t cover my food intake in my 30 DAY UPDATE. I didn’t eat bad in general. I do love a cheeseburger and I do love french fries. I don’t eat gluten, so I don’t feel guilty eating a burger, because the bun is missing. As one lady said to me once, “it’s basically a taco salad!” I have added more salads into my diet (I share them on my Insta Stories a lot). I try to either eat a salad for lunch or dinner. I add protein and veggies and it really fills me up. I really try to eat clean during the week, so that I don’t have to be so strict on the weekends. That being said, the more I workout, the better choices I make when I eat, weekend or not. I don’t want french fries as much as I used to. I’ll eat a few of the kids and move on. Or I will order sweet potato fries. It’s all about balance though. If I want something, I will eat it. I don’t believe in depriving myself of food because anytime I’ve tried that route in the past, it makes me want that food even more and I don’t like that feeling. If I want a piece of chocolate, I have one. If I want pizza, I will eat it. I did go nuts this weekend and have 6 pieces (3 for lunch, 3 for dinner) of pizza in one day. If you’ve had Mellow Mushroom pizza, then you get me. It was gluten free, so I feel pretty good about it. Ha! The point is, I’m not perfect and I do have off days and I try to pick back up where I left off and do better the next meal/day. As requested, here is a sample menu of what I will eat during the week:
Black coffee, 2 scrambled eggs or 1 fried egg, piece of gluten free toast or 2 pieces of avocado toast (half an avocado)
Salad with protein (chicken or sausage, etc), veggies, pumpkin seeds, feta or goat cheese.
Some sort of meat with veggies. I am loving this RECIPE right now. It freezes well and I usually eat it with a sweet potato. But, you can also throw it on top of a salad the next day!
I will also say, this is a sample menu, there are days that I am more hungry and I’ll eat more. If I’m hungry, I eat. I just try to make smarter choices. I also make more of an effort to eat 3 legit meals a day and not skip meals. That has been huge for me.
So, here is a little glimpse into where I began and where I am now. I feel stronger. I feel better in general. I’m more tired at night, which helps me get to sleep at a decent hour. I feel proud of myself! The changes are happening slowly. I am looking forward to seeing what another 30 days will bring.
Measurements *I started Pure Barre March 22, but we didn’t start measuring until April 2nd. Just an afterthought to keep better track of the results. Results will vary from person to person.
start (april 2)
Shoulders: 39 Inches
Waist: 33.5 Inches
Hips: 38 Inches
2 Weeks later: (april 18)
Shoulders: 37.5 Inches
Waist: 30 Inches
Hips: 37.5 Inches
2 weeks later (may 3)
Shoulders: 37 3/8 inches
Waist: 30 inches
Hips: 36 1/8 inches
2 weeks later (may 22)
Shoulders: 36.3/4 inches
Waist: 29.5 inches
Hips: 35. 1/16 inches
So, as you can see, I’ve had some good results in the measurement department! I’m glad that Heather recommended we do the measurements because that has been key for me to see results. It’s such small changes every two weeks and it’s hard to notice them without seeing the measurement results. To be honest, the top pooch area is really a struggle for me. I wanted to see way more drastic results with that area…I just want it gone, but it is happening slowly and I’m trying to be patient. My arms, legs, butt, back are all more toned and feel stronger. My hips, shoulders and waist are doing well based on my measurements!
Just a reminder, this picture below is what I looked like when I started 60 days ago…
And here are my current pictures! 60 days has flown by!
I want to be honest and tell you that posting these pictures is never easy for me. I don’t love taking them because it’s hard not to be critical of myself. We are our own biggest critics. This is so true. That being said, I am truly excited that so many of you have been interested in this journey and I have had so many of you message me and tell me that you’ve tried Pure Barre or something similar. I am excited for you. I love that other people get to feel the same way I feel. I have said it a bunch and I get so emotional even thinking about it, but I’m so glad that I decided to do this. I stepped out of my comfort zone and its been an adventure and I’m thankful that you all have wanted to be a part of the journey. If you haven’t found a workout that makes you feel the way that Pure Barre makes me feel, I truly hope you do. Getting exercise daily has changed my life and I’m a huge believer in it now. So, here’s to making it 60 days and being stronger in physical and emotional aspects!! I’ll be back to give you another update in 30 days! Thank you for your support! XO!
Photography by Melissa Parsons