Don't Give Up.

Embrace the shake!

Embrace the shake!

While this post might be considered a little past due, I think it's very important for me to share this with all of you. Last month, when I truly started hardcore coming back to Pure Barre after having my sweet baby girl, I was struggling. True story. It was like starting over from scratch... before scratch. It was hard. I couldn't tuck. I certainly couldn't retuck my hips with every pressback. My body felt incredibly uncoordinated and wobbly. Tiny 1" movements were out of the question. In side plank, the first time I bent my bottom arm, I FELL OVER! Seriously. Hello, embarrassing! My leg, when we fold over to do seat work, was so low... like, ridiculously low. My standing leg felt like it was about to collapse at any second. The teacher would say, "You can do anything for 30 secs..." Umm try telling that to my wobbly post baby, post c-section body. But she was right. I did it. My legs would not lift during abs under the barre. All these things. All these seemingly simple little things I used to take for granted, I just could.not.for.the.life.of.me do anymore. But, I didn't give up. 

It doesn't get easier, you're just getting stronger. Honest.

It doesn't get easier, you're just getting stronger. Honest.

What I did do, was give myself mad props for being so awesome and superhero strong before I had Emma Kate. Boy was I humbled. But it's ended up being a good thing.

Now, I'm so much better at identifying with new clients, postpartum clients, in reality, all clients. We all go through things, many times beyond our control, that set us back -- that make us start over again. But, think of it as starting fresh. Brand new. 

Start now. Remove the habit{s} that no longer serve you and start a new habit that will make you your best self.

Start now. Remove the habit{s} that no longer serve you and start a new habit that will make you your best self.

In the one month of going to class 5-6 days per week, I regained so much strength. I can hold my plank for the entire 90 seconds, effortlessly do side plank without the fear of toppling over. I can fire my abs to tuck under when I do seat work and my extended leg can go a few inches higher while holding my tuck at the barre, my mind/body connection is finally connected again {!!!}, etc... All of this because of only one hour on most days in October.

If I can, you can too. There's nothing special about me. I don't come from awesome strong people genes. I don't bathe in magic sauce. I don't have a secret power. I have Pure Barre and dedication. And that magic sauce, I guess I do have it. It's SWEAT. I won't accept less than my best. Ever. I try to outdo myself with every class. I remember why I came. I do it to make myself proud and these days, I applaud myself for my achievements. Because it is hard. Because being kind to yourself and honoring where you are is a must. It's a decision you have to make every single day to show up, be consistent and stay motivated. Change will happen. You will get stronger. You will tone up. You will be happier. Trust me, the girl who just had her stomach cut open and abs pushed to the side to give birth to a beautiful. 8 lb little miracle 3 months ago. You can do it my sweet friends! Believe in yourself! I do. xoxo