Can I talk to you as BFFs today? It’s pep talk time. I’m at the point in my weight loss journey, and I knew it would come, where I feel…well, frustrated. I’ve been chugging along for a couple of months now (really, that’s all?! Sometimes it seems like years.) and I’m at the weight loss point where I’m not newly post-baby and nothing fits, but I’m not at the glorious goal weight either where I can finally eat half a greasy pizza and sit in front of bad reruns of the Kardashians (oh, I’d never do that!). I’m at the spot where, hey, my clothes are starting to fit again, but not all the way. I can zip jeans I haven’t worn in a year…wear tops (with a shaper) I haven’t pulled off the hanger in months. So WHY Jules are you frustrated? I think it’s just part of the process, folks. It’s part of being hormonal (yes, I said it) and taking things for granted and not looking at the BIG picture.
I write this so I can step aside and take a look back at how far I’ve come at Pure Barre. I am bouncing back from baby, it just takes time. So since my silly head keeps trying to focus on the negative, let me sum up some things so I can always come back to this post to read it:
1. There’s not one week I haven’t lost a pound by doing Pure Barre and Weight Watchers (for nursing moms). Not one. So basically I’m right on track on losing. What’s the big deal?
2. While I have 20 pounds to go, I’ve lost 40 pounds! I mean, give myself a hand? New pair of shoes?
3. Although I’m wearing an amazing pair of Spanx leggings here, I’m no longer confined to only leggings because I can now zip up THREE different pairs of jeans. With long tops, but still.
4. My two-piece swimsuits from last year fit. I certainly don’t look like Barbie status in them (err, never did, huns), but they don’t fit half bad, and that’s a small feat to me. Not what I expected.
5. Is it TMI to say that many more of my pre-baby undergarments fit? What a blessing.
6. Give me just a few more pounds and my wedding rings will be back on comfortably. I feel it. 7. The stretch marks are FADING. Might I mention, I apply a cream every night just for reassurance. It works in my mind, anyway.
8. I can now hold a 90-second plank. I can “teaser up” without holding onto my legs. I can get through the warm-up without feeling like I’m defeated already. I can stretch farther than ever before. I can push my abs farther than ever before…down an inch and up an inch…over and over. I can rise to my 6-inch stilettos, as they say, and feel shaky as can be, knowing that I’m that much closer to my goal.
I can. I can. I can.
Anthropologie Top (sized up); Black leggings gifted by Spanx (they work!); Rebecca Minkoff bag ($50 at Marshall’s!); Sole Society Block Heels (obsessed)
Let this be my mantra as I continue to bounce back after baby during the month of June, as I remind myself that I just brought into this world the sweetest little girl who cares nothing about my love handles or tight jeans. This weight loss journey is strictly about feeling good about myself and realizing I can do anything I put my mind to. I’ll lose those 20 pounds because I’m getting stronger every day.
I can’t wait to get back to class today, y’all! I can do this.
Write me here if you’ve ever felt frustrated losing weight…I wanna know! Xoxo
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, so please consult yours before starting any new diet or exercise plan. I was not compensated for this post, but was provided the PB Baby Bounceback Package for the purposes of my reviews. All opinions, as always, are my own.
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