Set the Table + Pure Barre | Pt. 2

This post is the second in a series I'll be sharing in partnership with Pure Barre Belmar. All opinions are my own! Over the next few weeks, I'm going to be sharing my journey with Pure Barre Belmar and giving you updates on my stats. I hope you'll follow along! 

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Well, it's been a month! I've gone to 13 barre classes and I feel like a different person. The changes may be small from the outside, but I can feel it in a BIG way on the inside. I don't know how to explain it except to say that there was a shift in my mindset after class 5 or 6. I realized that I didn't have to surrender to what I thought my body couldn't do after 2 c-sections. Instead, I needed to focus on what it could do. That alone has taken my fitness and body image to a whole new level. 

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I've been consistently going to 2 classes a week at Pure Barre Belmar, but I’m working on fitting at least 3 classes in each week. I did this last week and I could tell by the third class that I would make MUCH more progress going that often. It can be hard to schedule with the kiddos, as usual, but I'm determined and some things simply cannot go on the back burner. So, the 3 year old gets extra time with grandpa and I get extra time to get stronger and healthier. WIN WIN. 

Current STATS  

And now for my updated measurements! I'm proud to say that there is some movement! My thighs, hips AND biceps are slightly leaner, which is AMAZING. To see the measurements from my first post, click here! I want to point out that I don't love keeping track of anything involving number. Weight, inches...it sometimes gives me anxiety. I am easily discouraged if I don't see HUGE changes in numbers, whether it is weight or inches. But for you guys, I'm gonna do it! And I promise not to get down on myself if the numbers don't change as much as I'd like. Because that doesn't help anyone. #lifeslessons 

And now, without further ado, my updated measurements: 

waist: 31 inches

thighs: 21 3/4 inches

hips: 38 1/2 inches

biceps: 10 1/2 inches

bust: 35 inches 

I'm over here doing a happy dance because I was not expecting any changes at all! Now, I wonder how much more of a change I'll see after upping my attendance to three times a week...? 

How you can follow along:

I'll be sharing more with you in my Instagram Stories and here on the blog over the next couple of months. I'm excited to share my progress with you and I hope this encourages some of you to get out of your comfort zone and try something new to improve your health! If you're local, head over to Pure Barre Belmar to give them a try! 

If you want to start your own Pure Barre experience, local friends can use code SETTHETABLE at Pure Barre Belmar to get your first class free! 

I have so much more to share with you, so if you'd like to keep up to date on these posts, sign up for email updates (if you're on a computer, head to the side bar to your right and enter your email address; if you're on a mobile device, scroll to the bottom of the page) so the posts go directly to your inbox. I promise I won't get all spammy! 

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Set the Table + Pure Barre Belmar

This post is the first in a series I'll be sharing in partnership with Pure Barre Belmar. All opinions are my own! Over the next few weeks, I'm going to be sharing my journey with Pure Barre Belmar and giving you updates on my stats. I hope you'll follow along! 

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Guys. I started taking barre classes and I have a couple of thoughts to share with you right from the get-go: First, I NEVER thought I'd be one of those people to even consider doing something like barre because only super serious, in-shape people do it, right? Turns out, the people who do barre look so in shape BECAUSE OF barre. You have to start where you're at to get where you want to be. Second, my core muscles, mushy from 2 c-sections and years of simply not using them, are actually starting to show some life! Trust me. I'm as surprised as you are. 

Why I decided to give barre a try: 

A few months ago, I was invited to an event for the new Pure Barre in Belmar. Since I had never tried barre, I decided to accept the invite, hoping to get our of my comfort zone a bit. After a brief class, I couldn't stop thinking about it! I was sore in places I didn't know I could be sore. Also, when I looked around the room, I saw a bunch of lean, strong women and I thought: YES. I want to be lean and strong too. 

My workouts up to this point have been amazing. I have grown much stronger over the past year and I still love going to my classes each and every week. But variety is also important when you're trying to live a healthy lifestyle. And barre is just the variety I need physically and mentally. 

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What I love about barre after 2 weeks of classes: 

It's already making me stronger! Two weeks doesn't seem like a long time, but in those two weeks and 4 classes, I can already feel my muscles changing, specifically in my core. Since having my first baby 6 years ago via emergency c-section, followed by another c-section 3 years ago, I had resigned myself to the fact that I would never have a toned midsection. But you know what? I truly believe barre is going to help me achieve what I thought was impossible. 

I also love how barre focuses on the entire body and provides a challenging workout every time. I thrive on feeling challenged when it comes to exercise. If things start to get too easy, I lose interest. So far, barre has proven to be one of the most challenging things I've done and that makes me feel great. 

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Current STATS:

Remember how I said this whole barre thing was out of my comfort zone? While we are discussing being out of my comfort zone, might as well throw some measurements in there for you! These measurements were taking a few days ago and I'll do another update in 2 weeks, along with what I'm SURE will be stunning before and after photos. 

  • waist: 31 inches
  • thighs: 22 inches
  • hips: 39 inches
  • biceps: 11 inches 
  • bust: 35 inches

My hope is that the inches around my waist and my thighs decrease. I'm not looking for anything super drastic at this point, but I'd like to see a shift there. 

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How you can follow along:

I'll be sharing more with you in my Instagram Stories and here on the blog over the next couple of months. I'm excited to share my progress with you and I hope this encourages some of you to get out of your comfort zone and try something new to improve your health! If you're local, head over to Pure Barre Belmar to give them a try! 

If you want to start your own Pure Barre experience, local friends can use code SETTHETABLE at Pure Barre Belmar to get your first class free! 

I have so much more to share with you, so if you'd like to keep up to date on these posts, sign up for email updates (if you're on a computer, head to the side bar to your right and enter your email address; if you're on a mobile device, scroll to the bottom of the page) so the posts go directly to your inbox. I promise I won't get all spammy! 

Here's to being strong and healthy and willing to try something new!

-Rachael