My trip to the Barre

In my last post I told you about all the fun I have been having and how I haven’t been my best when it comes to exercise, so I wouldn’t blame you if you assumed this post was about me actually drinking in a bar. It turns out fun can be had with multiple bars/barres, enter Barre3 in Seattle.

I was home for a quick visit and my good friend Sara asked me to join her at her fitness class, Barre3, a combination of ballet barre, yoga and Pilates. I knew when I accepted the invitation that it was going to be fun, working out with friends typically is, but I didn’t fully know what to expect of the class.

The instructor, Amy Masterson, was very friendly and attentive, aware that it was my first class. We started by doing some warm up stretches which gave me some confidence, I can stretch almost as well as the next person.

The tough part began right after the stretching, let’s say four minutes in to an hour long class. I made the mistake of looking at the clock after what seemed like twenty minutes of calf burning to see that really only a few minutes had passed. In the past I believed that calf strengthening exercises were a piece of cake, this class proved me wrong. I had always had a lot of respect for the pose and strength of ballerinas but this reminded me of their true athleticism.

We moved from standing to the floor to do the pilates and yoga. I have come to realize that I don’t like the “downward dog” pose in yoga. I feel intense pressure in my wrists, the blood rushes to my face threatening to make me pass out and my palms become so sweaty I slide all over my mat. What I do love about yoga is when instructors allow for adaptations to poses for those who struggle like myself. I held the position as long as I could before coming down to my knees with the support and approval of Amy.

The class was great, the company was amazing and I had fun at the barre, though I would be lying if I said it was more fun than the bar. This barre however, worked out my body and soul while the other bar just works out my tolerance and wallet. I think I made the correct choice in bars/barres, plus it was only 10:00 in the morning.

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My instructor: Amy Masterson

 

 

 

Update: Taking the Back Roads

I am sitting in Palm Springs wondering how I have fallen so far behind on my blogging. I feel overwhelmed with all that I have done since my last blog post. Wondering how am I ever going to be able to catch up? The answer is simple, I am not.

Since I last blogged I have been to Atlanta, Memphis, Dallas, Tulsa, Abilene, Seattle, Austin, San Antonio, Santa Fe, Taos, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Sedona, Phoenix, Seattle, Spokane, Coeur d’ Alene, Scottsdale, Las Vegas and Palm Springs. I have reached out to trainers and nutritionists in some of these areas with little response and in all honesty that has been okay with me. My focus has changed these past few months, with the end of my adventure looming I am trying to soak up all of the fun and experiences that I possibly can before heading back to reality. In a perfect world that would include daily workouts and healthy eating as well but I have to report that those things haven’t been happening on the regular.

In a way I feel like I have failed, that by now I should be down a lot more weight, addicted to the exercise endorphins and have a host of blog posts to tell my story. I think about the word failure and I believe that there is nothing about this trip that can be described as failure so I am going to put an end to those negative feelings.

When I decided to leave my job, my family and my friends I had a project to work on, “Losing Weight Off the Interstate” but the more time that passes and the more miles I put on my car I realize that the real project was to work on me, my personal healing and happiness.

I still value this blog and the path to a healthier me, I am still committed to losing weight and eating nutritiously, its just taking longer than I had anticipated. This journey is like choosing to take the backroads instead of the freeways, the slow road to the fast, my life is going to be a project for the remainder of my days, why rush it?

I am still a bit scared to come home, scared of judgement by people who may not be 100% in my corner, people who can’t physically see my changes but have no idea what the past ten months have done for me mentally and emotionally.

I am returning home with a renewed sense of self, a healthier mindset and a passion for life. I can’t wait to reconnect with my friends and family and shower them with my love and adoration and thankfulness for their love and support.

Rereading this blog post it sounds like a finale, a goodbye, it is definitely not, I have plenty more to say. I appreciate everyone who has been on this journey with me and I hope I can entertain you with stories of my last month on the road.

The following images are a few pictures taken the past few months.

Tyler Davis/Memphis

Tyler Davis/Memphis

Keri Doolittle (HS BF) in Dallas

Keri Doolittle/Dallas (hence my big hair)

Eva Tucker/Seattle

Eva Tucker/Seattle

Chris Bolla/Austin, TX

Chris Bolla/Austin, TX

Erin Searcy & Me in San Antonio

Erin Searcy/San Antonio

Sedona

Sedona

Angie Knox/Chandler, AZ

Angie Knox/Chandler, AZ

Devon Knox/Chandler, AZ

Devon Knox/Chandler, AZ

Trey Knox/Chandler, AZ

Trey Knox/Chandler, AZ

Marc Kamaka/Seattle

Marc Kamaka/Seattle

Becky Walton/Jeanette Devy, Shanda Shumpert/Tara Ortiz/Kim Ortiz/Patti Savoy - Woodinville Wine Tasting

Becky Walton/Jeanette Devey, Shanda Shumpert/Tara Ortiz/Kim Ortiz/Patti Savoy – Woodinville Wine Tasting

World's Cutest Nieces/ Seattle

World’s Cutest Nieces/ Seattle

Jeanette Devey/Kim Ortiz - Scottsdale, AZ

Jeanette Devey/Kim Ortiz – Scottsdale, AZ

The Bud Light girls showered me with beer.

The Bud Light girls showered me with free beer for my brand loyalty.