On our last day of barre training, we broke out into groups to practice teaching one another. It was all very fluid, with no set plan, and was really just and opportunity to see how difficult it was to think, do, and speak all at the same time.
We had a Master Class (thanks Lindsay and Kenna!) before lunch and my shirt was sweattttty, so I was rocking my sports bra and long-sleeved top in the afternoon. Welllll, it turns out you get really warm and sweaty when standing in the sun doing barre, and teaching. Who knew?!
So. I took off my long sleeve and rocked the sports bra.
Before barre, I don’t think I would have had the confidence to do that.
Wait, I know I wouldn’t have had the confidence to do that.
A year ago I was still forcing my body to change and attempting to hate myself thin. (FYI – that doesn’t work.)
Then I started going to barre and now my core is as strong as ever.
I was also able to basically jump back into running and not get injured! (Yes, I have a bit of something happening with my tib post, but it’s what I would yet classify as an injury.)
Some days I can do push ups from my toes (this will always be a challenge because of my two defective elbows).
Barre has helped me to recognize just how strong and capable my body is. I’m able to view my body as strong – possibly the strongest it’s been in a long time – and fit.
I don’t (and won’t) look like a model, but I’m also not designed to look like a model. I’m made to look like me. To crush barre classes and marathons, and snuggle with my cats.
Some days I’ll look in the mirror and wish I could lose 5, or 10, or 15 pounds. Sometimes I get upset because my pants don’t fit how I want them to. Then I get over it. Putting myself down isn’t going to change it. I aim to make healthy choices each and every day and if I do put on muscle, or lose some weight, that’s awesome! If I don’t? That’s awesome! Because I am not defined by my weight or size, or lack of visible abs (they’re hibernating).I am not defined by my weight or size, or lack of visible abs #sweatpink #BBSTribeClick To Tweet
Without barre I wouldn’t have even considered actually teaching fitness. Sure, I like to learn, but the community Marlo has created made me feel safe and confident enough to try something crazy and so far outside my comfort zone. Accepting my body for the badass body it is was just the first step.
Was there something in your life that helped you to accept your body?
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