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I’ve been through many fitness phases during the last couple of months.
First, there was the OH MY GOSH, I’m gonna put this quarantine time to good use by getting in KILLER shape so come summer, boom, I’ll be hitting the beach looking amazing!!
Yeah. That goal didn’t last long.
Just like my goal to not drink alcohol Monday through Thursday.
I simply lost all desire to workout, especially after the Frederick Half Marathon to be held on May 3rd had been postponed, meaning training was no longer required.
I mean, come on. It’s a stressful time plus I’m writing a novel, taking classes, dealing with business stress, and trying to be an anchor for my family. You can only fight so many battles.
And seriously? If the beach opens up again this summer, I don’t care what I look like in a bathing suit. I don’t care! I’d just be so damn happy to be out there feeling sand between my toes and a delectable breeze on my face, so pass the Oreos, I’m eating ’em.
(Sidenote: The novel I’m writing is set at the beach, my happy place, and this is one of my inspiration images. I pray we can at least walk along the ocean this summer!)
However. After a few weeks of little to no workouts, I realized my fitness pendulum had swung too far to the lazy side when I was carrying some boxes up the stairs and my husband was like, “are you out of breath???”
Huh. So maybe some fitness rededication was in order.
But what workout to do?
I had no interest in Beachbody’s 80 Day Challenge. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE the program and Autumn Calabrese! And I achieved crazy awesome results, which I had started to blog about in 2018 before that got derailed. But despite this love, I had no desire to do 40-60 minute workouts six days a week. I just didn’t feel like beating up my body, which also meant no running in order to give my injury-prone foot a nice, long break.
Instead, I dabbled with PiYo, yoga, and occasional spins on our new elliptical trainer, given to us by customers who didn’t want to bring it into their new house. (And that my dear eldest son had to take apart in the garage and reassemble in the basement, bless his heart!!)
Nothing was sticking, though, because what I really wanted to do was the new Beachbody Barre Blend workout that wasn’t available for all on-demand members until June 1st.
See, here’s where I can be a little bratty.
There are tons of great, free Barre workouts on YouTube. And there are many other Beachbody programs I could have done. Like Insanity. I used to love that! Or one of Elise Joan’s other programs like Yoga Retreat.
But nope. I wanted to do Barre Blend.
My friend, Sara, had already completed the VIP-limited program in January with crazy awesome results! And something about it appealed me greatly … just like Tae Bo did in the ’90s.
Raise your hand if you loved Tae Bo!
And fun fact: Billy Banks was once hired as a bodyguard for Catherine Bach, (the original Daisy Duke,) during filming for 1988’s Driving Force!
So yeah, I must confess to being a long-time sufferer of Shiny Object Syndrome. It’s like when you don’t want to wear last year’s jacket during a runDisney race weekend, you want the new one.
Raise your hand if you’re backing me up on this one.
But I didn’t want to spend the $50.00 for VIP access. That would just be silly since I’m on a budget. When I next logged into Beachbody, however, I noticed that the VIP banner was no longer above the Barre Blend icon.
Should I click on it?
I clicked. I gasped. I sent Sara a quick message. “OH MY GOSH, Barre Blend is available!!!!!”
A responsible gal would take the time to research the program, study the nutritional guide, learn the moves and terminology, find a barre, and complete the two 20-minute pre-workout programs before jumping in with the first workout.
Me? I immediately jumped in.
I do not recommend immediately jumping in.
Oh. My. Lord.
My booty was already sore from a thirty-minute elliptical workout the day before. After this? Oh my gosh. I was one aching momma. And I’m so out of shape, that even the modifier was kicking my rear. But.
I was instantly hooked.
Don’t you just love it when you connect with something right away? I absolutely adore Elise Joan, who seems like a truly sincere, compassionate, gal. I love the graceful moves, the peaceful vibe, and the notion of getting a lean dancer’s body. And I love her use of affirmation cards, which I had already heard about from Sara.
Love it. Just love it.
I also ordered some Barre socks from Amazon. (Associate link.) Do I need socks? I don’t know and I don’t care, I’m just tickled pink over being EXCITED about a workout program! I’m energized, motivated, and thankful to Beachbody for releasing this lovely program early!
I became further motivated when Kimberly, (my son’s wonderful fiancé,) sent me a link for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Series! It’s seriously cool. They are offering a series of virtual runs and fitness challenges you can register for free and earn reward points to use on merchandise or upcoming race fees!
Okay. Consider me now motivated to get back to running again. Sorry, foot. Break over!
So yeah. The pendulum has swung to the motivated side once more, this time with a little more realism and a TON more motivation! And perhaps with some wiggle room for Oreos??
Now. What about you? What has your fitness journey been like during this quarantine time? And now that restrictions are starting to slowly lift, what are you most looking forward to?
Also, if you’re interested in trying Barre Blend, Elise Joan has a Facebook support group to help you stay inspired! (I joined but haven’t been participating since I’m still on my social media cleanse. I wanted to share about Barre Blend, though, and will continue to share my progress!)
Thanks for reading, take care, stay safe, and have a joyful day!