Thursday, August 28

The 80 Thoughts You Have During Pure Barre, Pregnant

Recently, I came across this post about the 100 thoughts you have during Pure Barre class and basically laughed my seat off/nodded right along. I mean it pretty much describes every class to a T. From rookie to veteran, some version of most of those thoughts runs through your head during the hour-long workout. I mean we all do KIND OF look like we're having sex during back dancing. 

However, lately, I've noticed that my thoughts have changed slightly. I'm WAY more desperate to think, "okay, I can do this." than before. So, while some of the 100 thoughts still apply, I thought I'd update the list a little.

The 80 Thoughts that Run Through Your Head at Pure Barre When You're in Your Third Trimester
(I really need a shorter title.)
I mean, the socks are basically perfect.
  1. Okay, the thermostat is set at 76 today. You can totally survive that without fainting.
  2. One day I’ll get my old body back, and then I'll finally buy some Lululemon. 
  3. Why does every woman in here but me have on Lululemon?
  4. I really wish I hadn't had that milkshake at lunch. 
  5. Pay attention fool, you're kneeing yourself in the belly. 
  6. Rock back on your tailbone? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA 
  7. First set of curls. You got this. You've still got abs. Somewhere.
  8. Remember to drink water. 
  9. You're about to give birth, you can plank for ninety seconds.
  10.  …okay maybe you can't plank for ninety seconds.
  11.  No, you can. Hang on to it. Fifteen seconds. 
  12. It's totally okay to cry during side arm plank right? 
  13. Why is the "wrap and reach" giving me vertigo? 
  14. Oh goodie, F’ing push-ups. 
  15. Drink some more water you're redder than a tomato. 
  16. More push-ups. Yay.
  17. You did like 90% of the push-ups the instructor called out. 
  18. You're basically indescribably awesome little momma. 
  19. Shit. Tricep dips. 
  20. Do I look this whale-like when I'm sitting at work? 
  21. My feet are looking nice and balloon-like today. 
  22. I really want a shortbread cookie. 
  23. My arms are so strong! 
  24. Why don't my arms look like this at home? 
  25. These two lb. weights are heavy. 
  26. If I can't lift four total pounds, how am I going to lift a baby? 
  27. Yes! I got called out for good form. 
  28. Wait, was it good form or hang in there? 
  29. Either way, I’ll take it. 
  30. AHHH STRETCH 
  31. I totally shouldn't have had that milkshake at lunch.
  32. First thigh, it’s a marathon not a sprint. 
  33. Think about how small an inch is. 
  34. Don't punk out of this first one. 
  35. Don't punk out of this first one. 
  36. It's almost final ten. 
  37. AHHH STRETCH 
  38. Why do people stare when I slide into a spilt? 
  39. Left side, you're about to be my bitch. 
  40. …maybe not. 
  41. Seat work. I can do this. 
  42. MY STANDING LEG IS GOING TO FALL OFF. 
  43. I am so having a cookie after dinner. 
  44. Pretzel. This is going to be fun.
  45. Who is breathing so loud? 
  46. Crap, I think that's me. 
  47. Left side! Strong Side! 
  48. …that’s from a movie, I think. But which one? 
  49. Remember the Titans! That's the movie!
  50. Abs against the wall, aka, folding your giant boobs into your giant belly.
  51. It feels so good to stretch my legs.
  52. I should be tucking harder but this stretch is really lovely. 
  53. Shit, fast abs. Don't do diamond. Don't do diamond. 
  54. Of course, freaking diamond. 
  55. Mmmm, back stretch! 
  56. Center of the room, almost to the door! 
  57. C curve with a giant belly looks really odd. 
  58. I look like a teeter totter. 
  59. Strong arms up; you can do this! 
  60. Time to rock some upper body curls. 
  61. YES! I still have strong abs in there. 
  62. Lower body curls. RIIIIGHT. 
  63. I wonder if the lower body curls tickle the baby's head? 
  64. It feels so awesome to arch my back.
  65. I hate this arm/leg stretch preggo modification. 
  66. I might topple over. 
  67. Was I supposed to do 12 or 15 on each side? 
  68. Everyone looks like they are having sex. 
  69. I wonder if I look like this having sex? 
  70. {stifled giggles; dirty thought about husband.} 
  71. These songs always make me miss college and cheap kamikaze shots.
  72. I don't remember this making the side of my seat burn so much. 
  73. FINAL FINAL TEN! YESSSSSSSSS! 
  74. I love the stretching. 
  75. I really love the stretching.
  76. Rock up? More like wiggle and look sort of like a fish out of water. 
  77. My whole body feels awesome. 
  78. I think I just meowed when the instructor stretched me. 
  79. I feel amazing. 
  80. Ah, yes, this feeling. This is why I come every day. 
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Tuesday, August 19

Dear Boys, be fearless.

Y'all aren't even here yet, and I already have so many things I want to teach you, show you, give you. But as I think about how different everything is going to become in the next few weeks, for you and for me and for your Daddy, one thing sticks in my mind. I want you to be fearless.

I won't pretend to take your health for granted, so if you are listening in there, stay in as long as your little lungs need I'm sorry it's so cramped..., but I want you to be fearless starting right now.

This morning we will go out into the woods of middle Tennessee and you will experience yet another logging operation. you'll feel my heartbeat quicken when I first get out of the car and smell the diesel and fresh air, and again, when I hear the feller-buncher, delimber and skidder, and all the other big machines working for the first time—all the machines you'll one day become fascinated by, I hope. But then you will feel my whole body relax as I find my rhythm with my interview, as I move about the tract taking pictures. As I find my own fearlessness.

Momma has made her fair share of mistakes. Daddy, too. You'll soon learn that we're all stained with Original Sin and nobody is perfect. We will all continue to make mistakes. But it's not letting these mistakes define us that is truly important.

It's about finding that fearlessness to try again, after we fail. To learn when to push. To always be pushing. That's what makes us great. That's what makes us fearless.

Plenty of people in your life will help shape you into whomever you'll end up being. I personally want you to be a smart set of tennis players with sweet smiles and a little mischief in your eyes. I have a feeling that Alex will end up being the one, besides me of course, that knocks some sense into you, Fitz, every now and then. But what do I know? We don't know each other extremely well at this point.

I do know that over the last eight months, the three of us have been through Hell and back. We've struggled. We've been sick. We've been sad. We've traveled. We've gotten stuck in an ice storm. We've eaten every chocolate chip cookie known to man.

I've tried to be fearless: For y'all and for me. So now it's soon going to be your turn. Be fearless for me. Don't let someone tell you you can't do something. Don't ever accept no as an answer. Have the heart of lion but the compassion of a lamb.

Learn from my mistakes and my successes. Give me some slack when I can't give you everything you want, because of this reason or that reason. Recognize I am just trying to handle the uncharted waters of being y'all's Momma. I will always fight for you. But, for it to work, we've all got to be fearless.

Are you ready? Because I think I might be.

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