Friends, remember how, at the onset of summer, I had just joined a barre studio and was extolling its virtues? (I’ll remind you: I wrote about it here, before going MIA for pretty much the remainder of the season. My bad. And here I thought my ghosting days were behind me.)
Well, I’ve now been a card carrying member at Barre 3 for SIX months, and boy, has my body changed.
Although Barre 3 is adamant you won’t find a scale inside — it preaches balance and strength instead of inches and pounds — I imagine a lot of members still go into a cardio/free weights/pilates class like this hoping for some serious toning — or at least better fitting jeans. And who can blame them?
Since joining in April, I’ve religiously suited up two to three three times a week for these 60-minute workout classes, including more 5 a.m. wakeup calls that I can count. I estimate I’ve done dozens of planks, hundreds of crescent lunges and thousands of sumo squats in the past two quarters, hands down. And let’s not forget those hours and hours of ab work.
You saw the before photo above.
Now brace yourself for the after photo:
SURPRISE! I’m having a baby.
If I haven’t told you yet in person, you might have pieced it together from the fact that we just moved apartments or from my suspicious May confession that the idea of vegetables made me want to puke. But mostly, no one would blame you for having no idea, because, let’s be honest, I’ve kept it really, really quiet online.
Why, you ask? Maybe because I’m terrified of jinxing things. Or maybe because I’m a pretty private person, blog be damned. Or maybe because I wanted to tell Lucille before the rest of you, and despite ALL my attempts to spell it out for her, she’s remained blissfully oblivious to the big change that’s coming her way.
Seriously, though. I’ve tried everything.
I’ve tried showing her all the puppy, I mean baby, sized clothing we’re collecting:
I’ve tried introducing her to the other puppies, I mean babies, in our life:
I’ve tried putting her in charge of puppy, I mean baby, kick counts:
But no matter what I do, something tells me eight weeks from now, she’s going to be very, very surprised to realize how much her life has changed.
Then again, so are we.