The Goal Dress

by mamagrace71 on September 9, 2012

Amongst the chaos, illness and pressing deadlines that was August, there was also the launch of a 4 month health kick.  Not very well scheduled on my behalf but these things are like having a baby; there is never a perfect time.

You have to dodge the curve balls, plant the commitment in your brain and just plunge right into it.

On the 8th of August I signed up to Vision Training.  I had previously been part of many a personal training program, but either the desired results never happened or I found myself injured.

Anyway, it’s been a smidgeon over a month and while I was tempted to write about my new health and fitness journey here on the ye ol’ blog, I thought I’d wait it out and see how I was feeling about it all.  Find out first if I could just do this.

And so far, dare I say, so fabulous!

I tried on a dress that I haven’t worn in about 4 years on Saturday.  Not sure what inspired me.

The scales had barely budged but something compelled me. I figured, dresses never lie.

I slipped into my pretty summer frock and surprisingly I zipped it up with ease.

I had to take a happy snap. Then, of course, posted it on IG for good gloating measure (ahems).

While the training schedule has been so far doable, it’s taken a helluva lotta hard work.

I’m at the gym most mornings at 6:00.  Despite the on-going humiliation of coming last, every Saturday morning I religiously join the running group.

The goal is to hit 300 minutes of cardio per week…

Eating habits have also changed dramatically but there’s enough menu planning to ensure that there are no pangs of hunger or serious cravings.

Since becoming a convert to smoked salmon and steamed kale, salt and vinegar chips and I were forced to file for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.

The ultimate weight loss is to get to pre-twinlet weight (63.9 kgs) by the 8th of December. (I’ve got about 7 kgs to go).

But getting on scales and scrupulously monitoring every single gram is such a bore.

It can also be very disheartening.

While I happily wore my little frock on Saturday, on separate occasions, friends who I hadn’t seen in ages, came up and told me how great I looked. I think someone even used the highly flattering adjective, “radiant”.

Woot!

So, I’ve decided that with this “Eat better, lose weight, get fit” gig, there needs a “feel good” factor.

And there’s nothing else that makes me feel awesome (on the inside and out) than the next new pretty dress.

Visiting my buddy Veronica at her shop (yeah, you know the one), I spied this gorgeous number…

 

Feeling bold and brash, I tried it on.  I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t have to squish my butt cheeks into it but I knew I could  look even more ker-pow in a month’s time.

And there ya have it, folks. My goal dress.

In marking 4 weeks since its purchase, this cute number will make its debut appearance on the 6th of October.  On this blog.

So, no tedious weekly accounts on weight loss, riddled with kilogram counting.

Instead, just me. In a sexy white dress.  And gloating.  Just a little.

P.S Stay tuned for another awesome giveaway from Veronica…yay!

P.P.S This is not a sponsored post for Vision. I just love what they’re doing for me…

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Emma September 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm

that’s such a cute dress!
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mamagrace71 September 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Thanks, Emma! Hope you’re enjoying V’s cardi :) x

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Catherine Rodie Blagg September 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I’m back into the healthy eating and have started jogging again. I think I’ve got about 10kg to go. Maybe I should get an incentive dress too!
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mamagrace71 September 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Do it, C! If you’re like me and just over the kilo counting, I think a dress will help with the motivation a lot more than the bathroom scales.

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kirri September 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm

That dress is an exquisite reward G. I have to say that I am always checking out Veronicas FB page and feeling a little jelly that I don’t live close enough to shop there!

Great to hear you are feeling fit and fab x
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Debbie @ Aspiring Mum September 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm

What a great reward! I agree that kg watching is a bore – it’s definitely not enough motivation. I’m wanting to get a necklace when I hit my target….it probably won’t have the same sexy feeling as a dress though!!
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Becci September 10, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Now that makes sense! A goal dress – mine is going to be one I wore to the races about 4 years ago and can’t zip up anymore so I feel a lot more motivated to move that spare tyre (oh and that falloober over the back boober) so I can slip into it once again. I’m going for it too and hoping to reach my goal by Melbourne Cup Day. Well done beautiful! xx
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Rachel @ The Kids Are All Right September 14, 2012 at 9:10 pm

I need to hear more about this falloober.
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mamagrace71 September 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I’m with Rachel, I need to hear more about the fallober :)
Melbourne Cup Day’s a great incentive! You can do it, Becci!!! :) x

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Tat September 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever seen you in a dress. I can’t wait!
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mamagrace71 September 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Ah, no…you haven’t! I’m always in disgusting trackie pants full of yoghurt and all sorts of other grime!
Let’s see how this dress goes :)

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Elian Junior September 11, 2012 at 3:23 am

Really fantastic and also sexy too. I like this dress and want to get it.
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Jean September 11, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Keep at it. But maybe reconsider weighing yourself every 2 days. Just a thought.

Do you enjoy jogging? Hope you find the physical activity that stokes your energy, Muse and is a joy to practice.
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mamagrace71 September 17, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Yes, I still weigh myself but not as excessively as I used to.
I do jog and recently, I’ve started jogging with the running group of my gym. It’s tough, but I’m loving it :)

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Nami September 11, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Setting your goal on a dress is a fantastic idea – and what a cute little number that is. You can do it! You already look fantastic.
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mamagrace71 September 17, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Naw, shucks. I love you :) x

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Penny September 12, 2012 at 8:36 pm

White dress!? Are you allowed to wear whit? Bwah ha ha ha. No, you deserve it honey! xx
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mamagrace71 September 17, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Yes, I realise the risk I’m taking with white but I thought, what the hey. You only live once!

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Tracey @ Bliss Amongst Chaos September 14, 2012 at 8:18 am

Well done Grace. You’re doing a marvellous job and I can’t wait to see that dress on you!
BTW, loving the not squishing of the butt cheeks comment! I do have to do that every morning into my jeans, however! :)
xx
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mamagrace71 September 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Thanks, Tracey!
I am always squishing into my jeans! I can’t wait till that is no longer a regular occurrence! :)

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Kylez...aka...Mrs.P September 14, 2012 at 9:33 am

Good luck! There is nothing like having a nice little reward for something like getting fit and losing weight. I am currently trying to lose the baby weight (and then some) and I am so looking at the scales. So I found a pair of shorts from pre-baby time and I told Dave when I can fit in to those comfortably then I am allowed to buy a new dress for my sister’s wedding in December (here’s hoping I can fit them well by then!). I’ve been thinking about joining the gym and enquiring about personal training sessions as I am lazy and lack motivation and fin I work a lot harder when I have someone pushing me. Might stop by there on my way home actually, no time like the present to start!
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mamagrace71 September 17, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Pre-baby shorts! Perfect!!!
Stay positive! You’ll get there and I can’t wait to see you in that fab new dress in December! ;)

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Prue September 14, 2012 at 10:08 am

Go Grace! I wish I had some of your passion for getting fit and eating healthy. Maybe making sure I menu plan will help me to stop eating CRAP!
Prue x

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mamagrace71 September 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I was just so over my weight thing. It was getting ridiculous!
Menu planning is a great idea to get yourself back on track with healthy eating :) x

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Jo September 14, 2012 at 10:32 am

Love the dress! Fun rewards are a great way to get there. I don’t have a dress but I have just bought ridiculous shoes that I intend to get dressed up and wear when the time is right.
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mamagrace71 September 17, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Ooooh, shoes are still a great incentive! I bet you look fabulous in them.

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Née September 14, 2012 at 10:46 am

Well done! I put on my fat pants out of desperation the other day & they were tight :( Need to get my butt moving!!
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mamagrace71 September 17, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Oh, I so know that feeling! This is why I’ve just decided on doing this health kick. Those fat pants of mine need to go!

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housewifeinheels September 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Love the dress! Look forward to its debut :)
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mamagrace71 September 17, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Thanks, hon! :)

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Chrissie at Me and My Munchkin September 14, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Well done Hun! You must be absolutely stoked! I know I was when I managed to fit into a pair of just-post-high school jeans. But good on you for having the commitment to stick with it. You look stunning :)
Chrissie xx
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mamagrace71 September 17, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Thanks, Chrissie! I feel like I’m getting somewhere (as slowly as it is!) But in small steps, I’ll get there, I think.

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Rachel @ The Kids Are All Right September 14, 2012 at 9:12 pm

That dress will look fab on you – very exotic in white. Good luck! I feel your pain – have started back exercising too. But nothing like what you’re up to. You’re a MACHINE.
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mamagrace71 September 17, 2012 at 3:22 pm

You go, girl! We should organise a running jaunt together. Centennial Park, perhaps ?

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Eva @ The Multitasking Mummy September 14, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Oh that white dress is gorgeous! Good luck for the next 4 weeks, it’s certainly the best feeling to fit into old clothes, I did the same recently, tried on a pair of pre-pregnancy jeans and they fit. I jumped and danced around the house although I need to get as motivated as you to keep up my gym sessions otherwise the muscle will turn back to fat!
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mamagrace71 September 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Congrats! That’s awesome news! Now that the weather is warmer, I reckon you’ll get motivated to get to the gym :)

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mumsthewordbloggy September 15, 2012 at 10:42 am

go Grace~ you are looking fab! Cant wait to see you in that gorgeous white dress!
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mamagrace71 September 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Thanks, lovely! You are too kind and sweet :) x

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Mama Stylista September 15, 2012 at 11:58 am

Love that dress, white is big for summer! Can’t wait to see you in it. x

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mamagrace71 September 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Oh, it means a LOT to hear you like the dress! Let’s see how it goes, shall we? :) x

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Pam September 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm

3 years ago I was a childfree, small, toned size 8. Second lil girl due in 10 weeks and I am now up to a 14 , with serious plans for post birth! I have goal jeans – old The Gap faves. It is good to have the incentive!! Good luck with your plans :-)
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mamagrace71 September 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Oh, I love my Gap jeans. I can just squeeze into mine.
I know you’ll get there! Stick with it! :) x

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ava September 17, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Beautiful dresses Grace-ie! :)
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ava September 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm

And for sure you look/will look fab in them!
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mamagrace71 September 17, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Thank you lovely Ava! I miss you x

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