The Goal Dress

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”.


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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    • mamagrace71 says

      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.

  1. says

    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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    • mamagrace71 says

      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 :)

    • mamagrace71 says

      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 :)

  2. says

    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 says

      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! 😉

  3. says

    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

    • mamagrace71 says

      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

    • mamagrace71 says

      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!

    • mamagrace71 says

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

  4. says

    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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  5. says

    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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