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PiYo

So, I don’t know if anyone noticed, but I haven’t exactly been chatty about fitness, lately. That is because I haven’t really been doing much. With Vegas summer heat, I stopped running (temporarily). With my husband’s erratic work schedule, and him not being home in time for me to make an Orange Theory Fitness class or go swimming, I cancelled memberships (which made me really sad). And, while I did complete my 30-day plank challenge, as soon as the 30 days were over, I stopped planking.

I suck with working out at home because I always feel like I need to do something else first: ‘I’ll workout after reading to Dylan, or folding laundry.’ If Dylan is awake, he tends to literally climb all over me. Doing a burpee while holding a toddler is impossible. Ask anyone!

So, I’m trying something new, yet again. I’ve enrolled in a Beach Body Challenge. For the next two months, I have committed (to myself, my friend, and a group of strangers) to follow a workout schedule and interact on the group Facebook page to ensure accountability.

The program I’m doing is a new one, called PiYo. It is a high intensity, low impact workout series that uses body weight and elements of Pilates and yoga. Today was the first day, and so far, I really like it. The group is really encouraging, too, and there is a reward system in place to encourage participation and accountability. I don’t know what results to expect, but I know that just working my but off every day for two months is certainly going to make me stronger and more flexible, and hopefully it will also get me more into the habit of putting my health before the dishes.

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I love dresses. A lot.

One of the reasons I have been enjoying making and wearing dresses lately is they make life easier. There is one piece of laundry at the end of the day, zero thought needs to be put into coordinating an outfit, you instantly look more feminine and put together, they are generally extremely flattering, and the right dress is even more comfortable than any sweats/yoga ensemble. Easy.

Working out is less easy, and also less easy to do when wearing a dress, but that is an entirely different blog post.

Recently, I posted (uncertain) plans to sew a full skirt from some beautiful linen/cotton. Remember?

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Well, I started it. And I hated it. For such a vivacious print, the skirt looked blah to me. I’m not sure why it was so boring, but it was.

So, I took it apart. Without the yardage I needed for one of my standard dresses (with a fitted bodice, pleated full skirt, shirred elastic back waist so I don’t need any zippers…), I decided to be adventurous and make a tank dress by elongating the pattern I’ve been using to make tank tops. I’m not really a tank dress person because I think that they are generally unflattering on anyone who weighs more than 120 lbs. I weigh significantly more than that, and boobs and hips can look TERRIBLE in tank dresses. I decided to do it anyway, hoping that the loud print would hide flaws while being more forgiving of bulk. I used a bright teal bias trim for the armholes, and faced the neckline without visible bias tape, and I kept the U shaped hemline. I think it is a success. What do you think?

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Not to mention, it finally shows off the fun-ness of the fabric, and is a nice contrast to the more mature things I’ve been making lately.