As part of #LoveYourself month, GB ultra-babe Sheree elaborates how barre helped her find her self-love.
I have always had self-esteem issues. I was 5'9” by the time I was in sixth grade, so I towered over everyone, and I also developed at a very early age, so that also made me feel self-conscious. My self-consciousness continued as I grew older. When I graduated high school, I weighed 170 pounds (which I would kill for now), but I thought I was huge because my best friend was 97 pounds.
When I first started going to barre class, I always wanted to stand on the back row in hopes of no one seeing me. I thought they would judge me for being the “fat girl” in class. Now, I don't care where I stand — as long as it isn't the corner! And now I look in the mirror to make sure my stomach is tucked in, tailbone is under and shoulders are down, whereas I used never look at myself in the mirror because I hated to watch myself.
I found that everyone that comes to class is so encouraging, and the instructors took the time to learn my name and would chat with me after class. I also saw that I was strong. One day in class, I was able to do a full roll-up — before, I could barely get my shoulders off the ground.
I would literally have panic attacks driving to class because I was so afraid to walk into class alone, and now I can't wait to get there with all of my ladies!
I had gotten to the point where, in social settings, I wouldn't talk and be very standoffish. It was like I was a shell of my old self. Barre is turning me back into the old me, which is a confident social butterfly.
I'm happier, feel better about myself, and can't wait to see what the future holds!