Hi Everyone! Today I got to go to Pilates class for the first time in 2 months (because kids are home for summer break, and financial restraints). I loved it!
I started Pilates five years ago when my youngest was two months old. I started with private appointments with a teacher, and my son was in his car carrier cheering me on from the side of the reformer. Now I do group classes and love the comradery. I enjoy the workout and the study of the Joseph Pilates methods and beliefs. The age range of people at my studio runs the gamut (17-69+). They have different levels of flexibility, interest, and passion. A few of the men/women have Rheumatoid Arthritis and the process of Pilates seems to really help their pain.
Pilates is another way to keep my workout exciting, fresh, and keeps me from getting bored. It taught me about lengthening my muscles, and focusing 'on the process' of the exercise, instead of just muscling my way through it. That makes the 'mental aspect' of the workout as important as the energy output, and as challenging. It works for me and is always very humbling for me.*
*If you want to try Pilates, get references from friends about a reputable studio or visit the Joseph Pilates website for some direction. Many huge gyms and home video tapes, have Pilates, but my experiences have been that most did not have teachers that were qualified to make sure that the students were informed, and didn't do anything that would later cause injury or pain
Tuesday 7/07 Workout:
Strength Training -at a gym
*Remember from my Monday blog that I am doing 50 reps, only one set, this week
plyometric jump ( jump up on a stable 12" metal step, with one leg. Then jump back down) 2 sets
Lunges (40 steps)
Smith machine- 50 squats- 20lb.
Rear kick machine- 25lb.
Leg press-35 lb.
Lunges (50 steps)
Leg extension- 40 lb.; switch to 36lb half way through. Man that stings!
Tuesday 7/07 Food Diary:
1/2 cup Egg Casserole ( see Monday 7/06 Blog)(120 cal.)
1/2 cup non fat vanilla yogurt, with 1 small mango(70)
43/8 Salmon (460 cal.)
Salad ( 2 cups raw spinach, 4 asparagus, 1/4 cup red pepper, 6 cherry tomatoes, 1/16 cup edamame (60cal.)
Grapefruit, peeled ( 40)
1/4 mixed berries
60z. Prime rib- (400cal.)
1/4 Caesar salad - didn't like taste (60cal.)
1/3 cup mixed bean salad (120 cal.)
Cheesecake (110 cal.)
TOTAL CALORIES- 1647