What even is Pilates anyway?

I joined the local gym this week, and decided to go the full whack and have all of the classes and swimming within my membership too.

This week I tried out Pilates – I’ve never done pilates before, so I had no idea what to expect. I knew that it was very focused on core strength, so I think in my mind it was small focused workouts on particular muscle groups. I wasn’t too far off in my guess, to be honest.

The internet says this is Pilates:

“Pilates (/pɪˈlɑːtz/;[1]German:[piˈlaːtəs]) is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates…In his book Return to Life through Contrology,[3] Joseph Pilates presents his method as the art of controlled movements, which should look and feel like a workout (not a therapy) when properly manifested. If practiced with consistency, pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the whole human body.[4] It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance.”

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilates 

It was certainly small, controlled movements. I was using muscles that haven’t been engaged in a very long time! Between trying to remember to keep my core tight, balance, breathe and actually do the movements correctly, it turned out to be quite the workout. But without all of the sweating, strain and panting that comes with cardio or weightlifting. I have to say I did enjoy it – it was relaxing and hard work rolled into one. Weird sensation!

I’ve signed up to do it again next week. I decided I want to keep this going for a few weeks and see how I get on with it, despite being the largest person in the class…I suppose at least I’ll have a rock solid core underneath all of my blubber.

Weigh In – Slimming Week 14 – 15

I forgot to post. Well, I didn’t forget, it was just difficult to blog without the internet in the flat…plus I’ve been work-busy-sleep-work-ing.

Okay, to catch up –

Week 13: 16st 9.5lb (233.5 pounds)
Week 14: Missed SW (oops, slept through my alarm) but I weighed at home: 16st 11lb (235 pounds)
Week 15: 16st 9lb (233 pounds)

Loss to Date: 2.5 pounds

To Lose for 6 week Goal: 13 pounds (By 10.10.15)

Annndd there it is. Not particularly looking forward to weigh in this Saturday, but I’ll try to keep my hopes up about it, and not eat biscuits at work!!!! (at least, don’t eat them so that I go over my syn count)

Goal for Next Weigh In: 16st 8lb (232 pounds)

Weigh In – Slimming World Week 13

First week back onto doing Slimming World for a while, and it was tough. I had fallen back into the habit of just eating everything all the time and snacking a lot so I really struggled this week. I did a food diary all week and tracked my syns – even when I went massively over! I only managed to stay within my syn allowance on 1 day this week…oops.

Last Weeks Weight: 16st 11lb (235 pounds)

This Weeks Weight: 16st 9.5lb (233.5 pounds)

Loss to Date: 2 pounds

To Lose for 6 week Goal: 13.5 pounds (By 10.10.15)

I wasn’t expecting a 1.5 pounds loss this week. quite pleased with it, so I’m feeling more positive about being back on plan and keeping up with it – all down to the meal planning! I’ve discovered a few very interesting looking recipes on the SW website, so I’ll be aiming to give some of those a go soon too. Especially the desserts!!

Goal for Next Week: 16st 7lb (231 pounds)

Have a good week…