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 Wednesday

I missed weigh in last week, I was in Birmingham for work and had no scales. Oops. I know the past couple of weeks haven’t been great food-wise, so I’m expecting the worst!

2 weeks ago: 225 pounds
Today: 228 pounds
To Lose for Goal 1: 18.5 pounds

Gained 3 pounds in 2 weeks.
I have 6 and a half weeks until my first weight goal, and I’m quite far off at the moment. I need to lose 3 pounds a week to reach it…seems a little daunting! Especially as it’s my birthday tomorrow and I will be eating cake and whatnot…

Urg. I’m going to have to exercise a mass amount of restraint this week. And for the whole 6 weeks! Waaaa

Okay. Well, getting down to business as it were, I have lots of walks planned and not much money to buy food. Therefore, I have no snacky foods at home and some exercise planned. It is possible to do this! I can do this.

I’ll be tracking my food religiously and logging exercise. I’ll be making better food choices, and avoiding the biscuits at work at all costs. No biscuits for 6 weeks.

In fact, I’m setting that as a challenge!

6 week challenge
No biscuits for 6 weeks.

Boom. Done. I’ll keep you posted…

For next week:
Weight: 225 pounds
Food: avoid biscuits and eat 1500 calories a day
Exercise: Go on a long walk or hike at the weekend

Weigh in Wednesday

Umm… so this happened:

Last week: 228 pounds
Today: 225 pounds

Umm how??
I mean…I know I was vommy-mcvomitus at the weekend but…kind of expected that to just jump straight back on board!? And I had mcdonalds yesterday. Does having no biscuits this week counteract that? Unsure.

Food:
As mentioned above, no biscuits this week so far. But McDonalds happened also. Soo…not awesome. I’ve been snacking less at work-this could be a stress related thing-but if it means I’m eating better then hey ho.

Exercise:
Due to being incapacitated at the weekend, I didnt run. I planned to run on Monday or Tuesday, but I worked late, missed my bus and had to get a different bus which involved walking for a mile with a really steep hill once I got off. So I think I can be forgiven for not running…
I signed up to my gyms Zumba class, I’m a bit unsure on it but we’ll see how it goes…
On an exercise related tangent, if you’ve been paying attention you may have noticed that Pip and I did not post about our forfeit for failing our BFF Challenge. Guess what, we didn’t do it. So this needs to happen at some point, though the next time I see Pip she will be running a half marathon – so perhaps not then either! This will happen, so I’ll let you know what’s what when I know.

Still cant beleive I lost 3 pounds from last week. Crazy talk! At the moment I am the lightest weight I’ve been this year. I think.

I’d love to lose another 2 pounds for next week and get under the 16 stone (224 pounds) mark, but I’m worried that this is a fluke and it will shoot back up again for next week…well, lets aim high (or rather, low)

Goals for next week
Weight: 223 pounds
Food: keep avoiding biscuits and bad snack foods
Exercise: keep up with running and start Zumba

BFF Challenge

September BFF Challenge Banner

The BFF challenge offically ended on 01.09.14

Bad news, both Pip and I didn’t hit our goals! #Sadface

So we will – unfortunately – have to do our forfeits. Booo! We have this scheduled for this weekend – so I’ll write up an update on this once it has occurred! Just to refresh your memories – my forfeit is to do tricep dips (HORROR) and Pips is kettlebell swings. I am not looking forward to this…

HorrifiedFace

This is how I feel about it. Also, I do love Jenna’s Face.

Weigh In Wednesday

It’s Wednesday again, people! The first weds of September. Summer is officially over, and we are in the countdown to Christmas now.

Weigh in

Last week: 229 pounds
Today: 228 pounds
Goal for next week: 227 pounds

A loss of 1 pound, yaay. Any movement downwards is good, even if I didnt hit the goal I set last week.

Food
Last week-while I was off due to straining my neck-I didn’t eat very much atall. I was at home not doing much other than watching tv and doing some work from home, and I had no desire to snack. I ate at meal times, and that was about it. I actually under-ate for most of that week. Once my neck was feeling a bit better and I went back to work, it was snack central all over again. There’s something about being at work that makes me crave snacks all the time.
This week I haven’t been as good, but I am trying. Only bad things I’ve eaten are a couple of biscuits each day. I know I need to cut them out of my life but they’re so damn tasty…I need to teach myself some avoidance techniques. Or just have some will power…
Goal: No more biscuits this week

Exercise
Well this went out of the window when I hurt my neck. Very annoying! I’ve been wanting to go for a run, which is a bit odd as I don’t usually crave a run. I suppose it’s probably because I am unable to do it, therefore I want to.
The 30 day challenge is also on hold, I missed a few days, then hurt my neck and here we are 15 days later. I want to continue it, and plan to once I am able to without writhing in pain.
Goal: ease back into exercise-find things that don’t hurt neck.

Sleep
I need more. Last week I got a lot of sleep and I felt much better for it. I’m aiming to increase how long I sleep during the week as that is where I tend to lose out.
Goal: go to bed before 11pm

Happy Wednesday…

Weigh in After-Wednesday

I weighed myself again this morning, to gauge where I’m heading for next week.

Weigh in: 229 pounds
Woo so that’s 2 pounds down from two days ago, which means I was still uber bloated on Tuesday.

Goal for next weds: 227 pounds
Ideally I actually need to lose 3 pounds to be on track for the BFF challenge, if I can get that then awesome, if not, as long as I’m under 16 stone (224) I think I’ll be happy. Maybe. I won’t be whilst doing the tricep dips!!

30 Day Challenge: Day 10 Update

30 day challenge As you may know, I am currently partaking in two challenges. This one is the 30 day challenge, which I started on the 1st August.

It is now day 10, and definitely time for an update.

Progress so far:

Squats

I’m not having too much trouble with these at the moment. I have pretty good strength in my legs, and I’ve done a 30 day squat challenge before. I’m quite certain that later in the challenge I will begin to find this more difficult.

Push Ups

I suck at push ups. Initially  I was doing the full push up, but I kep feeling pain in my lower stomach when doing this, and I wasn’t able to get all the way down and back up again. I have since switched to doing push ups from my knees, which has improved my form and eradicated the pain I was feeling. starting to really struggle with these, 15 was almost too much!

Plank

Oh god the plank.  Another which I am really not very good at. Back in my school days we did Aerobics classes for PE, and we were doing planks every time. I thought I wouldn’t struggle with this as much as I have been; clearly the little strength I developed back then has long departed. These have been difficult. I haven’t been able to hold it for the full amount of time on all of them, so have had to split it up, and do the full time overall. Having said that I’m awful at these, I am definitely seeing improvement – I could barely do 20 seconds to start, and today I managed the full minite in one go. Yay!

Crunches

I’m pretty good with these. I used to do quite a lot through school and college so I tend not to struggle with these very much. Now I’m heading towards a higher amount of reps I am feeling the burn more and more however. This will only get harder from here on out!

Overall, I feel that I’m doing pretty good with this. I haven’t missed a day, and am keeping up with it. Woooooo

Lets hope I keep it up for the remaining 20 days…