Friday, February 5, 2010

Monday's Project: Something Different!

Rethink Your Shrink, The Monday Project

This week's homework assignment for the Sisterhood: Do something I have NEVER done before! Change it up! Challenge myself by getting outside of my comfort zone and outside of my "box" of normal!

This week's assignment was actually the easiest assignment yet for this challenge. A friend of mine had loaned me a couple of Pilates DVD's and they had been sitting on the shelf for a few weeks. I always made an excuse to NOT do them.
I am finishing up this exercise routine, I'm too tired, I don't want to do it, blah, blah...

Well this week Christie said "Do it" and I like to follow along, so I thought about it for a couple of minutes and decided to do this Pilates DVD! I have always wanted to try Pilates but everyone I had ever talked to about it said, "IT IS SOOOOOO HARD!!" Honestly, that scared me off, so I just never did it! Not to mention, I would have had to go to a class with a bunch of "skinny minny's" and I didn't want to embarrass myself that much, ya know? Well I did this in the privacy of my living room and OMG it was soooo hard!! But it felt really good to work out like that and know that although I was not able to do a lot of the ab work the way I was supposed to, I made it all the way through the 54 minute routine! I did it on Wednesday night and I am STILL SORE tonight nearly 48 hours after completing it! Wow!! What a workout for those whimpy ab muscles! BUT -- I plan to try to incorporate this workout into my WEEKLY routine. I want to try and do this 1 time per week (at least right now) and see what difference it makes in my overall appearance. Maybe if I do this once a week I can start seeing something besides flab when I look at my stomach in the mirror! lol! Eventually, I can even get to the point where I have "muscle definition" and a 6-pack!! Not that that is my goal but a flat stomach sure would be a nice change!

Overall, I would say this is an excellent workout and a great way to work my less than stellar ab muscles! I am grateful that Christie asked us to do something different, because I probably would have just 'never bothered' and returned the dvd's to my friend and said "thanks for loaning them to me, but I didn't do it because it "looked hard"!!

So...thanks Christie! You are the best!! Now I have a new workout and one that will work my weakest link (my saggy abs!)


Diane said...

Congrats on finding a new workout to add that works on your "squishy" areas

Heather D said...

I LOVE PILATES! I used to go to class 2-3 times a week (pre-baby, at my old work gym). I miss it. It was VERY hard at first, but by the end I could literally lay flat on my back and fold at the waist into a v.
I'm so glad you tried it and like it. Pilates rocks!
What dvd did you use? I'm on the lookout for a good one.

Sincerely Anna said...

Way to go, Ann! I've tried Pilates with the ball (once!) and it was so hard. I didn't make it through the entire workout so yeah for you in completing the DVD. As always, you inspire me to try harder.

AmericanTribal said...

Oh my goodness, pilates really ARE hard! You've inspired me to go grab a Pilates DVD and maybe I'll try it again.
Congratulations on trying something new!
PS - I noticed in your profile that you call your husband "DH"
Are you on the Nest? I am! My screenname is AmericanTribal and I'm usually on my local board.

Brooke said...

pilates is an excellent core workout. :) i'm so glad you found something you love.

sorry, i'm a little distracted i'm reading your post watching church on Tv.

this guy is giving his testimony about about how he went from being a 2 income family to being a 1 income family...and how God was faithful.

knowing your situation, i don't think its an accident that i'm on your blog right now.

God can even use our sinful behavior not giving my full attention to the service and playing on the commerical at the same time...

*hugs* He will be with you. He will take care of you. Don't forget that. He loves you so much you can't even fathom. He won't fail you.

Mom of 3 boys said...

great job. I also tried pilates this week but my DVD stopped working part way through. What was your DVD? Maybe I can borrow it from our library. Thanks

Karena said...

Thanks for the great review, Ann! I've never tried Pilates before, but I know it's available at our gym. I'm looking forward to trying it out once Harry starts school.