Pop Pilates: My exercise of choice

A few years ago, I was once again in a state of temporary desperation to be fitter and healthier. I’d read or heard that pilates was supposed to be a great way to tone up so I thought it would be something to do alongside the jogging I’d started doing. I went on YouTube and searched for ‘Beginners Pilates’. What I found was this video.

For a couple of weeks, I followed this workout every other day, jogging in my local park on the other days. I started feeling stronger and healthier.

I can’t remember what derailed that particular attempt at shedding some of my excess pounds and becoming a healthier person. Maybe it was school holidays or Easter or Christmas or something. To be honest, it could have been a big takeaway curry. My willpower is my greatest enemy.

Anyway, last summer, I found myself eager to try exercise and healthy eating again. Without much consideration, I turned straight back to that video. It was, for exercise, reasonably enjoyable and it was only 30 minutes long so I could fit it into small spaces of spare time. But this time, I actually looked into the person who made and stars in the video: Cassey Ho. She’s a super perky exercise instructor, plus she’s that little bit more realistic than some instructors I’ve used the videos of. It turns out, Pop Pilates is her own form of pilates, designed to be more fun and energetic than the traditional classes. I went on the Blogilates website and found the Beginner’s Workout Calendar. I followed it diligently for four weeks and then continued for a couple of months after that, using the videos I really enjoyed (yes, actually enjoyed) and I found were working best for me.

I lost 1.5 stone in those few months. I felt so much more energetic, healthy and strong. I know I probably sound like a cheesy advert right now but it’s true!

Now three months of regular exercise and healthy eating is pretty amazing for me. But inevitably, it all ended when we went on holiday at the end of summer. I told myself I’ll forget the exercise for a few days and try to be careful with eating. Well, a few days spent at Husband’s grandmother’s house and a day trip to a theme park (ice cream and burgers galore!) and I had gone totally off plan. Then it was back to work and school routine and I completely lost my motivation. I’ve now gained back half a stone.

Now January has rolled around and, despite a slight lack of real motivation (if you read my last post, you’ll know what I mean), I know I need to give a healthy lifestyle another try.┬áThe way I see it, if I can lose a stone each year overall, I’ll be my ideal weight by the time I’m 30!

I’ll be going back to the Blogilates Beginners Calendar again. It worked before and I’m hoping it’ll work again. I genuinely recommend this exercise programme to anyone who’s been interested in trying pilates but is a little reluctant or unsure of where to begin.

Good luck to anyone else embarking on a January diet!

Thanks for reading.

(P.S I wasn’t asked to write this review of Blogilates. It’s entirely my own opinion)

Back Into Routine

The summer holidays are over.

We’re all back at work and school.

We had such a brilliant six weeks. We spent lots of time outdoors in the sunshine. We went to the National Museum in Cardiff. We had a day at Bristol Zoo. We had family come to visit. We spent a few days in London, including a day at Chessington World of Adventures – somewhere neither me nor Pip had ever been before!

 

Pip also completed the Summer Reading Challenge for the second year in a row. She’s already excited about being presented with her medal at school.

Today is her first day of Year 2. I was a little sad dropping her off this morning. I’ve (mostly) loved our summer together. She seemed very excited about getting back to school, which was good to see.

I’ve been a bit naughty over the last couple of weeks. After losing one and a half stone in June and July, I let things slide a bit while we had guests and then while we were in London. I haven’t been exercising much and I’ve eaten all kinds of unhealthy foods. I’m terrified of what the scales will say when I next step on them! I’ve decided to give myself a week to get back on track before I do. I’m throwing myself straight back into diet mode this week, although I’m working nearly every day so fitting exercise in around that plus school runs plus housework and everything else will be difficult. I might try some HIIT workouts, as I know they can be pretty quick but still effective. Wish me luck!

This is the first September in many years that I haven’t had a new university course to start. I’m feeling a little unproductive. So I’ve decided to try and get into a good writing routine. I must try and finish a whole story, rather than flitting between them and never getting any results. Of course, this is yet another thing to fit in amongst everything else but I must try!

How was your summer? Are you glad to be getting back into a routine or are you missing the holidays already?