Last night and remembering why I believe in Pilates

Last night Andy and I went for tapas at Tin Angel Cafe and then to Saltair for the Foster The People concert. Those guys really know how to put on a great concert. There were zero down time moments and the energy just built the entire time. The atmosphere was amazing.

This is what we were in last night. The Encore Finale- Pumped Up Kicks (of course.) Everyone jumping, sweating, screaming, clapping, singing–I love concerts.

We got home late, but I made myself get up early to drive to Salt Lake for Pilates. Remember how I’ve been complaining that I can’t find any decent Pilates classes close to my home? Well, I finally decided that if I wanted to get trained right, then I was willing to drive to Salt Lake every day for it.
I want to go into more detail about why I’m choosing to study Pilates, but I’ll save that for another day. I know this is what my body and mind need. Anyway, I did a bunch of research, and finally decided to try Streamline Body Pilates. I was not disappointed this time! It was awesome.

off to class

Ten years ago I took my first Pilates class at Weber State and I was spoiled. The teacher I had was amazing. She emphasized form and alignment, while referencing the proper names of the muscles and bones we should be focusing on. She taught us how to breath and how to use our mind to focus energy and strength to certain areas of our bodies. I fell in love with how Pilates made me feel in that class. In all, I took that class four different semesters while I was in college, even though it wasn’t counting toward my degree.
That told me something- Pilates was a good place for me. I wanted to be there on the mat every day.
Since that time I’ve searched off and on for another Pilates experience as good as that one, and haven’t been able to find it–until now. I started to worry that the first teacher I learned from had created an illusion in my head about how great Pilates was and that it wasn’t really like that. (If you’ve gone to a group Pilates class at a local gym you probably haven’t had a true Pilates experience.) But about fifteen minutes into the class today, I realized that everything about the experience I was having was good and so familiar to that first Pilates class at Weber State that made me love it.
As the teacher today called out things like “engage your pelvis while keeping a neutral spine,” and “pull your belly button to your back,” I thought, ‘I want to be her. I want to help people feel as good as I feel right now.’
I can’t say enough good things about Pilates. It’s more than just exercising to burn calories. It’s about creating and maintaining a strong, healthy body from your core outwards. It’s about awareness of the way your joints function, the way your muscles engage and the way that every part of your body -including your mind and breath- work together.
I’m excited to continue learning and training towards becoming certified to teach it. 

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It starts today

Growing up a dancer, I’m accustomed to driving myself physically. I need to challenge myself physically in order to find be fulfilled. 
But I’m also lazy. I fall into ruts of inactivity. I make excuses.  I feel guilty. I crave that physical drive again and eventually I get myself moving.  It’s a bitter and very unsatisfying cycle
I want to be physically active and feel healthy EVERY DAY. I want to take care of my body. If I die young, I don’t want it to be because I didn’t take care of my physical health. 
For me: physical health brings mental health. When I feel good….I feel happy. It’s a wonderful way to LIVE. Physical health includes feeling strong…feeling flexible…feeling mental peace. It’s about eating good food, staying active, enjoying the outdoors, and having fun
I have been sedentary too long. I feel that drive pumping again. I want to challenge myself physically again. But this time..I don’t want to stop. I want it to become a way of life. I want it to be a bigger part of who I am. I want it to be important all the time- in action, not just thought. I want to stop thinking about it and begin doing it. TODAY.
How do you drive yourself physically and what motivates you to keep going?

Body Rock-Fit Test

I’ve decided to do the 30 Day Body Rock Challenge. I did my fit test today and these are my scores:

Squat Jumps- 26
Push Ups- 12
Burpees- 9
High Knees- 35
Switch Lunges- 17
Tuck Jumps- 6
Straight Abs- 18

Well, as you can see, by the time I got towards the last few exercises I was dying and couldn’t do much. I also didn’t do many Switch Lunges because I have bad knees. I’m hoping my knees will improve as I build muscle though. They’ve already posted the workout for Day 1 but I will be waiting until tomorrow to do it. Also, I’m not sure that I will be doing the workout on the weekends. I may chose to take those days as rest considering I haven’t worked out in years and my body is going to have a difficult transition time.

Last thing to note is that I’ve never done the Body Rock workouts before so I’m hoping that I can get through them without having to buy any of the equipment. I may have to skip some exercises or adapt them to work with what I have. We’ll see!

12 Improvements in 2012

There are many things that I’d like to improve on in my life and there are a few keys improvements that I think I could make that would drastically up the quality of my life and happiness.

So the idea is to introduce 12 new habits into my life in 2012 and hopefully be a ‘new me’ by the end of the year.

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Here are the improvements I’d like to make in no specific order:

1. Be kinder and more patient with my family
2. Tone up my body
3. Increase flexibility
4. Pack healthy lunches every day
5. Build up savings account
6. Organize my home and keep it that way
7. Develop a nightly beauty routine
8. Take better care of my dog (walk her, play with her, give her time)
9. Read for pleasure
10. Blog consistently
11. Reduce food waste, meal plan for dinners & try new recipes
12. Stop little bad habits (like biting my nails, etc)

Of course I’d like all these improvements to be implemented into my life right away but I know it’s not that easy. Perhaps I’ll try introducing a new habit each month, work on it for that month while tracking my progress and then continue it throughout the year, slowly building up to where I’ve made all 12 improvements. I’m going to try to work out a game plan this week and decide the best way to try this.
If you’d like to participate as well that would be great! I got the original idea from Katherine and you can sign up through her blog or you can just quietly do it on your own!