Me, my husband's pants, and lots and lots of snow last Sunday. It's almost scarily comfortable to flop on your back in the snow after walking through the stuff for an hour.
Hello, hello. Sorry for the slow updating. Between the Olympics and our really wonky Internet connection, I haven't been online all that much.
Dear USA Network: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for scheduling your "Olympic Ice" show at 6 pm every night. It gives me the perfect reason to go down to the basement and get on the treadmill early in the evening, just like I'd wanted to do. I get so engrossed in the show that those treadmill minutes just whiz by. And my husband isn't forced to sit around listening to figure skating talk, so everyone's a winner! Any chance you'll keep running the show after the Olympics are over? Awww, c'mon. Please?
Oh, fine. Be that way.
So the word for last week was "Maintenance." Okay, we're having a totally shit week so let's lighten up and stop with the stressing about eating, I told myself. Just try not to regain.
The word for this week is "Feh." I did in fact maintain rather than gain, but I'm tired of being in the 180s. Boo 180s. No more 80s, dammit. Seventies or bust!
Another word for the week is "Pilates." I got into it briefly last year, but it ended up dropping way down on my priority list after I got my bike. All of a sudden, I'm very interested in it again. (It's probably all the figure skating. A lot of the skaters talk up Pilates.)
If you're even remotely interested in trying it yourself, here are a few recommendations that you might like to check out.
1. Pilates Workout for Dummies. I really swear by the "Dummies" series, both in books and in DVDs. (Yes, yes -- target audience and all that. Har har. Quiet, you.) And I do like this DVD, with one caveat: Watch it all the way through at least once before doing the workout. Why? Because aside from the fact that it's a good thing to do in general, the instructor frequently doesn't offer the modified versions of the moves until she's about halfway through the set of the standard moves.
2. The 10-Minute Solution: Pilates. This one' s interesting. It features five ten-minute workouts broken down into target areas or concepts (i.e. abs, flexibility, upper body, etc.). I've only done the abs workout so far. It is short, but utterly brutal. I had to improvise or sit out a couple of moves that I just couldn't handle yet. If you are Krista from Stumptuous, do not watch the "Sculpting" workout because your head will explode. The instructor starts off by telling you to use very light dumbbells -- no more than two or three pounds! -- because we don't want to get BIG, we just want to tone. (The idea that women will or even can build bodies like pro wrestlers if they dare use anything more than the daintiest of pink dumbbells is a particular pet peeve over at Stumptuous.)
3. Here's one of my childhood trauma stories: Back when I was a very young dumbbell attending a snooty private school, two girls in the grade above mine decided it would be a laugh riot to follow me around the halls chirping "Posture! Posture, posture!" whenever they saw me. I guess I was too slouchy for them. Or maybe they were just annoying bitches. Whatever. So when someone starts carrying on about "Posture!", I want to go on an insane face-punching rampage.
Brooke Siler seems like a very nice, well-meaning lady and I like a lot of "Your Ultimate Pilates Body Challenge". (Oh dear -- check out the first review from "Jack Hoff" before someone from Amazon nukes it.) But she goes on about posture. A lot. Yeah, I get that it's important. But some days I'm doing well if I'm putting one foot in front of the other without tripping and falling flat on my face; I can't be thinking about pulling in my abs, expanding my ribs, walking like I've got a book on my head, or any of that. I'll try, but I'm not promising anything.
However, the book is a good backup to the DVDs because she really does explain every move in a lot of detail, and it's helped me a lot. I can't say that I was too taken with the "Pilates on the treadmill" workout she devised, though.
So that's what I've been up to lately, in between bouts of watching the Olympics and playing in the snow. Hope everyone's well.