Friday, April 06, 2007

BloomingtonGirl is Reforming

Loyal Readers, this is a picture of The Reformer, a piece of equipment based on the Pilates system of working out. It doesn't look like much but it is a powerhouse, believe me.

As you know, your BloomingtonGirl pledged to do something about her squishy middle a few posts back. I knew then and know now, that the best thing I can do is to stop eating so much. But, let's face of my core beliefs is that food is one of the greatest and most sacred pleasures of life. And, I can't just throw away one of my core beliefs now, can I?

Thus, it follows that I have to settle for doing the second best thing to reduce and firm up my flubby and squishy mid-section -- Calorie burning workouts and ab-focused torture sessions. Rather than bore myself doing crunches and sit-ups over and over or delude myself into thinking that I will actually do a home DVD workout more than twice, I went back to Pilates.

Going back to a Pilates Mat class after about nine months of doing no ab work at all was a rather daunting task. I had to overcome my fear of looking like a completely out of shape slob in front of my Pilates classmates. Not that I know any of them...and now that I think of it, is strange but I never know anyone at these classes, and you think that I would because Bloomington tends to be a very small town. Anyway, on Wednesday morning, I went to a Level 1 class (one level up from absolute beginner) and while it was quite humbling, I was pleased with what I was able to do and how I felt afterward. It felt really good to work muscles I had completely forgotten I had. The fact that just about everyone else in the class was close to or over 60 helped as well.

This morning, I decided to try out a new Pilates studio that opened up about three minutes from our house. I showed up for the 9:30 class but was informed that it was cancelled. The instructor there offered to give me a private training session on the Reformer. FOR FREE. Can't beat that, eh?

I readily agreed and spent the next hour learning how to use the Reformer and getting a great workout. This woman was so smart to give me the free lesson because now I am completely hooked on the Reformer. I think that I will try to do one Reformer session a week and do a mat