Sunday, March 15, 2009
I've actually been back within my maintenance range for a while now, but still being there makes me feel great and I appreciate all the enthusiasm on my last blog anyway. HAHAHAHA! :D
Tomorrow is the final weighin for Scale Back Alabama and that's when I'm going to change my calories back to maintenance EATING officially.
The past few weeks have been slowly going from the top of my maintenance range to the middle, in spite of some random splurging.
This is kind of big news for me -- there's this move in pilates called the Rollover? o something? And a variation is called a jackknife? I think?
Well I've never attempted these in class because I was like WHAT I don't think I can do that and I don't want to look like a bozo.
WELL. I tried them yesterday at home and VOILA! I CAN DO BOTH!!! I don't even need to use my hands behind my back for balancing!!?!? Can you believe that? Anyway. I was thrilled.
Basically the rollover you are on your back and you keep straight legs together, point them back over your head, so your lower back gets raised off the floor and your legs are parallel to the ground over your head, toes past your head.
Then you'd bring legs shoulder width, flex feet, and slowly lower hips back to the ground, rolling slowly "one vertabrae at a time" as they like to say in pilates, back to the mat.
With the jacknife, once your legs are parallel you start raising your hips higher and opening the angle of your legs with your body so your feet get pointed more and more straight to the ceiling until your toes are directly over your eyes, and THEN the lowering begins.
The gym is not having classes starting yesterday through this coming Saturday due to Spring Break (the annoyance of using a University Rec Center) and modified hours, so I couldn't go to the pilates class yesterday.. .BUT!
WAYYYYYyyyyyyyyyyy back when I was starting SparkPeople a lovely sparker sent me her pilates video/manual because I mentioned I was interested in it and she wasn't using it. I had never really attempted to use it, but went for it yesterday and got all my ab work in. There was none of the rollover/jackknife in the video, and none of the lower back work we usually do in my class on your stomach, but the basic power series was in there as well as a couple of things we haven't done in my class since I've been going to it. I just attempted the rollover/jackknife on my own later.
I basically woke up, MADE GRANOLA (which is awesome, BTW), did the pushups challenge, ate an apple, did pilates, ate granola, and then I tried to do a day of MTC at home.
I did all the pushups as normal but from the knees since I already did the pushups challenge, I skipped some abs stuff since my abs were already screaming... and then in a set of surrenders I SURRENDERED. I was almost to the point of crying. It felt SO HARD. I did two reps of the first two circuits and was on rep one of the third when I got overwhelmed. I checked my HRM and decided I had done enough for one day. If I had JUST done MTC it may have been a different story, but I do not feel ashamed or bad at all for calling it quits. It felt like the right thing to do for me at the time. And today my muscles are alllll screaming. :) hahaha Especially my abs! YIPES!
Can't wait to go to pilates again and show off my mad skills. ;)