Well, I got my yoga block problems sorted out (I hope). I ended up ordering from Amazon, because it occurred to me that if I was willing to run around to all these stores looking, it was obviously that big of a deal to me. So, paid a little more for it, but I will have what I want! Assuming they don't send me the wrong one. I'll find out on Thursday.
So, on to the experiment.
After being suckered in by one of the "sponsored" links on the Daily Spark, I picked up the April issue of "Fitness" magazine. It's got a plan that they claim can shrink your waist by up to 3 inches in a month. Sounds fishy, right? Well, reading the article that goes with it, it's not claiming you'll lose that much fat. It's claiming that by following their core workout, you'll strengthen your core muscles and as a result pull everything, fat included, in. The 3 inches seems to have come from one of their 4 testers who did in fact lose 3 inches from her waist. She also had the most weight to lose out of the group. The other 3 lost somewhere in the vicinity of 1". They also recommend you eat a reasonable weight-loss diet (1500 calories) and get cardio as well. After reading that, it actually sounds like a reasonable plan.
My original plan was to try their routine for a month and see where I ended up. Keeping my calories where they are (where ever they are), since that seems to be working for me. I was going to continue in my effort to get cardio a couple of times a week. Well, due to the yoga block problems, I've now decided to make it a 5 week experiment. Week one will now be the control week.
Week one, this week, the goal is to do cardio 2x. Probably Zumba or cycling class, like I did last week. I'm also going to try to do my pilates dvd 3x, starting with the 20 minute beginner's segment and adjusting as needed the other 2 times during the week.
Weeks 2 - 5 will be the same, only swapping out however much of the magazine exercise plan as I can get through for the pilates.
I will measure my waist, hips, and (just for the heck of it) thighs at the start (when I get home today) and at the end of each week.
We'll see how this goes. If absolutely nothing else, it'll get me making much more of an effort to exercise!