This weekend was a really good one. I had to do some work this weekend to get ready for an event that my business is doing next week in New York. I was really really stressed going into Friday night and after going to the post office after work I just did not feel like cooking. So we decided to do delivery, normally this is a sticky subject in the food area while we don't do delivery very often in the past when we have its been really, really, really bad food. Stuff like eggplant parmesan sandwiched and fries, or meatless Philly cheese steak sandwiches with cheesy tots, and of course pizza.
Before we ordered I went through all our menus and then started investigating things on spark people, adding foods to my nutrition log to see what would be the best choices for me. Luckily we live in an area surrounded by all kinds of food, so I choose Persian food. Falafel while fried is actually not a bad choice, you feel like your getting something fried and yummy but keeping it at three is not that bad calorie wise. Paired with a salad and a few stuffed grape leaves and I ended up with a great meal that was satisfying and still being at the low end of my caloric intake! i followed the meal up with 25 minutes of Michael Jackson experience on the Wii (Which I freaking love , more about that another time. I did the work I had to do, had a good dinner that didn't make me feel guilty, and I did a bonus day of a workout of sort, not a bad Friday!
Saturday we did our day three scheduled workout.
Pilates Conditioning for Weightloss with Susan Deeson.
total video time: 180 minutes
This DVD offers 3 different intensities, you can choose fully modified, partially modified, or full version.
What I did: 30 minutes, partially modified.
So I'm not going to lie I've been dreading this one all weekend. I hate my core, I hate working my core and I wish I didn't even have a core! My "core" is probably the weakest part of my body for sure. I know that this is one of the biggest areas I need to focus on and this was the first step in trying to do that.
This video was a great introduction into the world of strengthening your core. I've done other Pilates that have left me shaking and struggling and not being able to finish at all. "Pilates for Weight-loss" worked my core, and there were certain exercises (like the hundred) that I had to stop for a second but then went right back into. It also didn't just focus on the standard Pilates core strengtheners, it included them but had nice change up with exercises like leg circles, leg lifts, and breathing exercises
What I really liked about this workout was that it challenged me without making me feel like it was too hard and I just couldn't get through it. Just when I thought "I'm getting a cramp", she changed up the exercise or gave a little pause, which for someone like me trying to ease into a much hated and dreaded workout, really kept me going.
I don't know how old Susan Deason is (I'm guessing 60's?) but damn, that lady is in shape and very bendy :) I enjoy working out with her and I'm looking forward to eventually completing the whole workout.
I weighed in today and i lost 2.5 pounds which I'm really excited about. My first mini goal is to drop 12 pounds by February 17th. I need to lose 9.5 pounds to get there and I think I'm on my way! I'm a little scared about going into week 2, the second week has always been historically the week I give up on. Week 1, I'm excited and ready to do this but week 2 my interest and motivation seems to wane. I'm going to have to work hard this week to keep motivated and push through any hurdles I face.