Monday, July 21, 2008

Pilates

I have been teaching at Harmony Pilates and Gyrotonic Studio for two weeks now and it has been amazing to say the least. The site is new, so check back when we add bio's and fun stuff. One of the best things about being back in the studio is introducing my own body to this method again, I mean really diving back in. People think because I teach pilates that I work out all week long and am in great shape. Don't confuse "thin" with "in shape." I tell my clients this all the time. My body was starting to be unhealthy. My spine and my muscles were becoming weak and my mind was becoming sticky.

The worst part was getting started, having to stay after work and get on the equiptment and actually work out knowing I was not as strong as I used to be or that I was in worse shape than I was last year this time. That can be a real damper on jumping back into a routine for yourself. I did stay the first couple days. I looked at the clock every 4 min wondering "was this enough time? Can I go home now?" Those first few days were rough, but crutial. It's the first few days or couple weeks or months that make it hard to jump into a routine or to start the change of lifestyle for yourself. It is even hard for me a pilates instructor.

I can't tell you how amazing I feel now after only a couple of weeks. My spine feels like it is working for me and not against me. My mind feels like it is ahead of me and not lagging behind and I feel strong and attractive again after only a few sessions. Oh my this method rocks!!

So if any of you are stuck trying to get moving...just do it and if you are really stuck, let me help. I would love to help and get you moving and keep you motivated. Be encouraged. Our bodies were made to move and be strong and healthy for a really long time. I promise you will feel like a million bucks once you start. I would love to hear how some of you stay motivated. Tell me your tips and tricks for workouts and how you stay healthy and moving.

I will keep you posted on the progress of my new movement, but for now I have to go and get the haircut. (previous post)

A new relationship

Today I will be starting a new relationship (maybe) with a new hair designer. I had a friend of mine who has cut, highlighted and designed my hair for years and she is no longer around. You know that fear that sets in when you now have to find a new "designer." A designer that will put you at ease and make you feel like a million bucks from a simple hair cut and highlight, what a gift they provide for us women...if it's right. They just know what you need and want and you just sit in the chair with faith and trust that they will take care of you. Don't think I am crazy. Most women know exactly what I am talking about.

Today I will find out if it is right. Oh so scary. It has been so long now that I have been out of a salon that I look like I am growing my hair for a role in a play, a play that requires people to have super long straggly hair that is two or three different colors...a classy play.

I will let you know if a new relationship starts today.

Do you have this same anxiety with finding a new hair stylist? Please say yes even if the answer is no, I don't want to be the only one who has this sickness.

Well, I am off to meet Kelly.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Still here!

I have not abandoned my blog...well almost, but I am back. We have been moving into our new apartment in Shadyside and let me just say how our quality of life has changed for the better. Yes our rent is a little more for a smaller space and our taxes are a bit (or more) higher but Sean and I are loving our new space and our new neighborhood or as Sean likes to say "our hood." We walk everywhere and just loving being around people. We are smack in the middle of the main shopping/eating drag on Walnut so there are always people our walking, eating and shopping. I love it to say the least!

We encountered some stress during this move and I will admit that there are still some boxes that need unloaded and some things that are not in their permanent spot, but at least they are no longer on our living room floor. We had many, many trips to Ikea to purchase new furniture that would fit in our new space and many nights building and organizing. For those of you that have experience with Ikea furniture...you know how fun it is building drawer sets. My wonderful husband built our dresser and it looks great! I will try and post some pics when we are done. I also got ill, really, really ill for about 2 weeks in the middle of all the moving. Just not fair, but I am feeling better now.

It has been such a blessing for us to be here. Our dear friends the Melders just moved in the next neighborhood and it takes us 10 min to walk there, it is great! We had a July 4th picnic here yesterday and it was great!

I start back at Harmony Studio this week and I will admit I am a bit nervous to go back to teaching pilates with these brilliant teachers, but I am excited too! It is an honor to work with them and it will be good to get back into that world. It has been a while since I have taught full time and it is time I get back to it. I am sure I will catch the pilates bug again and be writing about all sorts of fun stuff to keep us all healthy and in shape. I am guilty of not keeping up with my own workouts so this will force me back into it.

I hope everyone had a lovely 4th of July!