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06 January 2010 @ 08:30 pm
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I got another Pilates book today. Like nearly every book I’ve seen, the first exercises are just Too Goddamned Hard if you’re a Pilates novice, and there are no suggestions on how to work up to them. The only place I’ve found a beginner’s workout suitable to an actual beginner is on the Weight Watchers site, where I actually think it’s worth signing up for their two-week free trial thing to get access to the workout, if you’re interested in a ground-level start point. (I know I said a long time ago I’d post one, but that’s the one I’d post, and apparently I feel it’s vaguely immoral to cut and paste the whole thing into a blog posting but am too lazy to modify it.) Anyway, the book has stuff that’s perfectly useful for me right now, but honestly, if I were to pick it up and try the first set of workouts, I would then proceed to die in a pit and never go near Pilates again. This doesn’t seem like an especially good selling tactic, to me.

I also got a yoga DVD. The only question now is when to work Pilates and yoga in to my schedule. Which, at the moment, is pretty much:

7am-10am: get up. Go to gym. Swim. Walk home. Eat breakfast.
10am-12pm: Write.
12-1pm: Lunch
1pm-4:30pm: Write
4:30pm-7pm: Eat dinner. Attempt to re-grow brain.
7pm-9pm: Copy edits.
9pm-11pm: Wind down.

Really, probably during lunch is the best time to put in a 20 or 30 minute Pilates or yoga workout, since mostly I’ve been spending half an hour eating and half an hour doing something else during that time. And by evening, believe me, I am in No Mood For It. So it should probably be during lunch, and I should probably make some effort tonight to watch at least one of the DVDs in order to have a bit more feel for the workout before I try it. Because there is No Time Like The Present to get it going.

(No, I’m not trying to kill myself with exercise. I just really need the flexibility achieved with yoga or Pilates or dance. Swimming is awesome, but that’s one thing it doesn’t achieve. And the posture work won’t hurt one little bit at all, either.)

Speaking of swimming, the auld shoulder’s acting up today. The pool was also very warm. I don’t know if there’s a correlation.

The bike tent arrived today, which means stage two of rearranging the house will probably commence this weekend. Cooli-cooli-o, as my sister used to say. Heck. She might still. Who knows?

It is apparently Snowpocalypse in Dublin, which is a shame, as my parents are meant to fly out to Madrid tomorrow. I hope they’ll be able to!

There were Many Errands to run this afternoon, so I quit writing at 2500 words. With Monday’s excess, this only puts me 300 behind schedule for the week, so I should be okay to finish up on point by Friday.

Going to do copyedits now. KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!

The Road Home: miles to Isengard: 26.6
ytd km swum: 3
ytd wordcount: 12,900

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: busybusy
irishkateirishkate on January 6th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
arrgh - will keep fingers crossed for your folks.
Wolf Lahtiwolflahti on January 6th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
You can send some of that snow this way.

I promise we'll put it to good use.
Megabitchmegabitch on January 6th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
I have fibromyalgia and, about 3 years ago, did a Pilates course as the GP had recommended it as something light that wouldn't stress my body overmuch. Bwahahahahaha! I had one class a week for a school term. For the 3-4 days after each class I was incapable of doing much more than getting out of bed and perhaps, with a following wind and help from the fairies, get dressed. Ok, some of that could have been put down to my known inability to do things at a slower pace than the rest of a class even when they're on something like their fifteenth consecutive year of attending and this is my first time ever. The instructor always starts by saying "Stop as soon as you feel any pain." I always feel silly if I have to tell her that I start to feel pain about 5 minutes into the warm-up exercises and that the "foundation muscles" stuff is about enough to finish me off at that point. I struggle through, feeling every fibre of my body burning and screaming with pain as I lie on my side, convincingly relaxed, leaning on my elbow with one leg held above the other, ankles about 4 inches apart and rotate the foot in small circles and then the whole leg in larger circles... all whilst holding those foundation muscles in the right position/alignment/whatever.

I haven't been back for another course. All I managed to take away from that "Introductory" course was that the difference between a Novice and an Expert level is the length of time you spend doing each move. Oh, and whether props are involved. I vaguely remember being given various sizes of balls to use in the last few classes, but I was completely incapable of getting them to stay where they were supposed to be. I'm sure they are supposed to be shot from between one's knees into the back of someone's head. I'm best doing any exercise solo so I don't kill myself trying to keep up with someone else. Now that Christmas is over and the kids are back at school, or will be once the snow has eased off, I shall re-set my daily alarms[1] that remind me to spend 10-15 mins on the cross-trainer and 20 mins on the Wii-Fit.

[1] I have several: ones to tell me when I have to take medication; ones to tell me when I am allowed to play WoW; when I have to write (before I can play WoW); when I have to paint (again, before I can play WoW); when to start cooking dinner. Otherwise I'd lose the entire day in front of the PC and nothing would get done at all.
Megabitchmegabitch on January 6th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
Gah. I need a proofreader. Or maybe some brandy... "and screaming with pain" should be "and screaming inside with pain"; and "I'm sure they aren't supposed to be".
irishkateirishkate on January 7th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
I do that with alarms or so many things would never get done - and quite enough things don't get done as it is...
Grand High Simiansimianpower on January 7th, 2010 03:38 am (UTC)
One of my best friends is a pilates instructor; if you like I could ask him about really really REALLY introductory moves, and/or a book on same.
kit: exercise_dancemizkit on January 7th, 2010 10:48 am (UTC)
My sister's also a Pilates instructor. :) *I* don't need basic stuff at this point, I just think the books are badly written for rank beginners. :)