Folks, before I get into my review I figured since we're close to the first of the month- it's time I give you my actual weigh in. I didn't take a picture because my camera battery is DEAD so I'm charging it. But the actual number is.... 168 pounds. Not bad, not great. I don't even know what my last weigh in was exactly, but 164 is in my head. So although technically I've gained four pounds in several months, I'm OK with that because I'm pretty confident it's mostly muscle. Because my legs? Are muscle-y but not in a She-Man way. Thankfully.
This week my goal is to get in a 2 mile run three times this week and do my Pilates DVD, which I'm going to tell you about in just a bit. My other goal? Less snacking. I have caught myself recently being on a snack binge of whatever is handy just because I can. So that has to stop and I need to up my water intake again because last night my calves hurt a lot and I'm pretty sure it's lack of water.
But let's talk about this Pilates DVD I have been working on and why I think you need to have it.
Prenatal Pilates with Dale Shea
I have to be honest with you, I have never done Pilates (or yoga) before but have always wanted to try it. Mostly because I figured it would be easy and I would look amazing with minimal effort. Well I'm here to tell you Pilates is no joke. I was hurting after the warm up program. By the time I got through the first set of exercises after the warm up, I was hurting in places I didn't know you had muscles. Like under your butt- have you ever hurt so much under your butt it hurt to sit? But it was a good hurt because after doing it for about two weeks (about 2-3 times a week) I can literally feel my muscles stretching and I do feel great after every work out. I feel like I actually got a work out done in my own living room.
Even though it is Prenatal Pilates- I will tell you that I'm not pregnant (though depending on the angle I could go for maybe a 3 or 4 month pregnant woman on a bad day), this was a work out. I am not ashamed to say I felt like a lazy fat ass when this 31 weeks pregnant woman is just breezing through these exercises like it's nothing. Because I know when I was 31 weeks pregnant I certainly wasn't doing Pilates because it was an effort to get in and out of the car.
Things I love about this DVD are basically it's a variety of workouts that you can mix and match depending on what you have to use or what you feel like doing. Like any other DVD you get a warm up and cool down chapter, but you also get a mat workout, hand weights work out, exercise band work out, and finally a ball work out. I loved each one of them and I felt like I got a substantial work out. I also love that you can do Pilates even if you have a bad back, bum leg, whatever- you can do it. I have a lot of lower back pain when I sit on the floor or generally any hard surface (thank you to my two babies) but I had no problem doing any of these exercises for 30-50 minutes at a time. I've also noticed an improvement in my running since doing this. I feel like the muscles in my legs are longer, if that makes any sense.
Would I recommend this DVD to anyone? Yes, I absolutely would. For it being my first time with Pilates, Dale (the instructor) explains everything really well so you don't feel like an idiot. The other best? She isn't one of these super crazy "You go girl!" screamers or overly hyper instructors. Which is really great because of the few exercise videos I've ever had- after one time watching it I'm done because I literally cannot take that persons voice or personality. But Dale seems super down to earth and she is there to get it done with you, so that's nice.
The best part my fellow fatties/chunklets? You can win a copy for your very own. That's right- Dale is so awesome she is going to give one of my readers their own copy. All you need to do is leave me a comment on this post (and be a follower) and I will draw a winner on Friday, September 2 during my Dear Sara vlog.
In the meantime, I highly suggest you check out her website HERE and take a look around. You can buy your own copy of the DVD on her website or through Amazon (here) and it's a reasonable price for a really great workout. For those of you wanting to lose weight but need to start with baby steps- this is for you. For those who are walking or beginning running and need something to do on your down days- this is for you. If you are pregnant or thinking you want to be pregnant- this is for you. Another great resource is her Pilates for Moms page because it gives you a bunch of legit reasons you should be doing Pilates.
Have you tried Pilates before? Did you like it, love it, or hate it? Why or why not?