For those who don’t know, last week I took my first-ever pilates class. You can read about it here, and the painful aftermath here. The classes are offered on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, and after just getting my legs to work without pain on Monday, I decided not to take the class that day, but instead opted for tonight (Wednesday) to be my second class.
Once again, I was surprised at how easy it was to follow along. The instructor made sure to make eye contact and show her body position, and I made sure to get a good place where I could see her. Sometimes I felt like she was talking directly to me, so I would nod after instructions. Not sure if she was, but whatever.
Last Wednesday was pretty much legs. Today was pretty much arms. We had to pick out hand weights before it started. I went up to the bucket and just grabbed a matching set, I think maybe 5 or 10lbs. She came over later and switched them out for lighter ones. I am so glad she did! I wouldn’t have been able to do as much with heavier ones.
The class runs from 8pm to about 8:50. I made it till around 8:25ish and then I had to stop! We were standing but kept going up and down with these weights. I was literally dripping sweat, my heart was beating out of my chest, I had a huge headache, and I felt like I was going to be sick and/or pass out. So I literally just stood there for about 5 minutes, deep breathing and drinking water. Sometimes closing my eyes to make sure I didn’t actually pass out. I didn’t want to be that fat girl.
I kind of have to admit, I didn’t give my full potential – possibly like 70-75%. I was worried about killing my legs again, since I’m taking a palace tour this weekend, and my muscles were still kind of fatigued from last week (yeah I’m that out of shape). Last Wednesday I wanted to do everything at full pace. But it discouraged me since it took 4 days to just walk properly again – and that was with taking muscle relaxers and putting vicks on my sore muscles at night, and basically spending the whole weekend at home in bed so my legs could relax. The ligaments behind my knees are still a little tender but I’m starting to be ok. I’ve decided to go back on Monday and give it 70-75% again 🙂 That class I will have to go by myself though. My co-worker can’t go on Mondays. But I think I will be ok as long as I get a place close to the front where I can see the instructor. So now I’m kind of invested. The instructor told my co-worker today she wants to be my friend haha.
Sometimes I feel bad for my limitations in the class. But then I think – Hey T (yeah, that’s right, I talk to myself), you’re rocking just for being here! And last class, you lasted longer than a lot of other people before having to take a break! You have never really done exercise classes and this is fun. You aren’t here to prove anything but to have a good time and feel good about yourself. Keep it up! You’re a superstar.
After a little pep-talk to myself, I feel much better! And I know that, sure I can’t do it all right now, but next time I’ll be able to do a little more. And the next time after that I’ll be able to do a little more again. Right now I can be proud that I finished yet another class, and I can sit here at 9:45 at night eating my single serving of grapes and feeling good about myself.
But for those of you who do exercise on a regular basis, I has a question: what’s the best thing to eat before a class?
I get to eat dinner at around 645 and I try to finish by 7 so I have an hour to let it settle before the class starts. I usually just take a small salad with me to school and eat it. Today I added some sliced cheese and meat on the side for a little protein since I knew that I wouldn’t want to eat anything after. I did eat my bowl of grapes, which I think helps since it boosts my sugars again. So is that a good thing or should I be doing something else? Lemme know since I am completely in the dark about such things.
Goodnight my Giggling Followers! Glad I got this typed up tonight since tomorrow I’m not sure what my arms will be capable of doing!