I was talking to some moms recently about a self-imposed prison. We were talking about fitness and being firm with yourself about what you will and won’t do for the sake of your fitness and nutrition. There were some moms who said they couldn’t do it. They said it would drive them crazy to impose those kind of restrictions on themselves. I didn’t have a problem with it. I remember pre-kids, I was that woman. I was very on top of things fitness and nutrition wise. I shared with the group about how I’d pack my breakfast, lunch and snacks for work each day. I would eat the same thing for those meals only switching it up for dinner. I’d get up and hit the gym before work. This was life. It worked for me. I was healthy, toned and not tempted to eat the wrong stuff because I always had the good stuff with me.
That all changed once I had my kids. It became harder to find the time to prepare all of my food in advance. Getting up earlier in the morning to workout was more of a balancing act because I had other people to take care of. I had to make adjustments. I’m still making adjustments. Can you relate?
In this mode of trying to find what works, I’m always down to try new things. Whether it be a dance class or a new type of work out, I’m so OK with being the guinea pig. I tried a new workout recently. It was like Pilates – on steroids! I didn’t know what I was in for. I was invited to work out with Sebastian Lagree at his fitness studio in Beverly Hills for a VIP event. When his PR guy asked me if I was a trainer and I said no – the look of shock on his face had me a little concerned. I thought, do I look fit enough to be a trainer (yay) or am I going to pass out on this machine because I’m not fit like a trainer. Hmmm… He then told me this would be unlike anything I’d done before and told me good luck. I was nervous. There were cameras filming and there would be plenty of evidence of me struggling! lol
Well, the workout was intense! It’s like a Pilates reformer machine but it is motorized and it inclines and tilts as you work out. Those features make it a workout like nothing I’ve done. You work every single part of your body and are left dripping sweat. The thing is, the workout only lasts 25 minutes. In that short amount of time, you will definitely be feeling the burn! I couldn’t imagine it being a longer workout. Lucky for us, we got some treats in exchange for our pain. We were treated to toe sox and a workout tee as well as yummy goodies from Beaming cafe.
I made it through and felt pretty proud of myself! I’m not as weak as I thought but I could definitely be stronger too. I’d definitely try this again. It would feel great to at least halfway master something so challenging and intense. Until I’m able to do it again, I’ll stick with my home Pilates videos. lol
I was asked about my experience after the workout. Can you tell I was still trying to catch my breath? What’s the last new thing you’ve done for fitness? Anything I should be adding to “must try” list?