Since we’re having severe thunderstorms today (that’s what happens on Friday when it’s 68 degrees on Thursday and supposed to be 35 and snowing on Saturday), that precludes another nice brisk walk around the neighborhood. Since the Gluts and Quads were feeling a little sore from yesterday’s activity, I decided to go with something a little less stressful, so I pulled out my Back Care Basics Yoga (from the Yoga for the Rest of Us series by Peggy Cappy). After fast-forwarding through ten minutes of her talking at the beginning of the DVD (which I bought several months ago and has been sitting, still in its wrapper, on the shelf), I got to the first section, which are stretches done flat on the back.
This is not your standard “downward-dog” standing/posing yoga. The exercises she had me doing were what I’ve always thought of whenever someone defined “pilates”—isolating the large muscles in the body and working them. Working them in this case means stretching and moving these certain large muscle groups (thighs, calves, buttocks, abdominals, shoulders). Though the movements are gentle, I definitely had to push myself to hold some of them for the series of breaths that she counted (and she just does “breathe-in, breathe-out, release” timing not 1-2-3-4 counting), like the “bridge” pose where the shoulders are pressed into the mat while raising the hips with the knees bent, feet flat on the floor, basically trying to make a right-triangle, where your torso and thighs are the hypotenuse. Boy, did I feel that one in my quads and abs! The twenty-plus minutes of that program (and there are three different programs on the DVD) didn’t feel like it took that long, which was nice. It was also a nice calm way to start the morning, since I’m not a morning person. So much so, that afterward, with the Singers & Standards station on digital cable playing, I picked up my hand-weights and spent a couple of songs (Michael Buble’s “Save the Last Dance” and a Vic Damone cover I’d never heard before) doing some upper-body work.
And I did all of this before 8:30 this morning! I’m feeling quite proud of myself. Which is saying something, since, when I stepped on the scale this morning, it showed me at 266.5 pounds. Which is quite frustrating, since I’ve been sticking to program all week. But all I can do is keep sticking to program, keep moving, and hope that somehow that number drops by Sunday afternoon when I go for my weigh-in.