So I checked the group exercise schedule this morning and there was an intermediate pilates class listed for 11:45. I figured I should go just to make BethT happy 🙂 I traveled by way of bicycle, warmed up with 9 minutes on the Stepmill and went to the class. Hmmm…I don’t think pilates is my thing. I’ve been to classes twice before and done a few DVDs. I am all for core work, but it’s more all the leg circles that isn’t my cup of tea. It reminds me of my mom’s 1984 aerobics DVD! I don’t really care to tone my outer hips in that level of precision. I was SO HAPPY when the class ended after only 45 minutes – I thought it was an hour! Had it been just 20 minutes, I probably would have liked it a lot. They need a PilatesDownload.com! Does anyone know of any? I did get a good core workout, but gosh my neck got the most workout! I think I was holding it correctly (in line with my spine?) but I had to take a lot of neck breaks. I ended with 10 more minutes on the Stepmill after class and biked home.
I planned my lunch on my bike ride home to use up a bunch of things in our fridge and showered quickly so I could eat!
Warm Rice + Mango Salad
Then I sauteed some carrot, cauliflower, and green pepper for a few minutes in a skillet with cooking spray and topped that with leftover brown rice and mango, some allspice, red pepper flakes and salt.
And topped all that with some walnuts!
On the side I had two small pieces of GH Cranberry-Orange Bread slathered with some Fage and raspberry preserves
‘Twas a flavorful and sweet lunch
1 Human, 1 Day
I read this blurb in O Magazine this morning and it rang a bell to me because it relates to something I always try to remind myself. When you think about yourself as a human being living in one moment of the BILLIONS of moments and other humans that have walked the earth for billions of years, does it really matter if you are 125 or 130 pounds as long as you’re in the healthy range? Does that extra bite of cake really deserve that much guilt? Does it matter if you burned 300 or 500 calories today? Sometimes it’s good to think about things in a much larger perspective.
“Rather than thinking about your experience as the be-all and end-all of reality, take a giant step back and see yourself and the Earth in the grand landscape of space and time….Take an even larger step back and visualize the innumerable parallel universes you may be inhabiting, living out your life in different ways….A change in perspective is often the most powerful way to make change.”
-Brian Greene, PhD