Today was the little Pilates meet up that I had organised!
As soon as I wrote about enjoying Pilates I was inundated with messages from people saying that they were either too fat, too uncoordinated, too shy, too scared, etcetera etcetera, to try it. Well I couldn’t let it go at that, could I?!
So I asked my lovely instructor if I could arrange a little taster session for people to give it a go…and she said ‘Yes!’
Ten of us descended upon the studio today – although we used the big room downstairs which has nice comfy matting on the floor – to enjoy an insight into the delight that is Pilates.
It was such a good day. I met some wonderful people – mostly new faces, apart from Mr WLB and a chap that I met via my Mum and her Slimming World group – some really lovely people who are all trying to make a positive change. It is just bloody wonderful to be in the company of nice people…people who ‘get’ the weight thing and the worries that we might share about walking into a room full of people in lycra!
Personally, I am now in a place where I don’t really give a feck about walking into such a room. I have as much right to be there as anybody else does. I would absolutely love to give this feeling to someone else…so if arranging little taster sessions, like today, help people realise that you can do lots of stuff regardless of your size and your aches and pains, then I am happy to do it.
Plus, as I said, I get to meet some lovely people along the way…what’s not to like? Although there was a moment today – mid open-leg pose – that I wondered which leggings I had put on…and desperately hoped that it was my non-holey pair…that’s not something I liked, or would be liked by anybody else I guess!
I showed my ‘before’ and ‘current’ pictures off…I hadn’t realised that my Pilates instructor hadn’t seen them yet. She is also a Slimming World’er and we do like our progress pictures. I am so used to seeing these photos now that it always surprises me when I see people’s reaction – lovely reactions – I think it is nice as it just highlights the progress I guess. Whilst I know that 19st+ lost is going to make a difference, you get used to living in the body you have, so it’s nice to have these progress-related reminders at times.
After the Pilates, seven of us headed off to the Harvester to grab a bite to eat. Mr WLB had asked me if he had to eat chicken and salad…he opted for the burger and chips! I seriously have no issues with what anybody chooses to eat, but he did make me wonder if all of us were going to be conscious about our choices. I certainly wasn’t – I wanted a whopping big steak and that’s what I had!
We did cause the waitress issues – or rather I did. I assume that when I want a jacket potato, that is what I will get…no butter and crap going with it. Then everyone else asked for no butter on their veggies and potato, so I had to make the waitress go back through my order and made sure she did the same for me. I did explain that we were Slimming World’ers!
There was lots of chatting and it was great to learn more about everyone. I hope that we can all have another catch-up soon!
We went our separate ways – me with a rather lovely bag of swag from an even lovelier lady…I have been wrapped up in an alpaca cardigan all afternoon thanks to her generosity.
I quickly popped in to catch up with my sister – who was supposed to be joining us but didn’t feel well today – and spent some time showing my niece some Pilates moves and colouring in princesses. My nephew was in a grump and kept pinching…so he and I had a minor falling out…all will be fine though, once he has slept!
Tonight was the ballet – Swan Lake – it was amazing. Now, I know nothing about ballet…so my word doesn’t carry much substance…but I was stunned in places. The dancers, the costumes, the set – seemingly flawless choreography. It was excellent. Even Mr WLB grudgingly had to admit that he enjoyed himself.
There were tight buns galore though…where the heck do you look? I admit to having a good old perv. It would be rude not to when they have worked so hard to develop bodies capable of fantastic movement!
The leading lady – or prima ballerina I think they are called – was stunning. She looked absolutely beautiful.
I felt a little uncomfortable for one moment though. The dancers are obviously in amazing physical condition – not a wobbly bit in sight. Some of them were teeny tiny though and incredibly slender. It made the more ‘normal’ sized dancers – who were probably a size 8! – seem big. Thank feck they don’t call people up on stage during the ballet…someone would have harpooned me thinking I was trying to eat the ‘swans’!
Mr WLB said that the ‘conga’ was good…I think he was referring to the ‘danses des cygnes’. I had a tiny chuckle when the bad guy – Von Rothbart – appeared…he had a touch of the old skool Julian Clary about him with his make-up.
Seriously enjoyable though. My only concern is that Mr WLB is now going to try and recreate the dances for me…he has a habit of thinking he is a fantastic mover, despite breaking his ankle a couple of times after pulling off some dance-floor disasters!
Other than the above over-excitement for the day, I got to see my lovely horses…perfect!
Breakfast: Cherries and bananas.
A gorgeous food day! Cherries and bananas for brekkie, to keep the syns down for my lunch! Lunch was the ribeye steak, with two bowls of Harvester salad and a jacket potato with peas and grilled tomato. Dinner was leftover soup…eaten cold! And my snacks were eaten after the theatre…late night munchies!
Exercise: 60 minutes of Pilates.
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx