From the journal of a Pilates devotee

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It’s a full month since I participated in Greg’s Pilates class. Life has been very hectic over the last few weeks, with my change of work and moving into new premises. I still haven’t got my act together, so much so that I didn’t even get to unpack my removal boxes. I think it’s a kind of way to feel like I still belong to my old job. But that is another subject.

 

I know that it’s only been a few weeks, however, I can already feel the side-effects of a Pilates-less life:

 

  1. First and foremost, I don’t sleep well. Gone are the nights when I enjoyed a deep, relaxing sleep, waking up rejuvenated and full of energy. Now I go to bed exhausted only to wake up in the morning hours, staring at the ceiling.
  2. I have put-on weight. I forget to look after my body and its wellbeing and I forget to think of it as a temple I should worship.
  3. I am irritated and touchy and snap at people.
  4. I forget to breathe well, which ends up making me feel bloated and giving me a feeling of constant pain in my tummy.
  5. I feel I am losing my body flexibility and correct posture, spending more hours in front of the computer at the office, sitting down.

 

So, what is my short-term action plan?

 

Well, for a start I refer to Greg’s book, in order to get myself motivated and give myself a kick in the ‘derriere’, as Greg likes to call it. Then I start thinking how proud I felt when I didn’t miss a single class and I go back to that feeling thinking that now that the dust has settled in my new job I can return to my much-needed class, which, whether I like it or not, is what really kept me disciplined. Greg has given my ammunition to fight the evil demons of stupidity (including my own), so I hang on to those until I get back on track. It won’t be long.

 

Keep you updated.

by Vicky.christodoulou-voskarides@ec.europa.eu

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