My Pilates journey started just over a year ago. In that year, I have lost 60+ pounds, and too many inches to count but what I am most proud of is what I have gained! Friends, strength, mobility and a true sense of happiness to just name a few. I have also begun to realize how important it is to take care of me, I cannot truly love others if I don’t love myself first!! I am a 44-year daughter, sister, friend, realtor, aunt, cousin, wife and Mom of two amazing young girls.
As I tipped the scales to my heaviest, seeing a chiropractor three times a week to try to ease the back and hip pain that was crippling me and not living life, just surviving. I knew if I truly wanted to be around to see my grandchildren and be a role model for my daughter’s I need to make some fundamental changes. I also realized, if I truly was going to be happy and good at all those hats I wore, I needed to start putting myself first. I have done it all, Zumba, water aerobics, weights, elliptical and the list can go on and on. I have always enjoyed working out, dare I say I LOVE the feeling after a good sweaty workout. But I have always been self-conscious, that others are judging me or watching the big girl. None of which I have experienced at Bodies by Pilates and More, in fact quite the opposite, the sense of community, caring and celebrating everyone’s successes is unreal.
I started out at Bodies by Pilates and More because Janelle’s son and my daughter went to preschool together, and I had chatted with her about my back issues and my desire to get healthy. We talked about how I needed to strengthen my core to help get rid of the nagging back pain. So, after four months of hemming and hawing I took the plunge and started out with private lessons. There were so many exercises and positions I couldn’t get in to at first BUT there are building blocks for everything and everyone. There are so many building blocks that I no longer need but there are some that I still need, and you know what it doesn’t matter, what matters is I am showing up, improving, getting stronger and doing it for me!
I started taking group classes after about 8 weeks and have never looked back. What I love most is that I am never bored, there are so many different types and levels of classes. My favorites are those that mix Pilates and some version of a HITT workout whether it’s Jumpboard, TRX or weights, Bodies by Pilates and More offers it all.
ALL the instructors are professionally trained and certified but best of all is that every single one of them truly LOVE what they do, and you can feel the amazing energy in each session!
They have classes first thing in the morning, during the day, evenings and weekends. You need to make time in your schedule for you, I am so glad I finally faced my fears of failure and embarrassment to take the plunge into Pilates! Hope to see you in class someday soon!