I angered the Pilates Instructor!


i angered the pilates instructor!

I angered the Pilates Instructor. I know I did. The way she looked at me in class. I could feel her disapproving eyes. They seemed to ask, “What are you doing just lying there?” At the beginning of class she said, “Listen to your body!” Well, I listened to my body. Did she not mean it? Well in her defense, I shouldn’t have been in that class at all on Wednesday night. See what had happened was . . .

This year on my to-do list was to become a healthy me. I’ve been on the obese side of the scale since 2007 and its been a bitch beast to get down to a “healthy” weight. I’ve done the walking thing, the personal trainer thing, the eating right thing and the I don’t care anymore thing. If I had consistently done the eating right and exercising thingys, I might have reached my goal already. If it weren’t for the I don’t care anymore thing I’d be 137 pounds.

I’m exhausted by this roller coaster ride called Weight Loss.

I’ve come pounds away from no longer being obese and then I’m back to where I started. I get so into this I don’t care phase that I end up worse off than where I was to begin with. I know because I keep the journals. I see my weight fluctuate. I don’t want to be on this roller coaster anymore. I want to be there for my future children. I want to be there for my future husband. I want to be there for the people who rely on me right now. I want to be there for you! I want off this roller coaster ride.

Are you with me? Do you want to be a healthier you regardless of where you are on the scale? Your weight might be effecting you more than you think. Over the past five years I’ve noticed I’ve become somewhat of an insomniac. I had a horrible time finding clothes that fit. I got rid of any and all mirrors in my bedroom. This might be the reason why I leave the house with my clothes inside out OR backwards. I became anti-social. I had trouble breathing. I can go on and on and on … Maybe you haven’t had such extreme symptoms, but I never want anyone to feel like I’ve felt about their weight.

This year I’ve made a conscience decision to stay off the roller coaster ride. I’ve been sharing with you my Confessions of a Runner stories in hopes that I will speak to your heart and you’d join my on my journey of being the healthiest us we can be. I started up my running again this past August, a whole two years after I had made my first attempt. Well really that was my second attempt, as I ran track in high school. OK, I ran one meet and that was the end of my track career. Three months later, I’m addicted. On Sunday I ran with the Marathon Runners during the ING Race in NYC. OK, I was on the treadmill at the gym watching the marathon on the TV screen. I’m technically not lying. LOL I’ve been pushing my body to do things I haven’t done in years. It feels good. I feel good. I’m getting my mojo back loves.

TIP: Slow & Stead wins the race!

See what had happened was . . . I’ve been talking my girls Leo and Shirley to go with me to the gym. So … I was meeting Shirley for Zumba and Leo for Pilates Mat. The classes were half an hour apart. I was going to rest in between the two classes. After Zumba I walked over to the studio to relax and stretch. I sat down with my mat and started thinking about my weigh-in this Saturday to see if #TeamArelis or #TeamDanny would win; loser will be paying for our anniversary dinner. I got up and decided, hey you should run a mile. I changed my mind by the time I walked over to the treadmill because I could already feel my legs had a good workout from Zumba. I walked at a 4.0 incline instead. I did half a mile before I realized Pilates was about to start. It’s been a while since I’ve taken Pilates and all I remember was that it was a great abs workout. I forgot how many other muscles are used, like your legs. We start with a few warm-up moves.  I’m feeling good. I’m excited. I’m at the gym. I’m working out. Go me! We do our first Pilates exercise. My legs lift off the mat and I wanted to scream out. My quadriceps muscles were so tight. I should have left right then and there. I didn’t though. I did the best I could. I walked out feeling like I had a person on each of my legs as I took each step. What was I thinking? 

Tip: Exercise. Rest. Repeat.

OK. The Pilates instructor probably wasn’t looking at me with an angry glare or thinking that I wasn’t doing my best. I knew I wasn’t doing my best because I was doing too much. Like everything in life, not just exercise, we need to remember to listen to our bodies. Exercise. Rest. Repeat.  If we’re doing too much our bodies will let us know. We might not be able to sleep. We might start becoming anti-social. We might start making unhealthy choices. Fast and furious… for a prolonged period of time will actual hurt us in the long run. Slow and steady wins the race. Let’s focus on being the healthiest us we can be!

Penny for your thoughts:

Do you listen to your body? Do you stop when you know you’re pushing yourself too much?

Until then,


PS. Daniel wants you to know we’re both winners.

17 thoughts on “I angered the Pilates Instructor!”

  1. Girl, you’re hilarious. I think we are on the same weight loss ride. I want to lose the last 10-15lbs of my pregnancy weight (my youngest is 2.5 yrs old! helloooo!) and I have been losing and regaining the same 10lbs for the last 2 years. And yes, the “I don’t care anymore thing”….we’re getting to be pretty close friends.

    1. Yeah me and the “I don’t care anymore thing” …we’re frenemies. lol I really do care but I think its hard when we don’t see the results we’re looking for. we try hard right? So what’s going on?

      I am considering trying out a personal trainer again. I think if I’m left to my own devices I will injure myself from overdoing it. That will only make things worse!

      Thanks for stopping by Corrine! I wish us luck!

  2. Your stories are always fun Arelis! And I can always relate to them. You are doing a great job of going to the gym and trying out different classes. And yes, you are correct, we need to know when to rest too.

    I have been on the weight loss roller coaster all my life too. Lately I have been in the I don’t care phase and it sucks. As soon as I to go put on my jeans I tell myself that enough is enough, but then a few hours later I am right back to square one.

    1. I hear you Sicorra. I purposely put my jeans in the donate pile when I got into a smaller size. I am determined not to go back! I’ve also been trying to wear spanx under my jeans and it helps them fit better and it makes me be more conscience when I eat, to eat enough and not everything on my plate lol I’m trying really hard to focus on eating better! So far so good!

      Thanks for sharing with us Sicorra!

  3. So many of us have taken that roller coaster! Slow and steady is what works, but that’s not always so appealing. Thanks for helping me see this through!

    1. Yes, Maggie I think we’ve become accustomed to getting things when we want it. We get frustrated when we do not have those immediate results when we exercise and eat healthy. We forget that the weight we put on does not happen overnight but over some time. Slow and steady is something I have to keep repeating to myself.

      Thanks for stopping by Maggie!

  4. I hear you on the weight roller coaster. I would love to get off it too but I’ve never been Miss Activity and I don’t like working out. I can find every excuse in the world not to do it. But I don’t like the way I look or feel. I’m getting older so my metabolism is slowing down. The only good thing is I’m saving money because I no longer enjoy shopping. But I feel bad, so it’s really not a win. I think it’s awesome you’re working out, running and yes – we do have to listen to our bodies. I’ll get in the “mood” and I’ll push myself too hard because I made unrealistic expectations. Whaaattt….you mean you can lose 20 pounds in one weekend, but that magazine said you could! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your story and inspiring to get my butt!

    1. I hear you Tanya. I like shopping but I HATE trying on clothes for that reason. Also the more weight I gained the less options I had in the stores. I tended to just buy scarfs, sunglasses or jewelry. Needless to say I have enough of all of them to wear a different one every day of the month.

      I never look at magazines for fitness tips … Ive yet to try one that sounded realistic or work lol

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts Tanya. I wish us luck getting off the roller coaster!

  5. Awesomely funny! I felt the same way in the yoga classes I used to attempt to complete. Now I just run on my own or with a friend. It’s easier on my psyche.

    1. LOL, Carol sometimes the classes can be a bit much. However, I have taken Pilates in the past and I know that if you keep going you will get stronger and the moves get easier. Also it helps to have an instructor that knows that and stresses that in class. The class I went to last week, she actually gave the newer people modifications so that it wasn’t overwhelming. She came over and adjusted me a few times. I just wish I had used my head and not overdid it that day. Even with the modifications my body was screaming.

      I think I’ll limit classes if any to once a day 🙂 That’ll be easier on my psyche too!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Carol!

  6. Girl that is too funny and I can relate to every word! I recently made a similar declaration to be more healthy and exercise but for the month I haven’t been working out the way I had been. I still have 25 pounds to hit my goal but I’ve hit a plateau.

    The sad part is I know I won’t be losing weight this month with Thanksgiving around the corner :). Thanks for sharing this part of you with us! Hope you had a great weekend!

    1. Cori YES! Daniel and I just said that yesterday. We’re competing again and he joked that this round would be who would gain the least amount of weight with the holidays around the corner.

      I hear that switching up your routine is key to avoid plateauing. After a while your body gets used to a routine and then you’re really maintaining a weight as opposed to losing sometimes.

      I wish you luck on Thanksgiving Day. …I have to remember to eat in moderation. It should be interesting. Happy Hump Day!

  7. This is my problem, too. I go all full-throttle, overdo it, and then can’t stay motivated. I need to lose at least 15 more pounds, and I’ve realized that I need to do baby steps. If I can make small changes, I’ll see more results. It will take longer, of course, but I think it’s the way to go for me. Little steps. Good luck to you, Arelis! I know we can do this!

    1. We can do it Donna! It really is baby steps. Making those small lifestyle changes works when we slowly add them in one at a time. I know I get overwhelmed thinking about doing too much too fast and I’m sure my body is like wth is going on LOL Good luck to us!

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