Happy Wednesday, faithful readers!
It’s been an exciting past few weeks as Alyssa has been accomplishing her goals of receiving her Masters degree in Communications and I’ve been making the moves to pursue my own higher education as well. It’s getting to the point where many students will be closing their text books and shoving their school supplies into their closet to remain untouched until August. I’ve been dealt the typical college story where all the teachers of my school have all met up and conspired together to decide what day would be best for EVERYONE to have a major assignment due. I’ve got a yoga practice to write along with two essays and four tests to accomplish in the next two weeks and am trying my best to get as much writing done as I can now. One of the more exciting assignments I have to do as my Pilates final is to arrange a ten-minute work out that I’ll teach to the class on May 15th.
We’re allowed to have music…
We’re allowed to wear the cool exercise microphone head set…
Plus we’re allowed to dress up in our spiffiest work-out outfit and we’re encouraged to bring as much energy as we can to our giant classroom.
I took this as an opportunity to teach my class like one of my work-out heroes, the one and only Richard Simmons.
Alyssa introduced me to the wonder of his exercise class at his Slimmon’s Studio in Beverly Hills about two years ago and I had a BLAST sweating my ass off with her and another blogging friend named Alexa to a musical journey through Motown. That man has got the energy of a child who stole his Mom’s Redbull! He was bouncing all around his studio screaming motivational yet raunchy lines about how we should be used to our thighs being sore from lifting our legs! He was hilarious and made working out so much fun!
I’d love to capture that essence of Richard for my work-out to my Pilates class!
So far I’m plotting a 10 minute series of music from that French turntablist group C2C I mentioned a few weeks ago. They’ve got this awesome high-energy song called “Happy” that I have a vision of getting my classmates to “dance” along to while doing jumping jacks and bouncing upon our work-out balls. C2C also has songs that have slower parts that increase into a faster pace that I think could be perfect for when I make the class do wall-sits using one leg.
Alyssa is getting some DOUBLE CHIN DIARY t-shirts made up for us so I’ll definitely rock that but will have to jazz up my outfit with some glitter. Maybe I should invest in a bedazzler and make myself some crazy leggings complete with sparkles all over them!
We’re encouraged to use as many Pilates exercises as we can but in my five months, it seems nearly every exercise can be included in a Pilates work-out.
In other news, I successfully made it back down to my “pre-birthday bloating” weight and am a mere pound away from reaching down into my next chunk of ten pounds. I’ve got less than five weeks until I leave for my Europe vacation and am hoping to get rid of the tiny bit of back fat that remains stuck to my sides. As much as I want some hot European man to handle my body with loving desire while I’m there, I have to make sure he’s not actually grabbing at my “love handles” in the process. I’m trying to stay dedicated to my hula hoop because I know that’s one of the best tools I’ve got in whittling the fat that hovers around my waist away. I might even post a picture to show you guys the before and after of my progress, we’ll see if I’m brave enough.
Do you have any awesome moves that you think I should include in my work-out instruction?
What are your favorite songs to work-out to?
And finally, what do you guys think of us making some work-out videos? I am going to try to record my routine as a practice for the class but also because I think it could be cool if the Double Chin Diary started a collection of Youtube work-out videos! Would any of you give our work-outs a try?
Lots of love,