Off the couch and onto the yoga mat

POP Pilates: healthy body, healthy mind

By Div


I’ve always been pretty lucky when it’s come to my weight. Since I am naturally thin, there was never really any motivation to eat right or exercise. Why have a grilled chicken breast when I can eat deep-fried chicken legs and not gain a kilo??

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All the naughtiness, pre-Hashimoto’s, of course

This attitude was quite problematic. It made me lazy and lethargic. And my self-esteem was low low LOW! I may have been slim, but I was wobbly too. I had absolutely no muscle tone. It made me very unhappy. I would stand in front of the mirror and scrutinise every flaw, and then spend ages crying. But did I get off my ass to make a change? Nope.

I was in my second year of living in Korea when my friend Kristine mentioned an online trainer, Cassey Ho, who taught a new kind of Pilates: POP Pilates. I was intrigued. Constantly being at war with my body was exhausting, and I knew it was time for a change in lifestyle as well as mindset.

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The Blogilates Stretch Project

I went to the site and the rest, as they say, is history. Cassey is an incredibly motivating, bubbly, uplifting person. Her workouts are HARD, but so rewarding. I began following her Beginners Calendar, and for the first time in my life, I enjoyed exercise. I also began paying more attention to what I put into my body. I did not cut anything out completely. But I was no longer eating nonsense daily. I started to love fruit, veggies, seeds and nuts, and feel so much better when I eat them as opposed to the naughty stuff that I love.

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1000 Squat Challenge

POP Pilates works every part of the body. I have had days where butt workouts have left me struggling to sit on the toilet, and where writing on the whiteboard was sore because of tired shoulders.

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100 burpees later…

My change occurred roughly two years ago. I still have a problem with self-image. I still look in the mirror and find something to be sad about. I  sulk about my small boobs, boyish hips and scrawny legs. What is important, however, is that I sulk a lot less, and there are parts of my body that I now love.  It is hard to go from hating one’s body to loving it, but I know I am a work in progress.


You can get your burn on by clicking the links below:

Website: http://www.blogilates.com/

Youtube


Featured image: Pixabay

 

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