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ZoFlies

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  1. Yep... I started pilates several years ago and it helps my body feel at its best. I actually started teaching it which led me to create a web-page dedicated to it. See my profile for more info! Cheers to you all feeling your best, Always!
  2. Alrighty, since it is only ONE pants size it really shouldn't be that hard. I would do two things (which have been mentioned already) some cardio paired with pilates. Pilates is GREAT for leaning out muscles - especially the side lying kick series in the matwork. HOWEVER, no matter what people tell you pilates is really not going to make you loose weight. You must add something to pump up your heart rate. It is said that even if you do 15-20 minutes of cardio before your pilates workout your heart rate will stay high through your pilates workout. This is a good thing. So take a high speed walk, roller blade, swim, run, jump on the bike or elliptical and then pop in a pilates tape. You should see results pretty quickly! Check out my profile for more pilates info!
  3. Funny you should ask. I am actually a certified pilates instructor working on a pilates based web-site right now. I'm actually working on an article reviewing the top selling (though not always the most effective) pilates videos to post on my site. Winsor pilates is known, to the pilates instructos who under-go rigorous training, as a joke. We always remark "they must have OUTSTANDING marketing" because these tapes are not exactly "high quality" instruction. Their latest gimmick is a "guaranteed" certain amount of weight loss in something absurd like ten days. Any fitness professional will tell you this is really just impossible, not to mention not too healthy. I think the only way you can loose the weight they claim (can't remember off the top of my head) in 10 days is to fast! And fasting is a whole different conversation. So I would say... if your going to buy a pilates tape - great! But don't waste your money on winsor pilates tapes. If you want more pilates info, check out my profile! Hope this helps!!
  4. I think you have questions that many people ponder... I think you have nothing to loose if you try to repair (whatever it is you want to repair.) Bodies are amazing and respond to measures that we take! It's a unique thing that mammals, especially social mammals, do! As far as fearing for later on in your life... one thing I had to learn was that your body is unique! It doesn't really help to compare yourself to your neighbor, etc... because you have to live inside of your skin. I am a dancer and sometimes I have more pains than the next person - but I do what I need to to be able to perform and feel my best. Compared to the next person it may seem like "extra" stuff.. but for me.. it is just what I do. So bottom line is... don't live 30 or 40 years from now... live now! Find out what your test results are, take action and make a plan to feel and perform your best! If you find a diet, and activities, that make you feel better... than you must be on the right track. I'm not sure anyone can guarantee what you body will be like at 50 years of age. But if find you are making progress in a year or two, which I think is totally possible, you could then imagine 50. (and yes... I am a young one...) As far as back pains go - it is important to look at things holistically. Something could be attributed to celiac, or exacerbated by celiac, but I would take a rounder approach. Have you seen a doctor or physiotherapist for your back - since you are/were a lifter. Checking out pilates might be able to help your back out. Believe it or not... a lot (of back pain) can be attributed to something like posture! (I know... sounds cheesy.) More info on pilates on my profile! I hope you find comfort within all of your questions!
  5. Whoops... meant to reply this way, but I copy and pasted instead! Let's try this one more time! Nancy- if your back is bothering you and you have had a back injury in the past, I would recommend working with someone who can watch your movements. You can incorporate at home practice as well, but I would advise doing pilates, yoga, PT... something where an experienced person can watch, and correct, your movements. Pilates is EXCELLENT for strengthening the back and other synergistic muscles. Check out my profile for more! Hopefully you are pain free soon!
  6. I've been struggling with back issues ever since we moved in Feb. I got too much into being able to lift heavy things (She-Ra!!) and tweaked my back. I had some back strengthening exercises from last summer when I did PT, but I can't find any of the papers. I was wondering if anyone knows of a book or website that has some illustrations for back strengthening exercises. Thanks, Nancy Nancy- if your back is bothering you and you have had a back injury in the past, I would recommend working with someone who can watch your movements. You can incorporate at home practice as well, but I would advise doing pilates, yoga, PT... something where an experienced person can watch, and correct, your movements. Pilates is EXCELLENT for strengthening the back and other synergistic muscles. Check out my profile for more! Hopefully you are pain free soon!
  7. At the pilates studio I worked at a colleague of mine had a client that had celiac disease. She gained a lot, particularly stength in her legs, from doing pilates. She started out with 1/2 a session (30min) and built up to the full hour. Check out my profile for more!
  8. I used to get pains like this as well when I was in the process of distinguishing my diet. I was a dancer - and danced a lot. Sometimes I would have to leave class early, and more me this was really embarrassing!! The thing that helped me get through this was pilates and a bit of abdominal stretching. I do not have to worry about these pains any more. Could be from getting my diet to the exact place my body needs, could be to the added stretching, could be the pilates. My guess it is a combination of all three. I really found that my stomach was best during and after I completed my pilates certification to become an instructor (when you do a lot of pilates in a concentrated amount of time)- this could have also been coincidental timing of diet though, as well. It's worth trying some abdominal stretching and pilates though. If you're curious for more- check out my profile. May you all find relief soon!