In an effort to get motivated for my brother's upcoming wedding, I decided to go old school and pull out my Mari Windsor Pilates DVD's. These go back further than my days in a Virginia gym, further than Zumba, further than yoga, and all the way back to my North Carolina college years. I remember being up late one night in my little bachelorette pad, watching TV and cuddling with my cats. The Windsor Pilates infomercial came on and I was immediately intrigued. I had never heard about Pilates before, and it looked pretty cool. It didn't seem too hard and I felt like my Tai Chi days may have at least somewhat prepared me for something like that. I had already started my L.A. Weight Loss diet and was going to the gym regularly, but I was looking for something I could do at home when the gym wasn't an option. I ordered the DVD's right then and there.
Pilates was awesome! I loved the fact that you worked out but stretched at the same time. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't so hard that I lost motivation. Plus, Ms. Windsor had included a twenty minute workout along with the full, fifty minute DVD so I could do a quick workout when I didn't have a lot of time. It was great because I had a job babysitting a little boy that year, so when I put him down for a nap, I would pop in that short DVD and squeeze in a workout on the clock.
I continued doing Pilates for the next several months and I really did notice a difference. But after I moved back home to Virginia the DVD set got lost in a pile of boxes. Plus I got a little too interested in partying after work to care about elongating my muscles. After Billy moved up and we got the initial excitement out of the way, I started to get serious about working out again. But it wasn't until five years later that I found that old Pilates video in a box when Billy and I were cleaning our storage unit. Yay! Something new to spice up the routine. I finally put on my Pilates pants a few days ago after work. Yup, same old Mari Windsor with her amazingly toned fifty-something year-old body and her cheesy one liners. I had to laugh, but I worked my way through the long DVD and was pleasantly surprised at the fatigue I felt when it was over. It meant that even the old school workout could still kick my butt.
Stretched out on the floor post Pilates, I thought back to my college days and the first go ‘round with Mari Windsor. I marveled at the mere fact that I could muster up the strength to workout during the nap of a very active six-month-old. Back in those days, I somehow also rode my bike to and from campus, to and from the gym, and later even managed to workout in between my split shifts at one of my many restaurant jobs. Geez, where did all that energy come from? Where did my motivation come from? From what I remember, it was pure vanity. I don't really believe in that sort of self depreciation anymore, although I will admit it sneaks into my psyche from time to time. Now it's more multifaceted. A big event here, a longing for a baby there, a desperate need to stay healthy and avoid diseases like the MS my mom suffers from. I don't intend to regress back to those vanity days, but perhaps a little old school working out will help to infuse me with some of that youthful vibe that kept me going in my twenties. I'm not sure I could ever get back to the days of working out between jobs, but Mari Windsor? Her, I can take on.
Published On: June 01, 2011