Have you heard of Piloxing? I had never heard of it until Rebecca at Bexa Body Fitness opened up her Fitness studio in Westerville. Piloxing is defined as a "mix of boxing, pilates, and dancing." Rebecca said that we should come and try a class but the class times were not fitting in with my schedule. After discussing the dilemma with Rebecca, she then arranged a Piloxing class for us to take with Jill. (Jill is also a trainer at Bexa Body Fitness) So Valerie, Amber and myself went to try the piloxing class one Thursday morning.
The first thing we had to do was take off our shoes and socks! (I never did a workout in bare feet other than pilates or yoga!) Then, we proceeded to the studio area with a mirror. Jill then gave each of us a pair of Piloxing gloves (see above picture!) These gloves have 2 lbs. hand weights on them and are quite comfortable. Valerie was more impressed with Rebecca's personal pair of Piloxing gloves (Jill was using them for our class) as they were "bedazzled" with jewels on them!
Jill did a good job instructing us as we had to "shake our thing" during the dance portion, felt the weights as we were boxing and held poses on the floor while doing pilates! Suggestions for improvement would be the music. Jill said the music was timed to the routine and said that better music is offered as the classes progess. Also, the floor should have a little more "cushion." Val felt that her feet were sore as a result. Finally, I am not a fan of taking a class in my bare feet but Jill said you can also take the class with your shoes on too. (My arms did feel a little sore the next day too!)
So if you are looking to drop into a class, get a personal trainer or looking to try a private gym, stop into Bexa Body Fitness!
Processed Foods Challenge Contest.
There was a mid-point weigh-in at the beginning of March which included a contest eating the least amount of processed foods. Processed foods included soda (my daily downfall!) microwave meals, cereal (see chart!) The goal was to eat less than 5 servings of processed food a day. I have to say that this was quite a difficult challenge--as we all know, it is far EASIER to throw something in the microwave than make the effort to cut up some veggies! There was also a healthy cooking seminar at the weigh-in, that discussed using spices vs. salt for seasoning and making veggies the largest portion on your plate!
For the balance of the month, I did find it challenging to eat well; a mom's weekend with friends and traveling to DC to visit family made it a bit difficult to stay on track to eating well. It's so hard to travel and eat well when you are going to thru the drive-thru, right??
The final weigh in was at the end of March and I maintained my weight. I was happy that I didn't gain anything but know that we all slip "off the wagon." BUT it is how quickly you get back on track to your healthy eating habits that prevent you from gaining the weight BACK!
For the final contest, we had to track our exercise hours. Again, I struggled with this due to my exercise class stopping for 2 weeks due to Spring break and having vein surgery. (that's another post!) See the chart below for the hours that I logged in for the month. I did see a difference by adding more weights to my exercise routine (thanks Yolanda-personal trainer at Infinity Fitness!)
Finally, there was a healthy potluck at the Final Weigh-In in which people brought in 30 servings of a healthy dish to share with others-recipes were listed with the dishes as well. So the big question- did I achieve my goal of losing 10 lbs? NO! But I did lose the 5 lbs. (almost 2% of body weight) and have managed to keep it off for 3 months. Did my husband win the weight loss contest? NO! He did lose 12% of his body weight and he is on his path to losing a lot more weight..
What about you? How is your weight loss journey going-are you succeeding?
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Exercise Hours Contest.