A Different Challenge

I tried to post last night, but my husband beat me to the computer and worked on his project until I’d already gone to bed. Luckily, I don’t have all that much interesting to say.

I did recently buy an abs-targeted yoga/pilates DVD, figuring it was something I could do at home and not too much of a hot and sweaty workout for the summer. Well the show is hosted by a man in short shorts sitting amid the sand dunes in some locale I don’t recognize. It’s actually very soothing. So I’ve done the yoga workout twice now and am still having a little trouble with extending my legs up to a 45 degree angle and then bringing them down to the ground and back up again without bending my knees. My stomach isn’t used to that kind of punishment. But, I like hearing the voice telling me that my tummy is like the ‘soft belly of dune’, telling me to relax the skin around my eyes, and let the warmth radiate out from my belly. It’s soothing.

Anyway, I think I pulled something just a little bit last night, but I decided to watch the pilates part of the video anyway. Let me just say that that is going to be an intense 30 minutes. I did some of the initial exercises in the beginner positions and was already having trouble. And I can definitely feel my stomach (my dune belly) today. This week I’m gonna try for 30 minutes of yoga abs every day…and just see how it goes. 100 words a day, 30 minutes of yoga…little by little…

Posted in Uncategorized on 05/15/2007 09:44 pm


  1. I wish I was still at home so I could do my workouts. I never seem to have time between working and writing. That said, it sounds like you’ve picked up a really good one. What’s it called?

  2. Richard Simmons short-shorts or Magnum PI short-shorts? I have a Pilates video which has a simple beginner routine at the start and only when you feel comfortable with THAT do you move on to the actual work out. I could look up the title if you like?

  3. Good luck!

  4. Pilates is brutal and as men in short shorts are usually inhuman, it’ll be a rough workout. But you’ll have killer abs. Good luck with the workout!

  5. Working out at home, talk about patience! Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m new to this so it’s taking time to figure out what all I want to do with it. Your’s has been inspiring! I got away from writing and am desperately trying to get back to it. And as we see the butterfly effect is rippling now between blog sites! Have a great day – LC

  6. Stephanie Janulis

    Short shorts give me the heebie jeebies! I tried pilates and yoga one time, but they’re just too boring for me. I grew up running and playing soccer so I get bored staying in one spot for my workouts. Either way, I’m interested in hearing if pilates works for you!

    Side note…I’ve become a lurker as of the past 2 weeks on 100 words. It’s great that it’s working for us, tho!

  7. “Your tummy is the soft belly of the dune” – hee! I suspect this would be the latest in a long line of yoga-based workouts where most of my workout comes from giggling.

    All kidding aside, though – it looks like your summer is “shaping up” quite well :)

  8. Alyssa Goodnight

    Christine: It’s from Target and called Target on Abs.

    Beck: more like gymnastics short-shorts. And thanks for the offer, but I’m gonna try to stay with this one, maybe bending my knees a little more until my abs can handle the workout.

    Kat-kat and Stacy: Thank you! If I were doing the full workout, it’d already be a killer!

    Stephanie: Keep plugging on those 100 words!

    Lara: Thanks so much!

    Trish: My second favorite line is ‘Let your eyes relax into your brain.’ At least I’m exercising with a smile, right?

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