I don’t know about you, but I’ve lost weight since I’ve been in confinement. I think it has to do with the fact that I’m eating out less, and drinking less wine—consuming less sugar in general. I’m also eating a mostly vegetarian diet since I ran out of meat about a week ago. I’ve decided to make do with what I have in stock to avoid going to the store unless I absolutely have to, because every time you come in contact with people, you have to reset your 14-day countdown. I’m in the “all clear” right now, and I want to stay that way.
While I seem to be slimming down, I’ve also noticed that I’m out of shape. I took a stroll last week around the neighborhood—a walk I’ve done countless times before confinement—when, after only a few minutes, I started huffing and wheezing like an old woman. I had to pause at the steps of my church to rest. It’s a block away.
Oh, hell no.
I wasn’t in the best shape before confinement. I’m not a go-to-the-gym-daily kind of person. And group classes? Even less appealing. No, I don’t want to go to anything called Boot Camp, thank you very much. That’s not to say that I haven’t been known to have bouts of fitness fever—at one point I even had a gym membership and worked out with a trainer. And I used to love exercising with Gilad’s Bodies in Motion. You remember Gilad. If you rest, you rust!
Sorry, Gilad. I’m rusting all over.
But a few days ago, I decided to take back my fitness. I can’t control this pandemic, but I can control the firmness of my buttocks and abs, mais non? My friend Tammy Wise of Bodylogos, does a 1-minute video every day on Instagram (@tammy_bodylogos), and I kick off my mornings with her. I used to work out every week with Tammy when I was studying opera, and I love her method. Bodylogos puts mindfulness into strength training, giving purpose to each movement, and that’s a wonderful motivator. For example, your abs are your inner self (weak abs, weak sense of self); opening your chest is opening your inner smile; your quadriceps move you forward, your glutes are comfort and stability, etc. Working out with Tammy was the only time in my life that I smiled while doing 100 crunches. Bodylogos is the perfect workout for this time now.
Today, though, I worked out via video chat with my best friend Matthew, who is in Tokyo. (You know Matthew if you’ve read my book.) Neither of us is really motivated to work out conventionally, but this turned out to be the perfect solution. We chatted, we worked out, we laughed, we worked out some more. I think it might become a “thing.” It wasn’t 100% serious, but I felt 100% energized afterward. Whatever it takes.
Oh, and I just found Gilad on Youtube. Pumped!
What are you doing to get moving during confinement?
Come along on my (breathless) walk
Tip of the day
If you’re normally a couch potato, it’s important during this time to get moving, for both body and mind. Find an online workout or dance class. Or create a video chat workout group to motivate each other. If you can, get outside and walk. Stretch in the yard—anything to move your energy. Let’s use this time to get into better shape. Plus, it will help build our immune systems.