I hope this long weekend has you doing something fun for yourself. I’ve been reading, shopping, and pummeling my body. Just kidding, but I have embarked on a program to get fitter, which has me running for the Tylenol bottle on a regular basis. I’ll be turning 67 in a few weeks and feel like it’s time to up my game.
I had some exercise classes scheduled for the weekend, so I hit the Athleta store on Friday and bought a new pair of these Brooklyn Ankle pants. They’re great for working out, traveling, and everyday life.
Saturday, I took my first Lagree Pilates class. I’ve taken other Pilates classes, but not for many years, and they were very different. Here’s how the Lagree technique differs from other forms of Pilates-
“The Lagree Method utilizes tried and proven bodybuilding training techniques not inherent to Pilates. The union of these bodybuilding techniques and low-impact qualities directly translates to rapid results. While Pilates is based on breathing, concentration, control, centering, flow postural alignment, and precision, Lagree Fitness is fundamentally based on the following, effective form, range of motion, tempo, duration, sequence, transition, tension, and plane of motion.” In other words, it’s tougher.
I had a fabulous instructor, and as usual for me, I overdid it. By Sunday, I was really feeling it. I took a yoga class that morning to help stretch things out, and my butt was so sore it was hard to sit on the mat! I’m planning to sign up for some personal training so I can learn how to add free weights to my routine without hurting myself. Ha! That horse left the barn. But seriously, we lose muscle quickly as we age, and I need to step up my game to retain and build what I can. Plus, it’s great for my bones.
After Pilates, all I could do was read, so I blew through and finished The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo.
It’s harder than usual to keep my eye on the page when the view is so pretty, but this book managed to hold my attention. There’s a fun twist at the end that caught me by surprise.
This week I’m reading The Obstacle Is The Way, by Ryan Holiday. It’s a bit of a cult classic, a Wall Street Journal bestseller. It draws inspiration from stoicism which focuses on the things we can control (our thoughts, emotions, and actions), while accepting the things we can’t, such as the actions of others or the natural course of events going on in the world around us. It’s the first in a series by this guy and has lots of positive reviews.
How I Tie My Button-Down Shirts at my waist
You often see me with my button-down shirts tied at my waist. I do it for many reasons. Some shirts seem too long or bulky to tuck in. Sometimes I just prefer a less structured look that feels more casual.
Several readers asked me to demonstrate how I do it, so I made a reel here, showing my exact steps.
It helps if the shirt is on the wider and longer side because it gives you more room to move around.
Upcoming Mega Sales
The Nordstrom Anniversary sale preview comes out today, and I will be scouting my favorites. Amazon Prime Days are also right around the corner. Are you looking for anything specific at the mega sales? What are you planning to buy during Amazon Prime Days? I’m working on my content and want to be sure to include a round-up of your favorites.
Have you updated or boosted your fitness routine lately? I’d love to know what you’re doing to stay in shape.