Monthly Archives: December 2011

My first commissioned art project

I recently completed my first commissioned art project.  Not only was it my first commissioned project, it was also my first sale, and the canvases were the largest I’ve ever worked with.  Here is the final product.  I will blog some of the in-progress pictures later.


Final Purple


Final Teal


Final Red


Final Blue Wave


Final Green Wave

December 18

Today wasn’t the greatest day on the exercise front, because I didn’t get any “real” exercise.  however, I’ve learned that mall shopping is a busy mom’s next best thing.  I drove to the outlet mall outside of town to see if I could get jeans similar to the ones I bought yesterday but cheaper.  In the end I didn’t buy anything at the mall, but spent the same amount of money at Subway that I could have potentially saved on the jeans.  So, all in all, kind of a waste of time.  But, I did get a boost to my steps!

Here’s my stats:

  • Calories burned (so far): 2384
  • Calories Consumed: 1241
  • Deficit: 1143



Welcome! I’m so glad you’ve found Your Pilates Life! I have been writing about, practicing and teaching Pilates for nearly eight years and am excited to share it with you. I’m working on figuring out how I can recover my old blog posts and integrate them here, so be on the lookout for that. Until then, one of the features of this blog is going to be my own fitness routine and my Pilates life. So, here’s today:

Workout today:

Weights: 3 sets of 15 each, no rest in between

  • Lunges
  • Bicep curls: free weights, 10 each
  • Leg Press: Incline, 135 lbs
  • Shoulder Press 20 lbs
  • Leg Extension 55 lbs
  • Chest Press 50 lbs
  • Hamstring Curl 100 lbs
  • Back Rows 55 lbs
  • Inner Thighs 145 lbs
  • Tricep Press 60 lbs


  • Hundreds
  • Roll ups
  • Roll overs (oh so good!)
  • Single leg circles
  • Single leg stretch (10)
  • Double leg stretch (10)
  • Single straight leg stretch (8)
  • Criss Cross (10)


  • 30 minutes elliptical w incline of 5, resistance increased from 3-9 every five minutes from 0-20 minutes and decreased back to 3 from 20-30.


  • Calories In: 2044
  • Calories Burned: 3061
  • Deficit: 1017

Calories In:

Your Pilates Life

I’m excited to announce I am officially a Pilates Teacher again!  Check out my new site:  While you’re there, you can see my new series about my personal fitness journey.  Since my treatment for thyroid cancer last year, I struggle with having enough energy to want to work out.  I’ve tried several things, including changing my workout times, routines, etc.  It’s been hit and miss.  But there are a few things that I know work for me, like journalling my food and trying to track my exercise.  So I got a fitbit back at the end of October.  Now that I’m really consistent with it, I’m going to share my stats, along with my exercise information.  I’m hoping that sharing how I incorporate Pilates will inspire others to do the same.  Check it out:

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

Yesterday I started reading The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox. The only reason I didn’t finish it yesterday was because I made myself be a mother. This book is incredible. Seriously. It’s been on my reading list for a while, I’m not sure where I heard about it.

Esme Lennox is nearly 80 years old when the psychiatric home she has been living in is closed. Her great niece Iris is contacted to take care of her, but Iris has never heard of her. The circumstances surrounding her incarceration and of Iris’s life are unfolded masterfully, weaving past and present together in a way that makes you feel a part of the story. Maggie O’Farrell’s language is beautiful, captivating, and haunting.

Just a warning for your reading-life balance, there are no chapters. So have a bookmark ready if life may require you to put this down.