Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The joys of Bodyart, daily sessions of Pilates, and diving into the Aegean from Santorini


My summer reading, when I'm not working
So here I am somewhere in the world, spending the remaining few weeks of summer living a Travelife in a country club sort of atmosphere.

I flew out here since the part of the world I usually call home is just full of typhoons, traffic and power blackouts.

And actually, there's more to it.

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CHANGES IN MY LIFE

Needing some change in everything, I cut my hair short, threw out all the clutter in my life,  and decided to get my house renovated in a major way.

And since the construction work on the house will take five weeks, it seemed easier to get myself out than to stay and try and live with all the mess.

Good call, though, as I'm spending the rest of the summer living a rather healthy Travelife.

PILATES EVERYDAY

Dessert in a Travelife...

In between work -- talk about focus here, but I find it's so nice and easy to work without so many distractions around -- I've been doing Pilates everyday.

This will probably surprise Brenda, my Pilates instructor back home, as I didn't think I'd be doing any Pilates for a long time.

I'd done two sessions with her just before flying to Paris in early July, and then I said goodbye for awhile -- until the end of September, to be exact.

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TRAVELIFE WITH US



A PILATES CLASS TWO MINUTES AWAY

But, what do you know?

There's a Pilates class two minutes away from where I work on my computer everyday, so it was a no brainer to take advantage and do this. All I have to do is walk about 30 steps.

Imagine. No getting into cars, no battling traffic just to get to the Pilates studio.



I hadn't counted on spending the remaining half of summer in a country club atmosphere with a Pilates class everyday.

How wonderful, and I've realised how much I really like Pilates.


DISCOVERING BODYART

I've also discovered a new form of therapeutic exercise called Bodyart.

Wow.

Bodyart was started in Germany and it's only available in two countries so far. But what an amazing form of exercise this is. It's part yoga, part Pilates, part meditation, and even part gymnastics and boxing. 



Yes, I'm in a part of the world that's cutting-edge everything, including cutting-edge therapies and cutting-edge health products. 

So Bodyart is being offered in this rather exclusive place I'm in.

THE MOST INTERESTING HEALTH PRODUCTS
IN THE WORLD



Regarding the cutting edge health products, I only discovered these of late, as I walked into the health food store eager for a tutorial.

Wow. Talk about so many interesting products and food stuffs to anti- everything. Including the all essential anti-aging.

But let me cover this later as the products are truly fascinating.



DILIGENTLY ATTENDING BODYART

Today I did a session of Bodyart, which is held twice a week in this country club of a place.

So far, I've tried to attend very diligently.  I even showed up on the one day they called off classes and I forgot.

That's how much I like it.

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TRAVELIFE WITH US


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IT'S A LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP
WITH BODYART



Of course, when I'm in the middle of the one-hour session, I just hate it and I'm looking at the clock all the time.

It's not easy, after all, and just like most people, I'll always take easy over hard if I actually have a choice.

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There are five things in life I never usually do:

1) Think about the past, and kill myself over "what ifs"
2) Spend time worrying about things beyond my control
3) Dwell on negatives
4) Gossip about other people
5) Take the hard way, unless there's a very good reason to do so


"NO" AND "CAN'T"
JUST AREN'T OPTIONS

But my teacher is no push over. And she has the kind of body that temporarily inspires you never to eat pasta again for the rest of your life -- so you try to follow what she says.

She just won't take no for an answer, and she looks at me without an ounce of pity when the going gets rough.

She says: "This strengthens the core." And I know she doesn't just mean the physical core.

And so I pursue the Bodyart class -- and not too badly, I have to say, even if I'm complaining about it. And before I know it, the hour is over and I'm left hoping that I've burned 2000 calories in the last 60 minutes.

Fat chance, right? But it's nice to hope.




TWO WEEKS TO GO

I have two more weeks of work, Pilates and Bodyart to go so I also hope I'll see some effects.

And then I'm flying off to meet a group of distinguished ladies in Tokyo for the kind of luxury holiday to end all holidays.

They've asked for the very best of Japan, and I'm only so happy to give it to them.

THE BEST OF TOKYO



A world-famous chef who has turned down almost every single request to cook for a group has even agreed to make a special dinner just for us.

And I've hired one of the best sake sommelier in the city to give everyone a sake tutorial on a private terrace with a killer view of Tokyo Tower on another night.

Then he's going to pair our molecular gastronomy meal with sake afterwards.



All this also means I'm going to have 3000-calorie meals twice a day at least.

And if I include those days in the ultra-luxury Japanese inn we're staying at, where breakfast alone is an eight-course meal the equivalent of three days of food, I have a feeling this entire summer of fitness is going to go to waste.

FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS


Nevertheless I have a goal in mind, which I'm trying hard not to lose sight of.

I'm headed for sunny Santorini in a couple of weeks, you see, as well as for a couple of days of Michelin-starred meals in Athens.

If the weather is fine and the waters are warm enough, I want to get into a bikini and dive off a cliff, into the blue waters of the Aegean, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

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