“THE M LINE”
A Midtown Pilates Blog
It’s here! We are so excited for the launch of our blog. This is going to be a collective effort from so many of our inspiring clients and staff. We have tons of content to share with you and we can’t wait for you to join our community.
If we haven’t met, I’m Lacy, owner of Midtown Pilates and 42nd & FIFTH. More about my cute little family later! Before we jump into all things fitness, food, style and home, I want to share a little bit of our story with you! Let’s get real for a minute and take it back to where it all started.
Eight years ago, I was a freshman in college with two herniated discs and a serious love for Taco Bell. One day, I looked in the mirror and I was suddenly no longer the lanky basketball player from high school. Not only that, but I was REALLY far away from it. I had gained over 75 pounds. I was having 2-3 migraines a week. I was skipping classes (sorry, Dad!). I had uncontrollable heart burn. I had to have Nike shorts specially ordered for me from a local store in XXL. I had lost all control and all confidence. The more defeated I felt, the more food I ate (oh hey, grilled cheese maker in the Tri Delta house!). But seriously. I can hide behind humor all day – but I was dying on the inside.
I share these details in case any of you are there. If you’re looking in the mirror and have no idea how you got to where you are, you are SO not alone. (Sorry for the bad photo quality. I don’t have much photo evidence from this time in my life! Also- don’t mind the bowl cut.)
During the Christmas break of my freshman year, my mom suggested that I try this new place in town called “Pilates or something”. It was the first time that I had exercised without pain. I was intrigued, but I knew I was headed back to Starkville for the spring semester and Pilates wasn’t going to be available to me. I did realize that it was time to make a change, but I by no means went about it in the healthiest way. I knew nothing about nutrition – so I just started by cutting all of my portions in half. Then I met a boy (insert major eye roll), so I started killing myself on the treadmill no matter how bad it hurt my spine. I was losing some of the weight, but I would “plateau” constantly.
ONE YEAR LATER
I hadn’t forgotten about the Pilates classes I took over that Christmas break. I decided that since it wasn’t offered in Starkville, I could get trained so that I could teach myself while I was at school. On May 1, 2010, I googled “best pilates school in america”. On May 14th, 2010, I moved into my apartment in Manhattan. Still trying to figure out how my mom let that happen. I introduced myself to the doorman, dropped my bags in the apartment and cried over 4 rolls of sushi at the restaurant downstairs. I had never eaten alone before! You just don’t do that in the South. Little did I know, eating alone would become one of my favorite parts of living in the city. More on that later…
I started classes the next day at Pilates Academy International at Pilates on Fifth. It is putting it lightly to say that I was a fish out of water. I was surrounded by gorgeous Juilliard dancers and Rockettes. Full disclosure: I got kicked out of ballet at four years old and gymnastics soon after that. Hand stands were never my thing. Anyway, I had a lot of insecurities to overcome, but that’s what is so great about the Pilates method. It didn’t discriminate against me for being weak and out of shape. It met me where I was and taught me that I could improve every single day. I left NYC months later in the best shape of my life.
The location of my training is significant because it has served as a huge source of inspiration for the branding of our studio, store, and now the blog!
I lived and studied in midtown Manhattan. Hence, Midtown Pilates. Since the very beginning, I have worked with an amazing branding team, Nimblee Design. Sara Beth and her team are incredibly talented. She fully understands the creative side of my brain and makes complete thoughts out of my wild ideas. In 2012, I called her with the name of my new studio and needed help with logos, colors and branding materials. She came back to me with a logo inspired from the image above.
The “MP” in the orange circle mimics the subway line I rode from my apartment to the studio every morning – The M Line. Just as the M line took me through the heart of the city, we want this blog to take you straight to the heart of what we’re all about. Community, encouragement, and that life is better when we are all supporting each other.
Fast forward three years, I called her to tell her I was opening an activewear retail space. I was having trouble with the name. She called a couple of days later and said, “Hey, let’s go back to where it started. How about 42nd & FIFTH?” These are the cross streets where my studio in NYC is located. Once again, she knocked it out of the park.
NYC pushed me so far out of my comfort zone. If I could make it alone in the city, (sort of) learn the subway system and learn to love to eat alone, surely I could teach Pilates, right?! If you’ve ever tried something out of your comfort zone, I’d love to hear about it! Share it with me in the comments. If you haven’t, DO IT! Push yourself to experience new things and places and people. You never know what could come of it!
Lastly, becoming a business owner has challenged me in more ways than I have time to share. I learn new things every single day. Over the last few years, I have been so blessed to be surrounded by the most fascinating clients and staff who have taught me everything from how to fold a fitted sheet to how to make the best homemade kitchen counter cleaner (hint: you’ll find it on your bar cart!). This blog is going to serve as a space to share those things with you and to invite you into our warm, loving community!
Cheers to getting started with some to-die-for (healthy) dishes to entertain those you love during the holidays!
See you Monday!