I started taking a pilates course last week, on the advice of the person making my wedding dress (ouch). I like it pretty well. It's a lot harder than I thought it would be...repetitive stretching and moving in strenuous poses, to the point that I was sometimes completely unable to move my limbs any more. It was painful, but I could definitely feel that it was exercising the areas I wanted to focus on (stomach, thighs). I decided to stick with that on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and do my aerobic exercise (30 minutes of ellipticals) the rest of the weekdays, with rest on the weekends. I decided to abandon the ab exercises I usually do now that I have pilates. I still want to keep up with the chin-up exercises, but I did something scary to my arm on Tuesday and I want to make sure it's better before I bug it again. It seems fine now.
I feel better about the way my body looks when I'm actively working out, even if I feel it's not where I want it at that time. Being on a certain trajectory makes a big difference in my mind. I think I've already seen a difference in my muscle tone, but it's only been a week, so I might be making it up.