If you've finally made the decision to start your Pilates training, why not ask family and friends to support your new career? Instead of any birthday or Christmas gifts invite them to help you get started by chipping in towards some equipment, or just landing a hand with their time or skills. Simply customise this patchwork with your details, connect your payment details via PayPal or Stripe and then share the link. Then you can keep them all posted with regular updates on how you're getting on.
I'll need to get my nose in to some books to become a proper Pilates teacher. I'll try and get secondhand ones where I can !