I Survived Spin Class!

Let me share a secret with you – I hate spinning! I know that there are some of you completely aghast right now.  But truly, I have not been able to get in to this spin craze.  I keep trying it because I’ve heard nothing but good things about its benefits, especially for cross training as a runner.

Last year around this time, 5 months after my surgery, I tried a spin class taught by a coworker.  It didn’t suck as much as my previous attempts. The instructor helped me to understand gear shifting and positions which made it easier to follow along.  However my incision wasn’t too happy with being folded over the handlebars of the spin bike.  I had to stop halfway through the class because the throbbing was way too much for me.  I haven’t been back to a spin class since.

That is, until tonight.  A friend of mine from undergrad teaches spin class at a large gym not too far from me.  He reached out to a bunch of us to try the class.  He even shared his music playlist on Facebook so that we would have a sense of how he rolled (or spun).  I decided to take him up on his offer tonight.

For the first time ever, I got through spin class.  It was definitely challenging but I was able to push through and hang in there.  I don’t know if it is because I am in much better shape than the previous times I tried.  Or if it’s because I understand how it works. Or if it’s because the music was really banging.  But whatever it was, I made it through the class. Not only that but I followed it up with a 30 minute core workout class! I’m sure that I will be feeling the burn tomorrow but for right now I feel awesome!

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Have you ever tried a spin class? What exercise is your least favorite? How did you sweat today?

Progress Not Perfection

Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. – First Timothy 4:15, Bible ~ New International Version

It’s Labor Day Weekend.  My scale-free summer has come to an end.  Technically, it ended last Thursday in my doctor’s office.  But, I still kept up what I was doing and did not step on a scale at home or look at my weight until this morning.  The verdict…I have lost 1 pound.  Am I upset? NOPE!!! That wasn’t the point.  Although I do still have some weight to lose, I needed to focus more on becoming better at getting fit without focusing on the scale.  I also took measurements of my body at the beginning of the summer. 

Body Part L/R July 17th August 30th
Arms 14”/14” 14”/14”
Thighs 21”/21” 20”/20.5”
Calves 14.5”/15” 14”/14.5”
Waist 39 3/4” 37”
Hips 44” 43 1/2”

 

I’m so excited!!! (cue the Pointer Sisters!) I have definitely toned up this summer, including almost 3” lost on my waist! No wonder Erika of The Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss actually commented on one of my Instagram photos with one word – CURVES!!

So how did I get here? I focused on training for Fall races in my running.  I didn’t race at all for July and August – just trained.  I made sure that even when I was travelling I made time to run.

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I ran a 7 mile loop of the Rock N Roll Philadelphia course.

2013-08-03 20.46.18 I ran trails in Delaware State Park.

I did the exercise challenge which I posted for July as a part of my crosstraining.  Lots of crunches, planks, and pushups.  I mixed up my crosstraining a lot actually.  I did Vinyasa Yoga for a few sessions, Aqua Zumba for a few sessions, and tried TRX for the first time.  I believe I’m in love with TRX and will definitely be adding that to my weekly workouts for the Fall.

My eat clean progress was continued as well.  I always find it easier to eat more fruits and veggies during the summer.  There are so many to choose from.  I did the green smoothie challenge in July – YUMMY!!! With the exception of a few days when I was travelling, I have had a green smoothie almost every day for breakfast.  My hubby got into them as well.  So on the mornings when I didn’t make one, he made one for us.

All in all, it was a great summer!  For this Fall, I am going to focus on FITNESS and drop the last few pounds of FAT. Details soon to come.  In the meanwhile, remember to…

progress not perfection

Did you have a Scale Free Summer? How did you do on your fitness goals this summer?

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Rock N Roll Philly Half Marathon

Race # 10September 15th, 2013
Aiming for a PR!