|Mid-morning snack (and vitamins)|
|Salad, orzo, chicken/salmon, potato, veggie soup|
I went to the gym after work and was due to ride the bike. But a spin class was starting and Glenn was leading it. Glenn used to work at the gym full time but now he only teaches spin classes. In the early months of my come-back we used to chat mostly about the mental side of the whole diet/fitness thing. He's a cyclist so we'd talk about that too and some of our conversations really inspired me to want to get back on my bike. Anyway, Glenn is very encouraging and just plain fun so when I saw he was leading the class I decided to join in. This was only the second time I've taken a spin class but I knew I could handle whatever came my way.
If you've never taken spin the main thing to know is it's all self-directed. You control the resistance and no one else in the room can tell how much resistance, as in, how "hard" you have set the bike. And while there our plenty of times when you are peddling out of the saddle, a lot of people sit down when it gets too tiring. I say all that to encourage you to try it out. The music and energy make the time fly by. Tonight's class was small, I think there were maybe seven of us, and we were all having a blast. I pushed myself pretty hard and had the sweat to prove it. We snapped a few pictures for fun.
|Glenn snaps a self-portrait|
|Why am I still standing?|
Anyway, I opened my workout log after the spin class and got the sad news that it's a legs/shoulder/core day. Ugh, not a fun idea after blasting your legs for an hour on the bike. I did most of my normal strength training routine but dropped a few leg sets here and there to give my legs a rest. Especially because I was going directly from the gym to a Mom's Night Out event at...
The Dailey Method, "a unique combination of ballet barre work, core conditioning, muscle strengthening, yoga, and orthopedic exercises." Yes, more exercise. I got there just when the class was starting. It being a mom event we had food and champagne so I shoved a couple crackers in my mouth and started the class. Needless to say, it was a challenge. Fortunately it was only a 30 minute class (normal DM classes are an hour) so the suffering didn't last too long.
I took a DM class in August of 2011 and here's what I said about it at the time:
I liked it but there are a few reasons why I'm not ready for it. First, I like to feel capable and competent when I exercise, not be repeatedly "quitting" before the reps are over. It should motivate me to get stronger but instead it makes me feel like I'm weak - not something I'm going for in my exercise routine. Second,Well, here I am 1.5 years later and yes, I can do the movements and not poop out (mostly) and I don't have a problem with my mid-section getting in the way anymore. I guess that means I'm ready! Which is perfect because I have a month pass I need to use soon. Trust me though, I won't be going to the gym beforehand, way too hard! Still not sure how I'll fit the classes in but we'll see.
my big fat stomachthe fat in my mid-section gets in the way. I couldn't do some of the positions very well because of it. Finally, for my current goals I think I need to be doing a mix of cardio and strength training and this is all strength training (and balance/stretching). It probably sounds like I'm down on the Dailey Method (or bar method, or pilates, etc) but I'm not. I think this will be great down the road when I am stronger and lose more body fat. Hopefully this time next year I can buy some classes and really get a lot out of it. When I can do the movements and not poop out or feel my midsection getting in the way I think this class will be awesome. Then I think I will be inspired, not feel weak. Does that make sense?
Anyway, after the class I dove into the snack table, which turned out to be my dinner along with a few glasses of water (I skipped the champagne).
|Snacks for dinner.|