Yesterday, I finally attempted a new level of fitness I have never attempted before. It may seem common to some, but for me, I have always been intimidated by one little room in the gym that I saw so many people coming and going from. They would walk in with big smiles, full of optimism and excitement, and walk out dripping in sweat and looking as though they had just run a marathon.
What am I talking about? SPIN!!!
I'm not really sure why I have always been afraid to try an actual class, probably because I'm not the biggest fan of the bike and probably because I just didn't know what to expect.
I've tried to take the class a few times now, but every time, some kind of hinderance occurred that prevented me from partaking in a real class. I was not going to take this as a sign and was determined to try a class at some point.
Yesterday, I trekked out in the freezing rain and sat myself in the 9am class. The instructor was great. She came in and saw that it was my first time and helped me adjust my bike and get situated with the moves before she started the class.
Once we got started, I immediately could understand why people are drawn to this type of workout. It was a blast! The hour flew by and the entire time, my HR was go amped but yet I never felt as though I was so out of breath that I had to stop.
The only drawback is that today, my butt is now in the most pain it has ever been in. I am having trouble sitting, laying, and even standing. WHAT THE HECK? Is there any way to prevent this or do you just have to work up your behind muscles in order to feel comfortable on the bike?
Anyways, before Spin, I fueled with breakfast.
Breakfast included the latest Chobani flavor, mango!
Speaking of Chobani, have you all voted on the Nothing But Good Recipe Challenge yet? All you have to do is "Like" my recipe for Sweet and Spicy Soy Glazed Tofu and you're entered to win a year's worth of Chobani. Pretty awesome, right?
I paired the Mango Chobani with Frozen Mango (slightly thawed), Raspberries, and a touch of Granola.
I also had a Kashi Blueberry Waffle with PB and mashed Banana and some more Blueberries.
I never really want to eat a big heavy breakfast before an intense workout and this combo always works so well before that situation.
I spent most of the morning at the gym.
2 Mile Run
It was a well rounded and productive workout.
Once I got home and showered, I was unusually hungry for lunch at an early hour. I couldn't even wait until noon to start making it. I guess Spin not only amped my HR but my appetite as well.
I put together a big salad using the leftover Pizza from dinner the night before.
I think it was Kath that first inspired me to start using leftover pizza this way, but it's a brilliant idea. Basically, I just cut the pizza into bite size pieces and use them like croutons on my salad.
Also on this salad was roasted broccoli and zucchini, tomatoes, avocado, olives, goat cheese. I made a quick dressing using pesto and balsamic. Everything was incredible!
After lunch, I ran a bunch of errands and spent the remainder of the afternoon at the mall and other various places.
A little later on into the evening, I picked up dinner to take to Jen's house for a girls night.
We were both feeling Thai. I selected a few of my favorites for the both of us to share. Summer Rolls, Eggplant with Sweet Basil and Veggies, Pineapple Fried Rice.
One rule about Girls Night (especially with Jen) is that you NEVER end it without a glorious, decadent dessert.
Jen made Paula Deen's Bread Pudding with Butter Rum Sauce. It was AH-MA-ZING!
Wow, I sit here the next morning still full from that feast. I haven't even thought about breakfast but I'll need to start thinking about it soon because I have a busy day ahead and need to get moving.
Enjoy your Superbowl Sunday!!