Daily Archives: August 14, 2012

Putting on my Big Girl Pants

Instead of taking my normal lunch hour to hit the gym, I decided to try the Spinning Strength class tonight instead. I’ve only tried Spinning Interval, and am worried but excited about the strength class. It’s with Rachel, the instructor I wasn’t thrilled about from last Thursday’s class, but it was that, or wait until Thursday night’s spin class. Lord knows I’m the most impatient girl in town.

I put on my big girl pants and hit the gym, where I warmed up by going for a quick 1 mile run before heading into the spinning room. I was expecting hell, but it wasn’t as painful as I was expecting. I did manage to sweat away 27 pounds. Rachel played a MUCH better soundtrack, including Welcome to the Jungle and Thriller.

Haha perfect! Thriller meets Jungle

I really wasn’t excited about going to spinning and I did contemplate not going, but I’m SO glad I decided to. I’ve never regretted a workout, and spinning always seems to fly by for me. I know that if I want to see results that sometimes I have to make choices I necessarily don’t want to. There were times during the class that I didn’t want to increase my resistance and would have preferred to take it easy, but what Rachel said really resonated with me. While climbing a big hill, she reminded us that if we didn’t add resistance and give it our all, then we were wasting our own time. At that point I increased my resistance and proceeded to kick my own ass.

I’m proud of the individual and athlete that I am turning into, and if I learned anything today, it’s that if you put in the effort and stick with it, you’ll be rewarded and feel great.

Time to relax!

 

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Xanthan Gum Mystery

This morning I woke up with the same leg pain I had yesterday, but still battled through a 4.1 mile run. It’s amazing how many more miles I can cover by simply setting my alarm 5 minutes earlier.

The weather was my “perfect running weather.” It was a cross between a late summer/early fall morning. Not humid, not chilly, and not hot. Just perfect.

6 am Neighborhood Run

Last night I made a Steak & Mango Scramble for today, but wasn’t quite feeling it for breakfast, so I made my Green Smoothie to bring to work instead. In went my favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter protein, a few slices of frozen banana, a dash of cinnamon, a splash of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze, water, ice and a dash of Xanthan Gum. It wasn’t bad, but I definitely couldn’t stomach finishing it. I’ll have to work on the perfect combo. I’ve only recently started using Xanthan Gum, so trying to make the perfect shake has been tricky. I’ve found it makes my shakes warm. Ick!

When lunch time came around, I was more than ready to tackle my Steak and Mango Scramble, and it HIT the spot!

Steak and Mango Scramble

  • 6-7 pieces of Steak
  • 1 egg and 2 egg whites
  • Handful of Spinach
  • Several mushrooms
  • Mango Salsa

Steak and Mango Scramble

Yum in my tum.

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