Hi there! I'm Paula and I live in Orlando. I like to run and watch too much TV. I'm a lover of cupcakes and hater of chia seeds, even though I've never tried them. I eat peanut butter out of the jar and think Aaron Paul is my boyfriend.
Tag Archives: Spin
Yesterday, hubs and I went to a Crossfit workout. Once the workout began, I felt super weak and dehydrated. My form was bad and the first set felt like the last set should feel. Our trainer noticed I wasn’t exactly killing it, so he had me do 3 rounds instead of 4. Hubs went on to do the 4 rounds which totally bummed me out because I couldn’t keep up. That didn’t set a good tone for the rest of the day. Either way, the workout was still good (even if I sucked at it) and share-worthy:
In case you’re wondering what a body row looks like < —– click that.
I did progressive push-ups again. If you don’t remember my amazing progressive push-up how-to < —– click that.
Alright, so let’s back it up a bit. I gained 4 lbs on vacation last week. Like, real pounds. Not those water weight pounds that disappear after a week of eating healthy and working out. I know this because I’m still up 4 lbs today. It’s been weighing on me, not only physically, but mentally. So, the weight gain coupled with not being able to finish that workout pretty much shit all over my day. I was just so sad all day long. I had plans with friends that night that I wanted to cancel. Basically, I wanted to sit on the couch and mope.
After talking to my trainer, we think one of my problems is hydration. Now that I’m not running, I forget that I still need to drink water. So, I went to the grocery store planning to get bottles of water (bottles remind me to drink it for some reason) and healthy meals and snacks for next week. But the only thing I cared about was cream cheese frosted brownies and anything containing the word Entenmmans.
And then it happened. Right in the middle of the grocery store, I just felt like giving up. I eat well most of the time. I workout out more than 99% of the people I know and I just felt like it was getting me nowhere. There may have been a few tears in front of the clearance Easter candy, which made me feel super awesome. I do NOT do emotional in public. I walked down aisles looking downward so no one would notice. I was a mess.
Then a woman that was so overweight she couldn’t walk rolled past me on one of those motorized scooters and made me feel like an asshole. So, I sucked it up, left the brownies on the shelf, and decided not to cancel my plans that night.
I wasn’t going to drink. But I changed my mind about that too. Because watching people drink is probably more depressing than gaining 4 lbs. So, I had drinks at a friend’s house and then I had 3 delicious pieces of extra cheese/extra pepperoni pizza…at midnight.
And the weirdest thing happened when I woke up this morning: I didn’t regret it. Seriously, I am the queen of regretting Saturday nights. But hanging out with friends and not worrying about everything that goes in my mouth (twss?) was worth it.
I took advantage of my good mood this morning and went to a spin class at a new place I found through an Amazon local deal. (10 spin classes for $45 – holy cheap!)
The place is awesome. It’s not close to my house but it’s kinda worth it. They have Keiser bikes which show your mileage, calories burned, watts, RPMs, and time. The room has 2 big screens at the front that show psychedelic images that move to the music. (I think it would be cool if they showed an outdoor scenic bike trip on the screens.)
And the best part of all? They black out the room and turn on black lights. The fluorescent paint on the walls “light” up the room. It’s so fun. I think spin and I are having a little love affair right now.
After class, I was in an even better mood. I wasn’t worried about the 4 lbs that are making my pants tighter or the fact that running and I aren’t on speaking terms. I guess my point to all this is, everyone has shitty days and it’s not the end of the world.
So, today is all about drinking water and wearing elastic. And I’m ok with that.
This week I’ve had some really good workouts that I haven’t had a chance to talk about. I usually hate workout dump blog posts so I’m irritating myself as I’m writing this but I want to be able to look back on this week. I promise I’ll make it short. But I might get sappy at the end. You’ve been warned.
Monday I met up with Linda (that’s my personal trainer, if you’re new around these parts) for a speed run at Lake Underhill Park. I’ve been avoiding that park since the whole gunpoint thing but going with someone else makes me feel a lot safer and now that it’s lighter in the evening, I don’t mind as much.
- 1 warm-up mile
- 10 x 1/10 mile with 30 second rests
- 1 cool-down mile
Pin it! (< — haha, totally kidding. And if you don’t get that, you don’t read enough blogs.)
Now, I know the sprints were only 1/10 of a mile, but those are sixes. I have to say, we felt like we were flying and we even had a couple girls cheer us on as we ran by which made us feel super fly and popular.
Tuesday was a weights workout. I’m still doing my weight training, but haven’t been talking about it as much. Do you want to hear about those workouts? Usually I just talk about them if they were particularly notable so no one starts using my blog to cure their insomnia.
On Thursday, I finally found a place to take spin where I didn’t need a gym membership to do it.
The class is super small (only 9 bikes) and it’s in a personal training gym. Do you see the little wires hanging from the ceiling? Those are headphone jacks that we have to plug into to hear the music and the instructor. Kinda weird, but I liked it. The instructor was pretty good, but the class was too short (45 min with the warm up/cool down, so only 35 min of real work). The music selection was…well, let’s just say I think I’m pretty good in life never hearing Caribbean Queen again. I’ll probably give the class another shot since I miss spin so much.
This evening was another speed run with Linda. And it was pretty much the last thing I wanted to do. Ever.
- 1 warm-up mile
- 6 x 400s
- 1 cool-down mile
I was hoping to get all the 400s in the 8:15 min per mile area but I was feeling really slow out there. When I got home and loaded my Garmin on the computer, I saw this:
I’m so surprised by this run. I was hating every moment. During the last sprint, Linda was ahead of me and trying to yell back at me to keep pushing it but I couldn’t give any more. And that was our fastest sprint. I was barely hanging on for the cool down mile. I mean, I was spent. But once I got home, I was feeling GREAT.
So hang on for a second while I get super sappy on your asses. I didn’t want to do that run today and considered canceling. I was even bitching to Linda before we started. But I seriously felt great afterwards. So, if you’re sitting on the couch and you don’t feel like getting up and being active, do it anyway. It doesn’t have to be running, it can be anything. It’s WORTH it. And if you don’t feel like doing it for yourself, do it for someone else. My dad was never active, had a quadruple bypass in his 50s, and died of a heart attack 3 1/2 years ago. If he had gotten off the couch, he’d still be around to make me laugh at his stupid jokes. So if you don’t feel like getting off the couch for yourself, do it for someone who cares about you.