Tuesday, May 15, 2012
So I finally took the plunge and bought some actual spin shoes with the clips and everything! I was nervous about this purchase as it is a bit hefty and I wasn't sure if it would really have an affect on my routine. I've been using the shoes for a little over a week now - four classes - and I'm definitely a fan. They make me feel like a monster of the spin bike and I can go so much further and higher resistance that I did before. They feel great too and have ended all the pain in the arch of my foot that I was having previously. Up until the week I got the shoes I didn't really think the pain I was having was a huge deal, but now that I know what it is suppose to feel like it is a whole new world. The pain was definitely slowing me down the second half of class and making me weary of going to classes. I could NEVER consider going to class two days in a row, because it just killed me in a lot of ways, even ever other day was tough by Friday. Now I don't feel inhibited at all and feel like I can go as often as I like! Which is great in order to be sure I have a flexible schedule and can get things in where I need them. Just to avoid over-training, I'm not planing on going more than every other day, but it is still nice to have it as an option!
So in summary: if you like spin class, try out some spin shoes and you will probably fall in love and be hooked! I'm so excited thinking how this will help my progress and has re-sparked my workout bug. For a week there I was just NOT feeling like going to the gym at all, but I made myself out of habit and I always felt better afterwards, but it is nice to be excited about going again :)
A quick update on my progress: No good movement on the scale as of late, I went up another pound last week actually, but trying to stay positive. I keep getting compliments and I feel like I am looking slimmer, so who knows what's really going on? I did great this weekend and am hoping that I shed some pounds this week. I won't be measuring for a couple more weeks, but I'm hoping for more progress there too.
I'm killing it in the gym - going to classes and giving it my all - but my portions and food choices have been lacking and I know better and feel better when I make smart decisions. I'm still trying to figure out the best ways to handle all of life's situations that pop-up: celebrations, cocktail parties, friends in town, ect. and I can't expect myself to be perfect. In not having reached my goal yet, I guess it is easy to label failure, but that's not what life is and not how the game works. I've made huge strides and really improved my health from the inside out. I'm a different person now and if I keep determined to make decisions everyday that lead me to the person I want to be, then that is just going to have to be good enough. I need to trust myself that I am not weak, I am not stupid, I am not my stress/anxiety. I am strong and smart and so much to so many people. I can do and be anything I set my mind to, because I make the decisions and run this show! And I've decided it is going to be a healthy show :)
Here's to a great week Sparkers!!