A group of my friends are doing a “Sober November” meaning they will not be drinking for the entirety of the month (baring obvious exceptions such as Thanksgiving or out-of-town trips). While I’m not necessarily participating (you can pry my red wine from my cold dead hands), I do like the idea of a healthy month to get back into the swing of things.
For me, it’s the gym. I’ve been neglecting everything physical for a few months now and frankly, I can tell. I’m slow on the soccer field. My pants are a teeny bit snugger than I would like. And considering I pay $80 a month for a gym membership that I used about four times last month, I’d say I’m not exactly getting my money’s worth.
So, in my typical structured-personality fashion, I created a calendar in Google calendar with all the gym classes I might want to take and when they are…for the next six months. That way, when I check my calendar for the upcoming day or week, I can see exactly what classes are available to me that day, choose, and then attend. Keeping it simple – a great way to get INTO the gym. After I get a good habit going (*fingers crossed*), I plan on breaking off to do my own work again. Particularly lifting…which I really only enjoy in the morning when there are squat racks open and fewer people watching, (read: the dudes lifting in the morning are there to lift, not to stare).
I know, I know. No one is paying attention to me in the gym. But I still feel a little self-conscious being one of maybe two girls in weight room at any given time. Don’t get me wrong, last squat check, I was almost to 1.5x my body weight, which is a pretty solid lift. I’m not ashamed of my strength (except for overhead press….ugh), but I still feel like the new kid playing in the popular kid’s sand box.
Anyway, I took a spin class. It wasn’t my first – I took one in college a LONG time ago and wasn’t a fan. Then I tried again at this gym a while back and the instructor was just…unpleasant. But I keep hearing about how it’s a tried and true way of getting some solid cardio, so I was determined to like it. Luckily, this third time really was the charm. The instructor was great, the music was great, and I felt amazing afterwards.
That’s what a gym class should do. It should be welcoming and make you sweat (and oh, did I sweat). And by the time you walk out, you should be looking forward to your next class. And I really, really am.
And that calorie burn is no joke. I went home and ate dinner – a solid dinner – and crashed pretty hard. The next day, I had a breakfast smoothie and I swear by 10:30am I was RAVENOUS. Could not think, too hungry.
I ended up eating lunch before 11am and figured…well, since I have a free lunch hour now…how about a spin class at noon?
Mid-day workouts are incredible. It’s the total mental break you need, plus a very quick and refreshing shower before rushing back to your desk. And a 30-minute spin class is perfect. You are never looking at the clock because you know it’s a short class. Instead, you’re pushing through a SOLID selection of Disney music classics that your awesome instructor has put together, and by the time you’re back at work, it feels like a completely new day.
It’s only day four of my leap back into fitness, and this time I’d like to avoid any severe physical injuries like the one that knocked me out of the game last time around. But as long as I eat right, keep sleeping, and don’t try to take too many classes each week, I think I’ll be alright.
I feel motivated. I feel excited. I feel like I’ve reconnected with an old friend.