Ever since I was cleared by my physical therapist to begin exercise after my psoas injury, I started Spinning. It is a low impact cardio exercise that I could do to keep my endurance up while on a running hiatus, and I firmly believed it help with my recovery. So even though I started running again, I’m continuing with Spinning because I love it so much. It’s been a month now and I’m totally addicted.
I was addicted to Spinning about 4 years ago, but work got in the way. It wasn’t until this frustrating incident that I discovered there was a Spinning studio about 5 minutes away from my house. No gym fee required…woohoo! I’ve tried out a few different instructors and have found one that I love. Great music and he combines a killer core workout with your cardio. Did you know that Spinning can really strengthen your core? I didn’t until this class and when my abdomen began aching the next day! Total bonus 🙂
I had a great class last night and really pushed my legs. Afterwards both the owner of the studio and the instructor stopped me to tell me how impressed they were. The owner said I was by far the fastest in the class and he couldn’t believe how hard I was pushing it. The instructor (who’s been watching me for weeks now) said I am getting stronger and faster in each class, and that he is really proud of my progress. I left there on cloud 9! I’ve been feeling down about my slow running speeds and continued pain in my hips…that was just what I needed.
Feeling great, I went home to make a healthful dinner. As I mentioned in my weekly review, my goal this week is to focus on nutrition and so far so good. Here’s what I ate yesterday…
Breakfast: Antioxident Smoothie (diluted pomegranate juice, lite silken tofu, frozen blueberries & banana)
Snack: Apple & Peanut Butter
Lunch: Mixed Greens, Shredded Carrots, Garbanzo Beans & Balsamic Vinaigrette
Snack: Mini Whole Wheat Pita, Peanut Butter & Banana
Dinner: Grilled Shrimp, Roasted Asparagus, Tomato Mozzarella Salad & Bread
Oh and I also had half a Smithwick’s and 1.5 mini cannolis. But hey I burned 800+ calories in Spinning, so I deserve it!!
What other exercise do you do besides running? What are you having for dinner tonight?