Spinning Playlist – January 31, 2013

Happy Thursday everyone! Apologies to my regular followers for being not so present this week – I’ve been dealing with some “stuff” the last two weeks, and it’s left me with a case of writer’s block (I blame all the other thoughts and insecurities coursing through my head). But, as we all know, the best way to deal with our downs is to get to the gym – and for me, there is no better mood boost than getting in front of an awesome class.

So, here’s tonight’s playlist, straight off the bike…

Warm-up (Flat Road; Resistance 3-4 on a Scale of 10)
If I Lose Myself – One Republic

Building Block #1 (Start Resistance 5, Build to 8+)
Animal – Neon Trees
Wild Ones – Flo Rid aft. Sia
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
Paralyzer – Finger Eleven

Building Block #2 (Start Resistance 5, Build to 9)
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera
We Found Love – Rihanna
Firework – Katy Perry
Give Me More – Britney Spears
Buttons – Pussycat Dolls

Building Block #3 (Start Resistance 5, Build to 9)
Ocean Avenue – Yellowcard
Come On – Ke$ha
In My Head – Jason DeRulo
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
Burn it Down – Linkin Park

Cooldown
Catch My Breath – Kelly Clarkson
Heartbeat Slowing Down – All-American Rejects

Have a great weekend – and to my football fans, enjoy the Super Bowl! Who do we think is going to win? I couldn’t even take a guess … my loyalty is strictly to Clemson (and overall college) football, so while I’ll watch any game, the outcome of this one doesn’t bring me any bragging rights. Have fun on Super Bowl Sunday … but be aware of those tailgate treats! Remember those beer, pizza and wing calories add up fast (and don’t be afraid of the carrots and celery).

Spinning Playlist – January 24, 2013

BRR… it’s freezing here in the DC metro this week (and unlike the last predicted snow, we actually got some of the white stuff earlier today – yuck)! Luckily, another hot cycle class was on tap for this evening.

Here’s tonight’s playlist, straight off the bike:

Warm-up (Start Flat Road, Resistance 3-4 on a Scale of 10)
Here it Goes Again – ok go

Building Block #1 (Start Resistance 5, Build to 8)
Untouched – The Veronicas
Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia
Domino – Jessie J
Misery – Maroon 5

Building Block #2 (Start Resistance 5, Build to 8.5+)
Scream – Usher
Don’t Wake Me Up – Chris Brown
Dirty Little Secret – All-American Rejects
Come to Me – Diddy ft. Nicole Scherzinger
Uprising – Muse

Building Block #3 (Start Resistance 4-5, Build to 7+)
Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welsh
Hot and Cold – Katy Perry
Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself) – Ne-Yo
Desert Rose – Sting

Cooldown
When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars
Between the Raindrops – Lifehouse

Enjoy your weekend – try to stay warm! I’ll see you all next Thursday.

What is Your Health Worth?

Just like nobody ever said getting fit would be easy, it may also not be cheap. Between purchasing fitness equipment, gym memberships, personal training, and maybe even the clothing to go along with it, the costs can add up. (One of the perks to being a fitness instructor? I get paid to teach, and my membership is comped. Add in the mental benefits that come from knowing I’m changing lives, and there is no downside here.)

Just remember, it’s money well spent – you may be shelling out a few dollars throughout the month, but you’re adding years onto your life! 

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Tonight’s 7-Miler: An Internal Monologue (Holy ADD)

First of all, thank you so much for all of the kind comments, words of encouragement, and insight so many of you shared on yesterday’s post. I appreciate it more than you know! Today’s topic will be a LOT lighter …

We’re going with my internal monologue during today’s run. I ended up on a treadmill with a broken tv today (after passing on a blinking tv and a treadmill I’m fairly sure was running well-below actual speed), so I spent a lot more time than usual looking around and getting lost in my thoughts. It’s kind of amazing how much more my mind wanders when I don’t have the talking heads on ESPN to keep me company.

That said, here’s a little insight into what was going through my mind during today’s 7-miler (and yes, I felt like my mom with her ADD and something shiny…):

Ugh. Now this tv is broken. But I’m not getting on a 4th machine. Though I’m surprised I’d have other options in January.

Hey, my clavicle looks pretty cut in this tv screen. Awesome. Top of my shoulder doesn’t look so bad, either. Love it.

How is that girl running that fast and not sweating buckets? I’m drenched once I’m half a mile in.

I want to do at least five miles today. That’s a minimum. We’ll see how I feel.

Hey, my arm muscles look pretty good in that window. They don’t look like they’re jiggling. Good.

You know, I think he thought I was talking about something a lot deeper than I actually was.

Wow, traffic is getting pretty heavy outside.

That conversation really made me miss Pappap. I hope everything turns out okay – I know it’s hard.

Wow, it’s been 15 minutes already?

Helen’s right. I need to readdress this situation.

This first two miles felt pretty good. Maybe let’s make it 10k…

I wonder if people look at me like I’m crazy when I start mouthing the words to the songs on my ipod … at least I don’t dance around like that girl in that video my mother sent me last week?

And the mom next to me will probably walking for 20 minutes … I hate January …

I don’t know, all those signs are pretty obvious. Gotta listen to Helen and get my thoughts together.

Ew, I really don’t like the way my butt looks from the side. Is it really that big? Why must I do so many squats?

Maybe I need to call Anita’s angel lady again or something. I wish I just knew where my life was going …

Hey, my posture looks pretty good from the side. Nice relaxed upper body … shoulders down and back …

Almost to 5 miles. Feeling good. Feeling fast.

Mom over there is looking pretty good. She’s running 10 minute pace, about 2.5 miles in … kinda impressed. She surprised me. Maybe I shouldn’t judge people so much. I definitely shouldn’t judge people so much.

Why must even the narrow mouth Nalgene bottles still be hard to drink out of without spilling all over myself?

Anita cracks me up. She did say she felt good about 32 for me. I hope she’s right…

I should be to 6 miles by 54 minutes. That’s a 9-minute mile, right? Wow, I’m terrible at math. 9×5 is 45, so 9×6 has to be 54, right? Wow, I am a complete idiot.

I would love for Pappap to make an appearance in my dreams tonight and tell me if this was his plan, or if there’s another one coming … ugh, why can’t it be obvious?

I wonder if people look at me weird when I end up with water dripping down my chin … maybe it makes me look hardcore. I don’t know. I don’t care.

So how is mom running wearing glasses? I could never do it. They fog up immediately. And fall of my face.

Holy fog on the corner of those windows. I can’t even see outside anymore. Probably my fault…

I really need to think about something other than this situation. I still don’t know what to think. Maybe he’s scared… STOP THINKING SO MUCH.

I’m at 6 miles at 52:15? Huh. Maybe I’ll hit 6.2 by 54. Cool.

Wait a minute … if I’m going to have a dream about Pappap, I’d have to actually remember my dreams. I never remember my dreams. This could be a problem.

Ugh, I’m such a freaking girl.

Eh, might as well do 6.5.

I really, really do not like the way my butt looks in this window.

4 straight miles, mom? Consider me impressed.

I made it to 6.5, I might as well go to 7.

Ooh, I want to put this song on my Spinning playlist this week. Haven’t done that one in a while.

Almost there. Almost there. Keep running. You are not old. Keep running.

7 down. 61 minutes. DONE. I love when I run more than I plan on running.

So … as you can see … me on the treadmill without the crazy dudes on ESPN to keep me company can be kind of dangerous. It was the weirdest thing – I was obviously focused and locked in on my run, changing up my pace, thinking about my breathing, but my brain? Total ADD. But even with the million thoughts running through my head, I still felt great when I was done. There is truly nothing better than a great run when you have a lot on your mind!

What I’ve Learned About Me in My 32 Years: All You Need is Love (and Fitness)

Today is my 32nd birthday. It’s gotten me thinking about the things that I’ve accomplished – or in many cases, not accomplished – throughout the last several years. To be completely honest, I consider myself somewhat of a mess. Maybe not in the traditional sense – I have a good job, I live in a great city, I have wonderful family and friends, I’m healthy, I’ve found my life’s passion in fitness and teaching group exercise – but the rest of it? Kind of a big old mess.

I know what you’re thinking … that life doesn’t sound so bad. But when you take a look at the things that truly matter in your life, and realize that what you consider to be the most important things in life are absent, and that the people in your life just don’t understand the thing closest to your heart? Yep, we have a problem. That’s right … big old mess.

At the risk of leaving myself perhaps a little more exposed than I’d care to be, I’m going to admit something that I’m sure a lot of people would not take me seriously knowing: I know exactly what I want out of my life. And I know that the saying goes that you always want what you don’t have – but what if what I do have brings me no joy? What if I’ve just been fooling people and not being true to myself? What if I do have a vision for my future, but I’ve found myself unable to figure out how to open the box, let alone start putting together the puzzle?

What if, really, all I need is love … and fitness?

Which is where fitness comes in. I’ve had many – MANY – people tell me that I need to find something else to do with my time; something else in which I can concentrate my efforts. Find a new hobby (but I already know what I love). Find a boyfriend (you have NO IDEA how hard I’ve been trying … and failing … for more years than I’d care to admit). Take some time off, or just skip it (I won’t eliminate from my life the very thing that brings me the greatest joy). But here’s the thing: when I’m working out, or when I’m teaching a class is the one time in my day I truly feel like me. I’m the person I want to be, I exude the confidence I am unable to muster in any other setting, I’m free of worry … I truly feel alive. My best me. The me I want to be. If there is ever a time that I truly love myself – in the way that people say you have to in order to have others truly love you in return – it is when fitness is involved.

Going back to what I mentioned earlier – that I know exactly what I want from my life. I know it’s a modern era, and women are supposed to be able to do anything they set their minds to, rule the world, get the corner office, do it all. But what if the only thing I truly want is love? And I use that word in two senses – to create and nurture a family of my own, and to be able to share my love of fitness with the world? Yeah, I said it. I want to be a mom and a fitness instructor. That’s it. My goal in life. I don’t want to get all dolled up (and “use the hallway as a runway,” as I’ve been told – long story) and go sit in an office all day. I want to walk my someday kids to the bus, and drive them to soccer, and when they are in school, spend my days doing the one thing that brings me the greatest joy in my life – helping people to live healthier lives.

One of my favorite quotes comes from the founder of a company I worked for several years ago: “All I want to do is change the world; make it a better world for future generations.” I truly try to live by these words. It’s not about me. It’s not about what I can accomplish on my own – it’s what can be accomplished when we help others to achieve their goals. It’s not about money and power and prestige – it’s about caring enough to take the time to change a life. It’s about giving and sharing love, and all the beautiful things that come along with it.

So, yeah … I’m 32 today. And I may, by many standards, have accomplished a lot. But to me, none of it matters. Because I’m not yet in the position to make my life’s work revolve around my passion, and to have people take it seriously. And because I’ve discovered first hand just how incredibly difficult it is to find someone who truly gets it – gets you – and shares the mentality that it’s not about the trivial things. In the end, it all comes down to love.

Spinning Playlist – January 17, 2013

Snow’s on the way, but it’s plenty warm – and packed – in the cycle studio! I decided to mix things up a bit tonight with a bunch of songs we haven’t rode to in a while – as well as added one new cooldown song (that, admittedly, was a little tongue-in-cheek … you’ll see why).

Here’s tonight’s playlist, fresh off the saddle:

Warm-up (Flat Road; Resistance 3-4 on a Scale of 10)
Give Me Everything Tonight – Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer

Building Block #1 (Start Resistance 5, Build to 9)
Starstrukk – 3oh!3 ft. Katy Perry
Let’s Go – Calvin Harris ft. Ne-Yo
Repeat – David Guetta ft. Jessie J
Maneater – Nelly Furtado
Run This Town – Jay-Z, Kanye West and Rihanna

Building Block #2 (Start Resistance 4-5, Build to 8.5+)
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera
Club Can’t Handle Me – Flo Rida
Walk Away – Kelly Clarkson
So What – Pink
Rocketeer – Far East Movement ft. Ryan Tedder

Building Block #3 (Start Resistance 5, Build to 8-9)
Hold it Against Me – Britney Spears
Rest of My Life – Ludacris ft. Usher and David Guetta
Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz
Burn It Down – Linkin Park

Cooldown
Heartbeat Slowing Down – All American Rejects
Miss Me – Andy Grammer

If this wintery weather is heading your way (I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we see dust at the very most), stay safe, stay warm, and let’s get through one more day so we can bring on the long weekend! With the presidential inauguration taking place this weekend, I’ll be avoiding DC like the plague if I can … and hopefully finding a great way to ring in my big 3-2 on Monday 😉 (Not having to work on Monday because of MLK is a pretty good start.) See y’all next week!