Spinning my Heart Out.

I get way too excited to hit the spin bikes. All day at work I couldn’t wait until I could escape to my little slice of heaven… a spin bike. Apparently in my mind spending an hour on a stationary bike looking at the same wall is more entertaining than venturing beyond the walls of the gym and cycling outdoors. 

The spin bikes are on the top floor of my fitness centre and considering it was almost 30 degrees outside, you can bet it was a little hot and humid in the spin zone. Good thing I am not ashamed of placing the giant industrial sized fan right in front of my bike. 


I have a few spin playlists on my iPod on when I get on the bike and choose my warm-up song and then just let the shuffled playlist decide my workout for me. It makes time go by really fast because I never know what drill I’ll be doing next. Downside? When you get more than three hill songs in a row. I always have a rotation of favourite spin songs going on and usually they are hard hill drills. “Kiss kiss” by Chris Brown is my favourite at the moment. Every time he sings “kiss kiss” I turn the gear up and do a heavy hill climb, which ends up being a total of 8 increases. My legs BURN by the end. 


I was listening to my iPod on my break at work the other day and one of my coworkers thought it was cool that I had such an ancient and retro iPod… uh, thanks? I think this iPod could survive an apocalypse. It has flown off the belt of many treadmills, been dropped, kicked and possibly trampled by a few people while racing a half marathon, it has been covered in sweat many many times, left in a hot car, left in the snow… yet it still survives. Second generation iPod nanos are champs. 

My spin workout today went a little something like this:

All I Ever Wanted – Basshunter. Warm-up 90 rpm.
For Your Entertainment – Adam Lambert. Standing run repeats.
California Girls – Katy Perry. 10 second sprint with 10 second recovery repeats.
Right Now (Na Na Na) – Akon. Jumps, increasing gear every time I hit the standing climb.
Out Here Grinding – DJ Khaled. Hill climb. 
Burn it to the Ground – Nickelback. Hill repeats with increasing gear, super hard.
Turn it Up – Stereos. Progressive repeats, 70 rpm to 80 rpm to 90 rpm and repeat.
Somebody to Love – Justin Bieber. Hovers, 10 second hover, 10 second standing run, and repeat.
Right Round – Flo Rida. Hill repeats.
Cross my Heart – Marianas Trench. Repeats of seated hill climb, 20 second standing run, 10 second standing sprint.
Like a G6 – Far East Movement. Hill climb.
Single Ladies – Beyonce. Seated sprint repeats.
Shooting Star – David Rush. Steady recovery ride, above 80 rpm.
Headstrong – Trapt. Standing hill climb to sitting hill climb repeats.
My Life Would Suck Without You – Kelly Clarkson. Sprint repeats.
Kiss Kiss – Chris Brown. Heavy hill climb. 
Glad You Came – The Wanted. Cool down. 

I was dripping. When I went down to do arm strength training after spin one of my gym crushes was in the weight area. I tried to impress him with my superior arm strength. I don’t think my half push-up and failed attempt at triceps dips was the way to go. 


Cardio ADHD.

I had a 3.0 mile run on my training schedule today so I hit the treadmill. It was slightly breezy outside and heaven forbid I run in less than perfect conditions. 


I promise, the fact that NHL players were wandering around the fitness facility I work out in was only PART of the reason why I ran inside instead of outside on an August afternoon. Apparently I need to brush up on my hockey player stalking skills because I saw not one Edmonton Oiler.

I had cardio ADHD today, a recognized fitness disorder in case you were wondering. I started off at the gym on the elliptical for a 10 minute warm-up, then I ran on the treadmill for my three miles plus a mile of cool down jogging (7:54 min/mile for the run, 10:00 min/mile for the cool down), then I ventured to the stepper for 15 minutes of stairs, then back to the elliptical for 15 minutes. I guess I just wanted to leave a puddle of my sweat around as many cardio machines as possible. Oops. No matter how much I looked like a crazy person running from various cardio equipment to the next, it worked and I wasn’t bored at all.

I entered the gym really tired and decided to run my three miles at whatever pace my body felt like. Turns out it was only my brain that was tired, my legs and lungs had other plans and managed to pound out sub-8 minute miles. Score one for endorphins.

I rediscovered a past lover. 


I completely forgot how good cherries are. I haven’t had them ALL SUMMER until now. What was I thinking? 


How delicious do those look? No one let me make that mistake again. I hope to have a little more focused workout tomorrow… as much fun the ADHD cardio-hopping was today! 

The Search is Over.

I can’t tell you how long I have been waiting for this moment. 

As a whole-hearted peanut butter lover, when I heard about PB2 I knew I had to try it. I haven’t been able to find it in grocery stores and I was tempted to order it online but if I didn’t like it I didn’t want to be stuck with 42kg of the stuff. Finally I found it at a local whole foods market, The Enjoy Centre. PB2 is a powdered peanut butter, essentially a defatted peanut butter. The directions on the jar are 2 tablespoons of PB2 mixed with 1 tablespoon of water to make the original consistency of peanut butter, but you can add the powder to pretty much anything – smoothies, yogurt, protein shakes, oatmeal, pancakes, baking, or savoury sauces. 


After my 5:45am spin class this morning and some stairs and leg work after class, I was more than ready to come home and enjoy some hot oatmeal with banana and PB2. I absolutely LOVE peanut butter in my oatmeal so I wasn’t sure how PB2 would compare. 


Turns out it is delicious! I don’t know why I was hesitant. Any and every form of peanut butter is amazing. Once I added the almond milk to my oatmeal and mixed it with the PB2 a bit, it was heaven.

I definitely still love original natural peanut butter and my body loves the healthy fats but this powder is a cool alternative. 

You now have the “Kris-Murray-PB-Approval” for PB2. You’re welcome. They also make a Chocolate PB2, uh YUM. I may need to bulk order these jars of goodness.