I WILL convert you.

I have essentially made it my mission to convert anyone I meet into a spin class lover. First I should probably work on converting my family into spin addicts like I am. My mom was the first victim  enthusiastic spin partner to accompany me to a spin class, and it was definitely not because she was the only one home and had nothing better to do. We went to a drop-in class taught by my favourite instructor. 

It was a killer class and we did plenty of intervals. I am pretty sure someone messed with the gears on my spin bike because the gears I usually use for this instructor’s drills felt way too easy… that, or my legs are getting really strong. Let’s go with the latter reason. It was a really fun class and despite the lack of hill climbs which are my favourite drill – it was an amazing workout. My mom claims she liked it but she may change her mind when she can’t move her legs tomorrow.

Another day off of work and after spin class I didn’t have too much planned so I did fun things like debate whether or not it is actually necessary to go up stairs with my sore legs or if my laundry can wait just one more day.

I have also managed to replenish all of the fluids I lost as sweat in spin class with delicious fruit. What will I do when summer is over and all of this fruit is out of season? I already consume about 73% of my family’s food budget. 

Yum. I got hungry again just looking at those pictures. Don’t worry, I made the mandatory stop at Starbucks to get coffee today… heaven forbid I go one day without it.

That orange coffee cup sleeve means it’s almost time for Pumpkin Spice Latte season, also known as autumn, quite possibly my favourite time of year!

C’mon gang… it’s abdominal time.

I struggle with finding my six-pack. I thought with all of the cardio and strength training I do I would just lift my shirt up one day and BAM… abs. Apparently it doesn’t work that way. I have tried many things to strengthen my abs like doing 100 crunches every day or seeing how long I can plank and trying to increase it every day. One of the most surprising things I have found on my quest to flat and toned abs is the move that strengthens my core more than I ever thought it would is a push-up. If I stop doing pushups for a while and then go and try to do a bunch of them, the muscles that become sore are my core muscles. Hence the reason I have challenged myself to do 50 push-ups every day this month… not only to make my arms look less like spaghetti noodles, but my core gets a bit of a daily challenge as well.

In keeping on my quest to a six pack, I have tried to find new and inventive ways to work my abs and usually end up reverting back to old school crunches. Crunches work for the most part… but I get a little bored doing 52849 of them so it’s nice to have a routine of various forms of crunches to do. Every day in August I have done an 8-minute ab routine from a video on Youtube. It has really helped my core muscles. No, unfortunately I don’t have a well defined six pack but I have really noticed a difference in the muscle density in my abdomen. 

C’mon gang.

The video is from the 80s or 90s and is instructed by a man in a lot of neon spandex. I started to make fun of his outfit but then realized I was wearing neon pink spandex shorts and an orange shirt… I think I am exercising in the wrong decade. The instructor says a lot of things like “C’mon gang” and “alright gang five more seconds” as well as offering many words of encouragement. He makes sure to specify that you should not be pulling your neck and never to let your lower back leave the floor – very important rules of form for ab work!

The ab routine consists of 8-minutes of a bunch of different moves:

  1. Basic crunch – 45 seconds.
  2. Right oblique crunch – 45 seconds.
  3. Left oblique crunch – 45 seconds.
  4. Toe touches – 45 seconds.
  5. Reverse crunch – 45 seconds.
  6. Right side crunch – 45 seconds.
  7. Left side crunch – 45 seconds.
  8. Push throughs – 45 seconds.
  9. Leg pushes – 45 seconds.
  10. Alternating curls – 45 seconds.
  11. Curls – 30 seconds.
  12. Isometric hold – 5 seconds.

I will spare you the pictures of me performing these moves. I have a feeling I don’t look as graceful as I feel when doing this workout. There are a couple more videos by the same people… 8-minute arms and 8-minute buns. I haven’t tried either of them but I’m sure if they are as effective as the ab video then I will have fantastic abs, arms, and buns in no time. 

I had a day off… yet where did I end up? Starbucks. Don’t ask what is going on with my hair, I said it was my day off, clearly that means you must not put any time and effort into your hair, makeup, or choice of clothing.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

I hope you started singing the title when you read it. The countdown is on until the first day of school. I am not really ready to go back and start the constant homework, studying, exams, and midterms but I do like routine and having a set schedule. Again, I’m a little OCD about this stuff. 

Today I took Stuart to the university to tour where all of his classes are so he knows where he is going during the first couple days of classes. He has quite big gaps between his classes so it’s not like he’ll be sprinting from class to class… unlike me who will have to literally run across campus to make my classes on time. There are no gaps in between my classes. The plus side? That means I only go to the university two days a week!

Yes, my schedule is in fact colour coordinated. We went to the bookstore to buy the books on our book lists. The bookstore had one of my books. One. At least I only had to spend $18. Stuart on the other hand left with a hefty bill of $800 for his books. Ha. At the bookstore I bought my favourite school supply. I cherish it every year… my planner. Nerd alert.

We stopped to pick up our Fall Term bus passes. I can’t say I have missed public transportation this summer. 

We stopped on the way home from the university to get some notebooks and various school supplies. In the age of technology many people take notes on their laptops… I am not one of those people. I remember things a lot better if I write them down. If I were to bring my laptop to class I would spend far too much time reading blogs and checking Facebook. Subject dependent notebooks and multicolour packs of pens… did I say nerd alert already?

Today my legs made sure to remind me that I ran 13.1 miles yesterday. My hips and quads are a little sore but I would be in far worse shape had I not trained for the race. It is such a weird feeling after a race. I have no training schedule, I have no nerves regarding exercise, I have no anticipation building day by day. After a couple months of training and planning for one day, one race, it is hard to believe it is over. I guess I will just have to revel in my pride for a little bit… then it will be time to plan my next race of course. I think texting and blogging is about the most muscle movement and exercise I will be doing today.

Oh, and lifting utensils to eat my weight in homemade pizza, salad, and crackers. I have been hungry ALL day. My metabolism must still be revving from yesterday’s half marathon right? I should take advantage of that.