We are now close to halfway through our spin class challenge. There are 2 ways to win the challenge: most weight lost and most spin classes attended. The gym has added lots of extra spin classes, but I don't expect to win that category, as I have very limited times that I can go.
However, I have been able to go to 2 additional classes a week, on Tuesday and Thursday morning--so I have been exercising vigorously for 5 days a week, a marked uptick. I am the kind of person who does best when I get my exercise done in the morning. I always used to say that no one ever calls a meeting for 6:30 in the morning, but it can be hard to get away for a 5:30 in the afternoon class.
Of course, I also do my best writing early in the morning. If I could live my life however I wanted, I'd probably wake up at 3:00 or 4:00 a.m., work for a time, sleep for a time, and keep going in 2-3 hour cycles. I think that would work, but would it really? I'll probably have to wait until retirement, should that day come, to find out.
I am sleeping so much better in the past two weeks--is it because of the extra exercise? This week, I also abstained from drinking for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night, so that might play a role too. Or maybe I've just been tired.
Yesterday we had an announcement in class: someone had donated a pair of women's size 11 spin shoes--did anyone need them? Could anyone use them? Did anyone have that size foot?
I do, especially with my arthritis swelling. Still, I felt somewhat guilty. But the spin instructor/head of the Wellness program said that she'd made the announcement in class after class, and I was the first one who wanted the shoes.
I do feel a bit like Cinderella--Cinderella and her spin shoe. I had been needing a new pair of spin shoes, and these might do the trick. I can make them much wider than my regular spin shoes, which is no small thing these days, with my swollen feet.
True to most athletic shoes, they are a bit smaller than a real size 11, but my foot slid right in, so I'll try them in a spin class this morning.
I got my first pair of spin shoes--the pair I'm still using--from a spin class buddy who had been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis and so had to buy much larger shoes. I bought them for 15 bucks and had to go to a cycle shop to have the clips put in. Once they were loose on my feet, but I made them work. Now they are not. Sigh.
I am lucky that I can still do this exercise--it's the only vigorous exercise that I can still do consistently. I never realized how much I bend my feet in a normal day until it became painful to do so. And so much exercising involves an ability to bend the foot.
I thought I might be able to win the weight loss part of the challenge, but truth be told, I don't really care if I do or not. I needed something to encourage me to eat differently--and to drink less. So far, it's working, although I haven't made the radical changes I would need to make to lose the weight I would need to lose to win.
Unless . . . I suspect others are in the same boat. And there's still 2 weeks. Stay tuned!