November goals

December Goals

December…the month of mistletoe, hot cocoa, chilly days and roaring fires in the fireplace. I am so happy that the Christmas Tree Experiment last year worked well! It was the first year I’d ever had a tree with my kitties. They were super curious about it but didn’t destroy it, or eat it, or climb it like I feared they would. That means we can now be a Christmas tree house!

November Goals Recap

1. Continue weight lifting consistently. Try new things with weights. Yes! Thanks to Suzanne!

2. Do another Sugar Detox in preparation for the holidays. Minimum: 1 week long. Not really. I last about a day and a half on the sugar detox. 

3. Spin Class! Yes! I took a few spin classes and really, really enjoyed them.


I’m so glad that I was able to go to the Spin Class and see what it was about. I think it’s a great workout and I am really looking forward to working on my cycling fitness this winter. Too often it’s easy to just say “it’s winter, I just won’t cycle.” And then Spring comes and I have to start from scratch on the bike. My goal this Spring is to start early commuting to work on the bike and maintain it all summer long. I think Spin will help with that goal.

So what should I do for the last month of 2011?

December Goals

1. Work through the healthy recipes I’ve been collecting.

2. Take more Spin Classes.

3. Maintain my current weight during the holiday season.

4. Take some yoga classes more regularly.


Liking the Spin Class makes it much easier to go. The class also came at a time when I was having issues with running again. I think running less, biking more and fitting in some yoga will help.

QUESTION: What are your goals for December?

You Are Stronger Than You Think

Portland weather has apparently skipped Fall and gone straight to Winter. It’s been in the high 30’s lately and of course, the rain. I’ve had to scrape my car windows in the morning because it’s been so cold. Not exactly conducive to biking to work, either. But then I’m a fair-weather biker/runner.

I finally tried a spin class! I went last Thursday night after work with my friend Robyn.  I’m really glad I put “spin class” on my November Goals list and actually got out there and did it. I liked it! I might be a new convert.

I enjoyed the class. It pushed me further than I’d ever push myself on a bike alone in my living room. That’s the good thing about classes like this, you can’t go easy on yourself with an instructor telling you to push it.

The other thing I liked was that it was fun. It was a change from the boring ol’ routine. PLUS I am very excited to be able to maintain some sort of cycling fitness throughout the winter. I hated having to quit the bike last winter but I’m just not going to bike in the rain.

The class was only half full. It was kind of fun to be in a smaller class. It felt more intimate. I also noticed that the instructor knew the names of all the regulars. I thought that was pretty cool.

The class we joined on Thursday did a Hill Routine. Quite the workout for a newbie! I enjoyed it though and it wasn’t too much of a challenge. There were several moments in the class where my thighs were burning on the “hills” but I pushed through it. The instructor told us we were “stronger than we think” and to PUSH through it! I did.

Several times during the class I looked at Robyn and she gave me this look:

She gave me so many evil eye looks during the class I wondered if she’d disown me after the class. 🙂 They were similar to the above photo.

I wish I’d had my heart rate monitor to see how many calories I burned in the class. I went online to see on average how many calories are burned in a Spin class at “moderate” pace. It said 688 for my weight. I’m skeptical. I would put it closer to 500 at best. I checked my pulse several times during the class and it was racing! If I had to guess I’d say it was in the 150-160 range. I sweated more than my bike commute, but less than my normal runs (to give you an idea).

When the class was done I had a quick snack (so glad I brought snacks). I ate a few apricots and prunes and then we parted ways.

When I got home we had turkey burgers for dinner. I was famished! I also had some cucumber salad and half a serving of baked fries with dinner. It hit the spot.

Some Observations:

There were people there of all shapes and sizes. Don’t be discouraged if you aren’t at goal weight yet. I think Spin would be a great class for someone starting out in their weight loss journey.

Most people wore regular workout clothes. I was the only one that was wearing cycling clothes. But I was much more comfortable in my cycling gear than I would have been in anything else. I wore my bike shorts and was glad I did. Robyn borrowed an extra pair of my cycling shorts and she was happy she borrowed it!

I brought my cycling shoes to clip in but the clips were not conducive to my shoes (I have mountain bike shoes). I think my other cycling shoes might be better. I just wore my regular running/workout shoes instead and they worked just fine.

The class was a lot easier for me than other classes I’ve taken. The main reason I dislike fitness classes is that I can’t keep up with the moves. I don’t know the routines, I’m uncoordinated and I’m always two steps behind the rest of the class. It’s just frustrating. Spin was not like that. It was easy to catch on and keep up. Perhaps it was easy for me because I am already a cyclist?

The next day–I was not sore from the class at all. So that’s good. I guess my fitness level on the bike hasn’t totally diminished yet.

Next time: I’ll bring 2 water bottles instead of just the one. I went through my water fast!

It’s important to have the bike adjusted properly in the class. Mine was a little off. I noticed because my knees started to hurt during the last 10 minutes of class or so.

QUESTION: Are you a Spin enthusiast? How often do you go? Any tips for a newbie?