I’ve discovered the solution to my pants at work problem! As you might remember, I purchased maternity pants because of my disproportionately large tummy as a result of eating lunch. This is because of my GI problems. The pants sucked, I returned them. Soon it will be summer and I can wear dresses every day — can’t wait! But it is still cold in New York and as I planned out my day yesterday morning I had an idea.
I had my second class at Physique57 after work and while getting my workout clothes together I thought, “Why don’t I just put them on now?” So I did.
I wore workout clothes to work! My Lululemon Groove Pants look unusually like work pants when worn with longish cardigan to cover the tush and low pointy heels. I also wore my workout top under my cardigan and a nice scarf to dress it all up a little — and cover my kinda bare chest!
I was SO comfortable all day. Perfect! No one would ever know I was wearing gym clothes and I could be comfy at work in something that stretches with my belly. I plan to do this again! And again, and again…
So that’s that. Then I got to class, took one look in the mirror and my shirt rose up a tiny bit and I saw the little Lulu logo and realized — MY PANTS WERE ON BACKWARDS. All day I was wearing my pants backwards and had no idea! I was really humiliated about it during the class and couldn’t stop obsessing, even though I am sure no one noticed and it didn’t even bother me until I noticed! That is something I would do. At least I had Missy and Diana to laugh about it with!
I just need to tell you one more time how fun popships is as a company. Tory emailed me to tell me that my entry about the popdrop was poptastic! I wonder what other pop-related words they use over there!
So last night I went to the Spring Street location of Physique 57. It was much bigger than the 57th street location — but the class was also MUCH more crowded. At times I felt a little packed in and had to maneuver to find space, but otherwise it was fine. The class was HARD. My thighs were burning with more intensity than ever before. I actually thought we spent a little too much time on thighs — I would rather spend more time on arms or abs. But it was wonderful regardless. I had said the last time I went to Physique that the arms portion felt a little easy, but that was NOT the case this time! I did up my weights by a pound on both the heavy and the light, but we also spent more time doing arms last night. I guess each instructor varies it a little bit. I was happy about that – I want toned arms!
I was happy to have Missy and Diana there with me. Diana made the class look like a breeze — every time I looked over at her she didn’t seem to be struggling at all. AND she can do a split! Although she confessed after that her cool demeaner was a cover for her scorching pain. Missy looked more like I felt, which was a comfort. The other girls in the Beginner class all seemed to be pros. They knew exactly what moves were coming next and got positioned in them before the instructor said anything. I felt a little intimidated and it seemed almost competitive. The time went SO quickly. I was shocked when the instructor said it was time for abs because I know abs is one of the last things we do and it meant class was almost finished! That’s the best thing about Physique — it kicks your ass but the time flies so you could do it all the time and not get bored.
And I want to add that every morning I walk up the same staircase to cross the West Side Highway with no problems. This morning my quads were burning as I tried to climb the stairs and I had to keep stopping!
I am very excited to go to Core Fusion at Exhale tomorrow so I can accurately compare. I like the atmoshphere at Exhale much better — it is much more laid back and calm. I mean, it is a spa! But when I went last week to take Core Fusion Sport with the boy, it just seemed so much more chill. I have a feeling I will really like Core Fusion tomorrow!
Core Fusion Sport, by the way, is HARD. You hold a weighted ball (I used the lightest, 6 lbs) and do lots and lots of eksusizes holding it and moving it. We did a bunch of planks while keeping our hands on the ball which was ridiculously tough for me because my hands were sweaty and kept slipping! I didn’t get the most out of that portion of the class because I was struggling and didn’t think of the obvious solution — do the planks on the floor! Next time, I will. And there will be a next time — the boy and I both felt so challenged, the instructor was friendly and helpful and considerate of my knee injury and we really got a full body workout. Now that we know what to expect, we can pace ourselves better and do modifications of excercises if necessary. We want to try and go once a week, whether it is Core Fusion Sport or just Core Fusion. I will know more after tomorrow’s class!
I tried running outside for the first time for real last Sunday with the boy. The good news — I was able to run! Veryyyy slowly, but I did it! The bad news? I only lasted 20 minutes! I can run on the treadmill for 45 minutes and spin every day of the week but running outside knocked me out. It is very different to propel yourself forward rather than running essentially in place. I was out of breath and my chest was hurting badly. I also got a bad pain in the outside upper part of my right thigh. I have gotten that pain before when I tried running outside for a few minutes once. Any idea what that could be? I stretched before I ran but maybe I am not stretching whatever that muscle is? I had a hard time even walking the rest of the day. But the leg pain isn’t what stopped me — what stopped me was feeling like I just couldn’t go any more!
But I did love it. I loved being outside and running next to the boy (although eventually he kept going while I turned around to run back). At one point I just stayed behind a couple that were going at a pace I liked, which worked really well. I also felt like an imposter, but a proud one. Everyone around me probably assumed I was someone who runs and had no idea that it was all new to me! I know I was going sooooo slowly, but I don’t care about speed. I just care about actually being able to run outside so I can do it all spring and summer — and participate in my first 5k! So now that I know I can do 20 minutes, I hope that next time I can run for 30! I hope to try again on Sunday in the beautiful warm weather. My knee has been bothering me lately so it depends how I feel then… but if I can, I will.
One last workout update, on Tuesday my gym is having a special 60 minute spin class (I’ve never gone longer than 45) with 2 instructors called “Rev Up for Summer” — I am VERY excited!
And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The winner of the Doormat Giveaway Contest!
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Out of 69 total entries, the winner is…. Andrea from Healthy Living in MD.
OMG…I love “Wow…Nice Underwear”. That’s classic! I’ve also provided a link to your contest at my site:
Congratulations, Andrea! Can’ t wait to hear which doormat you choose! Which reminds me…. I still have to choose which doormat I plan to order from Coco Mats ‘N More as well! My roommate suggested this one, which is funny because it is true as our apartment is 320 square feet and anyone who visits really shouldn’t expect much!
Oh and I forgot to mention Mallory has her own new URL too: http://baconwrappedlife.com — check it out! Have an amazing WARM weekend!