I blame the rain entirely!

Saturday was all doomy and gloomy in my little part of the earth. When you wake up to the sound of a torrential down-pouring the idea of putting on some rain boots and trekking the 1.2 miles to the gym (a walk I usually really enjoy) for a go on the treadmill seems fairly unlikely. In fact, leaving ones apartment at all seems to fall under the ‘slim to none’ category of things that are going to happen. But, well, after many hours of sitting on my couch watching a ‘Medium‘ marathon on Netflix I realized that if I dedicated any more time to my sofa we’d be in a monogamous relationship…and well, I’m just not ready to commit.

Fidgety, bored, and still not willing to face the great outdoors I opened up Insanity. Not the mental health issue, the box set of DVDs I became obsessed with winning on eBay a few weeks ago. Late night internet shopping never leads anywhere good.

Guys, cover me with asprin and call it a day.

Once I opened the box and started the first DVD I was hooked. Hooked in a ‘I love boxed sets, gimme, gimme, gimme’ kind of way. I’m a sucker for set, now you know my weakness—if there’s a calendar to follow I’m in. The program is 60 days. I wasn’t planning on starting it until after my spin certification class, but now I’m on a role. This is CRAZY.

I like to think I know my way around an exercise DVD, but this one made me look like a total spazzola. I think the fact that I’m kind of craptastic at it is why I want to keep doing it. I want to conquer this mofo. Today was day three, and it’s crazy hard. I’m about ready to die after the warm up, never mind the whole DVD. The good thing is that the DVDs all appear to be about 40-minutes long. Forty minutes is nothing. The instructor, Shaun T, also spends quite a bit of time on the warm-up and cool down so you’re really only looking at 30 minutes of actual work high intensity cardio. You can do anything for 30-minutes right? Well, that’s what I’m telling myself but there are still parts where I’m about ready to curl up in the fetal position and suck my thumb.

I do love a challenge 😉

BUT, I’m still trying to train myself specifically to become a spin instructor, so a few hours (and a nap) after I finished the DVD today I hit up spin class. I am a cardio monster. As I’m typing up this blog my BodyMedia armband is telling me I burned 3100 calories today. That’s a lot for me. As far as I’m concerned I’m allowed to eat an entire pizza. Unfortunately it’s still Passover so I had to settle for a salad. If I never see a salad, omelet, or smoothie again it will be too soon. Bring on the carbs. Tomorrow at sundown means the end of the protein parade. Hoorah!


Smoothie with low fat kefir, banana, mango, pineapple, orange juice


Almonds and an apple


Greek yogurt with honey, banana, and walnuts

Unphotographed pre & post spin class snacks

I don’t want anyone to think I’m starving to death burning that many calories in one day and existing solely on yogurt and salad. Before spin class I ate a wedge of cheese and half a board of matzo. After spin I mixed a scoop of protein powder and 1% milk together to help with muscle recovery.


I was cool with the salad eating for a while but I’ve reached my lettuce chewing capacity. One more day—thank goodness.
Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, turkey, avocado, sunflower seeds, oil & vinegar