You know what the best part of getting certified to instruct spin again was?

Tax-deductible cycling shoes!

I have had cycling shoes on my secret fitness wish list forever. For years, whenever my family members would inquire about what I wanted for my birthday my mom would tell them ‘She really wants cycling shoes’ to which she often got the response ‘that’s not a gift!’

Since I go through a few pairs of running shoes a year, and those can get pricy, I couldn’t justify indulging in another set of expensive fitness related shoes. As it is I have a serious problem when it comes to practical footwear: I have a ton of high heels that I used when I was uniformed in pencil skirts and pumps in my office life, and I have a bunch of sneakers…if an occasion requires any other type of shoe I’m usually at a loss. And really, I’m not a big fan of wearing heels on a daily basis. Basically, what I need to do is buy normal shoes, not more sneakers. BUT, when I recertified I automatically qualified for a discount on Spinning gear, and when I passed my certification exam they gave me another discount. The double discount, coupled with the fact that I can write these suckers off on my taxes made the indulgence completely justifiable in my brain. (This took hours of rationality manipulation, I would appreciate it if no one poked holes in my carefully crafted self-enabling mechanism. J)

My pretty new shoes arrived yesterday. Usually I have a Mon/Wed/Fri spinning rotation but I’m going to try and find a class tonight to go to so I can test these suckers out.

Did anyone go running yesterday for National Running Day? I hit the park up for a short run mid-afternoon. I only got in about 1.5 miles before I decided to walk it out—it was really hot and I was definitely not properly hydrated. Later on I hit the gym up for some elliptical time and strength training.

Breakfast


Mini whole wheat bagel with lite cream cheese
Watermelon
Pineapple

Snack


Mango and lite Cheddar cheese
Can you tell how much I love summer fruit?

Snack


Trail mix (I <3 Trader Joe’s individual trail mix packets)

Lunch


This was a super tasty concoction of leftovers. Whole wheat tortilla with chicken strips, brown rice, refried beans and hot sauce.
Who needs Taco Bell?

Dinner


Some people are far more talented than I am.


I stopped by a local speak easy style restaurant/bar. There are only two things on the menu that come with fries, and their fries are AMAZING. It was either muscles or a burger, I figured of the two the mussels would probably be the most healthy. It may not be ‘clean’ eating, but I was aiming for balance.