Fit, Fab, and (Not Quite) 40 – Pt. 6

I’m now entering month 4 of getting fit (I was already fab to begin with!), and things are a changin’…

James, my personal trainer, has stepped up our workouts.  As if increasing the weight and reps wasn’t enough, now he has me jump on a bike and cycle in between sets.  That’s right, he pushes that bike around as we navigate through the machines.  Since cycling between sets takes longer, the workout now lasts 1 ½ hours.

The leg press.

My weight is down 16 pounds.  That’s about 5 pounds a month.  It’s not coming off as fast as I would like, but I try to remember that sometimes “slow and steady wins the race.”  My measurements have changed as follows: arms, -1 ½”; thighs, -1 ¼”; waist, -2”.

Something else has changed – I actually look forward to going to the gym now. Not only am I promised a good workout, but I also enjoy seeing my new friends.  James was right – he told me from the very beginning that if I exercised the same days and times, I’d get to know people.  

There’s definitely a camaraderie in spin class.  We all know each other – who likes to sit by the window, who likes the fan (that’s me!)  I’m so glad I stuck with it.  I can’t wait to get off work and let off some steam.  Yes, librarians need to let off steam too!  The pumping music, the dim lights, the whole atmosphere – it’s almost like a out of body experience after a hard day at work.

I bought my first pair of cycling shoes this week.  I met James one afternoon over at Trek in Peachtree City (behind Target) where Mark Born helped us.  I have issues with my feet to begin with.  I have plantar fasciitis and a slight heel spur in my left foot, so I have to be careful with shoes.  Mark outfitted me with a pair of Bontrager RL Mountain WSD.  I can’t even begin to tell you how comfortable these shoes are.  I have high arches, which contributes to my foot problems, and these shoes come with eSoles premium inserts.  They feel so good that I’m thinking about buying another set of eSoles for my walking shoes.      

My Bontragers.

You may be thinking, why do you even need special shoes for indoor cycling?  You don’t.  But – if you are doing a lot of it, like I am, it helps keep your foot properly placed on the pedals.  That’s because they have cleats on the bottom that clip into the pedals.  The shoes are also very stiff.  You cannot bend my shoes.  So the support is there when you stand, or some out of the saddle,  to pedal.

I used them for the first time Saturday morning.  I slept hard Friday night and did not want to get up Saturday.  But I got a text from James at 7:30 a.m. that said, “Get up!”  Against the wishes of my body, I got up and was at the gym by 8:05 for the for 8:15 spin class.  The class was full!  I got there just in time to get one of the last bikes.  

I’ve heard from a few of you.  Mary was told by her doctor that she had osteoporosis, so she now working with a personal trainer on a specialized program.  Janis is starting boot camp on Monday.  Have a story you’d like to share?  Stop by the library to see me or feel free to comment below.

Jill Prouty

Jill is a reader, writer, and professional librarian who enjoys spending her free time with her husband of twelve years and their two sons. She has an MSLS from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.