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Gettin’ Swoll

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Hey lovies, I’m back!… and with some atypical Rosie Glow subject matter to boot. I know I preach wellness on this here blog, which you can bet includes exercise (daily exercise, no less), but in truth, I’m usually pretty wimpy in my efforts to sweat.

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Ferocious, right? Running in Italy… with pastries in hand

For the last several years, I’ve woken up almost every day at the crack of dawn, gleefully donned my kaleidoscopic rainbow octopus Asics:

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Boom.

…and skipped off to the gym like the pansy I am (LOVE pansies.) There, as I’ve said before, I usually miss the start of spin class/ body pump by a hair (damaged, pinkish DESERT hair :(), plus I really just want to do my own thing anyway; so I proceed to run/dance on the eliptical while watching AMTV (did you all know Justin Bieber was over 2 hours late to his last London show?! For shame!) and lip syncing all. over. the. place.

Every day.

Honestly, it’s a joyful practice – but I should consider it meditation, at this point, more so than exercise… because after all these years, I could be on an eliptical machine for 2 hours and not feel a darn thing. I advocate checking in, and being gentle with yourself – but that’s not an excuse to phone it in, yo! (For shame!) My routine has simply become too routine.

So last night, I took a live DJ spin class that kicked my wussy butt. And yes, I did say live DJ – the scene looked like this:

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sans cat… plus bikes

I go to spin classes all the time… at least two or three times a week. But THIS spin class made me feel like I was going to die… and I loved it. It made me realize that I haven’t pushed myself to the point of panting, red-faced VICTORY in years – since days at camp spent running up and down a basketball court and eating these as fuel: since tae kwan do classes of yore whence young Rosie Glow was a pine-cracking TERROR.

I think not having been too intense about exercise in my twenties has been good for me, mentally. If you’ve been reading for a little while, you know I’m inclined towards extremes: with food, life goals, attitudes about people. An hour or so a day of designated zoning out while my legs are moving and my heart is calmly pumping ain’t so bad… but I’m gearing myself up for a personal challenge, wherein I bust my own chops a la Shaun T. I’ll be attending more bootcamp-style classes and hardcore twerkin’ it… not every day, but a few times a week. I’ve thought about the aforementioned Shaun T.’s Insanity program and P90X DVDs, but let’s be real… if I have 45 minutes to kill at home, I’m in my pajamas eating grapes and watching Project Runway – not doing burpees. As Tim Gunn says…

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I’ll keep you all updated on my exercise findings! I’ve also got some food as medicine experiments in the works… remember seed cycling? And… I just ordered big ol’ bags of maca and spirulina powders. Wait, no one else is pumped about high-protein pulverized seaweed and primitive plants that taste like feet? Cool. More for me.


What do you all think about exercise intensity? What’s your practice and are you satisfied with it? I’d love to know!

XOXO,
Rose

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Hey you! Rosieglowwellness.com is largely devoted to musings on what balance means to an urbane, artsy-fartsy twenty-something. It’s tough out here for us post-grad women: if you’re not homeless, you’re doing something right. But do you, too, worry that you spend too much time furrowing your brows over your future when you should be unwrapping and relishing your present? Do you, like me, sometimes feel like everyone expects you to be the type of person who spends the majority of her entry-level “arts” paycheck on fifteen dollar old-timey cocktails, four a.m. cab rides home and everything sequined on the Urban Outfitters sale rack when, perhaps, you are really the type of person who would rather drink cucumber mint kale juice while wearing yoga pants and Googling reiki techniques? Is it possible that such a person is one and the same, and she is fabulous in her own, very confused right? Sister girl, I hear you. I know you. I accept you. I also know in my happy gut, full heart and coffee-addled brain that you and I are gorgeous glow worms, just as we are! We are sparkle ponies of light and love and we are still in the process of teasing out our true, authentic selves with all of this… living. So if you don’t have it figured out, if you acknowledge that you never will and that is tremendously exciting, if you want to connect with other smart chicks and tap into that charming inner-self of yours, then come back real soon, ya hear? We’re family now!

18 thoughts on “Gettin’ Swoll

  1. I feel like the exercise component of my life tends to ebb and flow…
    I’m on a weight loss journey right now (27 lbs down, 58 to go), so obviously, the gym is going to be an integral part of my life, at least in the winter. On weekends I’ll hit up a spin class or ballet burn, both of which make me feel totally badass. But on weekdays, I gym it at 5am M-W-F. I work at 6:30, so I really only get an hour, and there aren’t any classes that early. I’ll run intervals, spend 30 minutes on the stairmaster, use the rowing machine. I’m trying to have a better relationship with the weights. I used to resent cardio machines…felt like a hamster on a wheel, I suppose. But now I’ve come to love that familiar “zoned out” feeling of ke$ha booming in my ears, my muscles burning while my mind just flutters about, daydreaming and pondering. Just time to clear my head before a full day. And as long as I’m burning some calories while doing it, I’m good with that. Glad to know I’m not the one who lip syncs while working out…I always wonder what my treadmill neighbors think of me giving a full lip-sync performance of the queen of the night’s revenge aria (Sumi Jo! Killin it!) at 8mph…

    • First – damn girl! That’s a huge accomplishment. I’m with you on spin class and zonin’ out… but I’m super curious about ballet burn. Are you a CAC member?! And when you’re nannying, you probs run around all day, no?

      Also, Sumi Jo is a BALLER. You know who she reminds me of? Juli Bunyak!!!

      • I AM a CAC member! I’m at EAC like it’s muh job. I really like ballet burn– it’s not a ton of cardio, mostly pilates type work but from a ballet perspective. Awesome for toning and makes you feel like a graceful swan, even if you are, in fact, a clumsy giraffe (c’est moi!).
        As for muh actual job, I do “run around” all day, but it’s harder to stay active in the winter. In the spring/summer/fall we walk EVERYWHERE and spend lots of time outside at the park/beach/pool/community garden (!!!) and it’s SO nice. the school the kiddos go to is just under a mile away, a perfect distance for adding in some low impact exercise! There’s nothing better than that 15 minute walk to and from school with my twin chatterboxes just babbling away at me from the double jogger…it’s those days I’m reminded that I have the best job in the world!! ….is it spring yet? I’m actually dying.

      • Hahaha! Solidarity, sister – we’ll make it through winter! Your day to day (at least in warmer months) sounds perfect!!

        And I’m a clumsy giraffe, too. I used to get called giraffe in elementary school :( True story.

  2. I spent all of last year not working out at all (except for a few yoga classes…in French…which turned out to be a bit much for me…the language, not the yoga!), and when I came home, I was like, oh geez, I’m not walking all over Paris anymore, time to get moving! So I asked my dad for a gym membership for my birthday. I mostly just do cardio, but I do like to switch it around. Lately I’ve been reading or looking at music on the recumbent bike, which makes forty minutes go by in a flash. But I also like do a walk/run on the treadmill. I don’t enjoy running long distances, so I alternate ten minutes walking, ten minutes running. And I like to push myself on the last running set–just turn up the speed and sprint! It feels so good. For some reason the elliptical used to be my favorite thing but it doesn’t work for me anymore–I always feel like I’m going to fall off, and I can never get a smooth rhythm going. Oh well!

    • Anne, I felt the same way when I graduated from school… yikes, not running from class to class every day! I do make it a point to break up the work day with long walks lest I be entirely sedentary for 8 hours. And French yoga class?! I can’t even imagine. How does one smoke in downward dog?!

      • Haha, it wasn’t THAT French. It was just IN French, and I have enough trouble navigating a yoga class in English! (Much as I like yoga. My issue with yoga is that I went to the CoOPERAtive program at Westminster Choir College 5 years ago, and there was a yoga for singers class taught by one of the Westminster voice teachers, and it was such a great practice that I’ve never found one that I liked as much! Plus there was this beautiful tenor in the program…)

      • Beautiful men make exercise worth doing. I wouldn’t date a tenor, though… :)

      • Well, it was a three-week program, so it was a short-lived romance. But lovely. :)

  3. Since last August, I’ve made it a personal goal to make exercise a mandatory start to my day, almost akin to brushing my teeth or drinking that java. What “they” say is really true: if you practice a certain action for about a month, it does tend to become a habit. And I’m so grateful for it! Not only does exercise allow me to spend some quality time with myself, but it evens out my temper and creates fun endorphins. My exercise routine is not varied, though, and I have been wanting to try a spin class for quite some time…I hope I don’t die.

    • You won’t die! I can tell you’re a fighter :) I’m the same way… as long as I get it done first thing, my brain’s happy all day. Sometimes it does feel good to really push myself, though!

  4. I’M excited about maca and spirulina! I’m also SO curious abut the seed cycling thing and if it works or not. TWERK IT GIRL.

    • I’ll keep you updated! I tried the seed cycling for two weeks to no avail… but, to be fair, I didn’t have a solid understanding of when I should start/with what seeds… and I still don’t, cuz, um, my cycle’s irregular.

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