Soul Cycle

Although I  spend way too much of my discretionary income on my gym membership, I can never seem to motivate myself to go to group classes. In fact, I had to bribe myself with Starbucks before going to  pilates on Sunday. However, pilates, yoga, or spinning with a friend is much more exciting! Despite the $32 price tag, I jumped at the chance to go to a 7:30am spinning class with Katie this morning. $32? 7:30am? Yes, I realize this sounds a little crazy….

The alarm clock beeped at 6:30am and I actually felt somewhat lucid (the mosquitos must have been feasting on someone else last night!). After some coffee, it was time to head downtown.

I arrived at Soul Cycle a few minutes before class started, rented my clip-in shoes, and hopped on a bike. As we started to warm-up, a blog reader named Ellen recognized me and introduced herself. I get so excited when that happens!

And then, class began…45 minutes later, I was a sweaty mess. I think this is the hardest I’ve ever worked in a cycling class. The instructor was very energetic (in a good way) and even incorporated some upper body strength training. We did a few minutes of spinning + arm weights that made me want to cry.

Soul Cycle

Pros: Great instructor, awesome music playlist, challenging workout.

Cons: Pricy, tiny studio, clip-in shoe rentals are an extra $3.

Bottom line: If I ever win the lottery, I will sign up for a package of classes. My legs felt like jell-o after 45 minutes – definitely got my money’s worth :-)

Katie was a good sport and participated in a sweaty post-workout photo. Obviously, our appearance attests to how “for-real” the class was :-)

Soul Cycle

After a much-needed shower at the gym, I found a sunny bench in Columbus Circle and devoured my breakfast – overnight pumpkin oatmeal!

Pumpkin oats

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • chopped apple
  • handfull of raisins and walnuts
  • tsp each of maple syrup and brown sugar
  • lots of cinnamon

The night before, I mixed everything together and let it sit overnight in the fridge. Delish.

Another cup o’ coffee was needed:

Cappuccino

However, 2.5 hours later I was STARVING again. Luckily, I had just enough Nature’s Path flax plus pumpkin granola left to hold me over until lunch.

Pumpkin granola

At 1pm, I dashed down to the cafeteria and loaded up a very colorful salad. I enjoyed it in Central Park while reading my newest issue of Health Magazine.

Salad

  • mixed greens, shredded carrots, red onion, mushrooms
  • scoop of lentil & feta salad
  • bit of white bean and artichoke salad
  • bit of sun dried tomato pasta salad
  • whole grain croutons, craisins, and balsamic vinaigrette

On my walk back to the office, I snapped a photo of my leopard print flats. Wearing these shoes always make me so happy :-)

Leopard flats

Afternoon snack was a baggie of Stacy’s sea salt pita chips. I have to portion these out or else I will eat the entire 8-serving bag at once. Seriously, so good.

Pita chips

Snack #2 was a Dr. Weil Goji Moji bar. Loved the orange zest in this fruit and nut bar. I was hungry today!

Goji Moji bar

On my long walk home (I think today might be the end of the warm weather…) I was treated to some beautiful views of the city:

The Upper East Side

Once I got back to my place, it was time to start thinking about dinner. I toasted a slice of Ezekiel sprouted grain bread and topped it with jalapeno hummus, laughing cow cheese, and a black bean veggie burger. On the side: carrots with peanut butter!

pb, hummus, laughing cow cheese

Black bean burger

Dessert was the last of the pumpkin chocolate chip bread with a dollop of greek yogurt and more peanut butter. Mmm.

Pumpkin bread

Time for some netflix and an early bedtime! I have plans to run 6 miles in the morning :-)

30-day Vegetarian Challenge Update: Today was day 15 and besides being a bottomless pit (which is probably from the early a.m. spin class) it’s been easy-peasy. However, last night I had a dream that I forgot about the whole vegetarian thing and ate a burger. I woke up feeling pretty confused, but then I realized it was just a dream!

Want the health benefits of wine, in your dessert? Check out this new all-natural, dairy, gluten, and fat-free wine sorbet. Mmm, pairing it with a little dark chocolate sounds perfect!

Question: What made you happy today? For me it was all my pumpkin-themed foods!

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19 Responses

  1. grocery shopping made me happy today. It’s been a bit of a no-no since I started living on my own and paying for things but I feel I got what i needed without breaking the bank

  2. I’ve been reading your blog since it was featured on one of Karina’s Shape Up post, and love it! I’m pretty bad at commenting though.

    Anyway, I’ve given up alcohol for the past month (much like you’ve given up meat) and I had such a scarily vivid dream last week that I was drinking red wine without realizing it. I then spent the rest of the dream trying to hide my wine glass and alcohol breath from my boyfriend. When I woke up it took me a few moments to realize it was a dream and I hadn’t really drank any wine! SO realistic.

    What makes me happy today? The weather! It’s 25*C in Melbourne and so sunny and warm! I’m happy it’s finally spring!

  3. This is embarrassing- but Biggest Loser! Since I’ve been back in the States I actually…. LIKE this show! :) After years of not even watching tv here I am-planted in front of OTHER people exercising. ha!

  4. Hey Megan! It was so nice meeting you yesterday :) I bet you feel like a little celebrity when people recognize you from your blog—I know I would!

    What made me happy yesterday? Working up a sweat! I get too comfortable sometimes with my workouts, so when I really push myself, it feels good!

    http://firednfabulous.blogspot.com

  5. even though i’m a day late commenting, the happiest thing that happened to me today (now yesterday) was waking up at 530 and going for my run! it was AMAZING! :) 4.5 miles done before most people are even getting up for the day!

    http://saladdiva.wordpress.com

  6. i LOVE spin class! i am excited for the winter so i can start them again – such a good workout!

    girl, i am loving your overnight pumpkin oats, the salad, the dinner but most of all – those leopard flats! no lie, i wore my leopard flats to work yesterday and was this close to taking a picture of them because i love them so much!

    happy humpday!

  7. I used to be such a regular at spinning last year! Can’t quite bring myself to go since I started running. It is a killer workout though! Such a sweat fest!
    I ran 7 miles this morning and I ran it hard and fast and that made me super happy!
    LOVE the flats so much!
    Sigh…I want to live in NYC and go running with you!

  8. weirdness – i had practically the same bfast as you yesterday! oats, pumpkin, greek yogurt, water, chopped apple, tsp of brown sugar, vanilla extract, apple pie spice (no cinnamon)

    what made me happy: running 6.5 miles for the first time one month before my first 10k!

  9. hi megan. i’ve been following your blog for a while and i’m headed to NYC in november for a work conference. i’ve seen some of your NYC themed posts before, but i wantto know…if you had a thurs thru sunday in the city, what would you do? i don’t really feel the need to do ‘touristy’ things. i want some good eats, i want to run in central park without getting lost, and i want to figure out the subway. also without getting lost.

  10. My breakfast made me ULTRA happy today :) I love how a good, filling breakfast just jump starts your day… speaking of, when you make your pumpkin oats do you usually eat them cold in the morning or heat them up?? I see so many overnight-oats recipes and I’m not sure how I feel about cold oats but was thinking of giving it a shot! Anything pumpkin is delicious no matter what anyway :)

    Loooove your leopard print flats too!! Where’d you find those!?

  11. I just took my first Spin class this weekend and absolutely LOVED it! I wish I would have had a more energetic instructor though…I heard that’s a HUGE part of the experience. I can’t wait to go again!

    We have the same plates! :)

  12. Don’t you just love “Health” magazine! I sure do, so many interesting things and articles, I always learn so much from it and this months was really good, love the cover! =) Laura

    http://findingahealthybalance.wordpress.com/

  13. watching the biggest loser ! obsessed with that show :)

  14. Ana – A few days ago I did a post on my favorite places to run in NYC (https://runnerskitchen.wordpress.com/2009/09/11/best-places-to-run-in-nyc/), definitely check it out if you plan on running during your visit! As far as good eats, some of my fav places in the city are: Levain Bakery (dark chocolate and peanut butter chip cookies!!), Lula’s vegan ice cream, Grimaldi’s (just over the BK bridge, be prepared to wait in line), Penelope’s, and the Popover Cafe.

    Allison – my leopard flats are from PlanetShoes.com!

  15. thanks!!

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  17. those thick and heavy borosilicate wine glasses are the best but they are very expensive ~;* ~:-

  18. Where did you find your adorable leopard flats?!?!

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