This is what I learned last night, when I was lucky enough to guest teach my friend and former instructor’s Monday night spin class.
This is how the class went:
First of all, I was nervous-poop-inducingly worked up. When I’m not hiding behind the interwebs, I’m actually rather shy about being the center of attention, and that’s something I need to get over to be a good instructor. I was extra sweaty (which is really saying something) and I’m sure I was making some pretty excellent faces. Seriously, sometimes I can’t control my face. It just does what it wants. It’s probably pretty awkward for people having to look at my dumb mug.
Here’s why being nervous sucks extra: in addition to bonus sweat, it raises your heart rate, which then makes it harder to control your breathing. Add that to my strength ride and having to try to project my teensy chipmunk-on-helium voice over loud music, and you end up with a bunch of heavy breathing on the mic…which is SO GROSS. I was so embarrassed the entire class.
I also get flustered and forget things I know to say. I have learned lots of great tips on form and breathing, but was so anxious about no one hearing me and everyone looking at me that I skipped a lot of good info that could have helped the new riders who were there. Super bummer.
But my instructor told me the ride was great – if I can just fix my voice issue, incorporate more hand gestures to help people follow me if they can’t hear, and manage my breath better, I think I’ll be a good instructor. I’m glad to have my first ride under my belt, but I need a LOT of practice. I get CPR certified Friday, and I’m working on setting up auditions at a few places around town, so hopefully I’ll be instructing more soon!!
DETOX DAY 9 UPDATE:
I feel like my energy levels are improving. I’m sleeping well and it’s getting easier to get out of bed in the morning. I am aiming for a good morning run one day this week, so that will be a good test of my ability to perform on this eating plan. I’ve lost about 3.5 pounds, but weight loss wasn’t the goal, so I’m hoping it is a maintainable loss once the detox is over and I incorporate a few carbs and fruits back in my diet.
Oh, and the poops? Still SO WEIRD. Less funny, too, because it’s kind of exhausting. I mean, poop is always funny, but buttsplosions EVERY.SINGLE.MORNING? I just got out of bed. Let me wake up a little first! Come on, intestines, don’t be a jerk. The ol’ poopchute needs a break.
Another thing…I was already being more conscientious of checking labels before buying food, but I continue to be absolutely blown away by how many things contain added sugar in some sneaky form. Even finding dried spice blends can be challenging, so we’ve taken to making most of them ourselves. Tastes better anyway. I am less and less surprised each day by how hard it was for me to lose weight before I educated myself on food…the US food supply is in a very sad state and needs to be fixed if we want to be a healthy country. It’s sickening…and I have lots to say on the topic.
Here’s the thing about food – eating really delicious food has made this detox so much easier than it could have been otherwise. I used to think healthy eating was incredibly bland and boring, but my eyes have been opened to how absolutely yummy real, whole food can be when prepared properly. Remember my food list? I can definitely knock a few things off of it as I now enjoy (or at least tolerate) them: cooked onions, avocados, raw blueberries (just not for 12 more days), eggplant, sweet potatoes, squash, Brussels sprouts, sashimi, and I’m thisclose to being a black coffee drinker (though most days I just go without added caffeine). Say WHAAAAA?!?! Raw tomatoes still make me wanna ralph, but I have to say, I’ve broadened my food horizons a lot in the last year.
Want to see what I eat? Okie dokie. My trainer has me journal via pictures, so here are some highlights:
Not on detox, my norm was a green smoothie with spinach, frozen cherries or berries, banana, chia seeds and almond milk, plus a hardboiled egg. Now, without fruit, I eat scrambled eggs with spinach. Today I had egg muffins, but I’ll post more on that later when I can give you a recipe!
I have 2 snacks a day. One is almost always a whole, peeled cucumber. I hated it at first, but it really does help flush your body out and makes you feel all happy inside.
Other snacks include veggies and raw nuts, or small leftover portions of other meals. I eat every few hours and it helps my metabolism immensely. Plus, I’m never starved so I hardly overeat, which was a HUGE problem I had before (though my portions may still be too large).
I used to need caffeine more often in the day, and still do some days, so I’ll sometimes pair an iced coffee with almond milk with some nuts (this had honey, too, which is divine, but not on the detox!).
LUNCHES & DINNERS:
I am having a serious love affair with seafood. Even without sushi, I’m doing my part to keep the white fish and salmon population under control. You are welcome.
Plain grilled salmon and steamed broccoli. Add a little fresh-cracked pepper and it’s all amazing.
Pan-fried tilapia with avocado and steamed seasoned veggies. I know you aren’t supposed to cook on high heat with olive oil, but I still do sometimes. Though I use coconut oil pretty religiously these days. THANK JEEBUS FOR HAIRY COCONUTS.
SKRIMPS! Skrimps on anything makes it better, right? Goes double for salad. Just use olive oil and vinegar as a dressing, add avocado and shrimp, and you have the best salad bar salad of all time. Clearly eaten at my messy desk.
Using no-added-sugar, preservative-free organic salsa, I eat salsa chicken like it’s going out of style. I have lots of options for using leftovers, too. I can eat it alone, topped with jalepeños and served with sautéed spinach…
Take it to work and enjoy it as lettuce wraps with avocado:
Take it to work and enjoy it over greens (I just finished eating this right now…the dirty plate is staring at me as I frantically try to finish this post):
Salads are great with turkey taco meat, too (make your own taco seasoning so you know what’s in it):
Simple chicken and veggie soup is always a good bet (but most store-bought broth has some form of added sugar, so watch the ingredient list closely, or just make your own):
Eating out is still tricky, but make requests and ask questions – as long as you are polite about it. Don’t be rude. But restaurants have to accommodate food allergies, so just ask how things are prepared and see if they can make modifications for you. Plain grilled chicken and steamed veggies with no butter are almost always an option.
A few area restaurants, like Trainwreck Saloon and The Royale, offer grassfed beef burgers on their seasonal menues. SO GOOD. Just order it without the bun (wrap it in lettuce with mustard) and with steamed or sautéed veggies, and you’ll be eating very well.
So that’s a quick look at the awesome food I get to eat. Mr. T is amazing in the kitchen, so I’m very lucky to have the help when it comes to making tasty noms. Most of these were recent meals or snacks while on the detox, but non-detox meals often include sweet potatoes, quinoa or brown rice, too. Yum!
I’ll post some recipes soon, too. Just for good measure…