Jo’s Spin Class

When we got up for the gym this morning, I didn’t really feel like doing my strength-training routine. I figured I would just zonk out on the elliptical but I already did an elliptical workout this week and I thought I might get bored on the elliptical this am.

Then I remembered that there is a spin bike on the main cardio floor at my gym and decided I would make my own spin class.  I love spinning and I love making up my own routine. It’s such a good workout and you can alternate between sitting and standing, increase resistance and slow pace, or decrease resistance and spin, etc.  I usually let my iPod guide my workout and spin to the music.  Of course, this is something you can do on the elliptical or treadmill but for some reason I tend not to do that.

Here’s what I did this morning…

Warm up:

  • Hilary Duff Wake Up (I usually skip this song when it comes on my shuffle but I figured it was a good first song this am.  Good warm up beat and I was trying to wake up.)


Cool down:

I was very happy with my workout.  Then I stretched and rolled my legs the right way. What a difference, thanks Tina!

So tell me:

What do you do when you don’t feel like doing your planned workout? see above. I also tell myself “you can just go and zone out on the elliptical” but when I get to the gym and get my music on, I usually end getting a good sweat going.

My iPod shuffle needs an update.  What songs are you rocking out to at the gym? One song not mentioned above that gets me pumped up is Maroon 5 Moves Like Jagger. 


pots and pans

we got this gorgeous set of pots and pans for our wedding that we are just now starting to use (figured it didn’t make sense to open them before the move).  

aren’t they beautiful?  i want to keep them that way.  i told mike that we must read the manual closely so that we know exactly how to care for them.  and mike did!  ah! what a dream!

here are some things we must remember:

  • do not use pam or other aerosol cooking spray.  this is particularly important for mike because he is obsessed with pam, always asking me “did you spray the pan??” but, the user’s guide says that the sprays contain an ingredient that is hard to remove and i don’t want any gunk on my pretty pans.
  • let the pan cool before you clean it.  uh, yeah, sure i’ll happily do that!  but it says that food releases more easily from a cooled pan and adding cold water may cause the pan to warp. 
  • do not use abrasive cleaners or cleaning pads.  i doubt that dawn counts as abrasive, right? i mean, it seems to be ok so far.  i did notice that the green part on the top of our sponge was scratching the pan a bit. we’ll use a washcloth from now on.  the user’s guide suggests bon ami cleaner, which i totally stumbled upon in target this weekend. 
  • don’t stack them on top of each other or they will scratch.

[bon ami all-purpose cleaner was touted as a “glam green product for on (or under) your sink” in the august issue of SELF.  oh, and it’s super cheap.  win-win.]