October 26 was…-My FIRST SPINNING CLASS…. I was absolutely petrified. I sat in the car and talked to Dr. Oz into my camera. Took a while to walk into the gym. I had emailed Olivia Ward (winner of the Biggest Loser). I told her how scared I was, and she sent an email to cheer me on, and told me that when she recuperated from her surgery, she would come and spin with me!
Went in with my camera. Told the people at the gym that I was part of Dr. Oz’s “Transformation Nation” (explained it to all those who didn’t know what it was). Went into class, the teacher and a friend helped me set up the bike, and they really supported me through it. It was truly one of the toughest things I have ever done! 10 minutes into the class, I was breathing heavy, my legs were burning, tears were welling up in my eyes, as the anxiety kicked in thinking, “how am I going to keep my legs moving and pedaling for an hour, without stopping, when I am already hurting after 10 minutes?”
I thought about Olivia and Hannah and all of the people on the Biggest Loser, who have to work out 6-8 hours a day, and thought, if they didn’t die, I can make it through this. As the moves got harder, and everyone was standing up and pedaling, I just said to myself, “Wendy, just finish the class. Just keep pedaling, don’t stop, and be happy if you can just make it to the end.” I got a bit braver, and stood for 1 whole song, and then just followed the pace of the teacher, as I sat and pedaled.
It was sooooo hard, and sooooo emotional. Tears came down my cheeks at the end, as I couldn’t believe I did it. I was also crying, thinking that I had soooo far to go, to be able to keep up with everyone in the class, but I had to hold onto the fact that I had just made it through my first spin class. Something that I had been wanting to try since Olivia had said it is the best burning workout.
So…..another “First” is accomplished. I’m proud of myself for getting through it without stopping.
October 30- Weigh in….it has been 4 weeks, and I am down 8 pounds! Although I want it to come off much faster, they always say 2 pounds a week is great and if you continue at that rate, it should stay off. With over 100 pounds to go, I want it to come off fast, like on the Biggest Loser, but that is not reality, and I have to celebrate 8 pounds. (as many WW leaders have said, if you lost 2 pounds every week for a year, that would be 104 pounds!). So I am really praying to stay at that pace if I can. Wish it were faster, but as long as it keeps going in the right direction, I have to celebrate every ounce gone.