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  • eatveggiesdrinkwine 9:13 pm on March 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    8/52: Spinning my wheels without going anywhere 

    I have something against treadmills. Why would I run or walk in the same excruciatingly boring spot when I have the option of exploring all the sights, sounds and smells of a neighborhood? So my interest in taking a spinning class was kind of random. Different machine, same problem, right?

    Not really, as I learned on Monday night. Add black lights, pounding music and an instructor yelling at me to stand on my pedals and run every few minutes, and there’s no room for boredom. Only time for sweating and wondering how badly my be-hind was going to hurt afterwards. (FYI: No amount of seat padding helps.)

    It felt like a return to my step aerobic roots. (Thankfully, pictures of those days do not exist.) No talk of connecting breath and movement, no spirituality — just an intense, heart-thumping hour. Immediately afterwards, I felt wired in a not-so-great way. For the past few years I’ve been using exercise as a way to calm my mind, not to continue the chaos of my work day. The constant stimulation of the class was anything but relaxing. But by the time I was home, I felt energized in a positive way. This was definitely not the typical Monday night energy level I’d been used to for the past six months. While I can’t imagine I’ll make spinning a part of my weekly routine, I can see myself taking a class when I need an energy boost (or after a serious chow-down).

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    • yearof52adventures 8:06 pm on March 17, 2010 Permalink

      It’s good to kick it up a few notches and try a new routine. I’ll think I’ll slip something in to my schedule now myself. thanks!

  • Berton 8:25 pm on March 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Week 10 – The Playlist 

    About two years ago, a friend of mine did a psychology or sociology or some such project that she asked me to participate in.  It was kind of an interesting idea, and I started thinking about it recently.  And ya know what, why not do my own version of this project as an adventure.  I love making playlists of my music, so that is how it will come into play.  But for this project to work, I need the help of you.  Yes, you.  The person reading this.  Even if you barely know me or don’t like me.

    What I ask of you is to think of a song, any song at all, that for whatever reason makes you think of me in some way.  Maybe the lyrics remind you of a childhood event we had together, maybe it makes you feel angry and you hate me, maybe we sang the song together on a roadtrip together.  Whatever the reason, whatever the song, please tell me.  And after a week’s time, I will compile the songs together and make a Daniel Playlist.  Feel free to post the songs as comments on here, or e-mail me at d.amborn@gmail.com.  Oh, and please explain why you selected that song.  Don’t just say, “A Whole New World,” without telling me why, cause that would leave me with many questions.

    Thanks for your help in this adventure!

     
    • yearof52adventures 8:05 pm on March 17, 2010 Permalink

      White Wedding. When you told me you were pricing rings and asked me to look around in Hiroshima, I queued this up before going to the jeweler, and, ahem, trying on big blinging rings all in the sake of friendship.

  • jenitz 12:38 pm on March 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    After a long hiatus of posting, I’m back (and will hopefully catch up). Last weeks adventure was taking a dance class. The last time I took a class was over five years when I was on scholarship at Joel Hall Dance Center in Chicago. You’d think I would have done more with my minor in dance. After being away from the studio so long I was totally nervous, but I went to a benefit several months ago and learned of a class called “Sweaty Sundays.” After dropping my boyfriend off at the airport I shot up to Silverlake and just barely got into the noon class. I was defintely slower picking up the steps, but there were so many levels and everyone was just there to have fun so I didn’t feel any pressure to be perfect. So glad I took the adventure!

     
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