soul mate workout

All you need is love

Love actually

(Click image to hear the song!)

And that’s how it started. With the song from one of the best scenes from my favorite movie, Love Actually. At arrivals gates, at Christmas time, whenever I hear the beach boys, all of these instances immediately send little goose bumps up my arm.  A bit cheesy, yes. But we all have those moments and those memories that light a little spark inside of us. For me the spark happened in the first 3 minutes at Cadence Cycle. The lights went out and “All you need is Love” was playing as the warm up song.

With a new summer goal of trying a different type of workout each week, I started with a cycling class. Not just any cycling class, but one that is set to music and a whole lot of choreography while you are clipped in to the pedals. Let’s just say the humor started when I walked in and they asked if I had my own shoes. “Yes, I have them on already, they’re not muddy so it should be fine right?” “Um, not exactly. You need shoes that clip in to the bike.” “Oh, I see. So yes, I will need some shoes.”

After that I received some extra special attention to get set up on the bike. The instructor helped me adjust the seat height, handle bar distance, clipping in, etc. “Just focus on the cadence,” she says. Don’t worry about anything else but trying to keep the rhythm number I tell you for each song.  OK, no problem I was thinking. I run marathons, I curl 20 pound weights, I’ve given birth, I can definitely handle a 45 minute spin class.

Eeesh there I went again with my ego.  After the goose bumps went down from the “warm up” song, I was already looking at my watch to see how much time was left. I hate when clients look at the clock during a session, and I was doing this to Lauren. Sorry Lauren, but my bum bum is already killing me. Katy Perry’s Roar song starts to play. I start getting into it, “I can do this,” I tell myself.

How are these girls next to me pedalling at 120 and moving their upper body to the beat of the music at the same time? And then they’re letting go of the handle bars and flailing their arms in the air! All while still pedalling! “Focus,” I tell myself, this was your idea to try something new. Focus on the beat.  “Stop looking at your watch, Meryl”. Next time I will not wear my watch. Ok I’m already thinking of the next time. This is a good sign. Lauren says I’m going to hate her now, but love her later when I walk out of there. Sounds familiar.

I did it. I survived. I was dripping in sweat. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to walk tomorrow. It was a love/hate experience indeed. But all you need is love, right?

Have you tried spinning? Do you like it? Have you found your soul mate workout?

Have a great week,


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Featured Recipe

Chocolate-Coconut No-Bake Cookies

1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup oats
3/4 Tbsp chocolate protein powder (I use Vegan Chocolate Shakeology)
1/4 cup unsweeetened shredded coconut
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
3 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla

Combine everything in a bowl and stir together. Roll into six cookies and place on a cookie sheet to freeze.
You will probably want to go ahead and double the recipe!


Have you found your Soul Mate?

Are you the type of person that loves to workout? Or do you struggle with thoughts of every excuse in the book before each workout? If you never get excited about your workouts, and if you never look forward to them, then maybe you just haven’t found “The One.”  Because there is one. There is one that will get your heart pumping with adrenaline.  And there is one that when you finish will leave you feeling stronger, happier, more confident, and ready to take on your day.  It’s called your Soul Mate Workout.

I’m encouraging you to keep searching until you find it. Don’t settle, don’t get complacent, keep dating until you find the one. Because when you do, it just works. When you find the one that gets your heart pumping, you won’t think of exercise as “working-out” anymore. Like a good relationship, you don’t have to say anything, you just get it and you want to give it your all. You want to push yourself because you love it and the more you give, the more you will get.

So what am I talking about? What is a Soul Mate Workout? Maybe it’s a long run, maybe it’s a Zumba class or martial arts or swimming or yoga or PiYo or weight training or circuit training or dancing. Like finding a partner, there are a lot of fish out in the sea. And it’s different for everyone. But it’s out there. You just have to find it.

Here are some questions that might help you figure out what your soul-mate workout is:

What do you prefer: Indoor or outdoor, group or solo, team or individual, dance or athletic, competitive or noncompetitive, high-impact or low-impact, music or silence?

The sport you enjoy the most is?

What were you doing the last time you felt young and alive while exercising?

What kind of music inspires you?

Do you workout harder in the presence of others?

If you could go back in time and have really mastered a sport or activity, what would it be?

Reread your answers to these questions and try to summarize the type of exercise or activity you might have described. Now take a moment to write a list of the activities you commit to “trying” in the next month. Who knows, maybe you’ll find the One. And when you do, don’t be swayed by new fads, or new promises of instant weight loss, doing what you love is the surest way to ensure you will be fit for life!

Have a great week,