A year ago today, I took my first SoulCycle class. I was prepared to like it.
As I progressed from two days to three days a week, I realized it was a little more than “like.” And as I sit here writing this post, one year later and FORTY SIX pounds lighter, knowing I will book six classes this week, I can tell you, it is most definitely LOVE. Deep and abiding love. Walk through fire kind of love.
Losing weight has been just a by-product of this journey. Life changing, is what you are SoulCycle. You taught me how to go inside to change my outside. I have had people ask, what is it about spinning, that’s different from any other exercise? And still others who ask, what is it about Soul that’s different from any other spinning? My answer to both? EVERYTHING. The only way to articulate it is in the form of a collective roar with your Soul Sisters and Brothers, or a knowing nod when that particular song begins and that phat beat lays down and reminds you that while your heart is indeed beating outside your chest, you’ve got two more songs in you and you’re about to “crush it!” It’s that feeling when legs talk to glutes, glutes talk to core and head and heart jump on board and your body and mind become one fierce animal on that bike. You are in charge. You have the power. It’s your journey. You may be in a room with 59 other people and your favorite badass instructor (Word. Laurie Cole is one master badass!), but it’s your ride. That’s when you can’t help but smile, catch your reflection in the mirror and take a snapshot of that rush–and picture the endorphin, serotonin, adrenaline cocktail, straight up! It’s different, because it IS.
In this year, I have learned a few things about myself. It took pushing my physical endurance past my comfort zone, to reveal my emotional endurance. I am all about this journey. A little Soul in my life has helped me build and strengthen relationships based on a mutual desire for personal strength. Soul Sisters, I know you hear me. I live for you. I am humbled by the gifts I have taken for granted, like a heart and lungs and legs that move–fast. A week ago, master badass Laurie put me on her bike. If you had told me a year ago that I would be in the front row, I would have laughed in your face, let alone the throne!? What?! Those of you who witnessed it, know I was a nervous wreck–but you supported me nonetheless, like the good family that you are–and that’s when, as the master badass told me later, I “surrendered to the magic and received all the power and strength I already possessed.” (Well said)
SoulCycle you are one very special place. I heart you and all your addictive properties. I heart all the addicts in all of my classes. I heart every one of you badass instructors who believe in us, lead the pack and show us how to push ourselves past our limits. Turns out going around in circles is taking me farther than I’ve even been.
Mad love for you Soul–just thought you should know (on Valentine’s Day no less).