That’s what the spin instructor said this morning.

We were sitting upright, hands off the bars, perceived rate of exertion at about an 8 and the cranks were hard. Sweat was pouring off of me and I wondered in that moment why I insist on wearing long sleeves to spin class. The real reason is that I like to perspire. I wear a backward baseball cap to the gym and I gauge how hard I worked by the sweat line around the brim.

I find that kind of sweat purifying.

Working heavy makes one reach deep and pull some strength from some place unknown. That’s the beauty of pushing your body (sensibly, mind you) – you can dig and find something that you never knew was there. The more often you do that, the easier it is to pull it to the surface, therefore the harder you push to find your next hidden gem because your body will adjust as you get stronger.

It’s like a game of hide-and-go-seek, but you never get to hide.

I refuse to believe that I am hitting some plateau. I just need to tinker with my intake. In addition to making sure that I’m taking my time and measuring portions and tracking intake, this week I’m also going to put effort into changing up my fuel: less carbs, less sodium, more protein, more fruits and veggies. I don’t shun carbs or wheat products, but I think I may have been too calorie-heavy in this department. If I change my meals to focus on lean protein and veggies, I believe I’ll see positive results.