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Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Years Eve!

Happy New Year to All!

Once again we contemplate the things we didn't achieve in 2010 and add them to our resolution list for 2011.  This year, the one thing that I want on my resolution list, is to stay a winner throughout the year.  To stay driven, and not fall back.  I want to find myself one year from today making the resolution to do exactly what I did in 2011.  A year of living a healthy lifestyle.

I would bet that living a healthy lifestyle is the number one resolution out there.  Staying fit consist of so many things from quitting bad vices such as smoking, drinking and over eating, to moving and exercising.  Another form of living fit, is emotionally, living positively, being spiritual.  Most of us would like to be more financially secure as well, however without a healthy lifestyle these other securities will fall flat.  

I pledge that one year from today I will be fit and happy with my body size, I will be living a positive life and finally over 50 years in the making will have managed to stick to a resolution.  That is not my plan, that is my reality!  I will find ways of dealing with my hardships without reaching for the wrong foods and I will always make plans for exercise at least 3 days a week.  So, I guess my resolution really is being able to emotionally make it through 2011 without falling in the same traps as every year before.  This year I will come to grips with my emotions and I will stay strong, as the greatest reward I can give myself is the reward of a healthy lifestyle.

In conclusion, I want to thank "The Biggest Loser" program for showing the world that you can be everything you want to be.  For joining forces with Fitness Ridge to create a place where you can really get a kick start to a healthier life.  I want to thank "Cynthia Sass" author of the book "Cinch" for everything I learned being apart of her study.  She is one of the most amazing woman I have the pleasure to know, she has created a plan that gives you total balance when eating, leaving you feeling full and not depriving you of your chocolate.  I want to thank "my readers", you keep me in check, reminding me I am not alone, we are all having similar battles.  Your comments give me strength and help keep me motivated.  I want to thank my family and for their constant support, for the education of my daughter Michelle,
may she never forget how important her degree really
is as she helped me and Alan get back our life.

I wish for everyone to have a healthy New Year full of positivity and may all your resolutions persevere!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Getting Motivated

Today was "d" day, or should I say "m" day.  Today was the day I got my motivation back.  My house is presently filled with all he delights of the holiday, cookies, chips, cake, chocolates and so much more.  How tempting it is for me to reach for these and say tomorrow I will begin.  That is going back to bad habits I formed ages ago.  I started my day by being honest, I weighed myself.  To say I was disappointed would be an under statement.  Not only am I disappointed in myself, I am concerned that I let my readers down.

I have been run through a mill this summer and fall and I let it win.  Unfortunately for me, I rewarded myself with all the wrong things, and never took time for me to workout, walk or move.  I know my "rewards" are really punishments but I fell in to my old traps of weight gain and failures.  So here I sit declaring that I have put many pounds back on.  I was almost in a size 8 at the beginning of the summer and am now a size 12.

Its really ironic that to get my motivation back, I went back in this blog.  I started reading it from day one.  When I got to February I stopped reading, took my clothes off, got on the scale, starred down on my reality.  I then whipped on my workout clothes and sneakers.  I grabbed a rubber band and 2 water bottles and head down to my treadmill.  The remotes were still resting on the machine just as I had left in more than a month earlier.

To my relief, I wasn't back where I was in February, doing 1/4 mile walking followed by a short jog.  Instead I was able to push myself for an entire mile  jogging, followed up by walking on an incline of 7-11 steadily for another mile.  My cell phone rang as I was jogging and it reminded me of some of the stresses that allowed me to gain back pounds.  This time I must get a grip on these problems, and find rewards in eating healthy and exercising.

One of my Christmas presents this year is Jillian Michaels kettle balls and video.  Unlike previous years, it didn't take months for me to open it up and try it out.  Today was the day.  I am super excited to add this workout to my schedule so I can get a good core workout and great strength training.

Last January I had high hopes of losing so many pounds by a certain date.  This time, I know it can be done, proof is within my blog.  I just can't be a quitter, and really I am NOT a quitter, I just sometimes put me on standby.

So to all of you that have received inspiration from me in the past, forgive me for falling off the wagon, but I promise you I am back.  And this time I intend to work on my emotional issues a little more so that I won't be writing about my failures to you again but instead of my strengths.

Well, tonight is the Devils game, and me and Alan are attending which means an opportunity to eat horrible.  Instead we are leaving early, (since he is home on reruns) and will be eating at a restaurant nearby.  Better choices for me to eat right, and we have to walk from our parking garage to the restaurant and the arena.  More exercise for me! Weeeeeeee!!!   I am rooting for a win for the Devils, as we have both been on a terrible losing streak its time for winning!

Go Devils, Go Cat!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2010 to end....what will it bring in 2011

Most of you know, I have not blogged on this page since Spring, mainly due to the name of my blog.  I added a second blog called Cat's 1 Life.  But here I sit this late December morn, once again opening up this blog and writing.

I made a decision last month, that once again that I would like the Biggest Loser Resort for my Christmas present.  I knew I wanted to go back in April but for 2 weeks this time.  Knowing how popular going there is, I knew I would have to be wait listed for the weeks I wanted to go.  Sure enough that was the case.  I told my husband, give them my cell phone number to call and I kept it on 24 hours a day.  I almost missed out on the first call because it was early morning for me and being a DJ I prefer shut eye when they called.  I took the area code and quickly googled it to realize it was Fitness Ridge calling me.  I called them back and luckily they hadn't moved on yet to the next person waiting.  Only one week was available, but I was confident I would get another call at some point.  My second call came on December 26.  I was ecstatic to get both my weeks.  So it is now official that I am once again counting down to the Biggest Loser Resort.  I will be at Fitness Ridge in Utah the last 2 weeks of April.

I am extremely blessed to be going back again just one year after my first trip.  I sit here before you after a very trying 2010.  From the beginning of this blog, I weighed in at just under 200 pounds, in a size 18/20.  Today I sit here a size 12, one size bigger than when I left the Resort.  

I sometimes feel we are given challenges to keep us humble. From the beginning of summer till now, I have run in to many stumbling blocks.  I have been under great stress, so bad that I started to see changes in my health.  I had the sound of a truck rumbling in my right ear, and I am certain my stresses caused them.  My weight started changing with a lack of exercise and even my food didn't matter much to me.  What a far cry from where I started in late January.  It is easy to let your troubles in  life take over and make you ignore what is  important most, YOU and YOUR HEALTH. 

For me it's always been easy to go back into the mode I was raised on.  I've been having a bad time with things lately, so its time to have a meal or snack that satisfies me.  Its not even like I am consciously thinking about it at the time, its just "habit".  I skinned my knee, I got a cookie.  Kids were cruel at school, mom made  something good to eat.  Whatever the case, I find myself going back to habits I grew up on.  Habits like that never die inside you, but lay dormant.   I think that is why I have often had the yo-yo affect.  

So as I confess to you that I have gained back weight, I also profess to you.  I will once again be getting myself ready for my upcoming trip to Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge, with weight loss, exercise and a constant check on my eating.  
What will make 2011 different than the years before is getting to the "head" of it.  I am going to work on the habits that have caused me failure my entire life, reminding myself, that eating right and exercise are the greatest gifts I can give myself and my family.

So if you have fallen like me, pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and start again.  And try and keep your dormant habits in check so you can have great success along with the good health it provides.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Link to Links

My continuing journey starts here...this blog has ended with this new one beginning:

Also if you haven't friended me yet on facebook my facebook link is:

My daughter the nutritionist started a blog, to share her knowledge, follow her at:

(PS you can ask her questions about nutrition and leave her comments as well)

Hope to see you all on my new blog...

Thanks for following!!

Love, Cat

Monday, May 3, 2010

Viva Las Vegas!

(pictured me on the far right, my first week at Fitness Ridge)

This is my last blog entry for my Countdown to Biggest Loser Resort.  The only one that will follow will be my new link to my new blog that continues my healthy journey.  Working on the new name for my blog, any suggestions will be greatly appreciated?  We all don't get to go to the Biggest Loser Resort, and those that did still have to continue what they learned when they get home.  I hope to have my new blog guide me and those that want to follow through the perils of my persistence to good health.

I arrived in Las Vegas around 5:30pm on Friday night, greeted by my two sisters, two nieces and my mom.  All their jaws dropped when I jumped off the shuttle.  It is funny because when you are at Fitness Ridge the room mirrors are only from the sink up, and the gym mirrors are a little distorted so you really have no idea what you look like.  The camera shots for the most part make you look bigger than you really are.  The revelation comes when you stand in front of an "honest mirror".  As posted earlier I went shopping and was tearfully surprised to see my much smaller body.  So when I arrived in Las Vegas, mirrors suddenly were my best friend instead of my worst enemy.

I was super excited to start my night with a cup of coffee.  It wasn't as good as Starbucks or my coffee at home, but it was delightful either way.  I ended up getting a suite with 2 queen beds at the Pallazo hotel connected to the Venetian Hotel.  We all fit comfortably in the room.  It was a little scary joining the real world and all it's temptations once again.  My sister Terry brought me a bottle of wine and we all drank to my great success.  Apart of me wasn't worried about the wine or the dinner I would be having.

Dinner was a hodge podge of appetizers.  We had chicken lettuce wraps, Ahi Tuna and vegetable rolls.  Everything was low in fat and processed carbs.  I had a modest amount, as one thing I really am taking home from Fitness Ridge is the portion sizes.  Dinner was super enjoyable!  There is a lot to be said about eating food that is good for you, because it makes you happy!  I bought a book that has that quote in it and it really is true.  You know the food is good for your body, there is no guilt - only pride that you are doing right for your body.

I hit $500.00 on a slot machine in about 5 minutes while waiting for my mom to use a restroom.  We went to a shop and I fell in love with a denim jacket, and bought it with my winnings.  It is cute and "small" and I looked good in it!  More rewards for my weight loss!

We woke up on Saturday and I said I wanted to go to the gym and workout.  My nieces wanted to lounge by the pool.  My sister Clare stayed with my nieces while my mom and sister Terry went to the gym and worked out.  They have a 40 foot rock wall, and for the first time in my life I felt I could do it!  So I booked a climb and got it done!  It was a challenge but I succeeded straight to the top with ZERO FEAR!

We ate both breakfast and lunch in the spa area of the Venetian, where breakfast was oatmeal and lunch was Quinoa salad and hummus.  I was in heaven being there all day and having all the right foods at my disposal.

At dinner time we headed another casino where I had Ahi tuna with wasabi mashed potatoes.  I didn't finish anything on my plate but the asparagus.   I once again used portion control. Following dinner my family dropped me off at the airport where I reflected on an awesome 24 hours in Las Vegas.  I was confident about going home and weighing in on my own scale.

I weighed in at home and since my first blog entry in January I have lost a total of 30.5 pounds.  I have lost 4 pant sizes.  And will be going through my closet because I don't fit in 90% of the clothes in there anymore.  My husband says I have never looked better and thinks I am a perfect weight.  I on the other hand know I want to lose another 20 pounds or so I am ready to venture forward on this new path to continued weight loss followed by maintenance.

Day 27 Fitness Ridge - Final Day

Today has been a bittersweet day for me.  I say goodbye to what has become normality for me.  I have spent 27 days eating a fixed meal 3 times a day.  I have worked out numerous hours for days on end.  I have been on 23 hikes and met numerous people who I will forever call my friends.  I have become a slave to exercise and am the happier for it.

When I say I will miss Fitness Ridge, it is an understatement.  It is a home away from home, and I will be forever grateful for all that I have learned, all the kindness I have been shown, and all the love from the many guest that I have had the pleasure to spend time with.

I started my day with my test out, which is meeting with a trainer and getting weighed and measured.  I knew before I came here that I had lost near 20 pounds and I had been eating right and working out for almost 3 months.  I didn’t expect magic numbers that happen when you first start a new regimen because I had been on a healthy program for awhile.  I had hoped to lose at least 10 pounds, but more importantly I hoped for muscle gain.  Marjorie did my test out at 7:00am and my dear friend, Teresa came with me for moral support.  As I stepped on the scale I watched my number as it climbed and finally came to rest giving me a 12 pound weight loss.  That followed my measurements which totaled a 16 inch decrease.  4 inches had melted away from just my waistline, 3 inches from both my hips and chest, and an inch off each calf,  And those arms I have documented as hating,  lost 2 inches per arm. Those 16 inches are just from the body parts they measured.  And I can’t forget that I am proudly wearing a size smaller jean. 

I brought my adopted daughter, Ivy some items I wouldn’t be needing at home, such as my over the door storage and many aches and pains items.  I also gave her a birthday card and present.  She was adorned with gifts from the many guest that have fallen in love with her in the past month.  I will truly miss her, however she comes to the NYC area a lot so we will see each other again.  I plan on seeing many of my new friends again, and will continue to stay in touch with the beauty of the internet.

I am writing my last day blog entry on my St George Executive Shuttle as it drives me to the Las Vegas Airport.  I will be meeting my sisters and my mom in Las Vegas where we will enjoy a 24 hour visit in Las Vegas.  Saturday night I will join the skies for my 5 hour plane ride back to Newark and to my life and family.  I am super excited to be heading back to my family, friends and dogs.

I left Fitness Ridge a day early because of the Ironman, there were concerns with getting to the airport on time.  I am disappointed I couldn’t stay since all the Fitness Ridge guest will participate in a 10K that day along with many of the Biggest Loser Contestants.  I may be missing that race, but I plan on getting on board many races and walks at home.

 I will post my night and day in Las Vegas as my final blog entry for Fitness Ridge, as the journey does not end at Fitness Ridge.  And as I  continue my journey to the new improved me I will start a new blog related to my continued success.  Feel free to comment with blog name ideas for the new blog!  I hope you have enjoyed reading about my experiences and look forward to those who join me on my new blog that will continue my journey to great health!

PS My last post will have my before and after pix!!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Day 26 Fitness Ridge

Today marked my last Treading class, Ball Works Class and Gym Class.  This morning I attended my last 6:00am class here at Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge.  It is a sad day as I am reflecting on the pleasures of having only yards to walk to get fit.  I have grown so accustomed to Anna Marie's 6am classes that I start her warm up before she does.  I will truly miss her and her classes, she will forever hold a special place in my heart.  As we started our Total Body Conditioning, this very fit Tonga guy comes in the room and its Sione Fa from Season 7.  Seems his cousin Felipe couldn't make it to our 6:00am class.  (jokingly)   Sione was adorable and full of wit and song.  He showed us how comfortable he was doing those squats and lunges Anna Marie had in store for us.

Breakfast was my favorite which I thought was fitting since I will only be dining for one more breakfast.  We had peanut butter and fruit sandwiches.  They are awesome as they are filled with berries, its a great breakfast starter!!

My new friend Lucinda a NYC girl that is originally from New Zealand has been so gracious to drive me to do the Stop Sign hike for the last 2 days.  Although it is customary to go on the assigned hikes in the assigned vans I have had no opposition from anyone to instead do Stop Sign.  When you are here a month there is a little leeway regarding the program.  I get an awesome calorie burn so it has been my desire to do that hike.  If I was given a hike I haven't tried before I would definitely go but after a month I have been on most of them.

On our return we had gym class and today we got to do cardio and/or weights.  I did a little of both because I am always wanting to work my abs and chest.

Lunch was an interesting mixture of tortilla soup, a HUGE favorite here and Hawaiian pizza.  It was all excellent as most everything is here.

Following lunch I took my last Treading class with Tiffany, I plan on incorporating that into my own exercise program once a week at home.  After Treading class it was Ball Works with John, he is great at kicking your butt.  Truth is, the trainers are all awesome they motivate you to be superior.  Due to lightening the last pool class was cancelled which left the gym very full.  While the Green Team was doing Treading the rest of us were working on the weight machines.  I was happy to work my abs and chest a little more.

Dinner tonight was stuffed chicken and brussel sprouts and dessert was the very tasty chocolate covered strawberries usually served on Tuesday night.  A friend, Kristen doesn't like the strawberries and so I held off on my early fruit so I could have her strawberries too.  It was a fitting end to my last dinner her at the Ridge.

Every Thursday there is a jewelry expo in the lobby where you can look at local jewelry made by one of the hiking guides.  I am taking home a ring that will forever remind me of this magical place.  It is cut from local crystal and the band is made of leather.

I settled my bill tonight so tomorrow I can worry about saying my goodbyes to the many friends I have made here.  I will be leaving a night early due to the Ironman that is coming in on Saturday.  I got a great group shot of all the Biggest Loser contestants that are here right now.  They are all involved in the Ironman or 10K that is taking place on Saturday.  There were so many cameras taking our picture they didn't know which way to look.  All of the BL contestants are like you and me, maybe a little nicer than your average Joe, because they know what it's like to overcome their addictions and get fit.  This is a place of relating to one another which adds to its magic.

In closing tonight, I have been through so much in the past month and have done so many things that a month ago I would have said "I can't do", and what I have learned is, the only thing that stops you from saying YOU CAN, is a T.  So consider the T, "Trust"... and trust in yourself that YOU CAN, and don't let anything stop you from achieving your goals.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Day 25 Fitness Ridge

Again as I start my blog tonight I am blown away by how many days I have been here.  It is really hard not to think about going home and joining my home and work life again.  It is on my mind all day long while I am working out.  My trainers say its my last Kickboxing class etc, and it really hits me that I am leaving this wonderful place.  Tomorrow will be my last Treading class and as it stands I have climbed my last Utah mountain already.  I am doing the stop sign hike both Thursday and Friday thanks to a new friend from NYC, Lucinda.  She rented a car and does it daily and I spoke to the guides and they gave me the thumbs up.  I have already done all the hikes they have me on this week so I would rather get that 1200 calorie burn on the Stop Sign hike.

Since the first day of coming here I have never swayed at all with the program.  I ate whatever they served me, and I did whatever class they asked of me and went on every hike.  But with just a few days left I have stepped up a little bit more by doing more cardio classes and not doing anymore pool.  Today I had one of my best calorie burn days since I came.  My day actually started really early.  I decided to get a RMR Test which lets you know how many calories you burn doing nothing.  That test started at 5:30AM, and when it was finished I was off to Yoga at 6:00am.  My RMR is low, 1400 which doesn't surprise me one bit.  That means if I eat more than 1400 calories I better be working out to make up the difference.  Although it was necessary to get my weight, I asked Sharon not to tell me.  She did tell me for every 8 pounds I lose I have to subtract another 50 calories from my RMR.

So I went with Lucinda to Stop Sign today, I opted out of Camelback which I did last week.  I really savored the view today and took pictures and videos along the way.  It was nice not focusing on my time for a change.  When I was finished I burned over 1200 calories.  I have posted some of my favorite shots from my Stop Sign Hike today.

On my return to the Ridge we had stretch, and what's not to love about that class?  We work our bodies so hard here that its great we focus on stretching too once in awhile.  Immediately following my stretch class I had my VO2 test.  This test your personal fat burning zone.  You wear a mask on your face and walk the treadmill while your heart rate goes up.  It is also a stress test.  My fat burning zone is between 130-151.  My anaerobic zone is 151-155.  So basically I want to try and work out in the fat burning zone most the time and the anaerobic zone once a week.

Lunch was french onion soup and greek pita.  I love the greek pita.  I was offered to go on a trip to Quizno's being a month long guest, but the VO2 was at the same time, and truthfully I was fine staying in.  I also turned down a grocery store trip last week, I spend a lot of time in my grocery store with my nutritionist daughter, Michelle.

After lunch I did my Mountain class followed by more of the same instead of pool, then as Sharon put it, "my last Kickboxing class".

Dinner was salmon and couscous and pineapple with a strawberry glaze.  It was all pretty good.  I went to Target tonight to buy my adopted daughter, Ivy a birthday present since her birthday is Friday.  I have made many great friends here, some have already left and others leave when I do, and some will be staying for awhile longer.  It is a bittersweet goodbye as I truly will miss them all!

I am grateful that I came here for a month, even though I didn't think I could do it.  I think I have learned a very important lesson here, nothing is impossible.  DREAM BIG!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Day 24 Fitness Ridge

Teary Tuesday as its sometimes called seemed full of exhausted guest.  I watched a NY girl who came here looking super fit on her cell phone saying "this is really hard".  She is right, this is no walk in the park.  Where do you go and workout 7 to 8 hours a day?  This place is about YOU finding YOU!!!  When you come here, this place caters to YOU and its all about YOU taking care of YOU.  You leave everything behind and focus on you.  So many people come here leaving behind all those people and things that occupy all there "me" time.  It is a place that lets you get reacquainted with YOU.  It is magical.

Being my last Tuesday here I planned on stepping it up a bit more.  After all, when I go home I won't be able to walk 50 feet and be inside a gym.  I started my day with my last Hard Core class with Anna Marie.  This class really is great as it works your middle.  If you come here and spend the money why wouldn't you want to take advantage of the early morning classes?

My hike today was new for me, it was White Rocks.  We start at the Hidden Pinyon location and you walk to the White Rocks and over them.  We walked to the top of Piano Rock again, then a really high peak on another mountain top.  I posted a picture of the narrow walk down that high peaked mountain.  It was breathtaking.  It is liberating to be able to just head up these mountains and have no fear.  That is what 4 weeks have done for me.

After the hike I went in to the gym and worked out on the elliptical, bike and treadmill.  My new friend Teresa said I am an animal.  I just keep thinking about my weigh-in on Friday morning and it keeps me motivated to burn as many calories as I can before Friday morning.

Lunch was tomato soup and a turkey sandwich, it was yummy!  Following lunch I had to attend a departure meeting which basically has you plan your program for staying on track when you go home.  Going to this lecture kept me from taking even a small nap.  I decided not to take a pool class today and instead took an extra cardio class.  In this class I worked out on the stairmaster, bike, treadmill and elliptical.  It might have been after that class that I was called an animal.  Following that class I had Cardio Intervals and I was feeling a bit tired so I did them on the bike, but worked it on the highest level 25.  Following this class I still had my Total Body Conditioning class, it was a long day.  But to make it even longer, Teresa and I went back in the gym and did our ab circuit.  We worked up our hunger for dinner!!

Dinner was an enchilada and chocolate coconut sorbet.  The enchilada was filled with veggies and beans, it was pretty flavorful.  There was a lecture for the new guest following dinner, then The Biggest Loser in the aerobic room.  Even though its my last Tuesday, I once again opted for my room.  I needed to ice my knees and foot and I have an early day tomorrow so my room was the best choice for me.

Oh we have another Biggest Loser Contestant here now, Seth Word, Season 2.  So that makes 4 contestants, also Suzy Preston Hoover, Eric Chopin and Jim Germanako. You never know who your going to be working along side of here at the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge!  It's pretty cool!

In conclusion for my last Tuesday here, we discussed having goals, making goals along the way help you to become the person you want to be.  Have reachable attainable goals, they can be small goals, they don't have to be measured in numbers either.  One woman wanted to be able to play with her grand child, another wanted to be healthy enough to start a family.  For me, it's a strapless dress by September.  Once you make a goal you add what you are going to do fitness wise, nutrition wise, education wise and relaxation wise.  So make a small goal, and create a plan for yourself to reach it.  Try not to put a date on it unless it is attainable.  You have the ability to make the necessary changes, if you don't create a goal, what are you accepting for yourself?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Day 23 Fitness Ridge

Monday last Monday took place today.  This week has me thinking about going home a lot more than the weeks prior.  With every class I take I think wow, this is my last Pilates class, this is my last time on the Anasazi Hike.  I am trying to step it up a little more this week since it's my last chance to up my results.  Today I took the 6:00am class with Anna Marie, then my hike.  When we returned I took the Mountain class instead of pool, it is a better cardio burn.  I did mountain on the treadmill and went to level 15, the highest level possible.

Lunch was sunchoke soup and yummy yummy tilapia tacos.  I added a little salsa and cilantro to the top of them and I was in heaven.  After lunch  I went to my room for a little bit, closing my eyes.  I took about a half an hour nap then I got up and headed to the gym.  I did about 15 mins of cardio on the elliptical before the circuit training class.  I was really tired when we were finished with that class.  But with only 15 minutes to recover I was quickly in Step and Pump with John Yohman.  I don't know if he was trying to kick my butt, or everyones butt, all I can say is that was the hardest Step and Pump class I have attended here.  Whew!

I was so exhausted, it took all my energy just to get my bathing suit on and head to the pool.  I didn't workout in the pool as hard as usual but I was still burning calories.  4:30pm class always allows for a nice long shower before dinner.  Nothing feels better than getting a shower and dressing in my sweats for dinner.

Dinner was amazing tonight, we had wasabi mashed potatoes with chicken and asparagus with a pineapple sorbet for dessert.  Not only did the food look beautifully presented, it was out and out delicious!  Having a month of meals cooked for me, I worry about having to cook again at home. I am feeling a little spoiled, I haven't even washed a dirty dish in weeks!  Well there must be some calories burned cooking and doing my dishes, so I guess I will get through it!  (he-he)

Everyday isn't going to offer you a ton of energy, so on the days you feel tired do what you can to exercise.  Even if it's only for a little bit of time.  Not only will you be good to your body, you will be good to your mind.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Day 22 Fitness Ridge

I must begin by saying that I am amazed that my time here has almost come to an end.  As so many people left today many others have arrived.  Most for a week, few for more than a week.  So as they start their week feeling as though the week is long, I will be feeling very differently.  For me, it is again surreal to think that I have spent the last 22 days here with just a few more to go.

We said goodbye to many awesome guest including the beautiful Brittany Aberle from Biggest Loser Season 5.  She did an absolutely amazing job here and her reward showed in her measurements, weight and the light of her smile.  She had so many motivational things to say while she was here and I hope to share them with you at a later date when we get a chance to chat about it.  As the old guest parted ways with us with many hugs and exchanges of emails, the new guest arrived.

I have a fellow Jersey girl here who actually lives less than 30 minutes from my house.  She is here for 2 months and is on her last 2 weeks right now.  She has lost 35 pounds so far.  She rented a car for a month of her 2 month stay and has taken me with her to go shopping.  We went to a store where I tried on a few things, I looked at myself in the mirror and had to ask her, do I really look like that?  She said yep you do and I teared.  You see, the mirrors at Fitness Ridge only show part of your body in your rooms and in the mirrors in the gym make you look bigger than you really are.  When I saw myself in that mirror I realized that I have truly lost inches and pounds.

After our little shopping spree we went to the Starbucks for "decaf skinny latte".  90 Calories in a large.  I accounted for these calories by not having my morning fruit and I passed on the chocolate pie dessert tonight. I have to tell you it was heavenly just to have the flavor of coffee pass my lips, it was the first taste I have had in more than 3 weeks.

I met many of my blogger friends today, very excited to have some of the Girl Gang from the Facebook Group here with me this week.  (sorry guys)
Here is the link if you want to join:!/group.php?gid=224172761686&ref=ts
If you want to join the Girls Gang every month there is a weight challenge and you can share your ideas etc in that group.  It can be very motivational!!  There are a few more Biggest Loser former contestants here as well, including Suzy Preston Hoover, Season 2 and Jim Germanakos, Season 4.

After our meet and greet I went to the gym with my new friend Teresa where we did an Ab circuit that trainer Tiffany went out of her way to put together for us today.   Love this girl!  Heck, I LOVE all the trainers here. Can I pack them in my suitcase???  Guess not, but I will pack all the knowledge I have learned in the aerobics room, the gym and the pool and will continue to keep my journey of good health going when I get home.  Whether you have the opportunity of this journey here or you create your own journey at home, it is all a positive move to good health.  One that YOU have control of, so take the drivers seat and head down the road to good health.  We ALL can do it!  There is no red light that doesn't turn green!  (2 of my loves, Teresa & Ivy are pictured here)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Day 21 Fitness Ridge

Saturday is a short workout day.  We start off doing our chosen hike, and I chose the Stop Sign once again.  It may sound really silly that a hike on pavement that leads to a stop sign could be so enduring, but let me put it this way, you start at the bottom of Snow Canyon, and walk to the top.  So when you have walked up that incline to the top and you finally see that red sign, you are thrilled to see it!  I was thrilled today because even though the ritual of timing Stop Sign no longer exist, a lot of us do it anyway.  I took a minute off my time, but even better than that was how the hike didn't seem intense like the last 3 times I did it.  So it shows me how my health has improved over the course of 3 weeks.  It is a great measurement of how your improving if you do it at the beginning of a week and a the end, or if staying more than one week, doing it once a week.  It is unfortunate that only 11 people can do it a day and the only day you can pick it is on Saturday.  You have to be really quick to the bulletin board to sign up for the Saturday hikes.

Today I had the option of pool or Cardio Circuit, I chose the Cardio Circuit.  Marjorie is this bouncy trainer that runs back and forth in the gym cheering you on.  Some how she named me the cougar, she said because my name is Cat and chants that a lot in our classes.  Yesterday she came up to me and said don't leave me, I need my cougar.  Oh I LOVE that girl!  She is also one of our guides along with her husband Pat.  In fact, don't be surprised if you see your hiking guide serving you dinner too.  The guides here seem to hold double duty jobs at Fitness Ridge.

The day ends at noon on Saturday, leaving time for long showers, relaxation, laundry and for many packing to go back home.  At 5:30 we have our last dinner with the departing guest and do a graduation.  We watch a video that was made of the week showing poses on the hikes and video working out.  They give the CD and DVD to take home complimentary.  This is week 3 for me so I also received a gym bag this week.  Next week is the jacket.

After graduation they had karaoke, I being a Karaoke DJ back home, was happy to get it started.  I sang about 4 or 5 songs throughout the night and we had a few groups of other singers.  We also got Paige  and Fletcher singing .  It was a fun night and it ended around 8:45.

Bringing me back to my room for blogging and some much needed rest before Monday.  As this week ends I see a lot of guest who on Monday seemed broken, turn in to healthy happy people.  We say good bye to Britney Aberle from Season 5 tomorrow, she was a treat to have here.  She had so many motivational things to say and I wish I had a tape recorder so I could blog them.  Eric and Doug Chopin still have 4 more weeks here.   All in all, this week proved that I could do way more than I ever thought possible.  I will be sad to see some new friends leave, but look forward to the many new ones coming in tomorrow.  This place is just amazing, it changes everyone for the better.

As another week comes to a close, remember that you do need a day of rest.  So if you are not taking one day for you to relax you must do it.  Our bodies crave many things, we must keep moving, eat right and we must rest at least one day a week.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Day 20 Fitness Ridge

The last 3 days I have started my blogs by placing ice bags on my foot.  It seems to help me get through the next day no matter what terrain I may be hiking and no matter what I do in the gym.  This morning we had facon and eggs on english muffins for breakfast.  No I didn't spell facon wrong, it is a fake bacon, we like to call facon.  Paige started today by saying that the method in which we are hiking seems to be working, and she is absolutely right.  I never would have put myself out there to go on the hikes I went on this week.  I am super pleased with myself that I got out of my comfort zone and did the hikes requested of me.

Todays hike was Volcano, I really feared this hike a lot.  When it came down to it, it was so much easier than yesterdays hike on Saddle.  I have become fairly comfortable with not only climbing to the top of the mountains, but with coming down.  You see, I have had a phobia since I was in girl scouts about falling face down into a rock.  When I was about 10 I was on a trip to Lake Arrowhead, California with my troop and I tripped face first into a rock.  That was the biggest fear I have had here with the hiking, well that and falling off a mountain.  So pushing through that phobia all these decades later has made me a new person.  A lot of guest have fear of heights but leave here conquering their fears and going home a stronger and more confident person.  Those that chose not to overcome their fears are still able to ask for hikes within their comfort zone.  For me, I have chosen to give 100% to the program not only on the hikes and gym but with the food.  If I don't care for a food, I eat it anyway as I know it has the nutrients I need for my day.  Some people chose not to eat the food and get substitutes such as toast and 12 almonds or boca burgers.  I even ate the sloppy joe's today which were mostly beans.  And anyone who knows me will tell you I am not a fan of beans.

Friday afternoon, those leaving meet in the dining room for a Budget Review Lecture, and those staying another week meet in the aerobic room and discuss their greatest accomplishments and words of wisdom.  I told everyone that last Thursday I hit a wall here, I felt I could go home, then later that night I noticed my face and legs were thinner and I remembered why I was here.  I told them they would hit walls, either at Fitness Ridge or at home and they need to remember why they are doing what they are doing.  And also, to remember what they looked like and how they felt when they were heavier anytime they felt like eating bad or not working out.  I looked across the room at Eric Chopin, Season 3 winner of the Biggest Loser and I said to him, I was you.  I weighed 216 pounds at the age of 38, and ate right and worked out and got myself down to 145.  But 10 years later I was almost 200 pounds and starting over again.  We both discussed that fear of falling back again since we both have experienced it.  I think we both realize how easy it is to miss the gym more than a day or two, or eating wrong and doing it anyway.  I think that will keep us both on track this time.

Fridays are kind of laid back, we get to pick all our afternoon classes.  A lot of people chose the Total Body Conditioning class which left very little room in the aerobic room.  Many others did a cardio circuit class. Following that class those that did the Total Body Conditioning class ended up in the cardio circuit class, and visa versa for those that were taking circuit.  Are final class on Friday was either Kickboxing or Pool.  I chose pool because I slipped on the treadmill and my knee needed a break.  Pool was fun we danced the class away and it did raise my heart rate.

Dinner tonight was the salmon burgers which are loved by many.  We also had fruit skewers that were pretty tasty.  It is nice sharing dinner time with the new friends you make here, although it is a bit different drinking decaf tea instead of a glass of wine.

Fletcher, handles the activities which I rarely seem to have energy for.  Tonight was pool volleyball, and for a while there it looked like Fletcher was going to be in the pool alone.  He did find a husband and wife team and Jennifer who has been here longer than me to join in on the fun.

Today if you get to the bulletin board quick enough you can pick your Saturday hike  from the hikes offered, and if you are one of the first ones to get to it, you will get the hike you want.  Tomorrow they offered, Stop Sign, Gallup, West Canyon and Overlook.  I managed to get on the Stop Sign hike, which gives you the best calorie burn.  I find it a great hike to end the week since I have a day and a half to recover.

Reflecting on this week, I am amazed at my accomplishments and know I will be going home a stronger, healthier, more confident person.  I have broken barriers that I have had for decades and will be forever grateful for all that I have conquered here at Fitness Ridge.  If I could recommend one thing to another person it would be to push fear aside in you life and dive in.  The fear we allow to be present in our lives is nothing more than walls that we must break down.

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear".

"You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear does not exist anywhere except in the mind".

"You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith".

"Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not".