This morning I chose to sleep in I felt I needed more sleep. I taped my foot and put my hiking sneakers on and headed for our morning breakfast. Today was the yogurt parfait, not one of my favorites but knowing that it is full of the necessary nutrients to keep me going till lunch, I eat it. I chose "hidden pinnion" today for my hike. Oh what a beautiful hike this one is. I wish my camera could show just how beautiful the colors are on that hike. We start down at the bottom of the mountains and hike our way up. My challenge today, was hiking to the top of "piano rock". Last week we found an alternative way down the mountain so we didn't have to go up to it. Today was the day that I took the steep incline straight up to that rock. I was gleaming with joy, that this time there was no intimidation, I felt confident that I could do the hike. What a difference a week can make here! That pretty much set my day on the right path.
This pile of rocks pictured here, is the wishing rocks. You make a wish and throw a rock in the pile if it falls off the pile it won't come true. My rock didn't fall off the pile, so I am going to have a great next two weeks.
Fabulous Fridays you have choices of workouts all day. So on my return from the hike I did Cardio Intervals which has always been a class I found extremely difficult. But not anymore, week two and its all good in that class for me. Marjorie not only was my guide on the hike but also the instructor for this class. On our hike we didn't get to go back to our original parking lot and I was bummed because it was less of a workout. I told Marjorie, I wish you let me know I would have loved to go get the van with you. She said if it happens again its a go. I will hold her to it!
Lunch today was Parsnip Soup and Caesar Salad. Every soup here has been pretty tasty, although the salad lacked flavor. There is a salad bar where I could have reached for one of the dressings, but I ate it as the chef prepared it. I never add extra calories to my day, never!
Following lunch was our next week attendees meeting, where we share our greatest achievements and talk about what is coming for next week.
We are starting another new program with the hikes. They will pick groups to hike together and you will hike with the same group all week. You will have the same guides all week as well. You will also be assigned your hikes and not pick them yourself. It is the first week trying it and they are open for suggestions if something doesn't work well.
I chose the following 3 classes to finish my day, Total Body Conditioning, Cardio Circuit and ended it with Cardio Disco Jam. A guest, Nicole went and bought 2 disco shirts at Target to wear today one for her, the other for this guy Jeff. They surprised John our Disco Jam instructor by wearing the apparel for the 3:30 class. I took it one step further and wore one of the shirts for the 4:30 class. We do make time for fun and games here.
Dinner tonight was BBQ grilled eggplant with a turkey burger, followed by a cranberry sorbet, all "yummy"!
Theresa, one of my blog followers came this week for 2 weeks. She had the opportunity to stay another week and is going to. We hit it off right away and look forward to hanging and hopefully hiking together the next 2 weeks. There are a lot of friendships made here with having so much in common with the other guest.
My day was great, I didn't let my foot ruin my day. I took every challenge and succeeded and am icing my foot as I type to get it ready for tomorrow where I will once again conquer the "stop sign".
Devin Alexander, host of Healthy Decadence on Fit TV and author of 4 cookbooks including 2 Biggest Loser cookbooks has been here for the past 3 days, and had some disco fun in the Cardio Disco Jam class. (Cat, Devin and Theresa in this picture.)
I have nearly survived my second week here at the Ridge, and I have noticed my double chin is almost gone, and my biceps are turning into guns. I haven't weighed myself, and will pass on the option once again this weekend. I am not a number, I am about the experience and it is not designed to end. So my weight will be the icing on the cake May 1 when I weigh myself for the second time.
Everyday is not going to be a great day, but if you have a day that brings you down, try and make it a better day tomorrow. It is up to YOU, you can make it a GOOD one!
Till tomorrow I sign off a very grateful Cat who is thrilled to be here making a fantastic life change and I go to bed tonight thrilled that I didn't let the obstacle of my foot ruin my today.