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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.


Linda said...

Thanks again Cat - So what's the secret for getting to the bulletin board quickly?? Do they always post it at the same time? Thanks!

Cat Cee Stands for Chez said...

right after the 11:15 class head to the board. but that is only on friday. every other day they pick them for you now.

clare rowley said...

Another great read sista! Can't wait to see you next week and help you celebrate your successes, I am so proud of you. I didn't make it all the way to the top of Thumb Butte Mountain yesterday but I am going to make it today :) taking the puppies again and hoping that I figure out why my Camel Back wasn't working yesterday... You're an inspiration~

Stephany said...

Thanks for all the GREAT advice. I want to be able to do the Stop Sign hike as well!