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.