The Home Stretch- Day 5

This morning started off with a pretty darn aggressive ‘warm up’ with a lesson in kick boxing. Then it was off to the park to do a repeat of the 5K we did on Monday, our first day. When I arrived that first day, I was just able to power-walk the 5K, but it took me 52 minutes. Today, I jogged it at 38. That is not fast by the standards of some, but I was able to shave 14 minutes off my time AFTER: The equivalent exercise time and steps of TWO FULL marathons, AND a weeks worth of walking endless times back and forth the quarter mile between the room and the workout areas. I think that is a darn big accomplishment!

It didn’t stop there though…oh no! The 5K was followed by timed exercises: jumping jacks, squats, lunges, ‘get-ups’ and burpees, as many as we could in the allocated time (called AMRAP:as many repetitions as possible). Then back to the resort, for class and lunch, and class. Then 45 minutes in the pool. This is NOT paddling about people! This is intense, heart-pumping, cardio for 45 straight minutes. That was followed by a Zumba class, another 45 minutes of sweat and panting.

I confess, I’m pooped out. I am treating myself to a massage tonight, and my tired, sore, cranky body is going to be much happier with me later tonight. I’m just more than a little nervous about the kickboxing tomorrow. It’s our ‘last chance workout’ and I have a feeling you are supposed to leave it ‘all on the table’!

What an experience this has been. I had no idea what to expect, I don’t watch the show.  The trainers here have totally made the experience amazing. This has been the best ’50th’ Birthday gift ever from my family (who was supportive and held down the fort while I was gone) and for myself. What I found was that I am stronger and have more endurance than I thought. Not only have we have done the equivalent of half marathons each day, five days in a row, but even the trainers who all have to go through the program, say it’s hard. Yes, they kick the intensity up for themselves, but it IS HARD!

I’ll post my final thoughts tomorrow, and maybe an update or two. We have a few extra minutes today between classes and dinner, so I sat down to put this up. I’m afraid I won’t have the energy to post tonight!

Oh yeah baby, I’m in the home stretch.

The Groove. Day 4

This morning the storms that rolled through the night before left us with gloriously perfect exercise weather: crystal blue skies, warm sunshine, low humidity, and soft cool breezes. Simply perfect for working hard, sweating and a temperature that isn’t draining. I personally woke up in a GREAT mood. The lethargy of ‘hump-day’ had moved on with the storm, leaving me energized and ready for action. 

Today started off, as all mornings, with a nice warm-up prior to breakfast. Today was a new variation of dynamic stretch. The motivational calming stretch time of yesterday was a wonderful pause on hump-day, but this morning I was raring to go, so great music and energetic stretching was right where I wanted to be. 

After breakfast it was off to a wonderful park for a super fun circuit. We had 4 stations about a 1/4 mile apart that we traveled up and down for nearly 2 hours. When done, we had nearly 4 miles under our belts, as well as some really tough station workouts.

Classes, lunch and dinner, dumb bell workouts and intense circuits in the pool rounded out our day. I feel GREAT!  

Today I was – ‘In The Groove’. 

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: Hump Day

Day 3:

Technically I guess you can say it’s day 4, considering we checked in and started on Sunday, but it’s day three of the program, and we are officially over ‘hump day’. As of dinner tuesday night, we had run/walked/stepped the equivalent of a marathon. Yep, 26 miles. WA-HOO!

The Good. 

We were blessed with good weather. Not ideal weather, but the thunderstorms that were predicted held off until we were done being outside. YAY! The workouts were a little toned down, which was nice because we are all SO SORE. I think I’ve found my smoothie groove for breakfast. Not too heavy and easily digestible so when the workouts start, it doesn’t come back up! Along with the morning workout, pool time, and stretches, we were introduced to Body Attack. For those of you who are familiar to ‘Insanity’, it’s like that. Holy Moly it’s a sweat producer. We have great trainers, they give us a good workout, we are exposed to great lifestyle education and the other guests here are really fantastic people. I am learning names, (which is not my gift) and getting know them. I hope to keep in touch after camp.

The Bad.

There was a mix-up  and mis-communication about some of the benefits of coming the opening weeks from Biggest Loser. I was waiting to see how the company handled the situation, because the true test of a good customer service business is how they handle the un-forseen complications. It took them awhile, but they came through with flying colors and their clients are happy. My second ‘test’ was to contact the head Chef at the home office about the lack of food presentation and temperature of the food. I sent a FB message first thing this morning and our lunch came out delicious and piping hot. We’ll see how the food is handled going forward. This is the equivalent of a ‘soft opening’ and so I’m sure they are experiencing a learning curve. Another ‘bad’ was the colony of ants that decided to set up home in my bathroom. Um, yeah, definitely not welcome ‘roommates’. Fortunately, the resort manager moved me to a new room while they took care of the problem. YAY! 

The Ugly: 

The Spa. Wow. I really don’t have much nice to say about my experience so far with the spa. They don’t return calls, their computer system is a nightmare, I had one of my services cancelled and then rescheduled (difficult since we are only available after 6:30pm), and then when inquiring about the potential of a 3rd service, I find they have scheduled someone OVER MY ORIGINAL 2nd SERVICE. I understand they have some system changes, and there was some other side issues with BLR (biggest loser resort) but I had triple confirmed my service appointment! I had checked in multiple times, talking PERSONALLY with the desk/scheduling staff. They had 1 time slot left, not for what I had made an appointment for, but I took it anyway. Then, when I showed up tonight for the rescheduled (original appt) I sat in a dark room with peeling wallpaper for a 1/2hour. Yes, sadly, the spa gets an official ‘ugly’ designation. I hope they get their act together and do a little upgrading. When you are sore, tired and a little cranky from both, you want a little pampering. They advertise as a world class spa, but it really hasn’t come across to me as world class. 

So that was day three. Because my appointment ran late, it’s late and this little campers rear end is dragging. I have really enjoyed the basics of the program. I think they have some kinks to work out with the food service, but I expect future guests will benefit from our feedback. The resort itself (BLR shares the space) is nice but we don’t have a lot of interaction with it, other than walking the 1/4 mile back and forth between our rooms and the exercise pavilion. The few times I’ve dealt with the front desk staff, they were helpful, however the Spa needs a LOT of work.

Stay tuned for tomorrows update.