Day Two: The Biggest Loser Resort-Chicago

I apologize for no post on day one, I was more than a little overwhelmed!. So here is a brief summary.

Day One: 

Started off with my alarm going off 2 minutes prior to when the group was supposed to meet. Ummm, yeah, not so good. (Note to self, put glasses on when setting iPhone alarm…am is NOT pm!)

After dashing down to them meeting in the ‘Pavilion’, (it literally took me less than 5 minutes to be up, dressed and out the door) I discovered that the distance between our rooms and the pavilion (where many of the classes are held) is 1/4 distance. 

Oh yeah baby! I probably logged 2 miles, AT LEAST, going back and forth to my room during the day! 

After breakfast we started the morning with a 5K run/power-walk (whatever you could do), for which the trainers timed us doing. Then endurance exercises in the park, to see where we were in our ‘fitness’ level. 

The days here seem to be an hour of exercise/warmup before breakfast, followed by 2-3 hours exercise in the late morning, then a class, lunch, then another class followed by 2+ hours of exercise, then another class,  and finally dinner. 

Last night we had the opportunity to go bowling. I thought it would be a great opportunity to get to know some of the other ‘campers’, despite the fact my caboose was dragging. This is a great group of people who have a great attitude and focus to get fit and healthy. 

Then, honestly, I went to bed. My head hit that pillow at 9:30pm and I was out like a light. 

Day Two:

Today started with an hour walk through the golf course doing exercises and warming up. Yep. Check. I was warm. 

Then it was breakfast. I chose a smoothie today, because the oatmeal yesterday was runny. I love chia in my breakfasts, which it had, but not runny tasteless oatmeal. Todays choice was much better. The smoothie was full of protein and was easily digestible. That worked to my advantage when we then went off to a local park to sweat and breath hard for the next 2 hours. There is nothing worse than working out hard, and having a partially digested meal come back to haunt you. 

Then back for a class (thank goodness for the cool-down time!), then lunch. 

I’ll be honest. I’ve been disappointed with the food. Not that I had high expectations that it would be uber flavorful. This is a no salt, very little fat menu. But I cook. As such, I know that one can make food flavorful with the addition of fresh ingredients, flavorful herbs and the use of vinegars and citrus to mimic that sensation of ‘salty’. 

As such, it was not only disappointing in flavor, but it was not hot (which has me a little concerned about WHEN they have prepared it, and how long its been held at that temp) and the presentation was downright gross tonight. 

Chicken Jambalaya does not have to look like slop. There are easy ways to portion and present, but that seems to be lost on the kitchen staff here. If it doesn’t get better tomorrow, I might have to say something. I understand this is the opening month, but I can’t imagine the head chef of the company would be happy with this presentation as well as inferiorly presented vegetables. I am not posting a picture, you can find that on my FB page. (see FB  ‘like’ link button) I have been so busy, I have forgotten to take pictures of some of my food. I might do a post at the end with the meals I have photographed. I think that would be the best time, since I don’t have alot of time at night before I fall in to bed exhausted!

So, that is day two in a nut shell. It’s already 9:30pm and I’m exhausted! Tomorrow, if I survive the workouts, I’ll post again. 

Me, Myself and I

With the graduation of my youngest from High School and my turning the big 5-“O”, I am now officially weeks away from becoming part of that ‘empty nest’ group of parents. For 20 years, I have dedicated my life to my children, my husband and all the various animals that have gone through our home for 20+ years. 

 Funny, I really had not thought much about turning 50. I guess, part of the whole mystery of father time is we never really ‘feel’ the age that shows on our drivers license. But no matter what I feel inside, the march of time and the abuse of life has taken a toll on my body. I’ve had quite a number of surgeries, and battled the roller coaster life dishes out as I’m sure a majority of people do. My mind might feel fresh and young, but my body lets me know I have all 50 years of living life in it. 

I love to cook. I love to entertain. With some of the physical limitations I’ve dealt with have over the past few years combined with the natural slowing of a metabolism, changes of hormones, and a state which boasts weather I’m not a fan of,  a few pounds has settled around the waistline. Any other time in my younger years, I would just cut a few calorie, increase my exercise and BAM, the weight would drop. But, over the past 2 years, my exercise ‘enthusiams’ has resulted in blown out knees, severe back pain and a frozen shoulder. NOT. GOOD. Most certainly very discouraging.

 So, out of desperation, I called a friend of mine who went to a health and fitness camp and who had great success in achieving what I am desiring….a mental reboot. A treat to myself. A controlled environment that is supportive, encouraging, motivating, and a place to lose a couple of pounds, all under the close supervision of personal trainers, nutritionists and cooking experts. 

So, that is where I find myself right now. Sitting in my room after orientation, at the Eaglewood Resort and Spa, working with the staff and crew of The Biggest Loser Program. This is the beginning of my journey into a new phase of my life. My goal is to get fit, so that when my grandchildren want Grandma to hike up Black Butte with them, Grandma can. I don’t know how much energy I’ll have to post every night. I have high aspirations to share as much of my experience as possible, but the agenda is pretty full and packed with exercise and movement beginning at 6am and ending at 6pm. I might be crashing by 8pm!!! 

I am quite excited, if not a little nervous of the unexpected. What a novelty this is for me, doing something completely on my own, (with the wonderful support of my loving hubby I might add) not with anyone, just me. I do this for my husband, I do this for my kids and their future children. But most of all, this is for me, myself and I.


ps) I will be trying to post the delicious, and healthy, food they will be serving us. You can follow me on my facebook page, see the link button. If I have the energy at night, I will try to post the photos here also. Wish me luck!

pss) I will be changing the look of my blog very soon. I will be the same me, just an easier to read look. Just a heads up!