If I find you in my way, or trying to compete with me I will rise to the challenge. I may not always win but it won't be because I can't do it (today), it may be I just am not as prepared to do it YET. It is only a matter of time, well unless you are a Michael Phelps, or Simone Biles. I mean come on?!?
I find competition to be very healthy when it makes you push yourself to be the best version of you. I'm the type of person to compete with others in my head. You better believe if we are in a gym on different treadmills but side by side...WE ARE COMPETING. I love people who can work out harder, faster and stronger than I am as it teaches me to work for my personal best. And it's cheaper than paying for a personal trainer.
Today was the Obstacle Course challenge and guys I WENT ALL THE WAY IN...and we won, but more on that later. Here was the daily schedule:
The day started with a beautiful hike through Snow Canyon Park in St. George, UT. The hike was hilly and hard. I loved every minute of it:
After the hike was breakfast. The food today was all in all pretty good. I wasn't too keen on the meal at dinner (stuffed Chicken fajita) but I had a cray afternoon workout and would have eaten my arm, so I believe the chicken was the better option. Today's selection:
The morning lecture was emotional eating. To be honest I didn't take a lot from the lecture. Mainly as I have been on my weight loss journey for over a year, and I have a great life couch and personal counselor back home in NYC. I have put together a great team to help me get and STAY on track. I know I am an emotional eater to a degree. I usually eat when I feel helpless or I don't have control of a situation. It's a daily battle, and luckily one for me that I'm currently winning. But that can always change. I took away the following tools from the lecture:
1. When I want to eat...STOP! Identify the emotion I am trying to avoid, acknowledge it and then find a better coping mechanism. (ie go for a walk, call a friend, clean my closet, SOMETHING)
2. Ask myself can I afford it? Is it worth it? Especially as I am getting closer to my goal weight. Every calorie counts and I am more than halfway to my goal. So can I really afford to eat 3 Kitkats and a Reese's...NOPE.
3. Learn ways to emotionally eat better if I am going to do it. (Make substitutions. My go used to be a bag of cracker jacks coming in at 580 calories, now it 3 cups of air popped popcorn 93 calories. A savings of almost 500 calories. THAT is a no brainer.
4. Account for it. If I do the crime I must be prepared to do the time, be it an extra workout or two over the week, or a change in nutrition for the rest of the week until the calorie deficit is met.
5. Ask myself was it worth it? I think that one is pretty self explanatory.
The Exercise today was great. I discovered the REFORMER. I've been dancing for over 20 years and 15 of those professionally, and always thought I knew my body. That reformer class found tightness that I was not even aware I had, and I also found that I am over compensating for my right side from an accident from over 6 years ago. I can't wait until next weeks class and will be looking for a class or two when I return to NYC. I feel like I'm going to find my "6 o'clock" again. Hip hop was next up and since I love to dance, I live for hip hop. It's the one class where I start to feel like myself once more. After class was lunch...and then a quick nap. I was tired and decide to skip a lecture. Next up...CLASS...this one treading which is basically intervals of high low intensity on cardio machines. Followed by Total Body Tabata and finally an Obstacle Course Challenge. Both teams were strong but our team had an edge. We were super supportive of every member. We ran or walked with each one the entire leg of the course. No one was ever left to think they were on their own. And trust TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK!!!! I believe that and an unhealthy dose of not wanting to lose made us huste and WIN! We had to run from cone to cone, then take weights from one side of the room to another, hula-hoop, pull a kickboxing bag across the gym, then run outside in the Utah heat...toss sponges at the staff then run back and tag the next one. It was a load of fun. Hoping to get some pics to post on Sunday.
And finally dinner. It was a crazy day. I took a swim and got in the hot tub after and was in bed by 9pm.Just call me granny but I will be a hot granny:-)
Catch y'all tomorrow.