Thailand Dreams 2020

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again. Time to get ready to head to Thailand to train, eat and play. This trip is a bit different as the main focus is HEALTHY lifestyle, and exercise. I have teamed up with some of the best Muay Thai coaches in the country, as well as yoga and resistance training.

This time its a bit more intense a complete week at Lamai Muay Thai Camp. We will sleep, eat and train like fighters…well fighters who also play. Breakfast is includes as well as 2 Muay Thai Classes a day, yoga , as well as Strength and Conditioning. After we depart we head to Kuala Lampur where we will stay at a top 5 star hotel (think Mandarin Oriental or St.Regis) where you can relax, shop, go on hiking adventures or a little of everything. The price point is falling between 1200-1700 pp for a week..and if we have a group of 10 or more, the price will decrease dramatically.

Dates have been set Feb 1-10, 2020. Payment plans will be available. Bookings will open in September 2019. Anone who books in the month of Sept will receive $100 off their package.

Follow us on either IG or Twitter @xoLOLA-travels for updates, deals and more.

Also, note this is a HEALTH AND WELLNESS Excursion so hubbies, boyfriends etc are welcome, as well as children…yes kids can do Muay Thai as well.

Can’t wait to sweat and play with all of you.

xo

Kit

PS Some wonder if Muay Thai works…well with a healthy diet it does…Here is a pic of me when I first went to Muay Thai three years ago..I was waaaaayyyy over 325 pounds…

From Fat to Thick to Healthy 1st pic ovr 325pds/2nd pic 270/3rd 200

From Fat to Thick to Healthy 1st pic ovr 325pds/2nd pic 270/3rd 200


Current under 200…around 190 taken yesterday:

A waist …I have a waist!!!!!

A waist …I have a waist!!!!!

Save The Dates- Thailand Dreams Tour- September 22-30, 2018

The trip of a lifetime awaits. You are welcome to do as much or as little as you like but we think you will want to do it all. Ever dream of a vacation with white sand beaches, 5-star accommodations, food glorious food all while getting the workout of your life?

If so Thailand Dreams is for you. You will arrive at the lovely island of Koh Samui, Thailand. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a car and driver who will whisk you off to your deluxe accommodations at the lovely Ammatara Pura Pool Villa . 

The accommodations are worth the trip alone.  The hotel is located directly on the beach where you are just inches from the deep blue warm waters of the ocean. The hotel has a luxurious outdoor pool with bar and restaurant where you can sunbathe, have drinks, or just lounge in one of the mini cabanas...HEAVEN ON EARTH:

The rooms are beautiful and include everything your heart could desire:  HUGE outdoor shower with sunlight peering in, and TRUST total PRIVACY, a ginormous bathtub fit for two, kitchen, washing machine, and more so much more. Did I mention all the rooms have a personal pool? Rooms are billed with double occupancy however single supplements can be arranged.      BONUS: The room also has a twin day bed. So could possibly sleep up to three in a room...which makes your cost even cheaper if you are a party of 3.

This is only the beginning. Koh Samui is a lovely little town that is known for it's Muay Thai training and exercise in general. So yes relaxation is involved but if you also want to drop a few pounds on vacation THIS is the vacation for you. This is where I began my weight loss journey almost three years ago, and I have teamed up with some of Thailand's top fitness professionals and will include: beach walks, hikes through the jungle, yoga, Muay Thai classes, Weights, Strength and Conditioning and MORE. A typical daily schedule:

630 AM: Morning beach walk, jungle hike or view points. Usually 5-10K (3-7 miles)                    9:00 AM: Breakfast provided by the hotel (included in package). This is your vacation. Eat as much or as little as you want just make good decisions. (and of course,we will always answer questions and assist when needed)                                                                                               10:30 Yoga- Get your zen in. We swap between Yin and Vinyasa every other day, so all muscle groups are covered                                                                                                                          12:00 noon: healthy organic lunch consisting of fish of the day/chicken, veggies, fresh juices or smoothie (included)                                                                                                                            1-3:00 PM- free time. Hang out on the beach, get a massage (one thai massage and one sports massage is included)                                                                                                                         3:30-4:30 Time to get physical with Strength and Conditioning                                                  5:00-7:00 PM: Muay Thai with the folks of Lamai Muay Thai. This facility changed my life. They will do the same for you.                                                                                                                          Dinner: your choice. So get out and ty the local cuisine or some of the other great eateries around town. (yes I have faves..and will advise)

Again, this was MY schedule and so far I am down 100 pounds, but you can do as little as you like and if you want even more, we can arrange private classes of Muay Thai, weight training swimming and more.

Best part...all classes and food is available along the main beach road so you don't need a car or motorbike UNLESS you want one. They are available for rental.

Schedule for week is as follows:

Saturday, September 22nd- arrivals. Your day to sleep, hang out on the beach, and if not too tired an excursion to Fisherman's Village for an early dinner.                                                                   Sunday, September 23rd- YOUR day. I will however be taking a group down to a couple of viewpoints and you just have to go to the Sunday Market. You can try every food that Thailand has to offer, pick up gifts and more. A definite must do in Samui.                                                   Monday -Friday: we eat, sleep, train (or maybe a little of everything in between)--*note: Muay Thai Lovers Thursday Night is Fight Night. So if you want to see a real Muay Thai fight this is the time we do it. Van and tickets are under 40 USD and can be purchased from Lamai Muay Thai Camp.    Saturday, September 29th : Excursion of choice...a trip to the elephant sanctuary, snorkeling, temple visits or all of the above. Whatever you want to do this is your day to get it in.               Sunday, September 30th- the end...NOOOOOOOOOOO. I know it will be hard to say goodbye but think of all the fun you've had.

********Pricing depends on how many are interested. I am aiming to keep it between $1500-$2G per person but mainly depends on rooming costs. Flights are NOT included but if you need assistance I can offer suggestions. Especially since you will more than likely need to fly into Bangkok (BKK) then take the hour flight to Samui (USM) via Bangkok Air or Thai Airlines.

Also, you can always stay a while longer. I can assist with finding a place to stay,  excursions, workouts and more. I love Koh Samui, it is like a second home to me. I know the area and people well. Let LOLA help you have the best time ever.

Questions? Please post below in comments section or email ladiesonthelam@gmail.com. In the coming weeks, I will have a page where you can get more info, make a deposit, as I will have payment plans available but trip must be paid in FULL by September 1st.

Since this is the first trip to Asia as a group, size will be limited so act quickly. If you are traveling alone but willing to share a room, there will be a questionnaire in effort to match personalities.

Please note: YOU are responsible for your own health/travel insurance, flights and anthing that is not listed or included. Shoot me a note with questions, and let's get ready to LOLA.

Thailand Dreams 2018

Kit (and Lexie too) because you already KNOW she is coming.

Museum of Bags and Purses Amsterdam aka Where it all began

I officially launch LOLA January 1, 2016. Now, here we are almost two years later and growing and evolving. What started out as a small tour in Amsterdam has morphed into a website, IG pages for both LOLA and the face of the company Lexie, and so much more. 

2018 will be chalked full of adventure as I am working on my first fitness/wellness retreat that will include yoga, Muay Thai, meditation, hiking and more in the lovely location of Koh Samui, Thailand.  

Also, I'm planning the adventure of a lifetime and would love to get a group together for some or most of the trip: Africa 2018

Gonna hike Kilimanjaro, go on a Safari, then on to the lands of my ancestors Mali, Benin, and Togo for a couple of weeks. This trip will be 4-6 weeks. If any interest or you want to know more you can always reach out to me via email: ladiesonthelam@gmail.com

So excited for the things to come but here is a reminder of where I started:  

We started at the Tassenmuseum Hendrikje and now we are here. Located in Amsterdam, NL, is a museum devoted to historic handbags, purses and suitcases. The museum's collection includes 4,000 items dating back to the 16th century. One of only three museums across the globe specializing in the field, and its collection is the world's largest.

2017 keeps on whizzing by and we all know I am not one to let moss settle on my feet. Stay tuned or better yet contact me and JOIN me on my next adventure.  I mean we are Ladies on the Lam.

My fitbit and me...and miscellaneous musings

I've become a fitbit nut ever since I learned all I have to do is the math and can figure out how much weight I've lost. I decided that while I am having my weight checked on a weekly basis I do NOT want to know what the scales say. I will find out at the very end and I can happily wait for it. The last two days were pretty brutal. I think I will post a schedule of the last two days on my next entry. I'm just dog tired and ready for bed. I try to stay up until 10pm. I usually get up around 515...go to the gym to foam roll and stretch for 15 min before we leave for the hike.

This week I was finally bumped up to the next advanced group. While I am not a pro by any means I just was beginning to feel a bit stilted. I would rather be in the middle or last of a faster group than being far ahead in the slower one. I feel like it makes others feel bad, and I feel horrible as well as I don't think I am getting the workout I desire. Well today was tough. I have one more hike day here at Movara and then on Thursday I am attempting "Stop Sign" one more time as I'm trying to get the full 8.5 miles in. Friday is the 10K and Saturday...I AM GOING HOME. Thank you lil baby Jesus..I am ready to go. See my family and get my life back.

I've been away for almost 5 and 1/2 weeks, between shooting a film and Utah...mama is ready to see her humble abode.

Some of the best highlights have been phone calls and facetime from my friends and family. You never know how much you miss them until they aren't around. I can't wait to go and see my sis, brother and his kids, and my dancing ladies in NYC, as well as LaD and others.

While the food has been hit or miss during the beginning of the week they hit it out of the park with today's meal. It was OBSCENELY good...especially lunch...it was STEAK.

Here is Sunday's Fine fare:

The breakfast was yummy and filling. Lunch salad was ok. And for dinner I went and had a bit of salad off the salad bar, the chicken without the masala sauce, and ate maybe a 1/3 of the cookie as it wasn't my fave dessert.

Now Monday, they put on their Game Menu and Chef Sam went to town...and that day was a good day....

However today TUESDAY..well Chef Sam showed and SHOWED OUT...the food today was damn near OFF THE CHAIN...(well lunch was...dinner's dessert is just to show you...I didn't eat it)

So that has been the food thus far...exercise is crazy here...I burn between 2500-3500 calories a day between the hikes and the 4-6 classes we take daily. It's a lifestyle I know I won't be able to keep up at home but I do know I can do at least 2 hours per day. One in the am and one in the evening. And once I return I want to lose 1-2 pounds per week. Hopefully by the time I go home I will be less than 50 pounds to goal weight. That sounds like a lot but after you've lost 100...well 50 more seems like child's play, especially since I know get and UNDERSTAND the math behind weight loss.

Oh yeah and I saw a "dead" body today...but that's a story for another time.

Peace out

K

Everybody's Working for the Weekend..

This post will cover mainly Friday and Saturday as I've gotten crazy busy with this site, life, and working on the next edition of my one-person comedy/cabaret show :This Kitty Has Claws Goes International.

Friday, was a crazy day here at Movara. Morning started with a race. Folks had a choice between the 5K and 10K. I signed up for the 10 as I've run 5K's before and decided it was time to push it up to the next level. Honestly, I was surprised with how slow my time has become since I stopped running over the last few months. I mean I was always slow but at least could maintain a 15 min mile,  yet now my time is almost 20 min which is ridiculous. We do a ton of hiking here but not much running so it makes sense. Once I return to NYC I'm going to start running again a few times per week. I accomplished the 10K and it was full of hills, inclines and the like but done:

Running just me and my tunes...

Running just me and my tunes...

Breakfast was delicious was great all week, lunches were either good or ok, and dinner started to lose some of it's luster compared to the beginning of the week. I ended up passing on many of the desserts as they had a creamy/pudding like texture. I have a thing with texture so I wasn't a fan, although I did try and snap pics so you could see the meals:

Fridays here are a bit bitter sweet as some of the new friends you've made are preparing to leave...so the day is filled with lectures of menu planning, Q&A's etc but for those with a few days left we have Hip Hop, Cardio, Swimming, Tabata, Zumba, and the dreaded (by everyone except me) Barre class. I like the end of the week dance classes.

Saturday- you can pick your poison of the morning of pavement hikes: west canyon, Stop Sign, the extended Camelback hike, or a trip to Zion National Park) I chose the dreaded "Stop Sign" which is only 4.3 miles and a van is at the top and will bring you back down unless you want to try and make it back to the bottom, which I have yet to do. But I was the only one who went the furthest. I posted about it on my personal Instagram page. (see HERE) It was a learning experience as only two of us showed up. Now I try NOT to be competitive here, because honestly I don't think it serves me any purpose, especially when people have come here to improve their overall health, BUT there is always someone who wants to test me. And this was a 50+ year old man who was in decent shape for his age and height (6 ft 5) and I am a chubby 5 ft 3 woman...so he tells me at the beginning that "he was going to take it easy on me today". Now I wanted to say "I've passed you on EVERY 5K you've done and I was doing a 10K...so GTFOH" nonetheless I sucked it up and said "I think I'll be OK" and I was...I not only made it up the biggest hill, as the last mile is 1000ft hill all the way up...I was there before he arrived by about 9 or 10 min. So I stopped and did a photo shoot and then started back down the hill. I ran further for a total of 7.17 miles to his 4.3 miles. And you bet your sweet booties I made a comment when the van arrived and picked me up last. I "thanked him for taking it easy on me" and made sure he understood that I knew what he was actually saying, that it was NOT appreciated, and reminded him that I've beat him before and would do it again and again. I may be a bigger woman but I'm fit and I will win. We are all in this together, but if you want to test me and be a d-bag about it, you better be able to bring it.

After the morning run we had quite a long break (about two hours). Many people leave on Saturday and the latter half and Sunday are rest days and personal time for the guests. However before that could happen we had "Cliff's Last Blast Workout"...and what a workout it is...longer than the rest of the week, and the trainer Cliff goes HAM!!!! He worked muscles I didn't even know I had. My body is still screaming after the massage I had, but it was so worth it.

Sunday...which is today...I was not feeling my best self so I've spent most of the day in bed, catching up with phone calls and Facetime, as well as some netflix..and a little working on my show and some new choreography.

So yeah that was my weekend at Movara...looking forward to the next week and finding out how much weight I've lost as well as see my after pictures. To be honest I am not certain if I've lost a lot of weight but I can definitely see definition so I know inches off are in my future.

Until next time

xoxo

K

Movara Day 4: I Came to Compete...with MYSELF but ....

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:

Today was a day: Hike, Emotional Eating, Reformer, Hip hop, Treading, Total Body Tabata, and OBSTACLE COURSE

Today was a day: Hike, Emotional Eating, Reformer, Hip hop, Treading, Total Body Tabata, and OBSTACLE COURSE

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:

The bright red rocks of home...St. George, UT

The bright red rocks of home...St. George, UT

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:

Breakfast: standard egg scramble and tortillas, Lunch: A cream and filling Butternut and squash soup, with Braised Beef over Butternut noodles, finished with Dinner: salad from the salad bar (100 calories), stuffed chicken fajita wrapped in turkey bacon, with chocolate covered strawberries for dessert.

Breakfast: standard egg scramble and tortillas, Lunch: A cream and filling Butternut and squash soup, with Braised Beef over Butternut noodles, finished with Dinner: salad from the salad bar (100 calories), stuffed chicken fajita wrapped in turkey bacon, with chocolate covered strawberries for dessert.

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.

xo

K

Movara Day 3: I came to SLAY

I have found in life people either really like me, or they don't. My time at Movara has shown me some wonderful, kind and loving people, as well as some "mean girls" the only difference is I just look past them as if they don't exist. A friend had the perfect quote for my situation.

""Arrows of hate, fiery darts, were shot at me many times, but they NEVER touched me because they came from a world with which I have nothing in common" - Einstein

It's perfect because there will always be gossip, and people with opinions but in the end, do they really matter...not as long as you stay on your own path. And that is what I do daily. I put in the work, follow the plan and steer my own course. I did not come here to make friends, so that is a bonus.

This morning started with the usual hike and the hike personal has decided I will move up to a higher level this week. I like my current hiking group but I just need more. I want to push harder and further. And today I stood on the top of the world:

Hot, Sweaty and Hard but I"m HERE...dammit

Hot, Sweaty and Hard but I"m HERE...dammit

It's like I've found beast mode but on some NEXT level ish. I am not a game, nor did I come to play...like Beyonce I came to SLAY. I've been on a weight loss journey for over a year. And while it has been sllllloooooowwww...it has been steady. I thought this would be an excellent jumpstart to get me to my next level. I have an amazing support system at home (NYC) as well as the staff of trainers at Movara.

The day was intense as far as the hike, but the rest of the day was cake...YES I did have 4 workout classes but a lecture in between so it gave my body a time to breathe:

Hike, Breakfast, Open Gym, Stretch, Lunch, Lasting Change, Kickboxing, Strength Circuit, Aqua Zumba and dinner...phew! And how was YOUR day?

Hike, Breakfast, Open Gym, Stretch, Lunch, Lasting Change, Kickboxing, Strength Circuit, Aqua Zumba and dinner...phew! And how was YOUR day?

And as usual the food was delicious. I don't have a pic of dessert because I HATE marshmallows (don't judge me. You don't know my life) so I didn't have the s'mores but heard they were delicious.

Breakfast: My standard egg scramble with corn tortillas. Lunch Egg drop soup and yummy fish tacos and dinner: salad (not pictured) and stew. YUM

Breakfast: My standard egg scramble with corn tortillas. Lunch Egg drop soup and yummy fish tacos and dinner: salad (not pictured) and stew. YUM

Since I decided to AMP it up this week I am taking a half a dose of Pruvit per day...it helps my body into ketosis but without eliminating carbs. It's natural and my doctor has approved so why not. If you want to know more about this then click here.

Day 3 done...and 10 more until I go back to NYC. Thanks for checking in...and I'll be back tomorrow.

xoxo

K

Day 2: And I Didn't Die

Today was a day of first for me. I went on the morning hike and the guides decided to make it a bit more "fun". Fun is code for hard as hell. So the hike started off hard and crazy, we started a steep incline and scaling the mountain right away. Then she threw in something extra and asked if anyone wanted to try. I am terrified of heights and no one wanted to try...so if you know me, well you know I said "I want to try"...and I did but I just couldn't do the last bit. It was some scary footing and one false move and I would have fallen to my death. BUT at least I did try and got pretty far up.

Today's workout was pretty tame in comparison to yesterday:

I did ALL of this and I didn't die!!!! #winning

I did ALL of this and I didn't die!!!! #winning

After the hike was my favorite part of the day breakfast. We have a great selection but I went with my eggs scramble with hot sauce. Here is today's menu and I got a pic of all the food today. It was delicious. Hard to believe so few calories. Look at all the food for under 1250 calories. Amazeballs

I am feeling much stronger, however the environment can be taxing at times especially dealing with the "personalities". Many are Type A, some are shy, and others are just plain rude. I am the only black woman here and at times I feel like I am the only one in St.George. No one has made me feel uncomfortable except for one guest whose name I knew but he referred to me as "Felicia" He says it was an honest mistake but really COME ON, you'd have to live under a rock to not know one of the biggest catch phrases of the past year. I just laughed it off but it isn't funny. So I just decided to distance myself from the person and focus on me. As I am not here to make friends, but change my life.

Speaking of friends, I have made a few. One is my new workout partner... I push her because I know she can do it. Everytime we workout together she tells me...I didn't think I could do that. And it helps me to push her because then I work out harder as well. It is a good partnership and I look forward to working out with her everyday.

So far, so good. Today was hard and long. I went to bed at 8:30 PM which is why I am posting this on Wednesday morning instead of Tuesday night. However our day starts at 630am and ends around 630 pm...so it's a lot. However I am digging the structure, and I can already feel myself getting focused and becoming stronger.

Welp, gotta hit the gym and foam roll before the hike...time for Day 3: Wednesday. And as they say what doesn't kill us, makes us STRONGER.

xo

K

Movara Day 1: THIS is NOT a Game

People come to a health and wellness spa for a variety of reasons...to take a break from life, to lose weight, to get healthy, to hike, and a myriad of others. I came because I am afraid of heights and I also could lose 50 or 60 pounds. Which isn't that bad considering I have been over 150 lbs heavier off and on thru my adult life, so having only 60 or so to lose is like a blessing.

Today was officially Day 1 and it was a grueling schedule, but I made it:

I got up at 545 am, washed my face brushed my teeth and got dressed. I had to be in the dining hall by 615 where we learned what our assessment hike would be. To be honest I found it a bit basic and somewhat boring. I burned 944 calories but I've burned more than that doing a 10K, so I'm not certain if I will continue unless they become more challenging or I'm moved up a group. I've spoken to management about this ...so we shall see. It was however a beautiful sunrise and the hiking was lovely:

Morning Hike...Monday

Morning Hike...Monday

After a two hour hike it was breakfast time. I snapped a pic of today's menu. I got a pic of all the food except for dinner. I was a piggy and ate it all before I remembered to snap a pic. Actually it wasn't until I was about to blog this post that I remembered that I didn't have a pic. Sorry, but the food was delicious. I like how they have the calorie count as well. It makes me using myfitnesspal MUCH easier:

Breakfast: we have a selection of six different meals and lunch was soup and lettuce wraps...Yum

Breakfast: we have a selection of six different meals and lunch was soup and lettuce wraps...Yum

The rest of the day was filled with kickboxing, hip hop class, free gym time, then court challenge filled with mountain climbers, running and burpees, and off to circuit training. By the time 430 came and it was the final class I chose stretch because my body was talking, and it was saying "mama I AM SPENT". I was never so happy for dinner.

After dinner, I hung out with my new friend Paige and her lovely pooch Nico. Who is about as sweet as sweet can be; then I took a dip in the hot tub followed by pool.

WHEW...that was a day, so I took a shower, typed up this blog and plan on being in bed by 9PM, because welp...tomorrow we do it all over again. I am really loving this place, it's like sleepaway camp but for adults.

 

Movara Fitness and Weightloss Resort ...here I come

Well the time has come for me to check out another idea for my LOLA ladies and well other folks in general. I will try to post daily if I'm not too tired but if you take a look at a sample day. MOVARA is NOT a game. It is a health and fitness resort (and yes sometimes I will refer to it as Fat Camp, but that is MY CHOICE and my words),as this place is much more than that.

As you can see it is a LOT of hard work. Early am hikes for 2-2.5 hours, followed by breakfast, then class or lecture, then lunch followed by more classes. A total of 6-8 hours of exercise per day. WOW!

A day in the life at Movara

A day in the life at Movara

I'm exhausted just looking at the schedule. The check-in was relatively simple. I spoke to the reservationist (Nancy) as well as the owner (Guy) and after talking to them and some of the clients I knew this was the place for me. It offered everything I could possible want in a fitness vacation. Tons of hiking, prepared meals and a workout plan that encompasses dance class a few times per week. Perfection.

The program officially starts tomorrow so I thought I'd share the layout of the campus. When I first arrive all Isee is a fleet of Movara vans. I found out these vans are used in the morning to take us out to the mountains for hikes, as well as field trips to the grocery store (where we learn label reading and healthy shopping), and to my favorite place TARGET!!!!

The hiking vans

The hiking vans

Next up the initial weigh-in and before pics. I've decided not to post those as I'm waiting to the end as this camp is not only about weight lose but changing ones mindset when dealing with food as well as getting healthy. This place has everything a person could ever need EXCEPT caffeine. There is no smoking, caffeine, or alcohol allowed on the premises. So my Gin and Tonics will be a thing of the past for the next few weeks. And I'm actually ok with this...who am I?

Next up a tour of the facilities :

The dining area where we can eat inside or dine al fresco even on the couch. Everyday there is a menu board with foods of the day as well as calorie count. And we have weekly cooking classes so I learn how to make all the delicious meals.

The dining area where we can eat inside or dine al fresco even on the couch. Everyday there is a menu board with foods of the day as well as calorie count. And we have weekly cooking classes so I learn how to make all the delicious meals.

Next up my bedroom. Movara has two rooming options ...you either can share a room with a savings of $600 per week. They are hotel like in looks but the beds seem pretty comfy:

The bedroom...as you can see Lex has claimed her spot.

The bedroom...as you can see Lex has claimed her spot.

After I got situated and laid down a few minutes I knew I had to see the place where the work (torture?!?) would be had: The Gym, Aerobics Room, and the Court.

The torture chambers... or the Hot Body Makeover Rooms as I like to think of them.

The torture chambers... or the Hot Body Makeover Rooms as I like to think of them.

There is a lecture hall, business center, as well as a rec room with a pool table and tons of games. So one can never get too bored. And if you do get bored it's because you didn't work hard enough because you should be tired:

Business Center, Rec room and lecture hall

Business Center, Rec room and lecture hall

Movara can be considered costly but the staff is first rate and they always seem to find ways to help those who may not be able to do it otherwise, and there are even programs to take out a loan. As well as incentives for those who need to stay longer. I've met clients who are staying 10, 12 even 24 weeks. This is a commitment. Many think it's expensive but not as expensive as tons of medicines and hospital visits that could be in my future. Remember that HEALTH is WEALTH. And without your health, all the money in the world doesn't matter.

Please follow me over the next few weeks as I invite you into my world of fitness at Movara. Clink on the link at the top of the page to go to the website to see cost, pics, success stories and more.

Oh and by the way they have a FULL SERVICE spa right here on campus so someone is always available to massage out those kinks and soreness as well as apply a coat of polish to the nails and tootsies. Can you really ask for anything more?

Time for me to go take a nap, tomorrow is a BIG day as Monday is assessment Hike day so they know which would be the best group for you. Movara is like the best parent you could ever have, they want nothing but the best for YOU, and make certain your needs are being met. And if the program is too hard or you need an adjustment they help, and not leave you to flutter in the wind. I haven't been here long, but I do know I already love this place.

Later taters,

Kit (and Lexie too)