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.

 

Well Heck...I think I'm falling in love with...HIKING

If you tell anyone I said it, I'd deny, deny, DENY but truth be told I am starting to like my morning exercise ritual of hiking through Snow Canyon Park in Utah. I get up around 530, hit the trails by 630. I go with a great group of folks and it's fun. Yeah...I just said that...EXERCISE is fun. And it clears my head for the day. I mean look at all this nature:

Utah is breathtaking...