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

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 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)