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Apples with Cinnamon – my new favorite snack!

The Fit Empress – My journey to fitness in mind, body & spirit


5 Days Down!

Great first week! It’s been wonderful to have such laser focus on being healthy and fit. It is still shocking how far I’d let things go, but all I can do is move forward from here. This has been a fantastic start!

Above is a sample of the daily food menu. I can honestly say you NEVER go to bed hungry here!

The workouts have been challenging and fast paced. Hiking, cardio, pool, Zumba and daily stretch classes (basically yoga). They have a little bit of everything.

I must admit I’m completely worn out after such an active week. There is a hike and another workout today and then we’re technically “off” until Monday morning. Sunday is a day of rest, but I do plan to do at least a little cardio tomorrow on my own.

As I get ready for week two, I want to start making clear plans for my eating and exercise plan to make sure I stay in track. While I won’t necessarily workout 3-6 hours a say at home of course, the intent is to jump start the metabolism here and also so that doing a regular workout daily will seem like nothing comparatively once you get back home.

The concept of the 90/10 (or 80/20) rule for nutrition is somewhat new to me, but it makes sense. It’s basically the cheat meal concept, but thinking of it as less of a “cheat” and more of a conscious choice to eat clean 80-90 percent of the time and allow yourself little indulgences 10-20 percent of the time. It is more all-encompassing to think of it as a total plan and not these intermittent “cheat” moments. You are never breaking your nutrition rules, you’re incorporating the reality of life with it because it isn’t realistic to eat completely clean 100% of the time for the rest of your life.

So I’m learning things and looking forward to resetting and getting my health back in order.

The Fit Empress Blog – My journey to fitness in mind, body & spirit

Day One

Long but satisfying day! Morning started at 6am with a great stretch class. Breakfast was a delicious chicken egg scramble with toast and a pat of butter – just 291 calories!

We then departed on our fans for the 1st hike of the week. One hour out and then one hour back. It was tough for a few stretches early on (my calves were killing me,)but by the end I felt great, but drained.

After the hike we took our “before” photos and then headed to a lecture to review our physical assessments which gave us more insight into our body fat and lean muscle mass. According to the assessment, I need to lose 64.5 lbs of fat, which would put me back at the weight I was two years ago when is was super healthy and active. My long term goal would be to get 20 lbs below that, but losing 64.5 lbs of fat sounds like a good goal to me!

Lunch was a salad, soup and a delicious pita filled with pulled pork and cauliflower. After lunch we had more lectures on heart rate and nutrition. We also had two fitness classes, Core and Circuit Training. Both were tough but good. I am truly facing how far out of control I let myself get from where I was in 2011.

Including the stretch class, I worked out approximately 4 hours total yesterday. I went from zero-to-60 in one day!

Dinner was another delicious meal of salad, quesadilla,and a teeny tiny apple cobbler. The food here has been amazing. It’s so good to be able to have all the meals perfectly cooked and soooooo yummy, but knowing it is all healthy and organized to keep you at the 1500 calorie intake. With all the focus on exercise, it’s good to not have to worry about calories right now.

After dinner, I hit the steam room and basically was in bed by 8pm and passed out before 9.

It was a very busy and fulfilling day. I’m still nervous about the physical challenges ahead, but I know that from my previous fit lifestyle, I can do it, even if it’s tough at first.

I took the pic above during the hike. It truly is beautiful here and that definitely helps to clear the mind.

The Fit Empress Blog – My journey to fitness in mind, body & spirit


Today was mostly travel and settling in.  Once I checked in, I had a bit of time to unpack and then I headed over for my body assessment.  Weight and inches came in around where I thought they would given how slack I’ve been the past few months (see my fitness tracker page for details).

Free time until dinner- yummy “fried” chicken with veggies, salad and a chocolate covered banana for dessert.  And all the water you can hold!  The prepared meals with the snacks are the 1500 calories a day, but you the salad s technically additional calories; however, those don’t “count” because it’s all vegetables.

Orientation was informative, will be interesting to see what new things I can learn about nutrition.

So I have a long way to go, but I’m pushing forward.  Tomorrow begins the real work. 6-7 hours a day of exercise and 1500 calories.  Changes become habits.  I can build on the foundation I put in place over the next two weeks.

I just need to stay focused.

Planning and Getting Focused

Two weeks is a long time to be out of town, but all I have to pack really are workout clothes I guess so that helps.  I hated to do it but I had to buy a lot of new workout stuff because I’ve gotten too big for a lot of my old stuff.  That’s yet another sign it’s time to do something right?

I’ve really been thinking about how much I’ve limited my life the past few months because I’ve been so unhappy about my weight.  Many of my clothes no longer fit, and I have been loathe to buy new things because I’m determined to not need them very long, but you have to live right?  So I broke down and bought some things, but the workout stuff should be fine, even when it’s too big for me they’ll still be useful, or I can donate them.  Donating might be preferable since workout clothes could really be useful to someone – a luxury item really – that stuff can be expensive.  Not to mention I am kind of obsessed with the Nike Dri-Fit gear.

I have to admit I’m enjoying these last few days of prep before the fitness resort – I guess it isn’t politically correct to call them fat farms any longer right?  It’s that interesting period where I know change is coming, so I’m less stressed about my weight right now.  I know I’m going to fix this, and I’m committed to making it work. 

Due to changes at my old company, I had the opportunity (and thankfully the means for which I am so grateful) to take a break from the work world and get my head and heart together.  I didn’t realize how stressed and burned out I was until I had the chance not to have to drag myself into work everyday.  I didn’t realize that my unhappiness with my job had kind of infected my entire life.  I would spend every hour I wasn’t working dreading having to go in-which meant I lost a lot of excitement for life in general.  In this economy, it feels a little crazy to purposely not be employed, but I really feel this break is what I needed. 

I say all that to highlight that this is an opportune moment in my life because I truly have the time to focus on nothing but getting healthy and doing the things I want to do, within reason.  😉  I’m so excited for the things to come.  I have moments of fear – a lot of moments, but I’m still MUCH more excited than I am afraid.

On a less reflective note –  I set up my fitness stats tracker yesterday, and I must say I’m impressed with my little spreadsheet.  And I do love a good spreadsheet, so any little tricks I can find for myself to keep me motivated is good.

So begins another day of leisurely preparation and anticipation for the weeks and months to come!

The Fit Empress Blog – My journey to fitness in mind, body & spirit