Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tiring Thursday!

Pix from top to bottom: 1.Our group mid point Saddle Hike. 2.The frozen ice at Fern Gully. 3.Our hike group at the Arch coming down from Saddle.

Hiked up Saddle today and let me tell you ... it's hard!!! A straight up climb for a lot of times! We went over to Fern Gully to see the water fall that I had seen back in October ... too funny ... it was frozen ice!!! We took a pic of it for comparison! A lot of slippery rocks today for sure! But, all in all, it was a good hike even though it hurt my back a bit!

Went back to the Ridge for a Stretch class, Lunch, then it's Treading day! I did 2 of them and had to leave at the end of the 2nd class due to my back hurting so bad. I called Brenda, my friend that gives massages, and she came and picked me up and gave me a great hour and a half massage!!! She's awesome! She thinks I sprained my back and it felt like it too!

Dinner tonight was AWESOME!!! We had grilled skewered shrimp and veggies over rice and for dessert we had apple cobbler! Yummy!

Well tomorrow is my last full day here at the Ridge! Saturday is just a hike, then shower, dinner, & graduation! Home on Sunday! I can't wait to get home to my own bed and see hubby and my kitties and big boy (my Boxer). I miss them all! :)

More tomorrow ...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tuesday and Wednesday

Pix from Top to Bottom: 1.Michelle's Birthday 2.Birthday Strawberries 3.Kassie and Dee Dee on Teeter Tawter Rock. 4.Kassie, David, and Dee Dee on Teeter Tawter. 5.Dee Dee happy about being on the Treadmill during Mountain at 15.0 Incline!!!

Well, to finish off my Tuesday blog since I wrote it during my lunch break ... I said I was going to try to do 2 Cardio Intervals on Tuesday ... I did 3!!! Yep, I'm crazy! But, it was good ... I was on the Treadmill and I burned 271 in the first class, then 266 the second class, then was feeling the pain during my 3rd class and hopped on the Recumbant Bike where I only burned 210. But,it was a good workout day for sure! One of the ladies here had her Birthday and they brought out Chocolate Covered Strawberries with a candle on it for her. :) Cute

Today was better though. I definitely burned more calories today! We hiked 3rd Rivine but we had a new guide and we took the wrong path and then went the wrong way and went too far! We ended up hiking 6 miles! Oh, well, Jordan is still sweet even though he took us the wrong way ... hey, we got a good workout! :)

The best part of the day though was riding the Street Stryders up to the Kick Ball field again where we had a great game of Kick Ball with 8 of us plus one of our trainers. After we came back from that Kassie and I did 2 Mountain classes and a Kick Boxing Class! Crazy, huh? Mountain is where you are on a cardio machine and step it up one time every 3 minutes for a total of 12 times. You can either add on speed or resistance to your machine, but you have to make it harder each time. I did both of my Mountain Classes on the Treadmill. Had a good calorie burning day!

Just want to mention that a great snack that I've been making is sliced apples with Truvia sugar sprinkled on it along with a lot of Cinnamon! It tastes like an apple pie without the crust! It definitely helps you get through the day!!! I like the Hot Tea (Vanilla) with Cinnamon sprinkled in it too! The hot tub helps a lot as well! Your muscles ache A LOT at the end of the day!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Our Monday and Tuesday ... 1/10/11 and 1/11/11

Pix from bottom to top (Sorry, had to go back to edit that as I posted them wrong originally): 1.Kassie, Dee Dee, and Shim made it to Stop Sign today! 2.Our Open Gym time we went to play Kickball ... our Kickball Group Pix. 3.Dee Dee on the top of Barrel Roll Hike. 4 & 5.The view from the top of Barrel Roll Hike.

Well, didn't blog yesterday as I was so tired that I just came back to my room and crashed! It was a full day for sure! I hiked Barrel Roll where I burned 1200 calories. My heaviest workout for sure was riding the Street Stryder up to the Kickball field where we proceded to play a game of Kickball. I burned 442 calories in exactly 1 hour!!! I know for sure now that I'll ride my Street Stryder at home more often seeing how many calories it burned. I only rode it 3/4 of a mile there and 3/4 of a mile back!!! Crazy, huh?

Today, we did Stop Sign and I did it in 1 hr 22 minutes. Not sure how I did my last time here on it with time, but it was cold out today and miserable. I "plan" on doing at minimum 2 Cardio Intervals today ... writing this during my break after lunch. So, headed out to class now! More to come!

Remember, use my name if and when you book here at Fitness Ridge for a bonus for you and me!!! :) Chat more later!

Extra Pix of Last Week's Snow!

These are some more pix of last week's snow mess we had to endure. I got them from one of the other guest here. I thought you might enjoy them! The first pic is outside the dorm area where you can see the snow on the ground. The 2nd pic is crazy ... out by the pool, check out the chairs covered in snow!!! Ahhhh! The 3rd pic is our gazebo by the pool covered in snow! The 4th & 5th pics are in the early morning out by the dorms ... check out how they had to clean off the sidewalks!

Thought you'd enjoy them!!!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday is Finally Here!

On Saturday for our hike, Kassie, myself and one of our buddies from last January, Denise Eastman, went walking through Kayenta and then on to Coyote Gulch. We hung out there shopping and looking at the art works before walking on back to the Ridge. We walked a total of 8 miles for our jaunt! It was great to see Denise and we all shared our stories of the past year. We love you Denise!

Yup, last night was Graduation Night. However, Kassie and I decided to skip it and go rent a car and go out. We needed to get away from the Fitness Ridge and find an escape. We did! A little sushi restaurant called Benji! Yummm! :) Afterwards, we went to go see the grad's bowl and then we went to get some cards and such from the local store.

Today, Kassie and I decided to go out for some lunch and see a movie. It was fun to go hang out. We saw "Little Fockers"...funny movie, but not as good as the first one. You know how those trilogies can get! It was just fun though to hang with my buddy and roommate! We then came back to our room and watched yet another movie, "She's Not in My League" and then go to the Orientation in the dining hall. A lot of newbies here this week (40) compared to the stay over guests (26)! I already miss my buddies that had to leave today and on Friday! :(

Tomorrow will be yet another thrilling day for Kassie and I as we made a pledge today to either make it to the 6:00 am classes this week OR go to the gym after dinner and work out for no less than 30 minutes each night! It will be hard thing to stick to, but we need it in order to lose the weight that we want to lose! Today was weight in's and I lost 5 pounds and KK lost 4! So, we're not disappointed (especially since KK was sick all week), but we know we can do much more than we did this past week! So, we'll see how that works! My plan is to stop my Polar Watch after every hike and every class and write down how many calories I burned per class. That way I will know at the end of the day as to how much more working out I need in order to burn more calories than I did last week. I have to do MUCH BETTER this week! Wish me luck!

Remember, if you use my name when you book Fitness Ridge, you and I both will receive a Referral Fee of $100!!! So, tell them that you read Dee Dee Palmer's blog and that I sent ya! :) If you need me to help you with any questions about this wonderful place, email me on Facebook (Dee Dee Charleston Palmer) ... Nighty Night!!!