Have you ever thought about taking a week to focus strictly on your eating habits and on your exercise program? Maybe, like me, the voice in the back of your mind says, “sometime soon I will focus on that” as I enjoy the last of the potato chips. Hey! They are the reduced fat ones. That makes them okay -right? I have a bag in my cupboard right now. Before my week at The Biggest Loser Fitness Ridge Resort, I would have finished them in less than a week. Why am I able to shrug my shoulders now and be content to leave them unopened? What happened to change my thought process and increase my will power?
If you have ever thought it would be nice to participate in a program similar to the one we see on The Biggest Loser television show I say, “Give yourself permission! Do it, you won’t regret it.”
As my sister-in-law Debbie, and I were discussing what to do for our sixteenth annual ladies trip somehow we hit on the fitness resort idea. It was my turn to plan the trip. I knew I needed to leap in and commit to the trip before logic and fear had a chance to sway our decision. As I researched the various options I found very little written in the personal experience department. I fell back on my “fan” status. The Biggest Loser seemed a safe, compassionate and nonjudgmental place to work on the issues that snag our process of good health. It only helped, to see they were highly rated as a top fitness resort.
Calling the third sister-in-law in our trio, Carol, I put the suggestion to her. Little did I realize she had NEVER seen The Biggest Loser. I did explain there were six to seven hours of daily workout involved. She only heard the word “Resort” and leaped, “YES!” On some level the exercise factor did sink in as she began to walk two and a half miles a day in preparation. We found out on the drive from the airport to the Ridge that she had never seen the show. (Oh NO!)
My past exercise routine consisted of twenty minutes of weights followed by an intense hour of spin class mostly twice a week at our local gym. I tried to work in some treadmill time through the week too.
I did wonder how old injuries would stand up to the intense workout at the Ridge. I also wondered how my sensitive stomach would react to the new diet. It helped to know that if the contestants on The Biggest Loser can do it, then so can I.
This article is intended to open the door of possibility a little wider for those who might be interested but have yet to make that final decision to take their health and fitness to the next level. If you have a question feel free to ask. I will do my best to answer it. I plan on writing of my time at the Ridge in stages.