I luckily only live 4 hours away from the resort. I drove down on a Sunday and checked in. I didn't plan ahead and we actually bought Wendy's before getting there. I knew I was going to get weighed upon arriving, but eating unhealthy was something I wasn't that worried about. I checked into my room and changed to go get weighed. The staff instantly greeted me and were very welcoming. They were very interested in who I was and why I was there. My room mates were starting to pour in and we were all very excited and nervous. We really had no idea what to expect, but that was why it was so exciting. We knew only good things could happen. I got weighed in and it was 198.8. I knew I had gone up a few pounds just because I was weight training more, but man I didn't think I ate that much food from Wendy's! I was a little disappointed, but knew that only good things were coming my way after this week.
The next morning, my room mate, Emily from Favorite Family Recipes and I got ready for a long day. We were both put into the same hiking group which was comforting because then we could together to everything. We grabbed a few snacks, filled up our waterbottles, and got into the vans. It was then that we met our guides. At first glance, they were nice retired men and women who are probably more in shape than I am. As the week went on, I would learn to really love these people and love what they do. We started our first hike at Scout Cave. There was lots of sand and rock. The hike was fast paced and it was perfect because I could push myself as fast as I wanted to go. We had 3 guides going 3 different paces so you just kept up to however much you could. It was then that I got to know the other people in my group and hearing their stories started to get me really excited that I was there.
The menu for the day was written out each morning so we could see what we were going to eat
After the hike, we had a simple breakfast. I chose a protein shake with a side of turkey bacon. For some reason, it really hit the spot. We had a class after that taught by Hyrum Smith. His lectures centered around our belief windows and how we can "clean" them, as well as discovering our inner peace. After that, I took a triathlon class and then we had lunch. The other nerve-wrecking part about me going to Fitness Ridge was not being in control of what I ate. I had to eat whatever they provided and trust that in the end, I would lose weight. Out of all the meals, I only think I sent back 2 of them and opted for the veggie burger they have on hand in case you don't like what they prepared. Chef Sam really knows a ton about healthy food and has created some very tasty dishes. There was also an unlimited salad bar in case you were still hungry and steamed veggies on hand to keep yourself full too.
After lunch, we had 3 more workout classes. This was the hardest part about each day because I knew that they were going to be a lot of work with little breaks. The classes are only 45 minutes with a 15 minute break in between. The class themes vary from Zumba, crossfit, Circuit Training, Step, Boot Camp and Kickboxing. I liked they there was a variety and it kept things interesting. The trainers were incredible. Each one had their own style and were so awesome to work with. They pushed you enough to make you sweat, but never wanting to quit. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them all. After the last workout, we would have dinner and then you were free for the rest of the evening. I usually took that time to shower and call my family. I didn't want to stay up too late because the day started right back over with the same schedule.
On the last day of being there we got weighed in. I knew that I had put the work in and I was anxious to see that number I weighed in a 189.9. I had lost 8.5 lbs!! I was amazed at my results. I even gained 3 lbs of muscle. I was burning over 2000 calories a day from just exercise and only eating 1500 so of course I was going to lose some weight. I just didn't think that much!
Mique from 30 Days Handmade
Camille from Six Sisters Stuff
Emily from Favorite Family Recipes
Jared from Tone and Tighten
Jess from What Does the Cox Say
The best part about this all is that Fitness Ridge is giving away 1 week to one of you! This is a $2300 value and a very amazing opportunity! I wish I could enter this giveaway, but I am excited to see one of you win a chance to change your life.