Monday marked the second month of GPP for Carl and Tyson, and the fourth month for me. I convinced Carl and Tyson to try the GPP kool-aid, and it worked. They are both hooked! Carl is down 15 lbs and Tyson is down 10 lbs. Crazy! Tyson is a beast when it comes to lifting the heavy weight (just finished playing 4 years of college football, so he should be a beast, right?)
As usual, my weekend begins the moment I am done with work at 4:30 pm on Friday! Right after work, I hit up GPP for THIS Leg Shredder workout.
My legs were officially shredded.
I took my first official ice bath when I got home. It was much needed!
I woke up Saturday morning, feeling a little under the weather. Second weekend in a row. Carl thinks it is a combination of too many workouts and lack of sleep during the week.
Definitely a possibility.
We had plans to get together with our tailgating group Saturday night, to go over the fall schedule of football games, plan fun tailgating themes and stuff like. Really, it was just an excuse to get together!
I volunteered to make a pasta salad and bring an appetizer. The appetizer I chose, was this one:
I hope you had a great weekend! I had fabulous one! More about that in a minute.
I just wanted to apologize for the lack of posts this past week. My laptop crashed (for the 2nd time!) and I'm not a big fan of our desktop computer. It's slow and is a pain in the ass to blog from. Right now it's making crazy with this post! Oh well.
It was a beautiful day on Saturday. Perfect for getting outside and running/walking/whatever!
The race was held on the campus of the University of Utah, which is really beautiful, with view overlooking the city.
I was a bit nervous about this 5k, since the first mile of the race is mostly all uphill. I've been battling a quad pull, and was worried how it would hold up.
The starting line:
*warning, crappy cell phone pics ahead!
When the race started, I felt okay. Each step was met with a slight pull of my quad, but I was determined. The first uphill stretch was not fun. It was crowded and I knew I started out a bit too fast, going with the other racers. I ended up walking just a bit of the hill, until the course leveled out for a minute. Literally, 1 minute! Then it was back to a huge climb, toward the sun, and it was HOT! I walked up most of the hill. I tried running, but it just wasn't happening.
Once we hit the top of the course, about 1.5 miles in, things went much smoother. The course was a little flat and we weren't running straight in to the sun. At about mile 2.3 the course was more downhill than anything. That part was nice, but you can really feel downhill running in your knees and my quad was really bothering me the last mile. Knowing that Carl and Madison would be waiting for me at the finish line was a huge motivator! I told Carl I would probably cross the finish line somewhere around 40-45 minutes due the uphill parts of the course slowing me down. I checked my watch to try and gauge how I was doing on time, and it seems to me I was hitting the 40 minute mark with at least .5 miles to go.
I was annoyed.
But I kept on going.
Finally, the finish line was within in sight! All the people along the race route were cheering on the runners and that makes it sooo much easier to keep going! Right before the finish line I spotted Carl and Madison. Carl had my cell phone out ready to snap a picture! I gave him my cheesy smile:
And then I crossed the finish line:
My "official" time was: 36:04.25 I was 11/21 in my age group and finished 252/594
Not too bad.
I'll take it!
It really was fun, and I felt like I could have gone another couple of miles!
The rest of the weekend consisted of dinner out with Carl's family on Saturday night, which was fun!
Sunday was a day of addressing my brother's wedding invitations in calligraphy! I can't wait for his wedding in July!
Hope you had a great weekend!
I will spend the next few days getting ready for our trip to California and Tyson's graduation!
I'm not really a huge yogurt fan. It's something about the texture, I think.
But, I've been hearing about Chobani Greek Yogurt for a while now, and decided to give it a try.
My fave is the Blood Orange flavor
And the Pomegranate
Not only is the yogurt delicious, but the health benefits are great as well!
Fromt he Chobani website:
Chobani is a naturally good for you indulgence. We use a centuries old straining process to make it, which results in a tasty, creamy yogurt that has two times more protein than regular yogurt as well as being naturally lower in sodium and carbohydrates.Chobani also contains five types of live and active cultures including three strains of probiotics. Plus, it’s deliciously rich and creamy so it’s an ideal way to satisfy your cravings without derailing your diet.
GPP Fitness training is blindly focused on helping you achieve optimal health.
To become "optimally healthy," we believe you must have balance across ALL aspects of health (mental, emotional, spiritual, social, PHYSICAL and financial).
GPP Fitness's unique training method is the most complete, effective, efficient, and safest way for you to achieve balance over all ten aspects (cardiovascular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, coordination, balance and accuracy) of PHYSICAL health. This type of training is the fastest way to decrease body fat and improve all aspects of health while improving fitness across broad time and modal domain. In other words, through proper exercise and nutrition you will be completely fit for the long and short term while being supremely capable of the known and unknown physical stressors and challenges your life may present.
It is not lost on us that many who enter within strive for more than improved PHYSICAL presence and capacity. We believe with mastery of the physical you will have new skill sets that you can use to become more successful across all other aspects of "optimal health."
I don't talk too much about fitness and health on this blog, but I am going to start posting a bit more about "my journey" and my quest, to get fit and healthy.
A week or so ago, my Zumba instructor Teresa Avua'a did a blog post on "my success story" if you'd like to read about it, go HERE. I have been going to Teresa's Zumba classes, along with Brittany Blaser Odom's classes for almost a year now.
I LOVE my Zumba! BUT, I felt like I was needed something else in addition to Zumba. Some type of strength training. The place that I Zumba at night, is also the home to GPP Fitness. I've watched everyone working out at GPP while I wait for my Zumba classes for months, and I was soooo impresses with these athletes! I wanted to give it a try!
So……I finally did!
And I LOVE it!
I feel so empowered!
It's only been 4 weeks and I am amazed at how much stronger I feel.
If you are local (Salt Lake County, or Davis County), I highly encourage you to check out GPP FITNESS!
You won't be disappointed!
And just to show you what almost a year of Zumba and 4 weeks of GPP have done to transform me:
I am SO much happier and healthier!
GO FOR IT!
If you stop by GPP, make sure you tell them I sent you! J