Maria - Chapter 6

It has been 6 months since I started with John. I have maintained my weight this past month. While thats a little disappointing to me, Im hoping this next month will bring a lot of progress.

This past month has once again been a challenge to get to classes but Im hoping that my situation is about to change. I have signed up for the deal John was offering for personal training twice a week. That way, while I may not be able to make class, I can ensure that I can at least get in and work out even if I have to take my kids. Im very appreciative to John for allowing me to bring my children with me and working with me since I have no one to watch them. This is my second week and I'm enjoying being able to work out again.

Im still working on the low carb diet. Doing lots of salads and fruits. For breakfast, I started buying the Atkins day break shakes for breakfast since I usually skip breakfast and use that time to get ready while the kids eat. Along with that, weve been trying to make sure our dinners are of substance with meat and vegetables. Many times, Im still making two meals because the boys aren't big on the salads and vegetables but we will get there. As long as Im able to set an example for them, Im happy with that.

So Im very hopeful to see more results since I can guarantee some gym time now. Im excited to see more results. And now that its warming up, I look forward to being even more active outside with the kids! I have many plans for this spring and summer.

May Group Class Schedule

Monday: 

  • 8:30 AM- 684 Circuit with John
  • 10:00 AM- 684 Circuit with John 
  • 11:00 AM- Ab Lab with John
  • 6:30 PM- Zumba with Heather 

Tuesday: 

  • 6:00 AM- 25 x 25 with John
  • 4:30 PM- 684 Circuit with John
  • 6:30 PM- Zumba Sentao with Tanja 

Wednesday: 

  • 8:30 AM- 25 x 25 with John

Thursday: 

  • 6:00 AM- 684 Circuit with John
  • 4:30 PM- Stretch It Out with John 
  • 6:30 PM- 684 Circuit with John

Friday: 

  • 8:30 AM- Trainers Choice

Saturday: 

  • 9:00 AM- Ab Lab with John
  • 9:30 AM- 684 Circuit with John

25x25: 25 exercises, 25 reps. Choose a list at random, complete your exercises in any order, and have a great full body workout for any skill level.

684 Circuit: 6 minutes of cardio, 8 exercise circuit, and a 4 minute core finale. Awesome for persons of any age.

Ab Lab: It’s a 20 minute total core workout with stabilizing movements and strength training that will tone your midsection.  

Stretch It Out: An excellent class to help you flexibility or help recovery from a strenuous workout. Multiple types of stretching such as static, rope, dynamic, and ballistic. Perfect for anyone ages 9 to 99.

Trainer's Choice: Whatever the trainer decide. This is our test bed for new group classes, new instructors, or could be a  repeat of a class we love. Can be modified for any age group if needed.

Zumba: Combines Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout system. Join the Party! 

Zumba Sentao: Combines strength & resistance training with innovative dance fitness moves all centered around a chair. It tones muscle, strengthens core and torches calories.

Maria - Chapter 5

It has been 5 months since I started with John. I have lost another 2.5 pounds of fat and gained 2 pounds of muscle so in total I only lost a half a pound this past month.  I made an error in my previous month weigh in so it put me 6 pounds ahead when it wasn't. So the correct amount of weight loss is 21 pounds that Ive lost in the last 5 months. 
This past month has been challenging to get to classes. The one person I did have to cover certain days has become unreliable and Ive been missing a lot of classes. I plan to remedy that as soon as I can so that I can return to attending class at least 5-6 times a week. This past month Ive only been managing to make 2-3 a week. I miss being able to do a 25X25 class and I still have yet to try zumba.
The low carb diet is becoming a bit easier for me but not so much for the rest of my family so I often end up making two meals instead of one. But I hope to remedy that soon. I ordered some south beach diet recipe books and I plan to use those to try a variety of things to get the whole family involved. Ive been doing a lot of salads and fresh fruit. The cravings for sweets come every once in awhile so I try to keep fruit handy. I still have issues with trying to get breakfast in since I use that time to get ready in the mornings while my kids eat and are occupied. But Ive been getting a lot better with including more vegetables at dinner instead of potatoes or pasta.
I know its been a rough couple of months with trying to get to class and eating right. Im getting much better with the foods I choose. Now I just need to get sitters lined up. But Im not giving up. I am enjoying getting healthy and trying to be an example for my children.

February Group Class Schedule

No changes to times or classes this month. However, we do have Panda Husbands as a guest instructor for Heather on February 2nd and 9th. Please come check her out and show some support for another great Zumba instructor! 


Monday: 

  • 8:30 AM- 684 Circuit with John
  • 10:00 AM- 684 Circuit with John 
  • 11:00 AM- Ab Lab with John
  • 6:30 PM- Zumba with Heather  (Panda Husbands instructs on Feb 2nd & 9th)

Tuesday: 

  • 6:00 AM- 25 x 25 with John
  • 4:30 PM- 684 Circuit with John
  • 6:30 PM- Zumba Sentao with Tanja

Wednesday: 

  • 8:30 AM- 25 x 25 with John

Thursday: 

  • 6:00 AM- 684 Circuit with John
  • 4:30 PM- Stretch It Out with John 
  • 6:30 PM- 684 Circuit with John

Friday: 

  • 8:30 AM- Trainers Choice

Saturday: 

  • 9:00 AM- Ab Lab with John
  • 9:30 AM- 684 Circuit with John

25x25: 25 exercises, 25 reps. Choose a list at random, complete your exercises in any order, and have a great full body workout for any skill level.

684 Circuit: 6 minutes of cardio, 8 exercise circuit, and a 4 minute core finale. Awesome for persons of any age.

Ab Lab: It’s a 20 minute total core workout with stabilizing movements and strength training that will tone your midsection.  

Stretch It Out: An excellent class to help you flexibility or help recovery from a strenuous workout. Multiple types of stretching such as static, rope, dynamic, and ballistic. Perfect for anyone ages 9 to 99.

Trainer's Choice: Whatever the trainer decide. This is our test bed for new group classes, new instructors, or could be a  repeat of a class we love. Can be modified for any age group if needed.

Zumba: Combines Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout system. Join the Party! 

Zumba Sentao: Combines strength & resistance training with innovative dance fitness moves all centered around a chair. It tones muscle, strengthens core and torches calories.

Avocado Corn Salad Recipe

I almost don’t want to share this recipe, because I don’t want to give out my secret. I make it every time we are asked to bring a dish somewhere, and people always rave about it. I’m always asked for the recipe too. This is definitely one of my cheater recipes. It doesn’t require any cooking or prepping, and very little cutting. But the secret’s out now… My most asked for the recipe, and it's also the easiest recipe in the world. Ready in under 10 minutes!


Avocado Corn Salad

  • 1 can Corn, Mexican Style
  • 1 can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 Avocados
  • 1 container mild fresh salsa (Super G makes my favorite)
  • 1-2 tsp Lime Juice
  • Olive Oil (to drizzle)
  • Oregano (to taste)

Peel and dice Avocados. Combine corn, black beans, avocados, and salsa in a large bowl. Toss with lime juice and olive oil. Add oregano to taste, and toss again. 

That’s it. Easiest recipe. Healthy recipe. Delicious recipe.