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.

Maria - Chapter 4

Sorry the Blog posts haven't been as steady as normal. This is completely my (John's) fault. I promise to try to be more consistent in 2015. Let's cal it my New Year's resolution. Here's Maria's latest update! 


It has been 4 months since I started with John. I have lost another 7 pounds, which puts me down 27 pounds in 4 months. I feel great, I'm more active and have so much more energy.

This past month it has been a bit more difficult getting to classes due to lack of childcare. With class sizes growing, its not as easy to bring my kids as it was when it was just one or two people. But with more people, it does become more fun. I am able to have "adult conversation" and interact with other adults instead of just my children all the time. I'm still having a lot of fun with the classes and I'm always excited to learn new exercises. I love the new 25X25 class. I really enjoy that one. My goal is still to attend a class Monday through Saturday. I'm determined and I will do it.

As for the low carb diet, it is still a work in progress. A little on the slow side these past two months with being on a tighter than normal budget. I am still struggling with trying to eat more than one meal a day. Especially when I'm trying to make it healthy and not just making do with what we had stashed in the pantry for hard times. We are still trying to figure out how to implement this lifestyle change with our 3 year old who has become so picky when it comes to even his favorite foods. My one year old eats anything thus far so he hasn't had any problems adjusting. I've cut out almost all sugar with the exception of sweet tea which I stopped buying and started making myself to lower the sugar in that as well. Every once in awhile we will get some ice cream or something but its not an every night thing like it used to be.

So, these last two months have been harder than expected due to certain circumstances but it hasn't deterred the end goal for myself and for my family. I am still determined to lead a healthy lifestyle and to instill in my children healthy habits.

-Maria

January Class Schedule

We have a few changes on the groups schedule. We are adding more 25x25 classes and removed the boot camps for the time being. Hope to see you in a class soon and remember you can sign up for unlimited group classes HERE.


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. Sometimes we let the clients pick as well.

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.