Today was actually an easier day! The first class started at 6:15 and was a stretch class. It was absolute heaven. I love Betty's stretch classes. She makes sure you get fully stretched, but also manages to make the whole process relaxing and motivating. Definitely a wonderful experience!
After breakfast was the first intense class of the day - Dumbbell Power. The room was set up with various stations that you went through with a partner. While one person did a cardio exercise for a minute, the other did an aerobic exercise for the same amount of time. Then you switched. There were probably 12 stations, and we went through twice. It was a great class, but you really feel how long a minute is when you are doing a wall squat and doing biceps curls at the same time!
The next class was a cardio class called even it out. Theoretically, you were doing a set style of cardio (speed, sprint, or intensity) for the length of a song. But, Betty can't resist changing things up in the middle. It was definitely intense, but the music was great. The class actually went by fairly quickly.
Next was lecture. Season 7 at Home Winner Jerry and his wife, Estella were the speakers. They were so sweet and gave us a lot of good information. It was great to be able to hear more about actual life on the show and how they managed to lose so much weight at home. I was so glad to be able to listen to them!
After lunch there was a lecture on Emotional Eating. But, it was the same as when we were at Niagara, so I opted to go to the Team Building session on timing snacks and meals around your workouts. It was a great session and I learned some good tips. From now on, I will definitely be eating a small snack on the way back from the gym!
The first afternoon class had everyone nervous. It was called !@#@^! on the schedule, so we figured it would be so hard we would be cursing. But, it was actually a surprise class, and kinda fun. But, just in case you want to come, I won't ruin the surprise. LOL
The last class of the da was a meditation. I loved it. It was a guided relaxation that took about an hour. The only bad part was lying on my back the whole time. While I generally love final relaxation at yoga, this was a long time to be still. Every muscle in my body had something to say, and it made it difficult to concentrate. But, I still got a lot out of the class, and have some great visualizations to try on my own. I loved that!
There was also a quick class on how to use Foam Rollers. It was good information, but very painful! This was followed by a lecture on Intuitive Eating. It was a great lecture. Even though it was a repeat from Niagara, there wasn't anything competing with it, and it is information worth hearing again. And, it gave me a lot to think about.
Dinner tonight wasn't so great. Normally they are wonderful about my allergies. Tonight, they gave me a 'real' pita with dinner. I took one bit of it and knew that it wasn't gluten free. I had to ask one of the instructors to have the kitchen check, and sure enough, it wasn't. I'm hoping the one bite isn't going to cause a reaction. Then, it took about ten-fifteen minutes to get a replacement meal. By the time I had my dinner, pretty much everyone else was done. But, my tablemates were kind and kept me company.
Now, I am going to have my nightly bath, read a bit, and get to bed early. Tomorrow's schedule is quite full, and not nearly so gentle!