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My fitness journey

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Throughout my adult life I have done my best to stay active. Sure, working out was on and off, but I was always open to trying different workouts to find the perfect fit for me. I believe the first was a Jane Fonda home work out video which was VHS. Danskin, not LuluLemon, was the go to fitness apparel and we wore body suits and leotards with leg warmers thrown in occasionally. Cut me some slack- It was the 80’s!

Next up was Jazzercise, which I absolutely loved and stuck with for a couple years. Then a gym opened named Nautilus, now known as 24hr Fitness, and funnily enough I actually still hear people going old school and referring to it as Nautilus, but I switched things up and left Jazzercise to join Nautilus. My workouts consisted of the weight machines or the cardio classes. I became pretty consistent, and you could find me at Nautilus maybe 2 – 3 days a week.

After I got married we joined a fancy gym at the time Club Sport and I went in spurts of consistency. We realized driving 20 minutes to a gym was crazy when we had a 24 Hour Fitness in our home town so back to 24 Hour Fitness we went! Again over the years I found myself being on and off again with my workouts at the gym. Then all the at home workout dvd’s became popular, and I thought that this was the answer for me! I didn’t have to leave my house and I could still get a good workout in. My first purchase was the Malibu Pilates Chair that Susan Lucci endorsed but it wasn’t the answer. I wasn’t consistent enough with it and I certainly didn’t end up looking like Susan Lucci! Others I tried were Kick Boxing Jam, Kettle Bells, and many more. Last year I gave the Barre classes a try, I did love it and was very consistent for 2 months but the pricey membership and 25 minute drive weren’t worth it- womp womp.

 Which now brings us to January 2018. I saw that an Orange Theory was opening near my house, maybe an 8 min drive at most, to the city right over the hill. I inquired and they were hoping to open the end of February/ early March. I was hearing great things about Orange Theory and was excited to give it a try so I got impatient and started to look where the other Orange Theorys were located, and found one 20 minutes away. Commuting to work out, when you’re already struggling to fit it in to your schedule, can be crazy seeing as you’re adding 40-50 minutes of driving to your workout time. But, I really thought that Orange Theory could be what I’ve been looking for all these years so I took the plunge. And I have been hooked ever since! I’m now attending classes 2-3 days a week, and the studio close to my house finally opened up this month so my commute time is almost non-existent AND they just announced that a studio will be coming to Castro Valley so everything is falling in to place. I’m so excited that I’ve found such a great workout that fits in to my lifestyle and it really seems to be thriving. Before you know it there will be an Orange Theory on every corner- just like Starbucks!

If you are not familiar with Orange Theory, it is a full body high intensity workout. It is all about staying in a heart rate zone to spike your metabolism and you can continue to burn calories up to 36 hours after your workout. You wear a monitor and there is a big screen for you to check your heart rate during class which let’s you know if you need to push yourself or pull back, which is a great tool to getting a better work out. In addition to the monitor there is a coach who is dictating the workout and pushing us, so it is like having a personal trainer as well! Fun fact- I happen to know one of the coaches and hadn’t seen her in years, so it was great to reconnect and now see her all the time- Kelsey is the best! She was actually one of my favorite young workers back when I ran the snack bar at the baseball field! http://www.fitmomhomestead.com/.

The exercises are different for every class, and if you ever need to modify any of the exercises the coach will always have alternative moves, whether you are just beginning, need additional challenge, or maybe have an injury.The max attendance for the class is 26 and we all have our own treadmill, rower, and weight station. Another bonus is that they have an app that easily allows you to schedule your classes and monitor your calendar. If you don’t cancel 8 hours before your class you will get charged $12, but I don’t want to pay any additional fees on top of my membership so I make sure to go, it keeps me accountable! Out of all the different workouts I have done thus far in my life it is the hardest and most challenging and I love it! My goal is 4 days a week and throw in a 5th class when I can. I joined their transformation challenge and first place wins $2500!!! It is based on percentage of body fat lost. It would be great to win but I am doing it more to keep me on track and push myself a little more.



I have never really had a weight problem but as you get older and go through menopause your metabolism does slow down and I have put on weight that I am not comfortable with. Since starting Orange Theory in February I haven’t set foot on the scale- I just wanted to fit back into some clothes that are too small. I love fashion so it’s really important to me that I feel good in clothes or styles that I like.  I am impatient so if I don’t see the number on the scale change quickly I get discouraged and I didn’t want that to happen, so I made the decision to stay away from the scale. I did finally get on the scale a couple weeks ago, because I had to have a starting point for the transformation challenge, and when I checked in for the challenge this week I learned I had lost 4 lbs- yay for results!! I seriously think it is moving more, eating less, and choosing healthy options, no big surprise there! Finding a work out that I enjoyed and would stick with has been my struggle over the years and Orange Theory is checking all the boxes. In addition, it’s also been helping that my husband and I have been eating from a meal plan company so stay tuned for a post on that!

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I will post at the end of the 8 week transformation my results, wish me luck!!