cheaters never EVER win….

Ohhh…..don’t cheat around Michael.  In fact…do exactly as you are told or there will be consequences….

Remember we went to the italian restaurant?  Yeah…..that wasn’t so good…for me.  When I showed up for workout, I was told to immediately get on the treadmill.  This time we went all the way………..Yep.  15% incline, and 3.0 mph…..30 minutes.

So you are saying, “Well, 30 minutes isn’t too bad!”  And you are right.  Thirty minutes isn’t bad UNLESS you still have an hour workout ahead of you!!!!  My legs were BURNING!!!

  And I love how he waits until all the other clients have left and then he looks at me and says, “Well, I hope you are ready!”

Eeeeeeeeekk!!  Help!  Somebody!!!!!

So, since I had burning legs and a childs attitude, we started off easy.  (Ok, HE says we started off easy)…

Let’s begin by swinging (or for my southern friends/family) swangin’ the kettlebell.  Oddly enough, he let me use the 10lbs and not the heavier ones.  Well, thank you, Mr. Trainer Man!

Wait for it……..it’s swangin’ back in front right about NOW!

See??  We did these forEVER, and then switched to lunges…..

I’m holding it in front of me like a cute little handbag……in fact, my cute little handbag weighs about the same….(note to self: clean out cute little handbag)

THEN he decides to grab the 2″, 40lb rope for me to swang…

My arms are already burning so I gave him the stink-eye.

In retrospect, maybe I shouldn’t have done that.  Because after I finished with that little exercise, he decided to take it up a notch….

Seriously, Mike???

Yes, seriously, Sandi.  So we did more of that and the stink-eye was gone.  Oh, my peeps, I can’t even remember all the things that he did to me…but the final kicker???

Normally this is NOT the angle that I would want anyone to see, but you have to understand what he did.

He turned the treadmill OFF, told me to put my chest to the bar and run……in other words, make the belt move……..and run FAST….

Sure, I did it…..about a zillion times, bouncing between that and the ARC………so, then there was this….

Yep…..almost heaved right then and there…….(I love that he took a picture of this…)  Later last night I was SOOOO hungry!!  I texted Mike and he told me that my metabolism was on FIRE!  (that’s a good thing)  “NO FOOD!” he said, and told me to get over it and go to sleep.  So I did.

So all in all, it was the hardest workout that I have ever done in my life….and I finished.  

Getting closer to the goal………..

day 4…blaaah..

Ok, let’s get real.  I’m so over this challenge….(in my head).  It’s boring and I’m losing all my energy.

I did, however, go on a 5 mile walk in the morning and that was nice, but that little shake for breakfast doesn’t hold you like….say, oatmeal….or a really large steak with fries, refried beans, salsa and a flour tortilla……  just sayin’.

So by the end of the walk, I was soo ready for SOMETHING OTHER THAN A SHAKE!

I was supposed to be looking for “hills” to climb….but I didn’t look too hard.  Let’s just assume that there were none.  I did see this hill, it is a side view, at the Biltmore….

 Although it doesn’t quite seem very challenging now does it?

After my walk, I cleaned up (dropped the exfoliation level down to a 2) and my son and I did some more walking in the mall.  He needed help with his Christmas list and I was more than happy to shop.

Then I get this recipe in my inbox for Slutty Brownies!  Gasp!!!  They are called that because they are “oh so easy and a little bit filthy”!  And, no….I know what you are thinking.  I didn’t name them that!!!  But one day I will post the recipe!  (it’s a craaazy recipe because there are Oreo’s in the brownie!!) yikes!

In the meantime, Jimmy tells me he has a meeting at Morton’s Steakhousetonight and I was welcome to  come if I would like.

Seriously?  If I would like?  I would like to crawl over the table and grab a huge steak and loaded baked potato!  That’s what I would like!

So I texted Mikey to see if I qualified for a piece of grilled chicken and a salad, no dressing.  He must have been thinking of something else because he said, ‘YES!’

Can you believe it?  I was more excited than those people on the commercial, “He went to Jared!”  (which is funny by the way, because our waiter/bartender is named Jared and I think of that everytime we go in there).

Since I’m not a drinker, I happily order a little sparkling water.  (this makes my hubby happy because he has a forever designated driver)!!

 The people at Morton’s are soooo good to us!  The AZ Cardinal game was on, but Jimmy also wanted to know about the Denver Broncos, so Hurley (tonights bartender/waiter) pulled up the football game on his cell phone and let Jimmy watch it!  Ha!  They are awesome and the food is ridiculously good.

I ordered grilled chicken with steamed green beans!  Yummy!!!

  Yes there are THREE chicken breasts there, BUT I only ate one.  The beans are also there with some garlic……….ummmm….it was good.  Then I glanced over and saw this and just wished….

 He kept it waaaay on the other side of the table in case I had some sort of potato seizure.  Thankfully I did not.  But it was a wonderful thing to have real food to eat.  I was going a little nutty.

So….I’m ready to get off this bus and get back to the real world of fruits and veggies!  Thankful for my night out and a great weekend.  I hope yours was just as lovely!

Oh…..and by the way….according to my FITBIT, I took 16,132 steps today………and was down another pound!

Day 3….so many thoughts…

Boy oh boy.  I thought I was going to have to pull the plug on this challenge.  The headaches were starting to get the best of me.  So I woke up on Saturday morning and Jimmy asked me why I had that look on my face.  You know…the one that says, “Don’t even look at me…”

  Well, no WONDER I had a headache!  I’m upside down!  Anywho………Jimmy informed me that the grandbabies are in a gymnastic olympics this morning at 8:30am.  Did I want to go?

Well, of course I want to go!  But this stinkin’ headache seems to have other plans!  HOWEVER, we are talking about a 6 yr old and a 3 yr old….and they are adorable….so the headache thingy would have to wait.

I got up to take a shower and remembered my craziness during the night…

  That was one serious pain, people.  I just threw everything on the floor…..even myself.  So I took my shower and drank a cup of coffee.  Yep.  That is NOT on the diet plan…..but it was on MY plan and it worked.  My headache started to disappear.

We got to the “olympics” and watched an enormous amount of tumbling….and realized it was the preschoolers just trying to stand in line.  Turns out the olympics hadn’t even started.  During the hoopla, I get a text from Mike.

Mike:  “Working out?”

Me: “No.”

Mike:  “When are you doing cardio?”

Me:  (making a face at the text)

Mike:   “How many shakes have you had today?”

Me:  “One.  I’m at gymnastics..”

Mike:  “You should have brought one with you. Learn from your mistakes.  Be at the gym at 10:00 for cardio”

I looked at my watch and it was 9:30am.  I was so mad that my headache was gone.  That meant I had to do cardio.

So I told Jimmy that I was going to go do my cardio and would be right back.  The olympics weren’t over until 10:45, so I was hoping to be back before trophy time.

I zoooooomed home and changed clothes and zoooooomed over to the club.  When I got there, I snuck inside because a class was going on and I didn’t want to be mistaken for a person that could do that class.

Are you kidding me?  Summer has a class full of ROCK STARS!  (say Rock with a higher voice for emphasis).  And she is incredible!  She had those fools people jumping, kicking, punching and squatting forEVER!  And here’s the kicker….they were doing it and nobody was complaining!  And here I was on the treadmill thinking I’m “all that” because I’m not holding on!! 

Wowsers….talk about training!  So, Mike and his crew train people for competitions, and other things I would never enter.  Marriam was a cutie I met (with a 3 year old) and she is training for a bikini competition!!!!  What?  A stage?  People watching?  Bikini?  Eeeeeek!

But alas…..poor Marriam.  Mikey asked her to pick a number between 1 and 5 and she said three.  He then turned to me and said, “Ok, do 300 rows”  Poor Marriam.  You know what that means, don’t you?  Yes…..I told her that I was going to pray that she be the new Scottsdale Octo-Mom.  Yep, I was baaaad.  I told her she was going to get pregnant, with not one….but possibly 8.  We will now sit back and wait.

Wait……….did I mention that I was told that if I didn’t finish my workout, I would have to do the entire month of December in a sports bra and small shorts………..in front of a mirror!  GASP!!!!!!  (important note:  I am finishing my workouts).

Where were we?  Oh, yes, we were gasping for air on the treadmill while the awesome thoroughbreds finished their workouts.  I was so happy when the treadmill declared MY training over!!  But then, suddenly I was TOTALLY grossed out…………I was still wearing my makeup!  EEEEW!!!

I drove home soooooo fast and took a shower and bumped the exfoliation up to a level 3.  I was even able to make it in time to watch Jimmy and our kids and grandkids eat……….burgers……..with fries.  And Paloma doesn’t understand why I won’t “taste it please, Nani”

 Don’t worry……..I was strong.  And headache is still gone!  Hopefully for good!

The shake wasn’t as bad today because I got permission  to use orange juice (8oz) instead of water.  So the Maalox thingy is gone.  I think I’m going to make it, people!  I just may make it! 🙂