My Orangetheory!


I’m not trying to sound braggadocio-us but I’m killing it at my new gym… actually I was sick for over a week, sick like I haven’t been in maybe EVER, then dragged myself back to the gym and kinda sorta killed it.

The worst part about my job is being in sick people’s mouths all day, I am introduced to soo many germs on a daily basis. I swear, my first year of dental assisting I caught every cold, flu or virus there was. Since then I maybe get sick once a decade. The key to staying healthy is simple – WASH YOUR HANDS!!

I really am loving the Orangetheory gym. The concept is pretty cool. You wear a heart monitor and aim to stay in the ‘orange zone’ or at your target heart rate to stimulate your metabolism and continuously burn calories for hours after your workout. It’s an interval style workout using treadmills for cardio, water row machines for core strengthening, and resistance bands and free weights for toning.

I’ve had gym memberships in the past but I don’t think I ever pushed myself enough on my own. Wearing the heart rate monitor and seeing my heart rate zone while I’m working out really motivates me to push myself harder. And the summary email pictured above is very encouraging, the “splat” points are the amount of minutes I stayed in my target heart rate. Killing it!

I have noticed in the past that I can build muscle pretty quickly if I’m not careful so the trainers recommended I do heavier weights which sounded crazy to me. We’ll see how it goes, I’ve only made it to 4 classes so far due to my hiatus.

I’ve read it can take up to 6 weeks to see results with 80% good diet and 20% exercise. I eat as healthy as possible already; I don’t eat processed foods, never fast food, not a soda drinker. I drink my coffee black, the only calories I drink are good beers and red wine in moderation. I try to limit my bread, I eat whole wheat whenever possible. I watch my sodium. I love salad. I’m not a condiment girl: I hate mayonnaise, ranch dressing, etc. I enjoy dark chocolate but quality or quantity. Luckily I’ve never been much of a dessert person, I’ll take savory over sweets any day.

My biggest problem is portion control, I like to eat. I’m working on eating smaller portions, especially dinner. I’m drinking more water and I’m going to stop stressing about the number on the scale because those pesky 10 lbs. I hate so much are going to be muscle by summer.

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