I finally sat down and caught up on the Biggest Loser special from Wednesday night. It was excellent and great to see almost all the season winners have maintained a healthy weight, with the exception of season one winner, Ryan, who was at the Thanksgiving get together with the other 9 season winners, and Jillian. Other contestants, though they may not have won the grand prize, have won the greatest gift of all, LIFE and in some cases, LOVE. Sam and Stephanie brought lots of tears to my eyes as he proposed to her back at the ranch. He is so hot and they make a gorgeous couple, bonded by an experience that only they share.
I was thrilled to see Tara emerge the winner (of the females) in the triathlon. She is one tough cookie! I especially loved that Holly, from season 4, now works on the BL show. She looks fantastic! The entire show was great and what excellent motivation to help stay focused through these eating orgy holidays.
Last night I could take no more leftovers or anything that wasn’t healthy for my body! I baked a spaghetti squash (cut in half, skin side UP, in a little water, in a baking dish for about 45 minutes) and then, after scooping out the inside, which instantly turns the squash into spaghetti strands with NO effort, I topped it with some marinara sauce and fresh basil. I also roasted brussel sprouts, lightly tossed in olive oil and a little salt, and grilled some baby potatoes, and it was a meal…and a filling, low calorie, one at that. It felt good to overload on the veggies, as it always does on Sunday. If you have never tried spaghetti squash, I highly recommend you give it a try. I had been a little intimidated about cutting and cooking it, but it was really simple
If you were with me Saturday morning at the gym, we did some interval training. Keeping the heart rate at the very low end of the training zone for most of the cardio, but adding short bouts of high intensity every couple of minutes or so, for just about 30 seconds. It’s a great way to burn calories without keeping the heart rate up high for too long, and as several mentioned, the time went quickly and it was easy for them to endure. I like to do this while running sometimes, too. In running we call the bouts of high intensity “farklets.” They help train you to work harder (or faster) without killing yourself as the “farklets” are followed by what we call “recovery” periods. You can do this walking, running, biking, swimming, or basically during any form of cardio. A good formula is 30 seconds of high intensity followed by about a minute (or more if needed) of recovery.
Have a great Monday. In the midst of this holiday season, try to take the days that are EVENT free and clean up your eating and work on your fitness programs. This is the hardest time of year to find balance, but with a little pre-planning, you can have and do it all!!