The Quest for Fitness and Orange Theory

Wasn’t too long ago that I wrote a little thing about how I was starting “Daily Burn.”  Kim + Discipline to workout at home = Nada!  I had the best of intentions.  Just…when faced with the decision on whether to start that video or reach for another handful of Baked Cheetos…well…is that even a fair competition?  So, a couple of weeks ago, faced with the prospect of having to buy new jeans or get it together…..I did a gym visit..or two.  This is the beginning on this latest journey….and what I hope to gain (lose) from it.  (This story brings an end to my “guilt-free” trips to Portillo’s. They will still happen, but I know there’s a price to be paid for getting high calorie/fat food….an orange burn workout is added.)

Our medical insurance has this cool feature where we get discounted memberships at various facilities.  So, naturally, in an effort to save money (saved money=more shoes), I visited one of the featured facilities.  Five minutes in and I knew this “Mega-Gym” was not for me.  No way is this chick going to show up in a gym full of “exerholics” in  my spandex workout pants….no way.  I need my hand held….or at least give me the impression that it’s being held.  So, I had seen a cool workout facility close to the house that I decided to research a bit.  I made a drop-in visit to our local “Orange Theory.”  I was quickly given a tour and felt very welcome in an atmosphere that seemed to be able to be a fit for every fitness level. (Mine being: that indention on the couch is  mine.) I decided to book that first free session.  One hour…I can do one hour.

Fast forward to the first session.  I woke up and did all the things suggested by friends for my first HIIT workout. Lots of water, protein, light meals, etc.  Then, I was off.  Upon checking in, I was given a chest strap with a blue-tooth enabled heart monitor.  Now it was time to either decide if I was beginning my session on the treadmill or water-rower.  I chose the treadmill.  Time to warm-up.  In warm-up, your goal is to get to your base pace so that the coveted green and orange zone will dominate the bulk of your workout. (Now here comes the geek-out feature I love…..) Your entire workout, you can see yourself on the big screen.  (Your pod has a little code name.)  You can tell when you are being lazy, when you are entering that coveted orange zone and when you are in the green zone, etc…and where your heart rate is and what percentage that is of your determined max rate.  (As well as calories burned.)  This is a good thing for Kim….I can quickly tell when I’m in the red zone and should probably knock it down a notch to prevent the world from seeing my breakfast.

The orange glow, well, I love it.  Calming.  Plus, your skin looks awesome while you exercise!

Back to the workout….lots of treadmill work in part of your session…and I mean work.  Sprints, inclines, push pace, all out pace, base pace…you will be sweating!  Then it’s time to hop on over to the water-rowing and floor area…and sometimes you get to go back to those lovely treadmills.  Water-rowing is hard.  You will be told to go 150-400 meters, depending on the day.  (Every day is a different workout.)  You will do that MULTIPLE times…all while bouncing back over to the weights and band area.  Trust me….you will be tired.  You will be pushed.  You will be sore!  While exercising, the trainer is always walking around to encourage, correct form, etc…in a max class of 24….you get that individual attention.  (Which I need, because half the time I have no clue what I am doing initially if it’s a new exercise!)

When done, everyone does some floor work to stretch.  Then it’s time to really look at your progress on the board.  How many splat points did you get?  Did you reach that number 12?  If so, you are going to be able to walk out knowing you will be experiencing the “after-burn.”

This is a sample board.  You goal is to stay in the green and orange zone...the zones where you get the biggest fat burning benefit.

This is a sample board. You goal is to stay in the green and orange zone…the zones where you get the biggest fat burning benefit.

I’m on my sixth visit.  It’s hard, but in a good way.  I’m tired when done and I know that will improve as I keep going and build up my cardio side of things…which for health reasons…is a must.  I have exceeded my splat points each visit and if the monitor is correct, I am burning about 550-580 calories per visit.  Not too bad!  I have weighed in once and I don’t plan to do that again until probably after the summer.  I don’t believe that our weight is an indicator of our  health unless it’s morbid obesity.  I know skinny folks that can’t walk up a flight of stairs….so….that’s my reasoning there.  I’m not obese, not even overweight…but I know that I’m not my best healthy weight or my best cardio health.  That’s why I go…not because of any other reason.  I’m not seeking out a size zero…I’m seeking that best health where I feel my best….and that may always include a bit of a chocolate chip muffin top when I button my skinny jeans.  (Aging has some serious “issues” where women and their lower belly is concerned!!!)  Ok, so with that said….I’m starting this journey at 119, 5″3 and petite framed.  Below is one of my performance reports…you get this emailed to you after each workout.

146 AVG HR
196 MAX HR

So, now I’m just going to give you the Orange Theory deal, in their words….directly from Orange Theory:

The physiological theory behind the Orangetheory workout is known as “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” or EPOC. By providing you with a heart-rate monitor and POD, we can monitor your 5-zone interval training sessions that we call the Orange 60. During the 60-minute workout, you will perform multiple intervals designed to produce 12 to 20 minutes of training at 84% or higher of your maximum heart rate, which translates to Zones 4/5. This program design produces workout “afterburn” effect, which is an increased metabolic rate for 24 to 36 hours after the workout. When combing the amazing workout with EPOC, our clients burn an average of 500 to 1000 calories.

The Orangetheory Fitness training session is comprised of three components: treadmill interval training blocks, indoor rowing and weight room or resistance training blocks. These Orange 60 sessions are open to all adults and teens, ages 16 and older. All fitness levels are welcome as our program is specifically designed for everyone from power walkers to elite performance athletes.

As you plan to participate in your first Orange 60 workout, please arrive 30 minutes prior to the start time so we can educate and prepare you for the most efficient, science-based workout you will ever experience. Call your nearest studio to book your first complimentary workout.

If weight loss is your goal, you can expect to see an estimated loss of three to five pounds per week by attending three to five sessions per week and with proper nutritional planning. If performance is your goal, you can expect to see an increase in power, speed and strength after your first two weeks of attending two to four sessions per week.

Our clients burn an estimated 500 to 1000 calories per workout. We are 5 zone heart-rate interval training. Get ready to Base Push All OutTM

So, stay tuned as I walk down this path to fitness….not skinniness…FITNESS.  I do not want to be a woman in fifteen years that is weak and unable to enjoy life.  If I get to fit in a size 2/4 for the rest of my life- great…if not….well…at least I will know I am heart healthy and strong!!!!

Easter and Recitals….and Empty Nest Blues

Easter 2015 brought the unexpected “time off” for a spur of the moment trek to Nashville to spend Easter with our youngest and my sister and her family.  As the parental unit tossed around the idea of making the trek…..the final decision was made by a comment I made.

“Our holiday events spent with our youngest are  numbered.  What would we have done differently had we known the last Christmas with our oldest…was in fact our last with just her?”

Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.  

And with that, we were off.

As a mom, there is just something so calming when you are able to feed your baby boy.  (Always my baby boy.)  So, feed our baby boy, we did.  Burger Up has quickly become one of our favorites while in the Nashville area.  Once again, it did not disappoint.  Our youngest was able to get away on Saturday night and he spent the night in the hotel room with his parental unit.  Again, feeding-comfort..hearing your child breathe as they sleep-bliss.

We have not stopped doing the Easter basket, and I don’t expect that to stop until his future wife one day says-enough.  (PS-I would hope his future wife would know how much that meant to this Momma and she would encourage it!) Josh was able to have his bunny basket and as tradition has become…that included a movie and an iTunes card….I am a creature of habit.  My family knows that and has come to expect my “normal” and gets rather irritated when I deviate.

The Moore's and McClellan's

Easter Day was spent with my sister and her family.  We had just a wonderful time attending their home church, Grace Chapel in Franklin.  Y’all, this church has goose-bump worthy music.  Imagine my delight as our Easter special was “My Redeemer Lives” and it was sung live by none other than Nicole Mullens.  Let me just say this, she took the roof off that church and well….that was that.  If the service had ended right then, it would have been one incredible Easter service…but we were given a message that just put the cherry on top!  I love it when an artist is better live than recorded.  Nicole…hands down…see her live.  She will inspire you, challenge you…bless you with her gift.

Following church we then headed to the Moore home for an Easter feast.  There’s just something special about any holiday when you are surrounded by your family.  We are so grateful that we decided to make the last minute trek down and are thankful that God has blessed us with the health and finances so that we can make those spur of the moment trips.  I hope I remember that nail scarred cross that is now empty…today, and tomorrow.

Fast forward one week….and we were off again to Nashville for our Josh’s junior classical percussion recital.  Part of the requirements for graduation with a classical performance degree is that you perform a thirty minute recital your junior year and an hour long recital your senior year.  Josh has been preparing for months and it is a very important milestone in the classical performer’s educational career.  Per Joshua’s request, we did not record any of his pieces.  He will record those later in private.  We could not be more proud of this kid.  His talent, his work ethic, his determination and his desire to follow his passion and trust that God will handle the details regarding employment when the time comes…just so proud.  He surprised us with his incredible talent…we knew he was talented, but to see him perform graduate level works with such passion…one with his/the music.  Just incredible.  We felt so honored that his aunt, uncle, grandfather, sister and his uncle’s parents were in attendance along with SEVERAL of his friends and professors.  He was honored with a reception afterwards where Portillo’s Chocolate Cake and some Chicago Mix Popcorn where the stars of the room.  One more month of his junior year…a summer at the Aspen Music Festival….senior year and graduate school auditions..and well…his undergraduate career will be in the books.  Time is flying by…

Junior Recital

Time is flying by…which brings me to the empty nester portion of today’s blog….Joshua’s recital was the first time in almost five years that his sister, him, Lee and I have been together without babies or anyone else.  Just the four of us.  I did not number my days with my daughter…and I so wish I had.  They go by so quickly and soon it’s not just the parents.  It’s spouses, children, in-laws, that new extended family….life changes…and often before you are ready for that change…and it certainly changes without your permission.  We are so blessed by the babies our daughter has brought into this world…but there are days I sit and miss the four of us… events that you knew both kiddos would be there….time spent just hanging out doing nothing…just that special time of what was the original unit….but time marches on…and parents age, kiddos grow up….and those kiddos grab their own life.  Just sometimes, you wish you could go back and hang on.    The Original Unit

So…today…number your days.  Count each moment as a gift…..even the days where you question why you had kiddos in the first place….you will look back even on that day and smile.

And time….marches on.