Sunday, February 27, 2011

The final countdown has begun!!

I fly out in 6 days! Since the flight is long from here (about 6 hours), I decided to fly out on Sat 3/5, stay near the airport that night, and then check in @Fitness Ridge on Sunday. 

Some of you don't know what Fitness Ridge is... I recommend this link. Besides an interesting video, make sure you also read the accompanying article.
"The Ridge" is the only fitness resort affiliated with the Biggest Loser franchise. They currently have 2 resorts - one in Ivins, Utah and their newest one in Malibu.  

A few people asked me why, why go somewhere, why spend the money, why not just stay home, spend the money on a trainer, and do it yourself. Well, the reason why is because I've tried that, for years now. It's hasn't worked. Part of my problem is I have a lot of "knowledge", know a lot of "facts", have educated myself about nutrition. Yet, I can't seem to incorporate that into my daily life - at least not on an on-going basis. So, I'm going to shell out the money, take the time, and surrender myself to this program. For me, it's a kick-start, not the entire answer. I need to go get a kick-start on exercising and eating more healthy and how to live that way. I chose to go for a month since I've read that old habits take 21 days to break, and new habits also take 21 days to take hold.  So, I'm going for 28 days. I figure week 1 will just be a shock to the system, and then the following 3 weeks will be all about setting things straight, discovering things about myself, give me time to reflect & plan, and get me started on the journey that will need to continue once I get home. 

About the money. Let's put this in perspective. I am, for the most part, spending my entire savings on this adventure. Yes, nearly all of it. THAT's how important this is to me. I did not make this decision lightly, it took me a year to finally decide to do it. Late last fall I made the reservation (they are booked months out!). I'm looking at this as an opportunity to save my life. The way things are heading, I don't have a rosy future ahead of me. I'm probably only a few years away from diabetes, and many other health ailments. So, no, I'm not being melodramatic. This is MY opportunity to save my life, to give me a chance for a better, healthier, happier tomorrow. And I'm going to take it.

4 weeks. A month away from work, family & friends,  and my daily life. An opportunity to focus on ME. 

Not everyone in my life knows about where I'm going. And of those that do, not everyone knows I'll be keeping a blog about it. I know some people have kept a blog during their weightloss journey as way of being accountable. That's not really why I'm doing this. Although, if it helps in that, then great. Many of the blogs I've read on similar trips, or discussion posts recommend at the very least to journal through this adventure. If for no other reason than to remind myself months down the road, when I'm struggling for motivation - to be able to read my own words, during my time of discovery and to help re-spark the flame during those low times. So, this is a gift to my future self. 

May my quest for a healthier, happier me begin! Bring it on!!


  1. I am so happy that you are finally taking the time (and money) to invest in yourself D. No one else can do this for you but most of all, it's important that you're doing it for YOU and no other reason.
    For those of us who know you well, know that once you put your mind to something, look out - I suspect the people in Malibu will see what guts and motivation really look like.
    I look forward to reading your progress and thanks for sharing your quest with us. Love the name by the way :):)

    Love ya, Mare

  2. Heya - There is no price for health and quality of life. Work and and pay will always be there and in plenty for a smart gal like you! You will be an amazing success story because you decided you will succeed. This blog is great and I can't wait read about and celebrate your progress. yes, and I also can't wait to hear go off on a rant about whatever cause you sort of really good and funny about that...

    YEA for you!!!

  3. My sweets, I'm behind you 100%! I know you have been wanting to change in this way for some time. You are about to embark on a life-changing trip. I and all of your friends know you can do this! Looking forward to reading your daily thoughts.

    Love you,

  4. Danielle! I just finished my first day here and it was a blast! I'm exhausted, but happy. Can't wait to meet you on Sunday.

    DeAnna Dorris Eklund