Tag Archives: Peak Performance

Exercise and Other Stuff

It’s been another action-packed 24 hours, but I’ve had some interesting experiences which included a couple of great workouts at the fancy gym.  I’m not exaggerating when I say that there’s something about that place that makes me want to workout hard.  I love it, and I’m looking forward my training session tomorrow morning.  And because working out with friends is more fun, I plan to hit the gym in the evening as well.  Planks, anyone?

She's tough, but she's fun..

Megan and I have been friends for several years, and she has never hesitated to go for the gusto!  I was exhausted after climbing the ladder, the metal wall, boxing,  running with Ty and other things, but we planked anyway.  In the photo above she’s telling commanding me to do it one more time.  My core is so sore, but it was so worth it.

I’ve done a little air boxing, but over the last few days I’ve taken it to the punching bag.  And wow! It’s such an intense cardio workout!  Who knew?  Plus, I think the pink gloves are cute.

I look tough, right? I know. 😉

So…Life has been busy, but it has also been productive.  Tomorrow is a new day, and I plan to hit it hard again at the gym.  I’m also concentrating on making good food choices which is harder for me than exercise.  What’s on your agenda?  What’s for lunch?  I’ve been obsessed with light Caesar salads lately, but I need some fresh ideas.  Help a girl out, will you please?


Silver Linings and Sweaty Accomplishments

The last several days have been great in some ways and not so great in other ways, but today I’d like to talk about a silver lining.  Last week during one of my interviews, I spent some time working out at the fancy gym that I’ve referred to in past posts.  The gym, which is actually called Peak Performance, is the nicest gym in the area, and several months ago I had to make a decision about whether I’d join that gym or not.

Ultimately, I knew that I couldn’t because it didn’t make financial sense I’m gone too much, but since then I’ve paid for a day pass on several occasions because I’m obsessed with the ladder.  If you read my blog or follow me on twitter then you’re probably already keenly aware of my love for this machine.

The ladder (aka Kenlie's favorite workout ever!)

Anyway, when we were trying to settle on a location for one of my interviews, I told the (charming and utterly handsome) reporter that I’d love to do the interview at my favorite gym!  And the folks at Peak were happy to oblige.  They were so gracious. I walked in expecting to do an interview, maybe use the ladder then move on with life, but what happened instead was pretty fantastic.

I walked into that gym and made friends with people who understood my struggles and my goals before I even explained them.  They welcomed me and accepted me just as I am, and they pushed me to test my own limits.  (This happened over the course of about 24 hours.  How cool is that?!)

Rocking the Arc Trainer...

When you’re my size (or any size really) walking into a gym can be intimidating to say the least.  I do it, and if you know me, you know that it hasn’t always been lovely.  I go to different gyms more often than the average person because it seems that I travel more than the average person.  But to walk in and feel welcome and accepted?  That doesn’t happen very often.  In fact, I’ve only had that experience in one other place, Richard Simmons’ studio in Beverly Hills.

Richard makes everyone feel welcome too!

Sunday afternoon I walked into Peak to talk with the owners about a few cool things that are happening, and approximately 3.5 hours later I left…sweating to the core.  My long time friend, M, was there with two of my new, super cool friends L and D.  They invited me to do a little circuit training with them, and they forced me to believe in myself even when I was unsure.  (These girls are tough, man…)

Old friends and new friends...all awesome...

After a few circuits featuring the ladder, the rope, the bosu ball, the arc trainer, the vertical wall and crab walks Meg suggested that I try a plank.  My immediate response was “Oh, I can’t plank yet.  I’ve tried it a million times.”  She said ” Yes you can…Try it a million and one times.  Just try.”  I tried and O-M-G I did it.  I didn’t just do a plank, I did lots of planks!  Suddenly I realized that I could do it so I tried doing it over and over, holding the pose longer each time until I was up to 12.8 seconds.

Making assumptions about me based on how I look would be a big mistake...just saying.

While a plank may not seem like a big deal to some, it was a dream come true for me.  And now I can check one more thing off of the list of “Things Kenlie Wants To Accomplish” even though I plan to get much stronger and fitter.

When I started my journey I exercised because I had to; now I do it because I love it.  I love how working out makes me feel.  My body craves it, and my heart loves it.

The good news is that I’m heading back to the gym today because one of the owners has offered to show me a thing or two, and based on what I’ve heard about her workouts I’m a little scared (in a good way.)

When I’m at Peak, I leave everything else outside and crave long, heart-pounding, sweat-inducing workouts, and that’s exactly what I need today.





No More Boyfriend For Kenlie, (Or Dear Penny, I Want A Bravo)

Many of you are probably familiar with the bravo stickers that Weight Watchers leaders give out when their members do something good, and next Thursday, I’ll be collecting at least one.

Cal and I broke up today.  Well, it was official today, and we discussed it  just before my weekly weigh-in so I walked into my meeting trying not to burst into tears.  And yeah, that lasted until someone said hello.  I let it all out before the meeting.  I cried, weighed in then cried more.  Oh, and I’m down 3.4 pounds this week which exceeded the two that I hoped to lose so I’ll definitely take it.

Anyway, after feeling rather miserable during the meeting (I honestly can’t even tell you what it was about) I went to dinner with some friends who were talking about hitting the gym.  I typically do not workout on Thursdays so I drove home.  And as I was changing clothes I decided I’d hit the gym too.

As a treat to myself, I paid for a day pass to Peak Performance, the fancy gym with the awesome ladder, and decided to sweat until I felt better.  And I did sweat – until they closed.  See Penny?  I deserve a bravo!  (If you read my blog, you may already know that Penny is my WW leader…)

Only halfway through my workout...

Instead of turning to food this week, I’ve stayed on track.  I’ve exercised everyday, and I’ve tracked my food.  And I feel better about myself when I do that so I’m going to continue doing it.  I’ll be in New York for the next week, but I’d like to show at least a 2 pound loss a week from now so I’ll have to be mindful while I’m there too.

So back to the break-up.  I tweeted about it today, and I changed my relationship status on Facebook. (That makes it official, right?)  Anyway, I didn’t share many details, and I probably won’t.  But here’s the short version.  I care about him, but we decided (together) that he isn’t really what I need.  Unfortunately, I changed my mind, but he didn’t.  He wants to be friends, still wants to see me, etc.  But I don’t know if I can do that.  I don’t know if I want to do that.  As I said, I care about him, and it was nice while it lasted.  I got to say everything I wanted to say to him, and I don’t have a single regret about our short time together.   That’s probably all I’ll say about him.

So it’s been a long day, and I have some packing to do.  I’m flying out at an ungodly hour so my plan is to rest as much as possible tomorrow while accomplishing a few things – including another sweaty workout.

I read a quote that inspired me this morning so I’m going to share it with you…

“The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.”

I can’t make someone love me or want me or miss me, and I can’t make “Mr. Right for Kenz” appear in my life (as much as I wish he would.)  But I can continue working toward becoming who I want to be.  Last year was hard, and this year I’ve decided that, hard or not, I’m going to do what I need to do for myself.  I’ve already (re)started, and I think we all know I’m not going to quit.

I hope your day was better than mine, but I was reminded, as I often am, that there are so many people around who care about me.  Thanks for that…



Just Another Day

Some days are easy for me, and some days are extraordinarily tough.  And right now, I’m in the middle…I’m working out hard (after a couple days off) and eating fairly well though I need to eat more vegetables today so I prepped a giant salad last night. I don’t use salad dressing so it’s easy to keep a big salad (seasoned with garlic pepper) in the fridge so I can pull it out quickly when I’m hungry. And I’m sure it’s obvious that I’m much more likely to make good choices when they’re easy. It’s easy enough to add beans or chicken, but I’ll do that when I’m ready to eat it.

And speaking of choices, I’m still struggling with the gym decision, but I went to Anytime Fitness again today.  And it’s obviously the right choice though I have to admit that I don’t know how to use some of the machines, and I was pretty embarrassed as I fumbled around trying to figure it out (though no one seemed to notice.)  People are friendly at both gyms, but there are definitely more “beef cake” types at Anytime Fitness. At one point, that would have been a deal breaker for me, but it’s not anymore so I’ll probably make the *smart* decision by the end of this week.

During my workout I warmed up on the treadmill before moving to my old favorite, the elliptical.  And I followed that with a little weight training – legs and arms, but I was frustrated about not knowing how to utilize some of the machines.  Weight training is serious business because doing it wrong can result in injury so as I was doing leg presses (no problem there) I found myself thinking about the other gym…again.  I like the idea of visiting the ladder and women’s weight room via day pass at Peak once a week or every other week, but at $10 per day, that’s ridiculous because I’d be spending more $55 t0 $60 per month to workout in a place I love 4 times per month as opposed to just spending the $60.  (You don’t have to tell me that’s a dumb idea.)

My daily health goals now include hitting the gym and limiting processed foods, but I’m trying to sleep more this week too.  I’m trying to decide if I feel differently if I sleep for an hour longer every night.  I’m also tracking everything I eat and feeling good about most of my choices so I’ll ready for tomorrow’s weigh-in.  And while we were at the gym, Mom mentioned that I’m looking smaller, and I know it’s true so I’ll feel good regardless.

How are you doing?  Are you satisfied with the progress that you’re making this week?


A Smarter Choice For Me

Going to the gym is one of my favorite parts of healthy living.  I love working out (most of the time) so it’s important to love where I’m going to do it.  And after trying Peak Performance, the newest local gym in town (which was amazing) I’ve decided that it’s much smarter to join Anytime Fitness, and here are my reasons…

  • Anytime Fitness has gyms all over the US which means I can workout wherever I am, and that’s very important for someone who travels as much as I do.
  • I can workout 24 hours a day.  Again, that’s important for me because I’m often inspired to workout at midnight.  The new gym is only open until 10pm. (Really?)
  • Mom, who plans to join the gym I join as well, can workout at 4 am if she wants to (and most likely she will!)
  • It’s much more cost-effective to join Anytime Fitness because Mom and I can both workout there for less than I’d pay to workout alone at Peak.  And the added bonus right now is that there’s no fee to join whereas the fee at the new gym is $100 per person.
So while Anytime Fitness isn’t as fancy schmancy as the new gym, I’ve decided that it makes the most sense for me.  I’ll miss the new gym because all I still can’t stop thinking about the ladder.  Seriously…I have dreams about that ladder – not kidding.  And I’ll also miss the “Women Only” workout room because I’m much more comfortable doing weight training without a bunch of guys around.

The new gym has cool amenities like a smoothie bar that I’d rarely (if ever) utilize, but it also has a full schedule of classes including Zumba, Spin and more…and when you join, you get 6 personal training sessions so one could look at the joining fee as inexpensive training, but when I look at the numbers, the hours and the flexibility I’d have at Anytime Fitness, it clearly makes the most sense for me.  So why am I still considering the local gym? The ladder…that’s why…But is it really worth it to burn almost 200 calories in 10 minutes?! Maybe…

Mom will join me in working out at Anytime throughout the rest of the week, and I’m looking forward to hearing her feedback.  What do you think?  Do the benefits at your gym outweigh the cost? Or do you pay as little as possible?