By the second day my feet felt surprisingly good in the morning (I have very low – ok nonexistent arches), but overall I felt strong. Not as sore as I thought I would be at all.
6:00 a.m. Protein Shake: I found that I like the vegan shakes better than the whey protein ones.
7:00 a.m. Boot camp: I really love this style of training. It reminds me a lot of what I do back home and was strength based so I LOVED this class.
8:15 a.m. Breakfast: Oatmeal and a hard boiled egg. Women get an average of 1350 calories here at camp – the guys get a little more. A little almond milk, Stevia and cinnamon on my oatmeal with blueberries and I was good to go.
9:00 a.m. Boxing: I LOVE to box. I used to kickbox years ago, and I do it back in West Hollywood too. There is nothing like doing boxing drills on a heavy bag to torch some serious calories.
10:15 a.m. Energy Snack: We usually get a piece of fruit and a protein and a fat of some kind. Think clementine and string cheese.
10:30 a.m. Cycology: This was our first field trip so we met curbside in front of the spa. We took a short drive to a spin studio. I don’t love Spinning truth be told, but I know it’s a serious calorie burner. The teacher Johnny is super cute and energetic and the studio monitors your heart and effort on a big screen so that definitely made it a lot more fun.
12:00 p.m. Lunch & Learn: Chef Jackie came in and taught us a delicious Thai Lettuce Wrap dish inspired by a PF Chang favorite of hers. I think the Nutrition is the biggest lesson(s) for me. Then Jessica, the Nutritionist, gave a lecture about the evils of sugar. Bye bye lemonade and regular ketchup! Yes, ketchup. There are so many hidden sugars in EVERYTHING.
1:30 p.m. Torrey Pines Hike: Another field trip! We all piled into two vans and headed over to beautiful Torrey Pines for a pretty intense hike. This really WIPED me out, and my heart rate hovered between 140 and 160.
4:00 p.m. Stretch: Boy, did I need this after the hike. My hamstrings, feet and shins were so tight from the hike and our trainer Renee took us through some very gentle stretches that helped immensely.
5:00 p.m. Dinner: Turkey burger with mozarella cheese and grilled veggies. We were so excited to see this meal and I fell in love with the purple cauliflower.
Later in the evening, five of us headed down to the hot tub to relax our muscles. La Costa is really beautiful and it’s great to know the other campers. I was so sore that I kept my KT tape on in the jacuzzi but the stretch and jacuzzi really did help.
Biggest Takeaway of the Day: I think my biggest eye opener of the day was how much damage sugar can do and how much you can change your health for the better simply by keeping a vigilant eye on the white stuff.
Fit Tip of the Day: Keep your sugar intake under 7 grams of added sugar per serving. That stuff adds up very very quickly!