Hi friends! I hope you are all having awesome weekends!
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Kyle and I are on our way back to Chicago after a long weekend of skiing and snowboarding in Utah. On Friday morning, I wasn’t too hopeful or excited about skiing but after a lesson from a certified trainer, I gained a huge amount of confidence! The two best pieces of advice David, my trainer, gave me were: 1) to look ahead at where I want to go. I have a bad habit of looking directly down at my skis which causes skiers to crash… And 2) to lean forward in an athletic stance. I got the athletic stance down right away (thanks CrossFit!) and after I realized that leaning forward actually helped me gain control of my speed and direction, I got the hang of skiing! I had the biggest smile on my face after I made it down my first hill :)
I ended up going down the mountain 4 times Friday afternoon after my lesson and 9 times Saturday morning. I would have gone back out Saturday afternoon but my legs were shaky and worn out and I didn’t want to risk losing control and rolling down the entire side of the mountain :)
If you are ever in Utah and are looking for a fun place to ski, I totally recommend Solitude Mountain Resort. There were hardly ANY lines for the ski lifts, the trainers for the ski academy were great and super informative and the powder was outrageous!
I received a lot of comments and emails after my last post about how a lot of you are just as terrified of skiing as I was (yep, WAS!!) before this trip. I am still a novice skier but the best piece of advice I can give you is to take lessons and to continue to practice. I went down the same green 13 times and, before that, the bunny hill probably 15 times and was finally gaining confidence toward the end of the weekend. I really used my trainer’s advice and repeated “Look and Lean” to myself while I was skiing down the mountain. Also, don’t let anyone else talk you into going on a hill you aren’t comfortable with. This is when you have a higher probability of falling, losing the confidence you’ve gained and increasing the potential of injuring yourself! Seriously, if I can ski in Utah, ANYONE can ski in Utah :)
Check out the gorgeous views from
the top halfway down the mountain!
That off-white spec by the tree is Kyle!
Kyle and I at our condo before heading to The Library (a bar at the resort) for some post-skiing medication ;)
Kyle relaxing at The Library before heading out for dinner.
Since this is another holiday week, my health goals and meal planning aren’t going to be as good as I would like them to be. I’m going to focus on continuing to be active since I know I’ll be eating some not-so-healthy foods in the coming days (Like the pizza I am going to order at 1am on January 1st! Haha ;) ).
Weekly Meal Plan
- Sunday: Healthy, homemade dinner – TBD
- Monday: NYE Party
- Tuesday: Travel Day – Something from the freezer :/
- Wednesday: Spanikopita
- Thursday: Fajitas
- Friday: TBD
- Saturday: Becky’s Celebration Dinner! (More on what I’m celebrating to come next week!!)
Weekly Fitness Plan
- Sunday: Rest
- Monday: Run or Elliptical
- Tuesday: Run – Happy New Year!!
- Wednesday: CrossFit
- Thursday: CrossFit
- Friday: CrossFit
- Saturday: Run or Elliptical
Overall Weekly Health Goal
Get back on track in 2013! Check out my 2013 New Year’s resolutions I made about a week ago. To be honest, I haven’t really fallen off track in the last few weeks of 2012. I have definitely eaten more than I typically would because of traveling but I have also been ridiculously active – I’ve made it to my mother-in-law’s gym everyday in Chicago plus skiing is a killer workout! I’m excited to go home Tuesday night and to start cooking healthy and delicious meals and to get back on a regular fitness routine.
What are your health goals for the last week of 2012/first week of 2013? Do you have any health-related or fitness New Year’s resolutions?