Taking on the Edge Challenge, Fall Season, Continued

My schedule of classes last Thursday had to be changed due to errands running a longer than expected. I dropped kickboxing, but to make up
for it, added a second Zumba that would immediately follow Strong by Zumba. For extra classes, I enrolled in two on Saturday and Sunday each. So, while in one Thursday class, I thought about how this was another way that exercise has become a lifestyle change for me. Need to cancel a class? Find a different one to make it up. Besides, I have a goal to drop under a milestone weight for next week’s weigh-in at
the start of my personal training session.

Strong by Zumba was intense and as one of several first-timers, I loved it and couldn’t wait to sign up again! It was one of my extra weekend classes and I plan to take it more regularly as time goes on.

The flavors of fall are tempting, but the Edge Fitness shake flavor of the month is delicious Pumpkin Pie. I haven’t had any high-calorie
PSLs in a long time, so I can get my fix throughout October.

I’ve always loved the tuna and chicken salads offered at the salad bar of my local grocery store, but the calories can be cut. So, I’m using
canned tuna in water and mixing in a light mayo. With so many people wanting to lose weight, I’ve been wondering why the light version of sour cream, mayo or cottage cheese is most likely never an option for ingredients used. Some salad dressings offered are light; usually in ranch, vinaigrette or Italian flavors. When grocery shopping, I get whatever ones I like only in the lesser calorie; my favorites are honey mustard and thousand island.

Also, as mentioned in my last Edge Challenge post, I wanted to share a healthy dish from Applebee’s. When ordering the grilled salmon (260 calories), I usually have steamed broccoli (100) and garlic mashed potatoes (250). This time, I switched out the mashies for garlicky
green beans (180). From now on, those are my choices for two sides when ordering the salmon at this particular restaurant.

My old menu choices are still tempting, at least in appearance. However, I am not daring to order them at this point after everything at the gym. I look at their calorie count and just want to steer clear of those dishes. After all, healthy options are delicious, too!

When I get together with my best friend soon, we’ll be having lunch at a King of Prussia area restaurant. My favorite drink to order in the
past has been a frozen fruity one, but it’s loaded with sugar. So I’ll have to check out what low-calorie beverages are available, along with having a ice water with lemon to work on getting my water in for the day. That’s another change in my diet habits; no more soda, not even diet versions, which was the only kind I had for years. But now, I’m so used to water that I can’t drink soda anymore.

It won’t be until early November when I meet for lunch with my best friend, so I’ll probably have more Edge Challenge updates in the
meantime. I’m also working on some more travel-related posts and one type of outing has been difficult – food festivals. I have been
feeling as though it’s better for me to skip them for a while, until we’re back to spring again. It would be too easy to mess up dropping and staying below a milestone weight if I attend food events before then. Plus, I don’t want to undo any exercise efforts during the gym
challenge. There might not be too many healthy options at some food festivals anyway. So, my upcoming travel posts won’t be focused on
eating as they are on destinations and other favorite events.

I also have another friend’s Halloween party soon, but she always has a veggie tray set out for when friends are coming over. That will be a great help toward keeping it a Happy, Healthy Halloween season and only the start of more food-filled celebrating. I’m not feeling such
dread about getting through the holidays this year, now that I’m in a regular exercise routine at a gym that offers so much. As my class and I cheer with our instructors after a workout, “Edge Strong!”

About caroldwyer

A freelance photographer and blogger, I'm also a non-traditional graduate of Cabrini College with a B.A. in communication, minor in English and concentration in film studies. As a student, I was a staff writer, photographer and copy editor for the Loquitur. In my final semester, I assisted in promoting campus literary events for Woodcrest Literary Magazine. I love travel, historic places, nature, wildlife and the arts. I hope to be involved in some way with one of those areas throughout my media career. Currently, I'm pursuing my M.F.A. in creative writing and publishing. Read my film blog at http://cdwyerfilminspired.wordpress.com - and my literary blog at http://cdwyerbookishgrad.wordpress.com
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