Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Happy summer! As the season creeps up on us in Tucson, Kenny and I are taking our first real vacation since being at the Ranch, heading all the way to Cyprus for one of my closest friend’s wedding. Yes, Cyprus!

In my continuing quest to get back into shape and after the realization that Cyprus meant “beach” which means bathing suit(!), I booked a Metabolic Exercise Assessment to make sure my cardiovascular workouts were as efficient as possible. As silly as I looked during the assessment, the results really helped me maximize the results of my time in the gym. At our follow-up meeting, Mike, an exercise physiologist, went over my results with me, explaining how aerobic fitness level is really the ability to consume oxygen (VO2 Max) and what I can do to improve in that area. It’s really much more complicated than that, but Mike did such a thorough step-by-step analysis with me that I really understood the logic behind his recommendations. He even put together a 12-week cardio plan for me based on my personalized heart rate zones, which I have been following for weeks now and LOVE because I don’t have to think about what to do each day in the gym; I just bring my cheat sheet with me and do what it says.

With my regular routine at the gym, I’m feeling stronger and healthier by the day. I’m going to try my hardest to keep the workouts going while in the Mediterranean. I promise to post some photos from a real Big Fat Greek Wedding when we return. OPA!