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EDITOR’S NOTE: Jeanette Balmut has been selected to participate in the Year of You, a fitness challenge hosted by The Manteca Bulletin, CalFit Manteca and CORE Athletic Performance. Balmut is keeping a weekly journal, highlighting the strides and struggles of her fitness journey.


Day 183

Yep, I was right. Javi was going to get me up to speed and quick! I met Javi in the afternoon and came prepared for a serious workout. We did just that. Shoulders, back, abs, obliques, more abs, thighs, legs — all of it. It was an awesome workout and I felt incredible when done. After the weights I finished strong on the treadmill with a high incline. Something tells me I will be feeling this tomorrow! Then it was home for dinner of grilled chicken and cauliflower. Bed by 8:30, I was exhausted!

Day 184

Should I just hit snooze? Should I just lay here and no one will know? NOPE. I want to but I won’t. I head out the door at 4:45 a.m. to the gym. Today is strict cardio and I am actually excited about that. I am sore from Friday and now last night’s work out but the cardio always loosens me up and gets me feeling better. I hit the treadmill for 20, the Stairmaster for 20 and finish on the elliptical for 20. By the time I was home I already had a bunch of texts messages asking me where my blog was (it was just a slight mix up and it will run tomorrow instead). It’s such an awesome feeling knowing that I am being followed, my story is being read and I am being supported. Yes, I am working hard and dedicated and focused but I WOULD NOT BE HERE WITHOUT THE SUPPORT I HAVE BEEN GIVEN. Thank you all! I race home, shower and out the door to work. I had made organic wheat and pecan pancakes over the weekend and froze some for the week. I load up my lunch box with breakfast, snack, lunch and snack for the day. It’s a perfect balance of carbs, fruit, protein and vegetables. Back home, get ready and out the door to Sunnyvale. Tonight is the tribute dinner for our oldest daughter Myklyn, the current reigning Miss California State. I worry about what will be served for the dinner but whatever it is I’m having it! By the time we ate I was so hungry, it didn’t really matter. The good thing — it was delicious. The bad thing — it was chicken Marsala with gravy smothered on “dirty” potatoes. UGH OH…you know what that means — extra hard work out tomorrow! I can’t tell you the last time I had potatoes.  

Day 185

Today is Javi day. I have an appointment in the afternoon so I can’t make a private training session so I decide to hit his BOOT CAMP. Yes, I’m nervous! It’s rare for me to be at the gym later than 6 p.m. I am usually home, finished working out and preparing dinner. Tonight is not the case. I arrive home from my appointment and I am staving. I could eat a horse. I grill up some chicken fajitas and have one knowing I will be at the boot camp in 45 minutes. I go to Javi’s boot camp at 7 p.m. There are 14 of us. There are eight stations set up for us. I have never done a circuit training type of boot camp so I didn’t really know what to do but once he gave a quick explanation I was ready to go. I chose what I consider the hardest drill for me — mountain climbers, first. I started there and the group did each drill for one minute straight. We had five seconds to get to the next drill and then started again. We did this for the all eight stations and then had a couple minute breaks and then did it again for a total of three sessions. I loved it! The music pumping, all the others doing it right there with me and pushing us along. Sweating, yes….feeling like it was working, yes…doing it again, and yes!!! Next time I’m making Mike come with me, I think he’d love it! Javi has these classes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. Come check it out!

Day 186

I left at 8 p.m. last night and here I am up and back at it at 5 a.m. Today is cardio; I plug in, turn up the news and get to work. Everything is a little sore but within a few minutes the soreness subsides and I’m feeling good. I finish three miles. Another crazy day of work, racing to Sunnyvale and then back again to do it all again. I have good breakfast and lunch packed. The hard part today will be getting a good healthy dinner. We arrive at the Santa Clara Convention Center and my mom and I have our dinner. We split a chopped salad and order of wings. It was the best of the choices we had and since we split it, it seemed ok. It tasted great!

Day 187 through Day 188

What a weekend. It was filled with family, lots of fun, lots of driving and a whole lot of pride. I managed to work out every day except — ready for this — SUNDAY. Yep, you heard me right; I never made it in to work out on Sunday. That is a first for me. With racing off to Santa Clara to be there for our daughter Myklyn as she gave up her title was a thrill. We all went together and loved it. I stayed good with my entire food intake until Saturday night. Right there let’s just say I finally said “what the heck”. It was McKenna’s birthday and we went to Pete’s for dinner. We had been gone all day so we were all hungry and excited to eat something good and bad for us! We ordered two appetizers, I was good, and I only had three bites even though I wanted three plates! I wanted to order one of their oooey, gooey pizzas but I didn’t! I split a dinner with Myklyn and it was amazing. Totally off any diet but so worth it. We all went to a movie and I got popcorn. Let’s just say I went way, way off of being good! Sunday was literally the first day home in weeks. We cleaned, did laundry, did the yards and then went to Costco and SaveMart. We had a barbecue for McKenna’s birthday enjoyed all her favorites — tri-tip, roasted broccoli, sweet potatoes, cabbage salad, fruit salad and for dessert I made a “low-cal” Jell-O (that looked like cake)! Great night, great weekend and something tells me I will be paying for it on the scale tomorrow! I am down to the last 20 days before the wedding. I’m still trying to get those last few pounds off before that big day. I feel good about it though since I am going to be on a regular schedule with Javi and workout Monday, Wednesday and Friday moving forward. I know with his help I should be able to get it off!