and could not be more excited!!  My friend and I went there yesterday to check it out, and after our tour we both signed up on the spot.  They have a special summer deal – only $115 for the summer and that includes about 15 cardio classes, free weights, state of the art treadmills, bike machines – and a nice locker room with towel service!

the locker room

And probably the coolest bike machine ever!  You can sign up with a user id.  When you ride a particular course, the next time you log in, you have a “ghost” rider which is your previous ride to see if you can beat your last time!

The best part is that I’ll be able to do a spin class twice a week at 7:15 in the morning!!  That is the one class I’ve missed most since leaving a gym with classes.

Breakfast yesterday was Chobani peach yogurt and a flat out breakfast pizza!

Breakfast comes in at 378 calories, 45 carbs, 35 protein, 9.6 fat and 10.7 fiber

I didn’t bring a lunch yesterday because I thought my friend and I would just grab something after the gym tour.  I forgot I had to cover the front desk during lunch, so I had 1 1/2 servings of a can of tomato soup.  I would have eaten the whole thing, but that would have been about 120% of my sodium for the day!

After the gym I was still hungry so we stopped by McDonald’s.  I got the Southwest salad, and I have to tell you  . . . I loved it! I took off the tortilla chips, and only used half of the salad dressing, but the dressing made it – it was nice and spicy!  So with the soup and the salad, lunch comes in at505 calories, 66 carbs, 34 protein, 12 fat and 1.5 fiber.

For dinner I had surf and turf on the brain.  I decided to get Tony salmon, and while I love grilled shrimp, I wanted something different.   My sister and I used to work at a high end restaurant in high school that had the best New Orleans bbq shrimp.  The only problem was that it had like a stick of butter in the sauce – but to take a fresh piece of bread and dip it in the spicy broth was something to behold!  And now that I think about it, I probably was too chicken to try the shrimp and only ate the broth!

Here is my light version!  You can do this on the stove, but I did mine in a cast iron skillet on the grill.

Barbecue Shrimp Recipe (printer friendly version here)


1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 pound shrimp, deveined but shell on
1/4 cup chicken broth


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook, 3-5 minutes until shrimp turn pink.
  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with lemon and French bread to dip up the flavorful sauce!

I actually forgot the lemon part – that would have been great!  I was mad when I was cleaning up and saw the lemon on the counter!

ready for the grill!

So seven shrimp were a serving!  I ended up pouring half the sauce over all my plate, so not only were the shrimp spicy, but also the steak (which I overcooked!) and corn!

Update because I can never remember!  I am submitting my grilled barbecue shrimp to Christina’s Friday First!

dinner: 550 calories, 35 carbs, 64 protein, 17.9 fat and.9 fiber

I think I am now up to 21 participants in my 101 Days of Summer Challenge!  You have until Sunday to join – I think its going to be great!

Stats for Thursday:

  • 1,433 calories, 146 carbs, 132 protein, 40 fat and 13.1 fiber
  • no exercise, unless you call walking around a gym tour exercise! 😀

HAPPY FRIDAY!  Does everyone have a three day weekend like me?