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Sunday, March 25, 2012

I love running a bed and breakfast and since I joined Spark People what I offer guests has changed. 4 years ago I offered decadent breakfasts and relied on guests to choose their activities. We have a large indoor pool, hot tub and sauna and gym with wii and other game systems.

Then spark guests started coming and we worked together to create their perfect food and fitness programs. Spark people tend to know what they want but of course it is different for all of us. I'm diabetic. I have a DD and DH who are gluten free. I have another DD who is corn free. I have a knee replacement. My guests have come post cancer treatments, with severe alergies, fibromyalgia, and a host of other very customized needs.

I'm no fitness guru. Oh no! I am limited in what I can do. But I have lots of experience with aquafit classes and since I love walking I know of several nice walking trails to go to. I share my knowledge and experience and my guests share theirs. Lots of laughs. But - here I am stuck in a plateau! I have enjoyed my personal challenges to try spark recipes or cooking with coconut and I think it is time to try a whole package challenge. Try what I would suggest to a guest.

Ideas I am considering - a week:
-the Dr. Oz body cleanse for day 1. It is actually a 2 day menu (same thing both days). I need to try it myself and see how it affects my blood sugars. It would support people who want to go gluten free/sugar free/grain free. I'm not sure how many carbs are in it so will have to put it into SP to find out.
-the power of ten every day. I have a list of things for guests to try involving ten: ten circles of the shallow end doing walking/knee strengthening steps; ten minutes sweating in the far infrared sauna (cardio and detox and pain relief); ten minutes swimming laps; ten songs of aquafit using water weights and having fun (30 moinutes); ten strength exercises on the ball; ten exercises on the universal gym; ten exercises with free weights; ten minutes on the treadmill or bike. I love these but have never tried to do ALL of them in a single day. Guests usually love doing the aquafit before breakfast and a hike in the afternoon. We have sometimes put on yoga videos or done a wii game in the evening. I can see some people wanting to "pack it all in" but I also recognize the power of rest.
-flat belly diet rules for meals (lots of seeds and nuts and healthy omegas) after the Dr. Oz detox day(s). A minimum of 5 vegetables a day. Protein at every meal. Again guests have specific needs or things they want to try. I am a pretty good cook and open to ideas. I need to find a balance of time to prepare foods with being able to participate in the activities. Of course for guests I don't have to do things with them but to date that has been a plus for all of us. I know I would enjoy helping with meals on my own retreat... just not doing the shopping and decision making!
-in room tub soaking or hot tub soaking with books, nice music, lots of sassy water (lemon, cucumber, ginger).
-favorite movie option to watch at night or sit and read inspiring books, catch up on SP on computer.
-option to walk to the local spa for massage/manicure/pedicure/hair cut
-option to go on local hikes, see Ottawa/Gatineau or do day trips to the smaller villages like Merrickville
-option to canoe on the river.

I am open to suggestions and actually I welcome them. What has been the best thing you have experienced in a "health retreat"?

So very good suggestions I can add on right away:
-a quiet room with scented candles (I personally like this because I like to write and meditate
-bike and walking tours is a great idea and I have done a walking tour with guests which was fun... I had forgotten that they had suggested a "scavenger hunt" style walk where you have to answer questions about the area as you explore....
-I know that there are garden awards given out and tours which would be nice to encorporate if we could get permission to attend.
-I also love going to McKenzie King estate which has lovely grounds and gardens and hikes in the Gatineau Park in Quebec. It is about a 45 minute drive but especially when the fall colours are out is spectacular and attracts people from all over the world... plus it is haunted and has quite an interesting story.... and a tea room.
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    It all sounds lovely! What a wonderful assortment of ideas!
    2247 days ago
    great would love too be there
    2248 days ago
    I really like all of your ideas. I have not gone on many retreats, but here is my two cents. I went to the Parker Spa in Palm Springs and they have a quite room that was candle lit and smelled good.
    2248 days ago
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    What a wonderful idea! It seems like a lot of work for you to customize so many activities, but if you can get enough like-minded guests . . . . It would also be a wonderful opportunity to socialize tiwh people with similar goals. It is hard to be the only person trying to eat in a healthy manner.

    I've never been on a heath retreat, but I would consider coming to yours!

    Just let me know!
    2248 days ago
    Would love to go to a health retreat! Your B & B sounds wonderful. I would add biking and walking tours . Older homes, beautiful gardens or interesting streets as well as an historical sites would be quite interesting for a tour.

    Good luck. Let us know how you are doing. Carol
    2248 days ago
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