Que Pasa de Republica Dominicana?!?!I think that means wut up from DOMINICAN!?!?!? I was going to write this before we left, but ya know how that goes with me… 

First of all, this place is AMAZING. But it’s the Excellence, so you already knew that. You can’t beat it. The people that work here are so nice and helpful. I know it’s their job to be that way, but I still think they are great. Also, I’ve got people here convinced that I’m a professional competitive eater. People are weird. Including me. You know that. But people loovveeee to ask questions about muscles. They ask about body building. So I just show them my baby calf, and tell them the only thing I’m good at “competing in” is eating. Which may be true. 

But right now, we are being lazy on the beach, drink in hand, Dan’s reading some book, and we just got back from a walk. And right now, I only have 15 minutes to type this out because I don’t want to be on my phone longer than that AND we have beach volleyball to play for the second time today.

Vacations are tricky. There are a lot of opportunities to make bad health decisions…especially at an all inclusive resort (if you know, you know YYYYYAAAAASSSSS). I care about feeling good while I’m here, and I have goals, yo. A vacation shouldn’t deter me from those

BUT I also like to live a little. And we do go pretty hard on vacation. And when I say “go hard”…..I mean, for our standards…Which I know is definitely not up to par with a lot of other people’s standards.

Here’s the deal. Good food and drink choices should be important no matter where you’re at. But you have to live a little too. Sooo what do you do?? Tell me that. 

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Have a plan going in to it. Are you going to workout while you’re there? What kind of food are you going to eat? Having a plan will more likely keep you on track because you’ve already thought about the decisions you’re going to make.
  • Find a “balance” FOR YOU. Your “balance” isn’t going to look the same as everyone else’s “balance.” And what I mean by this is… you’re on VACATION sooo live a little. Do things, eat things, and drink things you wouldn’t normally do, eat, or drink. If you care about your health and make good choices year round, then maybe you can live a little for a vacation. BUT that doesn’t mean you have to go overboard and throw everything you’ve worked for out the window. Balance on vacation for me (and don’t judge me) means I’m going to still only eat when I’m hungry. But you better believe I’m going to eat the best of the best breakfast buffets- with alllll the freshest foods, including churros and personalized omelettes. And you better believe that I’m going to eat brick oven pizza for lunch. And you better believe that I’m going to take advantage of the drink options here. BUT that doesn’t mean that I’m going to overdo it. And it doesn’t mean that every drink is going to be sugar filled. Right now I’m drinking something with gin, lime juice, and sparkling water, and it’s perfecto.
  • You can still stay active on vacation. As in, you can still get your butt up and workout. Or if you’re taking some time away from that, that’s cool. But you can still try to live a non sedentary lifestyle while on vacation. Go walk. Explore. If you’re at a resort that has games like beach volleyball or soccer, or water aerobics, do it! This morning we were in the gym for like 30 minutes…that’s all! And all I did was a row warmup (they have a concept 2 rower here), run for like 4 minutes on a treadmill (just because the tv in front of it had the USA women’s soccer vs Brazil game on,) and then I did a fast, but effective workout with dumbbell thrusters, ring rows, and pushups. I also can’t sit still for long (you prob already knew that) so I’ve convinced Daniel to walk this beautiful beach with me every day, and I’m all about some beach volleyball because we don’t ever get to do that back home.
  • Drink plenty of water. Speaking from experience as the girl who passed out on her honeymoon and had to have and IV in Jamaica 6 years ago. Water always makes you feel better, and it sometimes gets neglected on vacation.
  • Don’t beat yourself up for eating things you normally wouldn’t. I used to do this, but now I just take advantage of the time here and know that when I get back, I will do what I need to in order to make sure my lifestyle is healthy and where it needs to be to see results I want to see. And… why would you pass up free, unlimited gelato?

That’s all I’ve got. Have a great week!! Next week I’ll post my workouts I did while we were in Dominican. Not that they are impressive or anything, but if you’ve got a vacation coming up soon, maybe it will give you a good idea of a quick workout or two you can tackle in the midst of your fun/debauchery/relaxation.