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Summary of my vacation....

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

I really want to do a full blog about this, but I really want to have pictures! Unfortunately, our photographer may take up to a week to go through them and then send them to me, so I don't want to wait that long (and forget what we did!). Pictures shall be listed separately!!!

Thursday (March 3):
Took the plane at 5 a.m. from Fargo to Chicago/O'Hare, and then from there to Cancun. We arrived around 12:30 and the weather fantastic! It kind of blew my mind going from the temperature feeling like -20 (with the wind chill) to feeling like 85 degrees (with the heat index)!!!

We took the van ride to the Hyatt Regency. Got our room, and then right away got ready and took off to the beach. The picture that WAS in my background the last month or so? That was the picture of what it looked like outside our hotel. We lounged under those umbrellas....SO nice. Downside? The shells and rocks. I am more used to the Daytona Beach sand (powdery with barely any shells/rocks). But, who the heck should be complaining about that, right????

We played in the water for a while, and wrote Kaylee's name on the side of a sand cliff. For dinner, we ate at the Hard Rock Cafe just down the street (we shared an order of nachos). We continued exploring and bought armbands for Dadyo's (a bar/show) and 2 other bars. It cost $80 for both Corey and I, and basically was an open bar.

We went back to the hotel, and went out onto the terrace and had a couple of rounds of drinks. I tried their famous Miami Vice (which was basically a pina colada with a layer of strawberry daiquiri on top). I also had a Mai Tai. We went for a nice long walk on the beach after and then went to bed.


We hired a tour guide/van to drive us around the Yucatan for various activities. We started out by going to Tulum and the Mayan ruins there. It was amazing, and we saw tons of iguanas. We went out to the beach there and took amazing pictures. I am so happy we had another couple with, especially the fact that he loves photography and has an amazing camera to shoot with (and was willing to take pictures of so many things)...we never would have had so many pics taken of us together or separately if it was just us!!!

After Tulum, we went to Coba. Justin was telling us that we could actually climb the ruins there, and that you hike through a jungle. I was interested but really didn't know why he was as excited as he was...until I saw it. Nohoch Mul. I am adding a Wikipedia picture of it.

I climbed this sucker. It was 138 feet high. I climbed it a bit too fast (adrenaline anyone???) and it was so scary yet awe-inspiring. When I got to the top and looked out, I could see all of the jungle....and when I looked down, I got a bit dizzy. Wow. I couldn't believe I climbed that high!!!!! do I get down. I had to wait a bit to do that, but I went down before my adrenaline ran out! It took a lot longer to get down as the rocks are slippery in many spots, could see how far down it was on the way down. How easy it would be to fall and break your neck!!! I definitely had a picture taken of me up there :o}

Ummm....after that we were so pooped. I mean, hiking in Tulum AND Coba, our legs and feet just couldn't take it any more. We hiked at least 4 miles in Coba (it was 1 mile out to each site and we had to come back each time) and at least another 3 miles at Tulum. We decided to skip snorkeling for the day and go the next day. We drove back through the Mayan villages, and that was a sight. The villagers lived in shacks they made themselves, but then they had satellite dishes that the government gave them for education. Our tour guide grew up in the Yucatan and told us so much about the history. Did you know Cancun is really only 35 years old? Seriously! Before then it wasn't big enough to be considered a town even.

Let's see....when we got back, we were pretty famished. We took showers and got dolled up (well, us ladies did) because we were planning on having a really nice dinner followed by going out on the town. We went to Poloma Bonita, and that was some serious authentic Mexican food. Yum!!! I had the steak fajitas. Delicious!!!! One of the waiters danced the salsa with me after dinner ;o} I got to wear the big sombrero, too!

Unfortunately, there was a crazy tropical downpour while we ate, so we had to run back to the hotel in it! It was so warm, though, so I didn't mind :o}

We stayed in the lounge area and had a couple of drinks while the rain died down some. We then walked down a few blocks to the 3 bars we had a wristband for. I'm not gonna lie. I had probably 6-7 drinks that mainly consisted of Miami Vices, so the calorie count was probably crazy, but I really didn't care. I went on this vacation knowing that whatever damage I did, it was only a few days, and I would be back on track today. :o}

At Dadyo's we were seated in there and I knew it would be quite a show. Not sure what KIND of show, but there was a stage and poles and....stuff. Melissa and I danced a lot on the dance floor, which rotated in a circle in the middle (so awesome!). An Israeli guy decided to stalk me part of the night, but other than that the men in Cancun and the tourists were pretty nice! My husband did join me finally out on the dance floor near the end ;o}

There were some Cirque de Soleil (sp?) things that went on with these two guys (we got a picture of me and Melissa with one of them after they were leaving). That was awesome! They were so strong...they did a routine on a pole together....yeah, that sounds bad. They were right next to our table! It was so fun......

We then went to the next bar, but it was kind of then we decided to walk back to our hotel. The guys outside of Coco Bongo offered us free bands for that show, so we went in there. SUPER crowded, but very fun! Another act on ropes with Spiderman and the Green Goblin followed by a Michael Jackson impersonator dance show and then the Mask! We left when it started getting a bit rowdy in there (I had a drink spilled all over the back of my legs). We then went back to the hotel and crashed!


No hangover and didn't get sick :o} Yay me! We had to get up early to go catch the ferry boat to Isla Mujeres (Spanish for Women Island). We got a go cart there to ride around on the island. We planned to check out the snorkeling. Sadly, we found out that the waters were too choppy that day for snorkeling and didn't get to go. Instead, we found a buffet restaurant on the beach, which was YUMMY! We then kept riding around, took some pictures on the beach that was more natural. Saw the carnival there, too, with Latin dancers in the street. We went back to Cancun, and we then just laid back for the afternoon. Chilled....

For dinner we found a steak and seafood restaurant called La Linda. Amazing, but different service and food wise. I got a top sirloin steak that was about 1 mm thin. I love thick steaks that are red in the middle. Yeah, disgusting, I know. Corey got the shrimp, and it was sauteed with the legs and shell still on!! Ick! :o} Otherwise, everything tasted fabulous, and we headed out to check out the downtown area and mall. Did some touristy shopping and got souvenirs for family and the daycare lady. Went back, and crashed early after some ice cream from The Deli at the Hyatt tired!

Sunday ~

Quick breakfast after getting packed up. I had fruit (papaya, pineapple, banana, honeydew, and watermelon). We bought snacks for the plane at the Oxxo convenience store (Pringles, M&M's, etc.). We then went to the plane and took about an hour and a half to get through the check-in and security. The flight got in an hour early, but that didn't help us since we already had a 4-1/2-hour layover, so now it became a 5-1/2 hour layover! But, O'Hare is a large airport and we were able to occupy ourselves well enough! We had dinner at Johnny Rocket's (burgers, fries, and onion rings). We had a small Salty Caramel topped cheesecake at Eli's (yes, naughty me ;o}).

The plane had to be de-iced, so we actually got out 45 minutes late. We got to Fargo at about 10:40, and had to drive home to Grand Forks. We dropped off Justin and Melissa, and then got home at 12:30. After bidding adieu to my awesome mom, we spent half an hour getting ready for bed, and dropped off pretty quick.

Monday ~ I spent the day with my sweet baby girl

Tuesday ~ I am typing this blog.

Yeah, I'm cheesy. I titled this "Brief Summary of my vacation" but then took the brief off. I may as well just keep this as a full version and then add the pictures in another blog when I get them!

I am SOOOOOOO glad to be home, though. As of this morning, I am 160 pounds, which actually is what the scale said the morning we left. I think that 155 pounds that I weighed last Wednesday was a fluke really. My scale must have been having a weird day. It's okay, though. Although I am getting tired of seeing 160, I am happy with how I have been doing, and I am psyched for the summer, and getting my body prepared for it!

Love you all, and missed you all!!! I can't believe I was disconnected from the Internet for so long! Hehe....


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GRACEISENUF 4/10/2011 5:36PM

    Don't know how I missed this one. I think I was gone at the same time perhaps.

Sounds like a fun, active trip.

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NITELITE72 3/13/2011 1:15PM

    It sounds like you had an amazing time!! I can't wait to see the pictures!!

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MIECHI7 3/9/2011 10:23PM

    It's so nice to go on vacation!! It seems like they take forever to get here and then there are over in a blink:(

My countdown continues: I leave in 56 hours!! I am ready to leave this weather and get some rays!!

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PRICANSTINA84 3/9/2011 10:18PM

    Sounds like you had a fabulous time! Would love to go there one day :-)

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RLHOTAN 3/9/2011 2:27PM

    Welcome back! Sounds like an awesome trip!!! Glad you got to go!!!!

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ANMRUNNER 3/9/2011 9:58AM

    Sounds like you had an amazing vacation! I'm so glad you got to relax and enjoy it! (:

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RUNNER4LIFE08 3/9/2011 9:24AM

    Sounds like a fun vacation! Really making me want to go back to Mexico!

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PARTICLEGIRL22 3/9/2011 7:41AM

    Sounds dreamy! I am jealous!

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    So glad you had such a great time. You have to let loose every once in awhile to stay sane.

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THEHONESTME 3/8/2011 8:25PM

    Oh, Erin -- it sounds so wonderful!! And now you're back and rejuvenated! YAY!! Welcome back and good luck with your goals!

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    Sounds like a WONDERFUL trip and I can't wait to see the pictures! I'm glad you had fun and made it back home safely!!!

- Michelle

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BILLALEX70 3/8/2011 2:49PM

    Sounds like you had a great trip!

Isn't Tulum amazing!? We had the best guides there and had an awesome time. Over all I'd say you did well keeping things in check while traveling.

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RAINEMARIE214 3/8/2011 2:38PM

    Sounds like such a fun vacation! Glad you had a great time and enjoyed yourself!

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THISISFORME924 3/8/2011 1:34PM

    Sounds like an amazing trip!

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DUSTYGIRL25 3/8/2011 1:25PM

    Really sounds like a fun and busy vacation. And yes, even though we love our vacations, it's always good to be back home.

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PINKBEANBOO 3/8/2011 1:17PM

    I want a vacation like that!

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-POOKIE- 3/8/2011 1:09PM

    Wow! Sounds really amazing! Cant wait to see your pictures!

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~*~ B2W Mission 4 ~*~

Monday, February 28, 2011

--ERIN's PROGRESS REPORT - Feb 28, 2011--

Summary: Accountability and having a solid plan is helping, but need to dedicate myself to strength training and honing in on my weaknesses that I can improve on.

Advice to self: Use valuable time between when Kaylee goes to bed and when I go to bed to get strength training in, while also getting in extra strength training time in at the gym on M, W, and F.


Report in for February 25-27:

I chose to work on my upper body, and also still worked on core (my problem area). I did one upper body workout for 30 minutes with 5-pound dumbbells. I did planks and sit-ups for 25 minutes total this weekend. I could have done better, but did more than I would have done previously.

For Cardio, I put in 110 minutes of running. Woohoo!



Continue working on the part of your body that you started with this weekend!

***For those who chose UPPER BODY to work on... look up a new workout to try on 2-3 of the next 4 days. That would add up to about 45-60 minutes in 4 days. On Friday, I will ask you to report in on how many minutes you spent working on your UPPER BODY.

CHALLENGE BONUS: Try a new fun healthy recipe this week on a day that you had a killer workout. Post a pic (if you can- totally optional) of both proof of your workout AND the delicious healthy meal you made yourself for a full circle of sexiness.

I am ready to OWN this MISSION!!!

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JONEIL513 2/28/2011 1:43PM

    You're doing an awesome job so far!! keep it up! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MADEMCHE 2/28/2011 12:25PM

    Go Erin! Sounds like a great plan!

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Goals for March AKA Bring It On!!!!

Monday, February 28, 2011

I haven't really done a monthly goal plan since November, and I really like seeing monthly progress, so here goes!!!!

WEIGHT: I have my fire back, and I have been working to lose weight again for the past week. I want that to continue. This month? My pounds goal is 155. I am 160 as of this morning, so this is TOTALLY doable. I am ready to get this body SLAMMING for the summer. emoticon

NUTRITION: All of these: emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

And less/little of these: emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

emoticon For my marathon training, I will put in 100+ miles of emoticon this month, barring illness/injury. I will have my longest run of 15 miles this month!

emoticon For strength training, I will make this a priority this month. No excuses. I have dumbbells at home, I have Nautilus equipment at the gym, and I really need to focus also on sit-ups, pushups, lunges, planks, and squats.

emoticon emoticon emoticon I need to work on new things to confuse my body in a good way. Yoga, Turbo Jam type classes, and I will also promise my dog a walk or two a day.

emoticon For races, I have only one on the calendar right now, but it is a super exciting important one! I am running the Get Lucky 7K with my amazing Sparkfriends!!! And, since I am, like, 50% Irish? Even better.

WATER: emoticon emoticon emoticon I will promise my body 80 to 150 ounces of water a day, depending on how active I am.

emoticon I will work actively on being a great partner to my DH, who has been my rock through my journey. He is appreciated, and I want him to KNOW that.

emoticon My little munchkin is going to get my undivided attention when I am with her. Enough of watching TV/reading books when I am supposed to be playing with her and interacting with her. I love her, and I want so show her that, not just say it.

emoticon Again, she gets my loving. She gets walks and playing outside. She gets me.

1. March 3-6: CANCUN!!!!! Planning on snorkeling, hiking, clubbing, and running on the beach. Swim-up bar? Yes please. Many pictures will be taken.

2. March 18-20: Going to Minneapolis to run the Get Lucky 7K and meet up with fabulous Sparkfriends, including RAVENSONG and MEZZOANGEL, and celebrate a birthday in STYLE! So very, very, over-the-top excited about this.

Hmmm...otherwise uneventful month! Lots of time to recover from both events :o}

OTHER GOALS: To be happy, strong, and continue to feel a good way emoticon

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NUTRIGIRL08 2/28/2011 4:56PM


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SHERRYJVP 2/28/2011 2:26PM

    awesome detailed goals. you go girl.

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DUSTYGIRL25 2/28/2011 1:22PM

    I love it, so good and positive! You will do it!

And just think, Cancun real soon! emoticon

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-POOKIE- 2/28/2011 1:18PM

    Lots of great goals!

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ANIKA34 2/28/2011 11:22AM

    Great blog! Great goals! You can do it!!!

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RAVENSONG37 2/28/2011 10:26AM

love all of this! fantastic goals Erin!

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MOMMYNURSE 2/28/2011 10:24AM

    Sounds like some great goals! Did you seriously mean 100 miles in a WEEK? Surely a month cuz even a month is impressive.

Cancus sounds wonderful!

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Friday, February 25, 2011

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Since Monday, how many days did you manage to squeeze in a workout?

Close to zero....had NO energy with the flu.

Approximately how much time did you spend working out since Monday morning?

About 30 minutes, but it wasn't sweat inducing.

What kind of activity did you spend most of those minutes doing?

sit ups

What moment were you MOST proud of? Did you have a chance to post proof of it? Doing the initial 25 sit ups. I posted that I did it, but didn't get real proof other than that.

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Mission Three - Friday - Sunday (2/25-2/27)

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Choose ONE area to workout this weekend that is NOT the one you worked out last weekend. Choose from UPPER BODY, LOWER BODY or CORE. If you want to do a total body workout this weekend, that's cool- but try to put emphasis on one of those three. Do TWO workouts this weekend for this - this should only take you 45 minutes to two hours total for the whole weekend.

This weekend I am going to switch focus to my upper body, since on Thursday I will be in Cancun and will have bare shoulders, back, and arms most of the time!

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Try to get in AT LEAST 30 minutes of cardio and 10 minutes of stretching this weekend! Planning on a long run on Sunday of 12 miles, and definitely will be stretching as much as I can!


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THEHONESTME 2/27/2011 8:54PM

    I can't believe you'll be in Cancun this week!! Seems like just yesterday that you started talking about it and then it seemed like forever away! WOW!

Your #1 priority this week should be feeling better -- take care of yourself so you can feel good for your trip -- go enjoy it -- all of this will still be here when you get back and I bet you'll feel re-energized and ready to tackle anything!

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BUCKHOLDT 2/27/2011 7:11AM

    I hope you are feeling better and ready to get back on schedule.

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LIL_EZZY 2/26/2011 6:02AM

    Sounds like a great plan.

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~*~ B2W MISSION TWO - 2/21-2/24 ~*~

Friday, February 25, 2011

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~*~ B2W MISSION TWO - 2/21-2/24 ~*~

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For Mission One this last weekend, I am proud to report that my max # of sit ups that I can do is 25.

I also tried out a new workout/changed up my old one for my core.

I also did 120 minutes of strength training.

I posted my proof in the blog preceding this one.

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This week's mission!

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For those of you who chose CORE/ABDOMINALS to work on first... continue your new workout on 2-3 of the next 4 days. That would add up to about 45-75 minutes in 4 days. On Friday, I will ask you to report in on how many minutes you spent working on your CORE. emoticon I did 30 minutes total....

BONUS: To mix it up- try adding different kinds of core strengthening moves- such as twists- or attempt a Pilates DVD that focuses on your core muscles. emoticon Basically took the sick days, and didn't focus on any of this!


Pick the ONE that you are BEST AT and follow the corresponding instructions. We need to get uncomfortable in order to make a difference.

A) Cardio - do AT LEAST 100 minutes of dedicated cardio before you go to bed Thursday night. *BEST* But, I haven't done any cardio (...bad week for me to do this).

Each day this week, find one small thing that motivates you and find a way to save it.

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GRACEISENUF 2/25/2011 12:35PM

    How are u feeling today?

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