Sunday, October 27, 2013
My husband and I went to Jamaica last week. At first we stayed at Secrets Wild Orchid. It is attached to Secret St James (you can venture around both while you are there). We were at Secrets last year when Hurricane Sandy hit so we got to go back for free :)
I ran every day (around and around the complex). I also enjoyed strength training at the gym and a back massage at the spa -- aahhh.
Here is a picture of part of my run:
Here is a picture of part of their beautiful beach (my husband and I enjoyed sitting in the chairs!):
Four days later, and after our free days were used up, we hopped in a taxi and went to check out the new Iberostar. It took a day to switch gears - Secrets is a couples/adult resort and Iberostar included families, reunions, etc. All of the Secrets restaurants have outdoor seating, Iberostar does not. A plus for Iberostar is that it has more activities. My husband and I took advantage of it, and participated in beach volleyball, yoga, pilates and stretch class. I also enjoyed aquasize. This worked out great for me and for my Shooting Stars team! I racked up a lot of exercise minutes. Iberostar consists of three hotels, so my run was a lot longer as well. (2 mile loop). And, I got to run on the beach!
I did not eat a lot of foods that I would have if I wasn't in the 5% challenge and tracking all of my food! I did eat more than I did the week before when I lost weight. I admit, it is very hard to do at an all-inclusive. Both resorts did supply scales in the hotel rooms so I weighed myself 4 times during the week. I ended up gaining 2 pounds in the first part of my week vacation. I went smaller on my portion sizes, cut out the frozen drinks and switched to SpecialK for breakfast. I stayed at that weight the rest of the time. I was happy with that...It could have been a lot worse!
Here is a picture of a rainbow I took from our balcony:
View from our balcony when we arrived:
Caprese (Isn't it pretty?):
Our favorite swing on our balcony:
Part of my running path:
Our favorite lounge chairs by the pool:
Romantic Bath (courtesy of our "butler"):
This vacation was a nice combination of R&R, fitness, good food, and time away with my hubby. He ended up loving yoga, and now wants to go to Kripula with me! (Kripula is a yoga destination in Massachusetts).
I hope you all have a fantastic week!