Last week we went to Margaret River to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary.
Margaret River is considered to be the wine region of Western Australia, but we have been there and done that. The plan, i.e. Plan A was to self-cater for five of the six days, even taking our own wine rather buying it when we got there. And no, it wasn't Western Australian wine, but from South Eastern Australia which is also considered to be a good area for wine grapes.
We stayed at the Margaret's Beach Resort which is 500m from the beach in a studio apartment with kitchenette, laundry, spa, and ocean view. What I particularly liked about the room was the light from the french windows, so we placed the dining table right next to the window so we could enjoy the view and the light while we ate our meals.
The kitchenette meant that we could take food for breakfast, lunch and dinner to self-cater for five days, allowing me to manage the type of food and portions. This all went well, as I only took the portions we needed, i.e. no left-overs. Also, the fridge was only a bar-sized fridge so most of the dinners I pre-cooked and froze I was able to keep these frozen on ice in the esky until needed.
On our wedding anniversary day we had breakfast at the White Elephant Cafe right on the beach, and took our bottle of celebratory champagne. We both had the vegetarian cooked breakfast which was grilled polenta, eggs how you like, avocado, asparagus, tomato, feta and mushrooms. It was delicious, although I thought a little pricey. But we budgeted for a splurge so took it in good stead.
In the evening we booked into the Gnarabar Resturant that is situated within the resort. The food and wine were excellent. I can't even remember the courses, but I was thrilled that the portions were such that I could try different items on the menu. However, the venue wasn't particularly suited for a couple that wanted a quiet romantic evening for two due to the number of babies and small children. But we were in the holiday mood, so were quickly able appreciate other people enjoying their holidays at the resort.
I found that our accommodation advertised free wifi, so took my MacBook so that I could keep up with the SparkPeople challenges I started at the beginning of January.
Unfortunately, the wifi proved to be unreliable or not fast enough to use the SparkPeople videos so after wasting a bit of time trying again and again, I resorted to Plan B. I asked on the Community Message Boards, and found that some of the exercise videos were in a printed version, so once I loaded the page could scroll down to follow the exercises myself.
Initially, I was not very motivated to do the exercises by myself, i.e. without the verbal instructions from the video as I did them, but I saw the exercises through and was pleased to be able to log the fitness minutes and keep up with the "January Jumpstart" Fitness Challenge www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
I had brought my exercise clothes, yoga mat, and weights so was able to follow alternative exercises. After three days of doing the exercises following the printed instructions or substituting similar exercises, I got used to it and quite enjoyed the preparedness and completion of the exercise sets.
Although I may have ate and drank more during this mini-break compared to previous weeks, being able to follow the SparkPeople exercises and all the extra holiday activities (walking, swimming, cycling), I felt comfortable and enjoyed the time away. And the scale was only up 0.7kg on my return, so all good.
We did lots of swimming in the sea (I even wore my bikini), but next time I want to have a go at Stand Up Paddle Surfing. I expect to have a lot more core strength to do it well by the time we have a holiday here again.