Vacation Mode: Made in the USA with Dominican Parts

I spent this past week in Dominican Republic visiting family and for overall vacation.  It was INSANE we packed so much into so little time, I swear I woke up with a travel hangover.

  • Tuesday: we left Miami and arrived in the late afternoon.  I thought I would have a chance to unpack and catch up on some work, clients, etc.  Wrong!  I had 15 minutes to catch up with emails/clients and get dressed for a dinner at my grandparents house where the beast that s my stomach was unleashed.  4 plates od the best ceviche and 1 massive bowl of spaghetti and mushroom sauce later…despite the 15 pastelitos, fresh island mangos, and refresco country club we had on our way from the airport.  But hey, what’s travel without good food?
  • wednesday:  We left to punta cana with a pit stop in cap cana.  Next trip to the DR I definitely want to make more time for Cap Cana and go back…it is BREATHTAKING.  It’s a developing city/resort town, only it is going to be bigger and better than Punta Cana in my opinion.  Here we had MORE food!  Delicious ceviche, appetizer samplers, spicy shrimp tacos, and an epic nutella calzone.  We later arrived to Punta Cana with hopes of cooling off and relaxing by the beach, but we arrived as everything was closing down so we relaxed in our room (I caught up on some work) and head straight to dinner for even MORE food!
  • Thursday:  Our only full day at the Melia Caribe resort in Punta Cana.  Despite Only spending roughly 36 hours at the resort I ate for 5 (more food not pictured), but it was so refreshing to be connected to wifi from the beach and not just my sofa.
  • Friday:  We left the resort around midday and headed over to la Romana for a tourist stop in Altos de Chavon.  We arrived back to the capital a little later than expected, greeted with chicharrones de pollo for the fam and authentic rice and beans Dominican style for me (the vegetarian).
  • Saturday:  We did some major damage.  Currently 1 USD  equates to almost 48 Dominican Pesos.  If you’ve never been to the DR know that they have the BEST hair products and nail polish for the LOW LOW.  You can also find hair accessories and home goods for killer price.  The amount of items I bought for only $68 is unreal! I filled up half a suit case!  Post-Shopping I enjoyed my favorite ice cream in the whole world (just as good as the authentic Italian Gelato) with my husband before going out to Dinner with my Aunt and Uncle.

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  • Sunday:  We enjoyed one last breakfast, said goodbye to my grandma, and headed one more time for some Ice Cream before arriving at the airport to go home.  Dinner was one last feast at fuddruckers.

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This Morning I woke up a whopping TEN POUNDS heavier so tune in to wednesdays blog for how I plan to get rid of the post vacation indulgence.

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Day 28: Favorite Cheat Meal

I have 5 go to cheats/cravings

  1. Donuts from Mojo Donuts
  2. Pizza
  3. Cookies from Night Owl Cookie co
  4. Oreos, especially the blondies
  5. Doritos-Cool Ranch

The problem is that recently I got allergy tested for mildy being allergic to eggs and lactose and now all but 1 (the oreos-They’re actually vegan) of my go to cheats doesn’t make me feel like vomiting after eating it.  I can handle 1 pizza, but who eats just 1 slice?!

I’ve gotten several reassurances that some mild allergies can disappear, so I’m hoping by getting rid of eggs and lactose for a while will eventually help.

I’m curious if anyone has been in the same situation and their experiences?  Comment Below!

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Day 27: Share you favorite fitness blogs

I actually am not a big fan of most fitness blogs and here’s why:

  • If you go online to many of the top fitness magazines (they all have online blogs) you see that the contributors listed most have their masters or even phD in exercise physiology, however if you look up their online blogs it’s loaded with celebrity “fitness and nutrition” tips.
  • Many blogs are filled with verbage that’s easily marketable but scientifically misleading.

However the blogs put out by NCSF (National Council of Strength and Fitness) are all factual and incredibly helpful.

When choosing a blog to read ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Who’s the writer?  Do they actually have a fitness/nutrition education or is it simply a holiday?
  2. Do they wear waist trainers with magic sweat creams?  If they do, don’t even bother!
  3. Is it a celebrity telling you how she got magically hit her goals?  Newsflash, if they didn’t crash diet they paid a professional trainer and dietician to get them there because they’re clueless.

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Day 26: Fruit Lover? Who isn’t!

Fruits are definitely a lot more fun to eat as opposed to vegetables.  They’re sweeter and have a better texture in my opinion.

Here are my top 10 ways I incorporate fruit into my diet:

  1. Whole grain toast and peanut butter with sliced bananas for a pre-workout
  2. mixed berries in my oatmeal with chia seeds
  3. Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice (no sugar added and pulp still in the glass) with my breakfast or as a snack
  4. In a fruit smoothie with mint leaves and herbalife wild berry or peach mango beverage drink mix
  5. When my carbs are low for the day I love organic dried mango slices (be careful that the ONLY ingredient is mango
  6. Whole grain crackers and peanut butter with sliced berries on top
  7. Banana and Peanut Butter for a quick and fulfilling snack
  8. As dessert with some drizzled cookie butter
  9. I love putting lemon slices in my water whenever I’m tired of plain water
  10. Dried fruit is a killer additive to homemade trail mix

For more ideas and recipes to incorporate fruits be sure to download snack like letler! The E-Book

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Day 25: Favorite Family Night Activities

I am the definition of a home body.  9 times out of 10 I will choose staying in as opposed to going out.  Luckily, my husband is the same way.  Our usual Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday night consists of netflix or firestick, home popped popcorn, and cuddles with our 2 cats, and dog.  We wouldn’t have it any other way.

The days we don’t stay home we usually are visiting family.

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Day 23: How to Capture Vacation Memories

Considering my next “vacation,” which for me is really just a change in office location, and I love that!  Believe me, being at home is wonderful, but being at home 7 days a week, sometimes you really need that change in location.

While I do still work on vacation, I do also enjoy my time and capture memories through photos, videos, and then eventually I turn them into digital albums that apple allows you to do on iphoto.

On this vacation I have to get my husband on board to help me out with a vlogging series that I would love to do as we are spending 3 nights in Santo Domino, and 2 Nights in Punta Cana all inclusive, to do a vlog on how to keep that vacation balance.  To show everyone how you can enjoy food and drinks without putting on 10 pounds in one week like so many do.  So let’s see if I can get him on board.  Usually the deal is I let him unplug while I put in some work.  Fingers Crossed!

The featured image is one I took at the Qumea Resort in Fiji outside of our honeymoon suite of how breathtaking our everyday scenery was.

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Day 17: How do I keep my Daily Tasks Organized

Unless I have meetings or clients that are set at specific times I usually have my day filled with tasks that need to get done.  I work all of my tasks around the set meeting or client times as those are top priorities for the day.

All of my tasks I divide up into Morning, Afternoon, and Night.  Within those 3 time frames I list all of the tasks in order of most important to least important.  I try to keep my day as busy and productive as possible, because if I don’t I get easily distracted and not everything gets accomplished ironically.  Sometimes things pop up and mess up your original plan, but that’s just life and you have to work around it.

I function really well off post its and to do lists, as I don’t do well with keeping things organized electronically.  To keep things from piling up I NEVER go to bed unless everything is done, because getting lazy on yourself is one of the worst things you can do especially as your own boss in my opinion.

Once my day, week, or month is planned out I add in my workout time, which usually ends up being in the middle of the day or late at night.

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