Refreshed, Relaxed and Relieved

Good morning Double Chinners! I’m back finally, after a short time away in Cabo San Lucas. This vacation was exactly what I needed, because I had five days to completely decompress, unplug, chill out, enjoy friends and family and sleep in.

When Matt and I arrived in Cabo, the first thing I did is sip on a celebratory pina colada in the pool. There’s nothing like a yummy drink with the sun on your shoulders in a glittering pool.

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On Sunday, we made a road trip out to La Paz, where we ate mango flavored ice cream and arrachera tacos. After that amazing and surprisingly light lunch, we drove north to Ballandra Bay, an amazing crystal clear bay in the middle of the desert. This bay was really cool because it was only waist deep all the way across, but as you walked in the water, you had to shuffle your feet to alert the sting rays that you were near. It sounds freaky, but as we shuffled across the bay and saw the little leapord printed rays darting away, it felt like we were in some magical, untouched world. While Matt and I were walking across the bay, we looked up to see a gigantic bolt of fire shoot across the sky. My first thought was “Fireworks!” but then I realized we were in the middle of nowhere and there was no sound that we could hear, just a streak of light fading into the horizon. We both wondered in awe if we had seen a comet, and sure enough, the news confirmed that we did! (Technically it was a meteorite and there’s a difference, but comet sounds cooler.) It was so awesome to see something so unique, as I consider myself lucky if I glimpse a falling star. What a treat that was!

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After our epic La Paz beach day, we stayed pretty low key the remaining days and hung around the pool, venturing into town at night to grab dinner. One of my favorite spots in Cabo San Lucas is the Hacienda, the first hotel in Cabo San Lucas. Here I am with my mama and mama-in-law. We sipped on some drinks while we waited for everyone else to arrive, and then had a delicious meal.

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I remained relatively soda-free this week, except for one time when I needed something to drink and the restaurant had neither tea nor bottled water. I mostly stuck to “Telado”, or fresh brewed iced tea. How delicious it was!

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Another thing I love about Mexico are the unique handicrafts. I fell in love with these chubby lady magnets… it was so refreshing to see different body types in their art. Don’t they remind you of the Double Chin Diary?

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And last but not least, because a vacation is no longer about JUST being lazy, I schlepped out of bed at 10:40 AM to get to an 11 AM water aerobics class. Here we are, huffing and puffing in the warm waters of Cabo San Lucas. Life is rough, kids.

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This trip was EXACTLY what i needed, and I’m so grateful that Matt and I were able to sneak away for a few days and enjoy time with our parents. When’s the last time you had a vacation? Do you have one planned? My next one will be FitBloggin’ in Portland in a month! Woohoo!

I’ll be back tomorrow with pictures from my graduation ceremony – I’m officially a Masta!




5 thoughts on “Refreshed, Relaxed and Relieved

  1. I love Mexico! So nice. I’m glad you were able to relax after all the crazy!! There’s seriously nothing as awesome as being able to unplug and disappear for awhile.

    Matt and I are going up to Ripple Creek again at the end of June through the first week of July. There’s basically no cell/internet connection up there, so it’s the perfect excuse to be unplugged in nature (by pretty waterways) and eat tasty things.

    Vacations are pretty much the best.

  2. Ok, I want to try a telado now. It all looks awesome and what a great way to spend the week before graduation. You deserve it!

  3. I’ve spent a little time in Mexico, but never at any of the famed vacation spots. Most of the trips I’ve made across the border were to poorer, more depressed areas, so I’ve never really had the opportunity to see that side of our southern neighbor. Still, I know what it’s like to need to decompress, so I’m glad you had a good time. Taking off the stress and refreshing yourself is nearly as important as hard work, sometimes, when it comes to taking off the pounds.

  4. That bay sounds amazing!!! And it’s so cool you saw a “comet.” Did you get any of those magnets? Because I am in love with them!! Such a difference in the culture there and your Thailand trip, right??? Also now I want a mixed drink cocktail frozen something or other and it’s your fault.

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