I’m baaaack 🙂 where to begin…
My week of soaking up the sunshine in the Dominican was exactly what this kid needed after the craziness of the Christmas season in retail and all the other work-related stresses that have been thrown my way thus far in 2014. We couldn’t have asked for better weather! 7 days of sunny skies and the thermostat hovering around 29 degrees celsius, before the humidex. 🙂 This was the first time I’ve gone on vacation since switching from the daily MS injections and man was it nice to not have to explain the pack of needles stashed in my carry-on! I did manage somehow to set off the metal detector in the Dominican airport coming home though and got patted down quite thoroughly. Also met a Dominican at the swim up bar who was determined to grab my hand and stare longingly into my eyes at every chance he got. Mom told him I had a boyfriend. Guess in some cases it is better to tell a lie…
It was a week of relaxation and good food, but I also did find the resources to enjoy a little exercise as well. The morning we flew out of Toronto, of course I had to check the CF Division website to see what the WOD was. :p OCD? maybe. It was Grace. Not all that often that we get to measure our progress with one of the “ladies”, so I decided that one of my vacational conquests would be to do the WOD in paradise. Lucky for me the hotel had a gym! It was nothing special, but it did the trick.
No PR set with this one, and I got some looks from the others using the little gym when I’d set the non-bumper weights down with anything less than grace, but I was happy with the result 🙂 Also worked on pistol squats on the beach 🙂 but the pics of that will have to wait. Landed my butt in the sand quite a few times, but made progress over the week.
The resort was nestled into its own private little cove that had a nice 2km ish boardwalk along the ocean that provided the perfect path for morning runs. My mom being the run-fanatic that she is, was more than happy to lace up the runners several times during our vacation too. As suggested by Coach Dave on the last WOD before I left, I spent some time working on my handstand holds too. My goal had been to practice on the beach and get a pic of handstanding against a palm tree, but that goal will have to wait until the next Caribbean adventure. :p Against the wall in the hotel room is one thing, but I’m still a bit of a chicken.
The food at the resort was fantastic!! Even with my goal to remain as loyal to my Paleo lifestyle as possible, I was still able to find tons of great options to eat. The fish was incredible, which is something I very rarely make for myself at home. There was also often beef, pork or chicken “fajita” stir fry with onions and peppers that I popped on a bed of lettuce and topped with avocado. It was so good! Bonus in my mind, cause now I have some new ideas to try to add a little variety to my home cooking :p Even with the great food and hours spent just lounging in the sun, I still lost weight while away. I don’t get why that happens. I mean, I ran some, lifted some, snorkeled some, but nowhere near the activity level I get at home? Not that I’m complaining…
My flight got in late afternoon yesterday and by the time I got home, it was nearly 8 pm. Spent the morning sitting enjoying my Dominican coffee by the ocean in shorts and a tank top, boarded the plane, and spent the evening scraping more than a foot of snow off my car! Back to reality! Today being Wednesday, there was no 7:30am WOD, but you can bet I’ll be back at the box for tonight’s 6:30 class 😀 While I was away I didn’t miss home, didn’t miss work, certainly didn’t miss the Canadian winter, but I DID miss my crossfit family! Can’t wait to get back into the routine of things when it comes to the box. First day back will be a good challenge:
“Fight Gone Bad”
3 Rounds for max reps of:
1 min- Wallballs
1 min- SDHP 75/55
1 min- Box Jumps, 20″
1 min- Push Press 75/55
1 min- Row for calories
1 min Rest
I’ve done this one before, so I know the level of suck to look forward to, but I can’t wait to get back at it!! 🙂