A beachy vacation

Let’s talk vacation. Because mine was the bomb!


My job makes me take five consecutive business days off once a year. It’s a requirement. They remove your access to the network, the buildings, everything. It’s quite freeing. So, for my vacation, I did a whole lot of nothing.

I worked at the studio Saturday through Monday and then Thursday through Sunday again but I did manage to get out of town Tuesday through Thursday afternoon.

Matt and I went to the beach to his aunts condo and we had a blast. It was laid back, chilled out and full of sharks, turtles and happy.

When we arrived on Tuesday we got settled in at the condo and went to Broadway at the Beach to just look around. We got lunch at Hard Rock Cafe – I’d never been to one before! I stared at Joan Jett’s leather pants the whole time. We did some shopping. We bought fun food things at the Pepper Palace. We fed fishes. It was nice.

Then I ran over to the other side of the beach and got to do a House Party Fitness class with my buddy Patty! She even let me teach a few songs. It felt amazing. Totally recharged my batteries to get to play with a new group of students, a teacher I totally admire, and just being a student a little bit. I stole some choreography from her too. Good times.

After a quick dinner from McAlisters deli, Matt and I hit the jacuzzi at the complex. Ahhhhhhh. It was a balmy night and the delicious warm, bubbly water felt fantastic. I slept like a baby.

Wednesday morning we got up and went to Ripley’s Aquarium. I wanted to see the fishes. It’s a thing we do. It was fantastic. The sharks! The mermaid! The rays! The fish! It was glorious. I was so happy.


We moseyed back to the condo and made lunch to go eat on the beach. Chicken in an orange chipotle rub Matt got at the Pepper Palace, we made sandwiches out of it. Brought along some drinks and chips and just enjoyed eating on the beach. We played in the water. We walked on the pier and I got to see a shark steal someone’s fishing pole. The city girl in me was squealing. We had the best ice cream at this little local joint.

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Showers and clean up happened before heading back to the Broadway because I wanted Margaritaville and to go to Crocodile Rock – the dueling piano bar. Dinner was amazing, the walk around the water at night was lovely, Crocodile Rocks was fun. It was just great to get to hang out and just go where the night took us.


Thursday we cleaned the condo, got packed up, harassed the turtles in the pond outside the building and headed out. We went back to the pier and for a last walk on the beach before we had to head out. Not before we had one final, totally unhealthy, meal. This little greasy spoon right on the water had the best burgers. Oh my god. Big, juicy, and topped with the best pimento cheese I’ve ever eaten. And amazing sweet potato fries. And the seagulls kept trying to come inside to steal peanuts off the floor. It was awwwwwwesome.

When I got back home I had enough time to get settled and changed before heading off to Power Hour and to teach Zumba. It was a great day. A great vacation. Just, awesome.

I felt so recharged and relaxed when I got back that the first class I taught felt like the first class I’d ever taught.

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Fitness Friday 9/19


A good week. Not great, but good!

Saturday – RIPPED (student, 664 calories) House Party Fitness (Taught, 1,169)
Sunday – Zumba (taught, 998 calories)
Monday – Zumba (taught, forgot HRM)
Tuesday – RIPPED (student, 900 calories) Pound (taught, HRM didn’t read) House Party Fitness (taught, HRM didn’t read)
Wednesday – Zumba Toning (taught, 919 calories)
Thursday – PowerHour (student, 521 calories, didn’t read half the class) Zumba (taught, 736 calories)
Friday – House Party Fitness (taught, forgot HRM)

Classes taught – 8
Classes as student – 3
Calories burned – a lot.

I missed RIPPED Thursday morning, I had a really bad upset stomach when I woke up and just couldn’t make myself go. I took meds, got an extra hour of sleep and I was ok. So glad I had some zofran left over!

This coming week the workout schedule should be a bit heavier on the student side which is what I’m trying to get to.

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Fitness Friday – 9/12


    This was my week off from my day job! Lots of choices for things to do … And a lot of time sitting on my tail on a beach!

    Doing something a little different with my workout wrap ups. I listing the class, whether I taught or was a student and how many calories I burned per my heart rate monitor.

    Saturday – House Party Fitness (taught, 1251 calories burned)
    Sunday – Zumba (taught, 1051 calories burned)
    Monday – BodyFlow (student, 494 calories), RIPPED (student, 813 calories burned), Zumba (taught, 894 calories burned)
    Tuesday – House Party Fitness (student, 1181 calories burned)
    Wednesday – 10,834 steps. Mostly on the beach. Ahhhhh.
    Thursday – Power Hour (student, 686 calories burned), Zumba (taught, 1058 calories burned)
    Friday – House Party Fitness (taught, forgot my HRM)

    Total calories burned – 7,428

    Nailed it this week!

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Fitness Friday: 9/5


When I started thinking about my fitness routine this week I felt lazy for a moment. This week was a bit of an “off” week for me.

Being that it was Labor Day, an off week from R.I.P.P.E.D, and my allergies were trying to kill me for the better part of the week I was less active than normal but that doesn’t mean lazy!

Saturday – Hour of House Party Fitness, Power Hour (Insanity/flow yoga)
Sinful Sunday – rest day!
Monday – Labor Day! Lots of walking but no organized fitness.
Tuesday – hour of Pound, hour of House Party Fitness
Wednesday – hour of Zumba Toning
Thursday – hour of Zumba
Friday – rest day!

To think I considered calling myself lazy!

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Ways I’m older than my age and am ok with it.

1. When given the chance 7pm is the perfect bed time.
2. My bedside table includes a jar of icy-hot, achy foot cream, ibuprofen, a hot/cold rice pillow and heel/cracked elbow creams. All of which get used every night.
3. I have a collection of foam rollers and yoga props next to my bed so my plantar fasciitis and sciatic nerve pain can be handled when I first get up in the morning. Or before bed.
4. An exciting shopping trip is getting to hit Sam’s Club for glucosamine, loratadine, flaxseed oil and Muscle Milk on the cheap!
5. Doing a crossword puzzle is my greatest bedtime pleasure.

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