Getting fit for Life

Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Working Out on the Road

I am just back from a week-long work trip to two of our offices on the west coast…

I managed to do my PiYo every day using my Beachbody on Demand Club membership to access my purchased Beachbody workouts and just steamed them from my laptop.  I still got up around 5 am sometimes early…the time change for me was -4 hrs so it was a bit hard to adjust too


Calgary Skytower…great view to workout too


Working out in my room in Vancouver…tight fit but it worked 🙂

I did have my chocolate Shakeolgoy 4 out of the 6 days on the road…I do notice that when I don’t drink it I pick at food and nothing seems to really satisfy my hunger…so this is a good thing for when I drink it I don’t want to eat all through the day.

Now food is where I didn’t fare so well…seemed like the restaurants I went to were full of carbs…had some sushi and noodle bowls and plenty of oysters.  With my supper meals I would have an alcoholic beverage 🍷🍹 two at the most. This is a huge improvement of my past where I would sit back and drink just because…but since working out the past year I find I don’t tend do that any more :mrgreen:

Oysters on the half-shell


Pan fried Oysters


Sangria – from Pier 7

Starbucks in Calgary had these awesome protein boxes…great for the afternoon breaks

Starbucks Protein Box

Starbucks Protein Box

Every day I also got at least 10000 steps.walking to the offices or out to supper at night…I enjoyed going out rain (I took my wet-skin rain-suit with me)  or shine just nice to be outside enjoying the sunshine and the very few flowers that i found.


Now that I am back home it will be great to get back into routine and follow 21 Day Fix meal plan; but first I am doing the 3 Day Refresh to cleanse out the toxins I had over the past week and get down to my target weight around 115 lbs…while I was away I gained 3.6 lbs…crazy!


Punta Cana (or Canada as they like to say)

We returned home last week from Punta Cana Blau Natura Eco Park…it was so beautiful there. Perfect for those who love nature, birds and walking.

I got plenty of steps in; after our winter and having an awful sinus cold that made my head spin so bad i got sick a few times…it was great to see the sunshine and get out and walk and feel the warmth…one day I got just under 20,000 steps.  I still had the sinus cold the first few days but nothing like I had the week before.  Just grateful I was still able to make it on vacation 🙂


There are so many birds; the ones I can think of at the moment are

  • Thick Billed Cuckoo
  • Wood Pecker (green back?)
  • Flamingos
  • Snowy Egret
  • Great White Egret
  • Peacocks
  • Common Moorhen
  • American Kestrel
  • White Cheeked Pintail
  • Ducks
  • Snow Geese
  • Night Heron
  • Green Heron
  • Tri Coloured Heron
  • There was a huge mallard duck with an afro type feathers…read that it is probably a cross bread of some sort.
  • Flying we saw lots of Pelicans and Buzzards

At night we saw a huge bat the first few nights we were there but couldn’t get a photo of it…so fast and dark.

Saw a huge frog or toad, and very little ones after a rain storm (lasted maybe an hour).

We didn’t walk the beach this time…just never got to it.  But it was beautiful.

White Cheeked Pintail

Tri Colured Heron

For more Punta Cana pictures check out my flickr site.

Thanks 🙂

Photo Session in Punta Cana

I totally recommend the onsite photographers; you can either get your photo done with some of the animals (the go around the resort so sometimes you have to flag them down if they are busy) or you can get your photo done with people in costume. If you want something a little more formal you can get pro shots done and go around the resort to get your photos done…

No commitment or costs unless you want to purchase.  We did both and got some of each for our anniversary of being together for 22 years. ❤

Punta Cana Pro Shots

Full Album is on my flickr site

I did it… :)

I managed to eat well and stay active while on our recent trip to Cuba and only gained one pound.  woohoo!

As of this morning (1 week back home) I am down 20lbs since April…this is great and now toning and building muscle which I expect I would probably gain some weight. But it’s not about the number on the scale it’s about being healthy; being able to breathe when going up stairs or out for a nice walk.

This past Monday Brian and I started P90 (Sculpt) from Beachbody and so far so good…back to eating healthier and less alcohol; it takes restraint at an all-inclusive resort not to drink and eat your face off but I didn’t want to come back and start all over again so I stuck to my 30 minutes of working out or 10000 steps.  Everyday we’d walk around and probably averaged 11000 steps a day…one day we even got over 18000 steps.

We worked out a few times (mostly Plyo from the 21 day fix).  I think two days before we were leaving we saw another couple working out on the lawn in front of their room…awesome to see 🙂

Plyo workout 21 day fix

I took my Shakeology and had that down there as well…I remember getting ice put in my shaker and the waitress curling her nose up :D.

Shakeology on the Beach

Overall we had a great time felt good coming back and didn’t have to work too much harder to get to where were before we went on vacation.

Brian - The Crow Pose


Another thing we did was dance everyday; just picked a spot at the bar and danced when a song came on that inspired us to dance…not sure how good we were but it was fun.  Even took the dancing lessons when they had them at the resort.  I can’t believe that more people don’t engage in this sometimes we were the only ones on stage with the staff.

Brian and I

Will have more pictures in the next couple weeks of the sights of the resorts and birds as well as the catamaran excursion we did…Brian got a nice shot of a Sargent Major 🙂

Healthy Lifestyle on Vacation

My husband and I are headed down to Cayo Guillermo in a few days for a trip before the winter season starts.  We’ve been to Cayo Coco which is not too far away from the area we’ll be staying in.  I can not wait; it will be nice to relax and not have anyone need my help on something or complain about this or that…just lay back and get a workout in, walk and go snorkeling with my husband.  I’ll also be taking my Nikon camera with me and going bird watching and checking out the landscapes for beautiful shots.

cayo coco_0055 Web

I am kind of nervous about going to Cuba; since I’ve seen such great results with the 21 Day Fix and afraid of over indulging and putting back the weight/inches on that I’ve lost (I am at 19lbs and around 15 inches overall).  So to help stay on track we’ve written down our workouts from the videos, taking our fit deck cards and our tabata timer.   I usually do the lessons/classes the resorts offer.  We’ve this in the past on one of our trips so I hope we do it again.  I’ve worked too hard to go back and start that all over again.  I’ve also decided am taking my Shakeology for my breakfast shake. 🙂


When we get back we are starting the new P90 program from Tony Horton of Beachbody.   This program is for everyone; it has a cardio or resistance version you can work towards.  I may do this along the 21 Day Fix exercises depending on how intense this is.   I’ll be reading up on this in Cuba as it arrives tomorrow.

You can check it out the 21 day Fix or the P90 my Beachbody site.  Now a thought on the 21 Day Fix…it’s not to fix to your life it is to get you on track to healthier eating and exercising.  You know the saying it takes 21 days to form a habit.  Well this is 21 days to a healthier lifestyle a fitter happier you! 

I am gonna gloat a bit – I was at kettlebell class and at work the other day and people who hadn’t seen me in awhile call me incredibly shrinking Sherry or comment I lost a lot of weight what did you do?  It is good to say just eating right, walking and exercising more. I’ve had others comment how great I look and happy they are that I am on to a healthier lifestyle; it feels good to hear I must say.  I say to my husband I sometimes feel guilty because I don’t feel like I am trying real hard (I still eat a few naughty things or have an extra drink…but then I get myself back on track)  but I guess I eat better and make myself get up in the mornings when needed to do my workout and make sure it gets done everyday so that’s a challenge in itself.

Taken by Brian

Have a great week everyone and take care

Tired of snowy days so I headed to Houston for work… ;)

It’s been a snowy and long winter even with going to Houston for two weeks in January; where it was cool and rainy (I jinxed myself before I left…telling the girls it would be like a Caribbean vacation of warm weather and palm trees). But one day I even had to use my room key to scrape frost off :o.

Seems like it snows every weekend…these pictures are from last weekend (Feb 9-10) where it snowed and blowed for two days…30-40 cms I think was the final tally.

Hot Tub

Who says hot tubs are all fun?


Brian shoveling a path to the snow-blower


It’s never to snowy for steak!

Wild Rabbit

Hare that visited the yard late December

As for Houston; I didn’t do too much in Houston (besides work) there was lots of rain and it was kind of cool (like around zero celsius) and I didn’t take any mittens with me; I did some shopping at Katy Mills (love that place) and laundry as I stayed there for two weeks lots of time to kill…on the way back from laundry spotted some hawks on the old Katy service road.

Hawk in Houston

Hawk in Houston


Even with a broken wing he can fly

I had a rental and needed gas; they have barely any full service gas stations (not that I am to prissy to pump my own gas…just had it blow up in my face one time…not fun) took me awhile to find one; he checked the tires and washed the windshield; he probably would have checked the oil too…I think they even had a red carpet at the pumps.  I did find it interesting that they have plenty of drive through restaurants and banks…Go figure :p

For more shots of Houston you can check it out here

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day


Men are from Turks and Women are from Caicos

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos – Mid April 2012

Booked through Carlson Wagonlit Harvey’s Travel in Bayer’s Lake, Nova Scotia

Saw that catchy title above at a few shops when we were at Ports of Call (near Ocean Club West) 😀

Brian & I
Turks & Caicos Apr 2012

We picked Turks & Caicos as we told the travel agent that we like to snorkel and be on the beach; in the past we’ve gone to three different locations in Cuba and wanted to try something different so she suggested this location as it was great for snorkeling (and scuba diving which I don’t do…I only surface snorkel with a life jacket; I even bring my own jacket along with my snorkel stuff) we booked executive class with Air Canada via CWT travel agent who was very accommodating and answered all of our questions. You rock Gloria!

We arrived at the airport; checked in and grabbed a burger for lunch then headed through security and up to the Maple Leaf lounge; where we had comfy seats and drinks and snacks. We took a window view seat and watched the planes on the tarmac; until our departure time. We made a stop to duty free to pick up a our bottle of rum to take with us as we were staying at a non inclusive resort. Once on the plane we were seated in the front row; they brought us some juice or water and a hot face cloth to freshen up. For meal we had the choice of vegetable stuffed canolli, salmon or chicken…we both chose the pasta and it was delicious. After watching “Bad Teacher” (too funny and dirty LOL) and a few glasses of wine we were there. Customs was very fast as we had nothing to claim as we had under the exemption of booze.

Shuttle This was interesting…it is very disorganized; you more or less stand there and keep repeating your hotel name every time a shuttle bus comes up while the AC rep monitors the crowd and yells to the girl paying the drivers to put you in the van…eventually we got there.

Resort – Ocean Club (the original Ocean Club)

Apparently the whole strip here in the Provo area are condos with the exception of Beaches and Club Med.  We could not have asked for a better room; it comfortably managed the two of us. Open concept with full size kitchen and washer and dryer; had a huge screened in deck with a door to the pool (you couldn’t exit from this door and lock it from your way out; you would need to lock it and exit your main entrance to your room if you weren’t going to be close by but great if you want to run into your room from the pool and grab a snack or a drink) I had originally wanted a 2nd floor room due to so many people usually walking by…but we were glad they “stuck” us in a 1st floor room.It was the best room we could have asked for. The room over looked the pool area; which over looked the gardens then the beach/ocean and you could pretty much see it all from our kitchen. It was nice to be cooking in the kitchen and see the beautiful pool and gardens and often kite board or sail masts go by the beachfront. In the mornings we’d make coffee and head out to the poolside and listen to the birds; cook at the gazebos by the pool in the evenings.

View from the room


With regard to food we did not find food anymore expensive than we do at home (of course there are some things but really it evens out)…we cooked the majority of our meals and may have spent around $650 on food including a trip to Yoshi’s Sushi restaurant in Salt Mills and a few meals at Club Cabano Bar & Grill (on the resort) a bottle of wine every night with our meals and some beer. We tried to get into Coco Bistro but it was booked and we waited to the last-minute of course to try to get in. We took a bottle of rum with us that we picked up at duty-free before boarding the plane…this was what we drank while we relaxed around the pool and beach.

The main pool was awesome we spent a lot of time there; the water was so refreshing and hardly anyone was at it made for a peaceful time. We had taken pool floaties but didn’t bother using them just floated around the pool ourselves. Plenty of towels they allow you to change your towels twice a day.

The main pool

There is beautiful foliage everywhere colourful flowers, geckos, birds and many little garden statues throughout the resort. Club Cabana Grill pretty good bar food here and totally recommend their conch fritters, pesto chicken with goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes pizza; grouper fish…complemented with a Turks Head beer …totally hit the spot. My husband enjoyed the margaritas.

There was so much room on the beach it was very relaxing and people were not overcrowded; for a public beach there was no hounding from people trying to buy things or for you take excursions (it was very nice must say)…the excursions rep would just walk up and down the beach along the water waving a flyer for the services if you wanted it you’d go to him or flag him down.

The Beach 🙂

Birds spotted on the grounds of the resort:

1. Rufous Hummingbird

2. Kite- these birds were naughty…LOL

3. night-hawk

4. Bahama Mockingbird

5. Pelican

6. Green Heron (off resort near the golf course) – not sure what he was eating there as he was in the flowerbed

7.  Saw a white bird flying above the resort but not sure what it was maybe an egret

8. Osprey (this is Turks & Caicos national bird…who knew)

9.  Yellow throated warbler

10.  Mystery bird…

We took one excursion; an afternoon of snorkeling which was pretty good we went snorkeling near the reef saw many fish and corals; then went snorkeling in a limestone area for some conch and finished the trip with a stop to Half Moon Bay Beach/Iguana Island (created in 1960 from winds of Hurricane Donna) to shell our conch and the guides (these guys were awesome) made a salsa salad and we went walking around the island…I was looking for birds and others were looking for Iguanas and we all found what we were looking for…though I did have my eye out for some star fish but no luck to shallow of water.

One day we took a long walk to Coral Gardens area to snorkel (took just over an hour from Ocean Club)…it has a roped off area that you can snorkel on the outside we saw many colourful fish and a barracuda…the water was a bit rough so it wasn’t as clear as it normally would be. Down farther is smith’s reef and people had seen turtles and baby octopus (we didn’t venture that route…this time)

On the way back we stopped at Ocean Club West and took the shuttle to Ocean Club; we were pooped (mainly me 😉 )

When it was time to return home the shuttle return we had received conflicting information about when the Air Canada pick up time was for our flight; I had to call our travel agent to get it sorted out so eventually they showed up about ten after four for a 3pm pick up (what we were told in email and a call to our room)…the normal driver ended up sending his cousin over to pick up his run.

Regarding Air Canada there is no info binder at this location (like they have in Cuba); so you really don’t have a rep to talk to and provide guidance…she did come to the resort after I called her when she didn’t show up when she said she’d be there…she got tied up in AC strike calls)

All in all, the trip was a great place for romance and to kick back and relax. Both of us had a great time and will probably go back again and rent a car and hit up some more snorkeling.

For more photos click here –

%d bloggers like this: