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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.

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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


Cayo Coco, Cuba 2011

So we’ve been back from Cayo Coco for less than a month now and it has been overcast or rainy pretty much every day…things could be worse considering the weather mother nature is dishing out around the world.  Hopefully things work out for these people who have lost their friends, families and belongings because of the forces of nature.

A little review of our trip…we travelled with Air Canada EC and stayed in a junior suite at Melia Cayo Coco next to the Beach grill and path to the beach.  It was nice to wake up to the waves rolling into shore and the birds singing in the trees (I do wake up here  to birds singing here but not the rolling waves 🙂 ).

The resort was nice and compact not too far to get from our room to the beach to the pool and restaurants.

Food – there were 3 a-la-carte restaurants International which was on the lagoon (seafood and French style food); Italian which was above the pool bar(loved the smoked salmon pasta); and the beach grill (seafood, chicken and pork).  There was also a full buffet with all the goods.  Food overall to us was good, of course it’s different from what we eat at home but to us that’s part of the experience of travelling is trying different things.  The best coffee that we found was at the lobby bar, the buffet coffee was not so good.


Activities – There is one swimming pool it is quite huge, we never found it over crowded in the pool but we did sometimes find it hard to get a lounge bed but managed.  There are some lawn games, archery, tennis and variety of other sports.  They also have a company that provides dancing lessons and Pilates as well as pool sports like volley ball and basket ball and Kayak racing in the pool.  You can also snorkel a bit off the beach we saw a few fish and when you first get in the water the fish come right  up to you looking for bread crumbs…so cool.  There is also a schedule activities you get when you check in that lists things like the train to Flamenco beach (nice beach bring your snorkel gear…lots and lots of starfish) the area has mangroves on the other side so there is a smell from that but if you are out swimming you probably wont notice it; they also take you into the bat cave (the bats seemed way bigger than the ones we saw at Varadero cave) which was pretty cool to see it is a bar at night.

Excursions – There are plenty of excursions to pick from.  We did the catamaran cruise with lunch and two stops for snorkelling. Beware that if you are drinking rum they mix the drink quite strong probably 60/40 (or more) and with the heat and sitting down you don’t realize how intoxicated you are…I did not last this night and was in bed before supper (waste of a night…).  We also did the excursion to Moron there was plenty to do; horse carriage ride through the city, speed boat ride in the mangroves, walk around the city, lunch and a couple of bands that played music and at the end of lunch they gave us each a bottle of their Cuban “medicine” Havana club white rum.  The tour guide for this trip was entertaining.

Other – the grounds were covered in flowers and the grass as lush as it can get in Cuba considering they haven’t had any rain since November ’10.  We took a walk to the Tryp Cayo Coco  to look at the resident flamingos and the resorts along the way did not look as colourful as the Melia (and after a long winter it was great to see the flowers at our resort).  We did eat lunch at the Tryp their buffet was good.  Lots of birds to see at the Melia Cayo Coco: hawks, heron’s on the lagoon, humming-birds and above the reception desk there was even a humming-bird building a nest there; even saw a snake on the first day under my lounge bed at the beach grill area – so I mentioned this to one of the tour guides and she said there is no poisonous snakes in Cuba only men…LOL.  There is a bus that will take you from the hotels up to Pillar Beach it is air-conditioned and costs $5(return)

Best Mojitos were at the pool bar!

If you are looking for a relaxation and sunshine we totally recommend this resort.  We loved atmosphere and the staff were really pleasant.

Take care for now


Cuba bound…again

Varadero Beach, Cuba

This time we are headed off to Cayo Coco and really looking forward to the relaxation…I will do a review on Trip Advisor when we return in April :)…the countdown to food (we don’t have to cook), drinks, snorkelling and checking out the sites is on baby!

Melia Cayo Coco is in Cayo Coco which is an island linked to mainland Cuba by a 17km road over the sea.  Named after the coco bird/white Ibis…

Here are the reviews from Trip Advisor (I always check this site for pretty much everything even a local things…but you can’t take everything there to word for word some people just have  bad days, like to complain or expect way too much it is just nice to have an idea of what to expect)

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