Destin..My Favorite Place To Be

This weekend, I am visiting one of my favorite places–Destin, Florida. I’m so excited because it’s been years since I’ve been to Destin, and I’m here with my siblings. I love it because it’s quiet and the beach is clear, and warm. So lovely!

The weather has been beautiful. Yesterday, it was sunny, with a cool breeze. The forecast predicted rain, but we were so thankful that it turned out to be a gorgeous day.

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This morning, I went for a jog with my sister and brother along the scenic route. It was a great way to start the day. I never used to like exercising while I was on vacation, but now I make it a part of my day, and I enjoy it.

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We made a late breakfast at home, and hit the beach in the afternoon. After we soaked up the sun for a few hours, we lay by the pool for a little while.

Yesterday, we rode a pontoon for the first time, and it was tons of fun! My brother navigated for most of the time while the girls lounged around. We took it out in the early afternoon until the evening, and packed our lunch and snacks with us for the day. I even drove it myself for a while, but it wasn’t long before my sister pointed out that I was going in circles, so I gave the wheel back to my brother. They say I’m not the most skilled driver, but I beg to differ 🙂

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Yesterday evening, my sister Nina and my sister-in-law Areej cooked dinner for us. They made baked chicken breasts with onions and potatoes, quinoa, and avocado and tomato salad. It was yummy and healthy! Today is our last day before we head back to New Orleans tomorrow. I hope you’re having a great a Labor Day holiday, wherever you are!

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Fitness in Paradise

Last week I traveled to the Bahamas with my parents. It wasn’t exactly stress-free (love you mom & dad!), but I managed to stick to my workout routine, which I was excited about. We stayed at the Atlantis Resort, which had a fabulous fitness center, although there was a $15 fee to use the facility. I thought it should be included in all of the other resort utility fees, but I gave it a try anyway. The center offered pilates, yoga classes and individual health consultations (of course for an additional fee).

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 It had lots of cardio options, and weight training equipment. They also offered fresh towels, fruits, juices and headphones for guests. It’s all in the details!

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Bahamas chilled towelsI love chilled towels after a workout.

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The best part about exercising while you’re at the beach is, after you work up a good sweat, you can go dip in the ocean to cool off. You can’t beat that!

Four Seasons Fun

Last week, I traveled with my sister to Washington DC for the last road trip of the season. I had the pleasure of staying with her at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown.

AMAZING!

I couldn’t stay and not check out their fitness center. What a treat! If every gym was like this, I would want to work out every day. I took some pictures, but this is just a glance, and doesn’t include the entire facility.

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The cardio machines were smooth and powerful. I did twenty-five minutes on the treadmill and elliptical (combined).

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There were chilled towels to cool down with. Fancy!

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four seasons coffeeAnd there was an assortment of espresso and tea, alongside a fruit basket. They even had fresh squeezed orange juice! Too good!

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Exercising was never more luxurious!

Nike Training Club App…Love!

I’m visiting my sister in Philadelphia, and even though it’s April, it’s still so cold here! Brrrr! I tried to go out for a walk yesterday afternoon, but it was 40 degrees and the wind made it feel like thirty. I ran back inside! But I really wanted to workout, so I was trying to think of an alternative (since I don’t have a gym membership here) and then I remembered the Nike Training Club App!

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Thankfully, my sister had a yoga mat and a couple of dumb bell weights, and enough space for me to do a workout at home. I am really loving the Nike Training Club App! It’s like having your own digital, personal trainer. It features workouts from professional athletes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. The first workout I tried was a beginner workout. They have four different workout categories: Get Lean, Get Toned, Get Strong, and Get Focused. It was forty-five minutes long and it consisted of 14 different exercises, with each one varying between thirty seconds to two minutes. They provide a video that demonstrates all of the steps, which I love, because I often don’t know how to do the exercises the proper way. They even have a voice that guides you through the exercises. You can set your own music to the workout! The best part is, the app is free! I can’t wait to try the next workout!

Kids Rock Race

I’m really excited that I had the opportunity to cover the ING Kids Rock Race to help fight obesity yesterday. It was in conjunction with the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon in New Orleans. It was inspiring to see children taking an active role in their health. My story was published in The Advocate, a local paper that publishes in nearby Baton Rouge, Louisiana. You can read the article here!

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After the race, I stopped at Morning Call, a historic cafe in City Park for a delicious cafe au lait. It was perfect because I was freezing after being outside in the cold. morningcall

After I warmed up, I was off to write my story. For lunch I had lunch at the Ruby Red Slipper, which is on my list of New Orleans restaurants I want to visit. I had BBQ shrimp & grits and it was yummy. redslipper

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Me & Zumba

Last night I came to the conclusion that I’ve lost any rhythm and coordination I once had. I’ve always loved dancing. I started in ballet, and went on to join the dance team in middle-school. I learned how to dance salsa and bachata in high school. In college I loved to go out and dance the night away.

Somewhere along the way, I lost that ability. I went to a Zumba class last night and I must have been a sight for soar eyes. I prefer structured workouts rather than freestyle workouts in the gym, so I thought Zumba would be a good fit. I wonder where I lost my rhythm? It was nowhere to be found in that studio yesterday. I was behind on 8-counts and spinning backwards when my classmates were face-forward. My arms were flailing and my cross-steps were all over the place. My eyes were fixated on the instructor’s moves for the entire hour, as I struggled to keep up.

I loved it. All I could think of was how happy I was to be healthy enough to be dancing off beat in a Zumba class.

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The Gym & Me

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I’m a yoga girl, myself. I prefer workouts where you lay down and relax 🙂 But my dad, who is a gym lover, (and in better shape than I’ll ever be) convinced me to go to the gym with him today. I find them to be intimidating. All that wide open-space and the machines that I pretend to know how to use, make me nervous. I walked for 30 minutes at a slow, and comfortable pace (just the way I like it) and I lifted weights (the 5lb’ers) for a while. My chest started to irritate me , so I only did a light upper-body workout. It sometimes bothers me and my doctor believes it’s irritation from the inflammation. I hope to overcome that at some point, but for now I have to take it easy on my upper-body. I’m not crazy about the gym, but my dad said he would sponsor my gym membership, so how could I turn that offer down?! Afterall, I am here to get healthy. Thanks dad!