blog recap of our Punta Cana trip! It's nice to be home, but also I miss it at the same time! If that even makes sense? I feel so blessed to be able to have gone - it is through the company beachbody that I earned this trip for free just for helping people and also while working on my own goals too! B came with me on the trip and I couldn't be MORE GRATEFUL that he was my adventure and traveling partner -
Punta Cana 2017
We drove down to B's parents house the night before our flight left - unfortunately the closest airport that I could find a flight for was four hours away (I try to fly local whenever possible!) We got to their house late, took a nap and we were up and on the road again by 3 am to get to to the airport. We made it to our gate with about an hour to spare! We met up with my coach Jana and her bf since they were on the same flight as us and actually were sitting right in front of us. SO OBVIOUSLY we had to take an airplane selfie! (B refused to be in the picture)
It was a long day of traveling which is always the worst part! We flew MSP to Charlotte and then Charlotte to Punta Cana. We arrived around 3:30 pm their time and it was sunny and 80 degree. Palm trees, sunny skies, happy people...how can you go wrong? OH and did I mention that it was LITERALLY SNOWING when we left MN??? They had to de-ice the plane before we flew out!
We met another couple on the flight to Punta Cana - Eric and Emily - I seriously feel like Emily and I are so much alike and it was fun to meet someone new and we hung out during our stay in Punta Cana too!
When we arrived at the Hard Rock we were greeted with live music, a dude on rollerblades that lit up like rainbows, batman driving a batmobile and were handed fruity delicious cocktails as we came into the lobby. I'm dead serious about all of that.
Once we checked in we made our way to our room! We stayed right on the beach which was PRETTY FAR from the main lobby...oh well - I guess we got our steps in! AND we were close to the ocean!
How crazy huge is this resort? and this is just the MAIN lobby area! While we stayed our full three days I know we didn't even see half of the property. INSANE.
After getting settled in our room we got ready and ventured out to explore a bit, say hi to the ocean and get some FOOD. SERIOUSLY traveling makes a person so hungry! We ended up eating at a cafe because it was just right there - but the food wasn't the greatest! (oh well) - at least the drinks were good! We also checked out the huge welcome ceremony and grabbed dessert there! There were soooo many people! We were in bed so early this night ... we had been up since about 3 am with little sleep the night before!
I have a serious obsession with the bathroom they had there...WALK IN SHOWER with double heads, HUUGGGEE getting ready area oh and there was a JACUZZI in our room too! I also didn't hate that they provided me with a comfy robe and slippers....
On Friday, us coaches met up at the live workout at 7:30! NO you DON'T have to workout, but we were PUMPED to be able to do workouts LIVE with the actual trainers, in a room full of energy with a BLASTING DJ! The energy is UNREAL. We did Core de Force and also got to workout with a new Beachbody Trainer Chris Downing - his new workout called Shift Shop comes out in July! See a preview HERE
Core de Force is one of my FAVORITE workouts and it was a blast to be able to workout with Joel and Jericho live. ALSO I wasn't sure what I would think of the new Shift Shop workout - but I honestly think CHRIS is what makes the workout awesome. The moves remind me a lot of athletic training and everyday felt like leg day! (good thing leg day is my favorite! ha!)
Check out his motivation and drive HERE - this is actually a video someone took from the event and he actually took someone on stage with him!
It was an afternoon pool and ocean day! Laying on a beach chair, cold drink, the boys in the pool hanging out. The sun was out, but not TOO intense and it was JUST warm enough. Jana, Alicia and I visited and the boys were playing around in the pool and busy trying out all the drinks. I looked over at B and said "this is pretty terrible isn't it..." and he had to agree... (I hope you caught the tremendous sarcasm...)
As you can see I'm DEFINITELY NOT hating life right here...
Eventually we ventured up to the ocean area! The others wanted to play sand volleyball so we went up there to make a team and find someone to play! (I was content watching!)
but before we left we of course had to get a picture with our favorite bartender! "Fetty Wap" - All of the workers at the resort had nicknames on their badges - their real name and then a name of a singer/rapper/rocker.
At the beach we grabbed a snack too! There is ALWAYS food around. Absolutely no excuse to go hungry! Even at the ocean then had grills going with kabobs, fish, burgers, hotdogs, nachos, pizza (their pizza doesn't have sauce and had corn on it! interesting right?) There was even ICE CREAM! I'm sure there were other things too!
We even ran into our president of Global Sales...Jeff Hill! (so of course the picture!) It was awesome to be able to visit with someone from corporate.. He expressed how grateful he is for us COACHES! We are what change lives he said - He felt so blessed to be in Punta Cana with us!
After a beachy afternoon we went back to our room to clean up and meet up at the steakhouse. I was HUNNGGRRYY. The food was much better here! I went with fresh salmon and steamed veggies!
Jana and I had to snap one more picture before I headed off to bed! B ventured up with the rest of the crew to check out the casino/bars for a bit - I am a grandma and went to bed. He eventually found his way home....
Back at it again the next morning! We did double workouts again! Alicia and I were SO SPENT by the end but it was too fun to leave! My phone did a cool trick this day...did a HARD RESTART. I'm still working on recovering things...but for the most part I lost all of my pictures...
OH WELL! We will just call it part of spring cleaning!! - We did another LIVE Core de Force this day and a Shift Shop workout! Cardio and strength training both workouts. They had Shakeology available between workouts and after and you BET I sucked that thing down SOOOO FAST!
When afternoon hit we all met up at the same pool again and then ventured down to the ocean! Jana's bf and mine rented boogie boards so we watched them get attacked by waves! haha They were having a blast! While they did that we had our own ocean photo shoot...
so much fun! and major KUDOS to Jana for doing amazing handstands...I think that will be my next fitness goal (since mine didn't go so well....)
That night for dinner we hit up the steakhouse again - it was super conveniently located right next to our room! This time I ordered a filet minot and steamed veggies and RED WINE. The server brought me the whole bottle! I definitely did NOT finish it! haha My food was again super good!
We met up with Chris and Jana and then also another friend and coach Kalai - her mom cam e with her on the trip too! Her mom I have to thank for taking a ton of pictures and videos of us throughout the trip. I loved hearing about how adventurous these two have been during the trip to Punta Cana. They hardly sat still, did a TON of excursions and had a blast!
Later I had a craving for something sweet! (weird I know..haha) so HELLO ROOM SERVICE that brought me this oreo cheesecake. I had a hard time picking between that an a brownie with ice cream...
SERIOUSLY - there is anything here! We also had a mini bar in our room with anything you could ever dream of wanting...I wish I had this service at home!
The LAST full day started the same as the last two! To be honest I wasn't sure how many of the live workouts I would do on this trip...but Alicia and I decided we might as well do doubles on the 3rd day too. I'm not going to lie. It was HARD. We did the first workout Shift shop and at the end we held a TWO MINUTE bear crawl plank. I swear everything was shaking. Then we decided to stick it out and do Core de Force - and they announced they were going to give us the full live experience and do TWELVE ROUNDS! Please note that the other days we did 6... It's definitely more of a challenge to work out in the humidity! And I'm sure I was dehydrated and not to mention being out of a "normal" eating routine, sleep routine and extra cocktails too! (sorrynotsorry!) The hanger started to get real during the last couple rounds...and I don't think I've EVER sucked down Shakeology so fast! But seriously - we rocked it! Eric and Emily came too!
Sadly it was POURING RAIN for our last day! But hey...what do you do? We were lazy around our room and ordered room service breakfast and just tried to RELAX on our last day! I would much rather be in the Dominican where it's rainy... versus being back home in the cold and snow! I was going absolutely STIR CRAZY so we found a break in the rain and ventured up to the main lobby! We browsed the shops for a souvenir and ran across this virtual golf! NO ONE ELSE seemed to know about it! B played a round and then we caught up with Alicia and Scott!
We grabbed some pina coladas while the boys golfed together! I think they were on that thing for a few hours! Then we wandered the stores, grabbed some snacks, checked out the ice cream shop, got our pictures taken with a spider monkey and some parrots (no big deal) and just kinda bummed around. Lots of laughs for sure!
Pina Coladas for the win! I want one of those slushy machines for the lake...and don't forget the rum!
On the last night at the resort they had a big farewell party for us coaches! Unfortunately due to the weather it was moved from the beach to the indoor huge ballroom. But the show must go on! We went back to the room and got ready for our final night!
He's pretty handsome...I think I'll keep him ;)
Had to snap some more pictures of course! Seriously had such a blast with all of these people..lots of laughs, sunshine, brainstorm sessions, sharing and just LIVING.
Let's just say morning came soooooo fast. We headed back to our room about 10 pm and our alarms set for 3 am! We had to check out the hotel and be on our shuttle to the airport at 4 am (keep in mind this is like 3 am back home!) -
We made it to the airport and stood in the longest line EVER to check a bag. SERIOUSLY that was the longest part of the whole airport experience and I was super nervous we weren't going to make it to our gate in time..but long story short...we did!
We even had time to grab some food and water for the plane! Who remembers these suckers? The sucker stick is a whistle! I SO remember these from elementary! Unfortunately I didn't buy one of these big ones, but I did snag a few to try: apple, strawberry and watermelon!
Despite the rain our flight was on time! Yay! We were even on the same plane as all of the super trainers: Joel, Jericho and her family and Chris Downing was actually sitting right behind us on the plane. I was pumped about it, but B told me to quit being such a stalker...
Not going to lie...that layover of 4 hours in Miami sucked! We were exhausted and just ready to be home! But our flight was on time again...yay! We landed in Minneapolis at about 4:30 pm so even a little ahead of schedule. My luggage made it too which is always a win...but my luggage bag is pretty destroyed. Anyone ever seen how they handle luggage? No wonder it had a HUGE RIP in it... BUT if that is the worst thing we are good shape! We found the car and hit the road for our four hour drive home...but hey. We were closer!
We were absolutely STARVING!!! I wanted something FRESH (B inserts eye roll here) He dropped me off at Subway while he grabbed a burger down the street. I seriously had the guy put everything on it - INCLUDING two chicken breasts and scarfed. plus two cookies. and a diet coke (random craving)
We made it home by 9 pm. Exhausted. I crashed for sure! But at the same time my head was spinning. How in the WORLD did we just go on that trip. I get to do what I love every day - I mean I enjoy helping people in their health goals, I love working on myself...and I get to travel to awesome places too. Seriously what would you have to lose from doing it too!
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