Is it Spring yet?
I’m loving the weather this week in So Cal and really enjoying being home again following our SS Beachbody Cruise last week. What a week!! Yes, I’m going to fill you in on all the info and silliness that I am known to do 😉
I also have a NEW challenge I’m entering and it will take the place of the WBFF Fitness competition I had planned on competing in this April…but for obvious reasons of overseas travels and family settlings; I decided it wasn’t in my best interest to add such a huge challenge during the last few months. It’s so important to be flexible in your life and not be tied down to anything that doesn’t support the most important areas of your life. 🙂 Mine is my family and this past year has shown me so much in love, compassion, support, beauty, healing, strength and more. Isn’t life amazing???
Okay, sappy time over! Time to give you the update on the cruise last year.
So, as you already know (or maybe not; who knows what you know about me so I won’t make assumptions here…), I work as an online coach for Beachbody. This past year, I earned a FREE cruise the the Caribbean and was able to bring one guest for free as well.
My hubby despises cruises. I really wanted him to join me but wouldn’t want him to be unhappy on a trip that should be enjoyable. He was okay with me going and so I decided to take my aunt who had asked me before if I would take a cruise with her ever. She has never done a cruise and when I asked her, she was elated 😉
It’s funny how fast it came up and how fast it went but here I am to tell the story. (but only if you are interested in hearing it…lol) So, we flew off to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida last Sunday evening and spent the night in a nice enough hotel with eagerness and excitement to spare! Some of our fellow coaches were also staying at the same hotel so it wasn’t a shock to see them on the shuttle to the port the following morning. If you have never done a cruise before, the arrivals and departures can take awhile so it’s good to just accept it and enjoy the process.
As we drove up to the port, we saw our ship “The Liberty of the Seas” with the banner welcoming us Beachbody coaches. I had done another cruise with Beachbody 3 years prior but we had only less than half of the ship to ourselves; the rest was filled with the general public This particular cruise was ONLY Beachbody coaches and corporate and trainers…they basically chartered the WHOLE ship!!! Tony Horton, Shaun T and our newest trainer, Autumn Calabrese (of the 21 Day Fix program) were also on board.
Really an exciting trip and overwhelming that it was paid for completely.
Once we boarded the ship, my aunt and I enjoyed the balcony room we shared and sat watching the port of Ft. Lauderdale before we departed. As we left to sea, I had a deja vu moment from the cruise 3 years ago:
We were leaving the same port on another Beachbody cruise and while we were watching the shore move away from us; my aunt called my cell phone. She had no idea that I was on a cruise. She asked if I was busy and I told her, “I’m actually leaving RIGHT now on a cruise ship for a week!” She was excited but asked me if I’d ever consider joining her on a cruise as she had been wanting to go but didn’t know who would be a good travel partner. I told her it would be a great idea and she seemed excited….
So, cut to me this last week and we were again, moving away from the shore line as I remembered the above phone call. I turned to my aunt and said, “oh my gosh! I just remembered the last time I left on this cruise and you called me!” She looked at me as she also remembered that phone call and with a smile from ear to ear, said, “And you remembered ME!”….That statement melted my heart and I knew it was right that I had asked her to come.
Anyway, the rest of the day was spent unpacking and then we got ready for dinner. The dining rooms for dinner aboard cruise ships is always a special experience and this was no different. Our group of fellow team members sat at a table together and we just had a great time talking about the days ahead.
The next day was at sea. I woke up at 6am to attend a live workout at poolside with none other than Shaun T. He always delivers and this workout was no different. He stayed true to Focus T25 style and made it a little more challenging with some new moves thrown in and more choreography to the music playing. Immediately following that workout, Tony Horton came out for some P90X3 style workout that just completed the hour-plus long sweat session and then we enjoyed some Shakeology to refuel. My aunt slept most of the day and I attended the Beachbody panel to hear Carl Daikeler (our CEO) talk about his story in his earlier years. He then welcomed the 3 fitness trainers to the stage and they chatted about infomercials, success in this biz and more.
Days at sea are a bit on the boring side for me…just saying. But we enjoyed the pool side and some relaxation. Again, dinner followed and it was Formal night. Fun to dress up! 😉
Day #3 was spent in Cozumel, Mexico but not before I attended a live workout with Autumn Calabrese. We did Pilates and then I ran back to the room to change and met my aunt for our excursion on shore.
We saw the Mayan ruins and beautiful beaches and some shops on the island. It was a relaxing day and the weather was amazing. I couldn’t believe how relaxed I felt and didn’t want it to end. Back on board the ship, we had lunch and then relaxed before we headed out to sea again. That night was “disco” night. Some of the coaches dressed up like the disco era but I just wore a dress that could have passed for that time plus some wedge heels to top it off…or “bottom” it out! lol
We were told that since it was such a large distance from Cozumel to Grand Cayman; the ship would be going faster than usual to make up time.
They weren’t kidding.
It seemed like we were SPEEDING in the enormous cruise liner and the choppy water and stormy seas didn’t help ease my mind. (I’m a baby when it comes to the ocean or flying in the air) We actually experienced a full on thunder storm as we were hurdling through the ocean towards the next destination…lol Kind of scary…
But we made it safely to the Grand Cayman island and this island I had visited once before so I was familiar with the excursions. I started the day off with another workout with Autumn, as she had promised us “legs” day and didn’t disappoint! For the day on land, I opted out of doing any specific plans and just walked the island with my friend, Coni, while my aunt went to swim with the stingrays with some other ladies in our group. It was perfect for my mood and we actually headed back to the ship a few hours early to have lunch and lounge around the pool for some tanning before we departed again.
That night for dinner was “white night”. There was supposed to be a DJ and some festivities around the pool that night but it started to rain and everyone hid for cover.
The following day was at sea…once again. I tried my best to wake up for the early workout with Shaun T again but apparently I slept through my alarm and didn’t make ANY workouts that day! haha I guess I really needed that extra sleep. This was another panel day and we heard the top 10 coaches from 2013 talk about their success and tips on how to follow in their footsteps.
Dinner was more casual and we had to start to pack our belongings in getting ready to depart the next morning.
I have to say that I had a wonderful time but towards the end; I really missed my hubby and kids and looked forward to being reunited with them again. My aunt seemed to have a wonderful time and talked about cruising again in the near future.
As for me, I think I’ll stick to the land vacations and really cannot wait for the Cancun trip next year at a 5 star resort. This time; hubby is coming with me as it’s a destination trip and will not disappoint!
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! 😉 I also wanted to share my next fitness challenge I’ll be competing in this coming June but you’ll have o wait for tomorrow’s blog cuz this chica is tired and needs some beauty sleep!!
Isn’t life awesome???