Caribbean Cruise

2011 Fitness Cruise on the Norwegian Pearl

By | Caribbean Cruise, Uncategorized

My third annual fitness cruise has just ended, and like the other two, it was so much fun.  There were so many highlights, that it would take too long (and you would probably get bored) to write about, so I will just share a couple of the top highlights.

Here was a video I put together of a bit of the workout.  We worked out 5 mornings at 7 AM, which was 5 AM CST. The video also contains a shameless promotion to join me next year.  I didn’t get paid at all to do this trip, I just love watching others have fun and getting to know people, that is why I would love you to come next year.  I will give you details later this summer.

Enjoy the video!

This year I chose to forgo the official expeditions through the cruise ship and instead find locals to take me around the various islands.  I figured this would be more adventurous and a little cheaper.  The goal on the islands, was to find the least sketchy local trying to get us to come into his car.  Most of the islands didn’t have an official taxi service, so it was just locals looking to make a little extra money.

We went to Samana, Dominican Republic.  This was the most raw and untouristy of all the stops.  In fact it was the last time this ship was stopping there, because of what followed.  We took a small tender boat to the island and was soon surrounded by at least 100 men wanting to drive us around or buy some paintings and jewelry.  After about 10 minutes of saying no and walking away, Abby and I finally decided to go with a guy who had been following us for some blocks.  Once we agreed he passed us off to his driver who unfortunately didn’t speak English.

The kid at the top is ready to jump

The first stop was going to be a waterfall.  We drove through the little town which looked very 3rd world poor.  I had so many questions to ask, but unfortunately couldn’t speak to the driver.  He dropped us off and we were met by our tour guide who walked us the 10 minutes to the waterfall.  The waterfall was nice, but what was on the other side of the waterfall was one of the most amazing parts of the trip.

There was a swimming hole that was up against a nearly vertical cliff that I would estimate to be 50-60 feet high.  It was pretty much sheer except for some small holes in the rock.  There were two kids playing near the water, as soon as the kids saw us, they dove into the pool and pulled themselves up on the rock and began to climb nearly vertical like a monkey.  When they reached what I would estimate to be around 50 feet, they turned around leaned forward and jumped as far away from the rock as they could.  They did this 3 times each and each time they were only about 3 feet from hitting the rocks at the bottom, since they had to clear at least 10 feet of rock in the first place.

The boat

As we were leaving, the boys who were 12 and 16 opened up their hat for money.  They definitely earned that money and I was happy to give them some!

A couple other highlights was the visit to St John’s.  We got off at St Thomas and took a taxi, then a boat, then another taxi to Trunk Bay, which is many times rated as a top 10 beach in the world.  I tried for the first time snorkeling.  A combination of poor swimming skills, a leaky nose piece, and being out in the ocean, I only laster 7 minutes.  But during those 7 minutes I got to see some cool fish and coral and puked up a bunch of sea water.

Tom, Penny, Rose, and Sue

Another cool thing was, while cruising along in the ship, many people were looking over the side of the boat.  I ran over there and saw a huge whale jumping out of the water.  Our group also met and adopted a newlywed couple who was on their honeymoon to be part of our group.  They ate and went on the excursions with us.  Unfortunately we were unable to get them awake to try a bootcamp.  I am going to visit them in California this weekend! Read More

What I Have Been Eating To Lose 15 lbs in 6 Weeks

By | Behavior Change, Caribbean Cruise, Healthy Snacks, Nutrition, Transformations, Uncategorized

I am one week away from competing at the world fitness modeling championships in Vegas.  This is my 4th time competing and I must say that my body is changing less quickly this time than others.  I think the two biggest factors for this have been 14 days of traveling (ate well but didn’t exercise much), and the fact that I sit in front of a computer about 10 hours per day, instead of two years ago when I was training people in the gym 40 plus hours a week.

I have mentioned before that I don’t think getting my bodyfat to 4% is the healthiest thing to do, and then people start asking why do I do it.

They ask me if it is for the money.  NO!!  I have to pay about $1000 to compete, more than my 7 day fitness cruise costs.  Is it for exposure?  NO!  I have no desire to be a model.

Basically it is the same reason why people do Ironman or marathons.  It is the desire to push the body past what most people believe to be limits.  It is the discipline that is formed with a strict eating regime and exercise program.  It is the camaraderie of meeting over 400 other competitors from all over the world and sharing stories and cheering each other on.  It is the feeling of being on stage knowing that for the past 7 weeks I have worked so hard and sacrificed a lot to get to that point.  It is the feeling of the muscles being so hard and the skin (fat) so thin that it feels like a bullet could be shot into your abs and it would just bounce off.  It is the feeling of accomplishing a goal.

The start of dinner

So what have I been eating?  I hesitate to share this because this isn’t quite how I would eat normally, but it is much better than most people eat.  I estimate I am eating about 1800 calories which is almost half of what I normally eat in a day.  Yes I have certainly lost some muscle in the process.  Normally I would eat a little more carbs in the form of whole grains and fruits.

For a woman I recommend about 1500 calories for someone to lose weight, but it really depends on body types and activity level.

Breakfast:  4 whole organic eggs, 1 cups of chopped green and red peppers, 1 tomato

Snack: 1 Tbs of organic natural peanut butter with an apple

Lunch:  1 can of Progresso light chicken dumpling soup (220 cals)

Snack: 1 Chocolate Prograde Craver Bar, handful of raw cashews

Snack:  Two big handfuls of organic spinach, shredded carrots and purple cabbage, hot peppers, and olive oil and vinegar dressing Read More

2010 Fit Fun Cruise!

By | bootcamps, Caribbean Cruise, Uncategorized

Our Cruise Ship

About 2 weeks ago I hosted my second annual fitness cruise in the Bahamas.  There were 24 of us and we had a great time together!  Each workout started between 6:30 AM and 8 AM depending on the day.  We would do about a 45 minute workout then go and get breakfast together.

There were so many highlights including seeing Atlantis in Nassau, jet skiing at CocoCay, watching an amazing comedian/magician, great food, rock climbing, South Beach, and being with such wonderful people.  We had temps in the upper 70s and low 80s each day with plenty of sun.  I hope that next year you will be able to join me!  My goal is to have at least 50 come next year.  I am currently in the process of putting together next years trip which will most likely take place late February to early March.


Abby and I with bootcamper superstar Mary (left) and Nikki (right)

Part Of Our Group At Dinner

Part Of Our Group At Dinner

Another Part Of Our Group At Dinner

Another Part Of Our Group At Dinner

I put together a short video clip of a little working out, I did a poor job of getting much footage, but hey I was on vacation and didn’t want to spend too much time filming.

Also the ship deck was wet because they had just cleaned it, not because it had rained. 🙂