Quick Trip: Andaz Mayakoba, Mexico

When the husband and I went away for our anniversary in Arizona, my gift from him was another trip…to Playa del Carmen! (Sidenote: I love that my partner just gets me. The only gifts I could ever want our trips…and maybe lululemon).

So this past weekend we stayed at the Andaz Mayakoba. This trip was sooo timely- we had a lot of personal shenanigans happen all at once so this trip was much needed. I always feel re-charged and more motivated when I get back from traveling.

Anyways- this place was just beautiful. We booked with our travel agent, who is starting to understand our tastes- modern, clean lines, amazing bathroom. This is the newest Mayakoba resort, and is connected to the other Mayakoba resorts (Fairmont and Rosewood).

We were greeted at the the airport with a private airport transfer from Andaz. They had complimentary water/alcohol in the transfer (complimentary due to our travel agent). Once we got to Andaz, we were greeted with their welcome drink (which I drank way to fast and got semi- tipsy for like 20 minutes). We then took a tour of the property and found out that they provided bikes for everyone to use to get to the beach, tennis courts, etc.

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There was art everywhere. I loveddd the mosaic tile and the functional art pieces in the room. And the food!! We tried grilled octopus on our last night here. I kinda loved it- it was very meaty. Also- their continental braekfast buffwt was probably the best I have ever had. The quality of the food was really good, and it wasn’t American Continental. They served some great Mexican dishes that I would love to implement if I was able to have a sit-down breakfast every morning.

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September is technically the off-season in Mexico since it’s normally swirling with hurricanes. We got some rain the last 2 days…but it was never constant.

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Overall- this trip was grand! We definitely want to come back next year!

the greatness of trader joes and cupping!

Before this past weekend, I hadn’t been to Trader Joes in months. It’s slightly out of my way and I usually prefer Sprouts (cheaper).

But..I was leaving my therapy appointment and I had time before the traffic got horrendous, so I stopped by the Trader Joes nearby and grabbed a few things that looked super cool. Trader Joes always has the coolest things/branding!! I wouldn’t necessarily call their products “clean” by any means…but their produce is usually on point. That cookie butter though…..#notsomuch.

I was serious about boosting the whole immune system thing!! I used the frozen fruit (minus the pineapple) to make this smoothie here IMG_4654(1)

I also went to my monthly bodywork massage with my fave Regina. I try not to even use the word massage when I go to her because it’s sooooo much more than that. It’s like slight massage with cupping therapy and muscle manipulation. I’ve learned so much about my body and how I move/walk/sit since going to here- it’s mad.

Anyways, we’ve been doing cupping therapy on the places where I carry the most inflamation/tightness- so basically everywhere. Paying close attention to my traps, shoulders (that left one boyyyy) and lower back. Since I’ve increased my running mileage, we did my thighs this past week and the marks are stilll there!!!

Let me back up- cupping therapy is an ancient technique that uses the suction from the cups to help with inflamatin, muscle flow and relaxation. It can act as like a deep tissue massage, and sometimes the cups can be moved throughout the skin to create a deeper more intense feeling (which I love).

My massage therapist lets the cups sit for like 5 minutes before removing them. My accupunturist likes to light the insides on fire and moves them around my back. Perfection.

This was the cups immediately after we finished. TMI. I thougth it was the coolest thing though LOL

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I will say- I can deal with the cups on my shoulders and traps. But my lower back and quads?!? I was in some pain….and that’s saying a lot coming from me.

It took me a few days before I fully recovered from my session.  My legs felt awkward when I was running and I kept taking breaks. Finally my runs are sooo much better now. I have more power in my legs and I’m learning to sit up in my diaphragm/core and it feels like I’m like gliding.

If you have the option to do a cupping session I would highly recommend it. My husband’s chiropractor did it on his back the other day and he loved it!

Read more about it here.

 

weekend of wellness! vitamins and massage time!

So lately I’ve been going through a semi- rough patch of life. Just obsessing/worrying about things, switching jobs, the occasional doctor visit blah blah. I’m trying to get my life/health back on track, so my acupuncturist referred me to a massage therapist who specializes in lymphatic drainage.

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Basically, it’s a super light massage technique that helps to re-circulate the body fluids, stimulates the nervous system and is super super relaxing. I had no idea that the lymph system is a network of tissues and organs that rid the body of toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials; it is part of your natural sewage treatment system.

A few weeks ago, I felt awful! I was super tired, sore and just felt like my body was fighting something off. Oh yea- I was also super stressed. I’ve improved since then, but I really want to focus on jump starting my immune system since then. SO this week and this weekend I’ve been doing the following:

  1. Had a lymphatic drainage massage. Which was AMAZING OMG! I encourage everyone to get one. This was the most relaxed I’ve ever been in my life. She focused on the key areas where we have a lot of lymph nodes, so basically the neck/face region, pelvis area and underarms. I felt restored.
  2. Drinking water! The lymph system is like 90% water. I’m also drinking a lot of ginger, turmeric and peppermint teas in the evening to relax. IMG_4620
  3. Dry Brushing- I was doing this at night but I felt like it energized my body so I’ve switched to the mornings. I grab my favorite body oil (rose hip), slather it on my body and get to brushing! I do it in small, clockwise strokes from the feed to the neck up.

    4. Vitamins! My acupuncturist also recommended the following vitamins. I take these once a day and vitamin c like three times a day:

    • Vitamin C for boosting the immune system
    • B-Complex vitamins for the building blocks of the body! Good for blood cell production
    • Zinc for maintaining good health. Helps hormone production, growth and repairment, improves immunity!
    • Bioflavonoids for antioxidants! IMG_4621
    • I’m also trying to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night! Right now I’m at 6…but I’m at my best with 7. So that’s the goal this week!

fun labor day eats and random spotify songs!

This weekend was soooo relaxing and timely. After everything that is happening with Hurricane Harvey and just random shenanigans, it’s nice to unwind and lay in bed with no expectations of leaving it.

Also- I’ve been dealing with some personal issues, so this weekend was therapeutic for me. I also ran 2 5Ks on the treadmill so I felt very accomplished….considering how much I despise running. It’s actually been very helpful since I’m giving my upper body a break from heavy weights.

Friday:

After we got home from work, my husband had barbecue for dinner while I ate like the best chicken salad I’ve ever had. I used some new spices I got from Home Goods (who knew?!) and it turned out amaze balls.

I also tried these buffalo cauliflower. They were gross. I liked my cauliflower grilled/baked, and these were kinda soggy and gross.

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On Saturday I did an Orange Theory class. I like the 90 minute classes best. It takes a LOT for me to get into the orange zone, so a 90 minute class pretty much guarantees that. IDK what the science is about this, but I have to damn near be flying on the treadmill for my heart rate to get up to 170. Blame the crossfit conditioning I suppose.

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I also randomly heard this song on YouTube…where my BR ratchet music is a plenty. :sigh: memories.

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On Sunday, I made a pizza with cauliflower crust! This was a semi-fail. The crust was too soggy in the middle, so I think I should bake the crust BEFORE I put the toppings on. I used chicken, spinach, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and green onions on this.

 

On Monday, Tyrus and I had a date at Sa-Ten. This meal was soooo good. I wound up just getting an unsweetened matcha latte with almond milk and a cookie, but I tasted his meal and it was great. I wound up getting a veggie plate to go and added some chicken from home with it.

weekend eats and dallas fun?

So this weekend was full of alll the things. Months ago I purchased Dallas Cowboy tickets for my husband for his birthday. I am not a fan….he is a huge fan (saying it mildly). All this week he was super excited and couldn’t stop talking about the game. I’m half way listening while also eyeing this Category 3 hurricane that’s aiming for Central Texas. By Thursday evening, I’m ok with us leaving Austin IF it’s a change to miss all the wind/rain that is coming our way.

Anyways, we make it to Dallas late Friday night. Check into our hotel downtown (we stayed at the new Westin…I was not impressed but whateva) and woke up the next morning to breakfast!

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I wanted the burger, but they couldn’t tell me the fat percentage of the ground beef so I had to pass. Instead I got the chicken salad…with a side of fries. :balance: We ate here. This place is pretty healthy/paleo-ish.

From there, we went to the area around Southern Methodist University (SMU) and got some cookies…..that were AMAZING. I totes went over my fat content this weekend but it was worth it.

Finally…we make it to the game. I’ll say- this stadium is super nice. It’s huge….but the acoustics? It doesn’t get very loud. My husband mentioned that the arena we say J. Cole in last weekend was much louder than this. That’s kinda saying a lot since the AT&T stadium took like millions of dollars to build but #thatsnotmybusiness.

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Our seats were kinda great.

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I think he was delirious with excitement. LOL

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I look like a child as per usual.

We also met up with my in-laws! They were on the opposite side of the stadium so I got in my steps. I didn’t take any pics of them…I’m clearly not a real blogger.

I also didn’t take a pic of the lackluster grilled chicken sandwich I ate at the game. It actually wasn’t horrible compared to all the other options. I REALLY wanted these loaded nachos I kept seeing but Tyrus talked me out of it.

Overall- this weekend was kinda great! We ate dinner back in the room after the game and watched tv/weather channel. Tyrus claims we’ll be back for more games but the way the regular season tickets prices are 😐 …..not sure about that!