Monthly Archives: March 2010

Where have we been? Puerto Vallarte

It’s been almost 3 weeks since the last post – it’s been a busy three weeks.

Most importantly, the 4 of us and Linda’s parents traveled to Puerto Vallarte, Mexico for spring break.  This was an absolutely fun time – and it was warm.  Upper 70’s every day…much better than the 30s and 40s back in Kansas.

Here are some pictures to show just how fun it was!

Here we are whale watching – we followed a mother and baby humpback whale for at least an hour (all with food and beer provided).

The girls loved playing in the water.  There was also a very nice pool that found some splashing and swimming, as well.

This was the view from our balcony – just beyond the trees is the water.  The room was comfortable and close to the stairs that emptied out onto everything.  Great spot.

We had lots of stuff to do – obviously sitting by the pool or the ocean.  Several open bars with drinks flowing (I loved the margaritas and Coronas; the girls loved the virgin strawberry daiquiris).  The buffets were full and had plenty of choices to choose what to eat.  The fun stuff included a climbing wall and a shooting range.

One of the days was spent on a bus tour of the city and the surrounding mountains.  We had lunch at a really nice open-air restaurant that served awesome seafood next to a cascading river.

We went to a flea market and got to haggle prices…

I also found a cigar shop across the street that made their own cigars there – got a nice box to bring back home.

We finished the tour off with a tour of a Tequila factory – got to sample several different varieties.  Also got a couple bottles to bring home so I can remember my great time in Mexico.

Our last night on vacation was spent at a candle-lit dinner on a secluded beach – 45 minutes away by a cruise boat at sunset.  The dinner was precluded with a show filled with native drums, dancing and singing all in ancient costume (as noted in the pictures below from Vallarta Adventures.)   What a great end to a great vacation.

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P90X Update – End of Phase 1

Well, 30 days have come and gone.  I’ve hit “Play” on the DVD player every day and faithfully done the prescribed workout.  I have drastically changed the way I’m eating – far healthier and much less.  The results have been fabulous.

I have lost 20 pounds – down from 209 to 189.  My clothes all fit (including ones that have been hiding in the back of the closet because they didn’t fit).  I’ve gained one hole on my belt and am closing in on a second one.  The “love handles” are starting to disappear and I’m actually starting to see some definition in abdominal muscles.  Maybe a six-pack ab is possible after all?

I’m asked almost daily if I’ve been losing weight because it looks like I have.  It’s amazing how good that makes someone feel to hear those words.

The second phase of P90X is geared more towards building and sculpting muscle.  I don’t expect a whole lot more weight loss, but I think I’ll start to look much better.

And yes…I took pictures at the beginning and again now.  Maybe they’ll be posted someday.  Maybe…