I am now back home after my first vacation in 24 years and have so much to be grateful for. The week was everything I could have imagined for and it only made me want more vacations. We stayed at the Grand Bahia Principe Copa, which is one of four resorts in the Grand Bahia Principe resort chain in the Riviera Maya. This place was amazing, between the four resorts there is something for everyone, and I am super happy with our week with them. I was impressed with the amount of healthy options the Grand Bahia Principe Copa offered in the buffet and the amount of fitness activities that they offered, but for me, one of the biggest parts of this vacation was to go away and let go of all the structure that I live by on a daily basis.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my life and the structure and dedication I have to my health but there comes a point in this journey that I just want to check out and just enjoy life and enjoy all I have given myself back by making these changes in my life. I would be lying if I didn’t say there was some sort of processing of thoughts given my relationship with food and having my first all-inclusive vacation experience, but I was able to move past it, usually by ordering a nice yummy drink, LOL. This holiday was about letting go and having fun, to eat and drink what I wanted without worrying about calories or weight gain. I am sure if I get the opportunity to vacation more the novelty of food and drinks will be less of focus for me, but it was so nice to not be in my head about anything other than experiencing life. My goal was to go and enjoy it and come home without beating myself up about what the scale says when I get back because the reality is when you are eating at a deficit and then go on a vacation and enjoy it an increase on the scale in unavoidable. For me, it was about all of that but without getting in my head about it because this is what life should be about; it should be about living a healthy lifestyle but also being able to go on vacations and enjoy it. This is a healthy relationship and I am finally getting there.
My vacation wasn’t all about lying by the pool, beach or sitting at the swim up bar, we did get out and explore the area. We booked two tours through Transit vacations, which offered tours through Cancun Adventures. The first tour we did was a full day which included the Tulum ruins, fresh water snorkelling, swimming through cenotes, and a late lunch at a beautiful private restaurant on a beach offering private lounging and private air beds as a way to unwind after a full day. The second tour we did was a half day on a luxury catamaran which took us out to the coral reefs where we snorkelled with sea turtles, sting rays, colourful fish and coral reefs, finished off with snacks and an open bar while we sailed back to finish our tour with some paddle boarding and swimming in a lagoon. Both were amazing days, although I hadn’t planned to spend the extra money on excursions for this trip, I couldn’t help but do it after finally getting on a vacation after so many years, and the entire trip was unplanned so – YOLO!!
The Riviera Maya was absolutely beautiful, and I don’t think I could have picked a better place for our first vacation in 24 years, it was a very last-minute vacation with no planning or research involved, so I am super grateful that everything was so perfect for our first of hopefully many more to come.