Southern Descent

With all my delays in various locales and the added visit to New York City for the Super Bowl weekend I was short on time and had to speed down the East Coast.

I took a train from New York to New Jersey where my car was parked at my friend Eva’s home. We had a few days to spend together before I had to head South as I needed to get down to Ft. Lauderdale within the week. This didn’t give me the time I wanted in several states but I was able to spend a few days with my Aunt Lynn and Uncle Mitch in Charleston, S.C. and was able to visit my cousin Carl who I hadn’t seen in several years.

Continuing my descent South I made my way to Jacksonville, Florida where I was finally able to put my feet in the sand, and walk along the surf! I spent several nights with my friend Charlie and her family and was treated to some great Southern Hospitality.

My itinerary stayed on track and I picked up one of my good friends Sara Dean, who also happens to be one of my fitness pros supporting my trip, in Ft. Lauderdale. Sara has a very successful business in Seattle and (kindly) beats many Seattleites into fitness submission with her boot camps. I was excited to spend a few days with a good friend in the Florida Keys but I was a teeny bit scared that this good friend was Sara as I hadn’t been working out much.

Our first day we did a quick workout in the hotel gym, impressing an older gentleman on the elliptical trainer with the intensity of our workout. We hopped in the car and took the long yet beautiful drive to Key West, Florida, stopping about halfway to grab a coffee and after the workout and sitting in the car I was already waddling about, pathetic.

The remainder of the weekend we were able to squeeze in more exercise with a run (for Sara)/walk (for me) and a good water workout. We started our mornings with a protein smoothie and spent the majority of the days laying by the pool or at the beach soaking up the sunshine, the evenings were spent trying to find some quality entertainment and dining options.

I feel so blessed to have had the time with Sara, who has always been so wonderful and supportive as both a friend and a trainer. Now if I can just keep the workouts going now she has left me!

First steps in the sand, Jacksonville, FL.

First steps in the sand, Jacksonville, FL.

Beach Day!

Beach Day!

Beer Thirty!

Beer Thirty!

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset!

Sunset!

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

Getting my tan...er pink on.

Getting my tan…er pink on.

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