Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Time to Relax!

Seven months ago, I started prepping for Team Universe. Six weeks after I started, J started prepping for the Maryland show. For the rest of the winter, all spring, and all summer, we sacrificed our social lives and focused solely on prep. Now that both of our shows have come and gone, we can relax and re-enter society. So we decided to go on a cruise!

Last Thursday morning, we flew down to Miami and hopped on board the Carnival Destiny cruise ship. I've been on several cruises, but this was J's first. I tried to prepare him for what he'd see and experience, but it's tough to describe exactly how big the boat really is!

We spent Thursday afternoon chilling on the boat, walking around, eating, and relaxing. When we woke up the next morning, we were docked at Key West!

Port of Key West
We walked around, poked our heads in a bunch of tourist souvenir shops, and then decided to hop on a trolley tour of the island. What a beautiful island! Palm trees everywhere and fascinating architecture. J and I decided we'd have no problem living there!

Trolley Tour
We drove past Ernest Hemingway's home, and also saw the southernmost point of the U.S, which is only 90 miles from Cuba!

Ernest Hemingway's Home
We left Key West in the afternoon and the boat headed toward Cozumel. While on the ship, we spent time relaxing on deck, soaking up some rays. It felt nice not to have to be anywhere or do anything at a certain time. After so many months of sticking to such a strict schedule, it was nice (and weird) to feel so relaxed.

Soaking up the rays
We docked at the Port of Cozumel on Saturday afternoon. We'd signed up to swim with the dolphins, so we headed to the Dolphinaris immediately after getting off the boat. I've swam with dolphins before, but this was J's first time. He had the biggest smile on his face the whole time - it was a wonderful experience!

The dolphins performing for us before we got in the water with them
After petting Nautica the dolphin, we hit up a bunch of tourist shops in Cozumel.

We got balloon hats at Carlos 'n' Charlie's
We re-boarded the boat that evening, exhausted from the sun and so much walking. Every night, we got towel animals in our room (which delighted J to no end!), and we got to eat as much food as we wanted (which also delighted J to no end).

Towel bunny
The next day was a "Fun Day at Sea" ... which involved lounging around all day. We went down the ship's waterslide, sunned ourselves by the pool, took a nap, and ate more food. When we woke up the next morning, we were back in Miami.

We thoroughly enjoyed our vacation, and are so thankful we could take the time to get away. Even though we both worked out in the gym in the mornings, it was nice to just simply relax and de-stress for several days. I feel refreshed and ready to work hard toward my new goals!

Port of Cozumel


  1. Awwww! You guys are so cute (And HOT! Check out that bikini photo!)!!! Glad you got to get out and have a great relaxing vaca!!!
    But I missed you and am SO glad you're back!!! If not for anything else but to tell me my brain is lying to me. ;)

  2. Love this... so glad you got some time to RELAX you are incredible. And what a cute couple you are.

  3. After such focus and dedication (to which you INSPIRE ME), you def deserved the trip! Glad you got to go and enjoy yourselves! Can't wait to see what you do next!

  4. What a great trip and so well deserved! This is my first time commenting, but I've followed your journey throughout the year and gotten a lot of motivation and inspiration from it.

    I'm currently mid-prep for Nationals in Miami in November. I just today realized this means I won't be able to have any Candy Corn at Halloween this year. Sacrificing a social life and my favorite candy! Ah, but it's worth it.

    Thanks for your continued writing. Can't wait to hear what's next for you!

    - Caroline

  5. You guys look like you had a great time! I love taking vacations - they always feel so well deserved :)

    I would love to swim with dolphins!!

  6. How cool! Glad you two had a great time away. Enjoy the off time.

  7. Thanks! We had a great time!

    Caroline - Best of luck at Nationals! The candy corn will be there after the show & will taste even better then. :)

  8. Great pictures and looks like a great trip! Glad you finally had some down time and time to just chill. You both look great and happy!!!!

  9. *whistling*
    Whoooo weeeeee you guys are hot tamales in that swimsuit pic. yowza. you're putting everyone to shame on that ship!

  10. Love that you got a vacation! You guys are the hottest and cutest couple I know.