A Yucatecan Church Dance

Jorge’s parents have been going to the same Catholic church around the corner from their house for years.

This past week, the church celebrated its 25th anniversary, and they spent the whole week partying! I only went to 1 night of celebrations (but I hear there were lots of rockets, dancing and food involved throughout the week), and I got to see the ladies dress in beautiful Yucatecan ternos while they showed traditional regional dances.

(Please forgive the blurriness of the photos! It was nighttime and there was lots of movement.)

There was a taco stand (run by my suegro), a marquesita stand, a live band, a conga line, a dance circle and some salsa music. These church-going folks sure know how to party!

Weight Loss Before and After: Part 3

Weight Loss Before and After: Part 1
Weight Loss Before and After: Part 2

Well, here I am, 5 months into my weight loss journey. First off, I was wrong. Turns out my goal is actually 128 pounds instead of 130 pounds (this is what happens when you live in a country that uses kilos). No biggie, 2 more pounds than I thought.

As you may remember, I started at 160 pounds back in mid-December. The entire month of April was a huge plateau, and I couldn’t manage to get below 140 pounds for the life of me.

2 weeks ago I decided to switch gyms so I could do more cardio and some weight training, as several friends recommended. The exercise switch seemed to get me over that plateau, and I’m finally down to 135 pounds! Just 7 pounds to go for this gringa.

Here go the before and after pictures (please pardon the sweat and red face, I had just gotten back from the gym):

Before: 160 pounds in November 2011

After: 135 pounds in May 2012

And from the side… check out the difference in the arms!

Before: October 2010 160 pounds

After: May 2012 135 pounds

So proud, and so close to my goal.

The weight training has been challenging because I’ve never lifted a weight in my life. On some of the arm curl machines, I can barely make it through 15 reps with just the machine (no weights). Pathetic, but ya gotta start somewhere!

I was really proud last week when I did 8 minutes jogging on the treadmill. I don’t think I’ve ever jogged for more than 3 minutes, so that was a huge deal to me.

The diet is a breeze now, except for the occasional soda. Oops.

On the downside, my leggings no longer fit me as of last week. This means that the only clothes I have left are dresses. Just a few more weeks til I can buy some skinny jeans and SHORTS! Oh my gosh, I haven’t worn shorts in years.

Akumal Weekend: Half Moon Bay

Read about the first part of my Akumal trip here!

My suegro had gotten a great deal at La Iguana Condos on Half Moon Bay, just north of Akumal Bay. Half Moon Bay was beautiful to look at, but with all the rocks and waves we were too chicken to go in. On Sunday morning, I did see one brave, lonely soul snorkeling in the middle of the bay, but I think that’s only a good idea for excellent swimmers.

The condos were nice, clean and spacious with lovely gardens and pools. We were right by a very rocky area filled with old coral, which was so much fun to explore!

Overall it was a quiet and relaxing place to stay, even with a group of 18 people!



Akumal Weekend: Akumal Bay

**First off, this week I wrote a guest post at Cancun Is Safe talking about how I feel living in Cancun. Read it here!**

Last weekend I got to see a beach I’ve been dying to visit since I moved to Cancun… Akumal!

Akumal is an easy 90-minute drive south of Cancun, and it’s known for great snorkeling and sea turtles. The Akumal area has 2 bays: Akumal Bay and Half Moon Bay.

I stayed in some condos on Half Moon Bay, which I’ll talk about later this week, but today’s post is about our afternoon at Akumal Bay. We started with lunch at Lol-Ha restaurant, and I snorkeled around the bay a bit. Some mild underwater claustrophobia kept me from snorkeling out far enough to see any sea turtles (I’m such a wimp!), but it was still a blast. The water was shallow and clear with almost no waves, and I spent a few hours in the ocean with friends chatting and doing some water acrobatics.

Needless to say, we’ll definitely go back to Akumal someday.

Check out the slideshow for some beautiful pics (seriously, you can’t take a bad photo at this place!):


Welcome to My New Page!

Well hello there! I see you made it.

As you can see, my blog has a new look and a fancy new address.

The new site is still very much under construction, but it should be easy to navigate in the meanwhile. You may have noticed the extra tabs up top, dividing my posts into different categories:

  • My Life: stories about my day-to-day experiences here in Cancun… probably having to do with my house, Jorge or the dogs
  • Travel and Tourism: stories of my adventures, beach trips, etc around the Riviera Maya and beyond
  • Mexican Culture: How to Speak Like a Mexican, how living in Cancun differs from the US, etc
  • Sponsors: still working on this detail, but I’m hoping to add on some page sponsors in the not so distant future
  • About Me: self-explanatory :):)

However, every single post will also be appearing right here on the home page as well.

Even though the blog has a new page and a new look, rest assured that the content will be just the same as it’s always been!

Don’t freak out if you see weird things going on over the next few weeks as we get the design and layout at 100%. It’s all part of the process, baby.

Also, feel free to let me know how easy or difficult it is to comment. Some of you had mentioned before that WordPress wasn’t letting you post comments easily, and I’m hoping it will be a little different over here.