Throughout my life, I’ve taken pride in trying to live a mostly healthy lifestyle. In case you’re wondering, my definition of mostly healthy consists of regular exercise while allowing myself to occasionally splurge. Well, somehow over the course of the current year, that pattern got reversed. As I found myself traveling more, my routine morphed into regular splurging with a side of occasional exercise.
No major noticeable differences.
“Who needs regular exercise…I must have some damn good genetics because this body of mine is holding up like a champ!” I think to myself.
With summer in full swing you know what time it is—beach time!
That’s when reality hit like a ton of biscuits. I needed to reverse the cycle and it had to happen fast. How does one gain 30-40lbs in a period of four/five months you ask? Through a steady diet of regular splurging and occasional exercise—that’s how!
In the month following my revelation, I reverted to my old, healthier ways; however, I still wasn’t getting the weight loss results I desired.
What to do? What to do?
I decided the best way to really kick myself into full gear was to take a “Fit”cation. A trip to a distant location, dedicated to nothing but daily diet and exercise. Minimal internet access, limited alcohol intake, no junk food…just a return to nature and nurturing my soul with much needed self-reflection and focus. Being fit, I discovered, is much more than just a physical characteristic. The fitness I experienced encompassed the entire physical, spiritual, and mental state of well-being.
Guatemala was the destination of choice. Given its pleasant climate, abundance of nature, and the fact that it is the home to the highest peak in Central America made it an easy option. My healthy vacation began in the city of Antigua; traipsing around town before ultimately joining a half-day cultural tour arranged by Elizabeth Bell of Antigua tours.
After Antigua, the city of Xela became my base for a large remainder of the fitcation. From Xela, I choose Quetzaltrekkers as my tour company of choice. That decision was largely motivated by the fact that they are a non-profit organization whose earnings, 100% of which, go directly to helping Guatemalan children. I joined a three day hike through the hills and villages surrounding Lake Atitlan, immediately followed by a two day climb up Tajumulco Volcano—the highest peak in Central America.
Less than 30 minutes into those first three days, I seriously questioned myself. Legs burning, shirt sweat-saturated, and completely gassed…I paused on a rock in a forest:
“This is just day one!” I thought to myself ashamedly.
That pity-party didn’t last long; however, as I pulled myself together, took a drink of water, and kept it moving. And that’s exactly what I did over the course of the next five days—constantly kept it moving. Albeit very slowly, but never again did I allow the thoughts of doubt to creep into my head. Five days later, I stood atop Tajumulco overlooking all of Central America as a physically and mentally stronger individual than I had been prior to my fitcation.
Have you ever taken a fitcation? Would you?? Comment below if you have or, if not, provide your healthy vacation destination ideas.