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I love peanut butter, avocado and oatmeal. Not together of course, but nearly any recipe that calls for these ingredients I'll probably enjoy. I have the misfortune of living with some food sensitivities but the extreme fortune of knowing what those sensitivities are - gluten (only mild, thank goodness), nightshades, lactose, and refined sugar. I'm not a formally trained chef, but I love cooking (and eating!) delicious, guilt-free food. I'm a fitness model, certified nutrition coach, trainer and an IFBB pro bikini athlete... and I eat 6 times a day. When I'm not in the kitchen preparing something extraordinary, I'm - in the gym, rushing off to an audition, at a photo shoot, studying nutrition, or planning a vacation. Hope you enjoy my site! For nutrition consultations or more information on training, contact me at summerwhitefitness@gmail.com

Sunday Funday – Cabo San Lucas

Remind me to check the off-season calendar when planning a trip out of town, next time. Well, let me be more specific – remind me to check the off-season calendar when planning a trip and hoping for big crowds, lively energy, moderate climates, and less money hungry sales vultures!

This weekend I flew south, and hit the infamous town of Cabo San Lucas. It was meant to be my belated birthday celebration (nearly two months and 13 days belated!) and one that I wouldn’t have to worry about counting alcohol or taco calories. I had planned the trip this far out because a few of my invitees were training for fitness competitions throughout July and August. It was my hope that everyone attending could let their hair down and enjoy the weekend off of strict training and diet programs.

Buzz kill!!!  I got a call-back from a fitness casting I attended last week. The company would want to see me, in all my fit glory, today; the day after I had returned from the most unhealthy place in the Western hemisphere… Do you understand the magnitude of consequences I faced, not canceling the trip?!

Have you ever seen a bowl of clean cooked asparagus soup, salt-free Dijon balsamic chicken, or quinoa sweet-potato cakes in Mexico (forget the thought of steamed asparagus, baked chicken or plain sweet potatoes…that’s too simple for any place without a Whole Foods!)? As clean as I tried to eat, I realized that veggies (excluding tomatoes, bell peppers, and guaranteed heartburn-causing poblano chiles) were few and far between. I had packed a few turkey burgers and my Sun Warrior protein powder, but why had I forgotten the greens!

I had gone into the trip nice and lean, so I figured a few fish and chicken tacos with guacamole, a couple light beers, and a homemade skinny margarita (blanco tequila, the juice of 2 fresh lime slices, bottled water, and a packet of stevia) wouldn’t hurt me too much.  Unfortunately though, I had to workout like a mad woman every day because some unexpected calories crept their way in early on.

The Friday we arrived, a new staffer at our hotel suggested The Office for dinner. Excited (and dressed to kill), we headed out by cab around 5 pm (it would be the first of close to 10 we’d have to take…another note to self, find a place closer to town or that offers free shuttles). To our great dismay, it was closed… for a month…due to the hurricane season (this was the first let-down and realization that we made a bit of an error booking Cabo in August).  Luckily, we found a great place close-by, right on the beach, called Baja Cantina.

It would be my only super carb and night-shade containing meal. The chicken fajitas were a dream, and the creamy risotto was a welcomed alternative to the usual Mexican rice.  I wanted to pick my (digestive) battles, so I opted out of a glass of wine or margarita, and enjoyed a bottled water. The dessert platter was a bit too tempting to pass up for my girlfriends, and although I said I would not partake, I too found myself enjoying the custardy goodness of the flan they chose.

After dinner, we planned on having a quiet night. We’d wake up early for a great breakfast and an intense workout, then enjoy the summer sun and cool beats at Nikki Beach. Haha! This isn’t what happened.

We ran into a friend from LA, that happened to be in town for some marlin fishing. He and his friends mentioned they had been to Cabo Wabo, Mandala, Pink Kitty, and Squid Roe the nights before and were expecting them to be packed that night, to which they invited us.  We shrugged it off, saying farewell and wishing them a fun time.

We walked around the marina, and decided to have our first “light” beer at Nowhere Bar.  Apparently, we were the hottest tickets in Cabo, and were quickly moved to a prime table and subsequently offered drinks from all angles. Being nice, sweet girls, how could we turn them down?! After all, it was my birthday celebration! From Nowhere Bar we head to Squid Roe. Three floors of pure fun where we danced till the wee hours of the morning. *Side note! The chicken mole tacos they serve at the front Billy Kitchen are out of this world!

I’d say my highlight was Friday, but after resting most of Saturday I quite enjoyed the Tropicat wine and jazz tour around the Land’s End Arch.  It was just my speed, had plenty of tasty snacks, and the sunsets were incredible.I won’t even mention the less than average manicure I had at my hotel’s spa, but on Sunday, I found my Zen during a massage and salt water dip at the Playa Grande Spa.  Monday was my departure day, so I kept it calm and enjoyed a great workout and tasty lunch, ocean-side, at my hotel Fiesta Americana.

I suppose it was a blessing in disguise that the town was relatively quiet. If I had the constant stimulation and temptation of a city packed with people, it would’ve been harder to stay focused on my physique. I got in plenty of workouts, and went to sleep early on Saturday and Sunday. I feel good going into today’s call-back.

I’m very excited for this week. My girlfriends and I decided to elongate our 2.5 week Cabo weight loss challenge to a full blown transformation program.  My Summer of Fun is drawing to a close, and unlike a hibernating bear I wont be packing on the pounds in the fall, to keep me warm through the winter.  I will be starting group fitness training in Fryman Canyon in a few weeks and I need to inspire my clients; so into the gym and hiking through canyons I go.

I really do not encourage yo-yo dieting or drastic changes in lifestyle a few months out of the year. It is so much easier to keep it clean and tight, 365!  So don’t go splurging on Labor Day folks. Make a plan, decide to eat a few pieces of bbq, 1 or 2 skinny cocktails, and barely a sliver of pie, then clean it up till Thanksgiving. Let the holidays begin!

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