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The Wedding

I know I posted a few photos while we were at the beach in Punta Cana, but I didn’t really let you see the gorgeous photos of the bride, nor did I tell you how everything went, so…

Hubby and I went to Punta Cana a few days ahead of the wedding party. We took this time to relax and get the lay of the land before the wedding.

We stayed at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel, which was nice. Far more grand than we are used to, but somehow we were able to adjust.

I fell in love with the Bali Beds. You are off the sand, you have shade, you are served drinks and food and the view is gorgeous. This is something I’d imagined for many years, and I was so wonderful to be experiencing what I’d only imagined previously.

Hubby and I decided we’d like to do an excursion, so we chose the 4×4 off road ride around the island. We were told we needed sunglasses and handkerchiefs because of the dust. We looked like bandits.

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The description of the excursion was far more interesting than the actuality of “off roading”. We drove along a few public roads, seeing the living conditions off the resort and fearing for the lives of the small children who would run up to you  for a “high-five”, but who were really hoping for money. They were so young, and ran right up to the buggies. Scary!

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When we did get off the regular roads, the dust was as bad as advertised. Even the people along the route with hoses to wet the road and cut down on the dust weren’t having much luck.

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It was during one of these dust clouds that the girl behind us couldn’t see we’d stopped and plowed into our buggy. We were ok, just a little shaken, but she’d wrecked her buggy and had to be taken away. We did go to a swimming hole in a cave which was pretty awesome, and a beach where the locals plied their wares and we got some interesting photos.

It was fun, but when we returned, we were a little stiff, so we took advantage of the all inclusive package and applied some alcohol to our tongues to loosen us up.

We had a great time watching #4 getting ready at the spa, trying all the different restaurants (read surviving all the restaurants), sunbathing and generally enjoying life at the Hard Rock in Punta Cana, but the big event was the most spectacular.

The sky was blue, the bride was strikingly beautiful and the groom was very handsome.

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All in all, we had a lovely time. It was our first experience with a resort setting. While not our normal type of travel, it set us up for some future resort-ish travel. More on that in a later post. ;0)

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Goin’ all Whole30 and junk..

Or, to be more precise, No junk!

For a month I’ll be sugarless, wheat-free, dairy-free and YIKES, alcohol free. *whimper*  Not that I can’t live without alcohol, but a nice glass of wine in front of the fire is just so….. so…. SO. You know?

AND because I believe in challenges, I’ll also be attempting to eat Whole30/Paleo/low FODMAP to see if it makes a difference. I happened to stumble on a suggested food list for the FODMAP diet and was amazed to see quite a few of the foods that I find difficult (or impossible) to eat were listed as no-nos. Since I’m already being fairly restrictive, why not just go whole-hog (so to speak) and take it to the limit.

And for extra measure – and because I’m crazy this way- I’ve decided to do all this during one of the busiest times of the year for me…. CONCERT SEASON!!

I figure if I can pull it off now, then honestly, I can do it any time of the year. Truly, the only thing standing between me and clean eating is… well… me!  My version of Thanksgiving is done (thanks to number 4!!) and I don’t have any plans to recreate her efforts, so I don’t have a holiday to deal with. The only upcoming culinary event would be Hubby’s birthday, which always contains some kind of adult beverage. And I could forgo that, but…nah…

So, who’s in with me?

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I think I’ll start this on November 17th, although if I’m honest, I’m working it in now and slowly eliminating things from my pantry while doing some advanced planning to make life a bit more manageable for me.

On top of this, I’ve walked every day for the past five days and am starting to feel the “habit” forming of needing to get up and move some. Factor in a few days of weights and I think I’ll be in good shape for my trip to Austria. (and the tropics!!)

Now c’mon, how freaking awesome is this?? Admit it… it’s awesome!!