It’s been a couple weeks since I wrote my last Fit & Firm post. It feels kind of bizarre. Almost like I cheated on my blog with Cancun. But hey… how could one seriously turn down paradise? I’d have to have been crazy to pass that up!

The trip overall was amazing. We did encounter a few bumps, but I’m not going to focus or dwell on that. Seriously, the bumps are only what contributed to formulating the many memories that were made! To me that’s worth it.

My husband had a good chuckle at me when we were packing for the trip. I packed 10 bikinis and 4 tankinis. Keep in mind that we were only going on a 7 night, 8 day vacation. So maybe I was a little over zealous. Perhaps a little bikini obsessed. Y’know what though… I once was the girl that insisted she would never, ever touch or wear another bikini again. I bid them adieu after giving birth to my first born. For me to feel comfortable enough to waltz around in a bikini again, feeling totally carefree is huge. I embraced it! Majorly!

A couple months ago I wrote a post inspired by Sammie Kennedy, Creator of Booty Camp Fitness and Femme Fitale. The post was entitled “25 Reasons WHY I Want to Stay Fit“. Some of the reasons seemed to be the obvious. Some more achievable than others. #3 on my list was I want to rock a bikini on my next vacation (whenever that may be)“. When I wrote this post in November, I had never anticipated crossing it off my list mere months later. 


Honestly, if I have anyone to thank for promoting my change in lifestyle and keeping me motivated… it’s Booty Camp. They taught me that anything is achievable if you put your mind and body to it. They gave me the strength to not to give up and fight for it. 



No one ever said exercising and getting in shape was going to be easy. It certainly isn’t. Putting forth that extra time for you and focusing on your life is so important. Sure you may not be the best of the best, but the fact that you’re putting forth the effort says a lot and shows determination. With time you will and do get stronger. Just remember pain is weakness leaving the body. 



While away on vacation, my water intake remained the same. 2 to 3 liters a day. I’m a water whore. I tried to eat as healthy as possible and always managed to squeeze in a daily workout. The resort was surrounded by a jungle which gave me a lot of opportunities to head out for a hike. I love exploring the outdoors. I also swore by Sammie Kennedy’s Tabata Workout.



Tabata is the perfect workout to do while traveling. You can do it with ease in your hotel room. No excuses.


I was afraid to step on the scale upon arriving home from vacation. Why? I’m not really sure. But – would you believe I actually managed to drop a pound on vacation. Usually for me it’s quite the opposite.


My heart is so very full of happy! I’m loving the girl I’ve become. Change is good.






23 Comments on Fit & Firm Friday: Kicking Major Booty! Literally!

  1. mamawee
    April 13, 2012 at 11:24 am (5 years ago)

    good for you for wearing a bikini – AND for losing weight on vacay….I don’t know how that is possible.

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    • Nicole
      April 14, 2012 at 2:31 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks hun!

      Reply
  2. Mom vs. the boys
    April 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm (5 years ago)

    it’s so hard to eat right on holidays! you own 14 bathing suits??? I think I own 2 lol

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    • Nicole
      April 14, 2012 at 2:31 am (5 years ago)

      Ha, ha! I do. I went a little overboard while bikini shopping for the vacay! 😉

      Reply
  3. Alyssa
    April 13, 2012 at 12:47 pm (5 years ago)

    You go girl!

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    • Nicole
      April 14, 2012 at 2:30 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks Alyssa!

      Reply
  4. Brandy InsaneMamacita
    April 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm (5 years ago)

    You Rock! I think I need to hire you as my personal trainer!

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    • Nicole
      April 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm (5 years ago)

      I think I need to get my PTS certification first, but it’s comments like this that give me that push to do it! If only it fit the budget right now…

      Reply
  5. Julie
    April 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm (5 years ago)

    “I’m loving the girl I’ve become. Change it good.” <--I love this, good for you for making having a vision and making it happen : ) That must feel great!

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    • Nicole
      April 13, 2012 at 7:44 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Julie! It’s truly the best feeling ever.

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    • Nicole
      April 14, 2012 at 2:31 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks Amanda!

      Reply
  6. Lisa
    April 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm (5 years ago)

    I really loved reading this Nicole – so happy to know that Booty Camp keeps you inspired. You’ve achieved great success and will continue to reap the rewards of hard work! Congrats! 🙂

    Lisa Richards
    Communications Manager
    Booty Camp Fitness

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    • Nicole
      April 14, 2012 at 2:32 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks Lisa!

      Reply
  7. Little Miss Kate
    April 14, 2012 at 1:13 am (5 years ago)

    In a recent nutrition class that I took they caked about how to hand vacations, and to make sure that you tried to maintain (not gain) and really not lose either. So you did great, and working out while on vacation?!? wow!!!

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    • Nicole
      April 14, 2012 at 2:33 am (5 years ago)

      I think my common pitfall on previous vacations was alcohol. Too much booze and not enough water. Bad combination. I’m not a huge drinker anymore. Well… unless you count water. Haha!

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    • Nicole
      April 14, 2012 at 2:33 am (5 years ago)

      Thanks for hopping by again!

      Reply
  8. Lil-sugar
    April 14, 2012 at 12:34 pm (5 years ago)

    visiting from SASS –amazing!!

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  9. Kathleen (aka Callista)
    April 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm (5 years ago)

    That’s a lot of bikinis! Thanks for the pro fitness post, makes me feel like trying to get more healthy! – SASS

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  10. mamawee
    April 14, 2012 at 6:30 pm (5 years ago)

    Already commented but wanted to let you know I am now stopping by from SASS

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  11. Searching for Happy
    April 14, 2012 at 11:48 pm (5 years ago)

    Sammie is a heck of an inspiration!

    As for overpacking, who can blame you when it’s for Cancun!

    (visiting from SASS)

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  12. Jayda
    April 20, 2012 at 11:46 pm (5 years ago)

    Thats awesome! wow loosing weight on vacation i have NEVER done that.

    -SASS

    Reply

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