Food & Fitness Friday: Bahamas

by LCCotter on June 1, 2012

I think we might need to move her. Today is another Holiday. It’s Bahamian Labor day. Last Monday was a Holiday too. A three day work week sounds good, doesn’t it? Winking smile

Anyway, today I wanted to share a little Food and Fitness. I love how Jess does her Foodie Fridays and Lindsay does her Fitness Fridays, and because I love both, I will share a wee bit of both. Thanks for letting me hop on the bandwagon ladies.

Let’s talk Food.. and maybe some wine.

Wednesday we were invited to a 2 hour wine tasting at the Mahogany House. We sampled about 4 different red wines and learned a ton about each one. This only made me love wine more. I love learning about the regions, the grape, the vineyard, the texture, clarity, etc. of wines. I think a certain someone was also intrigued. Just look at that concentration.

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I’ve also been cooking up a lot of one pot wonders. It’s cheaper, its easy, and it can feed the masses.

Here’s a good one. Gluten Free Cajun chicken sausage with zucchini, garlic, chickpeas, smoked barbeque sauce, tomato, and a little paprika/cayenne to top. I served this with gluten free herbed couscous and a papaya salad. Yes, local goodness on that papaya.

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The best thing about these are the leftovers. Perfect for post ride lunch today. Just throw in a corn tortilla. Delish!

Now about that Fitness…. mine has been a work in progress as I mentioned before. But yesterday I took the plunge. The plunge into the pool that is. I did not do the group workout but I did swim, at my own speed, and with a little help from the hubs. Winking smile

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For those of you who like a solid swim workout. Here was their Main Set.

SWIM Warm up 1000 straight with every 4th non-free

6×200 (1-3 band only at 75% on 30 sec rest, then progress 4-6 as 75%, 80%, 85% effort with 20 sec rest.

3 x (12×25 fast followed by 50 easy with 1.5 min rest)

Set 1 band only on 30

Haha, swim lingo at it’s finest!

Now we are off for a land workout.. hitting up the gym at Albany for a little strength. Love how empty is! I know, spoiled.

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TRX Strength and Core:

20 rows

20 curls

20 single leg squats (on each leg)

10-20 push up and tucks

1 minute plank

Repeat for 15-20 minutes straight

K, that’s it. I’m pooped. Let’s go enjoy this Bahamian Labor day and not labor anymore.

Cheers to Friday Friends!

LC

{ 66 comments… read them below or add one }

Jess June 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Yay for foodie and fitness fridays! (and wine friday, I daresay!?) I looooove that pic of the hubs at the wine tasting, what a riot — he is ALL business at that tasting huh? cheers to a fabulous weekend, girl!

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LCCotter June 1, 2012 at 5:37 pm

cheers indeed! gosh i wish you were at that wine tasting. You, heather, and Jo would have been in heaven!

<3

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Calee (@chimes) June 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm

TRX is my new favorite workout ever. I seriously want to get one for home. But I have no clue where I’d hang it (and I rent … lol).

Happy Friday! So jealous of you, bahama mama! PS Hope your no longer a Sherpa!

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LCCotter June 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm

oh girl you must! TRX is my life saver. You NEED one! I think i have a 20% discount.

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Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition June 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I have a fear of pools! I had a friend who contracted a fungus once so every since I’ve been nervous to go in pools. I’m an ocean girl : )

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LCCotter June 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm

a fungus? Oh no, now that’s not good. Is it gone now?

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Katie June 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Ahh I NEED to start swimming! My dad does it all the time and its so good for you. I am a terrible swimmer, which has always held me back, but ya gota learn sometime right?! LOVE YOU SISTA!

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LCCotter June 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm

wish you lived closer so we could swim together!! miss you. Update me soon!

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Lisa June 1, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Maybe I’ll move there too—it’s beautiful and they have lots of holidays? Seriously…what’s better?!

Glad you got some satisfying working out in :-)

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LCCotter June 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm

yes, i think you could easily live here. Laid back and low key!

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile June 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Yay for getting in the pool to swim!! The wine tasting sounds awesome, I would love to learn all about that! Enjoy your holiday ;D

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LCCotter June 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm

i consider myself a wine nerd because of that. Wish you were here to be a wine nerd with me!

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katie June 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I seriously have not been swimming in forever. Mike and I going away for two days here soon to a little resort and they have a pretty amazing pool and I plan on swimming there! I might just lay out though ;)

I could not believe how bruised your eye got when I saw on instagram!

Happy weekend! <3

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LCCotter June 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm

oh yes! Get your swim on! Make Mike swim too! I love it. Then you can really lay low after and get your tan on. xoxo

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She Rocks Fitness June 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Love that you got back into the pool and that it was outside…swoon! Enjoy another holiday and the weekend! I’m looking forward to sipping on some wine this weekend. I can already taste it. ;)

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LCCotter June 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm

i’m doing that right now, with my beach hair. haha!

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Jess @ Blonde Ponytail June 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I love an empty gym too! :) Great circuit–how I love them! Book marking this!

Have a fabulous weekend! Maybe you can give me a swim lesson one day!

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LCCotter June 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm

i would love to teach you how to swim. HOW FUN!! Then we could run and hang out together. Oh yes!

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List June 1, 2012 at 1:41 pm

yup – no clue how to read that swim one. :)
and don’t move there – move to ASHEVILLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LCCotter June 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I still need to visit Asheville first, and trust me, I am working on it. xoxo

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Sam @ Fit for My Fork June 1, 2012 at 1:57 pm

It’s a long weekend here too – I’ve been looking forward to it all week. Enjoy (and have some more wine!). :)

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LCCotter June 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm

is is? YEA!! Enjoy it and enjoy that wine.

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Heather (Where's the Beach) June 1, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Love an empty gym like that! I might be a bit jealous of the wine tour ;-)

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LCCotter June 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm

girl i was thinking about you, jess, and jo the whole time!

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Heather @ Dietitian on the Run June 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I can definitely get behind multiple short work weeks! They know how to do life… ;)

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LCCotter June 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm

for sure! and i think you need another vacation. Wanna come here? I miss you!

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Kris June 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Mmm, papaya! I’m envious – please enjoy some tropical fruit for me!

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LCCotter June 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm

i think i have been eating at least one a day, no joke! Can you juice papaya? How heavenly would that be!?

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Lou June 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I understand the swim lingo! I was a competitive swimmer for years so I can relate!

Man I want to come to the Bahamas! Looks so dreamy, plus holidays aplenty AND wine? YES!!!

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LCCotter June 1, 2012 at 5:27 pm

yea!! I knew you and the hubs were too similar. You should start swimming again! and yes, holiday here with wine, it’s the best!

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Erin June 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm

That swim lingo went straight over my head girl! Much respect. I find swimming so exhausting. Isn’t it supposed to be extra gentle on the joints? Great choice.
xo Erin

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LCCotter June 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm

it is super easy on the joints but still a good full body workout. i guess thats why i like it!

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Natalie @ will jog for food June 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I love swimming! It’s been a while for me though, my new gym doesn’t have a pool :(

So glad you are having such a great time in the Bahamas!

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jobo June 1, 2012 at 4:40 pm

i love one pot wonders!! the best! that looks so good! I am glad you got some swimming in! Now teach me how? ;-) the wine tasting…sounds…awesome!! Cheers friend!

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LCCotter June 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm

yes, we so need a swim lesson together! I love it cause i get a tan too. hehe, pathetic excuse.

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Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl June 1, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Love that strength and core workout. And the Gluten Free Cajun chicken. Recipe? Yum! Sounds delish.

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Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl June 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Oh wait. you kind of threw everything together. Take it back. I can make it off your descrip. You are just having way too much fun! *jealous*

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LCCotter June 1, 2012 at 5:24 pm

i used this one http://bilinski.com/productsANC.cfm. SO SO GOOD! I mean, it’s amazing to throw together. Let me know if you try it!!

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Meg June 1, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I miss living in Canada partially for the reason that they have a few more holidays than in the states! I love that you are getting in all this relaxation time in!

Despite having taken swimming lessons as a kid, I am the worst swimmer ever. I mean I can stay a float and move around but as my husband so kindly put it “I swim like a bear” I don’t think he meant a polar bear either! I can’t ever let him live that one down.

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LCCotter June 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm

i think we need more holidays in the US, lets boycott! or just move. haha

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) June 1, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Now I really want to move there! We did take a little time off today for a couple of rounds of bowling, which was nice. I can’t complain about our life when we can do that in the middle of the work week. I’m glad you’re enjoying your time there!

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LCCotter June 1, 2012 at 6:41 pm

i just love that you all go bowling in the middle of the day! such good fun and the boys must love it. You are one cool mom!

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama June 1, 2012 at 7:26 pm

O.K., you convinced me to move to the Bahamas. Can we stay with you till we find a place?? Maybe that empty gym will take us in? I love that (and TRX)!

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LCCotter June 2, 2012 at 7:06 am

yes, we will make room! Come on down! we can all camp on the beach. hehe

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Lisa June 1, 2012 at 7:34 pm

So glad you are enjoying yourself!! I love my TRX! Thanks for the workout! I’m saving that for when I start working out again! And I like that swim workout, I’m a former competitive swimmer, I miss it now that I don’t compete!

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LCCotter June 2, 2012 at 7:06 am

you were?! How cool!! You should do some swim vlogs!!

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katie @KatieDid June 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I’ve been learning SO much about wines too, been thinking about how much you would love my new little gig. Someday when I’m more knowledgeable we’ll have to talk (and drink!) wine.

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Abby @ Change of Pace June 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Beaches, sunshine, fresh fruit, and lots of holidays? It sounds ideal to me.
Hope you enjoyed your swim! And thanks for the recipes.

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LCCotter June 2, 2012 at 7:07 am

i enjoyed it because it was a challenge. And i felt stronger after. WOOHOO!! Happy weekend friend.

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sophia June 1, 2012 at 10:09 pm

It’s been so hot here in the East Coast and I remember remarking several times how I’d just love to jump into a pool!

Have a great weekend, Lindsay!

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LCCotter June 2, 2012 at 7:05 am

i heard its been hot, and its not an LA dry hot, its sticky hot. Right? I have been reading your updates and am so happy for you. Looks like a great time! Meant to email you as well. Wanted to see how things were. xxoo

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Sarah @ The Healthy Diva June 2, 2012 at 5:05 am

Loving the TRX circuit! Simple but effective

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LCCotter June 2, 2012 at 7:07 am

totally! and the higher rep keeps it a little cardio, ya know?

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Klh June 2, 2012 at 8:51 am

Your pace is all that matters :)
I don’t think I’ve swam to actually swim in like 20 yrs ha!
TRX is my fave strength training.

Happy wknd <3

PS – ill move w/ y'all :)

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LCCotter June 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm

i always think of you when posting TRX workouts. My trx buddy!
<3

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teabagginit June 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

wow! there is so much beauty there and i’m so glad that you’re able to enjoy it! fitness is coming back and there’s only one way to go – up and up! :)

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LCCotter June 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm

yes, swimming and yoga have been my life savers. Gosh, wish i could have you join me. Happy slow saturday friend.

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Allie June 3, 2012 at 6:23 am

One pot wonders are the best! So comforting and good :)

I love how I totally understood all of the swimming lingo. I think I might have to incorporate some of those sets in my next swim! I hope you Cotters are enjoying yourselves! <3333

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LCCotter June 3, 2012 at 10:35 am

we are! thank you! and i would love for you to do this workout. Keep me posted if you do. hugs!

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Alysia @ Slim Sanity June 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever eaten chick peas in a casserole/stir fry type dish… I need to cook with them more!

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LCCotter June 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm

oh do it!! you’ll love it. Let me know whatcha make too. Cheers friend!

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Pure2raw twins June 3, 2012 at 7:12 pm

oh man do I wish I had a TRX to do that workout!!

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LCCotter June 4, 2012 at 9:06 am

WHAT?!! You don’t have one? oh ladies, you must buy!

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean June 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm

i miss swimming SO much!!

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LCCotter June 4, 2012 at 9:06 am

start swimming! we should have a virtual swim clinic. hehe

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Melissa June 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

the food looks divine!

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