The vacation sent from heaven continues.  We are really loving our time at the resort (I plan to do a full review when the trip is up), and I’m already starting to count down the days until we leave with dread.   We have until Friday, so I’m going to try to soak it all in.


I wish I could say this has been a very ‘healthy’ trip, but I knew it wasn’t going to be healthy when we booked it.  Heh.  There’s been lots of laying around, drinking fruity cocktails all day and all night, and little exercise beyond walking down the shoreline or chasing after badminton shuttlecocks.  Not that I would have it any other way – lots of R&R is just what the Holistic Doctor ordered. 


Speaking of the Huz, there was a bit of a change of pace yesterday – the Husband and I went golfing.  Well, he golfed, and I drove the cart.  He played at La Cana Golf Club, which I’m pretty sure is my idea of paradise perfection.  The grass was so green; the sea was so blue. 




Let’s see… what else?


We bought inner tubs!


We located the casino!IMG_4405

… And the casino bar…


However, at least for me, gambling + alcohol does not mix very well.  I can’t count sober, let alone after drinking a Pina Colada.  Maybe tonight our luck will turn around! 


And we located an awesome spot for lunch.



This very large buffet is at the sister (kid- and budget-friendly) resort.  There are so many options to choose from that everyone in our group can be satisfied.  Plus, there’s a nice breeze coming off the ocean so it’s not too hot, either.


My plate:  half a grilled cheese, rice, carrots, green beans, potatoes, and fruit.  It works, but I’m seriously jonesin’ for some tofu or beans. 


… But, you know, ice cream does the trick!


So – that’s what we’ve been up to so far!  All in all, this vacation is great.  It’s fun to spend time with my BFF Sarah and her husband, the Husband and I are enjoying ourselves, and I feel rejuvenated.  I have some MAJOR deadlines for the book looming when I get home, so feeling rejuvenated is nice. 


The Husband has conned me into going for a run, so I’m going to put on some exercise gear and hit the road.  Hopefully, I won’t melt!



  • Evan Thomas May 17, 2011, 5:47 pm

    You have so much time until Friday. Live it up! Enjoy every moment.

  • Kelly May 17, 2011, 5:47 pm

    ooooh, so Sarah is the blonde! That’s what I get for reading the most current posts without the back story. 🙂 .

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews May 17, 2011, 5:52 pm

    Those fruit kebabs look amazing!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg May 17, 2011, 5:58 pm

    Have a great week! You have lots of time left — don’t think about going home yet!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 17, 2011, 6:00 pm

    You look like you are having so much fun! I am totally jealous. It is supposed to rain in the north east all week. Send some sunshine my way!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) May 17, 2011, 6:00 pm

    That looks like heaven just about now! I can’t wait for the opportunity to get away. I hope it’s in our near future. Enjoy yourself (I know you will) and definitely don’t worry about the health factor. Everyone needs a little down time so they can get back at things (even healthy stuff) with fresh eyes! Have a great evening Caitlin!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) May 17, 2011, 6:02 pm

    You WILL come back refreshed. The same thing happened to me after I passed my dissertation defense and had revisions to do. I passed, went to Vegas for a couple of days, and came back ready to WORK (revisions have since been approved and it’s only a matter of printing/administrative stuff now)!

    Looks like SO much fun. We’re going on a 5-day trip this summer, if we can pull one together, but the bf has not renewed his passport.

  • Gina @ RunningtotheKitchen May 17, 2011, 6:02 pm

    it’s hard to do an all-inclusive healthy! No worries there’s always time for that when you get back. Enjoy your last 2+ days!

  • Michelle May 17, 2011, 6:04 pm

    My husband and I spent 8 nights in Mexico back in Feb and I made it a point to run 6 of those days. It helped because I ate sooo much yummy food everyday.

  • Alexa @ Simple Eats May 17, 2011, 6:07 pm

    Looks like you guys are having an awesome time! Enjoy!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 17, 2011, 6:10 pm

    golf is a sport! 😉

  • Dana May 17, 2011, 6:16 pm

    Vacation is a departure from your normal day to day. Enjoy it and enjoy each other!! It will be back to the grind before you know it!

    Looks like you are having a fab time — good for you, you deserve it!!

  • Tanya @ Vegan Faith May 17, 2011, 6:16 pm

    I love your sweater in that first pic from golfing! Very island-chic! Looks like a great vacay!

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing May 17, 2011, 6:18 pm

    So glad you are getting time to refresh! Hope you enjoy every second 🙂

  • Natalia - a side of simple May 17, 2011, 6:20 pm

    Soak it up and drink it up 😉 And get the best of those buffets!! I’m not going to lie, I’m a huge fan of buffets!

  • Brittany @B Out There May 17, 2011, 6:32 pm

    I’ll trade you the Tofu and beans you’ve been jonesing for, for your gorgeous vacation. Deal? Thought so. The Yukon weather isn’t quite up to par!

  • Ashley @ the fit academic May 17, 2011, 6:35 pm

    So glad you’ve been having a blast – it’s totally necessary to have some solid R&R at times!

  • Baking 'n' Books May 17, 2011, 6:46 pm

    Ah – time will pass no matter what. So enjoy it …and then plan your next trip 🙂

    A Run? I think I would melt into oblivion in any heat!

  • Courtney May 17, 2011, 6:52 pm

    How fun! Gotta love fresh, tropical fruit 🙂

  • maria @ Chasing the Now May 17, 2011, 6:56 pm

    I think it’s more important to enjoy yourself on a vacation than stress about everything being healthy. Just being conscious of what you are eating, not having dessert with every meal, and moving around goes a long way! 🙂

  • The Teenage Taste May 17, 2011, 7:02 pm

    Aw, Caitlin, you look so happy! Glad to hear you are having a lot of fun! Enjoy! 😀

  • Christine May 17, 2011, 7:05 pm

    Gambling and alcohol are definitely a bad mix. The more you drink, the more you lose! Continue the beautiful pics so we can live vicariously through you!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 17, 2011, 7:10 pm

    mmm I LOVE fruit kebabs. That scream paradise to me!!

    Have so much fun. You look really happy, btw 🙂

  • Jolene ( May 17, 2011, 8:21 pm

    I definitely vacation the same way as you do – I go all out, and don’t worry about it 🙂

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 17, 2011, 8:46 pm

    Soak up every moment of that vacation! Looks like you’re having a blasty blast!

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul May 17, 2011, 8:57 pm

    I loved the pictures! beautiful panorama~I feel like I’m there 🙂

  • Lisa @ Early Morning Run May 17, 2011, 9:01 pm

    glad to see you’re having such a great time!

  • Cyndi May 17, 2011, 9:10 pm

    I think I may be going to that exact resort in 8 days – I can’t remember the name as it’s my cousin’s pick to celebrate his 40th. I have been trying to research running outside the resorts in DR and all I hear is that it’s a bad idea – I should stick to the beach and maybe the access road around the inside of the resort. Beach running would probably kill my ankles – I’ll have 12 miles to get in plus some shorter runs while we’re there. Would love to hear if you ventured outside the resort for your run or stayed within it’s secure walls. Thanks! And enjoy the rest of your stay – the food looks good so I’m hoping its the same resort! Bad mattresses, bugs and old bathrooms freak me out when I’m away from home so I’m hoping there won’t be any issues with those either!

    • CaitlinHTP May 18, 2011, 9:09 am

      We’re at Catalonia Royal Bavarro! I wouldn’t recommend running down too far on the beach alone, but we ran on the golf course yesterday and no one complained. There was no one golfing!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal May 17, 2011, 9:55 pm

    Ugh! It pains me to look at these pictures because it makes me miss that resort so much! I’m nodding at every picture – I even miss that mini mart! LOL
    But I’m glad you and the husband are getting a much needed break 🙂 Enjoy and make sure to take mental pictures (I do that with *every* vacation so I can recall it whenever I’m stressin’)

  • D May 17, 2011, 9:55 pm

    I just wrote a comment but I think your blog ate it 🙁

    Basically, you look 100% relaxed and like you’re enjoying and appreciating every moment of your vacation. It’s lovely to hear you talk about how much fun you’re having. Don’t dread the last few days – you should plan something for the end of your trip that’s vacation related (creating a photo album, setting up a specific skype date with your BFF to daydream about your next trip, etc :))

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 17, 2011, 9:57 pm

    So glad you’re having an awesome time! I have only been to the Dom Repb once, for a day. It was great though!

    Currently Im down at my house in Aruba for 3 weeks. We come twice a year and this is it. I am savoring every tropical second. And you do the same!

    Deadlines, work, pressure and 80 hr weeks will be ours again, soon enough. Enjoy your R & R, Caitlin!!


  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 17, 2011, 9:58 pm

    Ah! Sun-envy! Looks like you’re having an amazing time. Enjoy the R&R!!

  • Jen May 17, 2011, 9:59 pm

    Ah, you are making me miss my home away from home! If you guys haven’t done any shopping yet, you definitely need to bring home some white vanilla (for when you bake) and Domnican coffee…it’s just the best. Enjoy the rest of your week! BTW – have you guys tried Mamajuana yet? Make sure you try a shot before you come home – it’s not a Dominican vacation with some MJ (not pot! lol)

    • CaitlinHTP May 18, 2011, 9:10 am

      I definitely just read it as Marijuanna. LOL

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef May 17, 2011, 10:06 pm

    ahhh i’m jealous! you have so much time left. enjoy it!

  • Tori (Fresh Fruition) May 17, 2011, 10:22 pm

    Yum, grilled cheese! I can’t wait to be out in the sun in a few weeks!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) May 17, 2011, 11:01 pm

    Ah looks so relaxing! I’m jealous! 😉 But you deserve it!

  • McKayla (green groats) May 17, 2011, 11:17 pm

    Awww. You look like you’re having so much fun!!! Enjoy every minute of it!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss May 17, 2011, 11:30 pm

    Eh, it’s good to be able to let loose on vacation. I usually try to keep it healthy no matter where I am..but you have to enjoy yourself too!!

  • Khushboo May 18, 2011, 12:17 am

    I love the pic of u next to the water…everything about it (including you) looks so refreshing!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 18, 2011, 12:23 am

    Is it just me or does that ice cream look especially amazing? You are so LUCKY!

  • Marina May 18, 2011, 4:11 am

    Your vacation posts are making me crave some kind trip to an island resort as well. Just enjoy your vacation, and don’t think if you’re not acting the healthies possible. Some cocktails, wonderful ice creams and stuff like that are definitely healthy for mental health and happiness 🙂

  • Carol May 18, 2011, 6:04 am

    Hope you continue to enjoy your week! I always feel the same way when I am on vacation:)

  • Nikki May 18, 2011, 7:27 am

    I’m jealous of your vacation but inspired by how you are able to enjoy it for what it is, and not feel guilty about your choices! 🙂 That’s an awesome way to live and you know you will eat healthy when you’re home.

  • Erin May 18, 2011, 8:01 am

    hey caitlin! I’m going down the shore for a couple days this week- any tips on how to stay healthy on vacation? maybe you could write a post on it if you haven’t already 🙂

  • megan @ blackberries for jam May 18, 2011, 8:21 am

    Sometimes you just need to live decadently on vacation! Usually by the end of those trips my body is craving brown rice, veggies and tofu. It’s funny how everything balances out naturally!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 18, 2011, 8:24 am

    Sometimes a week without thinking about exercise and healthy eating can be so refreshing! You can jump back on the healthy living bandwagon when you get back, but for now, just keep on enjoying yourself! 😀

  • Brittany May 18, 2011, 8:38 am

    Be careful with the food in The Dominican. My friends all went there for spring break this year and they all came back with food poisoning…

  • Michelle May 18, 2011, 9:20 am

    That striped cardigan you’re wearing up there is way cute! Where’s it from?

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me May 18, 2011, 9:45 am

    yay what fun! I can’t wait to go on my honeymoon! All these awesome photos make me anxious for it. 🙂

  • Lauren C. @ FocusedToBeFit May 18, 2011, 1:28 pm

    Your trip looks amazing! Enjoy – you deserve it!

  • Alexa Hall May 18, 2011, 7:06 pm

    Oh girl, you are gorgeous!! I am so jealous of your fun trip. You guys are so adorbs!!

  • Flo May 19, 2011, 10:10 am

    How I looooooooong for a Pina Colada!!! Save me some 🙂

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