So, we are on our 4 Year anniversary trip to Italy and Greece. I feel like I am in a dream, and I seriously can’t believe we are here!! So the trip goes from Venice, Cinque Terre, Florence, Tuscany, Rome, Santorini, Athens and then back home. We are going to be gone for 16 days total, so crazy.
Obviously, we are going to continue working out on our trip, but I really didn’t know what to expect and what kind of workouts we will be able to get in, which doesn’t work well for my Type A personality. I usually have my workouts and meals planned days in advance. Our first stop in Venice was great. We spent our two days there walking around, getting lost in the charming neighborhoods and exploring the city. We literally walked for hours and hours. Our hotel had a small gym with dumbbells, so we made sure to get a strength session in while that was available to us. Neither one of us know the conversion from kilograms to pounds, so we were totally guessing on which dumbbells to use and it made us lift heavier. We are both sore today. Here’s the workout we did.
Circuit 1- 3 sets
Stationary Lunges- 15 reps per side- no idea how much weight we were using
Sumo Squats- 15 reps- heaviest dumbbell we could manage
Side Lunges- 15 reps- again, no idea
Circuit 2- 3 sets
Bent Over Row- 15 reps
Partner Push Ups- 14 reps (push up facing your partner, lift left leg and give each other five with the right hand, then push up and switch, adds some core to the exercise)
Bicep Curls- 15 reps
Tricep Dips- 15 reps
Circuit 3- 3 sets
Overhead Press- 15 reps- heavy
Lateral Raise- 15 reps
I’ve been surprised that we really haven’t had much of an issue communicating with the Italians so far. Also, I’ve been really surprised that I have been able to find gluten free food without any problems. All the waiters here seem to understand what I’m saying when I say I have a gluten allergy. We are trying to keep a heathy balance of experiencing the amazing food and wine and also eating healthy. We’ve had some delicious, healthy seafood dishes and salads, but also have had amazing Italian wine and gelato. They seem to keep their portion sizes much smaller than we do, which helps. Finding that balance is something I work towards everyday, and although there may be more splurges, I will continue to work on it while we are here.
We are on a train to Cinque Terre where we will be hiking all day tomorrow. This is the part of the trip that I’ve been the most excited about.
We don’t have Internet very often, but I will check in when I can.