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Florida Part One: A Very Happy Vacation

Hi everyone.

Today is my 32nd birthday…and I feel really, really happy. After a long period of time where things felt up in the air and a little unsettled, I feel grounded and perfectly content with exactly where I am right now. It’s a good way to feel.

I arrived home around 9:30 last night from Florida. It was so wonderful to spend a week with my parents and I was grateful that my fiance could join me for the last few days. We both left the trip feeling very rested, connected and ready for a busy but exciting summer ahead.

I have so many photos to share with you from my trip. I just uploaded 36 of them! I think I’ll have to break this into a couple posts so as not to overwhelm you with photos or write a novel.


We were so blessed with incredible weather for the trip. The first two days it rained in the morning but cleared up in the afternoon and for the last three days, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I spent as much time outdoors as possible. I worked outside in the morning, ran outside, spent hours on the beach and we ate on the balcony or outdoors at restaurants in the evenings.


The first night I was there we had grilled shrimp salads. My dad grilled the onions, corn and shrimp and I assembled the salad. It featured mixed greens, tomatoes, black beans and avocado along with the grilled stuff. It was dressed with a really light but delicious citrus vinaigrette that my dad made.


Smoothies and coffee every morning. This was the only morning I went out for Starbucks because I was out anyway at BodyPump.


I packed lunch to eat on the beach every day. My dad and I decided it’s a 100% true fact that sandwiches taste better on the beach. This was a wrap with pastrami, avocado, muenster, mayo, dijon and tomatoes.


And this was a sandwich on sourdough with Duke’s mayo (the best!), avocado, chicken, muenster and tomatoes.


I ate as much of my dad’s homemade bread as possible while I was visiting! πŸ™‚


The night before my fiance arrived, my parents and I went out for dinner. We tried to go to two different restaurants in Destin but the wait times were over an hour so starving we headed back and tried out a new spot (to us) in Fort Walton, The Original Crab Shack. It was super casual and on the water. I was happy to sit outside.


My mom and dad got this blackened redfish.


And I got a crab stuffed grouper with grilled asparagus, cole slaw and hush puppies. Can we take a moment of silence for hush puppies please? SO GOOD!


My nights ended like this…I love, love, love Publix Cookies & Cream and had a scoop every night with some hot tea. (That is until the carrot cake came along…next post!)

I’ll be back with part two later today! Off to practice and teach yoga! πŸ™‚

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  • Chris June 16, 2015, 10:50 am

    Happy birthday, Jen!

    • Jen DeCurtins June 16, 2015, 11:29 am

      Thank you!!

  • Krista June 16, 2015, 11:05 am

    Happy Birthday Jen!! I found your blog last week…and I absolutely love it! I am in the midst of training for my first full marathon, so your posts on running are great. Like you, I will be doing the Marine Corps Marathon…and I am so incredibly excited for it! The shrimp salad you had for dinner looked incredible…will you be posting the recipe? I hope you have a fantastic birthday!


  • Claire @ Keeping Up With Claire June 16, 2015, 11:34 am

    Happy Birthday!!! You can definitely tell that you’re happy and content – you look incredible! I hope today is full of lots of happiness, cake and puppies. πŸ™‚ Thank you for being such an amazing inspiration to all of us in this community. <3

    • Jen DeCurtins June 17, 2015, 9:57 am

      Thank you so much!!

  • Georgina June 16, 2015, 11:42 am

    Happy Birthday! Just wanted to share that I did your bodyweight tabata workout this morning…the frog jump/squat jump interval was killer! Great workout. Have an awesome day!

    • Jen DeCurtins June 17, 2015, 9:57 am

      Yay! Thank you!!

  • Amanda June 16, 2015, 11:44 am

    Happy birthday! It looks like Florida was a great trip. Can’t wait to see more photos. The food looks amazing.

    • Jen DeCurtins June 17, 2015, 9:58 am

      So much good food. Thank you!!

  • Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run June 16, 2015, 11:48 am

    HAPPY Birthday, Jen!! I am so happy that you’re happy and content. Glad you were able to enjoy a relaxing vacation too… will you be getting hitched in your 32nd year?

  • Krista June 16, 2015, 11:50 am

    Happy Birthday Jen! I found your blog last week…and I absolutely love it, especially your posts on running. I’m currently training for my first full marathon (Marine Corps). The shrimp salad you made looks incredible…will you be posting the recipe to that? Hoping you have a fantastic day!!

  • Julie June 16, 2015, 1:00 pm

    Happy Birthday!!

    • Jen DeCurtins June 17, 2015, 9:59 am


  • Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks June 16, 2015, 1:13 pm

    Happy, happy birthday! Glad you are feeling good about the place you are at these days! πŸ™‚

    • Jen DeCurtins June 17, 2015, 9:59 am

      Thank you!

  • Shashi at RunninSrilankan June 16, 2015, 1:31 pm

    Happy, Happy Birthday Jen! You and your dad are right – everything tastes better at the beach …though carrot cake tastes good EVERYWHERE !

    • Jen DeCurtins June 17, 2015, 10:00 am

      Ha! Very true. Thank you!

  • Ashley @ A Lady Goes West June 16, 2015, 1:49 pm

    Hi Jen! I hope you spent some time in Publix. I’m there a handful of times at least when I visit my family in Southwest Florida. I have to get my Publix fix, because I don’t have it here in the Bay Area! And the Beaches on the Panhandle are gorgeous. In fact, Gulf Coast beaches are some of my favorite anywhere! So nice you had a relaxing time. Love the food pictures too!

    • Jen DeCurtins June 17, 2015, 10:02 am

      I agree! It’s not a bad place to go visit family!

  • Kate June 16, 2015, 1:58 pm

    Happy birthday! Sounds like a wonderful holiday. As a British lady I love reading all your food posts (and the others too!) as they provide great inspiration – nobody here writes about salads and sandwiches with the same enthusiasm! I have to ask though, what are hush puppies? They’re a shoe brand over here….

    • Jen DeCurtins June 17, 2015, 10:04 am

      Thank you!! Hush puppies are fried corn bread. They’re not exactly health food, but they’re so worth it!

  • She Rocks Fitness June 16, 2015, 2:06 pm

    Happy Birthday pretty lady! So glad you had a wonderful week…You look beautiful and relaxed. Sandwiches on the beach are the best!!! I love that your Dad makes sourdough…my favorite! πŸ™‚

    • Jen DeCurtins June 17, 2015, 10:05 am

      Thank you!! It’s so good that I always have to bring some home with me!

  • Carrie June 16, 2015, 2:08 pm

    Happy Birthday!! My husband is from Ft. Walton, and Destin beaches are by far the best!!! Also, love that you still do Bodypump, I do it at least 3x a week. My goal is to have your arms. Have a great day!!

    • Jen DeCurtins June 17, 2015, 10:06 am

      Thank you!!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine June 16, 2015, 2:15 pm

    Happy Birthday Jen!
    What a fabulous Florida getaway!

    • Jen DeCurtins June 17, 2015, 10:06 am


  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles June 16, 2015, 2:31 pm

    Happy Birthday! Wishing you only the best πŸ™‚ So glad you had such a nice little trip…Enjoy your special day today!

    • Jen DeCurtins June 17, 2015, 10:06 am

      Thanks so much!

  • kristin | W [H] A T C H June 16, 2015, 3:09 pm

    happy, happy birthday! looks like a beautiful way to usher in this next year. look forward to seeing more pictures. cheers to 32!

    • Jen DeCurtins June 17, 2015, 10:07 am

      Thank you!

  • Lilly June 16, 2015, 4:58 pm

    HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Your trip looks wonderful! I’m so pleased that you’re feeling content in life right now. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for years and it’s been amazing to watch your journey. Thanks for sharing it!

    • Jen DeCurtins June 17, 2015, 10:07 am

      Thank you!!

  • Elaine June 16, 2015, 6:29 pm

    Happy birthday Jen! All of the food looks so good! Glad to see you had a good time on vacation. It makes me miss the beach!

    • Jen DeCurtins June 17, 2015, 10:08 am


  • Kimberly w. June 16, 2015, 11:41 pm

    happy birthday, Jen! Ice cream every night is an awesome way to celebrate πŸ™‚

    • Jen DeCurtins June 17, 2015, 10:09 am


  • Emily @ My Healthyish Life June 17, 2015, 9:05 am

    Happy, happy birthday! I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip…it looked amazing πŸ™‚ I love eating outside in the summer and I agree that the beach makes everything taste better.

    • Jen DeCurtins June 17, 2015, 10:10 am

      Thank you!!

  • Nicole June 17, 2015, 9:52 am

    Happy Birthday Jen! May it be your best year yet! Also, that color looks great on you.

    • Jen DeCurtins June 17, 2015, 10:10 am


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