I’m Not Leaving

by jenna on July 23, 2010

I’m loving reading all your best life moments–keep it up!

Day three at Miraval and I think every bit of stress that I brought in with me has totally melted away. I think one of the best things about this place is that you really feel cared for here. There’s nowhere you need to be, nothing to you need to do… except just take care of yourself. Something we all should do more often, no? Every member of the Miraval staff is willing to go over and beyond the call of duty here for you to feel totally comfortable and at peace. Plus, they are all just so nice.

And I’m not just saying this because Miraval is hosting me, either. Y’all know I always give my honest opinions about products and places and have no problem giving negative reviews (I’ve done it before on here). No one is paying me to say good things and I certainly would never accept payment for positive reviews. I like to give you all my honest opinions, all the time. I just happen to feel really passionate about this place in particular, and actually even thought about applying here for my culinary externship back in 2008. I need to bring Almanzo here—he would LOVE this. There’s actually a ton of stuff for couples to do here such as relationship building activities, hiking, mountain biking and couples massages.

I also emailed them and asked if I could just live here and blog but they didn’t respond. Maybe that crosses the line? What if I hold on really tightly to the bed and they can’t pry my fingers from the mattress pad? Then can I stay?

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Just kidding.

Not really.

Anyways! This morning I woke up at an extremely early hour and hit the gym! Whenever I travel I take little notecards with me with exercises written down on them to stay on track. Today I used an old one of Gina’s Summer Shape Up arm workouts.

Then, I ate.

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Boring old me got more swiss muesli topped with ground flax, walnuts, raisins, blueberries and strawberries with two pieces of bacon on the side. Mmmm bacon.
This morning I’m participating in one of the “outdoor challenge” activities they have here—the Desert Sky Zipline Experience.

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That’s not me.
This is going to be sort of hard for me, I think. Although I have no fear of heights, I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE “trust activities”. Remember those camp games where you used to fall back in a partner’s arms? Um no thank you. I like to be in control. I like do things on my own. I like to have power.
Like I said, this probably will be really good for me.
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alex July 23, 2010 at 8:21 am

Isn’t it too hot out there for an outdoor activity??? Have fun!

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crunchy granola gal July 23, 2010 at 8:23 am

regarding the zipline: do it, do it, do it!

and um, miraval people: read this blog entry and let jenna blog for you guys. all of us will get insanely jealous of her fabulous lifestyle and book trips for ourselves. totally serious.

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Christina July 23, 2010 at 8:34 am

I’m the same way @trust activities. I need to be in control, at all times!

Miraval is sounding like paradise. I’m seriously considering booking a trip. I could use some self relection and R&R.

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Heather (Heather's Dish) July 23, 2010 at 8:44 am

i want to live there too…they should make it into a healthy living blogger compound :)

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Jessica @ How Sweet July 23, 2010 at 8:45 am

I am SO afraid of heights and trust activities. Yikes! Have fun! I’m sure it will be very liberating.

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Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin July 23, 2010 at 8:46 am

Ohhh have fun today!! So glad you’re having an awesome time. i need a week away!

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Laura @ youngDCliving July 23, 2010 at 8:48 am

Haha! I hated those trust activities too. “Ok, fall back into your group’s arms”—NO, THANK YOU! They always made me nervous.

Have a great rest of your trip!

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Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine July 23, 2010 at 8:55 am

Miraval sounds AMAZING. My parents love Pheonix- I’m wondering if I can convince them to take me there on their next trip? Enjoy the rest of your time there!

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Marie July 23, 2010 at 8:57 am

Oh man I’ve always wanted to do an extreme zip-line like that! I’m sure you’ll love it.

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Jasmine @ Eat Move Write July 23, 2010 at 8:59 am

Yikes!
You think YOU have trust issues. Try being a formerly obese woman. I used to weigh 343 pounds. Even though I am now rather petite, I still cannot do anything that requires another person to pick me up, fall back, or fly through the air. When my gigantic and muscular husband picks me up, I freak!!! :P

So, all that’s to say, I feel your pain. :) Have fun though!

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Jessica @ Rawtumn July 23, 2010 at 8:59 am

Wow, good luck on the zipline today! Your experience there has sounded amazing thus far so I’m sure it will only continue that way. Thanks for sharing it with us! With I was there, it’s beautiful!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 23, 2010 at 9:02 am

Oooh I’ve always wanted to try zip lining! You may think your brekkie was boring but I’d totally choose that too!

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Courtney (delightful devours) July 23, 2010 at 9:03 am

It is so beautiful there! All your pictures are just gorgeous.
I have a feeling you will end up liking the zipline experience :)

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Brooke July 23, 2010 at 9:10 am

SO FUN! I want to come! Also, this article reminds me of you…

http://www.7×7.com/arts/meat-matter-pork-new-vegan

Just sub out pigs/porks “head” for pigs/porks “belly”.

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Dorry July 23, 2010 at 9:27 am

I do the same thing with traveling workouts! Otherwise I sit there trying to remember a routine….

I’m sure you’ll do great on the zipline!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 23, 2010 at 9:34 am

I’m with you on the trust things. I always hated doing those on retreats and such. That muesli looks good! I discovered muesli about a year ago- best discovery ever!

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Mariah July 23, 2010 at 9:38 am

You will love the zipline! I just did it a few weeks ago in WV for the first time and loved it. Have fun

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S July 23, 2010 at 9:42 am

Next time you come to Philly we are totally going to the rock climbing gym. You will love it- promise!

I am actually taking Trig there on Sunday for our one year anniversary!

Good luck with the zipline- I hear it is less scary if you keep your eyes open.

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S July 23, 2010 at 9:44 am

P.S. I think I will take PB to Miraval this fall. It would be just what we need after he starts his firm.

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Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 23, 2010 at 9:47 am

Aww smile because it happened! It sounds like a lovely experience. :)

I hope you have fun with the zipline challenge!

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Kera July 23, 2010 at 10:10 am

I have never heard of this place until your recent posts, and… I NEED TO GO HERE. That place looks so amazingly beautiful! And the food, ohhhh the food! You’ve sold me. Too bad I live on the east coast :(

Have fun on the zip line!

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Ellie July 23, 2010 at 10:13 am

I love that- it’s true we do need to take care of ourselves more!

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Jessica July 23, 2010 at 10:14 am

I think I need to go there. It sounds awesome!

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Amber K July 23, 2010 at 10:18 am

I hated those “trust” games, too. But I can’t wait to read about your experience!

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Suzanne de Cornelia July 23, 2010 at 10:52 am

Those berries, and the flying through the sky experience, look great. That’s how I’ve felt in Hawaii (in certain locales/resort hotels). The stress just melts away and have no idea how tense we really are until that happens and just in a bliss state the entire time.

I’ll like that too, will not say something I don’t mean, not for money or anything. It looks like an ultimate experience–can’t wait to go sometime.

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Dee July 23, 2010 at 10:56 am

I don’t blame you for not wanting to leave. I probably would feel the same way. It looks like paradise over there!

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Therese July 23, 2010 at 11:23 am

I had a ball ziplining when I went in the Dominican! My best friend was with me and had a fear of heights but decided to try it anyway and she did GREAT! You do have a certain amount of control and our technicians did a great job on teaching us what was what and how much weight it would hold, etc. so we weren’t too nervous. I’m taking my dad ziplining next month! I hope it works for you!!!

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Becky @ Farmgirl Paints July 23, 2010 at 11:42 am

I’ve heard of that place you are staying. Sounds heavenly. I’m pretty much the same way with trusting others. That’s why almost every picture on my blog was taken by ME. No one else can take a good one. Go have fun…fling yourself off that cliff and just try and trust:)

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Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun July 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I agree with you about the trust activities. What can I say? I like being in control!

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MMiller July 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm

I’m another one with “trust” issues I guess! I like to be in control as well! I would LOVE to try to do a zipline! That place looks and sounds amazing! I need to look into it for our anniversary!

Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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Cynthia (It All Changes) July 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I hate trust activities but want to zip line so bad. After flying through the sky at Six flags I think it is awesome.

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 23, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Take me with you next time! The zip lining looks so fun!

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Heather July 23, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Oh my gosh, that looks terrifying and fun at the same time. Can’t wait to read your review of the zipline!

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Jackie (Peaces of Earth) July 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I’m seriously about to email Miraval to see if I work/live there. That place is AMAZING and it just gets better and better.

Ziplining is something I SO want to do. I’m sure you’re going to feel so free once you “let go”. Can’t wait to hear about it.

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