Welcome to yet another edition of Pause The Momentos, a monthly wrap up with a bunch of short excerpts, funny stories and interesting moments from my daily life as I follow my dreams and pursue my goal of living life to the fullest — all day, every day.


Did you read last months edition of Pause The Momentos? If not, check it out here.


3000 Pushup Challenge Fitness Challenge

Pushup Challenge

In the month of October I challenged myself to do 3,000 pushups and I’m happy to report that by the end of the day on October 31st, I officially recorded my 3,043rd pushup for the month.

This was my first ever attempt at a pushup challenge and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. During the first few days of the challenge I did 4 sets of 25 of pushups to hit the 100 per day mark. Soon I found myself wanting to do more. After a few days into the challenge I started doing 30-35 pushups straight through and by the end of the month I was doing between 60-70 in one set.

I imagine that if I worked on doing pushups every other day (day of rest in between) I could eventually bang out 100 pushups in one single set. My best day was 75 straight through.

As far as strength goes, the fact that I doubled the amount of pushups by the end of the first week definitely says something. I also noticed some improved definition in my chest and triceps which I was really pleased with.

Looking to take on this challenge for yourself? Let me know how you do! Need a tougher challenge? Try my burpee challenge!

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The Beautiful “Muhteşem A” Gulet

Marmaris to Fethiye

After nearly two weeks of hosting my mother on a trip to Greece and Egypt, I spent the final two weeks of September relaxing at my apartment in Athens and prepping for an upcoming two weeks at sea.

On September 28th, I packed my bags, checked out of my cozy little apartment and hopped on a short one hour flight to the Greek island of Rhodes where I would end up spending the night before taking the ferry over to Marmaris, Turkey.

The following morning I arrived in Marmaris and met up with my good friend and professional tour guide, Ali, and the rest of the crew at MDFV.

Some of you might remember me mentioning MDFV in June’s edition of Pause The Momentos when I told you how I sailed some of the lesser known Greek Islands.

Well, I reunited with MDFV again at the end of September for yet another incredible adventure. This time I would be at sea for two straight weeks.

From September 30th-October 7th, the MDFV crew and I sailed what is commonly referred to as the “Blue Voyage or Blue Cruise” from Marmaris to Fethiye, Turkey.

It was an incredible week filled with family, friends, yoga, calisthenics training, hiking, swimming, snorkeling, stargazing, delicious meals and more.

Sounds amazing, right?

Well, let me show you a few of my favorite visuals from the trip below.

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Settling in: Michael, one of MDFV’s Yoga Instructors for select 2016 voyages, seems to be settling in quite well. It’s only been an hour or two and he’s already found his spot for the week.

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Daredevils and high dives: Taking my first dip of the trip and Ali, MDFV’s tour guide and resident daredevil going head first (hands-free) into the Mediterranean Sea.

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Sunset yoga sesh: Sunset yoga session with Sydney, our MDFV Yoga and Fitness Instructor. Behind her you can see the beautiful coast of Marmaris all lit up after dusk.

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Beach Yoga and silhouettes — Beach Yoga anyone? One evening we docked somewhere along the coast and took our mats down the beach for a sunset yoga session. The lighting was amazing and I was even able to capture these really cool silhouettes of our MDFV yogis.

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Portholes — I always loved peeping out of my porthole to see what sort of views I could capture. There always seemed to be something amazing going on out on the water and photographing it through my porthole made it even cooler.

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Active: MDFV’s voyages are all about eating healthy, staying active and making the most of every day.

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The herd: We spotted a local Turkish women herding her goats along one of the trails we were hiking.

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(Me), Ali, Georgia, Michael and Sydney

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Kaunos: Small boat trip to the ancient city of Kaunos located just a few kilometers west of the city of Dalyan. Here, you can view the ancient rock tombs which were carved into the mountainside (4th-2nd century BC). These incredibly photogenic tombs tower over the Dalyan river and are a real treat to photograph.

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Getting dirty only to get squeaky clean: We spent the afternoon at a local mud bath and fish spa. Below, you’ll see some of the hilariousness that ensued.

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Just 30 seconds: Ali holding the knees of Martina making sure she gets the full fish spa experience. Would you do it?

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Relaxation: What a better way to end a long day of fun in the sun than by lying in the sand on an empty beach and listening to the waves crash at your feet.

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Superman: Teaching Sydney how to do superman pushups on the deck. She’s a beast so she pretty much had it down after a few tries. Try one for yourself but don’t blame me if you face plant though.

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The yogi: Sydney throwing down a fun yoga pose for the camera.

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Ding, Ding, Ding: Everyday at breakfast, lunch and dinner the staff ring a bell at the front of the boat to alert everyone that the food is ready. This usually results in a mad dash to the table to see what sort of delicious food we’ll be chowing down on today. Looks yummy, right?

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Beached donkeys: Yep, those are donkeys and yep that’s a beautiful private beach in the background. Why these guys hang out there? I’m not really sure. Either way, it was a pretty unique sight to see.

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Cooking class: Each voyage includes a cooking class of some sort. This class we learned how to make spring rolls. Everyone joined in on the fun and once dinner time came around we got to chow down on all our hard work and effort that we put in earlier that day.

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Sunrises and sunsets: Big, beautiful, vibrant sunrises and sunsets at sea. Lots of em’. This is one of my favorites.

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More fitness: Every morning and every afternoon. Usually the mornings began with a sunrise yoga class and the afternoon session was an active/fitness class of some sort. The best part? Leaping into the sea after you get all hot and sweaty.

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Well, that pretty much sums up my first week at sea with MDFV and a crew whom I consider to be family at this point.

To date, I’ve been on three separate voyages (Greek Islands, Blue Voyage and an Inspection/Test Run Voyage) with MDFV and I can honestly tell you that I would happily hop aboard another three voyages without hesitation.

If your interests include things such as joining small/private cruises on the Mediterranean, cultural travel, active living/wellness, yoga, hiking, sightseeing, swimming, eating delicious food and meeting new friends from around the world, you’ll love what MDFV has to offer.

Learn more about about MDFV and their upcoming 2016 voyages and start your year off on the right foot by booking yourself on a 2016 voyage. Hope to see you all next summer!

Note: I’m already booked on two more MDFV tours for 2016. First, the overland tour from Istanbul to Cappadocia (May 16th – 23rd) and the Lycian Route (May 25th – June 1st). Will you be joining me on one of these?

Blue Parrot - Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Back to Playa del Carmen

On October 19th, I flew from Frankfurt, Germany to Cancun, Mexico. After a long summer of fun in the sun (Jun/July/Aug/Sept) in Europe, it was time to head back home to my current home base (Playa del Carmen, Mexico).

My first few weeks back in Playa consisted of running errands, shopping for necessities, getting a sim and data plan for my phone and meeting up with old friends.

Oh, and going on dates. Lots of em’. I guess I forgot how advantageous it is to be a blue-eyed foreigner in Mexico.

Whoa.

In other words, it felt amazing to be back and settled back into one of my favorite destinations on Earth.

Evolve Gym Playa del Carmen

It also felt great to be back in the gym and back into a steady weight routine. I really enjoyed doing strictly bodyweight workouts this summer but I believe having a balance between both weight and bodyweight is super beneficial. For me, at least. Ideally, I’d like to continue spending 4 months in the gym followed by 4 months of strictly bodyweight workouts and spending the final 4 months mixing things up.

I’m no yogi but here’s a quick clip of my first ever crow to handstand. So pumped to finally get this down!

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Above, you’ll see a video of me doing my first ever crow to handstand. I had been practicing this for a few weeks while I was on the boat sailing from Turkey to Greece and the day I decide to film it I finally get it down. Not perfect but still so damn exciting!

The Blonde Abroad and Pause The Moment at Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Pause The Moment x The Blonde Abroad

Guess who’s back? Yes, that’s right, within two weeks of my arrival back to Mexico, The Blonde Abroad was enroute to Playa!

We spent a half day at Cenote Eden, enjoyed a relaxing day by the pool both at the Palm and at the Grand Hyatt (pictured above and below)

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We snapped a bunch of new Instagrams, designed our own halloween costumes and so much more.

Halloween Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Yes, we dressed up as piñatas for Halloween and yes, all of the locals absolutely LOVED our costumes.

We could hardly walk five feet on 5th avenue without crowds of people waiting in line to take photos with us. We not only had the most unique (traditionally speaking) costumes but we also made them from scratch so it was that much more of a win.

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Designing and creating the costumes was pretty annoying and repetitive for me. I think it’s due to the fact that I’m not the craftiest guy on the planet. That being said, I wouldn’t have pushed through and finished this costume without Kiki’s support. Big thanks to her for motivating me and making this Halloween one of the most memorable Halloweens to date. Xo chica!

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And that’s a wrap! Hope you enjoyed this months edition of Pause The Momentos. If you did, please be sure to share it via Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, or word of mouth!