A few months ago, I wrote about taking a sibling trip to Mexico City for Labor Day Weekend. Unfortunately, only 2/3 siblings made it due to passport issues, but nonetheless, it was still an amazing experience for me and now I can’t wait to share it with you in this 3-part blog series. These three blogs will cover the city itself & landmarks we visited, fitness & health, and overall personal reflection. You can read part one of this series here!
Three months before this trip, I made an impulse purchase and booked a flight to Mexico City with my brothers. I hadn’t taken a second thought to think about how ill-prepared my body was to endure the walking. Or worse, how I might fare with the extremely high elevation that awaited me in Mexico City. I decided it was the perfect opportunity to get back into my workout routine and get some serious cardio sessions in. Unfortunately, my body had others plans for me.
Just a few short weeks after purchasing my plane ticket, my body decided to give me a big scare. I spent a majority of a Monday morning completely uncomfortable. I felt awful and worse than that, I could not breathe. After a (literally) painful hospital visit, I got to go home and rest. But now I had another difficult pill to swallow – I had asthma. It was a huge inconvenience and completely put a pin in my fitness plans. How was I ever going to prepare my body for Mexico City when it could barely function in the United States?! (Read a previous blog on my diagnosis & experience with asthma here!)
Nevertheless, I was eventually able to ease myself back into a good workout routine and prepare myself as much as I could for Mexico City. I even tackled a stair climber workout, which is by far one of the most intense cardio sessions I’ve ever had. In those three months, I tried my hardest to psych myself out and convince myself that there was absolutely nothing that could bring me down in Mexico that I hadn’t already faced here. I was ready to take on a new experience in a new country.
Extra cardio sessions at home to prepare for Mexico!
Flying into Mexico City was already overwhelming, but the walk through the airport was even worse. Besides the long walk we made to get out of the place, the amount of people and various noises nearly gave me a panic attack. I immediately became overcome with a sense of urgency. I knew I needed to get out of there and fast. I had to calm myself down and relax, and once I did, I felt okay to continue onto our next destination. And then we got into our Uber. And y’all, I am not kidding when I say Mexico City’s traffic was insane. Because it was! It was so crazy and crowded, and I witnessed so many close calls on our short ride to the apartment. But, I kept calm, got to the apartment to unpack, and took some time to recollect myself. I just kept telling myself, “You are on vacation. You need to find peace here.” That was my mantra for this whole trip.
The next few days were a blur, but I can tell you, of all the things I did on this trip, walking was the constant. My goodness, we walked everywhere. My Fitbit racked up easily over 20 miles while we were there. My biggest accomplishment though? I climbed a freaking pyramid! I couldn’t even believe my body was going along with this. I was ready to throw in the towel at times, but my heart was stronger and I journeyed on. It has been such an amazing feeling to be able to come home and say, “Yeah, I did that!” I was able to push my body beyond its limits, to a whole new state of wellbeing to say the least.
Overall, I can say that I had a very positive experience in Mexico City because I had prepared myself to face physical and mental drawbacks while on this trip. I wanted to be able to push myself to accomplish something new, and I did it. I wanted to find happiness and peace while away from home and work, and I definitely did that too! As much as I love being home & I love working somewhere I am comfortable, I felt like I needed to get out and push myself further, into new territory. I tried things that made me uncomfortable & took more risks. It paid off immensely for my mentality and my physical wellbeing. I came home feeling like an entirely reborn woman. And I know, it seems silly, that a 5-day trip to a different country could have made me feel that way. But believe me when I say that this trip truly changed me.
My advice if you’re thinking of taking on a new adventure in your life? Whether it is a physical or mental task you are looking to accomplish, prepare yourself the best that you can. I have always been one of those people who expects the worst but hopes for the best. I always try to keep a positive outlook on my life. Mexico City was no exception. Had it not been for my sheer determination, I know I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish all I did. It’s a confidence boost I will be able to carry with me for a long time to come. Remember, you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it!
Be on the lookout for Part 3 of this series, where I will talk about my takeaway from the trip and what I’d like others to takeaway from my trip and this journey.