Plus Size Travel: Miami Beach Resort & Spa, Life’s Good.


As I mentioned before, my Miami trip was my first “grown up” vacay. Instead of travelling with family, I was meeting up with girlfriends and I was pretty stoked. (It almost felt like my first time at sleep-away camp as a child.) I was in the LaGuardia Airport waiting for my flight when I passed a sign that simply said, “Life’s Good”.

Sometimes I get so focused on the things that I’m not: I’m not skinny enough, I’m not making enough money, I’m not in a relationship… So, I decided in the moment that “Life’s Good” would be a personal mantra for me during my trip. I needed to remind myself that, in spite of all the things that I’ve yet to accomplish, life really is good.

We decided to stay at the Miami Beach Resort & Spa because that’s where the wedding party was staying. I didn’t put much thought into it, the website looked nice and when I made the reservation over the phone, customer service was really helpful, but I was staying there mostly out of convenience.

I was the first of my girlfriends to arrive and when I checked into our room it was around 2am so it was very dark. I opened the curtains to my room and could see the pool glowing a soft purple but that was about it. I unpacked, took a shower and went to bed not knowing what a gift our room was.

A few hours later the sunlight woke me up and as I rolled over, the view from my window took my breath away. Our floor to ceiling windows were filled completely with the beach and the brilliant blue ocean.

Life is good, I thought to myself with a smile.

Within the hour, my girlfriends all arrived from California, Chicago and North Carolina, respectively. They checked in, we had breakfast in our room and then we threw on our swimsuits and headed downstairs. There was a small path from the pool area straight onto the beach, so we were there in no time and we spent the early afternoon talking, making business calls from the sand and playing in the waves. I’m not sure why laying around on the beach made us so hungry, but after a couple of hours we were ready for lunch (and drinks). We sat at the hotels outdoor cafe and Elida, who became my favorite waitress, brought us yummy sandwiches, quesadillas, chicken fingers (and drinks).

As much as I hate to admit it, my weight is always a nagging issue in the back of my head. I’m so proud of myself for going parasailing and walking around in a swimsuit, but the reality is that for a fleeting moment I considered not taking this trip because Miami is a beach city and I’m no where near my goal weight. But from the time I saw that “Life’s Good” sign, I felt like there were constant reminders that life is meant to be enjoyed, period. There are so many things in this world to experience and if we miss out on them because of how we look… we’re crazy!

Coming up from the beach and lunch, I was looking out my window and I saw a group of young girls huddled together in the kiddie pool. It was such a simple and sweet moment and for me it was a great testament to the range of people, single girls, families, honeymooners… and a Plus Size Princess who were taking a moment to recognize that Life’s Good.

I guess I’m writing this post to encourage my PSP’s to get out and do the things you want to do. Find a way to make it happen! I’m definitely on a budget, but the four of us were able to have a luxurious four day experience at the Miami Beach Resort & Spa with their friendly, attentive staff for about $150 per person (and that includes a few meals charged to the room!)

If there’s something you want to experience, don’t make your weight an excuse not to do it… okay?

Life’s Good!

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  • Emily Sandford

    Kudos to you for having fun, and going in the first place. Can't tell you how many things I've put off or canceled because I was too self conscious of my weight.

  • Jessica Downey

    This is such a great post! I have a habit of doing the same thing to myself and you are absolutely right. I feel a little inspired now. :)

  • Coyote Rose

    Not letting your weight stop you from doing something is really good advice. I mean i know girls that are totally skinny bitches, who don't want to wear a bikini because they think are fat. Or girls who flat chested that won't wear low cut tops.

    I think we all have something about our bodies that bothers us, and we shouldn't let it stop us from having fun.

  • doll

    glad you had so jealous anyways, i need a little excitement in my life!

  • Skye Blue

    What an awesome post!

    It seems we all are doing battle with some kind of negative self-talk about ourselves – be it weight, career goals, dating or whatever. So glad you shared how you overcame your angst about having not yet reached your weight goal and took the trip to Miami.

    Inspiring indeed.

  • Fattitude Blog

    Very nice post! We are a Brazilian Plus Size blog and really like Big Gilr Blog! Keep doing the good work :)

  • Nandoism™

    Girl, it ain't a vacation without the chicken fingers! And yes, "Life is good!"

    One of my mantras is "I'm just trying to matter." That really creates a shift in your thoughts! Try it. Consider it a gift.

  • Becca Christensen

    Good for you girl! I'm so proud. I LIVE in a beach area full of skinnies! So I feel your pain. But with lots of hard work, my days as a plus-size may just be numbered…hello size 14, welcome to my life. Size 12, you're next!


  • Sarah

    Glad to see you having such a great time! I'm sure you will inspire a lot of other women out there to just get out and have fun! Your weight should not prevent your from doing anything in your life.

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  • Rarae Avis

    This post was right on time for me. I am going to Miami with a group of smaller girls. At first I was apprehensive about even going knowing that I would be the "big" girl of the group. However, I feel like I'm going to just be me…this is a chance for me to get away and re-invent myself. I can use this as a chance to really let inner self show:)>>>The closer the trip is getting the more excited I am becomming…..THANK YOU…..

  • Jodi

    I was googling plus-size travel for a school project I’m doing and came across your blog. It’s fantastic. I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts!

    As a plus-size gal from Canada I can relate to many of your feelings. I travel quite a bit and my weight usually causes me some anxiety as well. I had the opportunity to go kayaking in Halung Bay Vietnam and the whole time we were getting ready I was panicked that everyone would laugh when my enormous bottom didn’t fit into the kayak. In the end it did – whew – and I loved it. I rarely have a “pretty-day” or feel like a princess but I am a firm believer that plus-size doesn’t mean fat, slovenly, lazy or grotesque. I’m (relatively) fit, fun and ready to try anything!!

    Thanks for the great blog! I’ve subscribed and can’t wait to read more.

  • Puppycrazysb94

    Hey Cece! I’m a new reader so I’ve been pouring over all your older post. And when I came to this one all the photos are just black with an exclaimation point. I’ve never had this problem before and all your other photots seem to be fine. Just wanted to let you know. :) Keep writing! You’ve been such an encouragement to me. When ever I start thinking that I’m to big to do something I remember you and I do it anyway! Thanks so much.