In January, a friend mentioned a weight-loss retreat in Costa Rica and how she lost 10 lbs.   I looked at her and said a “fat farm” and suddenly I was intrigued.   Would this “fat farm” be similar to the Biggest Loser?   What would it entail?

After doing some research, my friends and I decided to sign up for a 4-days/3-nights in Samara, Costa Rica.  Before I get into the retreat, let me give you some background of Samara.   Their motto is “Pura Vida” meaning pure life.   When you are ready to retire or don’t give a insert explicit, you go to Samara.   It is pretty much a chilled atmosphere living near the water where the cost of living is relatively inexpensive.

Okay, now back to the weight-loss retreat.   The website stated that we would be working out 3 to 4 hours day and our meal would consist of juicing or salad.   They were not lying.  Our typical day was

6:45 am                1 hour Power walk which included the beach and trails

8:00 am                Breakfast Juice

8:30 am                Strength Training

9:30 am                Detox drink

10:00 am             Cardio

Noon                     Lunch Juice

1:00 pm               Stretch/Yoga

2:00 pm               Detox Drink

2:00 pm               Free Time

5:00 pm               Dinner Juice or Salad

Breakfast juice of Pineapple and Orange
Detox – Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, and Lime
Lunch was mango, avocado, and chia seeds












Dinner of romaine lettuce, avocado, grated beets and carrots. Dressing is oil and vinegar









Stairs with 100 steps

Walk on the beach
Strength Training
















I do consider myself an active person who tries to eat healthy about 80% of the time, but the retreat kicked my butt.   I found out that I am not used to hiking.  Okay, hills!  I don’t like inclines!   I live in Florida and we are so flat that we can see Georgia.  The morning walk nearly took all my strength to continue.  There were times I just wanted to call an Uber and be done with it.

After climbing/hiking to see the view. You noticed that I needed to catch my breath

Now as for the juicing and no real food.  By Saturday, I had a doozy of a headache.  Thank God, I packed some Advil.   The detox was working and my body was expelling the toxins.  I am going to admit one thing, on the first day of juicing, I was begging for something to chew.  A banana!  An apple!  They said no.   However, they offered to make me a salad for dinner.  Our host said I will make you a kale salad that has avocado, cucumber, cilantro, sunflower seeds with a lime dressing.   I literally thought it was Christmas.  I imagined this big bowl of salad.  What she presented was barely 3 oz.  I ate it and went to bed at 6:30 pm.

My dinner salad

Overall, it was a great weekend of being disciplined.   In total, we all lost between 3 to 10 lbs.  Was this a great option for weight-loss?  Yes, but not for long-term.  It is definitely a way to detox our body to start you on your weight-loss journey.  Of course, the best part of this journey is with friends interNATionally.