Tuesday, June 8, 2010

"No vacation goes unpunished."

There is nothing like a good vacation to ruin an even better healthy lifestyle. How many times have you started a great diet plan and exercise routine only for it to be ruined by a holiday or vacation? I will admit, its kind of hard to stay on track when you are having so much fun, and these past two weeks I did fall off the horse a little bit.
With a family of three, which is really a family of 5 with the way my husband likes to eat, its expensive to eat at restraunts on an 8 hour road trip. We easily spend $20 each time we stop at any fast food place and at-least $10 at coffee shops. So, we tend to migrate to cheaper places when we travel, such as Taco Bell. Yes, I ate Taco Bell at-least 4 times on this trip and I definitely met Karma after doing so. My tummy hurt so much that I thought I was going to die!
I did get in a good hike one day on our trip and I did try to move around a little more than I normally would on a vacation. The hike was a 10 mile hike through the blue ridge mountains and was really nice. I will post pics in a later post. We also made a few mall trips so we could walk around and get out.
I am getting better on my vacations than I used to be. We used to eat out every chance we got and would put half and half in our coffee's. We used to also sit around and do nothing on our trips. The most exercise I would get is walking to the car. So, even though we still do bad things, we have found ways to improve them to make them a little better. Instead of eating a huge burrito or cheeseburger with a large french fry, I'm eating grilled chicken sandwiches with no sauce or a fresco taco (cutting out dairy products). Also, a huge change is using skim milk instead of half and half each cup of coffee I drink. You may not think this is much of a change at all but I drink a lot of coffee which results in a lot of creamer. I would say on average, I probably use about 2 cups of “creamer” a day. I'm also finding things to get me out of the house. Such as the hike (site seeing), going to the mall and window shopping, going to the park and playing tennis, and walking around the city. We are also going to the grocery store and buying things instead of going out to eat when we get to our destination. So, not only is our vacation “health” getting better but our budget is too!

1 comment:

  1. OMG!! You are so right!! Before my April vacation to Chicago, I had lost like eight pounds and I gained it all back. I counted calories on the first leg of the trip. My husband drove as my wonderful panic attacks keep me away from the airport. Once I got to Chicago, all bets were off! It has been so hard to get back into the groove of things. I lost 105 lbs before, but damn it, it is so hard once you have a kid!