Grab a Water

This week, instead of grabbing a beer, grab a water. Why? Because I am trying to get back on the healthy track. Last week, Mr. Lovely and I came from opposite coasts to meet up in the "middle" in Florida to enjoy some time in a warmer clime. Because of this, I ate too much and I didn't exercise enough. The reasons are plentiful.

ONE: Location Change. I have a hard time deviating from my regular schedule. At home I make a big (usually pretty healthy) meal on Sunday and eat it throughout the week. I supplement this meal with salads and veggies and oatmeal and fruit. I bring my lunch to work. When I am in a strange place, getting up at a different time each day, living in a hotel, not having a kitchen, I go downhill quickly. Also, not being in the house  in order to make and eat the healthier choices makes a difference. Sometimes, we thought we would make it back in time to make lunch but then things took longer than expected, so we had Mexican for lunch. This happened several times.

TWO: This is a Vacation! I would be happy to eat sandwiches most of the time in order to save money and time and my belly, but it IS fun to go out to a meal and really feel like you are not just sitting at home eating sandwiches. It makes it different, which is pretty much the problem in my case. Different = high in fat, cheese, alcohol and carbs. Different = delicious, but different ≠ healthy. I tried, really I did, but who wants the shrimp salad with the lowfat dressing when you can have a pollo burrito with all the fixins, a side of chips and salsa and a huge glass of sauvignon blanc? Every day? 

Or a 24 oz Bud Light. Hey, beggars can't be choosers.
THREE: It was Hot. I forgot how miserable it was to run in the heat. I hate it. I used to run in New Orleans after work and it would be 95 degrees and 98.9 % humidity. I don't know how I did it to be honest. I have gotten weak, I guess. Give me a hill and a high elevation run any day! But humidity, forget it. 

FOUR: Meals like THIS. 

Now, I wasn't just a lazy, drunken slob the WHOLE time! There were a few redeeming items on the menu. 

ONE: I Ran a 10k Race. This race adds one more state to my 50 State Race List! A total of 9 states that I have raced in so far. Only 41 to go!

And THEN I had a beer!
TWO: Paddle Boarding for 4 hours is a Good Ab Workout. Plus I got a sunburn that was back to white in one day tan, got an arm workout and got to see many fish, birds and stingrays!

THREE: Walking on the Beach is Good for Your Calves. I went walking on the beach a couple of times, which gives me the chance to get some exercise, people watch (post on that coming soon) and work on my burn/tan/whiteness all at the same time. 

FOUR: Meals like THIS. 

All in all, it was a fun time, but now it's time to get back on the ball and get back in shape! I feel kind of gross and overfed right now. Right now I am drinking more water and...going for a run!

Are you good at eating healthy and exercising when you are traveling?


  1. It depends on the trip. I rarely fit workouts in when I am traveling for work because of the long hours we work. And we tend to eat big meals at client dinners. I try to order fish, but sometimes it's a set menu so I am stuck eating steak (there are worse things, it's just certainly not a light/healthy meal).

    When I travel for fun, I eat pretty well. Part of that is forced by my gluten intolerance and avoiding dairy. And I try to fit workouts in while traveling for leisure. Good for you for running in the heat and humidity! That is the worst, isn't it? We had some really hot and humid days last summer where the heat index was like 110 and I just wanted to die. or thought I might from the heat. Ha.

  2. The crab looks super delicious!
    I havent ran in almost 2 weeks out of sheer exhaustion. I'm going to start back up by tomorrow - water, clean food, and exercising.

  3. Looks like a great vacation! I tend to be able to fit workouts in when I travel but eating healthy is out the window! I always SAY I'm going to but whether I'm traveling for work or leisure I usually have long days and I'm starving by the time I get to a restaurant and a salad no longer looks or sounds very appealing!

  4. Looks like you had a great time! You will feel back to normal in a couple of days. It's really hard to stay on track on vacation. Have a great run !

  5. I'm glad you got away- sounds like a fun week! Although I know that feeling of coming back and feeling blah... you'll be back on track soon. :)

  6. I hear I'm going to be seeing you in a few weeks when I am out in DC for the run and visiting Jess!! I will be the slow turtle at the end of the race ... Ha!

    Grab more water. I agree 100%.

    Have a great week! Ciao.

  7. I *rarely* fit in workouts when I vacation but a lot of my vacations are pretty active in nature so that helps. But eating healthy? Forget it. Never happens!

    Alsoooo... you were probably SO CLOSE TO ME! Where did you guys go??

  8. I always fall of the wagon a bit when I'm on vacation--I mean that's what vacation is for, right? I don't usually do specific workouts, but I do try to walk a lot more than I do in everyday life, and balance out my splurges with fruits, veggies, and lots of water.

  9. Indulgence on vacation is ok. Getting back on track when you get home is key. I try not to worry on vacation. I wish I could drink more water, that would be so helpful but it doesn't always happen.

  10. Sounds like a wonderful week! I say vacation is vacation. We rarely go anywhere so when we do we make the most of it. Not to say we don't eat healthy the entire time we are out of town or that we don't exercise at all but we don't focus on those.


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