I just got back from vacation…and it…was…awesome! Napa, No Kids, Wedding, Wine…sounds pretty successful to me! Vacations are a wonderful opportunity to relax, spend time with loved ones, and have fun…YOLO!
I knew I was kind of putting my healthy lifestyle to the wayside for a few days, but in reality I was trampling all over it on horseback through a vineyard. I didn’t realize until I got home and felt ICKY! Not just the icky you feel from flying on a plane, but how you feel when you have been gorging yourself over the last 36 hours. Bloated, heavy, tired, blah…just a few words to describe how I felt.
This is when I began to reflect on my choices during my trip, was there anything I could have changed to have the MAXIMUM amount of fun with MINIMAL repercussions?
Ahhh I think I feel a list coming on…
Below are a few lessons learned from my trip about having an amazing time without sacrificing the progress of your healthy lifestyle!
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Don’t Eat Just to Eat
This is tricky on a trip, but definitely manageable. I remember specifically my breakfast downfall on Saturday morning. It’s your standard cheap hotel breakfast buffet. I’m like…oooh buffet. I’m looking at the sausage and eggs like…eww kinda. But THEN I get the magical idea to make a breakfast sandwich with the bagel and eggs and sausage. If you can’t SEE the sausage and eggs then it’s not so bad. Then I ate it. And it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t really that good. I ate it anyways. Nooooooo! Then I ate a yogurt, too…and maybe a Danish…because…buffet.
ANOTHER example was at the wedding. The wedding was absolutely GORGEOUS and PERFECT! The venue was beautiful, the couple was beautiful, and the food was beautiful. The cake was extravagant, and had some fun flavors. However, I’m guessing it was made mostly for looks because it was good, but not out of this world…and maybe a bit dry. Don’t worry though, I ate my entire giant piece. Looking back, a few bites would have been just fine!
Lessons Learned: Don’t eat just to eat. Think about ALL of the options (maybe oatmeal/English muffin/yogurt) and go with the best ones. If it’s not great, don’t eat it…you can use calories on something better!
Sharing is Caring
Sharing is a great way to save money AND calories. Restaurant portions these days are so big that usually you can share with a friend/family member and still feel full. We went to a fun saloon one night for dinner. Of course I got a delicious saloon burger with avocados…because those are healthy. LOL! It was A LOT of food! I got uncomfortably full, and it all could have been avoided with a little sharing!
Additionally (if you are 21), when you tour wineries, tastings can be about $40 for approximately 4 glasses of 2-3oz of wine. If you’re like me, heaven forbid you spit any of that precious wine out! It isn’t much wine, BUT if you share a tasting it is half the cost and half the calories!
Lessons Learned: By sharing you’re controlling your portions and consuming less! It’s not as tempting to eat a full burger when you only have a half in front of you!
Here’s this tip creeping up in the list again. I bought a new water bottle to bring on the trip. I had all of these awesome plans to drink water, especially when wine was involved, and I proceeded to leave my water bottle in the room the WHOLE time. Yep, my cute little pink water bottle missed out on all the fun. I made a valiant effort to drink glasses of water where I went…but it is IMMENSELY easier to consume the appropriate amount of water when you bring your own.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, water can help you feel full and awake. It has ZERO calories and can give you a boost of energy for your fun filled vacation schedule.
Lessons Learned: Make your water bottle your BFF and bring it everywhere. It’s always better to be prepared when you could face small water cups, lack of water re-filling service, and no water availability!
Be A Little Active
My expectations for working out were low, and I decided I wasn’t going to feel bad about it. That is ok, vacations are generally for relaxing. What I didn’t realize is that I was going to feel bad about it regardless. We did a bit of walking, and a bit of dancing…so I felt pretty good about that. I would have loved to get a little tiny bit more activity in there just so I didn’t feel like such a bum when I got back home.
Lessons Learned: I wish I would have planned just a tad more and incorporated something a little more active! They have great bike tours in Napa…or vineyard walking tours…or just a short run before the wedding activities would have sufficed! A small shuffle in the schedule can accommodate activity and leave that guilt behind!
Overall, I had a wonderful vacation…but I’ll remember my lessons learned for the next trip. However, the most IMPORTANT part of any vacation is to have fun and enjoy yourself!
Do you have any lessons learned from your trips?