When I go on vacation, I don’t drastically switch up my eating habits or workouts, but I also give myself a little more leeway to indulge and relax. I truly enjoy working out so when I’m on vacation, I love running to explore a town, trying a local yoga studio, or sometimes working out longer than I normally do without time constraints I have on a normal week.
If you saw my post about last week’s workouts, you’ll see that I actually worked out every day while I was at Kure Beach except the day we drove home. I ran most days; it was soooo humid but flat! One day I attended a barre class at the local rec center taught by a friend that I actually met on my last trip to Kure. We raced against each other at a local 5K (where I PR’d!), and we’ve kept in touch. That’s a perfect example of why I love running and love running on vacation! Instant friends. 🙂
I also checked out a local yoga studio, Salty Dog Yoga.
The class was a gentle flow and while I knew it wouldn’t be as vigorous as I probably wanted, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to do yoga overlooking the ocean! The class was held in this cool gazebo-type thing on the dunes.
It was such a beautiful morning.
Another day, I guided myself through a yoga practice on the porch.
It was like doing hot yoga with the humidity. 🙂 I worked up a good sweat!
As far as food goes, I balanced healthy eating with a bit of unhealthy. 🙂 I started most mornings with Leapin’ Lemurs. Yep, we’re adults up in here.
And I made myself an Americano every morning.
After our workouts, John and I would make a huge green smoothie with tons of greens and protein powder. (When we travel to places by car, we typically pack a lot of things, like protein, the Vitamix, nuts, quinoa, espresso, flax oil – more or less depending on the length of the trip. For this week-long trip, we brought a lot of things with us.
Before we headed out to the beach each afternoon, we typically ate a quinoa bowl with sprouted mungbeans. John made a big batch of quinoa and sprouted the mungbeans the day we got to the beach, so we could toss together quick lunches every day. We drizzled it with hemp oil and sprinkled with walnuts. (I’ve asked John to write a post about how and why he sprouts mungbeans!) Somedays we went out for lunch too.
I hard-boiled eggs a few days to munch on in the afternoons at the beach. But mostly, we ate Cape Cod Chips and drank Omission beer and Corona Lights each afternoon. We had really good wine on a few nights.
And some nights, I made a gin & tonic. (This Q tonic is the best.tonic.water.ever, FYI. I got it at Whole Foods.)
And on our last day, we started our morning with a walk along the beach before heading into this diner around 7:30 for omelets, grits and fruit. Nothing fancy, but just a laid-back diner with great service.
I wouldn’t normally eat Leaping Lemurs for breakfast everyday (too processed, too much sugar…I save them for dessert!) and I don’t normally drink beer every single day and eat ALL the Cape Cod chips, but for me, part of being on vacation is doing things I don’t normally do. The “healthy” things I did do – working out, eating green smoothies, etc. – were things I really wanted to do. I genuinely like green smoothies and I love the quinoa bowls.
After a week of “off” eating, I came back from the beach 6 lbs heavier, which is quite a bit of weight on my small frame (I’m 5’1″), and feeling pretty sluggish. I don’t typically put on weight when I travel, but I definitely ate more than usual on this trip! (Like I mentioned, ALL the Cape Cod chips… :D) I’m not that worried about the extra weight since I know how to get it off. I came home relaxed and happy, even after seeing the number on the scale. And that’s a HUGE improvement for me emotionally. I used to have a terrible relationship with the scale and eventually had to get rid of it for a while. But I’ve brought the scale back, for a few reasons, which I’ll address in another post.
The moral of the story: life is too short to not be enjoyed, especially on vacation. Eat the chips! Drink the wine! Moderation kind of goes out the window for me on some trips, and other trips I eat really, really healthy because the healthy options are so good and easily available (like in Portlan!d). Sometimes I’m really active on trips, walking all day, and other times I’m planting my butt on the beach. And that’s ok with me.
How do you approach healthy eating/working out while on vacation?