NOT IMPOSSIBLE!! I just got back from a short, mini-vacay to the beach and had an absolute blast. I am a water baby at heart (I think I learned to swim before I could walk) and there is no where I am happier than by the ocean! I firmly believe there are very few things a good dose of salt water can’t fix in life!
While I was beyond excited to be getting away, this was the first trip I was going to take (aside from work trips) that was purely for relaxation/enjoyment since I started on this health and fitness journey. I have to admit there was a part of me that was a little nervous that my progress would get derailed and I would lose the momentum that I had built up over the past several months while I was going to be away. I have really fallen in love with this new lifestyle I am living and how great I feel both physically and mentally that I want to do everything I can to stay on track.
Now don’t get me wrong, there is no way I would turn down an opportunity to be on the beach, especially because it had been close to two years since I had made it to one, but I did know I would have to adjust my routine and plan ahead a bit so as to not totally fall off the wagon. I also knew that logically I was only going away for 3 days so really there wasn’t a risk of doing a lot of damage in that short amount of time, but nonetheless I was determined to make good choices and be as healthy as I could be away from home. And this actually proved to be easier than I thought it would be!
I planned ahead of time that I would schedule my next rest day of the week on Friday when I would be traveling early and hitting the beach the rest of the day when I arrived so that day was already taken care of in terms of the workout component. I also made sure to pack the car with healthy, easy to eat snacks such as gluten-free pretzels, fruit, and plenty of water so I wouldn’t be tempted to hit a drive thru or grab junk food during a pit stop. The same thing went for packing for the days on the beach. I packed the cooler full of food that I made ahead of time such as salads and cut up fruit along with taking healthy snack foods like low-fat popcorn and crackers and again plenty of water to stay hydrated! For dinner both nights we had amazing seafood. Friday was some of the freshest crab and shrimp I may have ever eaten and Saturday was fish tacos…blackened, not fried!
Fitting my workouts in was pretty easy as well! Like I mentioned in my last post, I am now doing an 8 week program which is a combo of weights and cardio that I can do pretty much from anywhere with the help of my laptop or tablet. I was able to get my 30 minute workouts in both Saturday and Sunday before we hit the beach right from the hotel room so I both stayed on track with the program and was able to enjoy the full rest of the day knowing I had met my goals for the weekend.
I wrapped up my beach getaway feeling both refreshed and really encouraged that I could easily translate this new healthy lifestyle while out of my normal routine. Best of all I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything or had to sacrifice to stay on track. I even got to enjoy some really yummy sea salt caramel fro-yo for dessert and didn’t feel an ounce of guilt over it (pic below)! I think what I have taken away from this weekend is that while being really committed to a healthy way of life does take a bit of planning it is definitely doable and fairly easy to manage! What’s even better is at this point, 7 months into this journey, this way of life has even become almost second nature to me. I want to eat right, I want to workout, and I am able to prioritize these things without sacrificing other opportunities that I enjoyed previously. To top it all off….I was able to put a bikini on for the first time in a long time and feel really proud and confident about the way I looked. While there are of course still things I would like to work on and will continue to do so, feeling happy and comfortable in my own skin was priceless. 🙂
See below for a few pics from my getaway! I hope everyone enjoyed your weekends as much as I did!