Does your diet get a vacation too?

Liz Miami

 

Summer is here and everyone is planning their vacations to get away from the everyday, myself included!  We work so hard in our jobs, keeping our families afloat and trying to do healthy things for ourselves that we deserve a break!  Eating healthy and exercising is tough work so I wanted to share some tips on how to enjoy yourself while away but not go off the rails.

Water.  Agua.  Eau.

The most important thing you can do for yourself is hydrate!  Flying to your destination sucks the water from our bodies as does laying in the sun therefor keep water with you at all times.  I recently bought myself a vacuum sealed water bottle that stays cold for 12 hours.  Great to travel with and keeping near your lounge chair.

When In Rome…

Taking in the sites and culture of your destination is a great way to get some exercise.  There can be a lot of walking involved so wear comfortable shoes.  It’s also important to stop for some food and eat as the locals do.  There’s no reason why you can’t indulge while on vacation but do so in moderation.  Remember how far you’ve come and it’s not worth taking a step back.

Snacks Aren’t Just for Kids

Taxiing your kids around and errands can be exhausted and it’s probably tempting to stop at a fast food place to curb your cravings.  Don’t do it!  Carrying snacks with you is something we should do everyday.  There are always snacks available in the airport, your hotel or convenience stores just read the labels and stay away from cakes, cookies and candy.

You deserve a vacation away from your daily schedule but it’s not an invitation to go buckwild with your diet.  Remind yourself of how far you’ve come and don’t give up.  Drink your water, get some exercise, enjoy the local food in moderation, pack your snacks and you’re set for success!

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.

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There’s No Yawning In Pep Talks!

Finish Line

  The weather at the Jersey Shore has finally been warming up which means two things:  the tourists will soon be invading and race season is here!  In a couple days I’ll be doing my first five mile run in the Spring Lake 5 and I’m not ready.  I’m not sure I’ll ever be ready!

My preparation began a few weeks ago to include more running and more importantly getting my playlist just right.  I recently read an article that music can make the pain and struggle seem less since your focus is shifted to the beat.  I really hope that’s true because I can use all the help I can get!

The other day I took a stroll on the sand listening to my playlist.  I started go give myself a pep talk that went something like this, “You can do this!  Imagine how many people physically can’t or won’t.  You have an opportunity to run for those people and do something they can’t.  If you need to stop and walk, it’s ok!”  And then, I yawned.

There’s no yawning in pep talks!  Who does that?  I bet Rocky didn’t do that.  I am going to have to dig really deep the next few days to find my beastmode.

I find myself in and out of healthy habits these last few months and I can only blame me.  I am completely responsible and failing.  One of my bad habits it starting a plan and not seeing it through.  I quit too easily and revert back to old ways.

I know people who have lost a tremendous amount of weight over the last year and have stuck with it.  That in itself is amazing.  I often wonder how they do it. How do they keep the momentum going to reach the end goal?  I am open to any advice I can get!

 

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.

Going Out and Staying Healthy

lobster

After months of cold dreary weather on the East Coast the air is finally warming up!  People are out and about on their bikes, going on runs and leasurely walking their dogs without having to wear a jacket.  The warm weather can be very motivating to be more active but it also brings about invitations to go out.  And by going out I mean eating and drinking!

Going out eating and drinking is super fun but can be high in calories.  Being social with your friends shouldn’t throw off your good eating habits but how do you stay on track?  Here are some tips to help!

  • Have a snack/meal before you go out. This can help curb your appetite, help you to avoid unhealthy foods and help you wallet.
  • Drink water.  You may be surprised to know that sometimes our hunger pangs are just because we’re dehydrated.  Drink water before you go out and it’ll fill you up!
  • Save your cheat meal for going out.  If you stay healthy all week, give yourself a break and enjoy a meal.

If you do fall off the healthy eating wagon, don’t be too hard on yourself.  Keep in mind why you are eating healthy and get back to it!

Remember this:  One bad meal isn’t going to make you fat and one healthy meal isn’t going to make you skinny.

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.

Summer Goals

Asbury Park 5k Wonder Bar

 

Last summer I decided to start running as a challenge to myself.  After a couple days, running became my therapy.  I would get up before sunrise, drive down to the beach, run a couple miles, take pics of the sun coming up over the ocean and think about how lucky I was to live here and being healthy enough to run.

This summer will be my second year as a runner.  I’m pretty excited but nervous at the same time because I have set a goal for myself that I hope I can meet.

The Jersey Shore Running Club has Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix races and if you complete all five you receive a special award.  Since I did seven 5k’s last year I figured, “I got this”!

The Golden Grand Prix includes two 5 milers and three 5K’s starting Memorial Day Weekend and ending Labor Day Weekend.  I also signed up for the Philadelphia Tap ‘N Run that has three beer stops along the way.  I always like to throw a fun run in!  Here’s the run down if you want to join me:

  • Spring Lake 5 Mile – May 24
  • Tap ‘N Run – Philadelphia – June 7
  • George Sheehan Classic, Red Bank – June 14
  • Belmar 5 Mile – July 12
  • Asbury Park 5k – August 9
  • Pier Hours 5k, Long Branch – Sept. 1

I have to admit I haven’t done any training or stuck to a healthy diet.  Motivation has ceased to exist lately and can’t seem to find the extra push to get me out the door.  When I was in the healthy zone it was so easy to keep up with.  I had planned my workouts for the week as well as meals.

It’s time to get serious becuase what I’m doing now is not working for me.  It’s time to get back on track and remind myself this is good for my physical and mental health!  I know that many people struggle with motivation so what’s your best advice to getting started on a healthy path?  What helps you push yourself out the door?

 

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.

 

 

 

Daylight Savings Time = More Time To Run!

daylight my old friend

Like most people I have a love/hate relationship with daylight savings time.  In the fall when it’s time to “fall back” an hour I welcome the extra time but the lack of daylight is a downer.  It’s as if someone is telling us it’s time to hibernate for the next four months and eat comforting food.  I have no problem taking that direction but it has set me back from my goals!

This past winter has been very tough with staying on track in my journey.  The snow days made me crave carbs and the lack of daylight hours before and after work is unmotivating.

Before Christmas I was trying everything that was available to me: swimming, boot camp, the dreaded treadmill, kettlebells and resistance bands.  Then the holidays hit and I just gave up.

Daylight savings time has kicked back in but I have found the last few months have set me back.  I’m sure many of you struggle with this as well but more importantly, how did you get through it?  Am I going to be good March through October and mess up again next year?  I really need pointers on how to stay active year ‘round.

As far as the eating goes, Smart Ones has been able to help me introduce healthy meals into my routine again.  Starting off the day with a hearty breakfast has worked for me and the peaches & cream oatmeal  is quick to grab at work and tastes yummy!  Do you have any Smart Ones meals you love?

 

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.

 

Starting Over Yet Again…

Quick Work Nap!

Over the last few months I think I have attempted to get back on the healthy wagon about three times. As a very structured person, keeping organized is my key to success. For example, I have a dry-erase board on my fridge that lists my weekly activities to include gyms days and meal prep. I was very good about it when I started each time but then life seems to get in the way and I fail.

My biggest challenge right now is a work-life balance. I was recently promoted at work which of course comes with more responsibility. While trying to figure out my new role I find myself with very little time to catch my breath throughout the day and by the time 5 o’clock rolls around the last thing I want to do is workout or cook dinner. Eating out seems like such an easier option!

Eating out is easier but it’s making it difficult for me to fit in my jeans! I walked around the local supermarket to find better options to eating out. While in the freezer aisle I was reminded of the healthy options out there that are inexpensive and convenient like Smart Ones meals. There’s a lot of variety to fit your taste buds like Mexican, Italian, breakfast and dessert. I reached for the chicken fajitas  since I love Mexican and wasn’t disappointed! The fajitas are high in fiber to fill me up so I’m not reaching for the leftover Valentine’s candy.

Making a change in my life is a long road but making these small changes along the way will help me be a healthier and happier person. OK, gotta get back to work!

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.