We headed out on our 11 day vacation up the east coast earlier this month. We had a great time visiting with friends and family and taking in the sights! Before we left, I was very nervous about not keeping up with my exercise routine and of course, eating healthy. There was a ton of food on our list that we just had to have- food that we don't have here in Las Vegas or that is just way better on the east coast. I told myself I would make healthy food choices and only have small tastes of the junk food I wanted, ie. Mr. Softee, pizza, boardwalk fries, etc.. I admit, it was a long list!
So, how did I do? Not so great. I had really good intentions, but temptation got the best of me and I didn't really make as many healthy food choices as I should have, I over-indulged in junk food, and didn't practice much self-control. Can you believe one of the days we were on our trip was National Donut Day, plus I hadn't had Thrasher's Boardwalk Fries in over 10 years! Is this a good excuse? Probably not, but it's what I told myself to justify it. (See, I told you this blog would be about the ups & downs and keeping it real!) I will say that although I wasn't limiting myself like I should have, my portions of junk food weren't as big as they would've been a year ago and I did manage to work out 4 days of the 11 days we were away. That helped, right?!? And, even though my food choices weren't the best while on vacation, they were still my choices and I'm ok with that.
Life lesson? Don't be too hard on yourself while on vacation, but don't be too lenient either. Set some guidelines for yourself before you go, even if you don't stick to them 100% you'll still do way better than if you just let yourself run wild. Believe me, I know. Don't beat yourself up if you don't stick to your healthy ways, just move on. Most importantly, make sure you get back on track as soon as you get back home. Don't stay in vacation mode too long or it'll be much more difficult to go back to healthy eating and exercising. This I also know from experience. Vacations have always been the death of my weight loss programs in the past, but not this time. Knowing where I'd failed in the past, made me even more determined to get back to my Paleo eating habits and working out regularly. Before we went away, I told myself I'd start the Whole 30 program when I got back. Here's a quick description of the program straight from their website, it's a " short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, calm systemic inflammation and put an end to unhealthy cravings, habits, and relationships with food." It's based on the Paleo program, just a little more intense and no cheating allowed! I'm excited to be starting this today for many reasons but mostly, because my husband, Jason, will be joining me! He hasn't been doing Paleo like I have for the past 8 months, so this is a big deal! I'll be blogging about our Whole 30 experience once a week, so stay tuned! If you want a daily dose of my Whole 30 progress,follow me on instagram !