Monday, June 08, 2009
I just got back from a four-day weekend in Minnesota, and I am happy to report that I stayed on track. I wasn't perfect -- not by a stretch -- but in general, I made good food choices and stayed as active as I could.
In the past, I have always treated vacations (or any time spent away from home, really) as "free zones" where calories don't count and exercise is not on the menu. I always used traveling as an excuse to overindulge and eat as much as possible, knowing that I would have to be "good" as soon as I got back to normal life.
This time, I actually took my healthy habits on the road. I did a few things I've always known were good ideas but never really put into practice.
1. I made sure to eat a healthy breakfast at the hotel every morning. Instead of having french toast and bacon, I opted for fruit, yogurt, and cereal. Breakfast was the meal I had the most control over, since most of my other meals were catered, served off of a fixed menu, or at someone's home.
2. I watched my portion sizes. Vacation does not have to mean double servings or cleaning my plate. I enjoyed all of my meals, but I did not throw portion control out the window.
3. I set a rule for myself that I could choose to have dessert/sweets no more than one time per day, even if more was offered. So I had homemade cinnamon cookies at a friend's house but I passed on the ice cream at the groom's dinner that night. I passed on dessert at lunch the next day because I knew I wanted wedding cake. (And now for the NOT perfect part, there were TWO kinds of wedding cake, and I did have a piece of each! But no guilt there!!)
4. I brought my running shoes with me. And I actually used them!!! This is a real first for me. I've always known that hotels have exercise rooms, but I've never actually used one. This was actually really easy to fit into my day. I got up early for a run one morning, and I snuck in a quick workout during afternoon downtime another day. I am very proud of myself for this one -- I think it helped relieve stress and served as a good reminder that healthy habits are part of my life no matter where I am.
All in all, it was a great trip, and it feels really good to come home and not feel like I have to kill myself trying to make up for being bad. It's nice to have a little balance in my life for a change!