I'm finally home and on my desktop! Our wifi was very slow at our condo so I just never went online! Besides, we were too busy laying on the beach and taking our kids to Disney. ;)
Some Spark-topic observations on my trip:
1. You CAN eat well on vacation. I wasn't perfect, and yes I went over my calorie range almost every day. But I still made sure I got my water and fruit/veggies and I never had that bloated/crappy feeling.
2. No-brainer: Restaurant food is VERY SALTY. There was a lot of stuff I just couldn't eat because it was so salty, it turned me off.
3. Eating while on the road: If you prepare both mentally and physically, you can do great. Physically, I prepared by having foods on the dash that I wanted/needed. I tend to eat while I'm driving to keep myself alert and also keep the right foods going in so I don't eat so much when we stop for restaurant food. I had a bunch of bananas, a bag of apples, raisins, peanuts, and graham crackers on my dash, and a couple half-gallon tanks of water between the front seats. And when we stopped at restaurants, I tried to find stuff I didn't feel bad about having. Soup and salad at Chik-fil-a, yogurt parfait at McD's, things like that. And I always refilled my water tanks when we stopped. Mentally, I told myself I would probably have to eat the occasional burger, but it was out of the ordinary and I would get back in the swing once we were home. I think I did a pretty good job on the road and yes a couple burgers were had, but I kept the water and other things from my dash going into my body, and I feel good.
4. Water from other places. I'm pretty sure I've finally conquered my disgusting-Bolingbrook-water disorder from my childhood!!! I drank water from Orlando, Kissimmee, Cocoa Beach, Vero Beach, Manchester TN, Atlanta GA, and every place in between. And it all tasted FINE. Yes there was an occasional difference in taste, but it didn't bother me and I drank it because I needed it, and I know that. I'm really proud of myself!!! :D
5. Exercise while on vacation. It's possible, but not in the way you think. I didn't make it to the Y a single time, even though I planned to. I got one single bike ride, even though I planned to ride every day! I ran exactly once, even though I planned to stick to my 3-day running schedule. But I did get several walks, and I did do ALL the packing and unpacking of the van every time, which is exhausting when you pack/unpack for a family of 7.
6. There is no "schedule" when you are on vacation. I definitely had to move things around to make healthy choices fit into my life. I couldn't get out early to exercise so I had to put it elsewhere in my day, and I had to find food on restaurant menus that would comply with what I wanted in food. There are plenty of healthy choices on menus out there, you just have to decide that's what you want.
So that's my trip in short form. Here is a picture of me on New Year's Day of my lone bike ride of 23 miles. I was 224 in my December pic, but I have no clue what I am now!
The streets of Orlando are "bike friendly" because there are bike lanes everywhere, and that's great. But Orlando in general is crowded and congested, and not safe for the kind of biking I want to do, which is more of a cardio/speed type of ride. If you are cruising down to the DQ with your honey for a treat, then take a bike lane...otherwise, open roads on the outskirts of town is the way to go! I found a nice stretch of road south of Poinciana that had no traffic on it, and it was good and smooth for my ride.
That's about all for now. I have to clean out my van. We just got home last night!!! It was a fun but very tiring trip. Have a great week, friends. :)