How to stay (relatively) healthy on vacation..

I was debating titling this post “How to stay healthy on vacation” but then I realized that having mudslides and ice cream doesn’t exactly qualify as a golden standard of health. BUT, I do have some tips that I think are worth sharing for people that travel a lot (like me). I’m lucky that I always travel for pleasure, but I think that also makes it harder to commit yourself to staying healthy (relatively).

1.) Bring workout gear… and WEAR IT!

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I’m really not sure why I’m sharing this picture with you all because I look like a psycho. I most definitely scared people away in that gym. Seriously. I did a CrossFit-style workout and was grunting, sweating profusely and just being a little too intense for the soccer moms dabbling on the treadmils.

So when you’re packing- pack workout gear! It sounds simple, right? Okay, next step- WEAR THE WORKOUT GEAR! Don’t just have it sit in the bottom of your suitcase. I packed 3 workout outfits- I was away for 6 days, so figured working out 3 times was enough of a break on my body, but still enough to not make me feel like a total slug. My Reebok RealFlex sneaks are perfect for traveling because they’re so light and bendy that they fit anywhere, and I am OBSESSED with my new workout arm band. Seriously, it’s the only one I’ve had so far that fits the best and doesn’t slip. And it came with Bose headphones, so the sound quality is bomb diggity. Oh, and don’t spend 2 hours in the hotel gym. Do a quick, high intensity circuit that will get you out of there and on the beach ASAP. I did…

 

3 rounds of 12
Alternating dead lifts (35# dumbbells) and sit ups
Alternating overhead air squats (8# medicine ball) and V-sits
Alternating side kicks with 8# medicine ball press and bicycles
Alternating bicep curls (10# dumbbells) and planks (30 seconds each)

Boom. I started off with 10 minutes on the treadmil (2 rounds of 3 minutes walk, 1 minute incline sprint) and was done with the workout in about half an hour. And was so sore the next day and felt really accomplished.

2.) Pack snacks

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The theme of the day is to post embarrassing pictures of myself. Don’t you worry, there are more coming. Whenever I travel, I load up on snacks beforehand. Biggest things- protein, protein shaker, trail mix, dried mangos, and perhaps some plantain chips. Vega has individual protein packs that I brought which were AMAZING. After my workouts in the morning, or for breakfast, I would just shake it up with some water. And it would hold me over until my Mudslide during lunch #counterproductive #notsorry. But for real, having snacks on hand will help you get through the day and let you indulge in things you actually want to indulge in (mudslides, ice cream, etc. This girl doesn’t need to waste calories on a breakfast pastry buffet, thank you).

Oh, and don’t eat all of your snacks on the plane ride down. That may or may not have happened before. To me.

3.) HYDRATE


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Would you believe me if I told you that there’s coconut water in that coconut? Because that’s all it is. I was very intrigued about the idea of drinking out of a coconut, but thought you had to only order a fru fru drink to get one, then the waiter told me I could get it with straight coconut water. Since I’m so cool and prefer water over alcohol, I went for that, and it was delish. Just ignore my lazy eye, and imagine how awesome it is to drink out of a coconut. Why do I live in Boston again?

It’s hard to constantly be drinking water when you’re out of your normal routine and easy commute to a water bubbler, but always try to have a bottle on hand. It will help you stay full throughout the day and keeps everything in your system moving along. It sounds like a dumb thing to say, but sometimes something as easy as drinking as water gets forgotten when on vacation.

4.) Relax! 

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Don’t beat yourself up too much if you want to indulge and splurge a little bit. You work hard all year round, so kick back a little. Just don’t get tooo far off track because then it will suck when you come back and will be even harder to get into your normal routine. Some people say I’m crazy to workout on vacation, but when you’re used to working out 6x a week, your body sort of needs it. So do a little working out, a little splurging on food, and a lot of enjoying yourself 🙂

Puerto Rico was amazing, I had such a good time. If you follow me on Instagram you were probably cursing me for posting tropical pics during the middle of a snowstorm up here, so I apologize for that. But now it’s back to reality, back on track, wompity womp womp.

Does anyone have any holiday travel tips? How do you stay on track on the road?

-Emily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snap Back to Reality

I’m bacckkkk. Sad faces times a million. I meant to post last week telling everyone I would be MIA for 10 days in Bermuda, and then it was absolute madness before I left, and I forgot, and then I went into vacation mode. I’m SURE you were all anxiously wondering where I was and if I was okay (ha!). I just got back from 10 days of absolute heaven down in Bermuda. Every day was so relaxing, and our only worries were “should we go snorkeling today, or lay on the beach, or go jet skiing, or out on the boat?” Tough life, huh?

My boyfriend’s family has a hotel business down there, so I’ve been lucky enough to tag along on a few trips down there, and it might be my favorite place in the world. First of all- it’s f-ing gorgeous. The water is so clear with a gazillion shades of blue and tons of reefs. It’s hot and sunny and humid and you sweat as soon as you walk out the door, but who cares when you can just jump in that amazing water! Second- the food is bomb. Third- the people are incredible. The men wear high socks with bow ties and blazers. Sold. Fourth- it’s less than 2 hours from Boston. Wham, bam, thank you MA’AM. I need to stop talking about how amazing it is because it’s too depressing sitting in my cube and not at the beach.

Quick workout recaps- I actually worked out 6 out of the 9 days we were there! And by working out, I mean actually going to the gym or running. Every day I was active, whether it be swimming, walking or paddle boarding (obsessed!). I was so happy that I started CrossFit before going down because I was able to do travel WODs that kicked my butt and were only about 20 minutes. Perfect for vacation. I ate relatively well, lots of fresh seafood and fruit,… up until the last 2 days where I sort of just let myself eat whatever I wanted. Blueberry pancakes? Check. Ice cream? Necessary. Rum Swizzles? I’d be doing Bermuda a dishonor if I didn’t have any!! Anyways, I was quickly brought back to reality when I taught last night and this morning. It’s INSANE what missing 10 days of spin does to you.

Anyways. Enough chit chat. Time for some beach pics to brighten up your day/make it a little more depressing.

And there you have it. I’m glad to be back in the swing of things but am already counting down the days until we go back!!

How was everyone’s Labor Day Weekend? Did you splurge or behave yourself?!

-Emily

 

Scotland Recap & 25 Day Challenge!

I’m baccckk!! It feels like I’ve been gone so long, but in reality, vacation flew by. Why does that always happen? You get somewhere, and you think “Ahh.. I have 9 days of this…” and then it seems one day later you’re flying home.

I had such an amazing time. I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful Scotland was, and how relaxing it was.

View from our room… sighhhh

Golf course where we were staying. I’ve never seen such a crazy course! I don’t know much about golf, but this was traditional Links style… which means no nice groomed fairways like we have in the States- the course is au natural. Also- no golf carts!

Felt like we were at the edge of the world

Islay- home of many glasses of scotchy, Scotch Scotch

We stopped in Iceland on the way home- some of the best seafood I’ve had! So fresh. I also tried puffin, which was delicious.. but those things are too cute to eat on a regular basis

I won’t bore you to death with my millions of pictures, so you’ll have to trust me when I say it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. We did a lot of driving around the coast, checking out old badass castles, golf courses, nearby islands, whiskey distilleries, and also did a whole lot of eating and sleeping it. It was the perfect vacation.

Minus the fact that I wasn’t exactly a poster child for Paleo…

I totally prepared myself with an unnecessary amount of snacks to keep me on track (sidetrack: the morning that we were leaving, I had a stomach scope to try to figure out this weird illness that I keep getting. It’s a simple procedure, but they sedate you, so you have to have someone drive you to your appointment. My BFF Victoria was awesome enough to drive me, and on the way back I requested we stop at Trader Joe’s so I could load up on goodies. At the time, I thought I was totally fine and lucid, but about 6 hours later when I was finishing packing I realized I must have still been high because WTF I BOUGHT SO MANY SNACKS!!)

Really, I would have needed an extra suitcase to bring all of this. Tip- do not grocery shop when you are sedated.

Anyways, I had every intention of being super healthy all week, but unfortunately it didn’t pan out that way. We were staying in this tiny town, population maybeeee 300 people, and there were limited food options. Not trying to sound ignorant or judgmental, but Scottish food isn’t exactly the healthiest! Lots of potatoes, bread and fried stuff.

“Back by popular demand”!! Would you like that battered, battered, or battered with BEER?

We were also in a few situations where we what you were served, was what you got. I didn’t want to be insulting to people who had cooked all this amazing food, and didn’t want to bore them with my woes of the Paleo diet (they would have looked at me like I had 10 heads and told me to STFU and have a beer). So I splurged. I wasn’t strict about what I was eating, and I lived to tell the tale. Mind you- I didn’t feel so hot after some meals (my boyfriend told me I was a horrible road trip companion because I would immediately go into a food coma and fall asleep after lunch). After eating super healthy for a year, I forgot about how shitty eating certain foods make you feel. But, it’s also crazy how quickly your body starts CRAVING those shitty foods. I’m not making excuses for myself- I definitely could have had more self control and been more strict, butttt… oh well. I did manage to get a few workouts in, we did a ton of walking, and I challenged my boyfriend to do sprint intervals up this giant mountain we hiked down.

Blazer, scraf, jeans and Toms. Not exactly the best running attire but I made do!

Anyways, it’s good to be back and back on track. I taught this morning, which was a semi struggle, but am going balls to the walls this whole week with workouts and eating clean. I’m also doing a little 25 day challenge (I’m going away again in 25 days… tough life I know) and want to reboot my system. So- eating super Paleo (no treats!) no booze, and limited sugar (I’m trying to cut back on my fruit intake since I usually have a lot) and working out 6x a week. I’m actually really motivated and excited about doing this, and my brother and Victoria are doing it with me as well. Definitely helps when you have a support system!

Wow. What a long effing post. See what happens when I go away for 10 days? I word vomit all over your monitors. Didn’t you miss me?! 🙂

Who’s up for a little 25 Day Challenge? Only a month left in summer.. still time for that beach bod!!

-Emily

 

Staying Healthy on Vacation

On Friday, I’m going to Scotland with m’lad (see what I did there?!?!) I am SO excited! Tom and I will be there for 8 days, and then will spend a day/night in Iceland on the way back. We’re in desperate need of a vacation. Okay, more so him. He works crazy hours to begin with, but this summer has been out of control. I hardly see him! Even on the weekends when we’re down the Cape he ends up having to work, and maybe I’m a horrible girlfriend, but I’d rather go to the beach by myself than sit at the house and watch him work… Getting my tan on=priority.

While I’m looking forward to relaxing, I naturally have some anxiety about working out and eating well. I’ve been to Scotland once before, and not to stereotype, because I LOVE Scotland and have Scottish blood, but… the food wasn’t very healthy. This was way before I went Paleo, and there was a lot of fish and chips involved on that trip. I mean, their national dish is “Haggis, Neeps, and Tatties” (haggis, potatoes and turnips) which bothers me for 2 reasons. 1) Haggis is not very tasty at all and 2) Haggis, Neeps and Tatties sounds like a porno.

This week, I’m doing a lot of planning as to how I will manage to stick with my “diet” when I’m over there. I’m sure I will be splurging a little (the place we’re staying at is known for their sticky toffee pudding, win) but I don’t want to take 1000 steps back. I’m going to be bringing plenty of snacks to have on hand in case I’m in a desperate situation. And because I eat all day long, let’s be honest. I’m going to do a big Trader Joe’s run and stock up on dried fruit, trail mix, nuts, dark chocolate (vacation….!) and am going to make a big batch of grain free granola as well.

We’re staying on a golf course, and they don’t allow golf carts! Amazing! I know we’ll be doing tons of walking on the course, and also doing exploring and walking a lot in general, but naturally I creeped the hotel’s website to make sure they have a gym. They do!

 

So fancy huh?! Dark red carpet, plaid curtains.
Does Lululemon make workout kilts?

I’m not planning on going crazy with exercise, especially since we’ll be doing so much walking, but I have to do something. Teaching spin after 10 days of not working out would truly suck. I might even try to work on my golf game.. but I’m mostly looking forward to wearing the obnoxious Argyll sweater vests that I bought (if you know me, you know that Argyll isn’t exactly my style..)

How do you guys stay on track when you’re on vacation? Do you totally splurge, stick totally to it, or find a happy medium? Do you bring prepared snacks? Let’s hear some tips!

-Emily