As you all know, I recently had a very indulgent birthday trip to New Orleans. I drank cocktails, ate beignets, and threw my workout regimen out the window. But I'm back in town now and slowly but surely getting back on my game.
Luckily, we walked 2983492 miles while I was in NOLA, so I didn't actually gain any weight, but you know that icky feeling when you've splurged a little toooo much lately, and you just feel "bleh" and gross? Yeah, that's me right now. So, here's a brief list of things that always work to get me back in shape after I travel.
- Go to the grocery store, and get ready to prepare some delish nutrish ish: This may sound obv, but if you want to start "eating better," you need to surround yourself with nutritious foods. Starting your day with something healthy is so so important. It really sets a tone for how the rest of your day will go. If your breakfast is healthful, that's a great starting point to transition into a nutritious lunch and dinner. My absolute fave breakfast go-to is the Fab Four Smoothie by Kelly LeVeque. It's delicious AND blood sugar balancing, so you won't have a sugar crash mid-morning, and it keeps you full until lunch. Kelly's theory is that you need four "fab" ingredients to balance your blood sugar hormones, and they are: protein, fat, fiber, and greens. You can also add a small piece of fruit and superfood greens to balance the taste and add more nutrients to your smoothie. My favorite version is a scoop of collagen powder, organic almond butter (I use this brand or Publix Greenwise), chia seeds, half a banana, filtered water, a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and a handful of spinach or kale—so yummy and so good for you!
- Snack smart: I'm such a snacker, y'all! One trick that really works for me is buying healthier versions of snacks I already like. For example, my guiltiest of guilty pleasures is a Cherry Coke with a popcorn and Buncha Crunch when I go to the movies. (I'm salivating just thinking about it.) But this is a snack I allow myself to have like once every month or so at most because it has literally zero nutritional value. But it's definitely part of the movie experience for me, so I don't deny myself splurges when I really REALLY want them. Where's the fun in that? A much healthier alternative to this snack is a Polar seltzer instead of soda, organic popcorn (no fake butter), and this organic dark chocolate quinoa bar that has a similar taste and texture as Buncha Crunch but none of the icky stuff. It's soooo good and such a great substitute for when I have the cheat meal craving but don't want all the cheat meal additives. If you're switching from milk chocolate to dark chocolate, this bar is the perfect transition piece; I promise.
- Get back in an exercise groove: As I've mentioned many times, I'm a huge fan of Saje Cox Fitness. I've been participating in Saje's challenges off and on since July, and when I am doing them consistently, the results are amazing. Even when I fall off the wagon, so to speak, I still maintain the results I built for weeks. It's truly life changing. I can't recommend her program enough, and she also has a FREE fitness group filled with inspiring and empowering women that I think you'll love. If you join the Saje Cox Fitness Sisters Facebook group, you will also gain access to the password protected posts that I write specifically for that group. I've tried many fitness programs over the years, and this is one of the few that I feel is actually maintainable. It's only 30 minutes a day, five days a week, and I find I can always make the time to do my workout if I schedule it as an "appointment" with myself. You wouldn't miss a work meeting or a doctor's appointment, so why miss a "fitness appointment" if you literally write it into your schedule? Whatever you end up doing, make sure you're moving your body for at least 30 minutes a day 3-5 days a week!
What are your tips and tricks for getting back on the horse after falling off over vacay? I'd love to hear them in the comments! <3