Weekend Travels and Healthy Habits

Happy Monday everyone! I had a very busy weekend in Tampa celebrating Mr. and Mrs. Smith!! Traveling for the weekend, especially for a wedding, can easily derail your healthy intentions, but I was able to stay on track (while still enjoying myself) by sticking to a few key “rules.”

  1. Make Smart Choices – A perfect example of making smart choices was at the rehearsal dinner, which was served family style. When I first got to the dinner I took a quick glance at the dinner menu (after mingling with everyone) and noted which items would be on the healthier side. While I still indulged in the pasta dishes and the more carb heavy apps, I limited those items to just a taste and instead loaded up on veggies (salad) and healthy protein (chicken). As someone who has a habit of eating until they feel like they need to be rolled away from the table, I left the restaurant feeling light and I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything because I didn’t deprive myself.
  2. Practice Portion Control – You. Do. Not. Have. To. Finish. Everything. On. Your. Plate. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around that, but it’s so true!! It’s a fact: restaurants serve GIANT portions. And when you’re drinking, you want to eat and snack more (or at least that’s what I like to do). While I allowed myself to taste everything that was served over the weekend, I reminded myself that I didn’t need to over do it and to listen to my body and stop when I felt full. Portion control is probably one of my biggest weaknesses, so I considered this weekend a huge victory.
  3. Stay Active – While I have been slow to get back into the high impact workouts during my normal routine, Taylor and I have been making a huge effort to walk more. We walk to the grocery store, take long walks on the weekends and even make a point to only include walkable restaurants in our selection when looking for places to eat during the week. Because of this, we tried to incorporate walking into our travel plans. We walked to whatever events we could, and spent our free time walking around and exploring south Tampa. Moving, even in a low impact setting, felt so good.

By far, the biggest “rule” is to enjoy yourself. You do not want to be the one person at the wedding who doesn’t try the wedding cake or toast with champagne because it goes against your low carb diet. Yes, it’s important to stick to your health goals, but you need to be reasonable. These kind of weekends are the settings for memories that will last a lifetime, and if you can be reasonable with your goals there is no reason you can’t be healthy AND have fun. Now I need to go and unpack my suitcase, check my work email and drink coffee. What are your “rules” while traveling? Let me know below!

– Melissa

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