When I figured out that the first week of Laura’s 21-day Runner’s Reset coincided with my vacation, I almost backed out. I mean, who wants to commit to eating healthy foods, cutting back on sugar, and following a new fitness program while on vacation?
I confirmed my promise to try the program and share my experiences, and even finished packing in time to join the kick-off conference call. 😉
Once I committed to a healthy vacation, the execution was easy.
- I packed healthy snacks in my carry-on bag (nuts, dried fruit, protein bars)
- I bought healthy foods at the grocery store for breakfast (eggs, broccoli slaw, whole wheat bread) and snacks (grape tomatoes, baby carrots, fruit)
- I “brown-bagged” it on the slopes, stuffing a baggie of homemade trail mix (almonds, pumpkin seeds, dried cherries–no chocolate!) and a Cliff bar in my ski jacket pockets
- I made relatively healthy choices at dinner
Fixing breakfast at home and bringing my own snacks also saved money–a bowl of chili was $10.95 on the slopes!
The ski lifts didn’t open until 9:00, and with my early-bird tendencies and the time change working in my favor, I didn’t even need an alarm to get up in time to do the 10 minute core workout or 2 rounds of the 12-minute strength circuit before my husband came downstairs looking for coffee.
Even though I was committed to making it a healthy vacation, I wasn’t too strict with myself. After all, I was skiing all day!
On Tuesday, when I was still starving after eating my Cliff bar I accepted my husband’s offer of 1/2 of his grilled cheese sandwich. (Stretching it to feed two helped him feel better about the $20 price!) And while I ordered chicken fajitas instead of cheese enchiladas at the Mexican restaurant we tried on Wednesday , I enjoyed a cheeseburger and a beer at the brewpub we went to on Thursday.
My healthy vacation choices extended to our travel days. On our flight out, I had a sandwich and apple I brought from home, while on our flight back I had 2 hard-cooked eggs (made in the condo coffee maker thanks to Carla!), an apple, and the rest of the grape tomatoes and baby carrots. Even my husband thought my food was better than what he got in his $7.99 Classic Snack Box.
All in all, I think I did a pretty good job of hitting the healthy reset button while on vacation. Instead of feeling deprived, I felt like I was making healthy choices to fuel full days of skiing and get the most of our time away.
Are you more likely to give in to high snack prices on an airplane, at the movies, or from a hottel mini-bar?