I’ve been in and out of town for the last week and a half. Three quick trips: Houston, St. Louis, and Chicago. This also means I’ve been out of the gym, and eating on the road, which can get dicey FAST. Luckily, I packed lots of protein bars and shakes and tried to make good food decisions.
Girls trips usually include a lot of alcohol, rich foods and lounging around — but these were a little different than normal.
The Chicago trip included a lot of walking (also a lot of alcohol, and rich foods only in moderation).
Houston didn’t involve a lot of eating at all — just a lot of protein bars and a couple of small meals, but did include some drinks (though, the margaritas were more giant cups of tequila than true margaritas).
St. Louis included good food and drinks, because I stayed with my aunt, and her favorite thing to do is feed people! Luckily, it was the quickest of the trips, so there wasn’t a lot of time for eating, and it was followed by the lots-of-walking Chicago trip!
I lost 4 pounds while out of town! I’m definitely no expert, but I’m learning as I go.
Here are some tips for making smart choices on vacation:
- Bring some of your normal foods with you.
I brought protein bars and shakes with me — this was a life saver! I brought my shaker bottle with a ziplock bag full of protein powder so I could still get a dose of protein in the morning, without having to eat a greasy, restaurant breakfast (this also saved me some money!). I also brought some protein bars that I eat on a regular basis when at home — these make for great between-meal snacks, or meal replacements in some cases. Also a great way to avoid fattening (but oh-so-delicious) airport food.
- Choose wisely when at restaurants.
There were many times while I was out that I could have splurged and had some food that was NOT good for me, but I tried to make good choices. By choosing smaller portions and paying attention to nutritional content I was able to keep myself from overindulging.
- Stay active.
I tried to be as active as possible while gone. There was a lot of time spent by the pool, but when I was in the pool, I tried to tread water as to burn a few calories. There was also a lot of walking, even when my feet were hurting SO BAD (this idiot forgot to bring good walking shoes to Chicago), I tried to push myself a little bit and get the extra walking in.