I’m back in Miami after road tripping it down from Connecticut. I have duel residency thing going on and every year when it starts to get cold my husband and I make the drive down to Florida.
On the road, it’s pretty tough to keep a healthy mindset. Eating at restaurants daily and hours of sitting on my ass in the car makes me feel super lazy. The car gets messy (no matter how organized things start off) and I can’t find anything I’m looking for. When things are disorganized and I’m out of my normal routine, I don’t feel as motivated to eat well and exercise. I end up stress eating and feeling crappy about myself.
But this time I made a commitment to myself. It wasn’t a commitment to run 3 miles a day or eat perfectly, I just wanted to feel good about myself (not guilty, sluggish or stressed). And here’s how I managed to make it work.
I meditated as soon as I woke up, just like I do at home. I find it super helpful to clear my mind and then I set my intentions for the day. Each day of the trip I set the intention to eat healthily and listen to my body.
I drank herbal tea with lemon and two large glasses of water every morning. Plus drank tons of water throughout the day.
I skipped breakfast all but one morning. Some may argue that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but I am a believer in the intermittent fasting theory (I do eat breakfast some days).
I did yoga every day before showering. I’m currently subscribed to Dirty Yoga, a service that has fresh yoga classes each week (I love this program). It felt so good to get my sweat on right in the hotel room.
Any chance there was, I walked the dog. Luckily two of the three hotels had amazing walking options. The Umstead in Cary, NC has a nature trail for guests and the Montage Palmetto Bluff is a gigantic community built within a wildlife reserve that has endless trails (and gators too). We walked to all of our meals at the Montage and brought the dog for multiple walks a day.
I tried to order mixed green salad at every meal. Greens are alkalizing and fibrous (great for keeping things moving in the digestive track) and anytime they were available on the menu, I ordered them.
On driving days we ate Whole Foods salad/hot bar for lunch and snacking was limited to fresh fruit and a little dark chocolate too.
I avoided alcohol during the day. It can be tempting to sit by the pool and drink all day, but I always feel super shitty/tired/lazy afterward. So I waited till dinner to have some wine with my food and that kept me from over-doing it.
By the time we got to Miami, I actually felt the best I’ve ever felt after any trip. I mean I wasn’t even bloated and I normally bloat just thinking about vacation. Most importantly I had fun and didn’t feel deprived for a minute.