November 28, 2011 in Exercise, Nutrition

Hey guys,

Sorry for the blog post hiatus.

We were out of town visiting Kev’s family for the long weekend.

I intended to do a blog post or 2 while we were gone, but the internet connection was slower than cold tar…seriously.
It was making me batty, so I decided to just wait ’til I got home.


So, here I am once again….

I learned a lot this past week.

Of course, I thought I would share…

K, so as we were preparing to leave on our little trip, I was DETERMINED to eat as healthily as possible while we were gone.

I knew it was going to be tough for several reasons:

  1. It was Thanksgiving weekend….’nuf said.
  2. Kev’s mom is an AMAZING cook and I love to eat all of her food….namely pies, homemade bread, french toast on her homemade bread, etc.!!!  Dang.
  3. When I’m on vacation, I get in the “I can eat whatever I want ‘cuz I’m on vacation” mode.

So, I decided to PLAN, take control, and be healthy.

I packed tons of healthy snacks in our handy dandy little cooler.

Fruit, veggies, protein shakes, protein bars, string cheese, kettle corn, cocoa roasted almonds, a dark chocolate bar (for emergencies) and water! YUM!

My “plan” was to eat these snacks during the 6 hour drive and also while we were staying up there for 4 days.
I figured I could just eat “a little” of Kev’s mom’s awesome cooking and supplement with my healthy snacks.
Sounds like a good plan, eh?

Well, it worked like a charm for the first 2 days and then I went downhill FAST the last 2 days!

I did really well on Thanksgiving.
I loaded up on the turkey and veggies and then had just a little of the potatoes and stuffing.

I did OD on the sweet potatoes just a little, however.

I also had one small slice of Pumpkin Pie…it was Thanksgiving after all.

I thought I did well.
I didn’t stuff myself and I definitely could have gone back for more…
But, I did not.

But, sadly the rest of the weekend I partook of plenty of chocolate cake, more pumpkin pie and peanut M&Ms.

Then, on the drive home I was a huge slacker!

I think I knew I was going to “shape up” when I got home, so I wanted to live it up until then!
BTW, that is NOT a good way to think!!!

I enjoyed more peanut M&Ms, a few small cookies and a donut!


I did.

But, I gotta tell you I felt SO SICK those last few days and still even today!


Just another reminder to me that my body LIKES good food and DOESN’T LIKE crappy food.
Although my mouth and taste-buds would tend to disagree.


So, today I started back with my clean eating and it feels like a detox.

It feels so good!

I know this time of year is so tough to eat well, but I’m determined to do it!!!

I started off today with a yummy breakfast…

A bowl of oatmeal and a side of egg whites!

I just took a 1/2 C. Oatmeal and mixed in 1/2 of a Granny Smith apple….Covered it with water and cooked it in the microwave for 2 minutes.
After it came out, I stirred in 1 T. of flaxseed, 1 T. of vanilla protein powder and sprinkled it all with sugar free apple cider mix.

I wouldn’t consider the apple cider mix exactly healthy (artificial sweeteners and things), but it is very tasty and I only used a little bit.

I also cooked up 4 egg whites and topped them with a little low sugar ketchup.

Very yummy and very filling.

I ate well the rest of the day and I feel really really good.

I must say though that I went to my fav Bootcamp class tonight and I didn’t feel as strong as I usually do and I felt a little chubbier.

Go figure.

I am a firm believer that what you eat directly (and quickly) affects your body for better or worse!

So, I’m gonna be good!


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Healthy Travel Snacks

July 14, 2011 in Nutrition

We just got back from camping up at Bear Lake my some of my family.  We had a great time hanging out, lounging by the lake, touring Minnetonka Cave, and just enjoying the great outdoors.


While we were gone, I realized it is VERY hard to eat well and have a “plan” while traveling.   I didn’t eat terribly, but I could have eaten A LOT better!  It was hard because there was a lot of candy, chips, chocolate, s’mores, etc. around and they are all very yummy.  It is very easy to allow yourself to just eat “a few” and then end up eating “a LOT!”

I realized I usually “fall off the wagon” while on vacation because of one (or several) of the following reasons:

  • I’m not at home and don’t have access to all of my “usual” foods
  • Because I’m away from home, I tend to rely on convenience foods or fast food.
  • We stop at gas stations along the way and peruse the candy aisles!
  • I am in “vacation mode” and want to live it up!
  • When I’m in “vacation mode” it doesn’t seem like eating junk “counts” (but it does!)
  • I’m bored while driving in the car and want to munch on something yummy to keep it exciting! ;-)

There are plenty of other reasons too!  It is hard to eat well while traveling, but if you PLAN ahead, you can stay ON the wagon!  Here are some “Healthy Eating Travel Tips”:

  • Pack a small cooler full of healthy snacks to munch on while traveling
  • Bring your own lunch/dinner in the car with you (saves on $$ too!)
  • When you arrive at your destination, make a quick trip to the local grocery store to stock up on healthy food
  • If you do stop at a restaurant/fast food, make healthy choices:
    • Choose grilled (not fried)
    • Get a hamburger or sandwich wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun
    • “hold” the sauce or ask for it on the side
    • Order a salad (lite dressing on the side)
    • Don’t eat fries (dang!)
    • If possible, read the nutritional information online or in the restaurant before ordering
  • Buy a healthy snack at the gas station instead of candy/pop/chips, etc.
  • Drink TONS of water
  • Since you are on vacation, I think it’s okay to allow yourself one treat per day.  Enjoy that one treat, savour it, then don’t eat any more!

Here are some Healthy Travel Snack ideas:

  • Beef Jerky
  • Fruit (bananas, strawberries, grapes, apples, oranges, etc.
  • Cut up veggies (carrots, celery, peppers, etc.)
  • String Cheese
  • Healthy Meal replacement bars/snack bars/granola bars
  • Healthy Trail Mix
  • Nuts
  • Yogurt
  • Dried Fruit

If you are COMMITTED to eating healthy and PLAN AHEAD, you can be successful while traveling!!

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