|After P90X and Max 30|
|Lulu's Hot Chocolate for James|
|Our "New" to us tandem. Bought on our way out of town!|
down to bars and restaurants looking for something to drink and eat. This was tricky for me because I like to drink (did I already say that?). Drinking usually means something sweet and full of calories. Plus, I know how toxic booze is. Our bodies try to get rid of it before anything else, So any food you eat while drinking does not get dealt with until all of the booze is gone. Usually, this means that the calories from food turns into extra weight by the end of your vacation.
Cocktail hours proved to be my biggest challenge. What I ended up doing was ordering a lot of ceviche, which I love, and trying new things that included fresh vegetable ingredients or lean protein. I forgot anything fried, covered in butter, and bread. At one place, we ordered the ceviche and spicy edamame. I had to ignore the salt content and accept that some water weight would come on. I chose infused vodka martinis or mixed drinks with fresh fruit squeezed in over sugar laden mixes. I had to accept in those moments that I would gain weight. The alcohol calories did nothing for me in terms of my long term goals, I was making a choice.
I did indulge in another favorite, ice cream. I am a sucker for a super creamy, gourmet scoop. This means that (much to James' disappointment) I do not indulge in chain ice cream like Baskin Robbins or Cold Stone. If I am going to do it, it has to be creamy, fresh, and unique.
We tried Mission Hill Creamery and were not disappointed. The ice cream was delicious and worth every calorie and bite.They have small 2 oz scoops.You know how the first few bites are always the best? The first few bites is all you get with a 2 oz scoop! Plus it came with a yummy waffle cone slide on top. So I could forgot the additional calories of a full on waffle cone.
The biggest thing I did differently to ensure not gaining a ton of weight or bringing vacation habits back with me, was to immediately start prepping for my week when we returned. Before walking in the door, I threw the first load in the washer.
Then, I hit the kitchen. I prepped my breakfasts for the week and started to thaw chicken while James ran to the grocery store. We ate turkey burgers for lunch and I had a chicken salad for dinner.
Vacation is not technically over, but why do more damage? All I wanted to do was sit down, drink some water, and watch tv. Tomorrow I will be glad I didn't.