Do’s and Don’ts of Staying Crazy Fit While Traveling
Hey friends, remember me? I’m the crazy fit mama who dropped off the face of the planet for a month. Sorry! I had the best of intentions to continue blogging while uprooting my family and moving across the planet, visiting in-laws en route, but as the saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Well, I still don’t have much furniture (read: borrowed cardboard table, two folding chairs, and a loaned crib for the babe), but I had my internet hooked up at the new casa this week, so I’m back on the wagon with blogging, so to speak.
That being said, I thought I’d take a minute to chat with y’all about ways to stay faithful to your fitness when you’re living out of a suitcase, as I’ve been doing for the past 8 weeks and counting.
DO NOT throw all your plans, schedules and eating habits out the window for the entirety of your trip. You will not enjoy how you feel, and you will absolutely not get any workouts in if you assume from the get-go that they’re blown to hell.
DO be flexible with your schedule. If your BFF’s bridal luncheon is at the same time that you usually do your long run, please be reasonable and reschedule your run.
DO NOT point out the calorie count and fat content of the dinner your MIL made for her baby boy whom she hasn’t seen in ages.
DO politely take small portions and fill your plate with the most wholesome veggies she’s serving.
DO NOT plan four meals a day so that you can get together with all your friends who you haven’t seen in forever.
DO plan active social time, visiting the roller rink you used to hang at, hiking the trails behind your old high school, taking a walking tour of the local downtown area.
DO NOT take on a VEGAS mentality about all your meals. Your body doesn’t buy the What Happens on Vacation Stays on Vacation argument. Those nightly Death By Chocolate desserts will damage your hard work.
DO enjoy a small splurge from time to time. If your Grandma bakes your favorite apple pie, have a slice. You’ll savor it. You won’t savor eating the whole pie.
DO NOT whine the whole trip about how you would work out but you just miss your gym (or their classes) too much, and can’t work out on your own.
DO find new places to work out. LAfitness.com offers a three day free pass. AnytimeFitness.com and GoldsGym.com both have a 7 day free pass. Ask around. Many gyms will offer a 1-7 day free pass. Try them out. Experience a new groupX class. You never know what you might fall in love with while broadening your horizons.
Finally, if (when) you fall off the wagon, DO NOT blow the wagon into teeny tiny splinters and party like it’s 1999, DO get back on the wagon at the soonest possible opportunity. Your post-travel self will thank you.