V__4543

Staying on Track with Your Fitness While Traveling

As I’m gearing up to head to Summit, Beachbody’s largest annual event, I figured now was the perfect time to share a few tips on how to stay on track with your fitness while traveling. Plus, I got some great suggestions from my sister-in-law who literally has it all down to a science! So, the next time your headed on trip for business or leisure, don’t right it off as a complete wash for your health and fitness plan! Follow these tips, and you won’t miss a beat!

1. Plan Ahead

Planning ahead and prepping a few things to take with you is key. Especially if you are traveling by car, you can prep meals to take along with you. A simple cooler with ice packs will work, but if you travel often, a meal management system is worth the investment. Most are designed six pack bags that facilitate both meals and liquids. Having enough space for several large bottles of water/liquid for shakes as well as several meals is awesome for traveling! (Also, keep in mind that you can fly with prepacked meals just no liquids!)Travel plans can make it seem impossible to stay on track with your fitness. Check out these tips for sticking with your healthy lifestyle even on the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Stay Hydrated

Whether traveling by car or plane, you can get dehydrated very easily. Be sure to plan for how you’ll get enough water in throughout the trip. If you’re flying, take an empty bottle so you can fill it in one of the refill stations. (You’ll save a ton compared to buying water or food for that matter at the airport.) If traveling by car, take several bottles already filled with you.

3. Make Appropriate Accommodations

Your accommodations can make a big difference in helping you stay on track as well. If you’ll be staying in a hotel, try to locate one with suite-style rooms. (One of our personal favorites is Home2 by Hilton!) If you cannot locate a suite option, then at the very least call ahead to where you’ll be staying to request a room with a fridge and a microwave. If you make the request ahead of time, you can often get the upgrade at no additional cost.

4. Locate a Gym

Most hotels today either partner with a local gym or have a small gym area with a DVD player on site. As you arrange your accommodations be sure to ask what your options will be so you’ll know what to take with you. Consider taking a couple workout DVDs with you, or rely on one of your favorite apps or websites, like Beachbody on Demand.

5. Take a Bag

A reusable bag comes in really handy for groceries and other take along items you’ll need. Be sure to map out where the closest grocery is, and if it’s within walking distance, take your bag and walk to pick up a few groceries. It’s a great workout!

6. Keep It Simple

When considering meal options, focus on keeping it simple and finding options that are easy to prep. Things like oatmeal or eggs can easily be made in the microwave. Also, fruits, wraps/tortillas, salad mix, precooked chicken, tuna, avocado, hummus, carrots, and sweet potatoes are great options. Also, if you’re close to one, places like Whole Foods often have “food bars” where you can pick up hot and cold foods. Consider picking up some extra silverware/plasticware at these locations too. Buying and prepping your own food definitely helps save money, and you know exactly what you are getting. Travel plans can make it seem impossible to stay on track with your fitness. Check out these tips for sticking with your healthy lifestyle even on the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Prepack Shakes

Protein/nutritional shakes are a great way to stay on track while you’re traveling as well. Save space by choosing prepackaged Shakeology or doing it yourself with small Ziploc bags. Store the powder in your favorite shake bottle to make the most of your space and make sure you don’t forget the bottle.Travel plans can make it seem impossible to stay on track with your fitness. Check out these tips for sticking with your healthy lifestyle even on the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Pack Workout Clothes Instead of Jammies

Instead of packing jammies, just pack a few pairs of your favorite gym clothes. Comfy pants and shirts are the best to workout in any way. And, if you sleep in your workout clothes, you have no excuse to skip the workout in the morning. Don’t forget your shoes, headphones, and game face either!

9. Explore the Area

Walking or running is a great way to get a workout in and get to see a little more of the area you are visiting. Apps like Google maps are great for getting a feel for your route, and you can use the “walk option” to calculate time, etc.

10. Remember Reciprocal Memberships

If you happen to belong to a YMCA or another gym, check to see if your membership offers reciprocal memberships. most YMCAs reciprocate for at least 5 days, but be sure to take your card with you as it has your “away” number.

The next time you think that your travel plans have to trump your fitness program, think again! Follow these tips and stay on track with your health and fitness plan no matter where you are.

chunky-monkey-oatmeal

Chunky Monkey Oatmeal

I am always looking for fun new breakfast recipes that are still HEALTHY! After having been on vacation and losing a week to more travel and other activities, I was really needing to get back on track with my eating but still wanting a little something fun, so I came up with this Chunky Monkey Oatmeal.Breakfast is an easy time to make or break the rest of the day. Try this nutritious but fun oatmeal recipe for a unique breakfast or snack option!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s super-yummy, and the best thing is you won’t even miss any sweetener! So, go ahead and give it a try, and let me know what you think!

Continue reading

13516265_10155096341168902_6452915559451918981_n

Going to the Beach with a Baby

We recently got back from our first big vacation with our baby girl. Where did we go? My favorite place – the beach! And, let me add despite the 10+ hour drive both ways overnight and a teething baby girl, it was a VERY successful trip! Now, I probably have the majority of my family to thank for that as everyone was so helpful in spending time with her and keeping her content, but I’d also attribute it to a little bit of prep on all of our parts. So, I thought I’d share a few of our beach must-haves for making a trip to the beach with a baby as much fun as possible.The first trip to the beach with a baby can be challenging. Check out these must-haves for a beach trip with a baby and decide what you need to pack!

Continue reading

benefits-clean-eating

The Benefits of Clean Eating

Before I got started with the 21 Day Fix, I had tried everything from counting calories to taking “diet pills.” And, none of it worked, at least long term that is. After having my baby girl, though, I decided I needed to learn how to do it the right way and got established with my program. Little did I know that one of the primary components of my success was something I had already been hearing a lot about – clean eating. As a successful 21 Day Fixer, I’m here to tell you that eating clean isn’t just some fad. It’s a healthy way of eating that focuses on consuming whole, minimally process foods – think whole grains, veggies, fruits, nuts, lean proteins – to support the better functioning of your body. So, is it really all it’s cracked up to be? You better believe it, and here’s why.Clean eating isn’t just some new-fangled diet. Discover the primary benefits of clean eating and how it can improve your health and help you lose weight.

1. Increased Energy

One of THE first benefits I experienced from changing up my diet was an almost immediate boost of energy. A healthy diet full of proper nutrition nourishes the body, so it functions at an optimal level, giving you more energy and less fatigue. I had always noticed I did better when I was eating more veggies and protein and fewer carbs, etc., but it really made all the difference when I made the transition to eating more whole foods.

2. Improved Mental Clarity

Another nearly immediate benefit of eating clean was more mental clarity. I’ve never really had trouble focusing, but I noticed a significant difference in how “foggy” or my head previously felt and how clear it feels when I’m eating clean.

3. Improved Cardiovascular Health

Okay, so this isn’t one I necessarily saw or felt, but I know diet plays an important role in reducing cardiovascular disease, and since it runs in my family, I want to do everything I can to prevent it. It all makes sense, though, as vegetables and fruits are high in nutrients like vitamin c which functions to strengthen the blood vessels.

4. Increased Weight Loss

Another major benefit of a clean diet is weight loss. Most people experience a significant weight loss by switching their diets alone, but paired with an effective workout program, the results are only increased. Again because the focus of a clean diet is on fueling your body with the right type of foods, it encourages the body to release any excess weight it may be carrying.

5. Reduced Risk of Cancer

Again while this isn’t a benefit I’ve experienced firsthand, I want to do everything I can to protect my body from the beast that cancer is. A clean diet is low in saturated fat and processed foods and high in rich fruits and veggies and lean meats, so you’re giving your body all of the phytonutrients and antioxidants it needs to ward off illness and fight cancer growth.

Eating clean isn’t just some new-fangled way of eating. In fact, it’s more of a “back to nature” way of eating that benefits the body in numerous ways. If you’re looking to improve your health and even lose some weight, I’d love to help you get started with a clean eating regimen and support you all along the way. Fill out the form below, and I’ll contact you with some details on how to get started today!

tuesday-tidbit-obedience

Tuesday Tidbit, Obedience

We talked last week about God providing all of our needs. So, this week, I felt it was an appropriate segway to touch on His “requirements” for us. I don’t ever want Grace to think that she is “owed” anything, and I honestly believe that God teaches us that throughout the Bible. He asks us to have a response to Him, and through our response, He blesses us. God expects little of us but obedience to Him. Discover how He rewards our obedience and sets the expectation for us in today's mini-devotional.

Continue reading