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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Battle Plans for Vacation Fitness

I am headed off to the sunshine state for a week. Many a blogger report how they take a vacation from their fitness as well. I know. I know. It's okay to splurge once in a while. It's okay to plan a week of indulgence as long as you get back on track. But, I don't want to. I want to continue to eat healthy and exercise. I don't even want to maintain my fitness, but improve it as is my goal every week. There are several reasons for this:

1) I feel lousy (physically, mentally, and emotionally) when I don't eat well and exercise.
2) I don't want to associate vacations with living an unfit lifestyle.
3) Even though I have learned to run in the cold and snow, I really want to run in the warmth and the sun.
4) We will be eating out a lot, like the whole time, and I want to prove to myself that I can eat healthy even while eating out (Now, where are those calorie-free Krispy Kremes?).
5) My before picture was taken on our trip to Florida last year. That was a person who did not respect himself or his body. I am not that person any more.
6) The next time I report will be exactly one year since I began my journey of fitness. I want to come into the next year on a high note.
7) The day before my one year anniversary, will be my 39th birthday. My birthday wish is to reach a healthy weight.

Here is my plan to live a fit lifestyle while on vacation:
1) Respect myself!
2) Just say NO to Crack(er Barrel). We ate there a lot on the trip down and back. If there is anything healthy on their list, the other food is just toooo tempting to pass up for it. Their biscuits are pure evil. (Yet, my mouth is watering just thinking about it).
3) Many of the other chain restaurants have decent healthy choices like Applebees, Bennigans, Big Boys, and others.
4) I am bringing all my running gear for any weather condition. I am also bringing my swim trunks. I don't care who I gross out anymore. I am going to swim with the kids and play with them all I can.
5) We are packing lots of healthy snacks for the trip such as apples, oranges, nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, low-fat yogurt, water, carrots, celery, etc... This is to avoid feeling starved when we do stop to eat.
6) I will bring tea. This is what I drink in evening to relax. It also takes the edge off any hunger pains or cravings.
7) Telling everyone who reads my blog that I am going to continue to live fit on vacation. This way I have to do it in order to save face.
8) I am bringing my scale with me.

Hopefully, thinking this through and planning ahead will help me stick to my goals on this vacation. I don't plan to write a post on January 28th saying I had the best of intentions, BUT... Not But's, accept the nice looking ones on the beach.

Friday, we need to drive 1.5 hours to rent a van that will fit my family and my father then drive 1.5 hours back. Pack the van. Pick up my dad. Then head out, hopefully by 2 pm Friday. The plan is to drive through the night and hopefully make it to southern Georgia or the Florida border by Saturday night. Between my dad and the kids, we will need to make lots of stops along the way. We will spend Saturday night in a hotel, and then drive the rest of the way to our hotel. We are staying in the Tampa/St. Pete area. We will stay there until Thursday when we start driving back. We plan to get to Cincinnati on Friday. We will stay there for a little excursion until Sunday the drive the rest of the way back. That will be quite a challenge.

I don't know if I will have the chance to post before we leave so wish us luck and good weather.

Living Fit Is My #1 Job!

9 comments:

cmae said...

Good luck, good weather! And good plan! I love the idea of bringing your scale with you and not associating vacations with living an unfit lifestyle. You've armed yourself well.

BTW, when you get a chance, would you share how you cope with running in the snow? We've gotten more snow this year so far than we did all last winter, and it's really getting me down.

Half Man said...

cmae Hopefully I will save face. As far running in the snow goes, it's just a matter of dressing properly and being careful on the icy patches

Ironside said...

Have a great vacation! You are a really good son to be taking your Dad. God Bless!

Fat Lazy Guy said...

Sounds good man. Sounds like you're fully prepared :D I hope you and the fam have a great vacation.

Lily T said...

Great plan!

Go swimming with your kids! Let other people think what they want! You’ll never see them again.

I actually find exercising during vacation to be doable. There’s always someone to take care of the kids and it’s interesting to exercise in a different location. My trouble has always been eating.

Good luck to you!

Kim Ayres said...

If you can break the habit of indulging just because it's a vacation, then that would be a major step forward. Hope you have a great time :)

Sayre said...

Wow - I hope you got to run in some sunshine because there hasn't been much of it here in Florida for the last couple of weeks. North Florida at least. Not much rain either, but plenty of clouds.

I applaud your determination to keep to the healthy track while on vacation. It's tough, but it's a lot easier when you're somewhere that invites activity! You know - like Florida!

Nona said...

What an excellent plan!!! I support you 100%. You can absolutely do this and will feel better about yourself after the vacation if you stick to your plan than you will if you don't.

So your one year anniversary is coming up and look at all you have gained ... or rather ... loss...you know what I mean. You have loss so much weight but gained so many other things ... the top of the list being good health I'm sure.

I love road trips and I LOVE the American natural and cultural landscape, so rich and varied. My partner and I lived in New York City for several years and we did many a road trip while there. We have only covered about 30 states but want to come back one day to cover the others.

Hope you have a lovely time, swimming and running and hanging out with your family in the sun. Great way to break up the winter gloom!!!

Half Man said...

Thank you for all the nice thoughts and well wishes. Things went well.