I’m definitely the type of person that performs better when I have a goal in mind. In general, while I try to eat healthy and exercise regularly something about having a vacay on the horizon helps kick my enthusiasm up a notch. So, as soon as we booked our next little vacay I knew it was time to get a bit more serious, so that I could truly indulge and not think about squeezing into my summer clothes. So, here are 5 things I do to get in shape before vacay.
Remove Temptation + Make a Plan
To feel my best before a vacay, I try to remove all of the things that are my “temptation” items. The cookies, fruit, and my favorite treats just can’t be in the house. Out of sight, out of mind.
Next, I make a plan to eat healthier and commit to an exercise routine. It sounds so simple, but just putting into the universe and saying out loud that for the next few weeks everything around here is getting kicked into high gear, makes a difference.
2. Eliminate Carbs at Dinner
This one is challenging, but doable once you commit. Making easy swaps like spaghetti squash instead of pasta, or portobello mushroom stuffed with steak, or cauliflower pizza crust are all manageable ways to cut down on carbs. One of my favorite recipes is making spaghetti squash with turkey meatballs in a pesto sauce. It’s so filling and delicious that I really don’t miss the carbs. Let me know if you guys want this recipe!
Also, switching to a lighter beer like Michelob Ultra helps me keep low carb, and there is nothing like a nice cold beer after a long day, right?
3. Keep Snacks + Water in my Car/Bag
I can’t be trusted to make healthy choices when I am starving, so I try to never get too hungry or hangry between meals. I keep bags of almonds and apples in my car as a quick snack that helps me keep hunger away and also make better decisions at meal times. It’s such a simple thing to do and just a handful of almonds means I will actually make myself a great big salad instead of craving a burger.
4. Add Regular Work Outs
Our weekend routine (read about that here) has really helped me continue my workouts. I use classpass, which you can win by entering the Michelob Ultra Sweepstakes—and it’s the best! I get to workout at various studios around my neighborhood and add variety to my workouts.
I also started exercising at home, by running with the baby in the mornings. He was anti-stroller for a while, but now he is into it, especially because we typically run towards a playground, so we both win. ( Check out my previous post on exercising with baby in a stroller here)
Started doing at home workouts via youtube, as well. I like the tone it up ladies. Do you have favorite at home workouts?
5. Don’t Over Do It on the Weekends
I try to remember that the phrase is “cheat meal,” and not “cheat weekend.” So, I still get to do it up at brunch, or our weekly early bird dinner, aka happy hour, but for the rest of the weekend, I try to be good. In general, I believe all things in moderation.
The best part is you don’t have to give up alcohol all together. Switching to a light beer like Michelob Ultra is a great alternative. Only 95 calories and 2.6 carbs. Crisp, refreshing taste with fewer calories and carbs. I’ll take it.
Can’t wait to share with you guys where we are heading. Let me know if you’d like more details about what exercises I’m doing and what I’m eating. Or progress updates?
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