Resisting Temptation While On Vacation

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CNN — It’s not easy having a hometown that has best chicken wings and pizza in the world. But here are a few tips that helped me get through my week of summer vacation in Western New York.

1. Plan exercise. Even though my week was going to be crammed with wedding planning, I promised to run in a 5K with my stepsister. My bridesmaid scheduled a Body Cardio class for us to do at her gym before we met with the florist. I walked into my parents’ house after an 8.5-hour car ride, wanting to eat Mom’s cooking. Not helpful when she just made Sloppy Joes and a chocolate cake! I resisted, but experienced my first craving in a long time, which I attribute to not exercising all day and some sort of emotional trigger that goes off every time I set foot in my mom’s kitchen. I went for a four-mile run the next morning and the only thing I wanted to eat was oatmeal. Running and doing Pilates on my parent’s back patio centered me.

2. Involve your family. Being on vacation is all about spending quality time with your loved ones. We scheduled two visits to a local trampoline house where I got to bounce for two hours with my girls. Surprisingly, bouncing is highly aerobic — and fun. I even managed to not get killed in trampoline dodge ball frenzy. Planning activities around fun instead of food helped us to remain active during the week.

3. Bring your own food. I brought almond butter and my organic oatmeal I eat each morning from home. I also brought a bag full of zucchini, squash, onions, and cucumbers from our garden. Then when I stopped at a local WNY store, I picked up some vegan samosas and channa masala to eat while my family dined on steak. For the long car ride, I put a cooler with bananas, pita chips, and hummus in the seat next to me. I packed pretzels and trail mix for the girls so we wouldn’t have to stop for snacks. When we did stop for lunch, I opted for a sit-down restaurant instead of the standard fast food stop so I could eat a salad and drink plenty of water. When my dad saw me eat grilled vegetables and a salad for dinner one night he asked, “Are you telling me you’re really full after eating that?” And the answer was yes — you can feel full after eating a healthy meal.

4. Reflect on your goals. When my mom saw me, she gasped. I finally looked thinner to her. She said, “Wow, I guess you really are an inspiration.” When looking up my previous 5K results, I found a picture of Chris and I back in March. We look so much fluffier then. Looking at the pictures from our bridal shower confirms it. We have changed our lives and a week of vacation wasn’t going to derail that. When I got on the scale when I got home, I was happy to find that I hadn’t gained any weight (didn’t lose any either).

Now, I’m nowhere near perfect. I did try the 15 different cakes the baker had me taste test for our wedding cake. When the waiter brought out a baked Alaska dessert as a surprise for my birthday, I did have a bite. Sad to say, I did have four chicken wings (okay, maybe five), breaking my four-month streak of no meat. But my body paid for it. I could feel myself getting sick. My body was rejecting the junk and screaming for the veggies. Good thing vacations are short; can’t wait to get back to my plant powered swim, bike and run routine.

By Adrienne LaGier

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