Today’s blog post is sponsored by Pure Protein. All thoughts, experiences, and opinions are my own.
My first four weeks back on a diet have been really great, but I quickly had to learn one thing: unexpected things happen! You can plan ahead, track your meals, and move more, but life is full of speed bumps and road blocks. As I’ve shared a lot this week, I am learning to look further down the road instead of allowing the hiccups along the way to derail me. Life is full of unexpected events, so why not learn to get through them and find lifelong success?
Over the past four weeks I’ve made last minute plans with friends to grab dinner, have had to stay home with a sick toddler, attended multiple full day work events (hello catering), went on a mini road trip with family, and spent four days in Dallas on business. My month was full of bumps in the road, but it has taken me a really long time to learn that these events do not have to derail me or my goals! I can enjoy the moments along the way, use the tools I know will help me to be successful, and no matter what, choose not to be hard on myself. You may have all of the tools in the world to be successful and sometimes things still don’t go as planned.
Whether your kids are closing out the school year or you’re gearing up for a trip to the beach, summer vacation season is upon us! Summer is such a joyous time, but for those who are trying to lose weight, it can also be a challenging time to stay on track. I mean, who doesn’t love all the BBQ’s, margaritas, and late night bowls of frozen yogurt that summer brings? I think we’ve all been there. We make plans to attend a friend’s BBQ and we think to ourselves, “Okay! I am going to attend this BBQ and stay on track. I’m going to have a hamburger with no bun, one spoonful of potato salad, and watermelon as a dessert.” Next thing we know we’ve eaten not only a burger, but also a hot dog, we’re elbow deep in macaroni salad, we couldn’t turn down a slice of Aunt Mary’s famous apple pie, and we’ve washed it all down with summer ale. How did we go from having a plan to eating anything and everything?
It has taken me a really long time to learn this, but I really believe it’s restriction that causes us to derail so quickly. I’ve had to learn that it’s okay to treat an event or vacation as moments in time. Instead of being restrictive, I am learning to allow myself to enjoy the moment and to be selective in how I indulge. Instead of having both potato salad and apple pie, maybe I’ll just have one (and obviously I’d pick potato salad because it’s amazing). I’m far from perfect, nor have I mastered this approach, but I’m realizing that you can enjoy experiences and still move closer towards your goals.
For my road trip with family a few weeks ago, I went into it wanting to stay on track 100 percent of the time. I didn’t prepare beyond knowing that I’d be eating out for all meals and would need to make healthy choices if I was going to lose weight. That road trip made me realize that I was being too hard on myself and that I didn’t do a good job of preparing for my little vacation. This past weekend when I was in Dallas, I knew I was going to have to work to stay on track, so I planned ahead. I packed workout clothes and decided I would start each day with a trip to the gym, brought a ton of healthy snacks from home for my flights and time in the hotel, swung by the grocery store when I first arrived in order to pick up healthy meals I could keep in my hotel mini-fridge, and chose the meals I would eat out ahead of time. Deciding ahead of time when I’d eat out worked really well and I really enjoyed my meals out with co-workers.
I’m also so glad I brought snacks from home. As I was in Dallas on business, I needed protein packed snacks to get me through long business meetings, stretches between meals, and flights to and from Dallas. In my work bag I threw in a box of my favorite Pure Protein bars (chocolate chip!!) and a few of their new Pure Protein Crunch pouches (these are a must buy!! I’ve also added them to a cup of ice cream… so delicious!!). The Pure Protein products were perfect for my flights and made a big difference during my afternoon slump. Both snacks really helped me to stay on track and avoid derailing while I was out of town.
My trips this past month helped me to realize that I can be successful while traveling. I now know that I can go on summer vacation, prepare as best I can (workout gear, healthy meal options, protein packed snacks, and a guilt free mindset), and continue to move forward with my health and fitness goals as I transition back into life after vacation.
Summer vacation does not have to derail you! Own it, prepare for it, and enjoy it. Either way, you enjoy that sunshine and all the memories!! You’re worth it!
Today on my Instagram page I am hosting an amazing Pure Protein giveaway! One reader will win a $50 Walmart gift card AND a variety of Pure Protein products!! How awesome is that? Perfect for preparing for your summer vacation! To enter the giveaway, please visit today’s Pure Protein post on my Instagram page and follow the instructions. To enter, you will be required to post a visual depiction (photograph, video, you name it) of one of your “derailer moments” on your own Instagram page! You will need to use the hashtag #KeepOnTrack in your post and will need to tag @officialpureprotein and @coffeecakeandcardio. A winner will be selected through a random number generator. The giveaway will close at 8:00 PM EST on Monday, June 20, 2016. Best of luck to all who enter.