This is the second last post of the BLT and I can't believe how fast it has gone by. This week I was on vacation at my families cabin in the mountains and had an incredibly amazing time. We are about half an hour from the closest city so that means I didn't get to the gym but I had no trouble finding creative ways of getting a workout in. We have hand weights at my cabin so I used those for the circuit Julia gave me and I found a large rock to lift to do my burpees with. My father and I hiked a mountain one day to get to Great Bear Lake which is 7100 ft. high, it took us about an hour to climb at a pretty steep incline but once we got to the top it was the most amazing view with a perfectly clear lake that I enjoyed cooling off in. I also enjoyed waking up in the morning and going paddle boarding around the lake with my dog where I got to practise paddle board yoga and good balance, as well as I have my Grandma's old bike from her childhood that is incredibly fun to bike around for hours on.
While I was on vacation I had no trouble sticking with the diet, as I planned out what I wanted to eat while I was there and packed accordingly. When it comes to vacation I think that a lot of people think 'Well I am on vacation and I can eat whatever I want' but I believe this thought can really hinder us from achieving our goals. The end of the program is coming up for me and I want to see how far I have come and not set myself back with this thought, plus I think healthy food is just as delicious as 'cheat' foods and they don't make you feel like crap after so it is easy to want to maintain healthy eating even while I was on vacation. I did still have a flex meal when my family went out for dinner but I was cognitive of my portion size and made sure that I was still getting all my greens and protein in for the day.
I find changing up my workout routine has kept me excited about it, getting to go kayaking and paddle boarding was a fun way to do some cardio and work out my arms, as well as I did some squats on the paddle boarding which was a great way to challenge my balance and still get a good leg workout in. I didn't even fall off, however I did enjoy jumping in for a quick cool down then a swim back to the dock. I am a notoriously bad swimmer so swimming while dragging a paddle board on my ankle left my pretty out of breath by the time I got back.
In any situation we are put in it is all about out mental attitude. I went on vacation still believing and wanting to follow with the program so I was able to take the steps that I needed to achieve this. I planned out my meals, I got creative with how I was going to workout and I still had a great time and relaxed. If I had gone into it thinking "Well I am on vacation I deserve a cheat" it would have been really easy to get off track which probably would have left me guilt ridden an regretful that I had gotten lazy at the end of my program. Knowing that I can maintain my health plans while on vacation proves that I will be able to maintain the program even once the program is over. Which is the ultimate goal.