Family Vacations are always a fun time to unwind with your loved ones, catch up on all those activities you wanted to do together and just kick your feet up and watch as your little one splashes around in a pool or splash pad.
But tell me, how many of you start your vacation plans with saying “Don’t worry, we will stay on track!” “Eating health and clean when you have access to amazing restaurants, and snacks galore – no problem! Seriously, it won’t be a problem!).”
I have to admit … I too have fallen victim to those very words. I always convince beforehand my vacation that this is the time that I will work out more, eat right and you know what – get myself on the straight and narrow, clean eating path. After so many years, and so many plans in my twenty somethings, you would think that I would have learned by now.
I know, I know, vacations are by their very nature intended to be about indulgences, treats and putting aside your daily monotony.
We I naively made plans that we would eat healthy, do our daily work outs and just be smart about our choices as we soaked up the California sunshine.
I know what you are thinking, who makes such commitments to themselves when they are heading to such a perfect destination where the tacos are fresh — the cream cheese (& bagels) like no other — and the lemonade are tall and “spiked”.
And so … 7 days later I am here to tell a tale. A tale not about our daily adventures, but one about our small and growing vacation belly. You know that little pudge that appears after a week-long of eating delicious Indian, Mexican, Sushi, lemonades, candy, and exciting “spicy” chip flavours. The time and energy you spend toning your body and reducing your body fat all gone in 7 days.
How is it possible that just across the border, there is a whole world of treats (as my little one says) not available to the average Canadian?
But the moral of the story is that you need to cut yourself slack.
You need to give yourself a break once in a while from needing to always eat a certain way, cut out the carbs and eliminate junk food. Sometimes it’s okay to take a step back because it makes you realize why you are in “this” journey and why it is important to take care of yourself and your family. The next time you feel like a pizza slice or an ice cream, go for it! Because at the end of the day, you will appreciate the commitment you have made to yourself to live healthier life, a healthier you!