Choose JOY on vacation while sticking to your dietary and exercise intentions!
Here’s how: recently, my husband and I went to Cancun and really enjoyed the simple pleasures of laying on beach towels above sand while feeling grounded to the earth, swimming in teal waters of the Caribbean Sea and walks on the beach exploring and breathing the air on this gorgeous peninsula.
The Hyatt Zilara is the all-inclusive resort we called home for this week. If you’re taking a trip to Cancun and views are your thing, I encourage you to look at the Hyatt Zilara for your ‘home away from home!’ Hospitality is kind, a spacious lobby with a varietal buffet to eat and rooms have private balcony’s overlooking the Sea! The views are immaculate! Absolutely breathtaking and the food was delicious! They had so many healthy options: sushi, fish (prepared the way you request), fresh salad and fresh fruit. The last time my husband and I stayed at an all-inclusive resort: our honeymoon. We left feeling worse than we arrived! We overly indulged ourselves plate after plate and with ease. And we rarely went to the gym. This vacation was much different!
Every morning we woke up and went downstairs to grab an iced Americano! This was our pre-workout drink.
The coffee in Cancun was so strong and yummy. After our coffee date we would go to the gym and train with one another. At home I always start my training sessions with 20-30 minutes of cardio to warm up. On vacation we just went right into training. We always worked out in the morning and got it out of the way. That way we left no room for excuses throughout the rest of the day. The gym at the Hyatt Zilara was so clean and up to date. We were like two kids in a candy shop! Each training session we had so much fun! After our training session we would then go and grab some breakfast.
Eating a healthy breakfast every morning is so important! It’s one of the easiest meals to make healthy. We always started our morning with scrambled egg whites or an egg white omelet. It was wonderful having so many vegetable options to add into our eggs. We also split a Thomas muffin and had some cream cheese with smoked salmon on top. Followed with fresh fruits and overnight oats. Kept it simple and kept it healthy.
On our honeymoon last year we grabbed everything in sight and threw it onto our plates! Yes I said plates. Plate after plate! We had bagels and donuts. We had pastries covered in sugar! Whole eggs. A few mimosas here and there. I can’t speak for my husband but I had lots of sugary drinks from breakfast to dinner. Talk about a combination for disaster! Don’t do that!
For lunch at the Hyatt Zilara we tried to stick to the “one plate” rule. I think that this ideology saved us. The less plates the better! We always hit up the salad bar first. Loaded up our plate with healthy greens, protein, and light salad dressing. I also grabbed a few pieces of sushi (they were NOT deep fried more like Nigiri) and once a while I had a nice slice of salmon. My husband had pretty much the same thing but with more added protein.
It is so important to stay hydrated on vacation! Drink water with every meal (bottled only in Mexico)! Did you know that water can help satisfy cravings if food is readily available and tempting you? So drink up! During the day dehydration can mask hunger, so beware. If you’re planning on enjoying some drinks by the beach or pool, make sure you hydrate in between! When it came to drinks we chose water or club soda with Grey Goose and lime. We also went with sugar free or light sprite and coke. I also asked for sugar free mojitos ever so often since a good mojito is my favorite! We avoided the sugary drinks and soda loaded with sugar for mixers. Just switching to sugar free or light will save you in the long run.
Our dinners were pretty similar to our lunches. We kept it high in protein with lots of veggies. Low in carbs! We really limited our carb intake on vacation. We rarely ate bread with our dinners when offered. I enjoyed my glass of wine instead. At dinner we always enjoyed a nice glass of red wine together. Did you know red wine boosts heart health, improves cholesterol, fights free radical damage, and helps manage diabetes, and fights obesity and weight gain?! Cheers!
We always finished our nights with two small scoops of gelato overlooking the ocean. The sounds of the waves crashing against the sand was so relaxing. It is so important to relax on vacation. To get your mind and body back on the right track.
As you can see we didn’t “sacrifice” our fitness goals while we were on vacation. We enjoyed ourselves. All while making healthy choices! The more you complicate things on vacation the harder it is. Think healthy. Think green. Think high in protein. Think less sugar! It is that easy. And if you end up making some choices that aren’t so healthy that’s ok! You’re on vacation. Just remember not to “smash that phone”.
Since being back home I’ve had no difficulty getting back into my routine. We did all of our meal prep on Sunday for the week once we got back. The grocery store was our first stop once we flew in! I can’t tell you guys enough how much I love this life. I love the food I eat, the cardio, and the intense training sessions with my husband. I feel so much more energized and comfortable in my own skin lately. I’m so happy and proud of myself for where I am now. I can’t wait to keep making more progress towards my goals.
Hope this helps you guys!