Hi beautiful! As this week comes to a close and I visit one of my favorite coffee shops, Dose, I am excited to finally sit down and gather all the photos, memories, tips, and more to share with you! Today I wanted to tell you some of the things that I strive to do when I travel. I was back in South Carolina for over a week and needed to start a routine that my body and mind would both enjoy.
First and foremost, car rides can be magnificent. Recently, I have started to try to listen to podcasts, read more, listen to music, or just look out the window instead of my phone screen. Not going to lie, it can be a struggle. Car rides are some of my favorite moments when it comes to traveling. Nick and I had to drive over seven hours, but no worries I packed snacks and was ready to go.
I remember when my mind set was so one sided. I used to tell myself I would not eat that much on long car rides because I wouldn’t burn it off. I would juice, have coffee, some fruit, and maybe some crackers…I still freak out sometimes and had a good cry on the way back to Nashville because eating and not moving can be one of my hardest mind battles.
This time around I have learned to eat so I can be fueled to talk to the person next to me, stay vigilant to my new, beautiful surroundings and be energetic enough to run around when the car ride is over.
We need food to think, converse with others and to enjoy. On my way down to South Carolina, I had a bagel with peanut butter and banana, I would snack then we stopped to have a large salad with fresh fish and ended with a home cooked meal! I slept like a baby that night. When I woke up the next morning, I didn’t regret eating on that long car ride, nope, instead I woke up and made a large breakfast with an english muffin, avocado and eggs!
My legs were ready to move so when I realized how little I had moved the day before, my mind went turning in the wrong direction. I looked up workout routines on Pinterest and told myself I would complete them everyday plus some. Don’t do this. I did a workout, went on another walk and biked all in the same day. I was too worn out to enjoy my morning walk the next day, so I found a local Pure Barre studio that gave me a first week class free for being new to the city!
Always check Groupon or their local website for any special deals you can get when traveling. The rest of the trip I alternated between barre and hiking new places because since I can do barre at home, I wanted to spend some of my time in new places.
I found the most beautiful place to hike along the Congaree River in Columbia. I loved it so much I went back twice with Nick and even tubed down! That was an experience I will never forget.
There were a lot of unforgettable moments and a lot of them consisted of cooking meals, going new places to eat and not putting my workout routine before those memories.
On our way home, we packed some cookies that you can’t get in Nashville from Insomnia. You can order these from anywhere online and have them delivered in all hours of the night. Nashville needs this. I won’t lie to you, I didn’t eat the entire cookie and I can’t give you a really good reason why. A specific moment I won’t forget is Nick looking at me and saying, “I look forward to the day when we can eat an entire cookie together…”
Moments trump moderation any day. I’m not advocating eating jumbo cookies with every meal because if you want a healthy lifestyle, that’s not the answer, but if you are going to eat something, try not to be timid with it. I’m working on being confident in saying. “I want that entire dessert.”
On the outside, I am healthy, but on the inside, my mind might not be all the time . If that is you as you prepare for your day or an upcoming trip, don’t worry. Make moments, not moderate them. This could be the trip or day of a lifetime so don’t let food determine the outcome. We got this!