Day 15 of the 24-day challenge* has come and gone! I’ve secretly been on vacation with my family for the past week and am finally back home. (I know, aren’t I sneaky?) 🙂 There have been lots of takeaways in regards to sticking with the 24-day challenge on the road, so more to come on that.
First, here are today’s stats.
Breakfast: Meal replacement shake + banana
Lunch: Scrambled eggs; Fruit
Supper: Grilled chicken salad
Snacks: Unsalted peanuts with raisins; Apple slices with crunchy peanut butter on top
Tea of Choice: Mint melange tea
Energy Level: Pretty good. All the hours in the car wore me out a bit, but construction traffic will do that to anyone, right? 🙂
All right, let’s talk about travel and the 24-day challenge.
In my opinion, the biggest key to success is planning ahead!
Before our trip, I outlined the travel plan and plotted how I would set myself up to succeed. This included packing lots of portable, easy snacks, as well as individual servings of meals I’d prepped in advance (Turkey chili, breakfast casserole, and Mexican bowls). I froze the meals ahead of time and packed a cooler to preserve them on the road. Thankfully our accommodations had a kitchen, so I was able to keep my meals refrigerated and then reheat them quickly. (Since I knew we would have access to a kitchen, I also brought easy meals for my family to enjoy, like enchiladas and pasta.)
We did go out to eat a couple times. But just like I’d done the first week of the challenge, I looked at the restaurants’ menus online beforehand so I could choose the best thing to order.
Funny vacation story: One of the restaurants we went to featured fritters with apple butter. (Good old southern comfort food!) I’d planned ahead to order a salad, but I can’t tell you how TEMPTING it was to see those fritters and smell them while my family munched away. I seriously almost caved and ate one, but I told myself I wouldn’t want to go back to my diet if I did. After the meal, my other family members felt sick from over-indulging, but guess who felt just fine and had tons of energy? Me! With a groan, my 7-year-old son told me, “Mom, you were the smart one of the family. DON’T let me eat too much junk food like that again!” (Score one for Mom) 🙂
Not only did planning ahead save me a tummy-ache, it saved a lot of stress that I might have experienced on our vacation if I’d chosen to wing it. When you’re being intentional with your health, winging it can only get you so far. 🙂
That’s it for Day 15! More coming tomorrow…
*My completion of Advocare’s 24-day challenge is not a personal endorsement of Advocare or any of its products. Advocare’s products may cause adverse health effects in some people and shouldn’t be entered without full understanding and consultation with a physician.