We recently were on vacation in Florida for nine days, with four of those days being on the road traveling. My intentions were to eat as healthy as possible and to continue my half-marathon training as best as I could.
Intentions don’t mean much of anything when you don’t follow through. Which I didn’t.
What is it about vacation that triggers a brain to completely forget every healthy habit it has developed, simply because “I’m on vacation.” Have another beer? Sure, I’m on vacation. Should we order this “bucket” of alcoholic drink? Sure, I’m on vacation. Should I get a run in today? No, I’m on vacation.
Not only do I feel like I drank my weight in beer every day, but I stayed out in the sun way too long without sunscreen, and I didn’t drink nearly enough water. The major sunburn and swollen feet and ankles were my rewards for these bad decisions.
My running routine? The weather in Panama City Beach was HOT and HUMID, and so I knew if I ran, it would have to be early morning. The second morning that we were there, I got up early and went out running first thing and it was horrible. I had GI issues, I had no energy. So then I decided that I would run later after I had coffee and a bit of breakfast, but by then the beach would be calling me and I would skip my run. I think I ran a total of 5 miles the 9 days that we were gone. Sad. (Sorry, Laura!)
However, the thing that I feel most badly about is now I strayed from my vegan diet. Although we did visit some restaurants that had vegan items, they were few. Pizza or burritos. My omnivore family, bless their hearts, would have eaten these every day, but they wanted seafood and BBQ, too. All of the restaurants within walking distance had tons of seafood, steaks, BBQ………but no veggies, no fruit, no appealing salads. I ended up eating pretzel sticks, mozzarella cheese sticks, a salad that I was able to find that was basically made with iceberg lettuce, and on the last night, pasta with a cheesy sauce.
Here’s my problem: I don’t like to make a fuss, and when I can make an easy, convenient request to make something vegan, I will do it, but when I have to ask for something that’s not even on the menu, I’m too shy to ask. Why? The worst thing that can happen is that I’m told no. But more often, I’m sure that something would be fixed for me. So what is wrong with me? Why am I too shy to ask?
So this is something that I really need to work on. If anyone reading this has some helpful advice, or has struggled with the same thing, I’d appreciate it. And please don’t bash me for eating dairy. I already feel horrible enough as it is. It’s a struggle, and I’m working on it. At home, I know what my options are for eating out and it’s so much easier, but when I travel to new places, it’s more difficult. I just have to learn how to be more assertive, which is out of character for me, but I know it’s something that I have to learn to do. My husband and I want to do more traveling in the future, and so it’s vital that I learn to eat vegan (and healthy) on the road.
I have to say, I loved being on vacation, though, and it was fun visiting Florida for the first time. But you know the saying, “There’s no place like home”? It’s really true. I love being back home. I love sleeping in my own bed, eating my own cooked meals filled with lots of veggies, I love being back in my running routine. Life is good here at home. 🙂