Summer Shredding Wrapped.

Hey guys! Today marks one week since being back from vacation, which means my summer shredding series has officially wrapped! I wanted to share with you all what our cross country road trip looked like: the foods, the workouts, and the indulgences.

One can only eat so healthy while on the road without packing a lunchbox of prepped meals. Here are a few snips of some of the on-the-go snacks I had on our drive.

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coconut clusters paired with an iced latte (almond milk and sugar-free vanilla) from Starbucks, kale chips with a sugar-free Monster, hard-boiled eggs and a veggie cup (tomatoes and broccoli)

While I was never a big fan of Subway when I was a meat-eater, I’ve found that since turning to more of a plant-based diet, I do occasionally enjoy a good veggie sub; fortunately, there are more subway restaurants attached to gas stations than any other on-the-go eatery. Needless to say, Subway was my go-to. I took along a bag of corn tortillas as well and would eat half of the sub on bread, then toss the bread and opt for tortillas for the other half.

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Finally, after driving 2000 miles, we found our way to the beach.

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I always get asked what I drink when I have a night out. In this case, a day out. Seeing that we were at the beach, I did indulge in a skinny margarita that paired perfectly with my Mahi tacos (minus the tortillas and rice). Typically, I only drink vodka and soda or Prosecco, but when at the beach, one must indulge a bit.

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The highlight of our trip to Florida was definitely seeing my bestie. She and I trained together religiously before Wes and I left Florida to head to Korea. She recently began coaching as well, and while I would loved to have taken her class, Florida was all about chilling and celebrating my birthday!

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You can’t really tell by this photo of her and me, but I was swollen like a giant pufferfish. The day before was my birthday, so I ate anything my heart desired! I began the day with biscuits and gravy from IHop, had a mega burrito from Tijuana Flats for lunch, and almost an entire pizza for dinner (not to mention the birthday drinks). Hey, it’s only your birthday once a year, indulge a little!

After Florida, we made our way North to Alabama to see my family. Although it rained literally the entire visit, it was nice to have some downtime. My favorite part of visiting home is sitting around the kitchen table with my mom. We will drink coffee and kiki for hours and hours. They finally got to meet Jack, and of course, they were obsessed with our little muppet.

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Immediately upon waking our first day in Bama, I found a gym and got a pass for the week. Every morning began with a quick 30:00 workout, followed by 20:00 on the treadmill.

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While we did eat out almost every evening, my cravings for anything salty and processed (after my birthday splurge), had almost completely subsided. I was eager to get back on track. Our first night out, we went to a local diner called “Woodys” with plenty of vegetable options, so I opted for a veggie plate (sweet potato, broccoli, & okra) and a side salad. The following morning we went to a breakfast buffet and I did have a little splurge. I had another biscuit and gravy (can you tell this is my favorite breakfast cheat), eggs, grits, and potatoes. Later in the evening, we went to Ruby Tuesdays, and since I had a little splurge at breakfast I chose to have a plate of green veggies (broccoli, green beans, & zucchini), along with the salad bar. It’s all about balance when on vacation. You should enjoy those little extras (like the white chocolate Oreos my mom always has waiting for me in the freezer), but integrating healthier choices as well.

After a few days in Bama, we continued north to Indiana to see Wesley’s family. We did have a couple of nights out, and I stuck to vodka and soda for my drink of choice. We ate out for every meal, but thankfully nowadays most restaurants have options that cater to a healthier clientele as well. Sure, I will nibble on chips and salsa when they bring out the appetizer, but I actually enjoy healthy food. People often assume that when I’m eating salad or a plate of fibrous veggies that I am restricting myself, or it cannot possibly be as satisfying as the unhealthier options. No, I truly enjoy the foods I eat, and most of all, I hate the way I feel when I eat greasy processed foods.

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I didn’t go to the gym while in Indy, but I did manage to go for a run every morning and squeeze in some yoga.

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Throughout our trip, I was somewhat stressed regarding the fact that we were driving back cross country, and I had to be back to coaching immediately upon arrival. My sweet husband bought me a plane ticket to fly home so I could have a couple of days to recover before returning to work, which left him driving back cross-country solo (well, Jack was his wingman).

While walking through the airport I was trying to decide what to eat when I stumbled upon the Farmers Fridge. Is this for real? Can I really get a salad loaded with chickpeas, grapes, apples, cashews, and avocados from a vending machine, and it is fresh and crisp?! Oh my God, yes, please! It was absolutely delish!

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I had a straight flight back to Vegas and landed just after midnight. And just like that, vacation is over- that’s a wrap. While my physique was nowhere near what it is when competing (nor was that the goal), I was happy with the results from my mini-cut. I think to feel comfortable in a bikini and walk the beach with confidence is any woman’s goal when it comes to summertime.

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Thank you all for following along through this series. So, what’s next? Monday begins a new series! Check back and see what it’s all about!

 

 

 

 

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