Everything But the Kitchen Sink

17 09 2009

Hello blog friends!

Wahooo Thursday is here!  Travel day!  (woot woot!)  I am very excited to see my family tonight when I touch down in Michigan.  I’m also ready to just get out the door today and off to the airport so I can STOP THINKING I’m going to forget something.  I am an insane traveler, I swear.  I spend more time planning, packing, preparing and overthinking than I actually spend on any trip.  Even for short ones.  Do any of you do that too? 

I have been particularly overthinking this trip, as I will be spending a full week of my vacation in an RV and nowhere near a Whole Foods market!  And since I have been loving all the positive effects of the great nutrition plan I follow at home, I don’t want to miss out on that while travelling.  In the past, I have seemed to catch some sort of cold every time I’ve been on a plane.  So to a certain level, I feel I am kind of ‘testing’ my current food plan to see if it has boosted my immune system!  🙂

I have vacuum-packed rice protein powder, Vega whole food optimizer, Amazing Meal, and nutritional yeast.  I have purchased what looks like a year’s supply of Larabars.  I’ve packed olive oil, almond butter and agave nectar into small containers, then vacuum packed the containers so they (hopefully) don’t leak.  I have Mary’s Gone Crackers, pepitas, sundried tomatoes, raisins, stevia.  If the plane crashes on a desert island a la “Lost” I’ll be SET! I am taking a small suitcase (besides my big suitcase) just for food and running shoes.  Am I crazy?  Maybe.  But no one can call me unprepared!

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Normally I’d just go on vacation and eat what everyone else is eating.  This has always led to severe bloating, cramping, gas and other unmentionables which seem to impact my fun.  Being in an RV with paper-thin bathroom walls is plenty of motivation to be a little freakish about packing my own food this time around.  😉 My brother has already been informed that we are going directly from the airport to the grocery store so I can stock up on green smoothie fixins for the road. 

I’m also very excited to get on the plane today because I’ve loaded the new Dan Brown book onto my Kindle and I’m itching to read it!  It’s been WAY too long since he released the “DaVinci Code”.  I hope this one lives up!

Yesterday’s feats & eats:

Weight Training (Legs/Shoulders):

  • TM Warmup + Ball Squats to get the blood flowing to the leg muscles
  • Side Steps with Exercise Band around ankles 3 sets of 30, 40, 40 reps
  • Weighted Step-Ups  3 sets of 15 reps per leg
  • Overhead Shoulder Press 3 sets of 15, 12, 12
  • Weighted Static Lunges 3 sets of 15 reps per leg
  • Single Leg Lying Hamstring Curls 2 sets of 15 reps per leg
  • 1-Arm Overhead Shoulder Press 3 sets of 15, 10, 15 reps per arm
  • Bicycles for Abs 3 sets of 30

Lots of hamstring and hip flexor stretching between sets this time too.

I got the dogs ready to go out for their ‘wog’ and made the mistake of taking them together.  We made it .12 mileThat decimal was not in the wrong spot.  We literally went 12/100 of a mile.  They were crazy beasts so we turned around and came back, lest I ‘accidentally’ unhook their leashes while near some open space and let them find their own way home.  It was that kind of morning with the spazoids.  I don’t understand how little creatures who can be so cute can drive me so absolutely up a wall sometimes!  🙂  Moms out there, how do you do it with REAL kids? 

I had my JOE in my Denver Starbucks coffee mug this time, since it was my last full day here for awhile!

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Breakfast after my workout was a green smoothie with my diminishing stock of produce.  8 oz water, scoop of rice protein, 1/2 banana, 1/2 pear, one clementine, BIG fist o’spinach, 1/2 cucumber and 2 romaine lettuce leaves.  I think my pink cup makes the green smoothie even greener!

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Midmorning I was in the mood for something savory, so I plated up some Mary’s Gone Crackers and herbed goat cheese.

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For lunch I continued to clean out my fridge of leftovers, so this was the last of my Whole Foods Thai Lime Shrimp.  Although, there was no shrimp left so this was essentially flavored noodles 🙂  I added zucchini ribbons to bump up the veggies a bit.

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Afternoon snack was an unpictured small bowl of dry Mom’s Best Naturals cereal during my packing frenzy. 

Dinner was MSP’s favorite:  Chipotle.  He could eat there every day and never tire of it.  I like it once in a blue moon.  I ordered the veggie bowl with rice, green peppers & onions, black beans, salsa and guac.  At home, I plated some of it, and surrounded it with some Baked Tostito Scoops for the guac.  And sprinkled it with nutritional yeast for some cheesy flavor.

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Later in the evening I had a cup of herbal tea and half of a “Simply” chocolate chip cookie from a batch I made for MSP to snack on while I’m gone. 

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When I had originally planned to start my blog, I figured I’d begin in October right after I return from my trip.  But because accountability is something I feel we can all benefit from in our health & fitness endeavors, I decided that blogging DURING this road trip would be the ultimate in accountability so that you the reader can see how I (attempt to) keep up with healthy eating and exercise while on vacation.

I hope to maintain my same blogging schedule while I’m “on the road” – it will be dependent upon internet and cell phone access.  I hope you’ll ‘join me’ as I take FitFeat on tour.  It should be interesting if not comical!

Thank you to everyone who has been reading the blog so far and thank you for commenting!  Keep spreading the word so we can get that first giveaway going when we have comments from 30 individuals!

Have a GREAT Thursday everyone and I’ll be back with an update from the road the first chance I get!

— Shari B. =)

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9 responses

17 09 2009
Alexandra

Aha! I knew my long lost sister was out there somewhere! Seriously, I thought I was the only one that packed a separate suit case with “my” food goodies when traveling! I used to travel quite a bit for work and my boss would be laughing and rolling her eyes when she saw me with my extra little suitcase for food! I always made sure I booked in a hotel that had a kitchen so the first thing I would do when I landed was head to the nearest grocery store for more goods!

Oh, I love this morning’s smoothie picture. The pink tumbler makes the green in the smoothie look so vibrant!

Have a safe and fabulous trip and enjoy your book!

Alexandra

17 09 2009
Cindy

You are seriously organized!
I am really glad you decided to blog about your trip.

I rarely travel, so I have no idea what kind of packer/planner I would be.

We did go to Cabo in 06′ for a week and I don’t think I packed enough. I was just, oh, i’ll be in a sundress and swimsuit all week….but at night it got breezy and I was always cold.

I have a KINDLE too…don’t you absolutely LOVE IT???

I brought my magic bullet to the office to make my green smoothie later…My planning is more for office life than vacation!

hope you have fun 🙂

17 09 2009
Joan

Shari you absolutely CRACK me up!! I hope you have a marvelous trip and I’ll definately be reading…Joan

17 09 2009
Joan

I”d love to know what Cindy thinks of her magic bullet? I assume this is a single serve blender? Where did she get it?

17 09 2009
Alexandra

Joan, you beat me to it….I was going to ask Cindy the same question. I’ve been debating getting a Magic Bullet but I wonder how long they last. They’re not cheap and I’m not sure I want to spend money on it if it’s only going to last a couple of years.

So Cindy, do you love your Magic Bullet? Do you use it for smoothies/shakes only? Does it blend foods well just like the infomerical? How does it handle ice?
Do tell. 🙂

18 09 2009
Cindy

Hi Ladies

I came back by…and almost choked on my TEA!
(are they talking about ME???)
ha

OKAY….here’s the skinny..
GO GET A MAGIC BULLET

if you have a Costco nearby they are offering thiers with a blender type attachment for larger batches and the smallish serving size is my only prob!

I bring mine to the office for green smoothies. I make that banana whip for a cool treat..I make my toddler’s egg salad type stuff…I make hummus

not all of these recipes are the easiest but I prefer a few pain in the arse moments of shaking and tapping to cleaning the big blender HAHA (enter lazy mama here)

I don’t think it handles ice. never tried it but the blade (as good as it is) doesn’t seem sharp enough and would probabaly dull it)

YES it’s awesome AWESOME for smoothies

oh, I got mine at Kohl’s on sale for $40.00 ( I think)

oh, Alexandra… I am not sure how long it will last…I use mine to DEATH…so I can’t say HOW long it will last…but I’d rather kill my $40.00 smoothie maker than my $100.00 blender…

plus it’s portable…(or more easily portable) I grab it and a cup and a bag of greens/bananas etc and off to work I go.

THAT is why I love it.

hope that answeres all of your questions…
xo

18 09 2009
Shari B. (FitFeat)

Cindy, thank you so much replying about the Magic Bullet, and for being SO thorough! You’re awesome! I’d never used one so I couldn’t speak to how well it does or doesn’t work. 🙂

18 09 2009
Cindy

my pleasure!

18 09 2009
Joan

Thanks Cindy, I think I’ll just go and get me one. It sound like what I’m after and will fit in my cupboard space. Off to Costco I go….

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