Happy happy hump day everyone! I feel like I haven’t posted in so long! What’s the deal?! This last weekend I went on a mother daughter trip to Portland to celebrate mother’s day and my birthday! I’ll post more on our trip later for sure.
This weekend fell at about the half way point for the Alchemy Challenge I’m a part of (thin whole30, but you can have smoothies). I was super stressed before we left because I didn’t want to completely ruin any progress I had made in the last 2 weeks, but we had also planned this trip with intentions of trying lots of restaurants since so much of the food in PDX is gluten and dairy free, so I can actually eat things. I decided ahead of time there were 2 things I really wanted – a gluten free doughnut, and either a waffle or pancakes. Beyond that, I was going to try to stick to whole30 guidelines. It didn’t end up working quite like that, I definitely indulged way more than that. And I decided that’s okay, because my healthy eating habits will extend way beyond the end of this challenge, and they started way before the start!
Eating right and making good choices for my body are a part of my daily life. vacations and events are special, and I can indulge in a few treats at these times because I know once I’m back home in my daily routine, I will be back to making healthy choices again. And honestly, since being back, i haven’t missed a beat in getting back on challenge approved foods, and I’m not feeling sugar withdrawals or like I’m missing out on anything, because I allowed myself to enjoy myself on my vacation, but I know I don’t need those things every day. This doesn’t mean I totally binged on my trip – there were many times I saw a gf cupcake or something that looked good, but I knew it wouldn’t make me feel good. And then I remembered something in our challenge group said – I reminded myself that I’ve had a cupcake before, I’ll have a cupcake again some day, I don’t really need to have this now. It’s SUCH a good way of looking at the situation, because really, are you missing out on that much if you don’t eat a 2nd piece or cake, or doughnut, or whatever? No. You’ll probably forget about it in a few minutes, actually. And even though the things I did eat tasted awesome, I 100% did NOT feel awesome after eating them. I felt bloated, lethargic, and slightly nauseated a lot of the time after eating sugar or grains, which just goes to show my body does not want these things! It’s only my mind that does. And that’s a very important distinction to make.
Now, on to what I ate one day in Portland!
I had indulged in a waffle and some gf/vegan pizza the previous day, and wasn’t feeling great when I woke up, so I decided to have a whole30 approved breakfast, My first stop when I got to PDX, after the hotel, was Whole Foods, so I could stock up on healthy, clean snacks for the room so I had better options when I was hungry! So for breakfast I had 2 hard boiled eggs, a banana, and 1/2 a maple pecan RX Bar.
After breakfast we set out on the town. I was super sick the whole weekend, and this day in particular, so I decided not to workout. We did walk like 4-5 miles throughout the day, though, so I still got my body moving. After exploring a bit, and stopping at VooDoo Donuts to get my mom some donuts, I decided I needed my own gf donut. So we headed to Petunia’s for a gluten free / vegan donut. I had a chocolate cake doughnut with pink frosting and sprinkles, and a mocha latte on the side. I also had a few bites of my mom’s, which was a blueberry filled dougnut with lemon frosting and zest!
Not too long after the doughnut, I decided I was hungry for real food. It was so cold and rainy in Portland, I wanted something to warm me up, so we decided to get some Pho, because it is perfect for cold days! I had the beef pho, and split an appetizer on lettuce wraps with my mom. I ate all the protein out of my soup, but only about 1/2 the noodles. I also totally spaced on taking a photo before we ate, so this one is post-meal and it’s ugly.
After lunch the sun finally came out for a little bit, so we walked around the Pearl exploring some shops. I stopped at Prasad to grab a matcha latte some time in the afternoon.
As with the previous day, I got suuuuper tired by about 3pm since I was so sick, so we went back to the hotel around 4 and I fell asleep for an hour. When I woke up, my stomach felt super gross – probably from the waffle, doughnut, pizza, and sugary lattes I had consumed the past 2 days. I didn’t really feel like eating dinner, by decided to get something small around 8pm. We walked down to this little market nearby, and I got a smoothie bowl from Kure. It had an avocado/kale/coconut butter/coconut yogurt/vega protein/strawberry base, and I topped it with a little gf granola, strawberries, bananas, cinnamon, and coconut butter. It was a perfectly light and refreshing dinner, and the smoothie felt really good on my sore throat.
I almost always make an effort to work out when I’m traveling. If I’m on a climbing trip, or in a national park doing a lot of hiking, I usually don’t do separate workouts since I’m being very active the whole day. But for trips like Portland, I make it a priority to wake up a little early and get a workout in before I start my day. That way you can ejoy your day on vacation without worrying about working out later, or feeling guilty that you didn’t! We were walking a ton in PDX, and I was really sick, so I only did 2 actual workouts, but we were only there 4 days. Both workouts were from the Alchemy schedule, and I did them in the hotel gym.
warmup, then 20 min AMRAP:
50 Down Dog Butt Kicks
20 2x DB Front Squats
20 2x DB Deadlifts
* I used 2 15# dumbbells for the squats + deadlifts. For pullups, I didn’t like the fat bar at the hotel, and most hotel gyms don’t have a bar, so I decided to do lat pull-downs instead. I rigged up a bar between 2 pull-down cables, then knelt on the floor and pulled the bar to my chest – the same motion you would do for pullups! I think I got through the entire thing 2 times.
warmup, then 5 Rounds:
1 Minute: 2x dumbbell FC Step-ups
1 Minute: 2x DB Sumo Squats
30 Seconds: Box Jumps
1 Minute: 2x DB Front Rack Lunges
30 Seconds: Rest
*I used 15# dumbbells for my step-ups, squats, and lunges, then dropped down to 10# for the squats/lunges for the last 2 rounds. Since the hotel obviously didn’t have a box, I just used a bench instead! It’s not ideal, but still totally works. Just jump carefully, since the landing area is smaller, and you can catch your toes on the under-side of the bench if you aren’t careful.