It’s been a strange year, hasn’t it? That’s quite the understatement and we still have 6 months left. Among all of the oddities, we are at the end of the summer and we haven’t been to the beach even once…until this week. We finally got the opportunity to go to the family beach condo for a few days this week.
I have been working really hard with tracking my macros (vital for weight loss after 40, read more here) and working out daily since focusing on getting stronger.
Ariana and I arrived Monday night and planned to stay until Sunday. Who else would be coming during the week remained unseen until later.
When we go to the condo, it’s a 3 hour drive, so it’s easy to pack the supplements I take on a regular basis.
I am a strong believer in staying as consistent as possible, even during vacation.
Why? Because there is nothing worst than getting home from a great vacation and realize you have gained weight.
After 40, losing weight can take A LOT of hard work and I don’t want to blow that hard work in a few days.
While we were at the beach, I walked on the beach, did Beachbody Barre Blend and tracked every bite of food. If we ate out, I made sure to choose foods that would fit into my macros.
We bought groceries shortly after arriving so we could eat most of our meals at the condo. Much of the food we bought are the foods we eat at home. Greek yogurt, fruit, fresh deli meat, protein waffles, oatmeal, and, my favorite, eggs.
But, who can go to the beach without eating fresh seafood? Not me!
We worked 3 dinners out into our week. The first 2 dinners went great. I planned for the food ahead of time so I wouldn’t go over in my calories or macros.
What We Did at the Beach
My favorite part of being at the beach is getting a James Patterson book and sitting in the sun to read. I don’t typically have time – or more like taking the time – to read fiction. My days are filled with…well…you know what they are filled with…this website, family, errands, and everyday life.
Saturday came fast and I realized we had still not eaten at my favorite seafood in Myrtle Beach, Bimini’s. It’s where the locals go. (That’s what their website says, anyway. haha) We have eaten there a few times now and make it a point to go every visit.
Needless to say, I didn’t really save my macros that day for eating out.
I threw caution to the wind and ordered fried shrimp and sauteed scallops. It was everything I hoped it would be.
After dinner, I grabbed an ice cream drumstick out of the freezer that Ariana picked out at the grocery store. No guilt here…I had successfully avoided them all week. Really, I had no desire or craving for them earlier in the week.
So, I had it. I went over in macros for carbs and fats.
My lifestyle is about consistency. One night among months of eating right isn’t consistent. So, I was okay with it.
Although, when I took a look at my macros, I was still under in protein. By this time, I am feeling stuffed.
A seemingly logical choice would be to stop all eating at this point.
Always Get All of Your Protein Macros In
But, there is a very strict rule I follow no matter what.
Hit my protein goal.
As always, I had protein powder to fill in the gaps.
What Happens After Splurging
So, tomorrow. Where do I go from here?
I start fresh tomorrow morning eating all of the right foods, tracking every bite and hitting my protein and calories without going over.
It’s truly as easy as that!
No extra workouts. No cutting calories to “make-up” for my splurge on ice cream and eating out.
It’s about balance in life. When I REALLY want something, I eat it. I try to plan as much as possible for it, but it doesn’t always work out perfectly.
The biggest lesson I have learned over the years about days like this is not to beat myself up about it, don’t feel guilty. One meal didn’t make us healthy and one meal won’t make us unhealthy.