I’ve been in California for the last few days soaking up a little sun with my husband and taking a little break from our hectic work schedules. We get back tonight and of course the first thing I am thinking is what that number will read tomorrow morning when I step on the scale. I think I did a pretty good job of enjoying myself while staying focused on my overall goal – being healthy and heading the right direction towards losing 100 pounds.
We spent a few days in Palm Springs and if you haven’t had a chance to visit yet it is one of the most gorgeous and low key vacation spots around. Driving in from LA gave me a little time to think about how I wanted to spend the next few days. Pool time was a must and a hike would be a fun way to enjoy the desert air. Also on the agenda were a couple of spinning classes I would be taking at Pedal in nearby Rancho Mirage. Staying active wasn’t what I was worried about though, I was a little nervous about how I was going to stay on my diet.
Having every meal with my husband was going to prove a little challenging since he’s not on my restrictive diet. I understand that it isn’t fair for him to not get to enjoy dairy, carbs, and sugar just because I’ve made a choice to avoid the foods that contain those ingredients. At the same time I wanted to enjoy myself and give myself a little latitude to indulge – within reason.
Starting every morning with a workout helped me start each day of my trip on a healthy note. After my workouts I would meet my husband for a poolside breakfast that included avocado toast with a side of chicken sausage. Getting 4-5 hours of pool time was a great way to relax, enjoy the stunning view of the mountains, and sip on a few cocktails.
We spent our evenings going to some great restaurants. While I was being mindful of my food choices, I also indulged on a couple of dishes and it felt like a much better balance compared to past trips we had taken. On our last day in Palm Springs we went hiking at the Indian Canyons and it was one of the best parts of the trip. We went early enough that we were some of the first hikers along the trail. With changing temperatures, terrains, and views it felt like we were getting a one of a kind workout. I’ll definitely go back the next time I’m in town.
We spent the last day of our vacation in LA and walked around West Hollywood stopping at a few hot spots along the way. We had an amazing dinner at new restaurant Spartina. Try their grilled octopus – it is out of control. Knowing we had a late morning flight today I planned an early spin class nearby at SoulCycle Beverly Hills. I may have been a little tired when I walked in, but Lisa M. woke me up right away and it was totally worth the early alarm. I definitely understand the cult like following now ha!
So as I get ready to head to the airport I am feeling really good about this trip. While I’m curious about what the scale will read when I get home I need to remind myself that this is a marathon and not a sprint. I am looking forward to getting back to work and sharing my experiences (even the bad ones) with you along the way. Until next time!