Michele Joan

Wife, Mother, Blogger & Author

Vacationing Trim Healthy Mama Style


Just when I thought summer was going to slow down a bit and we were done traveling, we got a wonderful surprise; we were about to go on the biggest trip yet! My husband called me on a Thursday morning and told me friends of ours graciously offered us a week in their condo on the ocean in Hilton Head, South Carolina that they were unable to use.  The only downside was we had to leave in less than 48 hours!  We couldn’t turn this offer down, but as the queen of planning for our household, I  was really wondering if I could pull of continuing with our new Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle on such short notice!

Once you get accustomed to eating the carb monitoring, no sugar, healthy plan, it gets much easier.  However, going out of your elements on a vacation makes things a little more difficult, especially because one of our favorite things about vacation is going out to eat!

I am so happy to say that the trip was magnificent, one of our favorite vacations.  I think I could have stayed the rest of the summer!  Not only that, but with a little bit of planning, I was able to eat a healthy diet and enjoy myself.  Here is how we did it:

First, make a plan.  Since my husband and I are already at our goal weights, we decided we would stick to the plan strictly during the day, but crossover at night and allow 3 meals of the 24 to be “total cheats”.   My goal was to enjoy ourselves, but not get sick by overindulging!

Second, pack up as much Trim Healthy Mama food as you can.  Since this was a surprise trip, I had just done my weekly grocery shopping.  I packed up 2 coolers with Greek yogurt, eggs, egg substitute, stevia, light cheese wedges, lean lunch meat, Joseph’s Pita and Lavash bread, Trader Joe’s sprouted bread, almond milk, natural peanut butter, tuna, tons of veggies and fruits as well as other plan approved foods.  This made breakfast, snacks and lunch time easy for me.  I loved getting up every morning to enjoy a breakfast like a delicious egg, mushroom and spinach wrap with a cup of hot coffee with heavy whipping cream while sitting on my balcony overlooking the ocean.  After a morning at the pool or beach, I’d return to our room for lunch for a tasty lean turkey sandwich with Greek yogurt and sparkling water.  Dinnertime was the challenge as we went out every evening, but since we were on the ocean, I decided to try different kinds of fish each night.  It was glorious to have shrimp, lobster, crab, mahi mahi, tuna, salmon, mussels, oysters and scallops to enjoy!


Third, when you cheat, you don’t have to go crazy!!  I think in the past when I have dieted, I lived by the philosophy, “Well I’m off the diet, so I might as well enjoy it!”  I would totally pig out and feel so bloated and sick.  This time, I decided on the nights I would allow myself to enjoy the fine dining, I would keep it small.  Just 2 pieces of pizza, a few hushpuppies, or a couple of adult beverages.  I thoroughly enjoyed everthing and did not get sick.

Finally, don’t forget to exercise.  My friend jokingly told me before I left “Exercising on vacation is overrated!”  Before this trip, I totally agreed.  I never understood the people who spent hours on their vacation in the exercise room or running.  I thought vacation meant a break from everything!  However, since I have been seriously exercising 5 days a week, I knew taking a break for over a week would make it tough to start back up.  Since I had just started this new exercise program called “Pretty Fierce Lean Out” by Lindsay Brin of Moms into Fitness, I tossed the 11 DVD set into my bag with some hand weights and hoped for the best.   It was the best decision!  After my tasty THM breakfast, I’d pop in my DVD and get an awesome workout.  I’d feel more energized for the day and was burning tons of extra calories.  I not only enjoyed the trip, but came back with a flatter stomach!

Bottom line, with a little planning, you can have a healthy and enjoyable vacation!

This post is linked up to Gwen’s Nest and Stacymakescents Trim Healthy Mama Tuesday Link Up.


Balancing Body, Mind and Soul

Last year I attended an amazing talk by my OB/GYN, Dr. Michael Parker, called “Can I Be As Holy As I Want If I Am Not Wholly Me.”  In short, the answer is no.  We have to take the time in our busy lives to balance body, mind and soul or we cannot do the job God is asking us to do.   When we are out of balance, we can’t be the best wives, mothers and friends we are called to be.  Since last May I have feed my intellect by joining a book club and starting blogging.  I am blessed to be able to attend daily mass, read many spiritual books and have Catholic radio to feed my soul.  The hardest thing for me is to keep on an exercise plan.

I know the importance of exercise and when I’m in the habit, I actually enjoy it.  I love the endorphin rush that peaks my mood and relieves the stress.  The problem is falling off the wagon and then trying to motivate myself to get back on and keep going.  Last February, my friend Ellen started an email exercise group where we all did the same exercise video and then emailed when we completed that days workout.  It was great to have the accountability and cheer leading of other friends, especially on days when it was easy to make excuses.  February went great, I slimmed up considerably, felt really great about myself and was in the habit of daily exercise.  Then the email list stopped.  I started another video on my own, but after a week of being sick in mid March, I had to take some time off.  Once I skipped a week, it was easy to decide to take a short break.  The next thing I new April was over and I hadn’t exercised in 6 weeks.

While picking up from school a few days ago, some moms were commenting on my weight loss and I shared with them the secret was my workout plan, Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred.   Its a perfect program for me because its only 27 minutes a day, a great workout, I can do it in my home and its very inexpensive.   My friends were so interested I started my own email accountability group!

Today, with twelve ladies by my side, we started the workout plan.  Its great to be back in the saddle and I’m looking forward to starting summer fit and trim!


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