So my cousins and I made it back to Toronto last night and were not impressed with the weather we were welcomed with. We left Costa Rica in shorts and flip flops thinking that we’d be okay when we landed but that wasn’t the case.
It was absolutely freezing but apparently it snowed and hailed on the weekend so at least we weren’t here for that. I am praying that it warms up soon or I’m going to have to leave the country again, maybe this time FOR GOOD.
Today I just wanted to talk a little bit about how I tried to balance my love for vacationing, relaxing, and eating cheesecake with eating clean and maintaining fitness. I know there are some people out there that can go to an all inclusive resort and eat hard boiled eggs and raw veggies every day. I commend you. I bow down to you and your willpower. But I am not one of those people. A big part of travelling for me includes trying new things and that includes food.
I started every morning with fresh fruit. It was so good there. I almost always had mango, papaya, and passion fruit (THE BEST).
Lunch and dinner were usually very similar – rice with black beans, veggies, guacamole, and tortilla chips. They had a lot more food but most was fish and meat (which I don’t eat) so I stuck to what I knew would be “safe”. Plus I really enjoyed it. I’ve never had such fresh and tasty guacamole in my life. I also tried all kinds of fried things – plantains, yucca, potato croquettes. You name it. Their pineapple pizza was also very good. I guess it’s pretty obvious that I love carbs.
I also love cheesecake but I talked about that already. I had it almost every day. Who would have thought I’d become a cheesecake addict in Costa Rica?
Anyway, I tried to balance my indulgences with fresh, healthy food. Some days were better than others but that’s life. I also got in a few workouts while I was there, not because I felt that I had to but because I wanted to. I just feel better getting a little sweat in, especially when I know I’ll be spending the majority of my day laying by the pool like a corpse.
The gym at my hotel didn’t open until 8am which was way too late. My cousins and I liked to be at breakfast by then so that we could maximize sun time. Instead of using the gym I would wake up super early and either go for a short run outside (it was too hot to go for longer than 30 minutes), run hotel stairs, or jump rope on our balcony. Some days I would even do all three!
I was done my workouts before my cousins even woke up so I never missed a thing. If anything, I got to see and experience even more. Running in the morning without a Garmin and surrounded by mountains and palm trees was amazing.
I won’t lie, I didn’t feel great when I woke up this morning. A week of eating foods that are foreign to your body is not easy. Yes, I enjoyed myself but I am also paying for it (and so are my abs which are now nice and fluffy). I was so excited to get back to my regular eats today. I missed my oats and Ezekiel bread so much! I’m back on track and am paying close attention to my nutrition because I’ve got a half marathon to ROCK in 12 days!
Do you try to squeeze in workouts while on vacation?
Do you bring any specific foods with you when you travel or do you make do with what’s available?