family, fitness, food, travel

on the road

When this gets posted, I’ll be camped out in the back of my parents’ car headed towards Virginia. One of my cousins is being ordained this weekend (oh yes, I’m going to be related to a priest) and the whole family is heading to the Commonwealth to celebrate. I come from a very large extended family and we are spread out all over the country, so these trips are always fun. It’s also hard to believe that next year’s big family event will be Sissy’s wedding!

Of course, road trips and long weekends and vacations always means that my routine is a bit off kilter. So this is one of those times when my hardcore planning comes into play, because I refuse to allow a vacation as an excuse to fall off track.

The nice thing about road trips is I can pack my own food and snacks. When going to Virginia (where Sissy lives) we usually stop at a Sheetz in PA, home of the Made-to-Order, for lunch and I’ve already checked out the nutrition information to figure out a veggie wrap that won’t be too many Weight Watcher points. I’m also packing PopChips (my new obsession) and fruit to eat along with it in the car. Since it’s such a long car ride, there are some peanut butter filled pretzels and cheese crackers, plus some stuff from Aldi’s Fit & Active line. And, of course, a road trip requires magazines like BUST and Yoga Journal.


Having this past Monday off meant I got to sneak in an extra weekday workout, but I’m still packing my workout clothes and running shoes because I’m hoping to find some time the morning before the ordination to get a run in. Running (and walking) is one of those activities that doesn’t require a fancy gym or special equipment, only sidewalks. Or, if those aren’t available, just a really big parking lot. (Our hotel might have a fitness center, but I prefer running outside).

I think the neon pink sports bra adds a nice pop of color

And, of course, since I’m going to be stuck in the car for the next 8 hours, I’m bringing along some reading material. I was first introduced to George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice & Fire series many years ago and rereading it is on my 101/1001 list. It seems unlikely that I’ll finish Game of Thrones this weekend, but figured there was no harm in bringing along A Clash of Kings just in case. Besides, maybe hanging out in Winterfell will psychologically help me beat the heat.

Winter is Coming. Until then, I have all summer to re-read the series.

All of that being said, this is a special trip and probably the only type of vacation I’m going to get this summer so I don’t want to have to be “on” all weekend long. That’s where those fabulous Weight Watchers weekly and activity points come in! So I can still indulge a little bit, which will surely come in handy at the reception dinner Saturday night. I have no idea what will be served, so that buffer of extra points is always helpful. (The invitation did have an option to select a vegetarian entree, so big thanks go out to my aunt and uncle for offering that!)

Even though I’ll be out of town, I’m going to still try and post a vlog this weekend. Possibly with a guest star! Ooooh. Ahhhh. In the meantime, enjoy your weekend!

Do you plan for food and fitness while on vacation? 

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

2 thoughts on “on the road”

  1. I know I say this a lot but you are SO inspiring, girl. I think back to two years ago when we found each others' blogs … you've changed in so many good and positive ways! I'm so freaking proud of you in the most non-creepy non-motherly way. 😉

    And I realize this is all about prepping for your road trip and time away from your normal day to day but just the fact that you put so much thought in how to maintain your healthy lifestyle makes me want to get off my tush and do something active RIGHT NOW.



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