Right. So, the pictures still aren’t back from Costco (sad), so today, instead of a recap like I’ve been doing, I thought I’d share my eats and exercises over vacation.
The place we rented came fully equipped with a beautiful kitchen, appliances, and utensils. All we had to do was buy the food.
We went to a Food Lion the first evening, but midway through the week, my mom and I drove into Wilmington for a change of scenery. On the way was a Trader Joe’s, and we just had to stop. I had never been in one before (a local grocer pretty much has a monopoly on our area in MI, and won’t let TJ’s or Whole Foods move in – SO SAD), and was super excited. Yep, you know you’re a food blogger if you get excited about a grocery store.
Oooh it was a fun experience. We spent more time there than we did the mall or Target we went to after! Despite wanting to buy literally everything, we settled on this loot:
Plus a box of the most addictive jam-filled shortbread cookies. The pretzel roll was for my brother, but everything we bought was amazing! When I move to my own place, I am definitely going to make sure there is a TJ’s nearby because I am in love. I just had to share that blip with you all because I know many of you feel the same way I do.
Now, I was on vacation, and while I wasn’t being downright stupid, I certainly wasn’t eating as well or as clean as I normally do. It was fun at the time, but I’m definitely paying for it right now (as far as how I feel physically as well as my acid reflux, which has been worse lately). But like I said, I was on vacation, and that was a nice mentality to have for a while.
Thanks, Jenn, for hosting!
These did not change. I had Greek yogurt, fresh berries, and granola daily.
…Except for one of the days, during which I had two lovely, pillowy, freshly baked scones (courtesy of Trader Joe’s), extra crispy bacon, and coffee.
I didn’t go crazy on my lunches, really. We went grocery shopping right when we got there and picked up stuff for sandwiches, so that was pretty much all my lunches were. Usually I mixed together tuna and hummus, piled it on a bed on spinach, and squished everything between toasted bread.
My mom and I tried out Chobani bites for the first time, and I/we are in love. We tried the raspberry chocolate kind, but I’ve heard that they’re all good. I can’t wait to try more!
I also bought another bag of that Enjoy Life Mountain Mambo mix, which I think I could live off.
Other than those, I pretty much snacked on junk. Snacking is definitely my weak point, and being on vacation put me in the bad mindset that I could just eat whatever, whenever, soooo…yeah. But I’m trying not to feel guilty about it. I had fun, and that’s what matters.
Most of this bit is going to have to wait until I get the other pictures. I did snap a picture of the first meal we had there.
We also ordered pizza two nights, but I didn’t get pictures of that. I actually think that was what contributed to my acid reflux miserable-ness. That or it was just the total change in diet, but I don’t think the pizza helped.
Because it was super hot (not complaining – rejoicing, rather), I enjoyed lots of ice cream. Typically I’m a fan of “the more chocolate the better”-type ice creams, but recently, Breyer’s chocolate chip is really hitting the spot. Yum.
After living in England for a few months, I really grew to like hard cider. My favorite will always be Kopparberg, but as they don’t sell it in the US, I’ve settled happily on Woodchuck.
Um, yeah, Woodchuck has nothing on Angry Orchard. Wow. This stuff was good!
Monday: walk on the beach + circuit training
One of the things I was most looking forward to on my vacation was running on the beach. At home, I can’t run outside at ALL during the summer because my allergies are so bad. At the beach, I decided to throw caution to the wind, and went for a run two of the days. I woke up extra early in order to beat the heat and watch the sun rise.
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my allergies really weren’t so bad, and despite the fact that it is a terrain that I am so not used to, my legs/feet didn’t really bother me. Success!
The first day, I set my iPod nano to the 5K setting (which I just found after having it for two years), and ended up running 2.5K and walking the rest. Not bad…and the stunning sunrise was such inspiration.
One of the best feelings I’ve ever experienced was taking my shoes and socks off, and putting my feet and lower legs in the cool water after my runs.
As a side note, I find that the type of music I listen to really helps motivate me. (I know that was a total “duh” statement, but I haven’t discussed it too much on here.) In all seriousness, my iPod is about 80% Beatles and/or oldies, and usually I’m ok listening to those, but being that it was a different setting for my runs, I decided to try out some different music. I settled on Hans Zimmer. I have to tell you, listening to the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack while running along the beach was super cool. Yep, orch dork alert.
In other news (this post is turning out wayyy longer than I thought it would!), I received my box of goodies from Madison! A few weeks ago, I won her blogiversary giveaway, which was a package of allergy-friendly foods. I was so excited to see it waiting for me when I got home from work on Monday, and felt like a kid on Christmas opening it up.
If you want more details on each of these products, head on over to her post. In short, I am loving all of these goodies. Like a lot. Thanks again, Madison!
Allll right, I think that’s all I have for today. Hopefully tomorrow we will have gotten those darn pictures! If not, I’ll make do with others. I hope you’re all enjoying these vacation recaps!
Questions for the day:
Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods? Or neither? I’ve only ever visited each once, but I love them both for different reasons!
For my onmivore/carnivore readers: how do you like your bacon cooked?
Do you have a different mindset on vacation?
Favorite place to run?
Thanks as always for reading, and have a great day!
P.S. Happy birthday, Harry Potter! 😉