Hi everyone! I just got home from a week in the Hamptons where I was celebrating the marriage of my good friend Amanda and her now husband Nick. I can honestly say it was the best weekend of MY life, I imagine it was the same for the bride.
It’s no secret how much I miss my girlfriends in Florida. Sometimes you just meet people in life that you click with, and for the most part, those people were at this wedding. Ryan and I headed down a few days early so I could spend more time with them so we were there Thursday – Sunday.
Getting to the Hamptons required a 2 hour drive to the ferry in New London, CT, then a 90 minute ferry ride to Orient Point, then another 45 minutes to the house where we stayed in West Hampton. We spent time with friends Thursday night, shopped on Friday, had a post-rehearsal dinner party Friday night, hit the beach Saturday before there wedding festivities and headed out Sunday mid-morning. Now I’m going to tell you with a fun-filled weekend how I stayed on track!
- Pack Food I almost always try to stay somewhere that I can have access to a kitchen. Sometimes I am not that lucky, but I was this weekend. Since I did have a kitchen I cooked eggs and oatmeal every morning. I also brought lots of fruit, pita chips, carrots, hummus and chicken. Even if you don’t have a fridge a cooler with ice will always work. Here’s a list of non-perishable items that you can also bring.
- Grocery Shop Upon Arrival We had a car so we stopped at Walbaum’s and picked up a few items like deli turkey to snack on and water. If you have flown somewhere you can take a cab. Maybe that is a pain or hassle, but which is more of a hassle… taking an hour to get healthy foods or being unhealthy and unhappy?
- Make Healthy Food Choices When Out to Eat We ate lunch at a deli on Friday where I ordered chicken, bacon, avocado, tomato and spinach on a whole wheat wrap. It was delicious and so filling that I wasn’t hungry for quite a while after. And while bacon may not be in some folks’ diet, I do include it in mine on occasion because the fat in the bacon and avocado kept me full and I had no interest in a side of chips. Friday night we had a nice dinner at Starrbogg’s where I we ordered tuna tartare and foie gras for our starter which gave me the will power to skip the bread and oil. And for dinner my boyfriend and I split the porterhouse for two which came with a small amount of potatoes and asparagus. We split a dessert after. 100% a cheat meal, but not too far off track since it was almost entirely protein and only a small portion of carbohydrates and dessert was small, and split between two people.
- Be Active I chose to make the weekend an active rest weekend. I worked out Thursday morning before we left, but my body needed a couple of days off anyway, so I did not workout while I was gone. Otherwise I would have run on the beach or done some bodyweight plyometric body weight circuits on the beach. Instead I made sure to walk a lot while shopping, at the beach we ran around and did cart wheels and I danced A TON at the wedding!
- Skip The Wedding Cake and Table Bread Who wants to feel stuffed at a wedding anyway?! Enjoy your meal but skip the bread. It usually isn’t that good anyway and I’ve never been a fan of wedding cake, but I am a huge fan of being lean. So I enjoy great conversation with friends and dance a ton so sitting down to eat isn’t a major priority.
- Chug a Ton of Water I carry a gallon with me all the time so I like to chug early and often because it’s so heavy! But bring your own Nalgene bottle and keep it full. Make sure you have at least 8 cups before you drink any alcoholic beverages. At least your head will thank me the next day!
- Get in Your Bikini If you know you need to be in a bikini the next day you are not going to want to load up on carbs the night before. So pack it and make getting in it a priority.
- Plan Your Cheat Meal Go ahead and plan to have a cheat meal while you are away whether it’s the wedding meal or another meal while you are there. It’s sort of inevitable so just be really good all week until you get to your destination – and then make it worthwhile! And also, in effort not to make any irrational decisions out of hunger, take a look at the menu ahead of time to decide what you are going to eat.
- Skip sugary drinks Stick to water or club soda and when you are having an adult beverage keep it to wine or vodka soda. The extra sugar will leave you feeling like crap plus it’s just a bunch of extra calories that you don’t need.
- Make Breakfast Healthy You’ll need the energy anyway, but if you start your day with a healthy meal you are more likely to continue eating healthy all day.
- Have Fun! Enjoy your time away because you never want to look back on that weekend with any regret. Spend it enjoying your friends and you surroundings. I had so much fun with my friends I barely even thought about food. I spent absolutely none of my time thinking about any of my insecurities. And if you do get on track it isn’t the end of the world!!!
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