My blog may have been light on posts in January, but that’s not because my travel was. January was a challenging, challenging month both personally and professionally, and I also needed time to think about where I wanted to take the blog this year. Funny enough, I found answers between an Uber ride from a fellow blogger and lunch with a fellow fitness gal.
Traveling affords me the luxury of of solo time to think and reflect. Lately, I’ve spent a lot of that time thinking about my blog. Am I staying true to my message, is it written in my voice, is it interesting? It was on a recent day trip to the Bay that I found myself in an Uber with a women who is driving Uber until she leaves for Asia in a few months, I hope I’m recalling that correctly, Robin! Robin is also a blogger and aspiring writer. During our 45 minutes together we shared our writing woes, worries and wants. I wish Robin the best in her upcoming adventure, and her book. You can check out Robin here: http://freerobinfly.com/
Then last week, on a rare and welcomed week at home, I had lunch with a woman who works in the fitness industry. She had reached out to me because her job has her traveling more and more, and despite having almost constant access to exercise, she wanted pointers on how to stay fit when traveling. Hey, I can TOTALLY help, right? I mean I write a blog dedicated to this very topic.
But, I left lunch wondering if I had been helpful. My advice sounded generic and unoriginal, which got me thinking, how I would simplify the success of fitness on the road?
That is how I came up with PECCS: Preparation, Exercise, Clean Eating, Consistency, Study! Being healthy, whatever that means to you, is a lifestyle. It’s learned, imperfect and fluid, but if you “work your PECCS” you will find success. Here’s what it mean:
Preparation is key whether you travel, work long days at the office or a stay at home parent. The better prepared you are the less likely you will grab an unhealthy snack or skip a workout. For me, this means prepping travel friendly food on the weekend before a week of travel. I’ll make healthy muffins, portion out almonds or make a meal that I can portion out and take with me.
I also prepare for my trip by researching hotels to find one that has a decent fitness center or in close proximity to a gym. I very rarely find myself without at least one option to get in a good workout, but when all else fails I am prepared with the Nike Training App or Tabata Counter.
People make time for the things that are important to them. For me, that’s exercise. It’s my time to either get ready for the day or complete it. It’s the one time in the day that is 100% mine, and I feel strong, healthy and confident. You might not have the same relationship with exercise, yet, but if your goal is be fit, or healthy, or lose weight or just live a long life then you need to make time for exercise. Twenty minutes will do. Don’t overthink it.
C: Clean Eating
You might have heard fitness pros say, “Abs are made in the kitchen,” and it’s true…mostly. Truth is that health starts in the kitchen. You cannot, will not reach optimal health eating processed food. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: take every diet and weight loss gimmick you’ve ever heard, throw it out the window, and just eat real food. And, if you question if something is real, pass it up.
I’ll throw a caveat in here to say that some of those fad diets, i.e. Whole-30, Paleo, etc, are all based on the idea of clean eating. So if one really speaks to you and you like the recipes and how it makes you feel, then go for it, but if it’s not a diet that can also be a lifestyle, it will not work.
This is the most important. One day of clean eating and exercising does not make one fit, just as one day vegging out on the couch with pizza and ice cream will not wreck your figure. What you do consistently is what you will get back in results. Do that 80% of the time and give yourself permission slip, cheat, live and indulge the other 20%.
For the most part eating clean and being active comes easy to me, but even so, I am constantly reading articles, looking at social media, looking for recipes, and to put it simply studying. Some of my favorite resources are bodybuilding.com for exercises, Pinterest for recipes and Instagram for inspiration.
I hope these tips help you live a healthy life at home or on the road. And now, working your PECCS has a whole new meaning. Cheers!
1. Favorite Pin: From Eat-Spin-Run-Repeat Blog
This has become a weeknight go-to in our house. It is fast, easy, healthy and soooo delicious. Truth be told we add a generous amount of Parmesan cheese to top it off, but truth be told we add cheese to almost everything.
2. Favorite Workout Playlist: Dance Workout
I found this playlist just this morning when I needed something new to get me going on a sluggish Sunday morning. I love the blend of new hits and old favorites. Note to the men: it’s definitely got a girl power vibe.
3. Favorite Product: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
OMG, I love this product! I have probably spent thousands of dollars on facial cleansers and makeup removers over this years, but this All-In-One Cleanser & Make-up Remover has my heart. It does a superior job compared to all the expensive products and for only $14! It feels silky on my skin and the makeup just comes off. They also have a travel size for $4. Score!
P.S. Mom, this one is coming your way! MUAH
4. Favorite Book: House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski
“House of Leaves” is both a well written novel and piece of art. This book makes you work for the story, but it’s an enjoyable, addictive type of work. The only downside is it’s a thick and heavy book that you have to twist and turn and hold to read. When it comes to travel, I leave this book at home and opt for my Kindle.