I won’t be around much for the next couple of weeks – we are going on our vacation on Monday – so don’t think I’ve dropped off the face of the earth if you don’t see a post from me for awhile.  I’ll be off enjoying the views of Yellowstone and hopefully catching up with my BFF that I haven’t seen in a couple of years.

Just wanted to share some thoughts before I go…I think I have figured out that exercising consistently is a HUGE help in keeping the binge monster at bay. For the last 3-4 weeks, I have worked out (Zumba/treadmill) for 4 days a week and have done really well with staying out of the sugar and I haven’t felt the need to overeat. Until yesterday, that is. I had this overwhelming desire to consume every sugary/edible thing in my kitchen (I didn’t actually eat everything, but I wanted to), and then I realized that I have only worked out once this week. I think working out several days a week helps me stay even and therefore, I don’t feel the need to overeat.  Just one more reason I need to keep getting my sweat on!

I think I’ll try and squeeze in one more Zumba class before we leave, but honestly I’m a little worried about how I’m going to keep up my exercise while we are on vacay. I’m bringing my running clothes/shoes and a jump rope, and I hope we’ll be doing lots of walking/hiking while we are there. What I really hope DOESN’T happen is that I get into Lazy Vacation Mode – you know that feeling you get when you are sitting around being all vacationy and suddenly you feel like your body is made of lead and there just happens to be a bag of chips/cookies/pretzels within arm’s reach and so you just sit there and munch and sit there and munch and sit there and munch…or is that just me? I’m going to try and make a conscious effort to not do that this time. I think last year when we went on vacation, I actually lost 2 pounds because I was super vigilant about staying active – I would love to repeat that this year.

Does anyone have any no-fail, awesome travel tips they would like to share? Vickie mentioned everyone getting a turn in the front seat – I love that idea. I’m bringing a portable dvd player so the kiddos can watch a movie; I’ve got a small cooler set to go with some healthy snacks (more on that in a minute); a couple of small travel games…is there anything else/any tips you want to share that might be helpful?

I will have a small cooler for snacks and here’s what I’m thinking of taking: string cheese, almonds, walnuts, carrots, apple slices w/ peanut butter, grapes, cut up watermelon, hard boiled eggs…what else? We’ll probably stop for meals, I’m sure the hubs will want to take a break from driving, but is there anything else I should bring for snacks? And are there any travel games you all can recommend? The kids all have Nintendo DS with headphones they can play with and we’ll be sure to bring plenty of books/coloring books/etc., also there’ s good old fashioned conversation – hoping to get a lot of that in as well.

Okay, so I think the Griswold’s are almost ready to set off for Walley World Yellowstone! Wish us luck!!  Y’all be good ’til I get back. 🙂