by Kelsey Fields
If I could think of one word for my summer in a nutshell it would be…wanderlust.
I’ve been everywhere, man. Most recently, some of my best friends and I went on a very special trip. You see, 2018 is the year that we all turn the big 3-0. You don’t just turn 30 and not celebrate. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than cramming into a car for an 8 hour drive to Nashville!
Road Trips As A Kid Be Like:
- Stop at one McDonald’s per hour.
- License plate game. Ya’ll know what I’m talking about. “I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom I can tell you I don’t have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. People with a Hawaii license plate.” -Me with help from Liam Neeson
- Snacks. All of the gas station snacks.
But we 30 year-olds, well, our metabolisms just can’t hang like that anymore. We also couldn’t find a Hawaii tag, but that’s another story. Here’s how we managed to keep health a priority so we could still rock our cowgirl boots on Broadway:
- Choose smart snacks. We bought a cooler and packed it full of carrots, hummus, deli meat, Cuties, strawberries, grilled chicken breast, and tons of other healthy options. There were oreos too. But the ratio of healthy food to junk was a solid 80/20.
- Hydrate with H20. We avoided sodas and sugary drinks and stuck with water. We bought a 24 pack and sipped on that during the whole trip. I know it’s easy to pass on water because of potty breaks, but it is so important to stay hydrated. Just think of those extra stops as a chance to stretch your legs.
- Take frequent pit stops. See, it’s okay to drink water! We stopped at the Arch, Mizzou campus, once in Illinois and once in Kentucky. Sitting in the car is hard on these thirty year old bones, so I welcomed every excuse to stop.
- BYOG (bring your own gym). If any of you follow my previous posts, I made a summer bucket list that included running a mile in every state that I visited. That included passing through on this road trip! We literally stopped at a McDonalds in Illinois (we didn’t eat the food, there was just a good road nearby), and a Wendy’s in Kentucky (we didn’t eat the food there either) so I could run my miles. My friends were SO supportive of my bucket list that Bethany ran with me and the other two downloaded an Insanity workout and did it in the grass while we ran. I mean, we got some looks, guys! Also the car smelled sweaty for a bit. BUT totally worth it. It gave us bursts of energy at just the right time.
Now, I’m not sure what you guys know about me, so this may be a shock to you, but I also prepped workouts for us once we got to Nashville. Shocker, right? We arrived on a Friday night, my girlfriend Tiffany and I did a short 15 minute Insanity workout once we got to our VRBO, and then BBQ. The best BBQ nachos I have ever had in my whole entire life to be exact. First Insanity, then BBQ. Moderation, people.
Saturday morning at 7AM, Tiffany, Bethany, and I rolled out of bed and into an Orange Theory gym. If you live in a city and you have Orange Theory, this workout is amazing. It’s half strength, half cardio for a full hour. You will burn ALL the calories, leaving more room for, you guessed it, BBQ.
Finally, on Sunday, we combined fitness with fun on a Broadway Peddle Tour. I honestly thought this was going to be more of a lazy bike ride through town, but getting that huge thing to move was actually HARD. I totally counted it as a workout on my Apple Watch. You can judge me if you want.
Being a healthy mama is not something you can do part time. I want to be around to run with my grand-kids, I want to be healthy enough when I retire to travel the world with my husband (and my best friends!). It’s not a switch you can turn on or off. You have to incorporate this lifestyle into every aspect of your life. Sometimes it’s as easy as running a mile in the middle of Kentucky in a Wendy’s parking lot with your best friends by your side.
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Kelsey is an elementary teacher (just finished her first year!), a Beachbody certified Insanity instructor, avid runner and yoga enthusiast.
When she is not working out, you will find her cheering on the Denver Broncos, substitute teaching and spending time with her family. She is wife to Blake and mom to busy 2 year-old son Max and 1 year-old, Mick.