Eating & Exercise: Getting the Ship Turned Back Around

A tasty, healthy dinner, courtesy of Trader Joe’s: air-fried vegetable spring rolls, steamed chicken shu mai, and organic coleslaw.

As we both feared and somewhat expected, the eating and exercise regime Brett and I created in Hawaii fell apart when we started traveling again, and we were never any place long enough to set a consistent routine and stick with it. Restaurant meals, airport food, and delicious and affordable local cuisine in Mexico changed how we we ate the past four months. Hot and/or humid weather, dealing with San Miguel de Allende’s higher altitude, and sometimes uncomfortable walking venues kept exercise opportunities inconsistent or impossible at times. We did our best, but always knew we could do better.

Surprisingly, we gained very little to no weight. We had learned to keep our portion sizes small, so large lunches or brunches in Mexico meant we would skip dinner. I thought all the delicious bakery items we enjoyed in San Miguel de Allende would do us in, but they came with less sugar and fat than they would have in the U.S,, and that seemed to help keep things on an even keel. We’re both out of shape though when it comes to walking and moving around. My hips are stiff again, and the heat and humidity knock me out in short time. There are no refreshing ocean breezes here to keep us going like they did in Hawaii but I can and will acclimate.

It’s time for both Brett and I to get serious again with our health. We’re settled now, we have an abundance of sources to supply us with fresh, healthy food, and a dog that needs to be walked a few times a day. Our apartment complex has an air-conditioned gym with treadmills we can use on super hot, humid or bad weather days, so we have no excuses for not exercising every day.

I am once again keeping a daily food diary. We’ve added meat back into our diet, but only occasionally and in small portions. For the most part our diet is still mostly vegetarian/vegan. We’re eating more fresh fruits and vegetables again, drinking several big glasses of water each day, and we’ve stopped buying sweets other than something small to enjoy after dinner each evening. Both of us have new walking shoes on our shopping list. Brett walks Kaipo several times a day, and I go with them for a long walk every evening. As time goes on, the distance we walk will increase.

Beginning next week I’m going to start the weekly eating and exercise posts back up again – they were a big help to me before and will be again. Brett’s and my efforts in Hawaii made a genuine difference in our health before and it’s important we get this ship turned around and heading in the right direction again. We can do this!

15 thoughts on “Eating & Exercise: Getting the Ship Turned Back Around

  1. Knowing your strong mental attitudes and desire to stay healthy, I have no doubt your ship will be turned around in no time!! Congratulations for keeping your weights in check in MX and traveling, well done!!

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    1. We are happy returning to our former way of eating, but are not doing anything drastic; rather, we’re trying to ease back into it. Walks, smaller meals, less sweets etc. so we don’t feel deprived or like we’ve giving up anything.

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  2. Getting settled there will be an adjustment, but I think you’ll enjoy it. Do take advantage of that air-conditioned gym. My building has a nice one as well as a great pool for swimming laps. I’m surprised at how few use our nice facilities on a regular basis.
    I have a few suggestions of things to try at Aldi, if they are something you would eat. In no particular order: the salsa, their oat milk is nice and rich tasting, the little goat cheese logs are great and very inexpensive, the three bean salad in a can (Just put the can in the refrigerator so it will be cold when you open it.), smoked salmon, the rolled refrigerated pie crusts if you ever want to bake a pie or quiche, the German Roasted coffee in a vacuum brick, mild or regular.

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    1. Thank you for the Aldi selections! We purchased the three bean salad on our last trip and love it! Will give some others a try on our next visit – the goat cheese sounds like a great deal. And smoked salmon – yum! I’m also going to look for the pie crusts because I picked up a can of cherry pie filling last time.

      The humidity and heat has been a downer so far – we want to be outside but it’s miserable. Maybe though another month to go before things begin to cool down.

      We took our first local outing today: Carter House in Franklin. Fascinating – post up later this week!

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      1. Yes, some gruesome details in the history at Carter house. I can’t imagine how it would have been to be an injured Civil War soldier!

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  3. I hear you! Going back and forth between Vancouver and Sunriver has made it hard to stick with a food and exercise regimen. I walk daily and am aware of what food choices I’m making, but I look forward to the day when we’re in one house and can be more consistent in our daily schedule. Looking forward to your posts.

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    1. After all the walking we did in Hawaii, not being to keep it up in Mexico was disappointing. And, we lost momentum. We have lots of nearby walking venues here, but right now the weather is uninviting. So, while we walk every day or try to, it will be a while before we get back to Hawaii levels. We’re focusing more on our eating now and returning to the good habits we established in Hawaii.

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  4. Were the air-fried spring rolls crispy? We have a combo air fryer/toaster/ etc. etc. and I haven’t used the air fryer option much. Just wondering how crispy those would be.

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    1. The spring rolls were perfect: perfectly crispy, and no added fat. Much better than when I’ve done them in the oven. I used the 10-minute “frozen” setting on my air fryer.

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  5. Really looking forward to the food and exercise posts. You truly encouraged me to get out there and start walking, and I always love seeing your dinner ideas.

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    1. We’re working on getting back to our good eating habits first but are also working on the walking although it will go a bit more slowly (because of the current weather).

      I am just thrilled to have a Trader Joe’s nearby – they have so many healthy choices that are sized right for two people. It’s nice not to have to depend on what I can find at just Costco and Walmart. We’ll continue to shop at Costco, but it won’t be our main store any more. Aldi has lots of healthy choices as well – I’m glad to have it nearby as well.

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  6. Heat and humidity stop me from exercising unless I go really early in the morning. If I miss that window, it’s over. Nice to have an indoor gym to use, though!

    Dogs will get you out walking! 😊 Our dog gets our walks per day minimum, and if either of us is home alone, we’re the automatic dog walker. Sadly, that includes heat and humidity at mid-day, although we curtail that walk a lot for everyone’s sake. We’re grateful to have had a really beautiful summer so far and not many stretches of awful humidity.

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    1. Brett is out with the dog several times a day, but doesn’t get much of a walk because Jai doesn’t like to be out too long. He still refuses to pee outside but consistently uses the training pads inside so we’re taking that as a win for now. Attempted to lift his leg today too so another developmental milestone.

      It was so humid yesterday when we visited Carter Hiuse, but today the humidity is low but it’s HOT! Tomorrow the humidity comes back though. I really am a whiner though – the humidity in Hawaii was nothing like what we’ve been getting here!

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