Falling off the fitness bandwagon

Between quitting my job, moving out of our house, road tripping across the country, and moving to San Diego, a lot has changed in my life over the past few weeks to say the least. All of this coupled with studying for my fitness certification and trying to find a new job has kind of consumed my life and made fitting in fitness and healthy eating quite difficult.

When we first moved out of our house and began our road trip, I tried my best to stay on track with healthy eating and even managed to get in a couple of decent hotel workouts. Well, when you’re on the road in the middle of nowhere, finding healthy and affordable options can be quite difficult to say the least. At times, we were lucky to even find a gas station, let alone a supermarket or any place that served something besides tacos and burgers.

My attempt at healthy eating quickly turned into lots of this:
Sonic Chicken Sandwichthis:
Denny's breakfastand, of course, this:
In-N-Out BurgersAnd exercising…forget about it. After those 2 hotel workouts, the only other movement I managed to get in was walking down the Las Vegas strip (which ended in us grabbing a couple of beers so I don’t think that actually counts…wah) and some desperately needed stretching when I was able to get out of the car.
Stretching in Oklahoma CityNow that we are officially moved into our apartment and have unpacked for the most part (we still need to buy a new couch and storage space, so we will be living amongst some boxes for a little while), it’s been so nice to have a kitchen to cook in again! As much as I did enjoy all of those In-N-Out burgers (we ate there 3 times in a period of 2 days), I was starting to feel gross and tired all of the time, so that made wanting to eat healthy again quite easy.
Cooking in New ApartmentExercise, on the other hand, has been a little more difficult to get back into. I told myself I would get right back to working out come Monday morning. Well, Monday morning passed…and Tuesday morning passed..and nothing. Seriously, why is it so much harder to start back up with a fitness routine once you’ve stopped? I think it’s because you forget how comfy your bed really is and, once you remember, you never want to leave it again.

Well, I’m happy to report that I decided to finally get off of my butt this morning and made it out for a run to enjoy the beautiful San Diego morning weather! I mean, part of the reason why I wanted to move here was because of the gorgeous weather, so I better start enjoying it!
First Run in San Diego
35 minute run done plus a quick kettlebell workout FTW! For the kettlebell portion, I did swings, sumo squats, 1 legged deadlifts, and snatches.

Off to a job interview now! Wish me luck!

Have you ever fallen off the fitness bandwagon? How did you start back up again?

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San Diegans

Ed and I are officially a San Diegans now! Is that what they’re even called actually? Eh, in either case, Ed and I moved into our new apartment on Friday afternoon and it’s been a whirlwind of unpacking and exploring ever since then.

I’m so lucky that we were able to find an apartment while we were still living in Delaware because it would have been much more stressful to move out here and still have to find a place to live. Luckily, we found one that was super cute and didn’t have any breed restrictions. Corrina is part pitbull and they tend to be discriminated against as a breed especially on the west coast. How anyone can discriminate against my little furball I will never know. Then again, I did try to get her to take selfies with me in the car to Vegas and she wasn’t having it, so I guess that was pretty mean of her.
Selfie with CorrinaWe’ve spent a majority of our time thus far trying to get through this pile of boxes:
Unpacking boxesSince property in San Diego is SO much more expensive than property in Delaware, we had to downsize from our 3 bedroom ranch house to a 1 bedroom apartment. Needless to say, we had to get rid of a lot of stuff and it’s been difficult to figure out where to put everything. Luckily, cheap bottles of wine and beer from Trader Joe’s helped to make the process a little more fun.
TJ's wine & beerWe also decided to class up the event with some fake mustaches.
Fake MustachesMustaches + wine = we were feeling pretty fancy.

In between unpacking our lives, we did manage to make it out to explore some of the city. On Friday night, we went downtown to a pizza place called The New Yorker SD.
The New Yorker SDIt was super cute and right in the Gaslamp District, so there was lots of people out and about. We each got 2 slices of pizza and I got a Moscow Mule to drink.
Pizza at the New Yorker SDAside from that, the only other time we’ve really been able to make it out of the house was to bike to the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market yesterday morning. The market has over 100 vendors easily and they pretty much had anything you could ever want.
Hillcrest Farmer's MarketFall ProduceAside from picking up some produce, I also scooped up this chicken tamale, which was amazeballs.
Chicken TamaleSince we’re so close to Mexico, I’m making it my personal mission to find the best tamale in all of San Diego. Wish me luck. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.

Mexican food – love it or hate it? LOVE LOVE LOVE.
What did you guys do this weekend?

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Road Trippin’

Hi, guys! Happy Tuesday! Is it even Tuesday actually? After being on the road for 5 days they’re all kind of beginning to run together. Even though I’m pretty sure I smell and I’m starting to go a little stir crazy, it’s been a fun trip so far!
Ed and I in ArizonaThe highlights of our road trip to San Diego so far have been:

Savannah, GA – I’ve always wanted to visit Savannah and am so stoked we finally go to go! I loved every little thing about it and it would definitely be a place I would live if we weren’t moving to San Diego. While there, Ed, Corrina, and I walked around downtown for a while to see all of the historical sites. Ed sampled beer from a couple of the local breweries and I, of course, took advantage of the no open containers laws with Georgia Peach Sangria.
Savannah FountainEd & Corrina in SavannahSavannah drinks
Memphis, TN – We walked around downtown Memphis for a while and took in all of the musical history that the city has to offer. Beale Street was so lively even on a Sunday afternoon and I loved all of the shops that had blues memorabilia and crazy trinkets.
Beale St Memphis
Oklahoma City, OK – Truthfully, I wasn’t very excited to pass through here mainly because I thought it would be a pretty boring city, but I really loved it! It was SO clean compared to Philadelphia and had so many cute restaurants and areas to walk around. We walked around the Myriad Botanical Gardens for a while and, even at night, it was gorgeous.
Botanical Garden Oklahoma
The scenery in Arizona & New Mexico – Arizona and New Mexico seriously look like they’re on a different planet compared to the Northeast. I’ve seen some of the most breathtaking views while driving through here and we also got to visit the Hoover Dam! It was a little scary truthfully because I’m kind of afraid of heights and, in order to get a good view of the dam, you walk over a bridge between 2 mountains. Scary, but I did it!
Arizona MountainsHoover DamAnd some lowlights:

Atlanta, GA – I was SUPER stoked to visit Atlanta because I’ve heard great things and I’m a big fan of RHOA (which I know really has nothing to do with the city). I found it to not be as lively as I thought it would be and a lot of the city looked run down in my opinion. We ended up not spending as much time there as I thought and headed out early.

Little Rock, AK – I love me some Bill Clinton, so I was pretty pumped to visit the place where he lived and started his political career. Unfortunately, the city is pretty dead (especially on the weekend) and we only drove through quickly since there wasn’t much to look at.
Little RockNot visiting the Grand Canyon – since we were only 2 hours away from the Grand Canyon, we made plans to head up there on our way to Las Vegas. Unfortunately, due to time constraints we only could spend about an hour or 2 there and figured it wouldn’t be worth the extra 4 hours of drive time and $25 admission fee to only get to stay for a couple of hours. Bummer, but we’ll be back to visit!

Other than that, I’ve spent a lot of time sleeping in the car and listening to the radio/audibooks. Ed and I just got finished listening to “The Good Girl” by Mary Kubica and really liked it! I’ve wanted to read it for a while since it’s been compared to “Gone Girl” and, while I didn’t love it as much as “Gone Girl”, it was definitely good and had great twists! It kept me entertained right through to the end, so that’s always a good sign with a book.
The Good GirlWe’ve also been trying our best to stay healthy on the road, but it’s been difficult to say the least. We packed a bunch of healthy snacks and have been trying to grab healthy options when available, but they’re limited when you’re in the middle of nowhere. Womp womp. So far, we’ve only stayed at a hotel for a couple of nights since we’re trying to limit our number of hotel stays. I managed to grab a somewhat healthy breakfast there, luckily.
Hotel breakfast
We also stayed at a place that considered this to be a fitness “center”:
Fitness CenterI think the term fitness closet is probably more accurate, but it did the job and we got in a nice and quick workout.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering about Corrina, she’s doing fine and has spent most of the trip like this:
Corrina on Road TripWe tried to convince her that she should really be helping out with the driving duties, but she wasn’t having it.

Off to Vegas now!

What’s your favorite city in America? Any place we missed out on that we really should have stopped at?

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