My last post about being on the road was when I was on my way to Georgia. This post is bittersweet. I don’t want to leave Georgia but I’m ready for some consistency again. I miss my juicer, my blender, and my bed. After spending the week in Valdosta Georgia, we are heading back to Michigan. We had an amazing time. Jeremy was there working on a hospital an I tagged along. That’s the beauty of working for yourself. I have some recipes, workouts, and other post to share with you from when I was down there, but I thought I’d share my road trip with you first. We are only halfway there! I’m writing from Tennessee 🙂
After packing up the bags, eating breakfast, going on a run, walking the dog, and cleaning I was ready to hit the road! Sometimes it’s relaxing. When I’m sitting at home, I feel like I need to be doing something 24/7. In the car, I don’t feel that way.
About two hours into the trip, I stopped at a gas station (Pilot) and grabbed a hazelnut coffee. I added my own unsweetened almond milk. I brought some two mom’s in the raw bars to snack on during the trip too.
Three hours later we were in a traffic jam in Atlanta. What a surprise! I don’t miss those jams. Luckily I had my delicious lollipop to take my mind off it. I’m such a kid. Sometimes I get candy cravings and I always turn to lollipops instead of hard candy. It’s easier to chew and keep popping those little candy pieces into your mouth. With lollipops, you get to enjoy it longer and most likely satisfy your sweet tooth before going back for more. I do this at the movie theater too.
Around four, I was pretty hungry. I stopped at a gas station and grabbed some pistachios and a iced coffee to get me through. We had about two hours left of driving. Pistachios are a great gas station snack because they have protein. They are low carb and provide healthy fats. They keep you full and it’s a much better option than most of the gas station snacks. This bag was only 140 calories. They are perfect for that special time of month..ladies…
When we got to our hotel, we were super hungry. I drove across the street to Kroger and picked up some things for the room. I bought Jeremy chicken wings, all natural sweet potato chips, and salsa. He’s still on Paleo.
I had a large salad with Vietnamese summer rolls and sweet potato chips! Later in the night I had a Greek yogurt to boost that protein up. Theses Vietnamese rolls have become a favorite of mine. Now when I get back I need to make my own! And of course blog it!
(Pet Owner Tips For Traveling)
Don’t worry! I didn’t forget Mr. Grumples. He is the best cuddle buddy on road trips. A while back, Grumps was a horrible traveler. He used to pant, climb all over, and shake. He isn’t crate trained because he is absolutely terrified of small spaces. He can’t even be in a room with the door closed. Luckily he is wonderful in the house. He doesn’t destroy anything, get into anything, or drink from the toilet bowl. We can have food on the counter and leave it there for a week without him touching it.
After going on numerous car rides with him, his anxiety went away. It’s important to frequently take small trips with your dog. Take him to places like the dog park or pet co. This will help him correlate the car with positive outcomes. I make sure to wear a sweatshirt and keep the air conditioner on high for him. He sleeps better in the cool air. I build a giant bed in the back with his doggy bed, tons of pillows and bring some of his favorite toys. I keep his food in a clothes container, and bring a traveling water bowl to make sure he stays hydrated. I try really hard not to drive at night because the lights scare him and cause a little anxiety. I also stop every two hours and walk him around for about five minutes just in case he is cramped or needs to stretch. It’s important to pay attention to your dogs needs if you are going to bring them on long road trips. Grumps is 80 lbs so I can’t put him on an airplane. That is why we drive a lot. There are a bunch of hotels that are pet friendly like La Quinta, The Hyatt, and Drury Inn!
If you want to follow Grumps on the road trip, you can follow his Instagram! 🙂
This morning I made myself coffee in the hotel room. I used the my almond milk as a creamer. I also had a Chobani with carrot and orange juice mixed it!
I’m about to pack up and get on the road again! Luckily it’s Jeremy’s turn to drive today 🙂 I can sit back and read my book.