Back to the (Healthy) Grind

Clearly my bachelorette party weekend was full of fun… but it was also full of cocktails, deep dish pizza, ice cream, chips and dip, peanut butter bars and more.

I had one of the most amazing weekends of my life (thank you so much to my wonderful friends!), but it definitely does feel good to be back in Orlando, submersed in my normal healthy habits and surrounded by lots of love from Ryan and Sadie. I missed my little family! 🙂


I flew out of bed this morning excited to head to the gym and do a workout of my choice! For the first time in almost two months, my Tuesday morning did not have to start off with a 5-mile run. I loved feeling the freedom from following my half marathon training planning plan. I completed a sweaty cardio workout by spending 20 minutes on the arc trainer, followed by 30 minutes on the elliptical.


Breakfast was also a healthy meal, comprised of chocolate yogurt mousse and fresh summer berries.

Greek Yogurt + Chocolate Pudding Mix

Summer Berries

I made the chocolate yogurt mousse by combining Greek yogurt with chocolate pudding mix, which made the yogurt take on a sweet flavor and a thick and indulgent texture.

Spoonful of Healthy Tastiness

Thick + Chocolatey

Great Start to the Day!

This breakfast was delicious and I think it would also make a fantastic healthy dessert (possibly served with a slice of angel food cake? 😉 ).

It feels good to start the day on a healthy note after such an indulgent (and wonderful) weekend!

Also, I missed you guys!!! I’m happy to be back and back to a normal bloggin’ schedule. 🙂

Question of the Morning

Do you maintain a healthy lifestyle on vacation, or do you take the time away from daily life to indulge?


  1. says

    I love the feeling of getting back to having an awesome workout routine after some time away! It depends where I go on vacation. Usually I do ALWAYS workout. I take DVD’s withme and a resistance band, so I can do a hotel workout, or use the hotel gym OR if im going somewhere nice, I can go outside for a workout!!

    thanks for the goodluck wishes! 🙂


  2. says

    Usually on vacation, I take time away from daily life. You only live once, ya know? However, whenever I get back from vacation, I can’t wait to eat fruits/veggies and exercise. 🙂


  3. louisianagrown says

    I go a little buck wild on vacation. I think it makes me appreciate my healthy lifestyle at home and makes me rededicate myself to it when I come back. Indulging like that is all just part of a balanced, healthy lifestyle!


  4. says

    For me it’s half and half. I won’t go and order chicken tenders and fries on vacation but I will indulge in ice cream (after a semi-healthy dinner). 😀
    Glad your weekend was a blast!


  5. says

    I just visited my boyfriend in Santa Cruz and it involved A LOT of eating out. Sometimes when I eat out it appears that I’m making healthy choices, but restaurants always seem to make them unhealthy (wraps with special sauces, sandwiches with tons of cheese and sauce, grilled vegetables loaded with butter). Happy to have you back Julie! Looked like a great weekend!


  6. says

    i think it’s important on vacation to really take the time to indulge…but just like in ‘real’ life you have to find a really good balance! i typically eat what i want but try to workout and walk everywhere when we’re on vacation!


  7. says

    YUM! Chocolate mousse for breakfast! I can’t say that I indulge too much, but for me it is kind of hard to do that. With food allergies, you still have to be careful and quite frankly, that is pretty frustrating. I think you should indulge from time to time though! I am glad you enjoyed yourself! I hope you have a great week!


  8. says

    Definitely a little of both…you definitely have to indulge a little while away – heck, it’s vacation! But I try not to splurge too much, otherwise I end up coming home feeling gross.
    Kind of like I did after my honeymoon! lol…being surrounded by food and drinks is not easy to pass up!! 😉


  9. says

    Vacations are definitely special. I look at them as this is a time for me to relax, unwind and enjoy life. I will still continue to find some sort of exercise on vacation by walking, running, renting a bike or finding a 24hr fitness. As for my food choices, I know what makes my stomach happy and unhappy. I clearly stay away from any fried foods, I’ve never liked them. I always look for items I may of never tried or know I can’t find back at home. I like to stick to big salads since they are light on the stomach. I do indulge in dessert though. Vacations come quickly and end quickly, so I like to enjoy it and once it over, like you said back to the healthy grind!


  10. says

    Oooh, that chocolate yogurt mousse looks delicious!!!

    I pretty much always indulge on vacations. I figure it is only one week out of my life and I am going to make the most of it. Most trips I end up walking a lot, though, so it seems to balance out.


  11. says

    The party looked awesome, so much fun. It depends on how long the vacation is. If it is 3 days or less I say let loose, but any more than that and my body craves my healthy habits. I try to choose better food and exercise, even though it doesn’t look like normal it still helps me feel normal.


  12. says

    Vacations usually mean my running and eating go to pot. I usually view vacation as a time to relax and get away from everything and if I’m constantly stressed about finding a gym or going for a run or finding a healthy menu item I start to stress out. I don’t vacation too often so it doesn’t really affect me too much if I stray for a bit. Plus, a lot of times I am vacationing in places where running and being healthy are hard – i.e. Honduras. It’s nice to be free sometimes.


  13. says

    It really depends on where I’m going. When I went to Vegas I lived it up! Ok, a bit too much. lol

    But in general, short trips I try and continue to eat pretty healthy with just a few extra treats. =)


  14. says

    I usually do a mix. I still try to keep a balance with healthy habits a good bit of the time, but my fair share of indulgence too. Never fails me.

    Glad you have you back! 🙂


  15. says

    ooh, i’ve tried your jello/cottage cheese fluff, now i need to try this pudding/yogurt concoction!!!

    i definitely indulge on vacation, after all, that’s what vacations are for right? to treat yourself!!!


  16. ashleigh says

    The chocolate yogurt mouse looks amazing – especially with the fresh berries! How much yogurt to package of pudding mix do you use?


  17. E says

    I like the healthy chocolate mousse-very creative! One of my favorite breakfast creations is to add chocolate peanut butter protein powder to my greek yogurt with raw oatmeal and a little extra peanut butter. oh my goodness is it good!! sticking it in the fridge overnight takes it to another level of deliciousness. p.s. i have been reading your blog for a few months now and am a big fan! keep it up!!


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