Lessons from a Year on the Road
After driving 24,717 miles and visiting all but 9 of the contiguous states, we celebrated our one year roadiversary. On my travel blog I wrote about what it’s really like being a family on the road and living fulltime in a 300 square foot RV with three other people.
I thought here on Girl Heroes I’d share a little more about what I’ve learned this past year on the road how how that relates to my never ending (almost sane) quest for insane health.
Lessons from a Year on the Road
1. Eating healthy year round is easier in southern California than most other places. Most Californians take this for granted. Florida comes in at a close second.
2. Eating healthy is never impossible. Even gas stations have bananas or nuts.
3. Eating crap is sometimes worth it. Very worth it.
4. Most of the time eating crap isn’t worth it. I really need to remember that before buying a bag of Cracker Jacks.
5. Sugar really is a drug and I’m an addict. I will break this addiction in time.
6. Kettlebells rock. I already knew that but after a year of doing kettlebell workouts from California to Main and everywhere between I like kettlebells even more than before. Other than my body no other piece of equipment could have offered the same type of workout. Barbells are too big to travel, dumbbells work best when you have pairs of multiple weights, and there isn’t always a place to attach a suspension trainer.
7. Mobility work is key for wellness and injury prevention. Who cares how strong you are if you can’t move well or get hurt. My mobility work has been inconsistent and I feel it. Not in a good way.
8. Movement matters. All sorts of movement. If you like hiking, hike. If you like lifting, lift. If you like rolling down hills, roll! It all adds up!
9. Use it or lose it. I didn’t do pull ups for months and when I finally got a portable pull up bar I found I had lost them.
10. Cooking in an RV kitchen is a real challenge for impatient people especially impatient people with PMS.
11. People of Walmart do exist. ↑
(I was one of them per your suggestion after I threw out my scale. BTW, I ended up buying a scale not long after this picture to prepare for my RCK recertification then I decided to put my RKC recertification on hold. I haven’t yet decided when or if I’m going to renew my RKC certification. Oh and I wear shoes in Walmart. Promise.)
12. Weight really is just a number. I’ve gain 10 pounds this past year and you know what I’m the happiest I have ever been!
13. I’m not really “passionate” about food or fitness. I’m passionate about people and life. I don’t live to workout. I workout to live. I want others to experience this same passion for life and fitness often opens that door. Fitness is a tool for an amazing life. It’s not life.
So there are my thoughts after a year on the road! If you want to know how I really feel about life on the road and what’s next for our family read this post!
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Journey with our family on the road at New School Nomads as we travel fulltime in RV through the United States!