Holly Carpenter: My one-way ticket to staying in shape during US holiday
Published 06/05/2016 | 07:54
This weekend my brother finally graduates from Rocky Mountain College in Montana where he's been studying and playing football on a soccer scholarship.
I flew over with my mum and dad to visit him on campus one last time and celebrate his graduation.
It took us three fights to get to Billings in Montana which is a long way to come for a very short trip but it's great to have the whole family reunited again.
I'm looking forward to doing a bit of shopping in the outlets over here and powering through the jet-lag to hit Victoria's Secret. I'm going to raid their gym gear section.
My trainer gave me a workout to do while I'm over here to keep me going and to help burn off any extra calories I consume - I can't come to America without having pancakes for breakfast at least once.
I don't like coming home from holidays feeling sluggish and bloated so I prepared my own meals for the flight over to avoid eating processed food on the plane.
The last time I visited the States I was in shock at the size of the portions in restaurants. My family and I couldn't even get through our starters one night and had to cancel our main courses.
I couldn't believe it when we went for breakfast and a tower of toast arrived with eggs that had already been buttered and covered in salt.
The attitude towards and knowledge around food and nutrition in small-town America is quite shocking.
I found that in a lot of places they encourage you to eat as much as possible with free refills for fizzy drinks and competitions on the menu like "If you can finish your whole stack of pancakes, you get a free cookie".
I'll be posting loads of photos on my Instagram and Snapchat over the weekend so if you see a selfie of me and a stack of pancakes followed by a photo of a cookie, then you'll know I've gone deep.