I am writing this post coming off of a trip where I packed running gear but never touched it.
It has been three years since I moved into “maintenance” mode with my weight loss, and even though I rarely talk about it on the blog anymore, there are definitely some habits I practice at home and when I’m away so that I can avoid the kind of weight gain/destructive behaviors that would undo my hard work.
Over the next few weeks, I hope to talk a little bit more about what healthy living looks like for me today and share what has continued to work for me.
Today’s workshop topic? Surviving vacation. How do I generally try to stave off situations like That One Time We Went To Lubbock And I Gained 5 Pounds But OMG It Was Worth It?
I try to keep my breakfasts and lunches as “normal” as possible.
By that, I mean that I try to respect what my regular number of calories for those meals would be. I try to balance them (protein-fiber-fruits/vegetables) in the same way that I would at home. Does that all go out the window if we end up visiting The Best Brunch Spot? Sure. But on the whole, I feel better and my day goes better if those things stay on point.
I move. When I say “move” that is a really broad term. Do I pack my running gear? Yes. Do I run every day? No. Sometimes I pack my running gear and I don’t run once. Our Derby trip would be a great example of that. The weather for running was great, but our hotel was surrounded by chain link fences and barbed wire. Running was not going to happen. If I don’t have the chance to do dedicated cardio, I do try to fit in my regular 20 minute yoga session or some push-ups and core work. And if all else fails, there’s always walking. Marcus and I do tons of walking while we’re on vacation – to museums, restaurants, the works. We’re happy to drive and take cabs, but it’s a more personal way to see a city.
Only Eat the Best. When it comes to that dinner I have been dying for (AKA the “splurge” meal), I always try to pick regional specialties or foods that I know I will never see again! It makes for a more memorable meal and is certainly more satisfying than the burger I could order back home.
I track my calories. There are a couple of reasons for this. When you are on vacation, you lose your mind a little bit. Gas station junk food you would never give a second glance to at home suddenly looks appealing. If you’re still tracking your calories/what you’re putting into your body, you won’t buy and eat that candy bar. Also, tracking my calories gives me a sense of perspective. If I know I’ve overdone it/by how much, I have a better idea of how to get back on track once I get home. It also puts splurges into context – was that dinner the equivalent of a regular meal+snack? Or was that the same as eating two meals?
Hydration is everything. I never, ever drink as much water when I’m on vacation as I do when I’m at home. It’s not nearly as convenient, and usually, I end up drinking more non-water beverages (i.e. alcohol) when we’re out-of-town. The more H2O I can down, the better.
Do you have any vacation strategies for feasting and moving?