Saturday, June 28, 2014

How Can You Lose Weight on Vacation?

Summer time brings vacations. Often, this comes right in the middle of our weight loss plan. We eat healthy, lose ten pounds or thirty, and then comes vacation.

Though excited, we worry that all those pounds will return. At best, keeping up our weight loss is impossible. Why, we can't even expect to maintain, can we?

Yes, you can.

Without giving up all the fun.

And, have the vacation of your life.

Here's 10 suggestions:

1. Where's the action?
     Going to the beach? Plan on swimming, snorkeling, or running along the beach. Running in that sand gives resistance and burns lots more calories. Swimming will use up twice the amount of calories walking on land will do. How about organizing a sand volleyball game or joining in with someone else?

     Like mountains? Bike. Hike. Plan a new route each day, some shorter, some longer. Buy that pretty suncatcher as your reward for finishing the longest trail. Join the kids in horsebackriding. Don't just watch them. And, when they beg to do the super water slide, say, "sure," then join in.

     Is cities your thing? In Boston, do the walking historical tour. Trudge over the areas where our forefathers fought. In New York City, hike from the Empire State Building to Central Park. In San Francisco, hike from Chinatown to Fisherman's Wharf. Walk the full length of the riverwalk in downtown San Antonio and then hop on over to the Hemisphere Tower.

2. Visualize.
     Our minds play tricks. Once fat, always fat. When we see ourselves as fat, what difference does it make to eat and gain a little more? Why take our loss so seriously?

     If you've lost five pounds, lift a 5 lb. sack of sugar. If you've lost twenty pounds, pick up a 20 lb sack of dog food. If you've lost a hundred pounds, balance a small woman or larger child on your back, and see how far you can walk. See how hard it is to climb stairs. This can keep a picture in your mind of how important it is even when you're not thinking lose weight.


3. What's your goal?
     If your goal is to stay the same, make it a real goal with an exact number and exact date. Never leave thinking I'm going to eat whatever I want. If you do, you might return several pounds heavier, get discouraged, and give up.
     A goal motivates. Our mind keeps working even when we're not consciously dieting. 
     Goals should be specific (weigh 1 lb less three days after returning home), be written, (Yes, it's important), and be forgiveable (In case you miss it by a bit).

4. Keep a Log.
     Journal. Play like you're a travel writer and will need to remember the details. Plan on sharing experiences with someone when you get home. What did you feel while standing looking out over the vast ocean? What was your favorite restaurant? What was their specialty? How did you make it lighter?

5. Take your first-aid kit.
     Pack lots of fruit, veggies, cheese sticks, and if you have a cooler, take some yogurt or cool your watermelon.

6. Stay hydrated.
     No matter where you go, drink lots of water. Sometimes, a bottle of water knocks the munchies better than anything. Sip instead of bite.

7. Set ground rules.
     Tell your family or friend that's going with you that you expect for you all to get lots of exercise.

8. Watch the salads.
     Our solution to eating healthy is usually get salad. Have you ever looked at how big lots of salad-eaters are? Let me tell you, it's not the lettuce. It's the dressing, the croutons, the nuts, the pasta. Sometimes, a small hamburger is really your best choice. Think about it.

9. Don't be a loner.
     Put your focus on the people you vacation with. Use the time to have a real heart-to-heart talk with you mate. Find out what's troubling your child. Listen to your friend. Fellowship, not food, should be the priority for eating.

10. When is it time for a treat?
     Food addicts have favorite dishes and places to eat wherever we go. What's yours? the best ribs in the west, all the catfish you can eat, their famous blackberry cobbler, peanut butter fudge? Decide when you will have that. Don't skimp. Don't deny yourself. But, have it only once. Make it a real treat.  

Any other tips? Leave a comment and let me know. Or, let me know if you've tried any of mine.      

2 comments:

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Great suggestions. Now I want to go on a vacation. :)

I really enjoyed meeting you today and talking with you. You are a delightful lady and we will figure this marketing stuff out.

Have a relaxing evening.

Janet K Brown said...

Thank you, Beverly. Meeting you was quite a treat. I love vacations, but since losing my weight, I do have to remember vacations don't mean just eating myself silly. Ha!