Showing posts with label #vacations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #vacations. Show all posts

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.      

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Really? On Vacation?

Why do we suspend healthy living for vacations?

To make them special?

To disrupt or change normal life?

To taste dishes from other places?

I submit the real reason is that our why isn't big enough, strong enough, or important enough to us.

What is your why?

     Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
     If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
                                1 Cor. 3:16, 17

Enjoy different flowers on your trip

Why do you want to live healthy, lose weight, exercise?

The need to lose weight isn't a laughing matter though many treat it as such. Bible-based churches attract with food more often than prayer. I'm not suggesting that having a pot luck or dinner at church is wrong, but I'm saying that shouldn't be our emphasis. Any compulsion, whether it's to overeat or stick a needle in a vein, defiles the body (God's temple).

When was the last time the church offered a class on gossip or a study on how to gamble? Yet, we trot out our richest cakes and most luscious pies. We offer donuts to an overweight evangelist when he or she is trying to please God with healthy eating.

This may be where I lose a lot of you. Please if you fall on the other side of this controversy, let me know. I want to hear from you.

I can only tell my own experience. Losing weight is a problem requiring physical, mental, and spiritual changes
Look for strange sights to get your mind off food

A diet focuses on the physical, what we eat, how much we exercise, what foods we avoid.

Visualizing, goal-setting, and support groups take care of our need for mental growth.

How do we fix the spiritual element?

We don't.

Only God can fix us spiritually.

Our job is to keep the lines of communication open.

Back to my original question. If the Lord is guiding us into healthier choices to keep His temple clean and useful for His purposes, why should that effort be suspended for vacation.

1. Find other ways to make trips special. Tours, friends, intimacy with loved ones, or even a one time treat of food.

2. Normal life is already suspended. Nothing you're doing on a trip is the same. Using this premise could mean we should also stop being a Christian because that's our normal life.

3. By all means, try out different dishes from other states or countries. An occasional few bites of baklava will not end our weight loss. It's the constant overeating compulsion that throws us off track.

4. Pray more than usual for guidance. Spend quiet time in the mountains or on the beach drawing nigh unto Your Creator.

5. Add extra exercise to your "out of the ordinary" routine.

6. Remember, God loves you. You are special. Take care of you.

Meet new friends. Use your mouth for talking.

Because God reigns. He controls you. You are His.

If that's your why,  then overeating on vacation sounds ridiculous.