Tips to Stay on Track During Vacation

IMG_3587Vacations can wreak havoc on your best-laid fitness and healthy eating plans. Here are some tips to help you stay on track and still have fun!

Pick a meal, but just one

Say you are driving to your destination and you stop at a Waffle House.  It’s been ages since you’ve indulged in waffles and would really like them.  So have them, with butter and syrup and maybe some bacon.

Then, when lunch and dinner rolls around – go light.  Have a bowl of soup, salad, a sandwich or share a lighter entree.

That’s Day 1 in the books.  The next day, maybe decide that you’ll eat a lighter breakfast and would like a burger for lunch and for dinner you can eat lighter again.  Picking just one meal to splurge on (if you so desire) is a great way to eat foods you may love without going hog wild!

Now since you’ve been eating so well before your trip you may decide that waffles aren’t all they are cracked up to be or that you enjoy the lighter menu options.  So don’t force it by eating waffles just because they are there but don’t deny yourself local delicacies because you’re worried it’s too “pointy” or has carbs.

I mean, how sucky would it be to go to Maine and NOT have a lobster roll or blueberry cobbler?  Life is meant to be living but you also don’t want to come back 10 pounds heavier from a trip.

Pack snacks

You will read this in every diet article in every fitness magazine because it works.

Taking time to pack healthy snacks will help in 2 ways.

1)  you can control what you eat instead of relying on the offerings at a 7-11 and

2) keeping the edge off your hunger will help when you sit down to eat.

Remember, letting yourself get too hungry never ends well.

Move your body

Get up and out for at least 15-20 minutes every day on vacation.  It can be as simple as a morning walk, jog through the neighborhood or a circuit in your hotel room.

If you are on a driving trip you may be limited to what you can do so lace up those sneakers and walk around the parking lot at a rest stop or even around the hotel complex.

If you’re camping and don’t want to get eaten by bears, plan group hikes or bring your suit and swim like a kid again.

Drink water

Sure, enjoy your umbrella drinks, wine, beer, or tequila!  But drink lots of water as well.  While you’re on the airplane, in the car, on the lounge chair at the pool.  Your skin will thank you and your digestive system will thank you (we all know how wonky our bodies can be while traveling).

Ok, that’s my 4 tips to stay on track while on vacation.  Have fun and send me a postcard.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

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