When I am at school living in Philadelphia with my brother, Heath, I fall into such a good eating routine. One of the main reasons is that he is there. As soon as I get something I shouldn’t, he politely tells me that I shouldn’t eat it. He tells me that there is “a ton of sugar in that” or “that really isn’t as good for you as it seems”. He keeps me honest. When I leave that bubble, whether it be just to clinics where he isn’t or out with my friends or at home, I tend to fall into bad habits. I have gotten so much better at avoiding my old downfalls.
I started this whole plan for myself for a couple of reasons. Mainly, I am moving out and in with my sister, and we tend to bring out the worst in each other in terms of eating habits. We will OK the other to eat that extra cookie or eat the after dinner dessert we don’t need or go to Starbucks just twice in one day. All things we don’t need, but that we do anyway because no one is looking. The other reason is that I am going on vacation with my friends to celebrate us becoming veterinarians. We are going to an all inclusive hotel in Cancun.
I have been eating really well, working out consistently, and losing weight. I feel great about myself, and I don’t want this to change in the upcoming weeks. You can always justify why you think you need that extra drink/snack/treat when you are celebrating, but that really just opens you up to continue to struggle and lose you way.
Here are some things I do to try and keep myself on the right path while on vacation and celebrating these upcoming weeks!
- Bring healthy snacks // In my suitcase, I am going to pack some healthy snacks that I can eat whenever. For me, I enjoy eating granola bars, my favorite are Nutrigrain bars. If I can bring some of these along, I can have a healthy snack available. It helps to avoid the Wawa run where you run in and grab a pack of M & M’s because I have my snack with me. If you are driving to your destination, you can bring some fruits or vegetables along the way too. Other things I like to have are trail mix and nuts, like cashews.
- Bring a water bottle // It took me a while to grasp this concept, even though everyone kept telling me about it. Sometimes we think we are hungry when we are really just thirsty. Bringing a water bottle allows you to always have fresh water on hand and might help you to avoid that soda, alcohol, or extra coffee run. Make sure it is empty before crossing security.
- Avoid being oh so hungry // I am one of those people who goes and goes and then suddenly realizes that I am way beyond hungry. When I sit down for dinner, I end up eating everything in site, aka the whole bread basket. Then, if you are me, I eat my entire meal and am stuffed! Try not to let yourself get that hungry! This goes back to my first point of keeping snacks. Maybe eating that small snack will help to tie you over to your meal and prevent you from eating it all!
- Make time to work out // Most hotels have a gym for guests to use. I know running on a treadmill is not always fun, but it is often the safest place to exercise. (My dad and I once went for a four mile run which turned into an eight mile run when we got lost in Hawaii. We ended up way too hot and dehydrated and cranky.) Hotels often have weights and medicine balls to help you do other exercises other than cardio.
Rely on your friends and family you are traveling with to get everyone to the gym for a workout! It helps to keep you honest and not just snooze your alarm when everyone makes a plan. Most likely, they want to get there and are struggling to stay motivated.
- Do you really need that dessert? // My family loves to celebrate on vacation. Many times, we got south to the beach and love to eat their key lime pie and compare across the trip. But, do you really need it? Instead of everyone getting a dessert, try sharing with a friend. Or instead of eating a whole meal, share some appetizers and then go out for ice cream. Also, be careful because sometimes the habit of eating dessert every night caries over to when you get home.
- Watch what you eat in the airport // What you eat in the airport can set the tone for your whole trip. Most options in the airport are fast food, candy, and junk food, none of which are good for you. Many airports now have some healthy food options for you to choose from, just choose wisely! You can often bring some healthy snacks with you through security, no liquids of course, that can help you get through the trip and save a ton of money. While it can be an easy way to pass time, eating in the airport is tricky!
- Get in some strength training // I went on vacation with my mom to Charleston a few weeks ago for the Bridge Run. We were running Saturday and spending the rest of the time out exploring, so I wasn’t concerned about being active. We even biked over 35 miles on Sunday. My mom of course ad to think of one extra thing to keep us motivated, she brought a medicine ball in her carry on suitcase to do her morning ab exercises. It was an easy way to get in some strength something amongst our cardio, not that you have to bring a medicine ball, but there are always ways to workout that aren’t cardio options! I like BBG workouts because you can do them usually do the workouts without equipment. A beach is a great place for squats, crunches, and pushups!
How do you stay motivated while on vacation?