4 Ways to Lose Weight on Vacation

4 Ways to Lose Weight on Vacation

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Weight loss is hard enough, much less trying to lose weight on vacation! This memorial day weekend was a doozy for David and me. Our nephew graduated High School last week, and we took the opportunity to spend time with our family on the Colorado River. I knew that I wanted to continue to lose weight, even on vacation. This was the first time I had traveled after making weight loss a priority. I got to spend time on a boat, and, my favorite activity; swimming. I could swim 12 hours a day, I love tapping into my inner mermaid.

1. Share Your Journey

Yes. This can be embarrassing. Yes, it’s hard, to be honest about your weight-loss efforts. After all, we all have that voice in our head that tells us that we’re going to fail, so don’t embarrass yourself by sharing and failing.

This was the first time I had been away from home after making healthy eating and fitness a priority. I have been so successful at making excuses in the past, I was worried that I would hit a backslide. However, I talked with my family and explained that if I didn’t eat something, it wasn’t because I was trying to be snobby, but just because I was trying to lose weight. They were amazingly supportive, and my mother-in-law actually made me my own separate breakfast when she was nice enough to make breakfast for the entire family.

 

This was easy for me because I’ve been very vocal about sharing my weight loss journey on my YouTube Channel. 

Click HERE to see how I jump-started my weight loss journey.

 

2. Plan Meals & Snacks Ahead of Time

When we ate out I used my FitBit Food Journal to keep pre-plan what I was going to order.David and I went to the grocery store the first day. I planned my breakfasts, lunch, and a few snacks. For breakfast, I ate my usual eggs and turkey bacon.For lunch, I

For lunch, I leaned on my favorite lunch of sliced cucumber and avocado. It’s literally the easiest thing in the world, clocks in at under 200 calories, and it fills me up.

I ate the protein and veggies from dinner and skipped the potato salad and BBQ sauce. I ate raw veggies for snacks and never felt like I wasn’t a part of the festivities. Even when we are at my nephew’s graduation party, I was able to pass on the cake and chips (which I tend to gravitate to, in order to spend the nervous energy my social anxiety is kind enough to lend me.)

3. Physical Activity

My usual routine includes 5 days of the treadmill, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are High-Intensity Interval Training, and Tuesday and Thursday are my 20-minute strolls. I follow Monday’s treadmill time up with arms strength training, Wednesday with abs, and Friday with legs. I used my timer on my FitBit Blaze to keep track of my time as I moved through strides and jogging. The only day I couldn’t do my usual workout was Wednesday, it was a travel day for us. I would feel bad, but I kept up my routine the entire next week.

I also spend about 10 hours a day treading water in the river. I love the water, so this was a TON of fun. However, it wasn’t the first time that I wished my FitBit Blaze could go in the water!

4. Hydrate

Find ways to drink water. I like to drink water when I first wake up, right after my shower, with breakfast, and after my workout. Not only is water super healthy for the body, but also for the appetite. I find that when I drink more water, I feel fuller sooner at meal time and less hungry throughout the day.

Another way you can hydrate is by eating foods with high water content. Foods like cucumbers, celery, watermelon, and others.

I lost nearly 2 pounds while on vacation!

My Fitness Plan | Diet and Exercise Plan

I’m committed to my fitness, and this is my plan.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

One of the key components of fitness is hydration. Here are some of my favorite tips for getting enough water:

  • Put a cup of ice next to your bedside at night so that you have nice, cold drink of water first thing in the morning.
  • Slice lemon and cucumber and add to water
  • Add essential oils (this is best with a glass water bottle)
  • Decaffeinated Tea COUNTS!
  • Schedule your hydration
    •  5:30 am – Cold water from ice (10-12oz)
    • 6:00 am – Post work-out lemon-water (16oz)
    • 6:30 am – Morning Routine lemon-water (16oz)
    • 8:00 am – Decaff Tea (16 oz)
    • 10:00 am – Water Bottle (20 oz) {78 oz before 10am}
  • Eat foods that are high in water such as cucumber, bell peppers, or cauliflower

Automate Your Morning

I don’t make a decision every morning to get on the treadmill. Despite my desire in the past to hop on the treadmill in the morning, I found this to be nearly impossible. So, I did a little research and found some amazing ideas that I was able to implement.

ALARM ACROSS THE ROOM. I charge my phone across the room, directly next to my work-out clothes. There is no effort in rolling out of bed, cramming myself into clothes, and plodding over to the treadmill and getting to it.

I wake up around 5:15 am, get into my clothes and hop on my treadmill.

After my cardio, I do arms on Monday, abs on Wednesday, and legs on Friday. I use YouTube to find the videos, “5-minute abs, 10-minute arms” and other search terms give me a variety of workouts that I can fit in, quickly, after my cardio.

Make Meals Easy

    Healthy breakfast

A huge part of reclaiming my fitness is being very purposeful about what I eat. I am not following a “diet,” but I am following the “single-ingredient food,” method of eating. Everything that I eat, I try to keep as close to single-ingredient as I can. Instead of pasta, which has a variety of ingredients, I turn to veggie spirals of zucchinis.

Breakfast

 I pour some egg whites into a hot pan and scramble up about 1/2 cup. Then I cook an egg, over medium, and place it on top of the scrambled egg whites. That way, when I cut into the yolk, all of the egg whites get a yummy coating of the yolk.

I also either have a serving of turkey sausage or turkey bacon.

LUNCH

I will usually pack my entire week’s worth of lunch fixin’s on Monday to work. I’m recently obsessed with sliced cucumber, diced avocado, and Tajin’s seasoning.

When I want something hot, I use tofu noodles (dry pan fry these to reduce the weird tofu smell that some tofu noodles can have,) and either roasted or frozen veggies, some bouillon cubes, and voila – SUPER delicious “Ramen” that takes seconds to put together.

I make vegetables the priority. You can add grilled chicken, if you like, or if you want to fill fuller.

DINNER

 Dinner usually consists of a crock-pot meal. I’m working on a 4 Month Calendar Freebie. It will consist of three meals per week, with an attached grocery list.

I never wonder what is for dinner, and I like to put together the ingredients into the crock part of the crock-pot and leave it in the fridge overnight. That way, the flavors mingle and “making dinner,” is as simple as plopping a pot from the fridge to the outer heating component.

DESSERT

 That’s right. Dessert. I like to slice fruit and mix it with seasoning (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves,) and bake it. It makes a yummy filling-only pie. Then, I whip up 1 cup of heavy whipping cream with 1/2 cup of Splenda and top the warm, gooey, yumminess with some creamy yumminess!

Learn From Failure

I made mistakes. We all do. However, it is my goal to learn from those mistakes so that I can move closer to the best version of myself.