4 Ways to Lose Weight on Vacation
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.
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!
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.