Vacation. The best week of the summer! And oh so many temptations. I stay on track so much better than I used to. I’ve learned how to enjoy vacation without coming home with major regrets. I remember coming home from a vacation a few years ago and realized I had gained about 5 pounds in a week. It was a lot of work to get my clothes fitting again, and I’ve realized the extra pieces of salt water taffy really aren’t worth it.
But it can be hard when you’re in vacation mode. I spend money more freely when I’m on vacation. I buy things I wouldn’t normally buy. The cost of random things like magazines doesn’t seem like a big deal when I’m on vacation. I don’t buy magazines at Target at home, but get me in an airport, and I think nothing of it. I get that, for a lot of people, health is kind of like that. You let things go that you wouldn’t normally.
But if you want to practice staying on track on your summer getaway, read what I did for tips:
- I got my workouts in. I started every morning with a run down to the water. Exercise is something I try to never miss. It’s great for my mood and energy. Burning a few calories doesn’t hurt either when I’m eating a little more than usual.
- I drank my greens. My first meal of the day was a green smoothie, just like at home. I fully realize that I’m a little strange…I packed my Vitamix. I know, I know. But I can’t live for a week without that thing! I take it everywhere. If you’re staying at a hotel or flying and can’t bring a blender, bring a shaker cup, greens powder and protein powder. Bonus is you won’t need to buy breakfast!
- I drank water. I tried to keep up with my water consumption as much as possible. It’s hard when you’re driving and have to keep stopping…. Traveling with me is a bit like traveling with a 3 year-old. But I didn’t want to get dehydrated.
- I took my vitamins. I used to always forget to do this on vacation. But this time I set them out on the counter where I would see them every morning. The need for vitamins is controversial, but I swear by mine.
- I ate well at restaurants. When I ate out, I focused on lean proteins, vegetables and fruits. My meals were still delicious! And eating smart at restaurants gave me more room for treats throughout the day.
- I packed snacks. From the car ride to the days at the beach, I made sure we had healthy options in a cooler in the car. For me and for my kids. This way we didn’t have to stop for junk. I had lots of water, fruit, lara bars, wraps, cheese sticks (for the kids, I can’t do dairy), veggie sticks and nuts. I even ate a chicken salad out of a Ziploc bag one day (we couldn’t find any containers with lids at our rental). This way we saved money and ate healthier.
- I enjoyed. I drank coffee, I wine-tasted, I indulged in salt water taffy. I also drank a very strong flaming coffee drink after I had already had 2 glasses of wine on my night out with my husband. (What else do you do when hilarious strangers send over a crazy drink and your husband is driving? I could’ve politely declined, but I didn’t.) And you know what? I didn’t beat myself up over it. Unfortunately I did suffer through a couple days of feeling really tired when we got home as my body detoxed from all the sugar and caffeine. But it was my choice. I had fun, kept pretty healthy and came back to my 90/10 lifestyle.
What do you do to stay on track on vacation, still enjoy yourself, and not feel deprived?