My previous vacation routine was – starve my self leading up the vacation and work out like a maniac. Then once I am on vacation I eat everything in site and come back home with and extra 5 lbs which then seemed to take forever to lose! Sound familiar? Did you know that 3,500 calories are equivalent to 1 lb? Some meals alone (bread, appetizers, salad with dressing, main dish, dessert) at restaurants can add up to that number. So if you eat like this a few days on vacation, you will come home with more than just a good tan.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I LOVE FOOD! But to me it is all about moderation and planning. When I am on vacation, I limit myself to the splurging. So I will have a few things that are not so great (breads, desserts, sauces), but I limit them. I also pick when I am going to “splurge”. For instance, I am in a hotel right now. Here is what I had for breakfast:
Now I am not a breakfast person, so I chose not to “waste” my calories on this meal. But I did want to eat some protein to stay full until lunch. This egg and fruit combo was delicious and very filling! So tonight at dinner I will be able to have some dessert and wine and not feel guilty.
Also I went for a walk this morning. The weather was beautiful and it was a great way to start the day. Almost all hotels have gyms, so even if you just spend 30 minutes a day while you are on vacation devoted to some exercise you will feel so much better about yourself! Also, you will find yourself making smarter decisions throughout the day.
Vacation is meant to be fun and gives your mind and body the ability to re-charge. If you make smart decisions, you won’t have to worry about any extra lbs when you get back home!