I just made plans for a summer vacation, and I am excited! I don’t know about you, but these last few months (years?) have been intense, and some time to get away sounds great.
Given recent events, many of us haven’t taken time off or planned even a weekend getaway in a while. Taking a trip—even if it’s a staycation—is a big deal. Let’s savor the heck out of it! Enjoy the scenery, the people, and the opportunity to relax. You’ve been investing a lot into taking care of your health, and it’s for exactly these moments!
So, how to support your weight and health goals when you’re in vacay mode?
First, acknowledge it’s not going to be perfect, and that is a-okay! You’re on vacation, and things aren’t 100% in your control. Focus on what’s in your control, and you’ll discover many wonderful wins on an imperfect day.
Second, stay mindful. You can make a choice that works for you and your goals. Vacation destinations, restaurants, recreational activities—prioritizing your health can lead you to make the best choices for you.
Third, aim for baby steps. Getting in a 10-minute walk, ordering extra veggies, or sleeping ten minutes longer have a more significant impact over time.
Here are some strategies to support you for a busy summer on the go:
- Keep a water bottle with you. The sun, air conditioning, and travel are all dehydrating, so drink up and avoid mistaking hunger for thirst.
- Move your body. Tap into the 10-minute activity videos on your app for quick workouts in your room, or plan activities that move your body in fun ways throughout the day.
- Stay aware of your hunger patterns to see if they change with your different schedules. Always carry Hunger Savers—in your car, purse or backpack, or hotel room—for when you’re out and about and can’t stop for a meal when you’re at a Level 3.
- Be mindful of alcohol. Alcohol can sneak into travel. Plan to drink when and how much you want, rather than just responding to social pressures or the setting.
- Do something out of your comfort zone but in line with your weight goals. Curious about a trendy workout, popular sport, or hot new restaurant? Try it out!
- If you get off track, give yourself a break. Reflect on one thing you can do when you get back home to keep moving forward. Time off can be a great time to reset.
Most of all, laugh! These last few years have been intense for us all. We are carrying a lot of “weight” with the enormity of it all. Use the time off to let go and play. Find that balance that enables you to thoroughly enjoy yourself and stay tuned to your choices. You’ll come home refreshed and with a renewed commitment to your goals.