I find that most vacations are filled with great walks, whether it be sightseeing or purposely going for a walk. I have an app for SparkPeople on my phone which allows me to keep track of what I am eating. It will also remind me of how many calories something is to help in making the choice between items. I believe that vacation is a time for relaxation, change of scenery and time with family. Worrying about calories is secondary.
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I just returned from a week at the beach, on Sunday and yes it is hard to get back in the swing of things. I was not lazy but I did not exercise like normally. Someday when I was in the ocean I got a lot of swimming in but mostly. I do think if you have internet access it does help to track food just so you realize if something is 2 or 3 times you daily calories. I think you can do both enjoy vacation and keep track of Spark People
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We are retired and can go a lot. We are campers and retired in the deep south where we have multiple pools and a workout room. I also cook at the camper/home instead of eating out. I have better control of what we eat.
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Vacation time is definitely a challenge, but I usually come back lighter than when I went away. This is because I do a lot of walking, don't drink very much alcohol, and eat carefully.
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Enjoy the vacation, It sounds great. I am afraid I would have to try foods that I have not had before. My only advantage would be the fact that I eat very slowly and deliberately so it allows me to become sware when I am full. I usually only eat 1/3 to 1/2 of my meals. When I get the full feeling I quite. You will be moving a lot in sightseeing. Maybe there is a local gym that you can pop into along the way.
Like so many others in this thread, I have a vacation coming up myself. Taking an Alaskan cruise in August. My plan is to use the ships gym to get in my workouts, do lots of walking both on ship and on land when we are in port and to use the stairs instead of the elevator on the ship. I'll probably write down my food intake each day so I can put it in the tracker when I get home. I'm kind of anal like that :)
But most of all, I'm going to try and have a good time. My parents would take my brother on vacation each summer, some years just a road trip and other years out of the country or on a cruise. It's been since 1993 since the four of us vacationed together. My parents decided to do this cruise as a last family vacation the four of us would take together (they're both 65, I'm 42 and my bro is 36). This vacation however will include my brother's long time girlfriend and my 15 year old son (can't just leave them behind!!) With the way the economy is and with my parents age (and my mom needing 2 new hips) it's doubtful we will all do this again together. So enjoying this trip is a must for me.
I should hit the 100 lb loss mark before we leave, but I don't really care if I gain a little while I'm gone, because in the long run, the vacation time with family is much more important than having to come home and lose the same few pounds again. Go and enjoy yourself!
I am going to spend the next 10-days on the road on a spread out vacation. The wife and I are planning snacks to bring along with us and a cooler, to help avoid the McDonalds and Burger King stops that are always too frequent on road trips.
We have also planned a few road side detours with hiking/walking paths to get out and exercise a little and enjoy the views on the way.
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You have worked hard an saved for this day. Don't over think it, but enjoy this precious time with you family. Stop putting so much pressure on yourself. The bottom line is that it's your vacation. When I was on my cruise I was so, worried about spending money. That I didn't enjoy myself as much as I could and should have. Even with me setting aside a certain amount for it. Enjoy yourself!!!! Just make the best food choices at the time of your meals and portion control. I didn't over think what I ate. Life is too, short! Vacations are hard to come by these days.
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Well it seems like we don't take to many vacations. But if in a motel I try to use the swimming pool to work out in. Also we are usually on the move quite a bit so this helps too.
CDNEXPAT - Sounds like an awesome vacation! Primarily, it seems crucial to enjoy such a unique experience. Packing snacks from home for the entire vacation certainly isn't 100% realistic for 6 weeks and international travel by air. Keep in mind that many states/ countries restrict the fresh produce allowed past borders to minimize 'contamination' or introduction of unwanted pestilence -- think California especially -- so items would have to be discarded. That said, a few stable favored edible items in the suitcase(s) might be wise for emergencies! - Maryjean
I just came home from a 5-day vacation in Williamsburg, VA. I spent it with family and was really worried about how to handle it. I brought some healthy snacks along, I drank a LOT of water. I offered to help with the dinners at the condo (chicken breasts, lots of FRESH veggies and fruits) and I simply did the best I could with the other foods.
For exercise, we walked a million miles in the heat and sun. We swam and I got back on track when I got home. I also expected to gain weight and to NOT beat myself up when I got home. SURPRISE!!! I not only didn't gain, I lost a little - I was absolutely proud of how I did. BUT if I had gained - like on every other trip - I planned to get back up and not worry about the blip on the scale, knowing it too will come off with sticking to my plan when I got home.
I'm traveling to Colorado this week, I'm taking my road bike along with me...the terrain is VERY different there (mountainous compared to the western plains I live in) so I am expecting to get in some tough rides :)
Make sure you get enough fiber...it will help keep you full so you're not as likely to binge on other things. Also, walk, walk, walk!!!
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I find vacations are hard for me to manage... With that said, i have been watchful on the last vacation and didn't gain or lose. I'm going away again at the end of August to Niagara Falls, my first time there, lots of walking and sightseeing. I am going to eat as much fresh fruit and veggies as I can with proteins filling the the holes. Also, I'm going to add protein shakes during the day to help with that balance and keep my full longer between meals.
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I don't track everything while on vacation, but I make a point to move. I also make a point to think about how much I ate in a day, especially foods high in fat. I usually manage to stay the same weight with a little bit of thought.
Tracking everything will certainly help you stay more on track.
I just came back from a 3 weeks vacation and actually lost some weight. I walked a lot visiting our National Parks - it was great! Also had to drink a lot of water, and tried to stay clear of candy bars and ice cream. I just did my regular meals, no diet plan or foods, with desert only a few times. I had such a great time that I did not need the sweet foods I usually indulge in.
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I too am going on vacation in a week and just from what my children have said they are bringing it will be difficult not to indulge. I have just started this journey to lose some weight and I am not expecting to lose lots of weight but enough 10-15 lbs to have my clothes fit better and look better. So I will take others suggestion and take healthy snacks and have those be mine to eat unless others would like some. Support from others is always a help. Thanks for the advice
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Vacations should be enjoyed. Take a swimsuit, wear light wrist and ankle weights. Eat as healthy as you can, Oz has some wonderful fresh foods, and resturants to explore. Above all enjoy yourself, holidays are eagerly awaited and often expensive, don't let worries get in the way.
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When I went on a last month. I was surround by food all hours of the night. I chose to get up and go to the upper deck and jog around the track. They also had a gym and classes available to take. I pick several off shore excursions that required physical activities. I didn't make any food taboo. I had dessert and other foods to my liking, but I had it in moderation and kept my portions in control. I actually lost 2 pounds while on vacation.
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The last vacation we went on, we took lots of snacks. A mexican veggie dip, tons of veggies, "healthier" chips, veggie pizza (we cut the crust into small squares and didnt put spread and veggies on it until we were ready to eat it), lots of portable fruit (apples, bananas, plums, peaches, bananas!) Ok, I'm seeing the pattern - we took TONS of veggies and bananas.
Since we went to an area well-known for making the best fudge in the world, we planned for that by not taking any sweets at all. When we did buy a couple pounds of fudge (there were 8 of us on vacation together) we cut it into very tiny peices and spread it out over several "snacking times" while we were hanging out or playing card games. It's way easier to grab something out of the cupboard or cooler than to run to the store in an unfamiliar town.
We swam ALOT. And I lost a couple pounds even during vacation.
You know what your favorite "healthy" snacks are better than anyone else - pack a lot of those and you're more likely to grab them on the go, or even during down-time, than you are likely to run to the store to get something unhealthy. It's also easier to turn down an offer of homemade goodies when you have something more sensible to replace it with.
Have an awesome vacation & stay safe!!
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You absolutely have to resolve to either lose weight while on vacation OR Stay the same. A stay the same on vacation is a Win Win for me! Losing even a little is even better.
It takes determination but you can do it.
I'm going away for a month, shortly & I am determined to lose weight.
I am struggling with this right now myself! I am on vacation at my parents are the food is unreal! I am sleeping in and becoming lazy on a daily basis! It is hard!
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i didnt gain any weight on my vacation.
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I am heading on Vacation in a few weeks and I am nervous that I will loose all the hard work I have put in! I am thinking keeping a food and exercise diary. Has that worked for anyone? I also am thinking about packing loads of snacks before we leave? Does that work? Thanks for any advice you can give!
That walking and sightseeing can pack a punch sometimes. Don't forget that.
I will get up early and move (yoga, run/walk, etc.) and try to eat a good breakfast and that sets me up to want to stay on track for the rest of the day. It also gives me time with myself to decompress and not feel ON all the time. I've found that the worst part of vacation can be not having my carved out decompression time - so I take it in the morning and that keeps me from sabatoging myself on so many levels. But sometimes I can't do it in the morning but plan on doing it later in the day so...
I've found that as long as I move a minimum of 20 minutes a day and eat at least one healthy balanced meal that tends to keep me motivated to stay on track the rest of the day and the splurges and indulgences become true splurges and indulgences - not the norm.
Enjoy every moment of it!
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You know what helps me on vacation? Tracking my food on paper. It holds me accountable for what I'm eating even if I can't see the calorie counts.
Maybe you could try to do some body weight ST in your hotel room? Planks, lunges, squats, pushups, etc. can all be done without any equipment.
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Sounds like an amazing vacation. Remember healthy living is a lifestyle and while you may lose your routine while you are gone, just know you are in the driver seat so that when you do return, while it may take you a little while to get back to your pre-vacay routine, you can do this.
That being said, I have indluded a link to a SparkPeople's Healthy Vacatuion Guide which has links to other articles that may help you stay on track. Have a GREAT time! Stay safe!
I haven't been on vacation for so long, but I found myself looking forward to getting back into familiar routines once I got home.
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I'm heading out on vacation soon for almost 6 weeks (Australia + Czech Republic). Some of the time I'll be visiting family and friends, and other times I'll be playing tourist.
I know the vacation will include lots of walking/sightseeing (which will keep me active), but it will also involve alot of meals out, and relaxing with beverages.
I know to pick the healthier options when available, and I'm not super stressed about it, I'm more worried that I'll lose my 'routine' (my healthy habits + weight lifting/cardio), and then lack motivation when I return.
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