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I just got back from a long weekend and we did pretty well. It helped that we had a microwave and refrigerator in the room so that we could do oatmeal for breakfast and start the day right. We also stopped at a farm stand in Virginia and bought apples and corn so we also had an easy dinner (I picked up a roasted chicken form the grocery store).

Packing snacks is the way to go. I just make them my food for the day and tell myself that I have to eat everything in the bag!



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That sounds like a good plan. Your snacks sound reasonable and having them packed in individual portions is a really good move. Your trips sound wonderful! Time to visit with your daughter as you drive and then a train ride. Lucky you! Enjoy it all!



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My husband and I are taking a train trip on a Friday to Saturday, then on Sunday I am driving my daughter 300+ miles to the international airport to fly back to our hometown, then I'll be driving back home on Monday. I've just started back on SparkPeople after being away for a couple years (and gaining all the weight back that I had lost, and them some). Thank you all for your great ideas on staying on track whilst on vacation. I'm going to pack water and protein bars, string cheese, grapes, nuts and dried dates in individual serving packets (cuts down on mindless eating in the car on the long drive). When we stop for gas, I will use my credit card outside to pay for gas and then get back in my car and drive! I'll only go inside if I have to use the restroom. No wandering about the gas station store for something to snack on. It's so easy to get into the snacking on junk when driving. We are going to Denali National Park for our train trip, so I know there will be lots of walking to do. It's kind of a busman's holiday for my husband as he works there and we live about 60 miles from there, but we have never taken the train. I'm not sure about where are going to eat while there, but I'm sure going to try to make the best choices. Wish me luck!!

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My basic strategy is to try to eat at least one or two meals 'at home' and to pack healthy snacks (and water!) for the day- this way we can enjoy lunch or dinner out and not wildly overshoot our daily goals. Thankfully we tend to go places where we walk a TON so that helps counterbalance the eating out. I also calculate a number of days each month that can be a total wash- ie 0 calorie deficit; so I use those up when we go on vacation! The rest of the month I try to maintain a 1000 calorie/day deficit on average- it worked for me last month when a friend came to visit and I'm going to do it again this month- leaving for vacay tomorrow!

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This is something I deal with every time I go on a trip whether it's just for the weekend or longer. I just got back from my family reunion and could not believe how unhealthy most of my family is. It was a big challenge for me this year since I started the SP program back in January. I know I slipped up some even though I brought a lot of healthy foods to snack on in between. I dreaded the big dinner on Sunday but was rather surprised at some of the good choices I had. It was good to be home last night and when I woke up this morning, i knew A long bike ride was in order. Don't beat yourself up each time this happens, just get back up and start a new day! emoticon



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I'm also getting ready for a very much needed vacation, a sisters only long weekend at a lux resort in Kennepunkport, Maine. While there are lots of physical activities including daily yoga, hikes, stand up paddle boarding, biking, etc. the place is known for it's fabulous food. We picked Maine because of the lobster!! What does that tell you about our mindset?
My strategy going into this vacation, besides enjoying my sisters company, is to not settle for less than the best. I am not going to eat 10 bites of something that tastes just so-so. If it doesn't taste as good as it was promised, it is getting sent back and taken off my bill. Every bite that goes into my mouth is going to be savored as it should be. I am not settling for crap just to fill my belly. Then I'm going to go exercise my behind off!


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The best tip is having a kitchen suite. Carry water.........eat out if you plan for it, but it is great to know if the menu does not allow for your dietary needs, you can have coffee there, and something suitable in your room later. I am gluten free, along with overweight, so the kitchen is a necessity for me.

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I'm back from Cedar Point, Soak City, and Kelly Island on Lake Erie. I did good (not perfect) with my eating and only put on 1 lb. I tried to stay with lower calorie options and even ordered a salad once at a Subway in the park but ended up paying $13 for it. Thanks for all the good advice. We kept snacks and I stuck with water. We walked as much as we could but my husband's back is messed up and it was hurting him some (don't ask me why he wanted to go to Cedar Point). It was nice to relax and have fun with my family. I discovered when we went to Soak city, the bathing suit I bought several years ago and couldn't wear because it was too small, is now too big so I didn't do any large slides.

I had a great time and wish this thread would continue or someone take all the comments and make a blog or an article (I'm not that talented on a computer). I can see I'm the only one who was stressing over vacation and not going overboard. I think this would be great tool for everyone.



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Leaving for a week trip on the motorcycle. Hoping to maintain.



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One thing about vacations--for me they can be distractions from between meal snacking. I have to be careful to drink enough water and plan a few light snacks so I am not starving at meal times.

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Thank you one and all for good advice. I'm hoping to make a spark people recipe to take along with me when I go for an overnight. I'm staying in a suite so I have kitchen and a microwave to nuke it in to reheat it for dinner. I'm thinking maybe spaghetti and meatballs since I will have three granddaughters with me and they like spaghetti. We'll see if these plans come to fruition!



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emoticon I am going to stay at a resort here in Quebec Manor Lake Williams. From their website the menu is traditional french cuisine so I will stay clear of deserts and stick to grilled fish or chicken when possible. I will take advantage of the hiking trails to burn off any miscalculations.


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Just a heads-up: Many amusements parks do not allow you to bring any food or drinks in with you. We live a couple miles from a major park, therefore when the kids were little we always had season passes and went often, and I have watched hundreds of people try to bring in coolers/picnics and be turned away. The park near us doesn't even have a picnic area anymore so your only option is to keep your cooler in the car and go back to eat in the parking lot. They do check bags, backpacks etc...mostly for security reasons but if they find food they will not let you bring it in.

Just be sure to check the rules ahead of time and be prepared!

My "rule" is to only indulge in something if it is 'special' and you can't or won't eat it someplace else. For example, I know that the only time I ever have a sugary Lemon Chill is at our major league baseball park. Since we only go to a couple games a year..if a Lemon Chill sounds good on a hot day, I go ahead and have one. But I don't get the hot pretzel which I can buy at any mall food court.



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"I guess for me the question is, do I really want to change?

Snacks, treats and meals take on a whole new meaning when I know that I want to change, forever."

It can be overwhelming if you think of it as life long deprivation. It doesn't have to be - actually, it shouldn't be - all or nothing. It's totally possible to live a healthy lifestyle and still enjoy the occasional "not so healthy" treat. If you try to make changes all at once you're going to get frustrated. Just make little changes here and there. Add a couple of fruits/veggies to your day, eliminate a trigger food (difficult but doable), cut back a little on portion sizes, add some exercise. The exercise doesn't have to be full blown, all or nothing either (that's what causes injuries and burn out). Some people think they have to work out hours a day to see results and that's not true (I walk briskly 30-35 mins a day and have dropped 5 lbs in the past few weeks). Take a short walk around the block for a few days, then go a little farther every few days until it becomes something you look forward to. Plug some music in your ears to stay motivated and keep up a good pace (some people prefer to listen to the sounds of nature, which is okay too!) If you don't like walking, find something you DO like because that way you'll stick with it.

Now onto the OP's question about vacation, I wouldn't stress about it. Make the time about having fun with the family, not about whether you're getting in a work out or going over your calorie range. Try to make smart food choices with what's available but don't be afraid to enjoy a special treat. There's a lot of walking and stair climbing at amusement parks and water parks. You'll probably be so exhausted when you get back to your cabin that you won't have the energy to think about getting in more exercise. RELAX. That's what vacations are for. It sounds like you're only going to be gone for 3 days, which is hardly enough time to sabotage everything you've done up to this point.

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today Spark had a towel work for us just in time for my vacation in Sept towels are in motel rooms . printing the work out know brother will have bath towel . stretching can be done in your room at night do sit down stand ups when you find benches on your outings can use any chair you find wall push ups in the bathroom order child meals when you can share appetizers went out with a friend and we shared two appetizers and even brought part of one home with me for lunch the next day. don't forget your water bottle parking the car out a little from where you are going helps today when i did errands i parked between the two places
I was going sure added steps to my pedometer. with no tv you go walking. i did my planks out side today while the dog placed and rolled in the grass. did a search for workouts i can do in the air plane and these are good ones to do in the car or when you stop at a picnic area to have lunch.

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Ahh! I wish I had seen this board before we went on vacation! I totally fell off the wagon for two weeks!



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Looking up ahead of time the restaurants and the food they serve at the amusement park would be helpful. I would make sure that if they have a restaurant that you can get healthier options, be sure you are on that side of the park at the hour your family will stop for lunch. I know I would probably not want to pack a lunch but I would pack snacks like a filling apple that can also get banged around on the rides.

Water-park food may not have as many options and make sure ahead of time you know what they offer. If not healthy at all, I would bring peanut butter and jam sandwiches on a quality healthy bread that won't spoil locked in a locker. Bring apples, carrot sticks.

It would not be a good vacation for me if I gained weight on it so I would make sure I had a good time, satisfied with food choices and learn I can be in control in any situation.

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Just back from a trip to Salt Lake City. Although we indulged more in our eating, we walked and walked and walked some more. I was very happy to find that I didn't gain any weight on the 5 day vacation! Just keep moving and things should be ok!



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I find there's some upsides to vacations too - number one being that if, like me, you tend to snack when bored or sitting in front of the TV, being busy on vacation can make it easier to not snack. Plus, there's nothing like my own kitchen to snack from. Good to get away from there.



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I am going to Block Island for a few days next week. We're nine folk, renting a house.

One leaves the car at the other side of the ferry, and walks, bikes or mopeds around -- I'll be walking and probably biking. I also plan to swim.

I've already checked out several island restaurants on line -- if I can get seafood (not battered) and veggies, I'm good to go. I am also not adverse to ordering two appetizers and being happy with that.

I know my comrades are already talking about marshmallows roasted on the beach, but since I intensely dislike marshmallow anyway, no problem. Not remotely tempted.

We will cook at the house on some occasions. I just hope they aren't big on doing lotsa pasta -- but if so, I can always opt out. I think food-wise I'll do fine -- I've gotten to the point in my taste-bud life that the only sweets that appeal are some fruit, dark chocolate, home made (from scratch, not a mix) baked items, real raspberries in anything, or, well, alas, ice cream. I think folks will be too busy enjoying the island to be doing home made baked items, so I'm safe from everything except maybe the ice cream. (Fruits and dark chocolate aren't bad for you, unless you truly Devour - and it is easy for me to pace myself on those items.)

The main thing: I will be on the island to have lots of fun. Unwind. Get away from work stress. I'm seriously looking forward to this, and I seriously don't think that if I gain any weight, it will be more than a pound. I may even lose.

I'll report back, here.

Got rid of the ticker cuz my scale decided to flatter me unduly. I haven't re-gained, just got a better, honest, scale.

Just because you steam it, doesn't mean you can't add herbs and spices. (A gripe at those insipid restaurant "healthy choice" menu selections.)



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I just got back from vacation and managed to only gain a pound (MIRACLE!!!). Here's what I did: I got up every morning nice and early, and got in some form of good exercise for an hour. As others have mentioned, you don't need a gym to work out - just get out for a walk, jog, or intervals. That's starting your day off right!

It's vacation, so don't obsess about food too much. On my vacation, after exercising each morning, I allowed myself to eat/drink pretty much whatever I wanted each day, though I did try to be mindful of portion sizes. I drank alcohol but made sure to balance every fruity beach drink with a bottle of water so that I stayed very hydrated. I ate desserts after dinner but only ate half and gave the rest to the hubby. And I got good sleep each night.

Most importantly, when I got back home I forced myself back on the scale right away. That's the mistake I made last year on vacation - we got back, I was afraid of what the scale would tell me, so I didn't weigh in. And then used that as an excuse to stop tracking as vigorously...leading to weight gain over the next several months. But ignorance is not bliss! This year I stepped on the scale the morning after we returned home, which motivated me to get right back on track.

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Lots of good advice already here. If you will be traveling by car, you can load a bag with healthy snacks that don't all need refrigeration. Plenty of water (I bring gallon jugs to refill our water bottles).
On our last road trip, I set the timer on my cell phone for 10 minutes and walked around the rest area until it beeped. Not a huge amount of exercise, but it does a lot to help from sitting all that time, plus doing it several times a day does add up.

You'll do fine. Have fun!



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I've found that I decide what I'm going to eat, before we go out. In a lot of cases, I know I can find chicken breast and some form of vegetable. I'm considering skipping a menu altogether and just asking the server if they have something like that... if I can resist temptation altogether, I'll do it!



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I'm like everyone else and, while I am looking forward to vacation, I am dreading the fact I will have almost no control over what I can obtain to eat so I really appreciated reading all these tips. Hubby and I are leaving next Thursday on a vacation we have been planning to take for years but timing never worked. We will be gone 18 days to South Africa and most of the time we will be out in the bush with little to no control of food being offered.

I have loaded one suitcase with some protein bars, 100 calorie packs of nuts, and some Starbucks Via packets to ensure I can get some half decent instant coffee. LOL. I plan to keep a food journal so, during times we have no internet access, I can log food later.

I am hoping since we will be hiking/walking roughly 4-6 hours per day I should be able to eat everything offered in moderation and just stay away from sweets/desserts. emoticon

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We always vacation at a cabin or lodge with a mini kitchen. That way I can prepare breakfast and supper a la diet. Lunch out is a hassle at an amusement park with hot dogs, sodas and ice cream. Go online and see what kinds of restaurants are at the places you plan to go. If you can find a buffet line or a cafeteria rather than a hot dog stand, you're ahead of the game. A couple of years ago we went to the beach and I ordered grilled fish or chicken at every place we went and came back a pound lighter! I was soooo surprised! I'm sure the exercise played a part in that.

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I like to plan an active vacation around hiking, biking, etc. That way I can really savor that reading a book or new food --because I've been active all day. It's also great at relieving stress.



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You can work out without exercise equipment! Watch some of the videos on exercising using just body weight. and practice them in case you feel like you need to do more than all the walking you will be doing. Take a pedometer so you can check how much walking you do (or out an app like mapmywalk on your phone so you can track the distance.)

I'm going away and will have only a microwave and refrigerator. I'm taking oatmeal for the morning and my usual snacks (almonds, dried apricots) for the daytime.

Just be sure to keep up your water drinking (ask for free ice water at the concessions instead of paying 2 bucks per bottle).

If you eat at chain restaurants, remember that you can find their nutritional information online so you can check that out before you order.



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you'll be active at the parks- there's a TON of walking involved. you can take breakfast foods with you, pack some snacks (make your own trail mix!), and eat sensibly (or not so sensibly)- most parks will have a grilled chicken option- sandwich/salad/etc. you can certainly indulge too, but personally it's really easy to get off track if i start eating poorly so i try to only let it be one meal a day on vacation!

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I guess for me the question is, do I really want to change?

Snacks, treats and meals take on a whole new meaning when I know that I want to change, forever.



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Take along or buy Apples, oranges, grapes mineral water, cheese, nuts, boiled eggs, yoghurt, crackers, instant oats, prepacked salad, maybe small cans of tuna or salmon, soups, and something to eat them with/out of.
I can't imagine there would be anything healthy to eat at the amusement park? Is there something there you really want to eat? If so, have that. If not, pack your own lunch & snacks
Do you think you will be glad about what you ate at the different places on your vaca, because the food was luscious, or different, or because it was fun? If so, try the different places. And if you think you might regret derailing your plans for average or disappointing food, or food you can get any old where and when, then get or take something you will be satisfied with.
I plan to exercise on my vaca, for me best to do it first thing. Easiest too as I don't always sleep well in a different bed. It helps me carry through my healthy intention into the day.Any other exercise I get while on holiday is extra exercise.
Are you wanting to have a vaca from your weight loss efforts? Or do you want to persist or hold the line? Plan to do whichever you decide on.
Some of our best breaks have been while we are carrying our weight loss plans along with us. Because we are eating well & it makes us feel good. But, we will never give up a local delicacy we want to try. But average or dismal food - meh, no thanks!
Enjoy your holiday.
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Don't ruin your vacation by worrying about sticking to your food schedule.

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pick a motel/hotel with a pool or exercise room

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Do you have a stability ball you can take along to do some quick five-minute crunch sessions? Or even just plan to set a timer and walk briskly around the outside of the cabin in the mornings before you get going for the day.


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Wow--you got great advice. I just got back from a week's vacation visiting family in two different cities. I weighed myself this morning and did not gain any weight. I think it was a combination of walking a lot (or moving around a lot when we were at someone's house and most people were sitting) and making reasonable choices. While I had a couple of rough meals (too much food available and I ate it....or too much meat and few vegetable options), overall it worked out fine. I brought a few protein bars and mixed nuts with me for those times when no food was available til later. This kept me from getting too hungry, and either eating too much or grabbing something very unhealthy.

We ate out most of the time or I ate at someone's house. I'm horrible with 'buffets' so even tho there was a buffet at our hotel, I ordered off the menu. I varied what I ordered but made choices--like I only had breakfast potatoes one of the days. I love hashed browns so I had them once. I didn't feel deprived and had fruit the other days. I skipped bread. That's kind of how I did it. Any time anyone wanted to go for a walk, I did. I stood talking with people and moved side to side. I walked around socializing with different people. I did squats, leg lifts, running in place, etc. in my hotel room....

Hope you have a great time with your family.



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Stay hydrated, try not to indulge in too many park goodies. You will be getting plenty of exercise walking around all day so just take a few portable snacks to take the edge off your hunger before going to a restuarant.

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Do active things and outings on vacation. Stay at a hotel or a place that has a pool, and pack swimsuits, goggles, kickboard, etc., and swim laps everyday for an hour or so. Bring your bike with you or a good pair of running shoes or inline skates, and explore your destination that way. Walk everywhere, or as much as possible. You can even bring your laptop with you, and resistance bands and do a workout dvd. Bring your jump rope with you, and jump rope for at least 15 minutes a day, among other things. Go kayaking, rowing, running, power walking on the beach, etc. Eat breakfast and split an entrée with someone or just order an appetizer as your meal, with an ice water with lemon, and ask the waiter how the food is prepared, and have them grill or bake it, and leave off the heavy cheese, oil, etc. Eat slowly, mindfully, and stop as soon as you begin to feel satisfied, before being stuffed, and drink a lot of water too, so you don't mistake dehydration for hunger.



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When eating out avoid fried items, creamy sauces/salad dressings and cheese.

I try to pick things like grilled chicken or fish with salad (dressing on the side).

Walking or swimming a lot helps counteract the extra calories too.



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Skip breads and baked goods at restaurants and on the road. Even if they fit within your calorie range, you will be HUNGRIER after you eat them. Bread has a higher glycemic index than sugar, so you will get a sugar spike that will soon be followed by a sugar low. You will feel satisfied longer if you keep your blood sugar as level as possible.



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If you have an ipad, or even iphone or ipod touch, you can down load SP exercise videos. e.g. on video pro, which is not expensive. I use my ipad for exercise videos.



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Always take advantage of the scenery around you and go for a long walk whenever possible.
Also, most decent hotels have a gym so make use of it!

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I love the idea of thera bands. I never would have thought of that and it is something that can be done in the privacy of your hotel room. That idea made me think of doing plank as well.



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If you have access to Thera-bands (I got mine at a physiotherapist's office) they are extremely lightweight and fairly low cost - easy to take in a suitcase! That way you can work in some resistance training in addition to the walking!



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Since you are staying in a cabin, is there any way you can bring food with you, or go shopping there? We stayed in a cabin for a week at the lake earlier this summer. I brought some things like granola bars, yogurt and oatmeal with us. We also bought food (stuff for sandwiches and salads and fruit) when we got there (mostly to limit the expense of eating every meal out with the kids)

I tried to limit the smores by the fire in the evening, which was a challenge. Some nights I would just roast a plain marshmallow.


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The major things I try to stick to regarding food when in that type of situation is:

1) Moderation. Keep servings on the small side just like you would do for yourself at home, especially with indulgent-type foods!

2) Nothing deep fried.

3) Do any healthy alternative you can. Side salad instead of fries, tomato sauce instead of alfredo, etc. Reading articles about alternatives has been really useful for me and you can cut major calories and really increase good nutrition choices just by doing these small things.

4) Still try to track as closely as possible. I know it's not easy, especially not knowing exactly how much your serving size is and eating at local places that don't have online nutrition information, but I try to choose something I know is similar from a restaurant that does have nutrition facts available. In saying that, also give yourself credit and know that you will likely fall a little outside of your calorie range, but you will also be walking a lot, so I like to think that it all evens out. :)

Also, try to do some type of exercise everyday. If you can't find a gym, do a walk or jog, which it sounds like you already plan to, so good thinking! I like to use being out of town as an excuse to go for a run with a change of scenery.

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Take advantage of the scenery around you! When I was in Kamloops overnight this summer, the next morning I went for a long walk. Kamloops is built on a steep hill, so a normal walk turned into an incline workout.

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If you know the restaurants that you might be eating at, go online and look at their menus ahead of time to see what might be the healthiest choices. That way you are less tempted when you get there.





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Nerdfitness has a 20-minute hotel room workout, just for such occasions! http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2010/12/20/the-20-minute-hotel-workout/

When I went away for a week I committed to journalling everything I ate, just so I wouldn't get out of the habit of tracking. I carried a tiny notebook around and just made a note of everything without trying to guess at calories.

I also tried to save my indulgences for things I really really wanted, so I wasn't wasting calories on an unhealthy hotel breakfast or whatever (though maybe that's what makes a great vacation for you!). I agree with the advice to bring along healthy snacks! Have a great time!!

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there are all kinds of exercise routines you can do - Google 'printable Tabata workout' and print that off to take with you. I have a Pilates routine that I do on a regular basis. I take the book that came with the DVD and my mat, and I can do that routine without the DVD. If you have a laptop, you can still take exercise DVDs. You'll probably get in a lot of walking any way. You can start your day with push-ups, crunches, lunges, squats, etc.

as far as food, you can buy some non-perishable foods. Apples are always good. Peanut butter (you can even buy single serving packs, if you want). Protein bars, KIND bars, nuts, etc. that you can keep in your purse.

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We are moving about 16 hours away and just got home from a house-hunting trip. Not quite a vacation, but similar living out of a hotel. I gained 5 pounds total over 10 days, which was upsetting at first. But I realize that I didn't make good choices most of the time and got very little exercise, only a couple of hours in the hotel pool a few nights since we were driving around most of the time. Considering how badly I think I did, 5 pounds really isn't that bad, so I'm okay with it overall.

You have some awesome advice here and when we officially move and I'm living out of a hotel for 60 days I will keep this in mind. Thanks for the topic!



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You got some awesome advice here already! I agree that you'll be getting plenty of exercise if you're walking around the parks, but if you're worried, just get up a little early each day and go for a walk -- you don't need equipment to work out, as you know.

As for food, depending on what type of trip I'm taking, I'll often bring some minimally-processed bars with me along with some dried (or fresh) fruit. I tell myself that one meal a day will be that so that I have a very controlled meal and feel like I can splurge a bit on the others. I'm also a snacker, so I bring lots of healthy snacks -- nuts, organic fruit snacks (full serving of fruit in them...yay!), fruit, dried fruit, etc. -- so that I can snack healthfully.

Good luck! Have an awesome vacation!



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Carrying my own little cooler full of healthy munchies always works for me. I also agree with the post about strategic snacking to avoid getting overly hungry; that's when temptation takes over when eating out. The 3 bite rule for dessert is also helpful; order whatever you want, but only eat 3 bites of it. Splitting dessert with my sweetie makes that easy :-) Good luck, and remember to have fun too!!!

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Plenty of equipment free cardio videos that burn lots of calories, and walking is exercise. In future, when I indulge in calorific cream cakes etc, I shall put half in my doggy box and indulge in it next day. Ditto with calorific meals. In fact I walk so much on holiday that I dont put on much weight. Estimating cals can be guesswork, but not to worry. I think I usuallynoverestimate. But a holidaynis a holiday. I eat sensibly to LIVE, dont live to eat sensibly!



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Gosh - I can relate. I am leaving for a week on vacation with my family and am really struggling for the last couple of months. Your question has added a number of things to check on my list - is internet service available so that I can continue counting calories. Try and pack some snacks for the trip that will be healthy (and if possible a little like a treat) - where and how will I get my daily exercise in. How will we be handling the first two meals of the day - can we eat in for breakfast and lunch and eat out once a day? Thanks for the great topic - I am going to stay on the email list regarding this one as I think I will need it!



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I keep a few packets of instant oatmeal in my purse for a quick nutritious snack. Just add hot water and stir. Keeps me from getting overly hungry and eating mindlessly.

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Split meals and desserts. Try to limit alcohol-really lowers willpower. Then, be sure to get right back to tracking calories in and calories expended as soon as you get home.



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Just got back from TX and feel glad to be home. But, we lucked out on our vacation our hotel was built on a old high school site. However they kept the tennis courts and the track, it could not have been easier to exercise. Every morning at 6:00 am we did our five miles before it got to hot, besides all the other activities and walking things worked out great. Just have to keep in mind what your eating my husband and I made sure one meal a day had to be salad and vegetables at the other meal. But if you gain a pound or two on vacation don't beat yourself up about it just get back on track. Most of the time it will be water weight anyways and it will be gone in a day or two.



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I just got back from a weekend in a remote tree house. It was hard to track my eating because I had no phone service most of the trip! I didn't even think to pack an old fashioned calorie counter, but I wish I had.

The stuff you eat in the cabin is within your control, so plan on healthy snacks and meals. Enjoy all there is at the amusement and water park without focussing on the food. Save your money for something good for you instead of paying $8 for a corn dog.

Besides walking, do some good, relaxing stretches and some weight lifting at the cabin. Your husband doesn't have to do all the heavy lifting!

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You will get lots of steps at the Water park and Amusement Parks. We did Disney and I said no to all the sugar junk. I would have a Ceaser salad, I packed my own carrot sticks, peanut butter, almonds. I did have a turkey leg one day and did not feel guilty because me pedometer was exceeding 10,000 steps. At the hotel I power walked the halls early in am. I ate healthy choice breakfast. I skipped the donuts and just kept in mind that no matter where I go, I have to treat my body well, and it becomes a lifestyle to eat better.



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I carry what I call my 'Purse Food'. Beef Jerky, almonds, cheese sticks. I make sure to eat in 'tiny bits' when I'm hungry between meals so I don't ever get to the STARVING stage. Then when it's time to restaurant eat, I'm in a mental place where I can make good choices (like a small cheese burger. I eat the meat & cheese and leave the bun. And avoid the ff's :)

Also making sure to stay hydrated helps keep me on track.

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Hi. I just got back from my vacation and gained 1 lb and I'm ok with that, it was vacation after all. While reading your post, I thought what are you talking about no exercise....... You will be exercising all day, walking around getting on and off rides. I brought some granola bars with me, high protein and high fibre to take the edge off of my hunger, and I drank lots of water as well. It worked for me. I also kept and apple in my bag for something quick as well. Your ticker tells me you've been at this for a while, you will do just fine. I have confidence in you. Have fun!





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This may not be much help, but whenever I have been faced with 'eating all meals out', I usually order something that my husband will help me finish and I only eat half of it if I cannot get a doggie bag. Otherwise, I usually pack a small cooler with plenty of fruits, carrot sticks, and string cheese for quick protein. My family knows that I have to watch my weight, so they are never surprised.



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KMFITZ721,

Just try your best to watch your portion sizes and eat moderately. Try to eat plenty of fresh fruit and veggies. Try to avoid fried foods and junk foods. However, don't deprive yourself either. It's your vacation. Indulge, but try not to over indulge. And if you do happen to eat a bit more than you want, that doesn't make you a bad person or an unhealthy one.

One over indulgent meal, one day of eating state fair food or even one week of less than perfect eating habits WILL NOT make or break your healthy lifestyle. Mostly, if you do try to watch your portion sizes, you'll be find. If you do "gain" weight, it's going to be because of water retention from eating too many salty foods.

Enjoy your vacation. Have fun, but not too much fun. emoticon Try to practice some moderation.



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I'm planning on going on vaca with my husband and son soon. I try very hard to watch what I eat and to get some form of exercise even if it's just walking our hyper active lab. Our plans are going to an amusement park one day, water park the next, and just finding other things to do on the last day. Food I know will be an issue. We will be eating out the whole time. We are staying in a cabin with no tv or exercise equipment so I can work out. I'm afraid this will throw me off track with my goals. Any suggestions?



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