Its always great to get advice for how to handle the stress of staying on track while on vacation. [This article came to me as a "Best of Spark People Daily" on Sept 18, well past most folks' vacation days (for people with kids anyway). ]
Part of why I'm working so hard now is a trip to St Lucia at the end of the month. I'm definitely keeping this article with me to remind NOT undo all my hard work. And I'm definitely packing my ankle weights ;-)
I take my kids' DVD player, exercise DVDs that require no equipment or just a stretchy band, my yoga mat, and workout clothes and shoes on road trips. And when staying in a hotel or on a cruise ship, I take advantage of the gym. My mom & SILs thought I was nuts when they first learned I was doing this, thinking since I was no longer overweight, I no longer needed to exercise daily, especially on vacation. I finally convinced them that I enjoy it, and it's nice to have the energy to do all the sight-seeing, etc. on vacation, and to come back with little or no weight gain. After reading this article though, I see a lot of room for improvement, like the 10 minute walking breaks while driving and bringing my own healthy snacks. Thanks for the good ideas!
Very good article, Nicole! I'm going to be driving to my parents' house (1,000 miles!) in another month -- i like the tip about jogging around a rest area, etc. that's a good way to get in 10 minutes or so of exercise, even on a driving marathon!
In a few weeks I will be driving from Chicago to Las Vegas. I am keeping the list of car foods so I can pack them in my car for the trip!
4/30/2008 10:20:20 AM
I just returned from a cruise. Even though I ate a bit more than usual I stayed balanced by only eating a little bit of everything. If I wanted the dessert I'd have it, but then stop eating when I wasn't excited about it anymore.
Oh, and I got a stomach bug half way though. That kept me away from half of the rich foods.
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