My goal was to at least stick through it until I could get my husband to worry about his health, I knew as soon as he did that I would not be able to slip at all. We have such a great relationship that we will find any excuse to be around each other. He has become the best work-out partner yet!! Plus its really easy cause he lives with me and now we are finding all sorts of fun activities to do together, it's like going on a vacation all the time!!
I really enjoy shopping, but have been trying to be more realistic with what I'm buying. So, when I get to the register, I re-evaluate and put back the extra shirt or accessory that I only sort-of liked. As a reward, I take whatever the cost of the item was that I put back and put that into a little jar for vacation. I know I'll be thankful for putting back an over-priced shirt when I'm sitting on the beach during Spring Break!
I read an article yesterday about someone who rented a car, turned it in in good condition, yet got a letter from the car rental agency months later, claiming they caused thousands of dollars in damage to the vehicle. Unfortunately, they had no way of proving that they didn't cause that damage. When renting a car, it is a good idea when you take it back to the lot, to take dated and time-stamped photographs of the vehicle and save them, along with copies of the return receipt, for six months.
I'm going on vacation tomorrow, and since I won't be able to watch my favorite DVD to workout each day, I used my computer to copy the audio as an MP3 that I am adding to my itunes library. I've seen the video tons of times, so I will be able to get through the workout without actually seeing it!
Everyone always talks about how much money they save by quitting smoking, so when I quit smoking I made sure to put away the amount of money I had been spending. It's tucked away in a drawer and I'm hoping to use it on vacation.
Bring snacks: carrots, celery, broccoli, grapes, berries, apples, wheat crackers, hummus, low fat cheese. If you have to eat out, split a meal, or get a sandwich and salad and share with someone else. Always ask for dressing on the side.
The notes you enter on SparkPeople or in a written journal will help you detect habits or patterns that can be improved. This will allow you to change patterns that thwart your progress, strengthen those that move you closer to goal, and develop options for any that trip you up. The calendar is useful because you can anticpate upcoming events and put alternatives into place.
When I was young, on family vacations my parents hid some money in the car, some in their luggage & each family member carried some. Once my father's wallet was stolen, but the thief got only a small portion of our vacation funds. I always remembered....(click on title for more info)
When ever you go to a buffet fill up your first plate with only fruits and vegetables, lots of them. Then eat them slowly. After you are finished with the first plate, go for the second plate reminding yourself how well you did with the first plate.
Summer vacation! A fun getaway! A calorie restricted diet?
I always request a refrigerator and microwave at the hotel. I don't always get one, but I try. Depending on what is available, I make a stop at a grocery store to get healthy food for breakfast, snacks and maybe lunch in the room or to take along. It's cheaper and healthier!
Short on cash? Want to go someplace fun? Check your public library: See if they have passes for free or reduced admission to local museums and attractions. Typically they allow for a family of 2 children and 2 adults. Great Staycations!
Managing my weight on vacations is a major challenge for me. So I make goals to fit my personal expectations. I decide in advance how much weight I am okay with gaining and how much exercise I will get in. This keeps me in integrity with myself and keeps things real for me. Then I follow the plan!
Most people know to look for coupons online for grocery store purchases, but I also check online for special codes to use for hotel rooms and car rentals. These are codes that don't require any certain memberships. I am already a member of hotel clubs, and use these codes to save more money.
Take a few moments, or an hour at least once a day, perhaps longer if you can, and do something just for yourself. Enjoy a hot bath, a cup of tea, curling up in a chair with your book and a cat, or watch a good movie. It is so good to have a little me time. You and I are so worth it!
For business (and pleasure) I tend to travel. A LOT. A quick solution for weight training - Instead of carrying around your dumbbells carry around two water bottles instead. A 20oz weighs 2.5 pounds. Bring them empty on the plane and fill them when you get to your destination. Fit in any workout!
Stressed? Overworked? Frustrated? Don't wait for vacation to take a vacation day, a "me" day, and enjoy a day of not running from one obligation to another, or at least filling some of the time with "rose smelling", relaxing, thinking, working out, and recharging yourself. I am doing that right now!
Whenever I get a dollar bill, I look to see what big letter is displaying. If that letter is an initial in my name (first, last or middle) I "reserve" it and put it in a money jar. You would be surprised at how much you can save this way in a year's time!
When I have a schedule day off (or a few days) or have a vacation, but I stay home; to help stay focused, I make sure to pack my lunch the night before as if I'm going to work the next day. This applies to M - F (my work days).