Maintain your weight instead of trying to lose. Eat brunch, a snack and dinner (instead of 3 meals + snacks). For brunch, have oatmeal or eggs. For a snack, have a yogurt and granola bar. For dinner, stick to chicken or fish and salads. Even if you can't exercise, at least you won't gain!
Cut yourself some slack, it is supposed to be fun! No need to spend the whole time feeling guilty. Decide in advance what to eat. Don't weigh yourself until you have been home a week. That way you will be back in your routine and any temporary weight gain will already be gone.
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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!
While vacationing I walk 10 extra minutes @ day no matter what, I get healthy snacks (nuts, fruits) to have with me. I avoid all-u-can-eat buffets. I carry my water bottle with me. This plan prepares me to deal with vacation feeding frenzy & I return maybe 2-3 lbs happier, guiltfree and on track.
When I started working in my current position 14 years ago I enjoyed eating in the upscale employee dining room. However I found it was costing about $5 a day. I started packing my lunch and put the $5 in a piggybank. I work 3 days a week, so $15 a week over the years has funded a lot of extra
Remember that awesome vacation you had (probably years ago), it can help you through today's stressful moments.... Just close your eyes and picture yourself back on that vacation. Walk the beach, ride a horse, or anything that was a fantastic moment during a past vacation. Spend a few minutes in this mini vacation visualization exercise. When you open your eyes you'll find you are more relaxed and less stressed than you had been a few minutes before.
If you haven't had a really great vacation that you can use, borrow one from someone you know - or make one up. 306
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