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A few weeks makes all the difference: Vacation Planning

Saturday, February 23, 2013

When I committed to this journey and accepted that I needed to make permanent changes to my lifestyle, I thought there would be time and space for exceptions. I already had my family's spring vacation planned, going back to sunny Mexico and as always, we're doing the all-inclusive thing. I thought I would work hard before vacation and that I would go and enjoy my vacation and indulge. I settled in my mind that I would gain a few pounds back during that week and would just have to work them off when I got back.

Fast forward 7 weeks later. This week I've been thinking about my vacation a lot, maybe because it's been cold and crappy weather, maybe it's been dark and cold for too long or maybe it's just time for a break. Whatever the reason, it's been on my mind. I've also been thinking about how I want this vacation to be. I want it to set the stage for all the vacations to come. After all, I can't remain in the safety of my routine for the rest of life, I'm going to have to live, to take vacations, to enjoy being away with my family without the anxiety of not having my routine, and to travel for work. None of these things should impede my weight loss journey.

My plan for vacation: Maintain not gain!

Exercise: We are going for 8 days. I know I will lose both travel days as workout days and we have one long day long trip planned. That leaves 5 days for gym workouts. I plan to workout for an hour each of those five days, the hotel has a nice gym. I will still be getting up early but it will be more like 7:00 or 7:30 a.m. instead of at 5:00 a.m., after all, it is still vacation. Our day-long trip is to Chichen-itza which will involve a ton of walking and maybe some swimming in the cenotes so I will have a workout that day as well. I've already gotten some new workout clothes, my trusty HRM will be in my carry on luggage, and I have my workout buddy lined up. I am way more active when on vacation that I am when I'm home, sitting 10-12 hrs in the office just doesn't lend itself to much activity outside of planned workouts. On vacation, I swim for hours, I take a lot of walks on the beach and I participate in almost every activity the hotel offers.

Eating: My old plan to eat what I want and understand that I will gain a few pounds back is out the door. As hard as I have worked these last 7 weeks why would I squander my results on overeating? I will not be tracking but I will be using the "my plate" method of eating, 1/4 plate to lean protein, 1/4 plate for grains, 1/2 plate for fruits and veggies. Generally, I don't drink, however, I tend to indulge while on vacation. I still plan to do so but not with my usual sugary cocktails. I'm still not drinking soda so I see a lot of seltzer mixes in my future. I'm hoping watching what I am eating and being more active throughout the day balances out my drinks. I've never been drunk in my life so it's not like I'm knocking back a ton of drinks.

I will be catching a tan and relaxing and enjoying spending time with my family and celebrating my daughter's 13th birthday but I will still be on this journey, I will still be responsible for everything I put in my mouth. I'm always open to suggestions that have worked for folks especially when staying at an all-inclusive hotel.

What a difference a few weeks makes!
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