I love the holidays, especially the opportunity to travel to see family. But being away from your usual routine can sure be hard on the waistline.
I remember one holiday trip in particular. I spent four days visiting family out of town — and brought home a bloated, hurting tummy and an extra five pounds.
On the road, there weren’t many healthy food options as it was a mostly rural route. Being off my regular eating schedule, dining at restaurants, a big holiday dinner, and other delicious home-cooked meals richer than what I’m used to left me in quite of bit of abdominal discomfort.
This, even though I worked out twice while I was away and skipped desserts and french fries!
That could have easily derailed my weight loss progress, had I let it. It didn’t because I nipped it in the bud right away. As soon as I returned home I spent the week deflating by getting back to a healthy routine. After a couple of days I felt so much better.
I used the following very simple strategies to get myself back on track:
- Use the free phone app MyFitnessPal to track all calories consumed and burned.
- Drink LOTS of water, throughout the day.
- Avoid trigger foods (for me that’s chips, chocolate) for four days.
- Pre-plan meals as much as possible; no eating out.
- Immediately back to workout routine, with daily cardio. Step up intensity, with more fast intervals.
It worked. Within a few days, three of the five pounds was gone and the rest were gone in five. But I’ll be honest, it was hard to go back to my regular eating after the trip because all that extra food stretched my stomach and screwed with my appetite. That’s why it’s crucial to track all calories with the app during this time. And, it helps to just accept the fact that the first few days back may be a little tough.
One of the most important things I’ve learned on my fitness and health journey is the importance of immediately getting back on track after an indulgence, trip, or anything else that sets me back. Things like the holidays don’t have to derail your weight loss and healthy lifestyle, as long as you are diligent about getting yourself back on track right away.
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