Canada Day has come and gone with more vacation days looming as the seasons unfold. Some might think it’s easier to stay on track with eating and activity goals with summer here and bountiful produce is around. Nay, nay I say! I think for many there’s a “party hearty” mood with more opportunities to eat, drink and be merry to the max. If you worked diligently to tone your beach body why not work in ways to stay in shape for the duration.
My good friend and colleague Cara Rosenbloom and I conducted a survey on successful weight losers years ago. We surveyed women who made it from Fat City to Slim Town. These women anonymously spilled a hill of beans on this (and many other topics) on how they approach vacationing. Let’s review some tips of the successful loser Slim Town-ites… enjoy the cornball names!
Eating, moderation and finding balance
“Plan ahead and have some of the things you love, but don’t totally overindulge.” – Pamela Prudence
“I never go to an eating occasion hungry.” – Edith Wise
“Lose the “all or nothing” mentality that comes with vacation eating and drinking ‘amnesia’.” – Debbie Dealmaker
“I make sure I have healthy snacks on hand.” – Nora Nibble
“Balance what you eat. My tip: eat before you go to those meals. The edge is off your appetite so you are less likely to overeat.” – Sandy Satiety
“I eat what I want, but small portions and in moderation. If I overeat, I exercise longer the next day.” – Patty Prioritize
“Maintain food limits 80% of the time and enjoy drinks or desserts 20% of the time.” – Fanny Figure
On activity and exercise
“Keep exercising, even on vacation. If you overindulge one day, eat better the next few days to compensate.” – Jill Jockology
“On holidays, I’m usually more physically active because I’m out of the office.” – Mina Move-It
“Exchange my regular routine with other things like walking on a beach, stretching and spot exercises.” – Chaz Changeup
“I actually like working out when I’m away. It’s a new gym or a new place to run. And I feel extra-proud of myself for having done it! Still, I’ll eat everything (in moderation), because… it’s a vacation!” – Amy Attitude-Adjustment
These women appear to have their routines down pat and priorities figured out – balance and moderation are keys to their success. They do partake in the holiday eating while continuing activity to offset the intake. Very wise words to follow as more vacation days unfold, don’t you think?
Check out Chapter 9 in my ebook Skinny on Slim, The Little Black Dress of Diet Books with an array of tips and tricks for “Facing Routine Curveballs and Challenges” that everyday life brings.