Sticking to a weight-loss regimen is difficult enough to do while you are immersed in your daily routine, but throw a special event, work trip or vacation in the mix and it seems as though those goals sink lower and lower on the priority list. Focusing on immediate gratification is always easier (and sometimes more fun) but it’s the long-term satisfaction that we have to keep in mind!
Sustainable weight loss is not a quick and easy process that we can take when we want and leave when we don’t. It requires commitment, sweat and sacrifice! Are you prepared to do what it takes to lose those pounds, no matter what environment you are in or what temptations arise?
After a weekend in Las Vegas with family, I came home feeling pretty good about keeping my health and fitness in mind while I was away, but I know I could have done more to feel even better my ability to resist the temptations around me. Being surrounded by all-you-can-eat buffets, tasty cocktails, luxurious cuisine, second-hand smoke and overpriced basic necessities is not exactly the most conducive environment for the health-conscious and was definitely a test of my commitment to a healthy lifestyle. I took the liberty of keeping a running list of tips and tricks that will hopefully help you stay on track no matter where you are!
-Keep water in your hotel room. Lots of it. If you are going on a road trip, stock up on the gallon bottles, which are usually cheaper than individually-sized bottles.
-Opt to walk—if you are in a new place, plan to walk as much as possible. You’ll discover new places, interesting people and burn calories! Better yet, take an organized walking tour of your destination! http://www.countrywalkers.com/portal/site/CountryWalkers/
-Indulge…once or twice. Keep it to a minimum on an extra-special occasion so you don’t feel deprived.
-Bring your exercise clothes! If your hotel has a gym, you are all set. If not, check out the area and find a place to run, walk or do some exercises.
-Make healthy choices at restaurants. Get your veggies steamed, opt for low-fat dressing and avoid the fried stuff!
-If you go to a buffet, resist the urge to pile your plate. Start with a small salad or soup before your entrée. Make multiple trips and serve yourself small portions so you don’t end up overeating or wasting food.
-Have healthy snacks in your hotel room, car, and purse. Sometimes meals are hard to plan while travelling, but keeping a banana or granola bar on-hand will prevent your blood sugar from dropping and will help you make more thoughtful decisions at restaurants.
-Drink smart cocktails!
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