Keep True to Your Goals While Traveling
Posted by Kseniya Skrabovskaya
This weekend Lenny and I went to Pensacola, FL for his brothers wedding. I had every opportunity to make a bunch of excuses and toss my healthy eating and exercise to the wind. I could have said: “It is just a few days, a vacation, I’ll get back on track when I get home!” But I didn’t, because this journey isn’t a quick fix for me, it is a life style and a commitment. That is not to say that I didn’t have a little cake (hey, my cheat day was planned into this vacation).
Eating clean and staying on track while traveling doesn’t have to be exhausting. There are a few things that you can do to minimize temptation and maintain all that effort you put into getting your body to where you want it to be.
Planning is the most important part of staying on track. We plan our workouts, meals, vacations, work days, etc., why shouldn’t we set a travel eating plan? It makes sense, but I know a lot of people neglect it and end up running to a fast food place to grab “just a little bit” of something to hold them over before they get to their destination. There is a better way.
If you are traveling by car, pack a cooler with some veggies, nut butter, fruit, and nuts. You can also bring along some hard boiled eggs, just make sure that they don’t over heat or you’ll have a big problem on your hands.
If you are traveling by plane things can get a little tougher as you can’t bring food and drinks through the TSA. My suggestion is to do research before hand. Find out what your meal options are in the terminal and stick to the healthy varieties. You can always find some nuts, granola, or healthy food options around. Just make sure you read the nutrition labels.
Before you get to your destination, look for grocery stores around your hotel. Most hotels have a small fridge in their rooms so you can store some of the basic foods like protein shakes (the pre-made kind) and some fruit to curb those late night cravings.
Make sure that you have a few workouts already planned. Some hotels will have a gym or at least a set of dumbbells for guest use. If you are staying somewhere with no gym access, plan a body weight workout. I recently found a knock of version of a TRX system at Wal-Mart for 40$ and it is a life saver! It packs up neatly, takes up only a tiny amount of space, and can go over any door. Seriously, if you are training hard and traveling a lot, this is a must have!
When you get there:
Now that you have planned out your vacation it is time to enjoy it. You will likely go out to eat while you are vacationing. Here is a link to a helpful article that will help you eat clean when you go out. Make sure you drink plenty of water and most importantly use you vacation time to sleep and regenerate you body.
I hope you all have a great time vacationing this summer. Stay strong, keep on track, review your goals daily, and believe in yourself. If you believe you can do it, there is no telling what you can achieve!