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06-06-2007, 04:12 AM
I'm sure we've all been there. I lose weight so I look good on vacation and then ruin all my wonderful efforts. I am going on vacation next week for a month and I really don't want to regress while I'm gone.

I have made some healthy decisions though. Since I live in England it is not wise for me to say I won't indulge at my favorite restaurants ie Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze and although we have Chili's here there's no comparison to the US.And because it may be two years before I get back here, I have decided to make sure my indulgences are well deserved. So if I don't exercise for at least 90 minutesthat day I can't have anything out of the ordinary. I have also limited my indulgences to one meal a day. So if I eat at IHOP for breakfast I will have to eat clean for the rest of the day and so on.

My husband's family is also having a family reunion and they don't have the best eating habits so I will have to make sure I don't attend any of those events on an empty stomach. I will probably show up full so it won't even be an issue.

I am really motivated to exercise because it does help with jet lag which I hate. And all of the hotels we will be in have gyms so that helps a bit I guess. If I can't get out for some fresh air walks or worse they don't have dvd players or adequate space for me to workout in the room.

We are orginally from GAso I know it will be hot as I was born and raised in the gnat capital of the world there.http://www.wahm.com/forum/smileys/smiley2.gifSo I will be sure to keep my water intake up even when I don't feel like it.

Anyone else have tips they would like to share about vacations and staying healthy?

06-06-2007, 11:13 AM
WOWIE vacationing for a month, fun fun!

The only tip I have is to stay active while on vacation, try to make good food choices and of course drink plenty of water.

Although we stayed active on vacation snorkeling, swimming, walking, dancing, etc.I didn't make the best food choices (I had never experienced an all-inclusive so it was quite exciting LOL) and I sure paid for it by gaining a few pounds back but they came off just as fast as I put them on.

As for the family reunions, I usually take protein shakes and skip the buffet dinners they go to. I hang around the veggie and fruit platters too.

06-06-2007, 01:14 PM
Stay active and drink lots of water are great tips.

Make good choices--fruits and veggies. If you eat out, ask for egg beaters in your veggie omlet. Don't eat a whole piece of pie, share a a slice with someone. (That way you're not denying yourself the pleasure, just 1/2 the calories and fat!)

If you need to bring a dish to get together, bring something healthy that'll fill you up and not have a ton of calories. Look for the Weight Watchers cookbooks...tons of great recipes!!

Good luck and have a great vacation!

06-08-2007, 07:43 AM
I just received an email article from SparkPeople.com that can probably be useful to you...
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Exercise for Different Vacations

<H2>Make Fitness Part of Your Travel Plans</H2>

You may have read our article on easy exercises for when you are on vacation, but there is more to it than that. There are so many different vacations out there; exercise cannot be the same for each one. Would you exercise the same way on the beach as you would in the Smokey Mountains? Probably not, so here is some help for vacations at different places with different people.

Going to the beach seems to be a favorite of many. We know itís so easy to just lie in the sand all day, sip margaritas, and forget about physical activity, but there is plenty of exercise you can do. First, there is the ocean. Swimming is possible, but fighting the waves, either with your body, boogie board or surf board, is great for working your core and your balance. If you go with family, especially kids, then playing games on the beach is great. Bring a baseball and glove, a football, a Frisbee, or anything else you can use to play a game. Clear out some room on the sand and enjoy.

Cruise ships are also great because most come equipped with a weight room. While these may not be as extensive as the gym you are used to at home, you can get the same complete workout as you would anyway. Take advantage of this. Also, cruise ships have pools, where you can do water exercises. To read about water workouts, click here (http://www.sparkpeople.com:8082/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=74).

Some vacations are exercise trips and no additional fitness routines are really needed. Good examples are skiing, hiking and whitewater rafting. Not only are these strenuous activities, but you usually spend all day doing them. You are getting all the exercise you need.

Another couple of vacations are either visiting a big city, like New York City or Chicago, or going to visit family or friends. A great way to exercise and take advantage of your surroundings is walking or running. Not only are you getting in good aerobic (http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/reference_aerobic.asp) exercise, but you are taking in the sites of the city. If you are visiting family, maybe hop on a couple of bikes and let your host show you around the town.

Finally, how about getting to your vacation destination and back? Some of us spend an entire day either driving of flying to our destinations. Some of us even spend a couple of days getting there. Here are a few exercises you can try in the car or the plane, or at a rest stop:

<LI>Stretching (http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/reference_stretching.asp)
<LI>Use a stress/squeeze ball
<LI>Crunches, how depending on your seating arrangement
<LI>At a rest stop: pushups, jumping jacks, jumping jump rope, or sprints (should stretch beforehand)
<LI>Calf raises, even if you are sitting
<LI>Try using ankle weights or an exercise band (http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=292). </LI>[/list]

06-08-2007, 08:03 AM
I forgot to post this...

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