Losing weight ON vacation?
Is that even possible?!
Sara, a mindless muncher like me, emailed, saying:
“I graze ALL the time. Distracted at work? Go to break room and eat, hungry before dinner at home, better eat! Home from gym—what's in fridge? I better taste what I'm cooking, a bite before the Tupperware, that tastes good I think I will have some, it's a vegetable or plain potato so it's ok (that's a big one) and on and on and on…”
Reading Sara’s e-mail made all kinds of alarm bells ring in my head.
I, too, had lost weight on vacations in the past because my food was more scarce, ESPECIALLY that summer I went backpacking…
Being the typical broke student, I couldn’t afford restaurants, so I ate a big breakfast at my hostel (it was free!), packed a sandwich and fruit for the day, and then pulled dinner together in my dorm room.
Having that rigidity—a set plan and routine—made a HUGE difference.
It also helped that I was removed from my food stash.
When I first started working from home, I put on weight because I was constantly going to the kitchen to cure my boredom with the fridge (even though I was eating salads or baby carrots and hummus).
IT ALL COUNTS!
To get a better grip on my mindless munching, I started cooking my meals ahead of time and portioning off every meal. If I eat my entire meal and I’m still hungry 15 minutes later, that’s OK. I can go get a snack. But having that barrier—that chance to stop and assess if I’m REALLY hungry or just bored—has made a huge difference.
Vacation can also be a positive LEARNING EXPERIENCE for you!
By the way, Brandye went on to report the happiest of news:
(Brandye is an all-star member—I’ve loved watching her transformation the last 6 months, and her insight here was awesome and spot-on!)
The point is this: vacations can be a GOOD experience in so many ways!
AND vacations can break the chain of a bad habit or bad routine.
When you come home from vacation, you’re OUT of your old routine.
It’s the PERFECT time to start a new routine, a new habit, and set yourself up for long-term success.
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