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Staying On Plan During Vacation

As we’re deep into the winter, I’ve been frequently asked about how to stay on plan while travelling to destination spots with family for fear of weight gain or taking a few steps backwards from tremendous progress and forward momentum.

When I’m on vacation I try to exercise every morning, not because I’m on a plan, but because I’m a creature of habit and I like doing as much fitness research as possible everywhere I go. Now do I make it to my hotel gym EVERY SINGLE DAY? I would have to say no.

I plan my workouts so they are quick and easy to do with what I have available and that is a BIG reason why I created my 28 Day Workout Challenge. All these workouts are created with minimal equipment and body weight exercises which are done in 20 minutes or less. You can also do this program anytime and anywhere – http://bit.ly/Workout-Challenge

What about my meals when I’m away? Typically I eat a lot of nutrient dense foods on a very regular basis so it’s unlikely that I stray very far from my normal food choices and portions but if there is something I want to eat that piques my interest, you better believe I’m going to eat it, enjoy it, savour it, and not feel any guilt about it because…I’m on vacation.

Vacation (especially with family) is a time to get away, relax, and spend time with loved ones. Ideally starting your fitness journey means an uninterrupted focus on your goals but that isn’t always the case for everyone especially because being a STRONG GIRL is also about embracing HEALTH and FITNESS as a lifestyle.

IF you can get to your hotel gym for some exercise…wonderful! If not, get back on plan when you return home.

To me exercise sets the tone for my day. I feel more energetic and overall happy when I do it  and that’s why I always get a 20 minute sweat sash in  no matter where I am – http://bit.ly/Workout-Challenge

As for food prep and being on plan…please don’t try. Enjoy the food on your vacation and spend quality time with your loved ones. The only thing I suggest is to make intelligent choices and portion your food responsibly. Believe me…it’s annoying to your family to “be on plan” while you’re away. Embrace what we’re doing as “A LIFESTYLE, NOT AN OBLIGATION”.

While it’s unlikely you’re going to make progress on your plan while you’re away also, that’s not really the point of spending time with your family.

The most important thing that I suggest…ENJOY YOUR VACATION.

Your plan will be waiting for you when you get back home 🙂

 

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My name Jennifer Van Barneveld-Pe and this is a collection of my experiences through blogging on balancing the life of a Fitness Expert/Nutritionist and brand new Mommy.

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