Feel like travel is the enemy of weight loss?
Maybe you’ve been here before…
You eat healthy food and workout for a few weeks or even a month, and you are feeling really good. But then, it’s time for a vacation or work trip, and suddenly all your strategies go right out the door.
Then, you say, “You know what? Maybe it’s just not possible to do this weight loss thing away from my home.”
And if I were with you, I’d stop you right there because it really is possible. In fact, you can maintain your weight and even lose weight when you travel. That’s why I’m giving you my favorite skills and tools while for the next time you’re on the road, in the air, at a hotel, or staying with someone else.
If you joined me for The Weight Loss Code, then you know we discussed a lot about the power of mindset and your belief system. Mindset is often the missing link that’s so crucial when trying to achieve healthy, permanent weight loss. This same mindset and belief in yourself are needed when you travel.
You have to ask yourself, “Do I believe this is hard or do I have the ability to do this?” Decide that saying, “No” to the Twizzlers, chocolate, cocktails, and chips at the airport isn’t deprivation but rather the empowering decisions you’ve made for your health.
This also means that when that larger portion arrives on your plate at a restaurant or hotel, you make the mental decision to only eat half of it.
We often overeat just because the food is in front of us. So, if you already decide that you are only going to eat half, you can hand the plate to your waiter and say, “Thank you! This was delicious!” and know you are making a better, healthier decision for you. Portion matters most when it comes to fitting food into your lifestyle without denial or deprivation.
It’s important to remember that you are creating a weight loss journey for real life. And real life involves travel, work, vacations, going out to eat, and staying at a hotel.
Optimize and Maximize
Once you have your mindset right, you then need to make a plan. Travel with food you can count on. Here are a few things you can pack…
- Apples or pears.
- Fresh cut veggies like carrots, celery, or snap peas.
- Greek yogurt.
- Lots of water (!)
When you are able to maximize your strategies, you are never without healthy choices. You are better able to make the healthy decisions – in the moment – without having to think about it or let those justifications creep in.
If you haven’t prepped or haven’t decided your food plan, it’s easy to abandon your weight loss journey. In the same way, you pack your clothes and plan your itinerary, take some time to plan out your travel meals and food plan.