Bringing Sweaty Back

Vacation FAT or FIT ?

Many of you have exciting travel plans for a Summer getaway.

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Where you headed?

A ginormous cruise ship with 5000 of your newest best friends? A stellar adventurous African safari?   Perhaps a low-key private Bahamian bungalow beach house?  A European tour?  Maybe the Hawaiian surf is more your style.

Listen up, I know you’re in total panic mode because you only gave yourself 6-8 weeks to lose 100,000 gillion pounds. You’ve been so busy and it just now dawned on you…bathin suit, tank tops, shorts. You’re scrambling working out like a mad man and trying to survive on a crash crash diet consisting of only nuts and berries. “Bathin suits, tank tops and shorts”!

Your nervous energy, running around preparing for the time of your life coupled with the dang near starvation tactics have worked and your happily strutting a 8-12 pound loss and its game day baby!

BUT, did you know that the average person gains almost a pound a day while on vacation?  Don’t freak out…YOU are NOT the average person.  

You finally have some momentum.  (even though it wasn’t done properly, ride the wave honey)  Don’t blow it!  Come back from vacation FIT!  Why not…bathin suits, tank tops, shorts and sundresses will be waiting when you get back from paradise! Summer in TEXAS can stretch into October for heavens sake.  Stay on the band wagon. But do it the right way! Start a healthy meal plan and exercise regimen.

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Load up your luggage and pack for adventurous activities.  Toss in a set or two of workout clothes no matter what!!  Don’t forget socks, sports bra and tennis shoes, they don’t weigh very much so no excuses!  Tell yourself that you will NOT gain weight while on your trip! The mind is a very powerful tool!

Angi, are you suggesting that I won’t kick my feet up, read and rest while sipping from a big hurricane glass of something sweet?  What about my flaming dessert I have been dreaming of?

Of course not.

What I’m suggesting is that you can have a little of both.  A little activity and plenty of R&R.  It’s vacation you can do whatever you want to on your own time.

Choose one activity a day that gets your heart rate up!  Do something NEW!  Do you like to people watch?  Hello…perfect opportunity to take a stroll on the beach or on the board walk. (wear big sunglasses and a hat so you can really get a good look)  Go for a hike in the mountains.  Rent or ride bikes.  Take a dip in the pool or body surf the ocean waves.  (Walking in or on the sand burns more calories than walking on the street)   Hello thirty minutes of paddle board or actual paddle boarding in the ocean.  Beach or pool volleyball!  YOGA!  Hotel resorts offer beach side classes all day long!  Speaking of, usually big resort hotels require a ton of walking around. Use this to your advantage and walk with a purpose.  Burn your meals up by taking the stairs.  NO golf carts or elevators allowed.  Take 4-6 flights of stairs, two steps at a time…“bathin suits, tank tops, shorts and sundresses!!!”   Bycycle built for two?

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Usually resorts and destination restaurants serve gargantuan meal portions.  Share a meal. Ask for the lunch portion.  Skip dessert or have a bite and pass it along.  Order a nice meal but ask how it’s prepared.  Stay away from fried food.  Asked for baked or grilled meats and vegetables.  “Bathin suits, tank top, shorts and sundresses!”

Take an average potato, bake it and you have 110 calories and 0 grams of fat. Take that same potato, turn it into French fries and you have 380 calories and 18 grams of fat.

If your hotel doesn’t have a gym, or if you’d simply prefer the privacy of your room, do this hotel room workout: bathin suits, shorts, tank tops and sundresses! 

Body Weight Squats: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Lower down into a squat position. Make sure that your knees do not go past 90 degrees. Exhale as you straighten your legs and return to the starting position. Complete 12-15 reps
 Jumping Jacks, High knees, or jog in place for 30 seconds.
Body Weight Lunges: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Exhale as you lunge forward with your right leg. Make sure that your knee does not go past 90 degrees. Inhale as you return to the starting position and repeat on the other side. Complete 12-15 reps
Jumping Jacks, High knees, or jog in place for 30 seconds.
Push Ups: Get into the push up position (depending on your fitness level choose to go off your knees, push off of the wall, or assume the traditional position). Inhale as you lower your chest down. Exhale as you return to the starting position. Complete 12-15 repetitions.
 Jumping Jacks, High knees, or jog in place for 30 seconds.
V-Ups: Sit on the edge of a chair or bed and lean back. Exhale as you drive your knees in toward your chest, squeezing your abdominal muscles. Inhale as you lower your knees back down with control. Complete 15-20 reps
Jumping Jacks, High knees, or jog in place for 30 seconds.

Lastly, don’t ever feel guilty about packing your own goodies. There is no shame in having a carry on snack bag!  
Unsalted nuts
Protein bars or protein powder or protein carton shakes like Premier protein. 
Low fat gluten free Nut-thins or pretzels
Also hydration is a most while traveling. Especially if your more of transport is by airplane. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. It’s super easy to become dehydrated while in route, especially if you’re a germ-a-phobe like me! Fit tip…carry a water bottle with you at all times. Purse, car, back pack, sip and replenish the electrolytes.

Love, travel, peace and rest…bathin suits, shorts, tank tops and sundress!

Call Jim Gray for all of your travel plans. 214-720-1000  He’s a travel wizard!

 Tell him Angi sent ya! 

Love, lift and be FIT!

Angi xo

5 thoughts on “Vacation FAT or FIT ?”

  1. Awesome post Angiabercrombie!
    I recently went on a cruise, detoxed before hand because I knew what was coming.
    I packed my gym clothes and never went to the gym. I drank copious amounts of alcohol and ate till my hearts content.
    When I got back was the reality though.
    One week and 4kg later I hadtisnao back into gear and get back on track.
    Great post.
    Keep up the awesome work!
    Liv from livvfit

    1. Im so glad you liked it. Trust me, I have had vacations where I worked out and drank and ate and gained weight. Then other t oems I have done ll the above and came home lighter. Perhaps water weight accounts for some weight gain also! Good luck and keep up the great work!

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