Did you overindulge on your recent vacation? No worries because vacation is a time to enjoy yourself and not think about your diet. So now your vacation is over and you may have a hard time getting back on track. Here are some tips for getting back on track with healthy habits post vacation.
I just recently got back from a getaway in New Orleans. The biggest thing you do on a trip to NOLA is eat because they are known for their food. I am sharing what I did to get back on track post vacation because vacation is about enjoying yourself and sometime overindulgence, which I did plenty of.
Have a plan. Whatever diet or weight loss journey you are on you probably have a plan you are following. This is a journey so it will have its highs and lows and will take time. You should be viewing your journey as a lifestyle change. So my plan on my recent trip was to just enjoy myself and I did not track any food. My plan was the day we leave I stop tracking and the first full day back I will start again. The night before our vacation we ended up ordering pizza because it was easy. I decided to not track that meal and did not track until I got back. I did not feel guilty and neither should you. Vacation is about enjoying yourself and relaxing. The great thing about this specific vacation was we did a lot of walking and drank a lot of water.
Hide the scale. Don’t weigh yourself right after you get home from vacation. Do not ruin those great memories by stepping on the scale and getting upset. Give it at least a week of being on track before stepping on the scale. Chances are the weight you gained, if any, is all water weight. Give your body a chance to lose the water weight before you decide to weigh yourself.
Increase water intake. Chances are you ate a lot of delicious food and beverages and you probably slacked in the water department. No worries but now it is time to increase your water intake. Drinking more water will help decrease any bloating and help flush your body of any toxins. This is a great way to help your body detox naturally.
Meal Prep. Planning out your meals is always a good idea. Especially when you need to get back on track. Meals should include lots of fruits, vegetables and lean meats. If you need to also make a grocery store run so you are well prepared.
Track your intake. While I was on vacation I did not track a single thing. After coming back I was eating well but kept forgetting to track the food on my weight watchers app. I would get to the end of the day and notice I forgot. Make it a point to track your food before you eat anything. Meal prepping will help you with tracking.
Be gentle with yourself. Habits take time to create and it can be even harder to maintain those habits. You went on vacation and you had a good time. Enjoy those moments and that fact that you are human. We need to enjoy our lives while we are able to. Life is a journey and sometimes a break from your diet is what you need. So be gentle with yourself and just make it a point to get back on track.
Those are my tips and what I have been doing to get back on track. Make sure you follow me on Instagram and the blog for more tips and to see my weight loss journey. I also want to add I had my first weigh in since my vacation and I was up 1.2 lbs. I am not upset with the gain because I was on vacation enjoying myself and now I am back on track.