How She Stays Fit On Vacation: Her 5 Skinny Secrets
Ever wonder how your annoyingly perky neighbor always comes back from vacation looking like her skinny jeans went down a size? While you feel bloated, puffy, and like the next shamu?
Well, this week and the next, I’m in Switzerland with my grandma, visiting from San Francisco.
And let me tell you–travel tips are way on my mind!
I’m determined to not come back a shamu! HA!
It’s ironic how easy it is to gain and how painstaking it is to take it off!
Fortunately, with these tips, you won’t have to worry about “taking it off.”
These tips are from women who are in the best shape and who inspire me. They’re some of my absolute favorite vacation tips for keeping a slim waistline and tight n’ toned thighs from some of my absolute favorite people over the years! Trainers. Fitness professionals. Other nutritionists. Body builders. Triathletes, etc.
I’ve taken these habits and made them my own. I hope you do too!
As you go through them, please think about ways to make the tips work for you.
Remember, this is YOUR journey, and everyone finds their path differently.
They key is simply to start using the tools you have to get closer to your goal.
How She Stays Fit on Vacation: Her 5 Secrets
1.) SHE’S ON A SCHEDULE
She sticks as close as she can to her usual eating habits and fitness routine. Things may change a bit, such as working out in the afternoon instead of the morning, but nothing gets too crazy.
Her behaviors are so ingrained it doesn’t take much for her clean living ways to transcend into any environment.
Think of 3 things that are crucial for you to feel good and follow your healthy-living routine, then make ‘em happen!
2.) SHE SWEATS
No matter where she is, her inner-athlete calls her name!
Inspiration is found and action sets in. She’s simply addicted to those feel-good sweat-induced endorphins.
Bring your favorite workout DVDs and weights when you go away, if you can. Book hotels with a fitness center and if they don’t have on, hunt one out nearby. Lastly, find fun sweaty things to do, like swim, hike, paddleboard, ice skate, rollerblade, ski, bootcamp, trail run, stair run, and the list goes on!
3.) SHE FOCUSES ON H2O MORE THAN BOOZE
She totally knows that going out every night and having a few drinks may be fun, but in the end, it’ll only leave her skinny jeans crying.
So, she picks one or two times a week, to have a couple drinks and that’s about it.
And there are plenty of times that she goes out, but hydrates with water instead because she’s a water-guzzling machine, naturally.
The girl, usually downs over 3 liters of water a day!
Choose lower calorie options, like 5 ounces of wine, a vodka soda with seltzer and a lime (or any 1.5 ounces of hard liquor with a sugar-free mixer), or 12 ounces of light beer. Skip the sugary, syrupy stuff, like amaretto sours or margaritas, which can have over 500 calories a pop. And don’t forget to drink about 3 liters of water a day!
4.) SHE WATCHES THE EXTRAS
When dining on the town, she’ll keep it pretty simple. She’ll skip the bread and for a starter (…if she has one), gets a salad with dressing on the side, clear broth soup (like vegetable or minestrone), or something protein based, like shrimp cocktail, beef carpaccio, or tuna tartar.
Then, for an entree, she’ll usually choose a lean protein (think grilled, roasted, seared or baked fish, seafood, chicken, or turkey) with a vegetable. She may even just go with an appetizer she really wants.
She’ll fill up on the protein and veggies first and likely, skip the carb.
At the end of the meal, if folks are ordering dessert, she’ll get a tea or cappuccino. She may have a bit of someone’s dessert, if offered.
After all, she’s not a party pooper, but she’s just not hungry and doesn’t want to waste all her hard work on sugary stuff.
When dining out, remember your “two Ps,” protein and produce! Fill up on those first, eat your meal slowly, and really listen to your hunger cues. More often that not, you’ll find that you’re just eating because everyone else is! Not because you’re truly hungry. Allow yourself the ability to relearn your sense of hunger and fullness.
5.) SHE’S NOT AFRAID TO ASK THE SERVER
Ms. Fit will likely make changes to her meal, such as having the dressing on the side, swapping rice for extra veggies, having her chicken grilled instead of sauteed in cream sauce, etc, etc.
She’s highly aware that if she’s going to be eating out a lot, then she’s going to have to make special requests because the average meal out is high in calories, fat, sodium, and likely, has too many carbs.
You’ll also notice that she asks the server questions about how an item is prepared, so there are no surprises. She’s in control of her food and tries to make it like look her own home-cooked meals as much as possible.
Look for menu items that are grilled, poached, roasted, baked, or steamed. And watch all those extras that add up, like cream sauces, butter, and dressings. Lastly, get comfortable with making specific requests and asking questions.
I was once at a buffet breakfast, digging into the scrambled eggs.
After tasting them, I realized they’re much creamier than normal scrambled eggs, so I asked the waiter what was in them.
Guess what?! They put loads of cream in there!
Now, every time, I ask restaurants how they make their scrambled eggs! You never know!
Remember, restaurants love to use fat because it makes things taste good, and you coming back