I am traveling three weeks out of the next four. While the thought of not having to food shop for this month is a definite bonus, traveling makes it difficult to stay on track when you are trying to lose weight.
In order to stay within my points, without starving myself, missing out on the experience, or triggering migraines, I need to be prepared. Channeling my inner Scar right now.
Tips for Staying on Track
- Protein Bars: Last time I traveled, I cut it too close and didn’t have time to stop for protein bars. I don’t always eat protein bars, but when it looks like there won’t be any substantial food around, or I’m stuck with nothing reasonable to eat around me, a protein bar is a lifesaver! Check out my Protein Bar Review, to find out which ones are my favorites!
- Gym Time: I went to the gym the last two times I traveled. It was a great motivator to stay on track.! Not only did it feel amazing, but it also helped me fall and stay asleep. If you are not a runner, or weight lifter, you can use the gym to walk and get your 10,000 stepS.
- Better choices vs. deprivation: The first time I traveled while on Weight Watchers was a bit disastrous because I tried to deprive myself. I wanted to stay within my blue dot range and was looking to eat certain foods, instead of modifying the foods that were available to me. The secret is that you can still eat all of the foods you ate before you started your weight loss journey, you just have to do it in moderation. What works best for me is just to cut it right in half, whatever it is.
- Fruits and Veggies at Every Turn: When I’m home I eat either a fruit or a veggie with every meal. When I’m traveling I can’t always do that. Normally the most I can get is a banana with breakfast, and a salad with lunch. I need to remember to pick up fruits and veggies when I see them. Even if that means stopping at the grocery store one day and loading up on baby carrots, hummus, and clementines.
I’m going to film a food log this month of everything I eat while I’m on the road, in the air, or at the hotel. If I wasn’t so behind the times, I would do this on Snapchat, or Instagram stories. But since I’m just now posting to YouTube, and figuring out Hootsuite and Tailwind, I’m going to post them on my Facebook page, and then at the end of the month I’m going to put them all together as a video on YouTube.
How do you stay on track when you travel?
Speaking of travel, this time last year I was in Texas! I had no idea that had such amazing vegan food there! Check it out!