avoid weight gain while traveling

It is possible to avoid weight gain while traveling.

I recently spent 10 days visiting adult kids and various family members in 3 different states, 6 cities consisting of long hours on planes and driving, including 5 days in a hotel. I didn’t want to resort to the typical fast high calorie travel food, so I had a plan…

Tips to Avoid Weight Gain While Traveling

Save room in your backpack or purse for your shaker bottle! By packing a water bottle, it can be easy to refill to stay hydrated. You won’t be able to take water through security, but once in the terminal, there are ways.  You can stop by a fast food restaurant with the soda fountain accessible to the public, almost always there is a water only option.

Or, if you are lucky enough to be at one of the airports such as Atlanta Hartsfield, stop by one of their water bottle refill station. They can be found at any of the water fountains.

Love these!! I won’t drink out of water fountains…I’ve seen too many people put their mouths on them. But these refill stations…they are great!

Keep in mind how beneficial staying hydrated is, even when sitting on a plane or in a car.

avoid weight gain while traveling

Also, while on the plane, the flight attendant will refill your shaker cup with bottled water during their beverage service.

Walking through the terminals the fast food, high calorie restaurants can be very tempting. A great way to avoid the high calorie temptations is holding out for the healthy stops. They can be found.

A large part of working to avoid weight gain while traveling is about being mindful with food choices rather than being impulsive.

avoid weight gain while traveling

 

No matter where you are, car, plane, hotel or house – there is always opportunity to have a meal replacement protein shake. This is one of my favorite choices. I love the Shakeology individual packets available for times like these.

avoid weight gain while traveling

 

Eating is a balancing act for me while I’m traveling and on vacation.

I eat healthy and sensible as often as I can, realizing there will be times when I indulge. I don’t allow myself to feel guilty and bad after eating, knowing 3/4 of the time I will make up for it through healthier choices.

While visiting family, or even just being on vacation with family, there aren’t always opportunities to workout. After all, you’re on vacation to spend time with family, unless you are really good to wake up an hour or so before everyone else, you may be taking time away from them to exercise.

Sometimes I can manage a workout, but when I can’t there is a no guilt policy.

There are ways to work in some exercise with your family though.

Look for opportunities to be active during your vacation. Are there sites to see that would help you get 10,000 steps in daily?

There were many times during these visits when I was able to walk a few miles at a time.

While visiting my Mom and Step-dad, we walked around Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown, PA.

avoid weight gain while traveling

 

avoid weight gain while traveling

 

avoid weight gain while traveling

 

We also found a quaint restaurant on the Potomac River to enjoy.

avoid weight gain while traveling

 

avoid weight gain while traveling

During my visit with Madison, my daughter, we did some stereotypical walking around a couple of malls.

It was a bit intimidating to meet Madison’s new great dane, Dragon. He is a sweetie though!

avoid weight gain while traveling

 

We stayed in a hotel, which would have been easy to go to the gym while she was at school had I not been battling a migraine for a few days.

While visiting my son, Jake (and wife Shelby, but she wasn’t able to join us at the zoo), we went to the Memphis Zoo.

avoid weight gain while traveling

 

It was a great 10 days. The only way it could be better is to have everyone under one roof for several days. Next year…a cruise maybe?

Bottom line, if you look for ways, you can balance nutrition and exercise to enjoy travel without gaining weight.

I am not big fan of the scales. I strongly believe in feeling great and measuring fitness through lean muscle, measuring instead of pounds. That said, I did weight myself before and after vacation. Nothing gained, nothing loss! It is possible to avoid weight gain while traveling!

Other various pictures from the week!

avoid weight gain while traveling

 

avoid weight gain while traveling

 

avoid weight gain while traveling

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