While in Hawaii for our anniversary, Audley and I made it a point to stay on a fairly healthy track. It’s funny, but I often find it easier to stay focused while traveling than when I am a home and work. This isn’t to say we didn’t indulge while in Hawaii (I had a couple of amazing desserts), but I did lose three pounds during the week just because we chose activities to fit our healthy lifestyle.
So how do you manage to stay fit and on target while traveling?
First, chose locations/activities that fit your lifestyle, not work against it. I enjoy relaxing on the beach more than anyone, but why waste away 8 days of vacation laying on the beach or beside a pool?! There is a whole world to see and enjoy…. check it out!
Second, prepare for obstacles. We knew before going breakfast at the hotel was expensive ($40 breakfast buffet…. no thank you).
We did enjoy a large breakfast one morning, but for the most part fresh fruit and protein bars served a loyal meal for us. I prefer Quest Bars when using protein bars in my nutrition plan. These were convenient, easy to travel with by plane and great to have on hand for the morning as well as when we were out during the day. We packed an insulated cooler bag (carried it over in my suitcase) that was easy to stock with apple, oranges, & natural peanut butter for snacking.
Third….. HYDRATE! I know water is expensive when you have to purchase it at a hotel or from a convenience store. One of our first stops when we rented our car was at a grocery store. There we purchased a bag of ice, a foam cooler and a case of water. We were set for a couple of days and it saved a lot of money.
Fourth, don’t indulge every day. I knew staying the Doubletree Hotel on Oahu meant fresh & warm chocolate chip cookies waiting on us when we arrived. I saved a little cheat for them. We also chose a fabulous chocolate mousse for our anniversary dessert and on another night had a lovely banana spilt. BUT, it wasn’t everyday and knowing dessert was on our agenda I ate a healthy dinner and splurged at the end. Also, Audley and I spilt every dessert. Sharing allows you to enjoy a taste without completely overdoing it. Just know, it’s perfectly alright to skip dessert.
Fifth, skip the bread basket. I know, we all love piping hot bread spread with creamy butter, but seriously ask the waitperson not to bring it to the table. There are far better choice that won’t affect your waistline to nosh on prior to supper. Try ordering a shrimp cocktail, hummus and veggies, or even a crisp, green salad with vinegar & olive oil for dressing.
Sixth, incorporate fit activities into your schedule. We hiked at Volcanos National Park as well as Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park on the Big Island.
On Oahu we did a little more sightseeing in touristy areas like the Arizona Memorial, Punchbowl cemetery and the Polynesian Cultural Center, but we walked a lot on those days and definitely ate lighter meals.
We did swim a couple of times, but saved most of these laps for the evenings. The night swims in the pool were especially wonderful after supper and kept our bellies from feeling so full at bedtime.
And finally, don’t be afraid to walk! The Hilton resort had a tram and boat for transportation around the area, but only used it when the occasion called for it (I wasn’t walking over a mile to supper in a pair of heels!). Besides, if we had ridden the tram all week, we would have missed out on some lovely art and history lessons (and entertainment from Audley) scattered throughout the resort halls. We averaged 6-7 miles everyday walking, not counting some of our hiking…… perfect for not gaining weight while on vacation!
Take advantage of every fit opportunity you have and make your next vacation one of the healthiest you’ve ever enjoyed!