Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Weight Loss Challenges: Traveling

Every trip has its own challenges for sticking with health goals.

Whether it is a short, one day trip or one that lasts for several weeks.

Family visits offer a set of challenges different from, say a trip to Disneyland--a happy place fraught with plenty of challenges all its own.Business trips are yet another animal.

No matter where you are going or for how long, the best way to maintain your goals is to plan, plan, plan.

Remember one of the biggest reasons we overeat is stress. And traveling, even when it is purely for pleasure is stressful. There is the packing and the getting there--by car, by plane...horse-drawn cart! Then there is the stress of being in some place that is just not home. And if you are traveling with someone(s) as much as you love them, there is that additional stress--especially if you are the main packer and planner and shepherd!

So, don't demand perfection of yourself! That is just another stress that you can better live without! Have some fun and relax a little with your discipline. Otherwise you risk your inner child having a tantrum when you get back home and doing far more damage than you would have otherwise!

2 comments:

catherinecarey said...

I stop in a supermarket and pick up some fruit when I'm staying in the same place for a few days.

Another thing I do is pick up a few small things, roll, a bit of cheese, olives and make a picnic lunch.

Thanks for reminding us to be easy on ourselves!

Laurie Tossy said...

Catherine--
Excellent suggestions! I do that too. I also make sure to buy lots of good water. I'll buy the large 2.5 gallon containers if I'm not at a place with filtered water.

Thanks for your comments!