EP. 23- TRAVEL & VACATIONS: my go-to, non-fail strategy.
Vacations, weekend getaways, holidays, barbecues, special events. As a culture, we really think about these occasions as times when we’re going to gain weight.
There’s a lot of panic and worry in advance, because when we’re out of routine so many of us think we will not be able to handle it, and sabotage results.
But does it have to be this way?
If you have a vacation (or any other special event) coming up, here is an approach that can help you reach your goals.
Step 1: Make a decision
Get clear on what you want your results to be. On this vacation, do you want to lose weight, maintain weight or even gain a little weight?
It doesn’t always have to be about losing weight. The result that you create and the result that you want doesn’t always have to be weight loss.
Remember, you are the boss of your results and you do get to decide what you want them to be. When you take the time before your vacation to do this, you can feel truly empowered.
There is a difference between making the decision that you’re going to be OK with putting on a little weight because you want to enjoy things versus total sabotage and emotional eating or bingeing. They are two completely different things.
One comes from a very empowered place, the other doesn’t.
You can do anything you want. You can create any results you want. You are totally the boss of this. It is absolutely possible.
Step 2: Create a plan of action that supports your decision
Basically, when you are traveling, just keep following the eating formula as best you can. Keep using the hunger scale and have your one joy eat. You might even decide to have two joy eats. Be creative and resourceful as far as what things you do decide to enjoy.
No need to worry or stress about it. And that’s a big shift there right: come from a place where you’re going to trust yourself to follow through.
Bonus tip: you can absolutely bring food through security at the airports. They allow you to bring food and Tupperware or Ziploc bags, e.g. with chicken and veggies. Planning ahead in this way will help you follow through.
Step 3: Follow through
It is super important to really own your choice and follow through with your plan. Choose to feel good about that choice. Reaffirm with yourself that you can trust yourself to follow through on the decisions you make and that you do create the result that you set out to create.
Freaking out about it is not going to serve you at all because it just creates panic. If you tend to be an emotional eater, feeling stressed about messing up your weight isn’t going to help because you’re probably going to end up eating. Manage you’re thinking so you don’t fall into the vicious cycle of fear, panic, mistrust, and sabotage.
Remember this is strategic and empowered. It is still respecting your body.
It is truly a personal choice but it is a choice. And when you give yourself permission to truly make that choice, you remove a lot of the panic and feeling of deprivation because you’ve made that decision.
Trust yourself to be confident, make a clear decision of what result you want to create. Feel confident about it and follow through.
You truly are the boss of your results, at home and on vacation or at special events.
Check out Brenda’s Vlog from her girls weekend in Nashville, including the recipe for her favorite alcoholic beverage: The Black Panther.