If you can’t tell by my recent lack of posts, things have been a little busy lately. The end of the year is always hectic for me and the start of that is usually August or September. The good news is that I’ve still been able to keep up with my good eating and working out…for the most part. That’s important because last year my end-of-year craziness is part of what threw me off track with my weight loss for nearly 6 months.
Obviously, I’m determined not to let that happen again. One big way I’ve focused on avoiding it is by pre-planning how I’m going to stay healthy every time I travel. Several weeks of work travel are built into the end of the year for me and I believe that was what made me truly fall off track last year. Doing this pre-planning has worked really well and now it’s time to do it again! My first round of work travel begins next week, which means I’ve officially hit that giant bump in the road that I WILL get over successfully.
Every time I do travel pre-planning I cover the same basic things:
- My goals
- The resources I have to use
- What my plan is based in the first two bullets
So let’s get started!
Obviously my main goal is to at least maintain my current weight or, in a perfect world, continue to lose weight. That being said, I prefer to be a little more specific:
- Stay within the calorie deficit goals I’ve set for myself. This gets the #1 spot because it’s the one I have the most control over but it’s also the easiest to slip up on.
- Hit my daily step goal of 12,500 steps. I only anticipate difficulty with this for part of the week. Still, it needs to be mentioned so that it stays front-of-mind.
- Continue strength training or HIIT workouts. This is lowest priority for me because I haven’t yet worked out a solid routine for this outside of traveling but, again, I’d like to make the effort.
Obviously if I’m traveling I don’t have access to my normal gym, home appliances, etc. But that doesn’t mean there will be nothing to help me during my trip.
- All of the hotels I’m staying in have mini-fridges and a continental breakfast, which means I can reduce the amount of time I have to eat out.
- The first hotel I’m staying at has a small gym.
- I’ve saved a few HIIT workouts and body-weight exercises on Pinterest, which should help fill in the lack of a gym.
- I’ll be packing my running shoes so, if nothing else, I can always get a walk or run in.
Now that I have all the details in front of me, it’s time to make my plan. It’s simple really, but there’s something about thinking through those details that makes it all seem easy.
- Whatever I eat needs to be tracked before I order it. The disadvantage of traveling is that I’ll be eating out a lot, but I still have a choice in where/what I eat, as well as opportunity to think before I order. This one is all about mindfulness.
- My travel will last all of next week and part of the following. A portion of that time I believe I’m guaranteed to get my steps in just because of what I’ll be doing those days. Therefore I’m going to focus on getting runs in the days that I’m NOT guaranteed steps.
- The days that I AM guaranteed steps, I’m going to focus my attention on strength training/HIIT workouts.
- Whatever I do workout-wise HAS to be done in the morning. I know from experience with last year that I will not be able to do anything in the evenings. The other plus about this is I’ll have a more reliable calorie count to work off for the rest of the day.
And that’s it! It seems simple enough, and not that different from what I’m already doing, but it really helps to have a specific plan in place. I’ll let you know how it goes!