Many people who want to lose weight are motivated to stay consistent with their workouts and healthy eating, but when they go out with friends or travel, they find it difficult to stay on track. Truth is, we all get minor setbacks anytime we are reaching for a goal. The best way to keep moving forward is to acknowledge these slips, learn from them, and continue progressing.
That being said, here are a few tips to stay on track whenever you’ve got a full social calendar or trip ahead of you.
1. Plan ahead
At the beginning of the week take a look at your schedule and add in work out times that make sense for that weeks activities. If you are going out of town make sure to plan out your exercise. Get up a little earlier and go for a walk or run, find a local gym that you can access, or look up a no-equipment workout that you can knock out in 30 minutes. *And don’t forget to pack the proper clothes and shoes.
2. Set some limits
It’s hard to set drink limits when you hand over a piece of plastic to the bartender, but when you have cash in hand, it’s less likely you’ll go overboard. Determine a drink limit for yourself and then withdraw a set amount of cash from the ATM. Only use the cash you’ve taken out…no more ATM trips.
3. Be food ready
Most healthy eating plans get derailed at happy hour so be sure to have a plan of attack. Checking out the menu online before you go will give you a better chance of picking out a healthy option. If there aren’t any, you can make sure to grab a quick (healthy) snack on your way there.
If you are traveling to a place where there are limited healthy options, bring a couple of portable healthy snacks with you – low fat string cheese, trail mix, nuts, granola, etc.