Flight tickets – √
Hotels – √
Visa – √
Summer dresses – √
Vacation body – Can I finally tick this off my list as well? I say YES! √
It’s almost September and my much-deserved vacation is here! I’m off to Greece with cousins and friends, my first trip without my parents and I think I may be a little too excited. Everything has been planned to the T (a big shout out here to my travel agent, Euphoric Traveler what a brilliant job!) since the last 6 months and it’s finally time to go!
The one thing I’m always nervous about when going on vacation is putting on weight. I don’t believe in controlling your diet when you’re exploring new places, and learning about new cultures, because a great way to understand it is also through its food. You know you’re going to have to watch your weight when it’s all over so you may as well not skip those gorgeous Baklavas or that decadent tiramisu.It can also be a little hard getting in a workout whilst traveling (but that really just depends on how dedicated you are to your body) therefore; it’s good to knock off little weight before you take off. This way you have a slight margin and don’t have to feel guilty about eating an extra macaroon. Sounds like a plan? I think so!
I decided to start preparing my body a month in advance and found the perfect plan for myself – to lose 1.5 kilos and tone up. Here are 6 general things that will work for anybody that’s committed.
1. Know your body
This is of utmost importance. Understand your body type. Know what works for you and what doesn’t. A lot of us make the mistake of blindly following what we read on the Internet or what our favourite celebrities are doing to stay in shape, etc. This is a big NO. Just because a particular diet regime worked for your friend who lost 7 kilos in 2 months, does not mean that it will work for you. If in fact it doesn’t work for you, there’s a chance you will find yourself putting on weight, or even worse, not getting enough nutrition.When exercising, LISTEN to your body. Nobody ever benefitted from over doing a workout, especially if you aren’t used to exercising regularly. You will end up injuring yourself and you certainly do not want anything jeopardising your travels.
2. Pen down your plan
A lot of my friends think I’m OCD but when did planning ever hurt anyone? Writing down your goals will ensure that you remain thoroughly focused and committed to your end goal.
3. Stay off that scale
Check your weight and measure yourself once before you begin your plan, once after 15 days and then on the last day. If you weigh yourself at more frequent intervals and find that you have put on a couple of grams or haven’t lost any, you WILL panic. Paranoia will only derail you from your path. There’s a good chance you that you will eat less or work out a little more, neither of which will be of any help. Trust me, I learnt this lesson the hard way.
4. Eat right
Being healthy and eating clean is a way of life. If you try this just for one month, you will automatically find yourself reaching out to a banana or an apple instead of a giant cookie every time you crave something sweet.Have a heavy breakfast and then break up your meals – eat a little something every two hours. Forming this habit will ensure that even on vacation, you will not go overboard. The first couple of days maybe hard on you but once you get into the routine, you will find your body asking for food at well timed intervals.
5. Get moving
Getting into a daily routine of exercising is the best thing you could possibly gift yourself. Even if you’re not a gym enthusiast, it’s not too hard to squeeze in a good workout at home. I stumbled upon a YouTube channel called POPSUGAR Fitness that has some awesome home videos. You want to check them out! Here are a few of my favourites.
10-Minute Bikini Workout | Legs & Butt | Class FitSugar
Victoria’s Secret Model Workout: 10-Minute Fat-Blasting
Bye-Bye Cottage Cheese Thighs
40 Minute Full Body Workout (this one had me burning up in 12 minutes)
6. Finally, be kind to yourself
Enjoy the process of watching your body transform. Don’t beat yourself up if you cheated a little bit on your diet. There’s always tomorrow 🙂 And always remember to wear a smile and be happy; when you’re happy it shows.