Maintain your Healthy Eating Habits Over Your Next Long Weekend: 3 Tips that will keep you from Faltering This Labor Day
Maybe, like me, you over did it this past Memorial Day Weekend with your choice of food and beverage consumption. Perhaps you responded with one too many "Yes, pleases!" According to University of Georgia research, people can gain up to 7 pounds on vacation. Typically the gains persist because we get ourselves on a path of unhealthy eating that often continues for weeks after. But you know what? What's done is done.
I used to dwell on my over indulgences and found that it wasn't productive. It's tough to move forward and get back on track when I focus on "messing up". So, don't beat yourself up. Recognize what transpired and make a decision to get back on track; the RIGHT track!
With the Labor Day weekend just around the corner, I encourage you to be intentional about following these 3 tips before your next long weekend:
1. Take a break from drinking. Consider enjoying a libation every other day instead of daily and limit yourself to two drinks in a session. Oh, according to British researchers you're better off drinking from a straight glass instead of a curved one! Yep, you'll drink 60 percent slower!! Who knew?!?
2. Select one day to eat BIG. Over-indulging for an entire week is tough to undo. Load up on one day, but don't binge on leftovers each day thereafter. That's when the real damage is done- when you're overeating for days at a time.
3. Jump on the scale and exercise more. Both are critical during vacation, and even better if you do them daily. University of North Carolina research suggests that tracking daily weight promotes weight loss and the adoption of weight-savvy behaviors.
As for exercise, walk or bike instead of taking a car or asking your friends and family for piggy-back rides!!! If your day excursion destination is walk-able or bike-able put on your good walking shoes and get to it! Or strap on that bike helmet and get to peddling!! Play in the pool! Chances are you'll be heading somewhat warm. Get in the water! If you can swim, get some strokes in. If you're not a swimmer yet, start taking lessons at some point. Until then, just move in the water!
Sending you encouragement from The Sun Flower State!
This week my 5 year olds and I decided we were going to start taking some line dancing lessons! We were just in Nashville, Tennessee last weekend sporting our cowgirl boots around town, so we were feeling somewhat inspired! Nashville was an inspiration of course, but there's really more to why we got started.
Last weekend, while in Nashville, Brynn asked me, "Why don't you do your workouts anymore?" Ouch! Yeah, I got called out by my 5 year old; yikes! I was shocked that she'd been paying that much attention. I really did have some good excuses, but I didn't unload them on her. I will unload them on you though! Ha!!
When I started going to physical therapy for a hurt foot, I slowed down with my workouts because my foot was hurting. Good reason not to workout right? I think so. So I picked one of my at-home programs that is low to no impact and I did that. . . just not consistently like I should have. Then we started traveling a lot earlier this summer, but that's really not a valid excuse either because my workouts are portable!! Serious, this little girl made me think and her question really forced me to do some soul searching.
I know kids pay attention to everything, but this was DEEP! Ok, these girls are very aware of the example I usually set, otherwise they wouldn't have noticed that I deviated from that example. So, you're probably wondering how I responded. Well, she helped me out with that too, "Mommy, I want to do a workout with you everyday and drink my superfoods with you everyday too!" She was beaming! How could I NOT commit to making sure we made this happen??
Since we returned home we've committed to working out every day together. . . at least until school starts up again in a couple of weeks. What's making this really fun though is we are in it to win it! This month, from 8-31 August we are entering a contest where $1000 are being given away every day to a family who submits a minute or less video of them having fun and working out to some country tunes! I can't say we are super into country line dancing, but we're going to try! So far it's been a fun activity to do together and we're improving. Check out our moves from the first day in our video below! If you and your family are into line dancing or you're just looking for a fun way to move, find out how HERE --> bit.ly/297kXmm
Allison Marschean is a wife and mother of 8 year old twins girls and a 2 year old baby girl who is kicking an autoimmune disorder to the curb with food and fitness, all while living her dimensions!