Be Your Vacation Hero

Get lost!

Vacations come with the nature of being permissive of behaviors you wouldn’t normally exhibit. People are often quick to tell you that you’re on vacation and to, “live a little.” If you “live” it up at home, then going on vacation should mean something else to you. If you have a very strict diet when you’re at home and you go on vacation to let loose and go crazy for a period of days, know that ahead of time and prepare for it.

Just remember – as soon as you get home from the vacation, the vacation-specific behaviors end and it’s back to the normal routine for you.

How do I prepare for a vacation?

About a month before the vacation, alter your workouts and start building muscle more than doing your cardio. Downgrade to “maintenance cardio” and increase your strength training. The metabolism can only be increased two ways, and one key way is to increase the amount of lean muscle mass you have while at rest. The muscle mass you have at rest is actively working to maintain itself, thus you’ll be burning calories without doing anything! Don’t worry about bulking up – just build that muscle and your body will take the shape it’s meant to be.

Be mindful of the “Swap-Opt™” available to you while away. A “Swap-Opt™” is an option to swap one choice for another. So, if you’re at lunch and you have these delicious waffle-cut sweet potato fries in front of you begging you to load them onto your plate, be mindful of the swap option that is available to you, such as a particular dessert or another carby side, etc. Once you’ve “weighed” your options, make a choice.

But I tend to want to take both because I’m not sure they’ll offer the other choice again while I’m there. What do I do?

Ask yourself, “Which of these options is harder for me to find in my everyday life?” You may find that they are readily available where you live and you can get them with ease. If it’s a dish that is specific to the place you’re visiting or is prepared in a way different than what is normal to you, choose the more abnormal option.

What should I make sure I do while on vacation and what should I absolutely avoid while on vacation?


Everything you want that doesn’t endanger your life.
Move. Yes, spend time relaxing, but move whenever possible. Take stairs instead of elevators and go for random walks as often as possible.
Be adventurous! Try new foods and new activities!


Being redundant. If you’ve already eaten something, get something else. If you’ve already gone binge-drinking, try to do a little less. Don’t repeat yourself, unless it’s a piece of your wardrobe.

As we embark on vacations this holiday season, let’s make sure we take ourselves into consideration before all else. Don’t do things you’ll regret in life, especially, when you’re on vacation!


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