Well, after working hard for ages, we just took a well earned few weeks off last minute and went to Bali.
I love traveling, meeting new people, seeing the sites and learning about the culture. And I also love trying the different local foods, and relaxing over a few wines.
I mean, we have a great selection of different cuisines at home, but nothing beats the real thing, right?
Now, different people have different attitudes towards managing their weight when traveling:
- Some eat and drink whatever they please, not holding back at all (making the most of those buffet breakfasts)
- Others enjoy their food but don’t go overboard
- Others maintain their diets while traveling
- And others actually go on health retreats and actually eat better while they are away from home
- While others don’t watch what they eat or drink at all, get sick (arhg, the dreaded Bali belly), and lose weight while spending too much time on the toilet.
So how do I manage my weight while traveling?
While the 2nd last point may (to some) sound good in practice (I have done this before and really did enjoy it), I prefer to enjoy the local foods, but don’t go overboard.
Doing this, I am prepared to put on a bit of weight, but I know that I won’t undo all the good work I have done.
So I haven’t weighed myself yet since being home, but I can tell by the way my jeans fit that I doubt that I have actually put on any weight.
And I put some of this down to being relatively sensible in what and how much I ate, but also the exercise that we did.
When we’re in a new place, we just get out and explore. Hours and hours of walking, day after day… much more than we normally do at home. Just checking out the sites and what the locals get up to. It’s something that we love to do.
And it comes so naturally… it doesn’t seem like exercise at all.
So, next time you travel, understand that you do have options. You don’t have to sit at the all-you-can-eat breakfast for 4 hours and gorge yourself stupid.
You can chose to feast all day and night, feel awful physically afterwards, and regret it when you get home.
Or you can take control and make the decision that you are going to look after yourself while traveling.
Just commit to it, then make it happen. You will feel so much better for it.
Let me know your traveling stories in the comments below.