Traveling and Weight Loss

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By Diana Cherry

After having a baby 6 months ago, I’ve been on a weight loss journey.  I’ve been watching what I eat (for the most part), working out 5-6 days a week (with Dillon’s amazing help), and trying to get back to a healthy weight.  But, on a trip this past week to my sister’s wedding in St. Louis, MO, I found it surprisingly difficult to stay on track.   Most meals were tied to events, with pre-set menus and not much in the way of healthy options.  Not surprisingly, restaurants like Uncle Bill’s Pancake House, Home Wine Kitchen, and Aldo’s Pizza don’t bode well for the calorie counter.  When hash browns and french fries top the list of “vegetable” sides, you know you’re in trouble.  So, what’s a mama (or any health conscious person for that matter) to do? (Tips on eating out).

Mile High Calories Are Not Duty Free:
Just because you’re traveling, doesn’t mean Peanut M&M’s, carb-laden party mixes, and fried potato chips are suddenly better for your waistline.  “Free” drinks on the airline are not calorie “free”.  I stuck to pita slices, hummus, fruit, a cheese stick, and water.

Find a Grocery Store:
When I arrived at the hotel room I was sharing with my mom, she had already gone to the grocery store.  There was water and fresh fruit for munching, so we wouldn’t be quite so tempted to order take out or room service.

Split Your Meals:
Though I couldn’t always control what was on my plate at the various events involved in the wedding festivities, I could control how much of each item I ate.  So, for most items I was served, I aimed to eat half or one third of what was on my plate.

Split Your Meals:
Though I couldn’t always control what was on my plate at the various events involved in the wedding festivities, I could control how much of each item I ate.  So, for most items I was served, I aimed to eat half or one third of what was on my plate.

I do, however, still want to have fun.  I’m nursing my 6 month old so I opted to skip drinks at every event.  But, I did indulge in dessert on occasion.  Oftentimes, I think we are programmed to drink or eat because we think it will help us have more fun.  Without the full array of appetizers, drinks, and desserts at each event, I still had a good time.  Plus, I didn’t have to feel too self conscious about my moves on the dance floor since every one else was drinking and not paying any attention to how ridiculous I looked.

Get Moving:
I was lucky, there was a gym for guests at the hotel where I was staying.  I made sure to hit the workout while in St. Louis and opted for walking/public transit as my means of transportation to wedding events.  This allowed me to see the sites of the city, and still get a little extra exercise.  I also danced my butt off (literally) at the wedding.

I’ll be honest in saying, I feel like I backtracked this week.  But, though all in all it wasn’t a great week for me nutritionally, I didn’t throw in the towel entirely.  I did what I could, where I could.  That, I think, makes all the difference in the long haul.  And, the thing is, while I was gone, I couldn’t wait to get back and have a fresh salad, some grilled fish, and big glass of lemon water.  When you are good to your body, it doesn’t feel good to revert back to bad habits.  So, now I’m back and ready to get busy again at the Fitness Lab. I know Dillon’s going to kick my butt.  And, I can’t wait!