Check In

Well I’m halfway through day 7, and I’m going really strong. In fact, this is the longest I’ve stuck to a real diet in YEARS. I mean it. It has to be at least 10 years since I made it this far into a diet plan, despite me wanting to lose weight for at least that long. Hard to admit.

But here’s the good news. This morning, I weighed in at 187.8, which is a loss of 6.6 lbs so far! In SIX DAYS. That is incredible to me.

I’ll admit, I haven’t been able to stick to the Wonderslim diet, no matter how much I wanted to and how good my intentions were. Instead, I’ve been eating a LOT of lettuce, tuna and eggs!

On average this week, I have eaten about 864 calories a day. Obviously this is quite low and not something I intend to make a long term thing. But learning to eat again has been a bit difficult, as so many things are tempting. I figured after a couple of weeks, I’d trust myself a bit more and start looking up some “real” recipes. Right now, it’s been basic food that will fill me up but remain low cal.

I’ll also admit here and now that I’ve never done a low cal diet before. I’ve done low carb and every other kind of fad diet out there, but never have I actually counted calories, written down everything I’ve eaten, etc. I just always thought it was too simple to work. I know, what an idiot, right? It’s well known that losing weight comes down to two things: eat less, move more. Well I think I’ve got the eating less part working right now!

I’ve also added something to my diet that has ALWAYS been severely lacking: WATER! As a germaphobe, I don’t do well drinking from a tap, so I have bought a bunch of bottled water to drink, and it’s helping a lot. I can’t believe I’ve not had coffee or any other drink than water for an entire six days. That is UNHEARD of for me.  But I’m serious about this.

Today I did some exercise for the first time. Oh dear. You don’t even want to know. Lol. It was hard because my 14 month old kept climbing on the crosstrainer as I was working out, and I had to keep stopping to remove him. All three of my kids were watching as I did it, and I felt a bit of a fool. Worse than that, I didn’t last very long as I am severely out of shape, and I felt like my entire body was dealing with excess gravity. Ugh.

So yah… we’re not quite a week in yet, but I’m happy with the progress. I don’t expect such a big weight loss over the next week, as I’m sure much of this week is water weight. Then again, maybe the lack of Starbucks is the real reason. Who knows?

One last thing… I took before pictures when I started this thing. I figured it being right after the holidays, I was gonna look pretty bad, but this was way worse than I feared. I wasn’t going to post them, but what the hell? This is the last time I’ll ever be that size, so why not? At least it’ll keep me honest, right? It’s all about accountability. So here I am in all my glory. Ugh. Never again.

Starting Weight 194.4 on 1/10/16 | The Incredible Shrinking Me

Mediterranean Style Bean & Tuna Salad

I am a sucker for anything that is light and flavorful. Sticking to a diet is a LOT easier if you have good food that makes you feel like you’ve indulged but you really know it’s healthy. Since I’m down 6+ lbs this week (Can I get an AMEN?!), I wanted to share this GORGEOUS Mediterranean Style Bean & Tuna Salad that is SO delicious.

With big chunks of tasty tuna, gorgeous garbanzo beans, and a vivacious vinaigrette, this is one you’ll want to eat every day for lunch.

Mediterranean Style Bean & Tuna Salad | The Incredible Shrinking Me


1 15.5-ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 to 1 cup black olives, sliced
1 cup good quality, solid pack tuna
1/2 cup chopped tomato, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon capers
1 green onion, sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

Mediterranean Style Bean & Tuna Salad | The Incredible Shrinking Me


For the vinaigrette, add the olive oil, vinegar, and mustard to a large bowl and whisk to combine.

Mediterranean Style Bean & Tuna Salad | The Incredible Shrinking Me

Add the beans, black olives, tomatoes, capers, and most of the green onions to the bowl. Stir. Break the tuna into large chunks and add it to the salad. Gently stir to combine.

Mediterranean Style Bean & Tuna Salad | The Incredible Shrinking Me

Taste and adjust the salt and pepper to your liking. You can also add more vinegar or olive oil at this point, if desired. Some people like it more vinegary, while others like it less, so start with one tablespoon and add more to suit your tastes.

Mediterranean Style Bean & Tuna Salad | The Incredible Shrinking Me

Garnish with the reserved green onions and enjoy chilled or at room temperature!

Final 1


This salad is full of protein, texture, and flavor!

It’s delicious eaten on its own served over a bed of lettuce.

Sometimes I like to mix the leftovers with gluten-free pasta for a quick and easy pasta salad. You’ll need to add a little extra dressing if you do this.

If you don’t like garbanzo beans, you could use any kind of white beans. I’ve made this with cannellini beans, and it’s just as delicious!

The dressing is quick and easy, but you could also use your favorite bottle of Italian dressing.

Both the capers and olives add quite a bit of salt, so be sure to completely mix the salad before adding any.

Some yummy additions would be thinly sliced red onion, chopped eggs, feta cheese and diced red or yellow peppers!

Mediterranean Style Bean & Tuna Salad | The Incredible Shrinking Me

Another Day One…

Here we are again. Another day one of another diet in another year of me trying to get healthy. I genuinely hate this. I hate that I’ve given up so many times. I feel like I’ve had no accountability. I have gained even more weight than from my last day one.

I’m not one to spout nonsense about “New Year, New Me,” but damn it, I hope this year WILL see a new me. Because the old me is a lazy, overweight excuse-maker who NEEDS to get with the program.

So here we go again, eh?

I know gimmicks are bad, but I will admit that I’m starting anew with a program. I ordered a month’s worth of WonderSlim, and I’m hoping it will be the kick start I need to get this show on the road. Seven meals a day (all provided) which are low cal and actually quite tasty. It could be a LOT worse, lemme tell ya.

Day One - Plans for My New Life | The Incredible Shrinking Me

I also am going to be starting on the pill, Alli, in a few days. Once I’ve got through the hardest part of the diet, I’ll incorporate it into my regime. It says that for every five pounds you lose through diet and exercise alone, Alli will help you lose 3-4 more. Sounds good to me!

Day One - Plans for My New Life | The Incredible Shrinking Me

My ultimate goal is to lose between 40 – 60 lbs. At my last weigh in, I was 194.4. Not good. I’d LOVE to be in the 130s, but I don’t know how realistic it is. If I could get to the 150s, I’d be happy. But I want to push myself as much as I can and get the ultimate result I desire. Hell, if I can lose 40 lbs on my own, why not 60?? I can DO it!

I’ve also bought myself a fitspiration diary. It’s just a thing I picked up at Walgreens, and it is a way of keeping track of my goals. It’s also going to help me keep positive in those moments where I’m sorely lacking in positivity!

Day One - Plans for My New Life | The Incredible Shrinking Me

Day One - Plans for My New Life | The Incredible Shrinking Me

Day One - Plans for My New Life | The Incredible Shrinking Me

I am determined that this will be my LAST first day.

Here we go.

No Bake Energy Bites

Healthy No Bake Energy Bites

One of the handiest tricks I know when it comes to losing weight or just trying to eat better is to make sure you always have an easy snack on hand. Something healthy to munch on will keep you from reaching for cookies or other high-sugar snacks you will regret. I love making a batch of these healthy No Bake Energy Bites to carry with me through the week so that I always have something good to eat when I am fighting cravings.

They couldn’t be easier to make, either. Here’s what you’ll need:


1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup old-fashioned oats (raw)
2/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted and cooled (optional)
1/2 cup ground golden flaxseed meal
6 Tbsp chocolate chip minis

No Bake Energy Bites


In a medium-mixing bowl stir together peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract.

No Bake Energy Bites

Combine remaining ingredients and stir until evenly coated. Transfer mixture to refrigerator and chill until set.

No Bake Energy Bites

Remove from refrigerator and shape into 1-inch balls.

No Bake Energy Bites

Store in refrigerator in an airtight container. Enjoy!

No Bake Energy Bites

What is your best trick for losing weight? What is your favorite snack to have on hand?

The Best Gluten Free Meal Plan

The Best Gluten Free Meal Plan

If you’re thinking about making the switch to gluten free eating but you aren’t sure where to start, consider following a gluten free meal plan! Meal planning takes a huge burden off your shoulders and can help you easily transition into a gluten free lifestyle. If you’re already eating gluten free, this gluten free meal plan will help you free up some time in your week by helping keep you organized and ready for the week!

Gluten free eating is a choice that many people are making lately for medical reasons as well as other small health reasons. People looking to avoid inflammation, bloating, and weight gain are all looking towards gluten free eating as a way to manage their food-related issues and having great success. With that being said, if you’re trying to decide whether or not to go gluten free, there are tons of books and resources on Amazon to help you do your research and decide what’s best for your body.

Check these out:

Jump Start Your Gluten-Free Diet
Gluten Free on a Shoestring
Gluten is My Bitch: Rants, Recipes and Ridiculousness for the Gluten Free


It’s important to remember that if you’re moving towards a gluten free lifestyle, you may have cravings for old foods. This is totally normal, but if you’re doing it for health reasons, it’s really important to stay on track! Keeping your body healthy and functioning well is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

Each of the recipes marked with a star on the gluten free meal plan can be located under this text. Bookmark or pin this post for easy reference for your gluten free meal plan and come back to find a recipe when you need it!

Gluten Free Pancakes
Gluten Free Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars
Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Muffins
Gluten Free Dairy Free Cinnamon Rolls
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

Turkey BLT Roll-ups
Zucchini Pizza Bites
Ham & Cheese Apple Wraps
Gluten Free Pizza Muffins
Citrus Chicken Salad
Gluten Free Vegan Buffalo Wings
Sandwich On A Stick

Gluten Free Bacon Mac & Cheese
Cornflake Crusted Baked Chicken
Gluten Free Stuffed Meatballs
Southwest Turkey Burgers
Spinach Artichoke Chicken
Pork Chops with Apple & Onions
Tex Mex Spaghetti Squash Boats

Ultimately, living gluten free is a tough lifestyle in a world full of gluten, but it can be done! Meal planning, healthy snack alternatives, and a repertoire of recipes are all super important when it comes to success. What tips would you share for anyone getting ready to start a gluten free meal plan? If you tried this meal plan, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

#MotivationMonday – Weigh In and Weekend Recap

Another Monday has rolled around, and after a weekend of awesome fun, I have come to another weigh in! Eep! Let’s just get it out of the way, shall we?

Drumroll, please!

Monday Weigh In

If you can’t see it clearly, it says 186.6 lbs. Last week I was 187.2, so I’ve lost .6 lbs in a week. And while that doesn’t seem a lot, I can tell you that it is more than I was expecting! Unfortunately, this last week has been a little difficult for me because of various… shall we say… hormonal issues. Since my 7 month old was born, I haven’t yet got my time of the month. Right now we are working on giving up breastfeeding, so my hormones are ALL over the place. On Saturday night, I was SO grouchy and overwhelmed that I sent my hubby out to the store with instructions to come back with something SUPER chocolatey and delicious.

I ate this whole thing because I am PMSing. Don't judge me...

He did well! But I ate the whole thing in two nights, and I am super ashamed. So at the end of the day, as long as the scales are going down, I am happy. It could have been worse!

For the most part, last week was great. I am a member of TWO gyms now, and on Saturday I brought Mark on my guest pass to Planet Fitness. We did a bit of cardio together, and then I was too tired from previous workouts to do more. So I left him to continue while I went to the Relaxation Zone and had a massage and a turn on the tanning bed. Don’t judge me too hard. It was lovely

On Sunday, we had plans to go down to Lehi and hike to Timpanogos Cave. The hike was rated as “strenuous” in our travel guide, so we were worried about taking all three kids with us. And the weather on Saturday night had been quite rainy and stormy, so our plans were up in the air until we woke up Sunday morning to sunshine and blue skies.

I am proud to say that we all made it up this difficult hike (1.5 miles each way!) and through the cave with no issues. It was one of my proudest moments. Not just for me, but for the kids as well. Mark and I took turns carrying the baby, but Dexter and Daniel were able to walk it all themselves (minus the last 1/4 mile when Dan was falling asleep and daddy had to carry him AND the baby!).

I climbed Mount Timpanogos!

The views were stunning, and it was SO worth the hike. Mark and I would love to do it again sometime WITHOUT the kids in tow. We’re thinking we might make a day of it at the end of summer/early autumn when it’s a little cooler. That sun was BRUTAL!


I climbed Mount Timpanogos!
How amazing is this view from the top of the mountain!?

So there you have it. Not an alltogether terrible week. I’ve lost more than half a pound, and I found out that my fitness levels are improving! Even from two weeks ago with our trip to Zion, I am MUCH fitter. I can’t wait for our next exciting adventure!

Seven Year Itch (My Surgiversary!)

You know how you watch episodes of weight loss shows and always wonder whether the winners kept the weight off? Or how we invest ourselves in someone else’s journey right up until they succeed or fail and then years later wonder what ever happened to them…

I started this very blog back in 2008, a few months after I’d had weight loss surgery. I kept it up for about 2 years before I got busy with other things (namely falling in love and getting pregnant!) and eventually I lost the domain and couldn’t get it back for SEVERAL years. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I had a long-awaited doctor’s appointment to discuss with my new physician why I’m so tired all the time, lacking in energy and unable to lose weight. Predictably, instead of seeing my weight as a symptom, he decided it was the diagnosis. He told me that I should lose 60 lbs, and I’ll feel perfect.

Sixty pounds.


The weight of that number is so heavy. It feels insurmountable.

Nevertheless, after getting some support in my favorite facebook group, I felt like I knew the answer to my problems. Yes, my weight is an issue. Losing even part of it can only help me in every aspect of my life. And while I investigate other areas where  I may be having issues (thyroid, metabolism, hormone imbalance, etc), I can definitely do my best to get myself in better health through eating well, exercising and getting plenty of sunlight. These are three things that I have struggled with for a while now.

Once I’d made the decision, it seems like everything fell into place. I decided I’d start a blog to chronicle my journey, and by some chance, my original domain was once again available! I remembered that I even had a twitter account back then, as well as a youtube channel, and once again I was able to restore them! I even started a facebook page!

And then – something weird happened. Out of the blue, someone contacted me via email and said they remembered me from back in those days. She had been struggling with the decision on whether she should have weight loss surgery or not. She was morbidly obese, and she’d always been very body positive, but now her weight was seriously affecting her health. She was considering surgery, but all of her body-positive plus sized friends were angry with her at the thought. They saw her contemplation of losing weight as a betrayal. They saw it as a judgement.

She wrote:

I don’t know what to do. I’m in pain, short of breath and feel like I might die if I don’t do something soon. But my friends refuse to admit that my health would be improved with significant weight loss. I can’t do it by myself. I’ve tried dieting on the downlow, but it breaks me. I am so hungry, and the more I eat the worse I feel.”

My heart broke for her. Taking your health into your hands is never a bad idea. But there are a million ways to do it, and surgery is a big deal. If I’m totally honest, I sometimes regret that I had surgery, while at the same time I am grateful to it because I was so depressed at that time that I doubt I would be here now if I hadn’t lost weight. Still, I do wish I’d worked harder to do it the old fashioned way.

This woman who wrote me wanted to know how I was doing now, years later. Had I kept the weight off? Had I remained healthy? She basically wanted to know what ever became of me. And that’s when I noticed the date. June 3rd. Today is EXACTLY seven years since I had my surgery.

When I went into the operating theater, I weighed 259 lbs. When I got pregnant with my first son two years later, I weighed 142 lbs. That’s 117 lbs difference. Having had three kids in quick succession, it’s no wonder I’ve put on a bit of weight. At my weigh in two days ago, I was 187.2 lbs. That’s about 45 lbs more than my low weight, and I wasn’t even happy then.

But if I’m totally honest with myself and you – I would be happy at any weight if I could keep up with my kids. Because over the last seven years, I have realized that that is what it’s all about. Setting a good example to them of healthy eating, being active and living life to the fullest is of paramount importance to me. Don’t get me wrong – I want to be thin and attractive and feel good about myself. I want to wear cute clothes and not be afraid of being in photos because I don’t want anyone to see the rolls of fat I’m sporting. But mostly, I just want to be healthy, and I will work my ass off (literally and figuratively!) to make it happen.

They say in relationships, you get the “Seven Year Itch,” which is a tendency toward infidelity after seven years. For me, that’s kind of true. Because all the good habits I built up over the last seven years (using food as fuel, not drinking my calories, eating protein first, etc) have gotten boring. I much prefer sitting down to gorgeous food and savoring it. I drink way too much Starbucks. And I would rather have a plate of spaghetti than a bit of lean fish to nosh on. But that’s why it takes work. If it was easy, everyone would be thin and gorgeous. But for me, it’s got to be about putting the effort in and ignoring the parts of myself that are trying to get me to cheat.

They say “Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.” That is rubbish. It should be, “Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.”

Living a healthy life

#MondayMotivation – Weigh in and Weekend Update

So I’ve decided that Mondays will be my weigh in day. It’s kind of awesome that May starts on a Monday, as it gives a great jumping off point for everyone since some people like to start on a Monday and some like to wait until the first of the month. I usually choose whichever one is furthest away so I have more time to scarf junk. Only mostly kidding there.

First up, I will be honest and say that I didn’t weigh myself this morning like I should have. I weighed at 9:30 PM, which was silly, but hey – at least it means that next week I might have a bigger loss, right? My starting weight in this whole thing was 189.9 lbs. Tonight, I weighed in at:

Monday Weigh In

So that is a 2.7 lb loss! WAHEY! I’ll take it! Any loss is the right direction, as far as I’m concerned. Imagine if I’d have weighed myself first thing in the morning before I’d spent all day eating?

Of course, that brings me to the subject of food. I’ve actually been eating really well. I went out and bought a lot of easy foods so that I can stop myself eating the wrong things. I have some nice healthy ready-made salads that I bought, as well as rice cakes, flavored almonds, etc. All of them have been checked not just for calories, but for sugars, as well. I don’t want to cut out everything that I like, but I want to have healthy options available for me. I have a TON of Greek Yogurt, as I love to mix it with a little honey and cinnamon for a metabolism-boosting treat. YUM!

This weekend, I was very proud of myself. Hubby and I are really working toward being more active. While he is thin and fit and very healthy, he is very encouraging of me to get my health under control. To that end, we finally bit the bullet and allowed the kids to go into the gym daycare on Saturday so we could work out together. It was my first visit to the gym in many years, and it kicked my butt. But I LOVED it. I did 15 minutes of fat burn on the sit down bike, and then we did a variety of upper body exercises on the resistance machines. Three sets of 12 – 15 reps on each machine. It was mental. I was so sore afterward (in a good way!). Hubby kept taking photos and videos of me, and I compiled them into a quick 1 minute video to share. It gets me pumped just to watch it!

On Sunday, we decided to go for a hike with the kids. We had gone to Zion National Park last weekend for Memorial Day, and it had been amazing.  So this weekend, we took the kids up to Big Cottonwood Canyon and hiked to Donut Falls. It was rather moderate for a hike (I’d thought it would be easier!), and I was carrying baby Chester in my Baby Bjorn and having to carry Daniel a bit, as well. So I got a great workout. Whew!

Hiking at Zion

I don’t have any photos of me at Donut Falls because no one ever takes photos of me – I’m the one always carrying the camera! But the above photo is from Zion.

Actually, I lie! I do have a photo from Donut Falls – a random stranger offered to take it as I was waiting with Dexter and Dan on the side of the road for their dad to come pick us up.

Hiking at Donut Falls

I guess you can see by my adorable kids exactly what my motivation is for losing weight and getting fit. They deserve a mom who can keep up with them every step of the way. And that’s what I intend to be!

I Ran a 5K, and I Survived!

Color Me Rad 5K race

This past weekend in Salt Lake City, I grabbed my hubby and some friends, and we headed over to the State Fairgrounds to run the Color Me Rad 5k. Given that I’m the absolute least fit person in our entire social circle, I was sort of dreading the experience. I can’t run very far or very fast, and I am totally out of breath within a minute. I knew it was going to be difficult for me. Add on to this the fact that we’ve had mega rain lately, and I was nursing two pretty bad injuries to my feet (my heels were cracked and bleeding and in a LOT of pain), and you can probably figure out that this wasn’t going to be an amazing race.

BUT. And here is the big big but (big butt?), I did it anyway. I showed up, I kept a smile on my face, and I RAN. Well, I ran a little. In truth, I walked for nearly all of it.

Color Me Rad 5K race

I had my most awesome husband with me, supporting me all the way. He is my greatest cheerleader in all things, and even though he is super fit and totally could have run the whole thing in a quarter of the time, he stayed with me and went at my pace. I mean, in truth is IS a “fun run.” It is meant to be enjoyed. If you’re not familiar, Color Me Rad is basically a 5k where you get craploads of colored chalk thrown on you. You’re supposed to wear white so all the colors show up and look awesome, but I own nothing white. So we went for black. It worked!

The weather being so gloomy was a big problem. Most of the course was mud and puddles, so nearly everyone was walking or doing a slow jog so they wouldn’t slip and fall. Plus, they hadn’t organized very well, and areas of the course were VERY narrow, and many folks were walking in groups, so they were hard for runners to get by.

Color Me Rad 5K race

Every time I got my breath back and wanted to run, it seemed there was a puddle, mud or people in my way! But I did my best. By the end of the course I was in a LOT of pain, since my feet were in such a bad state, so I was limping quite slowly. But it wasn’t like I was trying to beat my time or anything. In fact, I have no idea how long it took us to run the race. I don’t think they even kept track of anyone.

Color Me Rad 5K race

I did manage to run through the finish line, though, just in time to meet up with all of our friends, who had finished LONG before we did. I didn’t care. I was proud of myself for making it.

I did it. I ran a 5k, and it didn’t kill me. I got up early on a Saturday morning, when I’d much rather have been sleeping, and I worked through wind and rain and crowds of people (all my least favorite things!) and did exercise. My hubby said I did better than he thought I would have. To be truthful, I did much better than I thought I would have.

Color Me Rad 5K race

I’ve signed up for another 5k in July. It’s the “Fro Yo 5k” which is another “fun run,” and it’s just down the street at my local park. I get frozen yogurt for doing it. How bad can that be?!

Seeing myself in the photos and feeling how my body ached and how winded I got from the whole race was hard. I am heavier than I’ve been in years, and I am more out of shape than I’ve EVER been. Even when I weighed 260 lbs, I was never this lazy.

This weekend was the start of a new era. I have vowed to go all out to get my weight back down, my fitness levels up, and my energy through the roof.  I am hopeful that next year when I sign up for Color Me Rad, I will see a HUGE improvment in my own attitude, my looks and my abilities. Look out world! Nothing can stop me now!

How to Stay Fit on Vacation

Everyone deserves downtime, but sometimes it can be really tough to know how to stay fit on vacation.  You want to take off time and relax, but you realize that too much downtime can lead you away from your fitness goals.  Understanding how to juggle the tow is so important for your overall health success.  With vacation season upon us, it is time to really consider ways that you can motivate yourself and plan to be able to stay fit on vacation.

how to stay fit on vacation

 Stay in hotels with fitness centers.  When booking your hotel or resort stay, make sure there is a fitness center available.  Setting your alarm for 30 minutes early a few times a week can keep you on track without taking too much time from your vacation.  While it may not have everything your gym at home does, all hotel fitness centers will have at least a treadmill or bike for cardio.  A few simple weights in house can be used to maintain your strength building routine.  While not ideal, it is a functional way to stay fit on vacation when you plan ahead.

Park farther away and walk as much as possible.  Much of vacation is about exploring.  Whether it is walking to and from the restaurant a few blocks from your hotel, or parking on the back lot when you head to the amusement park you can get extra steps in all over the place.  This can apply to nearly everything you do while on vacation.  Park your car and walk as much as possible between activities.  While it may not be the blood pumping workout you normally do at home, it will be a great way to burn some extra calories and get a few extra steps in while you are away from your gym at home.

Pack your yoga mat and resistance bands.  Depending on how you travel and if you check luggage, you can easily pack simple things like your yoga mat and resistance bands.  These are easy to pull out in a hotel room and use frequently while you are on vacation.  Not only can you do some basic floor exercise and yoga positions, you can use the resistance bands for strength training without hefty weights in your luggage. Here’s a great travel-friendly fitness pack.

Splurge on food you can’t get at home, but maintain good eating habits the bulk of the time.  While not necessarily fitness related, this is something that goes hand in hand with your workout routine.  What you put into your body while on vacation can definitely change how you feel when you get back home.  Vacation is a time to let lose and have fun, but that doesn’t mean you should load up on every deep fried, cheese and gravy laden food you come across.  There is an 80%/20% rule that most dietitians as well as trainers will tell you is a good idea.  80% of the time you should eat healthy and on track with your plan.  20% of the time you should give yourself a break and allow a bit of splurge in your diet.  While on vacation, don’t splurge on a burger from a restaurant you have back home.  Instead, save those splurges for the things you can’t get at home.  The taco shop with authentic handmade rolled tacos in downtown L.A. is worth the splurge.  The fast food place? Not so much.

Planning ahead for your travel is the best way to stay fit on vacation.  From making sure you have gym access, to choosing to walk instead of drive you can impact your health positively throughout your time away from home.  Vacation doesn’t have to mean a 10 pound weight gain.  It can mean proving your strength and maintaining your weight as well as your level of fitness when you plan ahead.