How to Stay on Track on Vacationstay on track on vacation

Summer is upon us!!! For most of us, there will be vacations in the mix which can easily mean compromising our health and fitness results. There’s restaurants on the boardwalk, ice cream, snow cones, funnel cakes, Flinstone-sized drumsticks, and fancy calorie packed tropical drinks OH MY!

Great news: You don’t HAVE to go backwards! Yay! You’ve put in a lot of hard work and you don’t have to undo it in just a few days.

Here are some things my fellow coach Melissa shared that I thought might help us all stay on track while still enjoying our summer vacations.

  1. Bring Your Own Food: If you are road tripping somewhere, this is definitely doable, but if you are flying, it’s probably not the best option. If you are the latter, check out tip #2! For those who are driving, bring SNACKS! Bring plenty of fruit, and not just apples and bananas. Get creative and cut up watermelon or cantaloupe before you leave. Bring a giant container ready to share! Once your kids see these scrumptious treats, they will try to eat it all…So bring extra!
  2. Order Off the Menu: Here is where I tend to fail the most. Trust me, I know the struggle! You see all of those savory dishes just staring you down saying ORDER ME! You have to stay strong. Always ask the waiter if you can make your own dish – Order something OFF the menu. The worst they can say is no, we can’t do that. So try! For example, at an Italian restaurant, ask for steamed veggies and marinara sauce to put on top! This is a great way to get that Italian taste, just without the carbs.
  3. Workout Before Everyone Wakes Up: I try to do this no matter where I am vacationing. Say your whole family wakes up around 9:00 a.m. on vacation. Wake up at 8:00 a.m., get in a workout, then meet back up with the fam when they wake up! This way you are missing NO family time. The best of both worlds (or better yet, get them to join you)!
  4. Plan Active Activities: Instead of planning excursions or activities where you are sitting most of the time, kill two birds with one stone, and plan active ones! For example, instead of tubing down an exotic river, snorkel down one. Instead of driving, bike to the town. There are so many options: kayak, hike, dance, horse-back ride or simply walk! Forget the hotel gym, plan some active activities!

P.S. Need a complete solution to getting you on track to meeting your goals? That’s what I do! Message me at and I can match you up with a complete program from the fitness to the nutrition that will help you reach your goals.

Digging Deeper,
Jessica Bowser Nelson
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