Are you dreading getting on the scales after your holiday? Well don't!
Many of you have been away or are going away and what I hear from you is that you dread stepping on the scales on your return! Well don't, holidays are for enjoying, they are for relaxing with family and friends, sampling the local cuisine and letting your hair down.
What is the worst that can happen? weight gain!!
But is this really something to stress about?
Your journey is not about dread and fear over the effects of a summer holiday or a family celebration but about life balance. When we go on holiday valuable lessons are learnt that will help a deeper level of understanding and ultimately help you navigate your way to success however long it takes.
The three things that can happen when you step on the scales:
Weight remains the same
Whatever the result each one helps you understand more about yourself, your self control and commitment to reaching your health and fitness goals. Allow this journey to be more than just weight loss every week and more to do with making choices.
If you gain weight its not the end of the world its just showing you that you have relaxed your routine and the consequences of eating bread with every meal, drinking more wine and snacking more frequently have added up to more calories than your body requires so it stores it.
What will you do differently next time? For some, you won't change your habits, but on your return will go back to using my fitness pal for monitoring your daily food intake and by doing this will revert back to your regular meals and within 2 weeks the extra weight gained will be lost. This does require a committed mindset.
For others it's more a case of knowing what to avoid on subsequent holidays i.e. be relaxed one day sampling the local ice-cream but the following day saying no to the bread at the dinner table, as this will create a balanced affect and offset weight gain.
If you lose weight hopefully its not because you've got a dickie tummy or that you have reluctantly avoided all the foods you love! but more a case of being aware not to over indulge and with increased activity you are continuing to have a calorie deficit. Not having temptation around like you do at home ( biscuits chocolate and crisps) and increasing protein breakfasts with hearty salad based lunch is often all that is required to continue to lose weight.
If you stay the same this shows that you have got what it takes to balance intake with exercise....this is great news and a positive future indication that once you get to your goal you will easily maintain.
So you can see holidays are not to be dreaded, the scales will show one of these 3 results and whatever the result I want you to learn from it - throw guilt out of the window and focus on getting the BALANCE right.