Setting Realistic Weight Loss Goals When Traveling is Crucial to Permanent Weight Loss Success |

Often when we are planning a trip we either have unrealistically optimistic expectations of our weight loss results or we totally bag the idea of trying to be healthy. There is another option between these extremes. By choosing a middle ground we have a better chance a permanent weight loss success and of having an enjoyable trip to boot!

Rather than being rigid in your exercise and eating while on your trip, allow for a little extra flexibility in your plan. After all, traveling itself can be stressful and you are going to be in environments where you have much less control over the available foods and what you can do for exercise.

Because you have less control you might be tempted to give up if you go into the trip with a very rigid mindset. The end result will be not only that you don’t reach your weight loss goals, but you may very well set yourself back on your weight loss journey. That doesn’t help you physically, mentally, or emotionally.

On the other hand if you go on a trip without any plan…if you decide because you aren’t at home in the environment where you have the most control then you won’t have ANY control so why bother…well, you are pretty much guaranteeing a big binge and weight gain.

The solution is to set weight loss goals for your trip…but be realistic about it.

Your specific goals will vary depending on where you are in your weight loss journey and what the nature of the trip is. For example, if you are a regular business traveler and this is one of many business trips you will be taking as part of your job, then your goals will be very different from the time you head home for the holidays.

The first step therefore is to acknowledge what type of trip it is. Is it a type of trip that you will be having frequently, or is this a “once-in-a-lifetime” trip, or somewhere in between.

If your job involves frequent travel then you will want to set up a routine that works for you on the road so you continue to lose weight on a regular basis whether you are at home or traveling.

On the other hand if you have been saving for years for a month long trip to Europe or Alaskan cruise, for example, then your goal may be to maintain your weight…or even to allow yourself to gain an amount that you are comfortable with, say 5 pounds.

Whether your trip is a fantastic vacation, a family reunion, a weekend getaway, or a business trip, you can set health and fitness goals that will fit in for that particular journey.

While it may be appealing to think we will always adhere to our normal routine and continue to lose weight at a consistent rate…that is not realistic…even if we are at home. When we have unrealistic goals regarding our healthy, fitness and weight loss then we are setting ourselves up for failure. When we fail we then give ourselves the opportunity to beat ourselves up for the failure. Now we have entered a downward spiral of not meeting our expectations and criticizing ourselves for it…as we beat ourselves up we feel bad, which makes us want to do things that makes us feel better which is often to eat! Thus we continue the spiral down and suddenly we have put back on any weight we had taken off and more.

The Relevance of Business News Update |

Every frequent traveler on business needs to know the latest business travel news. If a new company is in town with great flight rates, and travel packages, this is valuable information.

Unless you know about the good deals, you will pay more than you need to. Or you can have a disaster that is avoidable. Suppose you book a flight, and you didn’t know that the day you leave is also the start of that airline strike. Too bad you didn’t know ahead of time, you could have booked with a different carrier.

If you have some travel news, you can be in the know about your destination. What is the weather where you are going? If you are coming from somewhere warm and don’t know to check the weather, if you head somewhere cold you’ll be miserable.

Imagine if you didn’t check and you assumed it is summer everywhere because you are experiencing summer at home. But in some places, your summer will be their winter! If you pack only thin clothing you’ll be very uncomfortable.

Are you traveling to a country where English is spoken? If not, this can be a barrier to your getting around if you don’t speak the native language. Try to arrange a guide or interpreter.

What if you are in a bad area? You can put yourself in danger without knowing. You don’t want to wear dressy clothing and carry a great bag if where you are traveling to is full of pickpockets and criminals. In China, you want to be careful with your credit cards as misuse of this information is common. Know the laws of an area and also the typical problems.

Laws are very important, if you run afoul of them you can end up in a lot of trouble. Even if you don’t do something criminal, you can find that some laws will make your travel inconvenient. Take China. If you have a drivers’ license in America or Europe, you still are not permitted to drive in China. If you are planning on renting a car to get around you are out of luck.

Why not go online before your trip. You’ll be glad for the latest news about where you are headed.