So, you're going to an all-inclusive resort, with the drinks flowing, the buffets calling, and the desserts... don't even get me started. You don't want to completely derail your life, especially if you're working towards health and fitness goals, so how do you stay on track at an all-inclusive resort?
Here is the most important thing you need to remember, particularly if you are worrying about gaining weight or eating poorly on vacation: life is about balance. You should be able to enjoy your life - and a piña colada or 3 - without fear or stress or guilt. In my opinion, if you spend your entire life worried that you are going to wreck your progress towards weight loss, you won't spend any time actually living your life to it's full potential or actually enjoying it.
Now, here a few more suggestions to stay healthy(ish), enjoy your vacation, and feel good on vacation!
Move Your Body
Whether it's sunset yoga, a hotel room workout, or hitting the gym, spend 30 minutes moving your body in a way that feels good to you. I used the Beachbody OnDemand Yoga Studio to stretch out on our rooftop terrace and it felt really freakin' good. I wasn't working out to negate calories or compensate for anything I drank; I was doing it because it makes me feel good to move my body. So, pack some workout clothes and go with the mindset that you will get in a workout.
But Take Time to Veg
You deserve it. Adopt the mindset that relaxation is self-care and not laziness. It's ok to sit in a beach chair by the pool all day if that's what you want to do. You should hit up the spa if that's your thing. If you're a mama, send the children to the Kids Club - which most resorts have - and spend time with your husband guilt-free. Seriously, you deserve it.
Drink, Drink, Drink!
Girl, I'm talking about water. I'm talking, 1 water to every alcoholic drink. Stay hydrated, especially in the sun, and prevent a hangover (or minimize it, at least).
Grab a Smaller Plate
Hitting up the buffet? Grab a smaller plate if you are concerned about portion control. You'll still be able to enjoy food and, if food is something you struggle to have a healthy relationship with, you'll feel better about your meal size and what you eat. A couple other buffet tips include:
Do not get caught up in negative feelings over a dessert buffet. Life is too short to hate yourself over chocolate cake or all-you-can-eat ice cream.
How do you stay healthy(ish) at an all-inclusive resort?