Avoiding weight gain on vacation
Is it possible to spend 10 days on vacation in Italy without gaining weight?
That's the big question on my mind as I prepare to tour central Italy with my daughter and a chorus she sings in. Come early July, I'll be planted in in a land where culinary delights beckon from every plaza and piazza.
Had this opportunity occurred a year ago, I would just have surrendered to the experience and let the chips fall where they may. But now I have an investment to protect: Having lost a certain amount of weight through my Me Minus 10 campaign -- and I'll tell you how much in my July 8 "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column -- I really don't want to regain any pounds.
But I don't want to be that person who is conspicuously watching her waistline while traveling with a group. Nor do I want to miss out on any of those culinary delights.
At home, I've established a routine that supports my healthful eating and weight loss. I tend to eat certain foods at certain times -- apple slices with peanut butter and skim milk for breakfast, for instance, and grilled chicken, a crisp bread and a salad for lunch. I take yoga classes and later pop on the treadmill, bike or elliptical trainer.
In Italy, though, I don't know what kinds of food or exercise facilities I'll have access to. Even if all the tools I use at home were available there, my schedule will not be my own: I'm going where the chorus goes, when the chorus goes there. The schedule is chockablock.
My hope is that I can make food choices that, while delicious and satisfying, don't stray too far from the low-carb, high-fiber and high-protein diet that has served me so well during Me Minus 10. And I hope that I'll be walking enough to burn any extra calories I consume.
But I'd love some advice. Have you stuck with a weight-loss program while traveling in a faraway land? What was your strategy, and how did it work out for you?
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