Vacationing at an all-inclusive resort: 3 Key Ways To Lose Or Maintain Your Weight

Vacationing at an all-inclusive resort: 3 Key Ways To Lose Or Maintain Your Weight

Mexico VacationRecently, I took a trip to Mexico and stayed at an all-inclusive resort. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I was prepared to gain a few pounds if that was the best I could do. I ended up losing a couple of pounds, and I wanted to share a few things that helped me do that:

1. Plan your days around what you want to do, not what you’re going to eat. At first, I tried to plan what and when I was going to eat each day. By doing that, I found myself eating regardless of whether I was hungry or not.  When I realized what I was doing wasn’t working for me, I decided to try it the other way around. I began to plan my day, rather than focusing on what I was going to eat (or not eat). Instead, I focused on my vacation; I made food and weight concerns less important. I was able to enjoy everything Mexico had to offer.  As a result, it was by far the best vacation I’ve ever taken. An all-inclusive trip doesn’t mean you have to eat and drink with abandon to get your money’s worth.

2. Eat according to how you want to feel. This requires you to experience your body from the inside; to notice sensations and feelings; and to strengthen your mind-body connection. In the beginning of the trip, I ate a lot of food and felt stuffed. My energy felt low. My body felt heavy. I decided that I wanted to feel differently. I wanted to go to bed feeling light, rather than full and heavy. I took the time to slow down and check in with my body throughout the day, and especially during meals.  I noticed when I wasn’t hungry anymore by feeling sensations within myself that gave me that information.  Some people don’t like the idea of experiencing their bodies and feeling their feelings because it is very difficult and uncomfortable until you learn how. But, it is necessary to feel your pain so that you can be motivated to find happiness.

3. Order one thing at a time. At our all-inclusive resort, we could have ordered ten items from the menu, and it would feel free to us because we paid a price for as much food and as many drinks as we wanted. At first, we pretty much did. However, I noticed that after eating one course, by the time the next one came, I was full but ate more anyway. It was delicious, right there in front of me, and unlimited. Realizing that I was full long before the meal was over, I decided to start ordering one item at a time. I found that by the time I was done with one, I didn’t want anything else. Ordering one item from the menu, and using the mind-body connection skills described above, allowed me to experience how full I was and to eat much less.

The process I am describing is an example of what I mean when I talk about lifelong weight maintenance being a process of figuring out what is going to work today, this week, this month, rather than trying to do what once worked and watching the pounds pile on. As you can see, I entered a new environment (which, really could apply to waking up each new day), and had to slowly figure out what would work for me. The key is to live your life with awareness. Pay attention to your body, pay attention to how you feel, what you think, and so on. Experience discomfort until it becomes comfortable; it will. Be with yourself. You can’t avoid your feelings, body, and thoughts, in hopes that they go away. You have to move through suffering to move away from it; you can’t go around it.

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