Mitchell’s New Years Resolution – Week 2

General | Jan 4th, 2013

As you can imagine, for a retailer it doesn’t get any busier than during the holidays. But once over and the pace ceases, many look to take a few days off.  I’m no different.  So as the holidays passed and 2012 was winding down, my family and I escaped the cold of New York for some sun and fun in a southern beach town.

Going on vacation used to mean carte blanche at the food buffets – but not this year.  I’m happy to report that I stayed committed to my resolution of being healthy.  I continued to watch what I ate and followed my trainer John Wardell’s advice from for some simple workouts I could do while at the hotel.  And guess what?  I lost another 6 lbs for a grand total of 39 so far! I’m happy and must say, it really wasn’t that hard.



Here are a few tips that I followed to keep myself on track while on vacation;

  • Make sure the food on your diet is available.

I’ve noticed this is much easier during main meals, but I use in-between snacks of brown rice cakes, rye crackers, laughing cow cheese, and Zone bars to help prevent myself from overeating.  I also had the same lunch every day:  3oz of tuna (packed with water in can) and light mayo on rye bread. It was easy to transport and helped keep me from getting too hungry while stabilizing my energy.

  • Make sure the place your staying has some sort of fitness center or access to something similar.  

A fitness center doesn’t need to be top of the line with a ton of machines.  It can be very simple, as long as you have the ability to keep your body in the habit of working out.  Plus, you’re on vacation, hopefully it’s someplace warm, where you can go out and take a morning jog or exercise outside.    I also brought a few things with me that were easy to transport like my training mat and resistance bands to help stick with some of my normal routine.

  • Don’t be a slug, get out and walk!

After each meal, I would either walk on a treadmill or on the beach.  Even if you’re in the cold, a walk outside is invigorating and helps you burn calories.  Just make sure you dress properly for the climate!  The active brands have great layering pieces to help.  Keeping the body moving is very important.

  • Always keep your goals in mind.

Visual Imagery is the greatest tool.  Once I saw myself on Undercover Boss, it hit me that I need to get on a better path.  Plus, my family has been absolutely fantastic in being supportive and a key motivator for me to be a good role model for my kids.

  • Most important – HAVE FUN!

You’re on vacation, and part of the fun is being able to let your guard down and relax.  Moderation is always the goal so if you are good with your eating a majority of the time, a few off meals will actually be good for you.  The program I’m following with my trainer John allows for 2 consecutive meals during a week to be “cheat meals”.  John states that strictly dieting over a long period is not only unrealistic, it can also slow down your metabolism and curtail progress. While I’m on vacation, these “cheat meals” were a  little less structured and happened more than twice, but I didn’t sweat it – -at the table, that is.  I made sure I continued to sweat it out in the hotel gym and knew I would get back on track upon returning to New York.

After this vacation, I’m actually looking forward to going home and getting back to my normal routine.  How are you doing with your resolutions?  Let me know by posting or responding via Facebook or Twitter.

See you in NYC!