Good vs Evil

By Laura Kelly-Pifer

This time of year can challenge even the strongest, most determined people!

Many of us are starting vacations, are attending reunions, weddings, graduation parties, you name it.   All of these kinds of events can make it seem impossible to stay on track with our nutrition or exercise programs.  There are temptations everywhere.   I’ve seen it and I’ve been tempted this past weekend!!  We had 2 parties to go too and one later today.  The food AND the drinks were VERY tempting.  The picture I chose for this post is exactly how I feel sometimes…..good vs evil.  How about you? 

I DO know that there are things that I can do to help avoid giving into temptation.  First of all, I start by labeling any trip, any vacation time or any event that I’m attending as time for TAKING CARE OF ME.  I deserve it and so do YOU!! 

And, I know that if you are going to take time away from your regular exercise routine, you’ll want to find activities that will make you stronger and healthier.  There are TONS that you can do….hiking, swimming, canoeing, walking the beach to look for sea glass (just be sure to leave some for my hubby!) playing corn hole or horseshoes are just a few FUN things to do.   Also, remind yourself that you do not need lots of food to appreciate the good times in life because it is the people in it that can make all the difference.

So with that being said, I wanted to give you a few more tips that will help you manage your weight during those times.

1. Start with water – Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up.  The minute you finish it, label your day as being a healthy one.   After all, by meeting part of your water requirements, you have already started taking care of yourself.   Rule of thumb is you want to drink ½ your body weight in ounces.

2. Exercise daily – When you are on vacation, begin each day with a walk or some type of exercise.  Yoga and stretching are GREAT early morning activities.  You’ll be able to use this activity to set the tone for your day.  Once you have exercised, you certainly do not want to eat or drink in ways that will undo your efforts, right!?!

3. Minimize the damage – Instead of dropping your good intentions once you arrive at your event, set some goals that will help you minimize the damage.   Consider eating a healthy snack before showing up or bring something healthy to eat if you know that it won’t be there.  I do that all the time for picnics and parties.  I LOVE introducing new healthy dishes to people to try. 

4.  If you do give in and indulge way too much, don’t throw in the towel.  Pick yourself back up and get right back in the ring.  No one is perfect and slip ups happen to everyone.  The key is to just get back into the grove of things.

Tell me…how do you plan on staying on track today?  Comment below or head on over to my facebook page and leave a comment. 


Laura Kelly-Pifer is a Fitness Coach who strives to help others by giving hope and support to those that are   dissatisfied with their current situation. Whether you are lacking physically, emotionally, financially, or nutritionally she is here to help you see REAL RESULTS!

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