I posted this article in January after returning from a wonderful trip to South Africa. I wanted to repost because it's that time of the year again and most of us are making traveling plans and i want you to be successful with your good eating habits while on vacation.
I just returned from a wonderful 10 day family trip to South Africa. My first but definitely not my last visit there if God says the same! Needless to say, I was met with food challenges in my attempt to stick to my health and wellness goals but they were not challenges that I could not overcome and had a desire to overcome. Keyword is “desire.” Let their first be a willing heart.
Below are some travel takeaways notes from my trip that I jotted down to share that might help you in the New Year as you plan your 2017 summer getaways.
When life gives you lemons, make lemon aid. The beach house we rented didn’t come with an exercise room or a place to really take long walks except for the beach; because we did everything but relax at the beach house, by the time we returned, it was too late to do anything outside. One morning I was determined to exercise and didn’t want to navigate the sand on the beach, so I turned the deck into a gym. I walked and jogged the perimeters of the deck and used the stairs for added resistance and strengthening. I kept this up for about an hour and worked up a good sweat! I should have started this paragraph with: If there’s a will, there’s a way!
Avoid the herd mentality. Go with a predetermined mindset that that you are going to stick with your healthy eating habits no matter what the crowd does. While those in the group I was with chose the burgers, fries and other fried options and sugary drinks, I chose options which said, “This is who I am, this is how I eat and this is what I am about. Hopefully, I set an example, but if no one noticed or cared, it was important to stay true to who I am and how I live my life. I read something that Joyce Meyer wrote: Keep your word to yourself. If you can’t keep your word to yourself, then you won’t keep your word to God.” That resonated with me and I never forgot it. I try to walk in integrity with God and with myself. I try not to let myself down in this area.
Schedule some down time. Believe it or not, vacations are not about rest and relaxation. It is usually about hurry, rush, go, do, see it all, and eat it all. It’s important to take some time to relax. To reflect. To reconnect your spirit with God’s spirit by spending some quiet time alone with the Lord, reading, praying, meditating on the word of God and who God is and how good He is, and worshipping Him. All of our plans means nothing except we admit our need for Him. In His presence is fullness of joy and in His right hands are pleasures for evermore. It all starts with spending time with Him!
Deliberately spend some time thinking and planning about your goals; where you are and where you want to go and what you need to do to move forward. Make a commitment to do the last thing God told you to do so you can receive more from Him. You will be amazed how the cares of life can distract you from fulfilling the things that God has given you. Take time during your vacation to recommit and to take action. Sometimes we don’t need to plan any more, but rather act!
I pray that these travel takeaways are helpful as you plan your 2017 summer getaways. There’s nothing worse than going on vacation and coming home tired, weary, not focused on the things God wants you to do, and your healthy lifestyle shot to heck!
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