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5 Key Steps to Avoid Weight Gain During Travel

Step 1 – Make a Game Plan

Even in the smallest towns there are places where you can get a workout in. If its extra money you’re  worried about spending on a la carte gym fees, I will let you in on a secret I have been using for years.  Put on your workout clothes, head to desired gym, (even better if its with friends or family that already go to that gym), approach the front desk and say, “I’m new in town and I’m thinking of living in this area and would really like to check out your facilities” Stress to them you don’t want a sales pitch, and in high-end gyms like Lifetime and Equinox they will not pressure you into talking about getting a membership, instead will have you sign a waiver and let you workout for that day or week for free. And BOOM, free workouts. DONE. The reason you say you’re moving to the area is, if they see an out of state ID they will assume you are only visiting, not interested in a membership, and force you to pay absurd day fees up to $50/day.

Step 2 – Consistency

Sticking to your regular schedule as closely as possible…. Set your regular alarms and add in some meal alarms so that you don’t forget to eat by getting side tracked by your travel plans or adapting habits of your travel partners.  You’ve worked so hard to get where you are, why adapt to them, make them adapt to you.

Step 3 – Recovery

Staying hydrated, getting ample sleep, and properly recovering from the stressors of travel and working out is key to keeping your adrenal glads and hormones in check. Cortisol, our “fat storage hormone” can get thrown out of whack with constant stress. Keeping mental and physical stress to a minimum will help prevent weight gain from settling around your waistline and a host of other issues such as irritability and depression.

Step 4 – Be Selfish

Going out to eat doesn’t have to be a bad thing. You just have to own up to your needs and don’t be afraid to ask for substitutions and special requests. With the growing number of food sensitivities and allergies, making the server aware of your nutritional needs is no longer something you should be scared about.  Be very polite, ask as many questions about the dishes as you see fit.  When your food arrives and you’re happy with your meal, it will be worth the pain and suffering you endured to ask a few simple questions.  BUT along with this comes the compensation.  Don’t forget to tip, and tip well. Its only fair, since you were a POLITE pain in the server’s ass, to reward them with a fat tip (at LEAST 20%).

Step 5 – Always BYOF

And Finally, Bring Your Own Food. And I know what your thinking, “Naaaaw, I’m good”, those sexy black leather pants you packed won’t love you back if you don’t. Trust me, this part is essential. Keeping on track with meal timing and paying attention to your hunger when you are out of your element will be the single most important thing you can accomplish to avoid weight gain during travel.  Pack snacks in your carry on and even your suitcase for healthy options when there is none.  This includes a few servings of your favorite protein, nuts, quest bars, organic jerky and don’t forget your supplements. If you’re feeling like these will take up too much real estate in your luggage, separating your supplements in ziploc bags and then placing them in your protein shaker saves on a lot of space. Plus by packing some snacks, this will save some space in those leather pants, and to me that’s worth more than taking up extra space in your suitcase.

Fitness and Beauty

Achieve Beauty During Beast Mode

Achieving the perfect beauty balance between looking a hot mess and a full face of pore clogging products is hard to accomplish. You don’t want to be mistaken for the ever so embarrassing “People of Wal-Mart”, but you don’t want to look like you’re going to the club either.

So we asked our Founder, Amanda Barton, “What do you wear everyday to look like a Beauty During Beastmode?”

This Was Her Response

“Being someone who never wears real clothes (always in activewear), I want to look “put together” for my clients, meetings, and live workout filming by wearing fashionable workout clothes. I also want my face to be flawless and ready for beastmode at the same time.  So over the years I have discovered a simple look that will not only be good for your skin, but will be anti aging and sweat proof!”

This is Her Daily Routine

  1.  IT Cosmetics Your skin But Better CC+ anti aging full coverage cream SPF50. This is her absolute favorite product right now. This CC+ cream provides you with the coverage needed without heavy duty foundation. She replaced her foundation all together for this product alone.  This color-correcting cream provides full, flawless coverage and protects skin with SPF 50+ UVA/UVB broad-spectrum physical sunscreen. It is clinically shown to increase hydration, smooth texture, and enhance brightness. Plus, it’s infused with an advanced antiaging serum made of hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, vitamins, and antioxidants that work to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and pores to create a flawless-looking complexion. This product is also Gluten Free and has no Parabens.
  2. Wunder Brow –1 step brow gel This amazing, long lasting, smudge proof, transfer proof, water proof, sweat proof formula is great for the gym and anyone that is active.  No more wiping off your eyebrows on your gym towel. You can even go swimming and this stuff will stay put! A little goes a long way, and looks natural with hair like fibers to create beauty during beastmode.
  3. Tarte – Lights Camera Flashes Waterproof Mascara* An amped up, ultra-black, vitamin-infused mascara that lengthens, curls, and magnifies lashes for an intensified look, while instantly increasing lash volume.  This product is also Gluten free, and the only mascara Amanda can wear without her eyes itching!

*This is for when she is not getting eyelash extensions from Chic Sin City

Transition from Daytime Beauty to “Date Time”Beauty

We added a few more of Amanda’s beauty favorites to prep you for date night.

  1. NYX – Highlight and Contour Pro Palette This refillable palette provides you with 4 shades to highlight and 4 shades to contour. This palette is great for all skin types and colors. Its great for those of you not used to contouring.   You can easily blend and use the whole palette without looking like a clown. Makeup made easy.  Plus the price is unbeatable!
  2. Melt Cosmetics  – Dark Matter Stack We love this stack, not only are the pigments incredible, but it lasts forever. Plus, if you run low on one color, you can buy them individually. There are also many looks you can do with this stack, from a natural look, to a dramatic look. Plus, the stack comes with a makeup mirror perfect for on-the-go.
  3. Tarte – “Tartiest”Double take Eyeliner A dual-ended eyeliner with waterproof liquid and pencil eyeliners all-in-one. Tightly line and contour eyes with smooth, twist-up pencil liner. Trace along the lash line and inner rim, filling in spaces and enhancing the appearance of lash volume, or smoky eye look. The long-wearing liquid liner on the opposite end has a precision tip, creates a crisp or dramatic wing. This allows you to create multiple looks with out adding more items to you makeup bag. This product is also Vegan an has no Parabens.
  4. Tarte – “Tartiest” Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in “Low Key” Create full-coverage, lip looks with this lightweight, liquid-to-matte lip paint. It dries down instantly so that color does not transfer, without drying out, cracking, or feathering (like a lot of matte products do). This product is Paraben free, Gluten Free, and Vegan

So no matter how little time you have, you can always look great from top to bottom with beauty tips along with our nutrition guides, and our Live and On Demand workouts! Discover your Strong, Lean, Happy Body Today!