Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Maintaining Diet & Fitness on Holiday

Going on holiday when you're keeping to a health and fitness regime doesn't have to mean losing track of your fitness goals or ruining your diet. Having been with Project 6 Pack for just over 6 months now, I know what I should & shouldn't be eating and doing, and how to loosen the reins without letting the horse bolt completely, as it were.

We've just returned from a wonderful week-long break at San Lucianu Beach Resort in Corsica with Mark Warner Holidays, where I was able to indulge in some holiday dining (and a few treats!) without feeling like I was undoing all the hard work I've put in to losing weight and toning up since Christmas thanks to the daily fitness classes and extensive range of sports and activities that are available on the resort.

Every morning, the daily class schedule was written up on the white board next to one of the pools, by the side of a printed weekly schedule so it was easy to see what was on that day and to plan our days around which activities we wanted to do. The Mister was keen to take part in the volleyball and football matches, and the children were of course kept plenty busy with swimming, all of the kids clubs activities and watersports.


The fitness instructor at San Lu is Donna, who was warm and friendly and made me feel very welcome. The classes offered were very similar to the classes I attend at home which I was pleased about, as it meant I could follow the circuit and get the most out of the exercises. I loved the sunset and sunrise stretch classes in particular, there was something so serene about stretching & toning looking out to sea in one direction, with a breathtaking mountain backdrop in another. Donna covered the basics and asked if anyone had any injuries before starting the classes which is very important, and luckily I was in full working order so I could participate fully (and work off the cocktails...).

At the end of the week, I was presented with a certificate for 'Ab Attacker of the Week' for attending the core classes which I did really enjoy - the only thing I would have liked to have seen would be some sort of cover or sunshade over the aerobics deck as it got a bit too hot to lie or put your hands down on during some of the exercises. I loved being able to immerse myself in the holiday experience without falling out of my fitness routine. With the children attending the kids clubs & the Mister off playing ball games, it meant that I had time to take part in classes & sports or just go for a leisurely swim by myself, as well as being able to enjoy all of those things with them at different times too.


My favourite time to swim was early evening, to cool off from the heat of the day and enjoy a peaceful 10 minutes before getting the children ready for bed/kids club after their dinner. By this time the adult pool was lovely and warm and it was a pleasant way to end the day before getting ready for our evening meal and entertainment.


I found it easy to follow my diet during my stay though I was tempted often by the delicious range of food. The breakfast buffet offered lots of fresh fruit and natural yoghurt as well as fresh eggs - cooked any way you like by the chef - which I had with bacon and tomatoes almost every day, with fresh hot black coffee & herbal teas.

The lunchtime buffet (available with the full board upgrade) offered a wide range of salad items as well as a selection of cold meats and cheeses (I couldn't tell you whether or not the Brie was delicious because I didn't eat it every day...) and fresh baguettes, in addition to hot dishes such as fish, pasta, and potato, chips etc. At lunch I would pile my plate high with plenty of delicious salad, ham and things like boiled eggs, and I might have sneaked a little coleslaw with the cheese too... but on my return home I was rather pleased to discover that I am actually a pound lighter than I was two weeks ago, so we can absolutely pretend that the ice cream & the fabulous Corsican Rosé never happened.


The evening a la carte menu offered a wonderful choice of starters, main courses and desserts with vegetarian, and dairy and gluten free options, and if there was anything you were unsure of or wanted to know in particular you only had to ask and the kitchen staff were more than happy to help and answer any questions about the dishes.


I love that Mark Warner offer such an inclusive and family oriented holiday experience so that it can be enjoyed by everyone, and parents can have time together as well as with the children, and as we are such an active family I love that fitness and sports are such a central aspect to their holidays. There is of course still a time and place for relaxation, and there was plenty of that last week too such as when the Mister took the kids swimming and I, er... supervised... from the sun lounger next to the kids pool...


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20 comments:

  1. Looks like you had an amazing break! Love that you have been rewarded the 'Ab Attacker of the Week' I also always make sure I keep my fitness routines during holidays as not only it's hard to get back into them but as we all know being on holidays means treating ourselves more... which can result in putting on too much if not exercising. Thanks for linking #FitnessTuesday

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    1. Thank you, it was wonderful we had such a good time. I was very conscious of what I was eating/drinking/doing while I was away, it is hard to find the balance of enjoying your break but not going completely off the rails but I'm pleased that I managed it. The fitness classes and salad bar buffet certainly helped!

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  2. I'm away soon for an all inclusive child free holiday. I must remember to behave with my eating too. Well done on the pound loss x

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  3. You are A MACHINE! But a lovely hot one that I admire very much x

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  4. You did so well to keep up to it all on holiday, much admiration from me!

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    1. Thank you Lisa! I'm not going to lie, it was hard going, but I think I have drummed it into myself long enough now to be able to behave haha x

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  5. The classes at sunrise and sunset sound lovely, I imagine exercising with a wonderful view gave the experience a whole new dimension. When it comes to the willpower to resist 'holiday food', you're a stronger woman than I am!
    #WeightLossWednesday

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    1. It was a wonderful experience, really relaxing especially with the sound of the sea!

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  6. Well done for continuing your exercise on holiday, I think that's probably one of the hardest things to do. I'm heading to Orlando at the end of next week and there'll be lots of walking every day, but also lots of tasty treats! Love your photos too! It sounds like you've had a great holiday. #FitnessTuesday

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    1. We really did, it was wonderful. Thank you, enjoy Orlando!

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  7. I'm so glad you had a great time and it sounds like you achieved a good balance of enjoying yourself, eating tasty food and maintaining your fitness, perfect!Thanks for linking with #BloggingToJogging xx

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    1. It was amazing, we had such a great time. Thank you, it was hard but I am so glad that I didn't go mad and have a blow out because I would have regretted it when I got back. I managed to enjoy myself without ruining everything or making myself ill and I am happy with that! x

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  8. I am so super impressed with you working out on holiday that is fantastic. I was terrible on holiday and was actually quite cross with myself as I am still working it off again, I should have taken a leaf out of your book. Well done :) #weighloseorstay

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    1. Thank you! I would have loved to let loose but sadly that little nagging voice came away with me and wouldn't let me haha. I'm glad though, I'm all or nothing - if I slip up it could all go spectacularly wrong!

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  9. What an amazing setting to carry on with your fitness regime! I love the fact Mark Warner put on so many activities - something for all the family and definitely keeps you occupied - the food looks amazing too... *Sigh* maybe next year... I will definitely need a holiday by then! ;) Thank you for linking up with #WeightLossWednesday and hope you can link up this week! Sim xx

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    1. Breathtaking isn't it, I loved exercising with such an awesome backdrop! Mark Warner are amazing for activity holidays, so much for everyone to do - a real family holiday, something for everyone. Thank you x

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  10. I really admire you for having the determination to keep up with your health and fitness regime while away. Mark Warner looks like they really cater for people keeping fit - what a wide-range of classes. I am useless while I'm away - it's like 'holiday' and then I crack open the wine and eat five courses! Thanks for sharing on #MondayEscapes

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  11. Wow, so impressed with you still managing to work out on holiday! Though it's great that MW have those facilities for you to do so too, and what a view! Well done on your loss while you were away ;) #weighloseorstay

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