How I Gained 15 Pounds—and Lost 25 While Eating Out Daily And Traveling


It can be dangerous to travel without access to a scale. The weight can creep up on you. I gained 15 pounds in India without even noticing.

What I did notice is that even walking 15-20 minutes was a big effort, that I was tending towards wearing baggier clothes, and that I didn’t feel as good as I used to.

It took some prodding from my personal trainer husband, which I at the time did not appreciate, but I finally drew a line in the sand, said “Enough is enough!” started exercising and gave up grains and other processed carbs. I lost 25 pounds and felt so much better, I‘ve been committed to never letting that happen again.


before india

AFTER (2 Months Later):


I have not gotten a cold/flu/infection of any kind since we have started traveling.

That’s pretty huge for me because when I lived in the States I used to get sick several times a year. I do get allergies and food poisoning, but as far as I know despite my best efforts there’s nothing I can do to prevent those… I think a big part of this is that we stay in warmer climates as much as possible, and we truly love our lifestyle which helps to avoid getting sick.

Here are my best tips that have helped me to lose 25 pounds and keep it off while living in on average 7 different countries every year and while still eating out daily.

1. Limit processed bread items.

This includes pasta, pastries, toast, and even sandwiches and rice. This was my biggest change and also the most difficult, but it’s also the most rewarding. So many of those items are empty calories—basically just sugar, and it’s easy to eat a lot of it. Finding alternatives to these items like eating peanut butter and jelly without the bread, or substituting quinoa for rice will go a long way to staying skinny.

2. Bodyrock TV/ Zuska Light.

These free online workouts are amazing. They are bodyweight only—necessary for those of us with limited access to a gym. They are about building muscle not just burning calories. And they are short—12 minutes on average.

The exercises that help me the most are:




For weights, I use our heavy converter. I also use Ryder on occasion.

3. Kinect Xbox

The Kinect is a very active Nintendo gaming system, using a camera to track your scores. It’s easy to fit in a game of Kinect every day since Ryder can join in as well. I danced to Dance Central nearly every day of my first trimester with Ryder. This gives some variety to the bodyweight workouts.

4. Eat at least something raw daily.

Lettuce, if possible. Keeps all systems go.

5. Join a local gym or sign up for local classes.

Many gyms have creches or babysitting included, and it’s a really fun cultural experience to attend classes with local women. Unlike the US, most places allow a month only membership. I took Tai Chi classes in Beijing and attempted yoga and dance in Calcutta. If there’s a local sport, why not try it?

6. Try to get protein at every meal.

I’ve just started prioritizing protein more. I guess I’m supposed to aim for 50-60 grams per day, and as a pescetarian that doesn’t happen as easily as I’d like. Tofu, eggs, yogurt, cheese,  and fake meat have been mainstays for me in Australia.

7. Have friends and be social.

Nothing keeps my spirits up like having something to look forward to, a reason to get out of the house. Staying social and getting out of the house, for me, is one of the most important elements to staying healthy physically.

Any ideas you have to share about daily health habits?

Kalli Hiller

Article by Kalli Hiller

Kalli Hiller is a voluntary vagabond who, with her husband Jacob, has traveled full time for the last eight years.

Kalli has written 371 awesome articles for us.

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