Report: Weigh-in date Friday, August 31, 2012. Weight 276.0. Down 2.0. Total loss at the end of 15 weeks, 24 pounds. Back on track! And this was with a piece of my son’s birthday cake on Tuesday. However, next week will be a challenge. Labor Day is Monday and I go to my Mom’s on Friday (of course, by then I will have weighed in again). Mom eats healthy. It’s planning for the road trip part that is a challenge.
Happy Labor Day weekend to everyone! Summer is coming to a close and not a moment too soon for me. The air conditioning at my office has been breaking down, off and on (literally), all summer. It is currently broken down and off. Between that and the annual cricket invasion, summer is not my favorite season.
My son’s birthday reminded me that there are a lot of things that come up in our lives that can easily throw our weight loss efforts off target. Not only was I expected to have some of my son’s birthday cake; it was made by his girlfriend (who is an excellent baker) and made to look like the first good electric guitar we gave him years ago. It took her four days to make. There was no way I was getting away with saying “No, thank you.” Fortunately, I was in control of the size of the piece I ate. The cake was delicious, and I managed to avoid any damage.
My husband and I do not take week long trips as vacations, but I know many people who do. Between the actual travel, eating out while enjoying your destination, and being away from your normal exercise routine; gaining weight should not come as a surprise. Even on short trips, like to my mom’s, the tendency to grab fast food along the way can mess you up.
There’s all kinds of advice out there for eating while travelling. Most people know that today’s fast food places have started to carry things like salads and grilled chicken. I don’t need to go over all that. I have just one piece of advice:
IT’S YOUR VACATION, DAMMIT! ENJOY IT AND DON’T TORTURE YOURSELF OVER FOOD!
Look at your plans and be realistic about what you want to eat. If you are going to the beach, and you like shellfish, don’t settle for flounder. Get some really good local shellfish! You can always watch your portion sizes and choose healthy side dishes. Let yourself have dessert. It doesn’t have to be Death by Chocolate, unless that is what you really want. Split it with someone.
If you have been doing this as long as I have, I guarantee you will make decisions along the way that will let you enjoy vacation foods and still make the best of the situation. The important thing is to go into vacation knowing you may not lose any weight, or maybe even gain weight, that week – AND IT’S OK!! Your eating and exercise plans will be waiting for you when you return, rested and ready to get back to the equation “eat less + move more = weight loss”.
So, happy Labor Day, and if you think vacation eating is bad, just wait until Thanksgiving and Christmas come around!
Until next week….