Vacation On A Diet
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Last week I went with my extended family (Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother-in-law, Hubby, Daughters and Grandson) to Wildwood, NJ. It was my first vacation since starting SparkPeople.
I thought it would be some what of a challenge, but not for the reasons that it actually was. My biggest concern before I left was what I could take for the long days on the beach as snacks that wouldn't spoil. That ended up being easy. I packed individual bags of Special K crackers and purchased 100 calorie snack packs of almonds and walnuts. I made sure to have my fruit before I left and when I came back.
The actual difficulties were things like not having access to log onto SparkPeople daily....started to go through withdrawal and broke a few of my streaks...lol.
I also discovered how hard it is to eat and work out on other peoples schedules. Here at home I have a routine. My exercise and eating habits are based on my schedule and my immediate family is very used to them. When you add others into the mix it becomes more difficult. I had to purchase separate food because I couldn't eat everything that they did for meals (lunch meats and chips). That meant often cooking different meals which was tough on a time line. We were out of the house a lot more than I would normally be here at home or work which also made poor snacking more tempting. I had to be very flexible with my workout schedule as well. In order to ensure that I could work out, be showered and have my healthy breakfast before everyone wanted to get up and leave the house was tricky (no sleeping in on vacation).
I am also in the process of training for a virtual 5K run which requires certain training on certain days. I was a little uncomfortable doing this on vacation at first because I had to be up and out early and by myself in a somewhat strange location.
In spite of it all, I did manage to eat right (mostly) and keep up with all of my exercise. The best part of all was that I did not gain any weight!
I also learned that I have become a creature of habit and I couldn't wait to get home to my fridge and do a full workout without the stress of wondering who I was impacting!
It was tough but it can be done....if you look for the excuse you will find it. If you don't look for the excuse you will overcome the obstacle and succeed.