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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.



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  • KAYJOIE
    Thanks for sharing this blog post! Sounds like you had great success and that gives me inspiration. I too have a vacation coming up and find myself already thinking many of the same things you did. My goal for the week is to eat sensibly, control portions, avoid mindless snacking, and most importantly keep active... Thanks again!
    3468 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9753279
    I am going to France in 3 weeks time with my husband, sister and mother. I shall be taking a "cash" book with me to track my food but I know it's not going to be easy resisting the croissants! emoticon
    3474 days ago
  • CHANGINGELAINE
    Anything is possible if you want it enough! Your blog reminded me that I can go to my friend's house this weekend and not gain weight.
    Thanks for sharing!
    3477 days ago
  • DAVISSTEVIE69
    Thank you both! I'm so glad to be back to the team!
    3480 days ago
  • BE-THE-CHANGE
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    3480 days ago
  • SHERYL_B
    Good for you!
    3480 days ago
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