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I am planning a few vacations this year. The first one will be with DH and we are going away for 3 weeks, with my birthday falling in that time span March 23 - April 15. This will be before the fieldwork season starts as DH wants to be on the farm when we harvest the first cut of grass and the seeding of the corn. We are "retired" but all farmers need extra help during harvest, we will be DD's extra help. The second one will be with DH to Squamish, a nice place by the sea and the mountains (our province has those wonderful features, a beautiful coast with mountains plunging into the sea) not too far from home and I don't have fixed dates yet but it will be in the summer between cuts of grass and I am hoping DH will be able to stay away for 2 weeks as we will be not too far from home. He is a real home body. The third one will possibly be with my niece, her boyfriend, her dad (my brother), my sister. We did a trip together last year and we had a most wonderful time. This will be another epic trip, for her education and all our enjoyment. We plan to go to a Canadian city and to New York City and not be gone for more than 10 days as niece has a summer job and goes to college. Niece hasn't picked the Canadian city yet.

I like all the points I wrote on my post for this day on the last round


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Label any trip or vacation as a time for taking care of yourself !!
Remind yourself that you don’t need lots of food to appreciate the good times in life!!



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- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
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I don't get vacations very often, and have never been to a reunion - so I'm saved that one!

This year I have two vacations planned where I'll be away from home.

One is going to see my son and d-i-l, and grandson. Usually I stay with them (sleep on the sofa) and eat what they eat (which seems to be all my trigger foods!), but this time, I had enough money to book myself into a Travelodge for 5 nights. This means I am more in control with everything! I've also started planning walks and adventures. In other words, I'm planning my exercise and eating in advance. And I'm pretty much in control.

In September I'm going to spend a week, alone, in a chalet on the beach just a few miles down the coast from where I live. There I'm totally in control of what I eat, and what exercise I do.

Planning is key!

Gill

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My GD has dance competition weekends beginning the end of this month - in March - and again in April. So for those weekends it can be difficult to stay on a healthy eating plan. We do not get a schedule of times of dances until 7 days prior to the weekend. We usually end up staying at the hotel because the schedules run late evening and begin early morning. So we 'try' our best to prepare and plan. I usually shop for several things on Friday and we pack things to take -fruit, salads, string cheese, veggies, bottled water. it's cheaper and it's healthier. I relate this lesson to those weekends. Difficult - but I feel better doing it that way.

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Day 26 - Vacations and Reunions

1. Create a vacation or reunion plan, even if those times are months away.

I like the idea of combining this with the Plan B.
I’m still practicing and learning.
I have learned that I can’t just drop the food management completely.
I cannot, not allow, my self indulgences of out-of-the-ordinary foods on vacation because that will send me into total rebellion.
Now, to practice what I know!

Yes, to still eating mostly my food and eating it in the manner of two meals w/o snacks.
Keep one meal simple. Add in extraordinary only at one meal.
I believe in having a healthy snack to ward off hunger sometimes, but then I fall into the constant worry monkey mind of what if I get hungry. Food is usually readily available! And being hungry is a figment of my imagination, anyway!
Make sure to get in some fruit and vegetable in any manner possible.
Crowding out is my go to. If I eat a small burger and fries and I still need to back it up with a fruit.
Eat small portions of other stuff.
Plan one day, evening, or event to eat crap and drink if I so desire.
Do the best you can on vacation to enjoy the food, family, friends, surrounding and drop the guilt. Ordinary life and routine is only days away!

Stick to Plan B and be prepared to return to Plan A.

I so enjoy and feel supported by the input here!

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Day 26 - Vacations and Reunions

1. Create a vacation or reunion plan, even if those times are months away.

I need to go visit my aunt in another city, staying 2 or 3 nights. I went last February and felt like it was detrimental to trying to lose weight. At that point, I was trying to get started, and this visit was a setback. I took protein shakes, and maybe I had one or two. But, my cousin took me out for fried fish one night. Another morning his wife made a huge breakfast that I felt compelled to eat. I didn't see a way to fit exercise in. So, next time I will ask for my dinner out with my cousin to be a salad. And I will let him know, if I stay with them, that no big b-fast is necessary. I will try to get in some walking breaks during my visit.
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This lesson hit me on another level. I really need to start drinking water when I get up or right after coffee. I've noticed that if I leave the house right after breakfast that I get thirsty mid-morning, like at church, and don't have a way to drink water. Also, I'm not exercising first thing in the morning, so it often does not happen. Getting back to the basics now is what I need to focus on.

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DAY #26 VACATIONS & REUNIONS

This is an easy lesson for me. I have surely been in that "Vacation" mode of thinking and overindulged, but that kind of thinking seems to get a hold of me on shorter vacation periods. On longer vacation times I struggle less.

Last winter we were in Florida for 2 weeks. I approached my days as if they were just routine, ordinary days in my life and nothing special. Although my boundaries were wider and sometimes disappeared, I ate many healthy meals cooked in the kitchen were we stayed and I got my minimum 10 minutes of fitness every day. I was successful in returning home with no weight gain.

In March we will be going to Florida once again only this time we will be gone for 30 days. I plan on using the same approach - eat healthy for most meals and daily fitness.

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Day 26: Vacations and reunions
This is a lesson I learned the first round with 100 More Days when on a one week vacation I gained back all the weight that it took 6 months to lose. I was so disappointed that I vowed never to do that again because only one meal was memorable.

My last two vacations I actually lost a few pounds because I made sure to put activity over food although I can remember some excellent meals from both those trips!

Spring break with a great friend this year is being planned and although I’m not yet sure where our destination will be, I am sure I will spend more time really enjoying the food because it will be second in importance to the activities and new experiences.

Phyllis ~~
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Day 26 Healthy Holidays AnyDay- I don’t need lots of food to have good memories. Find outdoor events: 5k run/walk, garden tour, Benton fair, MNstateFair, ComoZoo. I can eat at home or bring healthy lunch. Plenty of nature, exhibits, animals and fun to keep my mind off food.
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DAY #26 VACATION - ROUND 2

I can sure relate to this one as we were just on vacation 19 days at the end of February. This time we traveled in a car which I can tell you is much easier (for maintaining some kind of healthy habits) than on our usual mode of transportation - our motorcycles.

So what was different:

1. House w/ kitchen instead of hotel
2. Cooked most of our meals - healthy food instead of restaurant eating for every meal
3. More of a "living" mindset instead of a "all in" vacation mindset
4. Stuck to fitness schedule including walks and YMCA instead of sitting on motorcycle all day

The end result - I was able to implement 3 of the 5 suggestions Linda makes in today's lesson and return home with no weight gain:

Start With Water - Exercise Daily - Minimize The Damage

On our next vacation in June we will be back on our motorcycles for 5 days with a group of people and staying in hotels with all restaurant foods so the challenge will be more difficult. I intend to:

1. Maintain my 10 minute fitness streak
2. Choose healthiest food options available
3. Use portion control
4. Not let other's eating influence how I eat.
5. Stay aware of hazards and be vigilant

Start With Water - Exercise Daily - Minimize The Damage - Repeat!






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Yes, thank you, it's so helpful to read these posts and get new ideas - thank you, thank you, thank you!


Gill

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These posts have been very helpful to me. I struggle when there is an overload of delious dishes which family has spent time preparing I am going to write some of these thoughts on cards to remind me that food is not the principle point to a reunion, but the people I have come to share time with.

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Day 26 - Vacations and reunions




Label any trip or vacation as a time for taking care of yourself. Then plan in lots of activities that will make you stronger and healthier. And whether you’re dancing at your high school reunion or gathering with family at holidays, remind yourself that you don’t need lots of food to appreciate the good times in life.



Today

• Create a vacation or reunion plan, even if those times are months away.
1. Exercise and work out every day
2. Plan meals and select from restaurant menu before getting there
3. Take along my own healthy snacks
4. Watch portion sizes and when portion sizes are large, split & share half
5. Continue drinking 8 glasses of water daily

• Decide how you will track your actions during those events. Record your plan.
1. Add the actions to my Spark Start Page and check off every day

• Put your plan on a small card or in a memo on your phone so you’ll have it available when you need it.
1. That’s a good idea!
2. I like the idea of using the one-inch rule and cutting a one-inch piece of any dessert and then eating it slowly and savoring it





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The most effective sleeping pill--peace of mind.
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• Create a vacation or reunion plan, even if those times are months away.
It has been years since any vacation, but if we ever do get away again, it will be so much easier to fit in my exercise! Now with youtube videos accessible on the android phone and tubes and bands that can easily be packed there is no reason to let that slide.

• Decide how you will track your actions during those events. Record your plan.
I would definitely try to track the same way as usual - with my SP app on the phone. I find it cumbersome to use the phone when my computer is handy, but I can use the phone to keep up with entering food and fitness minutes.

The last vacation we took (spring break when my 30 something boys were in jr. high lol) we took an ice chest in the car and instead of eating out every meal, stopped at groceries and provided our lunches and breakfasts and then had a nice dinner at a restaurant. Much easier to eat healthy that way.

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Thanks for your very informative and thorough DWL morning emails. Gill. Much appreciated.




Label any trip or vacation as a time for taking care of yourself !!
Remind yourself that you don’t need lots of food to appreciate the good times in life!!

Today

• Create a vacation or reunion plan, even if those times are months away.

Start every vacation day reading the top 2 lines
I am going on vacation April 24 - May 10, and will arm myself pro-actively with 100DWL and Beck Diet Solutions advice like
- get plenty of exercise - don't pass up opportunities to walk
- don't use unhealthy foods as rewards for efforts made
- limit delicious foods that aren't so healthy to tasting one or two bites, not eating a lot of them
- have a brunch and a dinner, relax in the morning and eat later ; this will fit with my current regimen of intermittent fasting but in past years while on vacation, I planned and did eat only late brunch and dinner
- drink plenty of water
- stay as rested as possible - so as not to cave in a big way as comfort to pressure that is hard to handle. Everything is easier when I get enough sleep.

• Decide how you will track your actions during those events. Record your plan.

I don't want to track while I am on vacation, I will think about this one

• Put your plan on a small card or in a memo on your phone so you’ll have it available when you need it.

Top 2 lines will be in a memo on my phone

June -- Pacific Time Zone
Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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This is a very time appropriate lesson for me. My GD is in her first year of competitive dance. We have a couple more competition weekends before the end of this 'season.' Quite often, due to scheduling, it's easier to stay at a hotel by the convention center rather than drive back & forth. We had to do that a month ago. I just wasn't thinking. This time I'm taking fruit, veggies, healthy snacks - not just for my GD but for myself too! I was totally focused on her. And I'm the one who preaches 'keep the focus on me.' I'll be ready when the competition starts next month. I'm learning.

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Day 26 Vacations and reunions
This is a lesson I learned the first round with 100 More Days when on a one week vacation I gained back all the weight that it took 6 months to lose. I was so disappointed that I vowed never to do that again because only one meal was memorable!
My last vacation I actually lost a couple of pounds because I made sure to put activity over food although I can remember some excellent meals from that trip.
emoticon There are great ideas in today’s lesson and I will add a note to my list that I use to remember everything to pack!
I’ve added a bicycle to my Spark ticker because it is the mode of travel where I’m headed for my next big vacation and I need a lot of practice to keep up with the granddaughters!

Phyllis ~~
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My downfall can be dropping my good intentions for the sake of harmony! I remember one evening when I was staying with my son and his family before - it was really late, and I was hungry because I hadn't eaten - they ordered in pizzas - and of course, I ate pizza - a whole one.

When I go up, I do try to stock up with healthy snacks for myself, but it's hard when your normal eating choices aren't there. I'm going up for a weekend in May - and they best thing I can do is plan my menus before-hand, even buy ready-made food I can just put in their microwave, or eat cold.

Gill

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Day 26 Vacations and reunions

Label any trip or vacation as a time for taking care of yourself. Then plan in lots of activities that will make you stronger and healthier. And whether you're dancing at your high school reunion or gathering with family at holidays, remind yourself that you don't need lots of food to appreciate the good times in life.

Today

� Create a vacation or reunion plan, even if those times are months away.

This weekend I have been with my dh and dd at Heathrow, UK. My dd was at Survival con. Reading people's posts from last time really helped me to plan for the weekend.
I started the day with glass of water and said 'it was going to be a healthy day' at start of each day.
I also persuaded my dd to walk a 75 min round trip to get the tasty sarnie for lunch emoticon

� Decide how you will track your actions during those events. Record your plan.

I did bring a book to use as my food diary. Sadly I chose not to fill this book in but was pleased to have made many good choices, I only brought apples rather than lots of cereal bars as I did last year.

� Put your plans on a small card or in a memo on your phone so you'll have it available when you need it.
I will try to use the notebook on my next hol and use the notecards I have since created, including Stay On Plan for when I wanted more food on my last evening, I had eaten enough (more sandwiches than usual but only very tasty ones!)
This holiday has included being on a Wider Road and I look forward to getting back to my narrower (more on plan) road tmrw.

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Day 26 - Vacations and Reunions

• Create a vacation or reunion plan, even if those times are months away.

Visiting our son in lower Michigan: I ill swim at the hotel; walk to go sight seeing; eat healthy by limiting the fried foods and desserts and adding fruits and vegetables.

Family Reunion / Pig Roast at inlaws: I will help with the work, dishes, etc. to keep busy; walk around the yard; sip water throughout the party; one plate/no seconds.

• Decide how you will track your actions during those events. Record your plan.

I will estimate portion sizes by thinking about household objects. 3 ounces of meat is equal to a deck of cards. 1 cup of potatoes, rice, pasta is equal to a tennis ball. 1 cup of cut-up fruit is equal to a fist.
Track on my phone as soon as possible.


• Put your plan on a small card or in a memo on your phone so you’ll have it available when you need it.

I will put a card in the car and read it on the way there.
I will use a card as a bookmark.
I will wear a special bracelet to remind me of my goals.

Dee
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100 More DWL , Day 26 Vacations and reunions

Label any trip or vacation as a time for taking care of yourself. Then plan in lots of activities that will make you stronger and healthier. And whether you’re dancing at your high school reunion or gathering with family at holidays, remind yourself that you don’t need lots of food to appreciate the good times in life.

Today

• Create a vacation or reunion plan, even if those times are months away.
• Decide how you will track your actions during those events. Record your plan.
• Put your plan on a small card or in a memo on your phone so you’ll have it available when you need it.

I no longer travel so vacations or reunions are not in my future plans. I don't have family living anywhere near me so there are no family gatherings. However, I know I don't need food to appreciate the good things in life. I will remain consistent in doing what I've been doing for the last eight months:

Using nutritional planner, staying within my allotted calorie range, staying hydrated, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and taking my prescriptions and using a reward system.

Joy is a Choice. Choose joy moment by moment.

When all else fails, persistence prevails.

Injoy:) Carolyn

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Day #26 Vacations & Other Special Occasions


I renamed this day for myself because I never have any Reunion events. And I am also going to have to weigh in another time on this subject. Until recently all of our vacations revolved around sitting on our motorcycles for miles and hours; leaving by 9 a.m., checking into our hotel by 6 p.m., off to a restaurant for dinner, and then bed. No time for any exercise with that kind of schedule. I always start out our vacations with good intentions to eat as healthy as possible, but this is discouraging with restaurant food (I can only eat so many dinner salads!) and eventually I give up.

This August we will be leaving for a 2 1/2 week vacation to tour the southeast States of the U.S. With my encouragement my DH has worked hard to give most days some time for relaxation and stopping to "smell the roses". I HAVE HOPE that this kind of schedule will be better for my health & fitness.

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• Create a vacation or reunion plan, even if those times are months away.
I received Linda's book right before my last vacation and used her very helpful advice to make a plan.

• Decide how you will track your actions during those events. Record your plan.

Remind myself that a vacation is not a vacation from a fit and healthy lifestyle. Take every opportunity to move and exercise including the airport, walking on the ship, trying out free exercise classes, planning excursions that included exercise. Plan a routine, slightly lower calorie lunch and breakfast, splurge reasonably on dinner and some dessert. Maintain healthy streaks as able, carry back up snacks as needed. Wait a few days to weigh but get right back on track when home.

• Put your plan on a small card or in a memo on your phone so you’ll have it available when you need it.

This is a great idea of Linda's that served me well. I put STOP in huge letters on both sides of a note card that I used as my bookmark and I wrote out what it meant ~ Stay Totally on Plan and Stick to our Plan. These came from 100 DWL that we were studying at the time.

I also grommeted together and included cards with my reasons why I want to lose/maintain, inspiring affirmations such as: strengthen resistance & Mindfulness muscles and strategies like plenty of water, give myself credit, stay aware, eat slowly, savor ....


Maria ~ So. Cal. ~ Pacific Time Zone
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Hear! Hear!! Phyllis, that is so very true!

Wanda

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Great ideas Wanda.

My planned vacations are over but I will use some of the notes and ideas for my occasional weekend get-always.


Phyllis ~~
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Wow! Wanda! What a great story. I love your idea of getting a special journal for it too. We can all learn from your great spirit.
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7/13/18 10:20 A

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• Create a vacation or reunion plan, even if those times are months away.
None coming up, only holidays. Working on plans now.
• Decide how you will track your actions during those events. Record your plan.
I will in my planner.
• Put your plan on a small card or in a memo on your phone so you’ll have it available when you need it.
I will write up my plan to display it where I can see it.


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Day 26 vacations and reunions
We never go on vacations but we do have the parties
During the event play hostess so always moving and not eating
My plan was from yesterday’s lesson

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Day 26 Vacations and Reunions

Timely lesson for me! I'm going to use it to plan for our trip to New Hampshire the first week of August. We go every year for a week and stay at a lake cottage that is near family. It is a week-long family reunion; anywhere from 20 t0 30 people every night at dinner and swimming on the beach, canoeing, or lawn games. Such fun. We have been renting the cottage for the same week for 15 years ever since our family grew too large to all dump in at my in-laws for a long visit. Being an Air Force family time at home was important and we didn't want to stop our yearly visits. By that time we could afford the cottage and we offer our kids and grands a paid-for vacation, all they have to do is come up with the gas money to get there.

This year we are also having a 50th anniversary picnic. I'm going to have to be very, very wise in my food choices for the whole week. The picnic will be catered but the rest of the week my sisters-in-law will be cooking like crazy - pot luck every night!

So...I'm going to keep getting some exercise every day; I'm going to track my food but not as usual...I've bought a special journal for this trip and I am going to write about everything! It will be a special week and I'm not sure how many more years we will do it. Wish I had journaled every year.

I'm also going to consciously make memories and I am going to try to stay in the moment every day. That is where my Spark name comes in LIVINTODAY is a message to self to live fully in each day.

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Day 26 Vacations and reunions July 13 2018
Label any trip or vacation as a time for taking care of yourself. Then plan in lots of activities that will make you stronger and healthier. And whether you’re dancing at your high school reunion or gathering with family at holidays, remind yourself that you don’t need lots of food to appreciate the good times in life.
Use these tips from the book to manage your weight during vacations, family gatherings or reunions that challenge your ability to stay on your program.
Start with water
Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up. The minute you finish it, label your day as being a healthy one. By meeting part of your water requirements, you've already started taking care of yourself.
Exercise daily
Begin each day with a walk or some type of exercise. Use this activity to set the tone for the day. Once you've exercised, you won't be as tempted to eat or drink in ways that will undo your efforts.
Half-off special
When you're faced with lots of food, use the concept of the half-off special. Simply eat half as much as you normally would or take half of the amount you actually want. This helps you control portions at restaurants as well as family dinners where other people put food in front of you.
Do a tasting diet
Feel free to experiment with trying new foods or enjoying desserts. But with anything that isn't part of your fuel needs frfor the day, have just a taste or limit yourself to two bites. Savor the food, appreciate the flavors, then walk away from the table and do something else.
Minimize the damage
Rather than dropping your good intentions once you arrive at your destination, look for ways to lower the risk of overeating. Always eat a healthy snack before showing up at an event. Or fill your wine glass with water and pretend it's a cocktail. If you do slip up, minimize the damage by stopping yourself quickly, then getting right back on track.
Today
• Create a vacation or reunion plan, even if those times are months away.
Smaller portions- order off senior menu or kids menu- take bread away, share with a friend or family member
drink water or tea
Yes get to fitness room or take walks and swimming
continue to Journal
• Decide how you will track your actions during those events. Record your plan. Journaling and tracking- fitbit wear it
• Put your plan on a small card or in a memo on your phone so you’ll have it available when you need it.
Not yet but great idea




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My next trip or vacation will be in October. I did handle the Chicago trip recently by eating a healthy breakfast at the hotel (included in the bill) walking a lot, tracking my calories and allowing myself to eat at the upper end of my calorie range.

On vacation though, if I exceed the calorie range one out of four or five days by eating 3 meals and one snack I am not going to stress over it. It *is* vacation after all. I will limit that to 1 snack not an all day eating frenzy though.



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I have no trips, vacations or reunion plans lined up. My next event like that will be Xmas when, hopefully, my precious little family will join me. I'm already starting to plan this. Even if they don't come, Xmas will be carefully planned.

Xmas has been a downfall for me for several years. The last two years I have taken tighter control and done better.

But Linda's message that I don't need lots of food to have a good time is spot on. Each year I have bought less and less food for Xmas, and I still have a bit left over.

I do need a strategy for dealing with food that guests bring to contribute, or give as presents.

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Day 26 Vacations and reunions

Label any trip or vacation as a time for taking care of yourself. Then plan in lots of activities that will make you stronger and healthier. And whether you’re dancing at your high school reunion or gathering with family at holidays, remind yourself that you don’t need lots of food to appreciate the good times in life.

Today

• Create a vacation or reunion plan, even if those times are months away.
• Decide how you will track your actions during those events. Record your plan.
• Put your plan on a small card or in a memo on your phone so you’ll have it available when you need it.


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