Another month has flown by already and time for another AIM post! Since several of us have taken vacations/trips – it seemed like a good time to discuss how each of us handles traveling.
Whether you are losing weight or trying to maintain, road trips can be a real challenge. If you have been very strict with your eating, it can be hard not to go off the deep end where you take a vacation from everything, including your eating style.
How I eat really depends on the destination. Sometimes food is not a reason for the trip, say to visit family. Other times it is all about the food, say to New Orleans!
For our last trip to Maine, I knew there would be a fair amount of indulgence. You just tend to eat more on vacations anyway, especially if you eat out where portion sizes are meant for linebackers most times. However, healthier options are there. It’s just a matter of choosing those options. I am more conscious about eating on a longer trip because I could do some serious damage in 6 days of eating whatever fell onto my plate. I gain weight depressingly fast, so I do have to keep that in mind at all times.
So, I had some of this:
Lobster roll, which I split with John. There was 7 ounces of lobster on the whole sandwich, so half is a normal portion for me. The thing I love about John (well, one of the things) is that he will split entrees with me. Since he tries to be mindful of how much he eats – this is a real boon to me. Especially when traveling when you have no way to take leftovers with.
We also split these clam strips from Bob’s Clam Hut. Remember how I mentioned linebacker portions? Like this:
Fresh battered clam strips and scallops. Best clam strips I have ever eaten, too. Seriously – we saw people with baskets all to themselves.
I had other more simple meals to balance these out, like soup and fruit or a nice oatmeal breakfast before one of our rides. This was in Manchester, VT.
There were nice options at our B&B as well:
So definitely a mix of indulgence and semi-normal eating. I certainly ate a lot of fruit on this trip. Not as many veggies, though.
And what if it happens where all my good eating intentions go to hell? It is okay. It’s just so not worth it to beat yourself up over food. It’s just not. If I am going to gain weight from something, I damn well better enjoy eating it. I ended up gaining 2.5 pounds from this week-long trip, which I actually was happy with since I was expecting 5, given past vacations. And 1.5 of those has already come off as of the writing of this post.
I think the key is having confidence that you will return to what is now your normal way of eating as soon as you get back.
The thing is, nobody notices if you gain a few pounds during a vacation. When you get back, who says, “So, how much weight did you gain?” Okay, maybe someone might ask that if you take a cruise, but mostly you hear:
“How was your trip?”
“What did you do?”
“We missed you!”
That’s the important stuff.
Make sure you read about “Road Maintenance,” at my fellow AIMers’ blogs for their thoughts on this topic!
AIM: Adventures in Maintenance is Lynn, Lori, Debby, Shelley, and Cammy, former weight-loss bloggers who now write about life in maintenance. We formed AIM to work together to turn up the volume on the issues facing people in weight maintenance. We publish a post on the same topic on the first Monday of each month. Let us know if there is a topic you would like us to address!