Over the weekend, I was faced with every dieter’s worst nightmare: vacation.
I could get away from the stresses of everyday life, work, the heaping mound of laundry that I’ve needed to do for the last two weeks, and more…but there was no leaving the diet behind. I went home with my boyfriend to Michigan for a long birthday weekend, and the challenges began on our car ride up. We stopped at a burger restaurant for dinner; I was good and ate a turkey burger…and I was bad and ate some cheese curds, too. Not the best way to start out the weekend, Amanda! I was a little mad at myself, and a bit in despair wondering how I would be able to control what I’d be eating when I knew we’d be out to dinners with family and friends, being confronted by birthday cake (brownie cheesecake, to be precise), and being offered more than a couple drinks. For an hour after dinner in the car, my mind kept going back to the thought: How am I going to do this?
I posted to Facebook about my dilemma: “How do I stay on track?” One friend told me, “It’s your boyfriend’s birthday [and your vacation], you don’t have to!” Now, I don’t like excuses, but…I thought she might have a point. I had to let go a little. After all, this quest to start a healthier lifestyle doesn’t mean I have to deny myself of small pleasures. It can’t completely rule my life and become a tyrant over my mind—that isn’t healthy either. A good balance is what I needed.
I tried to get in as many runs as I could, including one in the rain. My runs got cut off when we went to a cabin for most of the weekend and was told that unless I wanted to run from some wolves, I better not go running around on the dirt roads in the woods (crikey!). I tried to make up for it by going on a walk close by, going fishing (caught my first fish EVER [see picture], before it wiggled off the line and right back into the water, oops!), and running around after my boyfriend’s 3-year-old sister. On the food front, my meal options were limited to what the family made for me, but I did my best not to over-indulge. (Okay, I’ll admit it. I had a piece of brownie cheesecake. But it was sooo good that I don’t regret it one bit!)
Overall, I think I did okay. I could have done better, but, I guess I know next time to pack myself some healthy snacks, offer to bring something for a meal or two, and work out a little extra before I go.
Now I see Memorial Day weekend looming ahead and I know I will be enjoying cookouts, going out for drinks with friends, hosting some sort of get-together, and squeezing in workouts between all of that. So please help me! How do YOU deal when you’re on vacation, or out with friends? When you can’t necessarily control what you’ll be eating, or don’t want to seem rude at denying what you’re offered, how do you still stay on track?
Starting weight: 166 pounds
Last week: 163 pounds
This week: 160 pounds
Goal weight: 145 pounds
Thanks for your comments and support so far—it totally helps and makes me smile! Follow me on Twitter @jockey_amanda where I am posting about my daily workouts, fav meals, and other random thoughts.
Until next week,
P.S. Just so ya all know, I bought a new scale yesterday that I do NOT plan on returning!