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Need advice for this weekend~~

I am going camping this weekend with my boyfriend and his friends.. and I can already see it now.. hot dogs, chips, and beers. How can I not fall into this trap without looking like a brat and high maintenance. I still want to have fun, and get drunk too~ but Ive been working hard and I dont want to throw it all away this weekend.!!

Wed. Aug 16, 10:02am

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If I was you, I would make healthy choices and not overeat -- it's ok to have a hot dog as long as you don't have 3 in a setting. I would say anything in MODERATION is key. I'd have a few beers - but again, do not over-do it. Pack some healthier snacks so you can stay away from the chips and stuff.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 10:11 AM

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Search for the CAMPING thread

There are lots of suggestions there that can help you!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 10:12 AM

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i just bumped the two camping threads up to the top.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 10:17 AM

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Bring your own beer, and bring something like Michelob Ultra so that your not burning as many calories on the beer.

Eat your good foods in moderation and you can always bring a veggie plate with carrots and celery. Maybe bring a fruit tray too so you have some watermellon, strawberries, apples and stuff to munch on.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 10:54 AM

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if you're going to be hiking, i would suggest that you save your calories for food, not waste them on beer. plus, you'll have to keep the beer cold, so that's alot of extra travelling weight. is the beer an important part of the camping trip for you?

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 10:59 AM

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Damage control..............don't try to be perfect, but do bring lots of healthy snacks, so you will stay away from the nonhealthy snacks. For example, I bring low fat granola bars (Kashi, South Beach Diet, Balance 100 cal, etc), pretzels, popcorn, diet soda, lite beer,

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 11:27 AM

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Beer is very important in camping, and I think she already said she intends to drink and enjoy herself....

I would just control portions as best you can. I partake in beer on the weekends but only drink miller lite or Ultra and it hasn't hindered my weight loss. Also, one weekend won't blow your whole diet.

Good luck and have fun!!!!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 11:46 AM

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"beer is very important in camping." that's a new one for me!! i've been camping for 20 years and never brought beer camping.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 11:56 AM

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The other thing that could save your diet is to bring plates/cups, small ones. A small plate with a hot dog and a handful of chips looks full, but from your hands, you can eat chips out of a bag and 3 hotdogs, easily.

A bag of popcorn is a lot of calories, but a cup full is not.

Same with chips/pretzels.

Bring some baked chips if you like them. They're a little lower calorie.

Also, bring that veggie tray. When you get the urge to munch aimlessly, munch on carrots and celery, not hot dogs and chips.

Light beer is definitely the way to go too. Michelob Ultra has like 60 calories in a can. Miller Light and Bud Light both have just over 100, I think. Michelob Ultra Amber tastes more like beer than just regular Ultra, I think. But that's just my opinion. Also pack lots of bottled water, and try to alternate between beer and water. It'll make you feel better, fill you up, and help keep you closer to your diet.

Finally, even if it is not a hiking trip, find somewhere to hike, swim, bike, etc. Add some exercise to the trip, and it'll keep you closer to the total calorie goal b/c you'll be burning some off as well.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 12:16 PM

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Beer is part of our camping trips too. I have been camping for 20 years too but I'm only 25 so maybe that's the difference... Just the way we've always done it! We hike and do all that stuff too though.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 12:31 PM

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i guess my experience with camping goes hand-in-hand with "roughing it". i don't sleep in a camper or motel, but in a tent far into the woods-no coolers or radios, or ammenities. different style. have fun!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 1:03 PM

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I just went thru the same thing a few weeks ago. I got up early on both Saturday and Sunday morning and went for an hour run before everyone else got up. It helped balance out the smores, beer, etc...

Also, have you ever had vegetarian hot dogs? They have far less fat/calories. Might be something to try. Morningstar Farms (brand) are good.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 1:12 PM

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I'm a "roughing it" kind of camper, myself, but I always pack in some beer and put in the stream to keep cold.... Dang, there's nothing about backpacking that would keep me from beer!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 1:49 PM

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I second the person who suggested an early morning run. If you make sure you are active and exercising through the day...running, hiking, swimming, shouldn't have to worry too much about calories. Moderation is key too...stick to a beer or two, anything more will make you too dehydrated to work out the next day.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 1:56 PM

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Ok, now before people b last me for not roughing it... I sleep in a tent, no air mattress, cook my food over the fire and don't bring anything that would need batteies or cords.

as far as food goes, when i go campigng every few weeks one of the biggest hits is Davey Crockets. Bring LOTS of chopped veggies. Carrots, potatoes, squash, peppers, onions, tomatoes....etc and some ground turkey and foil and seasoning. Put about 1/4 lb of grount turkey in foil and cover in veggies and seasoning. close the foil up tightly (we double wrap) and toss onto the coals. make sure you bring the tongs from your grill set to get it back out!

While everyone else is drinking beer, I have a nice bottle of red wine. It makes everything feel that much more special and each glass has only about 80 calories and I can only drink about two before i am good and buzzed! Plus, you don't have to keep it cold.

brings lots of dinner ingredients becuase when they see you make one, everyone wants that instead of a hot dog!!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 2:10 PM

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I went to my cousin's wedding two months ago and no intention of sticking to the "diet" while I was there. I had every intention of getting drunk with the rest of them. And I ate my fair share of chips, potato salad, and brownies at the variet of parties involved in the week before the wedding. I kept this up for the entire 10 days I was gone. And while, yes, I did gain weight, it also dropped right back off once I got back home and back into the groove. Two days is not going to hurt you as much as 10, and I still ended up doing fine overall. So, my advice... prep yourself for the adventure by bringing food you won't feel guilty about, but once you get out the door and on the trip, stop worrying about it. If you eat 3 hot dogs and four brownies and 6 beers in a day, enjoy it all and don't freak out. Maybe the next time you go you'll only eat 2 hotdogs, three brownies and five beers. Anyway, just make sure you have fun, okay!!!

by the way, I've taken tofu-pups (vegitarian hotdogs) camping with me. the directions specifically say that they don't work too well over an open flame, so unless you're bringing a microwave along with your beer...

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 2:18 PM

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to the op: well? how'd you make out over the weekend camping trip?

Monday, August 21, 2006, 4:28 PM

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