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what do you do when traveling?

I will be taking a week-long trip to my in-laws in August. They have a TON of snack food at their house, and it's often out and being eaten by grandchildren. Now while they manage to not eat it all day long, I have a tough time. We also eat out a lot while we're there (at least 2 out of every 3 meals). Last time I was being pretty successful at weight loss, a trip there completely shattered my whole effort.

What do you all do when you're out of your own control zone (i.e. home)?


Thu. Jun 28, 10:39pm

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I'm going out of town too this weekend. I think the most important thing is to decide, "When I come back, even if I totally messed up, I will keep on going." Yeah, despite your best efforts you might not lose that week or even gain. But for me the biggest part is not letting setbacks cause me to quit. Just don't quit!!

But as far as when you there, can you ask that the kids have paper plates and get out their snacks as desired? That way the bags of chips can stay in the cabinet. Even if that's not a possibility, just try to stay determined. I never feel better about myself than when I keep my resolve. Think of how proud you will be of yourself! And when you go out to eat, order what you want but ask for a box right away and put half of your entree in it. Someone else can eat it later at some point. And if you worry about wasting money and food when you throw it out, the way I see it is that that's a few dollars well spent to keep me on track! And stay away from the high calorie drinks like regular soda, sweet tea and wine.

You'll be okay - just don't resign yourself to giving up!

Thursday, June 28, 2007, 10:45 PM

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Wow! That's tough. Talk about an environment that sets you up for failure! That would challenge even the most motivated of persons. Assuming you can't make the trip all about you and your needs ;) there a few things you can do to maximize your success - or at least minimize the damage.

Assess the snacks put out - are any of them SO special that you can't pass them up? Most foods you can access 24/7 - why indulge then and there? You know what they taste like - will it be worth undoing all the hard work you've done up until that point? Do your own shopping and have safe snacks there for you. Drink lots of water, keep out of the kitchen.

As far as going out to eat...decide ahead of time what you can order and stick to it. And the same mindset...will it be worth it to indulge every time you go out to eat? Is the food more important?

I agree with the pp who said 'DECIDE.' Except, make that decision before you go - decide you're not going to completely derail. You CAN do it.

Good luck - it will be tough, but think about how much better you'll feel getting through it.

Thursday, June 28, 2007, 11:35 PM

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First - I would not beat yourself over giving in to small temptations. Just compensate with exercise.

Something that helped me when I recently visited with my sister and her children. (Translation: Food all the time!!!!!) is that I would tell myself it was the kids food and that I was taking it away from them.

Also I had to stop at the grocery store and buy a few items for myself - fruit, etc. I am pretty cheap so I made sure that I ate them all

I eat out a lot due to a lot of traveling.........

Another trick at the restaurants for me is that I don't even look at the menu. You usually can go to a restaurant and order a salad or baked chicken with veggies on the side without the menu.

If that is not possible, another trick at the restaurant is to ask the server to box half the food before it gets to you to go. (if with family) The old wise tale also works for me, is that a lady is suppose to leave something on your plate. (No clean plates!!!!)

Friday, June 29, 2007, 12:18 PM

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I can sometimes lose weight while visiting family because I'm being taken out to eat, rather than me paying. So although I may go for a burger or chicken strips b/c they're cheap, when someone else is paying, it's really easy for me to go for the grilled salmon with steamed veggies, b/c it's a treat that I wouldn't want to pay for myself! Mean, sure, but true.

Grilled fish dishes (w/o sauce), seafood (crab, lobster, shrimp, scallops, etc.) w/o sauce, and not dipped in butter (or at least not much butter), and even small lean steaks are great diet foods, and are all really special treats!

Friday, June 29, 2007, 12:23 PM

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When I visit my in-laws, I oftern bring some of my own food - weight watchers bread, seltzer water, fruits, fiber cereal. These are the things I usually eat but that they don't usually have.

II also agree with the first poster (10:45). I make it a commitment that I will get right back on track when I retunr. I travel a lot for work and oftem will put on several pounds over a week becaseu of lack of exercsie and eating out all the time. But I find that is I get right back on, those pounds will go away within a few days. This gives me the freedom to enjoy a little, knowing I can get back on track.

And walk... as much as you can. morning, noon, night. Every little bit helps.

Good luck!

Friday, June 29, 2007, 1:59 PM

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I just got back from being on the road for a week! Visited my sister in California, went to Monterey, San Louis Obispo, Palm Springs, etc. My daughter and her kids travelled with us, so we packed good food to eat on the road - that helped with healthy eating. When we got to my sister's, I bought food, and so I bought some stuff for me. It can be tough avoiding the junk, but if there is healthy stuff like fruit and veg for you, it gives you more options. Even making SOME healthy choices will be better than throwing in the towel. Also, good advice is to go ahead and enjoy some of the things that are unique to the area - but don't give in to stuff you can easily get at home. M&Ms, or chips, for instance, you can get any time. Aunt Tilly's special pie? One piece, savored, won't derail you. I enjoyed wine from my sister's winery, and sea food and artichokes in Monterrey (OK, sea food isn't generally fattening, but the artichokes did have a lot of olive oil)

I brought along some exercise bands and used them, walked as much as I could. When we stopped for gas or food, I had the kids do jumping jacks with me, and we would run. Of course I felt ridiculous. I am 70+ pounds overweight! But the kids needed the activity, and it didn't hurt me any. At rest stops I walked around, challeneged the kids to run with me from "here to there" and back a few times. The idea was to do SOMEthing. It worked!

My trainer told me not to obsess about the food one way or the other, and as someone else here said, the goal is to stay the course. If you fell off the wagon, get back on as soon as you get home. Don't use it as an excuse to give up.

I actually gained 6 pounds - I don't know how much was fluid retention while on the road- but in 2 days of being home, I am down 4 and expect the rest to be gone before I get back to my trainer on Tuesday. My Weight Watchers leader calls vacation pounds "fast fat" It came on fast and will come off fast, too. It is the fat that has been with us for years, the "hard lard" that will resisit coming off - you know, that last 10-20 lbs that sucessful loosers struggle with? I know about it in theory, haven't gotten there myself yet.

good luck!

Saturday, June 30, 2007, 2:31 PM

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