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KK1973 SparkPoints: (30,612)
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3/22/13 7:50 A

I have been to an all inclusive since losing 30 pounds and will be going to another one in a couple of weeks. I tried to stick with my eating plan as they do offer healthy options, and exercised at their gym/took long walks along the beach. I stayed away from alot of carbs which included the fruity drinks/desserts. I did have my share of other drinks. The damage was gaining 3 pounds on a 5 day vacation. Was it worth it? Heck, yes. Two pounds, I lost within a couple of days of returning home and the other one was lost the next week. Just go back to your normal routine when you get home and the weight should come back off(alot of it's just water retention). Enjoy yourself!!

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3/22/13 7:46 A

I think that's great advice to not let a vacation be a break. For me, realizing that food isn't important is the hardest part of dieting. The brain controls all!

SUZIEQUE77 SparkPoints: (9,271)
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3/22/13 7:27 A

My philosophy is that you can NOT take a break from newly learned eating habits. Try to choose what you know is right, in the right portions. Yes, fill up on fresh fruit and veggies whenever available. Avoid alcohol and all sugared drinks/fruit juices. As someone mentioned in a previous post, I think it is quite common for overeaters to think they can "take a break" and not think about what they are eating while on vacation, and it won't do much harm. For some of us, the harm is huge, since it will also set back motivation when we return from the vacation, when we look at the scale and see the damage done.

Actually, I think one reason I have been successful in maintaining my weight loss (I weighed over 200 after my last child was born; now I'm under 120) is because I have accepted that building so much of life around food and eating was something I needed to let go of, forever! It is not easy for any of us to do. I think a lot of people don't want to hear this because they are not ready (and may never be ready) to really give up overindulging on food.

I have gone to Weight Watchers meetings and during the time of sharing, especially after a holiday, members wills say they gained because they "had a piece of pie" (or whatever) on the holiday. Well, most of us realize that one piece of pie in itself is not going to make a huge difference on the scale, but that is not the point I want to make. Other members will say, "Was it worth it?" And the pie eater will say YES! And everyone will laugh with understanding.

I get that they want to look at this in a positive and light-hearted way, but really, unless we come to a point in life where pie is "not worth it" then I don't think the weight will come off (and stay off).

CBLENS SparkPoints: (47,498)
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3/22/13 6:42 A

They usually have lots of healthy options, plus fun dance classes.

SASSYBRUN Posts: 192
3/21/13 10:41 P

Oh my. Before I tell you this true story, know that you can make healthy choices. Exercise, eat good food, and if you an skip the alcohol (especially the sugary drinks like piƱa colada).

Now for the story. A friend lost 70 lbs (needed to keep going) using an expensive weight loss program. She then decided to take a hiatus from the strict diet and maintain before losing again. She started her "maintenance" plan by going to an all inclusive in the Caribbean. She came back 14 lbs heavier and that led to her gaining all the lost wight back plus some (she did have a serious overeating problem).

So yes be afraid, be very aware. You can enjoy many things on holiday, food doesn't have to be part of it (and as someone already mentioned, all you can eat places tend to have 2nd rate food, so not worth the calories!).

Do enjoy your new figure and bathing suit to the fullest!

FITWITHIN Posts: 25,499
3/21/13 9:51 P

I went on my first cruise last year and I manage to lose weight while on vacation. I ate in moderation and still got up and exercised. I also did excursions that was exercised related instead of sitting. But, most of enjoy your vacation. You earned it!

TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,067
3/21/13 3:46 P

oh boy! This is a toughie! Vacations are always the hardest when it comes to watching your weight. I agree with everyone, especially "IHeartmyfamily" Carry some filling foods with you at all times to keep those uncontrollable binges at bay, if that be your case. So many temptations. Have a wonderful time!

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3/21/13 3:31 P

Really not for me

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (278,827)
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3/21/13 3:29 P

Try to avoid the sugary pre mixed fruit drinks and stick to wines and clear alcohols. I go to all inclusives (one in April) and share your apprehension. I am taking some crystal lite individual packets and then I will ask for vodka on the rocks and a glass of water to mix my own drink.

I also order long island ice teas (without the coke) and mojitos. You can't totally deprive yourself, it is all inclusive and you did pay for it. I managed to go on a cruise without gaining any weight. I just didn't go crazy at the buffet and exercised every day.

Fruit for breakfast and fish and salad for dinner.

Have a wonderful time.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,319
3/21/13 3:11 P

enjoy all the tropiclal fruits and enjoy making yourself wonderful salads.

every time I've gone to an all inclusive...a lot of people got sick towards the end of the week. Don't know if it was a week's worth of new foods/drinking, or the resorts not taking proper care of food stuffs at the end of the week.

be careful when trying new sports...can't tell you how many people I've witnessed walking around on crutches because they went crazy.

have fun

Edited by: SHERYLDS at: 3/21/2013 (15:11)
OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (241,083)
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3/21/13 3:07 P

I get so much more exercise when I'm on vacation (usually a morning run or bike ride, possibly a trip to the gym, and an evening walk)

I may splurge a little on some local favorites, but for the most part I prefer healthy food

in Jamaica, I'd probably load up on jerk chicken, lots of salad greens, and black beans.

I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
3/21/13 3:06 P

Oh wow do enjoy!

Put healthy foods in a bag you can carry with you, like almonds or other nuts, perhaps some trail mix, rice cakes, peanut butter that you put in tiny containers that you can use with apples or what not. Lots of water, and just have tons of fun! :)

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
3/21/13 3:00 P

Oh, what a challenge!

We humans seem to be pre-programmed for "value" and tend to play mind games with ourselves about "getting our money's worth - it's the same price whether i eat one apple or four hundred pounds of shrimp and seventy seven mai tais!" and when left on autopilot, we tend to strive for the latter.

You will need to keep reminding yourself that there really is no VALUE involved in over-consuming on the food and drink. There is a PRICE to be paid, not a dollar figure, but the price of your time and energy when you return and find you have pounds to take off again. So just keep reminding yourself of that.

Go easy on the alcohol (or shun it altogether, if possible) as the calories involved add up fast (and it tends to lower your resolve to eat-healthy, too).

Enjoy the fact that you can pick from anything, at your whim, and use this to your advantage by selecting the things you like best. Also remember to enjoy the fact that you will be able to eat FRESH fruit, delicious locally-grown in-season fruit... ahhh tropical countries, how I envy thee....

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3/21/13 2:55 P

I have been to all-inclusives in Jamaica both fat and thin. What I determined is on that that gorgeous display of desserts, they really don't taste very good. They have to make them with gelatins to make them hold up in the heat, so everything tastes a little like marshmallows. Stick to some fruit, if you can. Also, if you can, take a long walk on the beach.

3/21/13 2:52 P

I am going on a vacation to an all inclusive resort in Jamaica in a couple of weeks - my first since I lost 65lbs - I'm excited and apprehensive at the same time. I don't expect to lose weight while I'm on vacation but I would like to come back at least the same weight as when I left. Does anyone have any tips & tricks for staying on track while I'm there while still enjoying myself?

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