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6/22/13 7:11 A

Thank you for the replies! I'm having my first cup of coffee, I'll have another one on the road. I'm leaving for my trip now. Wish me luck.

I've packed some snacks for the drive, and meals: water, apples, oranges, pretzels & animal crackers, rice cakes, deli turkey, turkey meatballs, keiser rolls, carrots, Greek yogurt, and hard-boiled eggs. Also bringing a flat of water.

I've roughly laid out meal plans:

B- HB eggs on the road
L- deli sandwiches
D- turkey meatball sandwiches
S-yogurt & fruit

B- hotel
L-lunch out
D- pizza out

B- hotel
L-lunch out
D- deli on the road

NOLAFIT Posts: 124
6/21/13 11:28 P

Personally, I track it - or at least write down on paper what I had and track it when I got home so that I'm accountable for what I consumed. I find it a good exercise on knowing your portion sizes and eating as close to your maintenance as possible (ie calories out = calories in for a net of zero).

I have also found that a bit of exercise on vacation like a 20 min walk made me feel better about myself.

Although it's great to say within your range, it may not happen. Make the best food choices you can without depriving yourself. Have fun on vacation!

KENDILYNN SparkPoints: (22,684)
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6/21/13 10:43 P

I think/hope you'll find your more aware of restaurant pitfalls than you used to be. I know that when I started eating healthier, reading labels/nutrition information, and measuring portion sizes, I couldn't go to a restaurant and mindlessly eat off the "regular menu" like I used to. Most restaurants now have a healthier menu section with delicious options, and depending on the state, may be required to post nutritional information on the entire menu. Don't forget to order dressing/sauces on the side, no butter, etc. So at least you know what you're getting yourself into when you order. If you do choose not to track, don't use it as an excuse to go crazy on all the things you've been denying yourself. Instead, use the weekend to experience what your life post-tracking might be like. Choose healthier options not because you're on a "diet" but because they taste good and are better for you. Choose between having a glass of wine or splitting a dessert, but don't have both "just because you're on vacation." If you're sightseeing, you'll probably be getting in more exercise than normal (though you can still hit the gym when you normally work out, if your hotel has one.) You might be surprised that you can maintain your weight quite easily, though you may not lose any.

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6/21/13 10:07 P

My choice would be to take the weekend off ....from the Tracker anyway....! I do find I'm far more aware of portion sizes, healthy choices and balancing my daily nutrients. But I don't try to count calories either when I'm on vacation!

Several days are not going to derail several months of good progress. Enjoy!!

6/21/13 9:45 P

I'm going away for the weekend, and I'm of 2 minds about tracking food. On the one hand, I'm tracking religiously and losing weight very well for the past few months, and I don't want to back track. On the other hand, this is a lifestyle change, and vacations are going to happen, and I'm going to want to have some high calorie days whilst on vacation.

So, what do you do on vacation? Do you stick to your calorie range, or do you take a vacation from your tracker?

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