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#70 - Confession.

Monday, July 30, 2012

I haven't really gotten back on track since I returned from Alaska. I'm having trouble with motivation. Before the trip, I used the vacation as motivation to keep pushing through, but now, it seems like I am not working towards anything.

Technically, I am in a friend's wedding in a couple of weeks, so that should be motivation, but it's not. (Plus, I am going to two other friends' weddings within the next few months.) I feel like I am losing everything I worked so hard for. I'm scared to get on the scale as I've had junk food, sodas, etc since the trip. I can't stop craving sodas.

On top of all this, I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow which I am NOT looking forward to, and there are financial issues as well as my boyfriend's family problems that I feel like I'm being dragged into. I guess I'm just turning to food to alleviate some of the stress.

Any ideas about how to get back on track? Honestly, I feel like I know the answer to this, but I just can't get my butt in gear.

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WINNIE1978 7/30/2012 6:49PM

    I can totally relate to turning to food to relieve stress. I've done a little too much comfort eating lately and not enough exercising. I need to remember the stress relief I can get from exercise... it's far better than the stress relief I get from eating unhealthy foods!

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CHODGES83 7/30/2012 5:29PM

    Baby Steps!

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/30/2012 12:39PM

    emoticon Just look at the next meal as a way to get back on track. Don't overwhelm yourself. You can do it!!

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SPICEMWE 7/30/2012 10:15AM

    Just take it one day at a time, dear! Like the others have said, pick one thing to work on at a time. If it helps, you can set up some rewards for getting back on track.

It's life and it happens to us all. The success comes from being able to get back on track even when we hit these bumps (called vacation!).

*hugs*

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AWESOMEKATY 7/30/2012 9:45AM

    Just make yourself do it once and see how amazing and proud you feel after! Keep pushing until you get through this rough patch and things should come back to you!!

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BEAUTIFUL_MEGAN 7/30/2012 7:59AM

    Fake it til you make it! Often I don't feel like eating a salad or getting on the elliptical, but if you half-ass it a few times the mojo comes back. Just go through the motions of being healthy and your body will do the rest!!

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4C_DIVA 7/30/2012 7:58AM

    Sometimes we will get off track, but the most thing is to get back on the right track and keep moving. Don't the let the set back hold you back.
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SOXFANNH 7/30/2012 7:56AM

  One step at a time! Pick one thing to change, maybe drinking water instead of soda, and focus on that until you have it under control. Then take the next step! You know you can do it (because you have), but you to focus on why you want to be healthy and not let the stresses get to you. Accomplishing a small goal for a few days in a row will make you feel great.

You can DO it!

Good luck!

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LMATTHEWS12111 7/30/2012 7:54AM

    Im kind of lost myself, stay positive and keep ya head up!

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#69 - Alaskan Vacation & Update.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Let's just say that after I wrote the blog about "Failing" on my first day of vacation, I took everyone's advice, and I did a bit of relaxing. I tried new foods (I tried to remember to allow my body to tell me when I was full). We did lots of hiking and walking! (I'm even an ice skater now! emoticon) I attempted to get fitness minutes in every day, but when I didn't, I tried not to let it bother me. All in all, I had a blast! It was great seeing my family (whom I haven't seen in a 1-1.5 years)! Plus, I enjoyed exploring just some of what Alaska has to offer!

Here are just some of the photos I took:


Pretty sight. :)


That's a glacier in between the mountains. Also, the pretty blue water is glacier water!


That's my little brother. We rode a ski lift up the side of the mountain, and we hiked a little farther afterwards.


I absolutely love the photo. I really gained a sense of self love as well as an awareness in just how far I've come in just a few short weeks of being healthy.


The view from our hike up the mountain.


We took a train ride through the mountains to see the glaciers and animals.


Nice photo of the train and glacier.


My boyfriend and I near the sign for Thunderbird Falls. We hiked to the falls.


Thunderbird Falls.


My dad and I. This was a photo-op in a museum. Ha. I am pretending to paddle!


We went panning for gold in this beautiful river. FYI I found nothing. emoticon


My little brother and I went ice skating. Haha. He's been several times before, but this was my first time, so he was really sweet, and he stayed by me the entire time. I went around the rink probably around 12-15 times. I only fell once! emoticon

So, like I said, we all had a blast. This trip really made me appreciate my body more, and every time I looked in the mirror, I felt beautiful, healthy, and slender. It was great! To be honest, I hate taking photos, but it seemed like at every place, I wanted to be in a photo. This vacation really did wonders for me, and I am so grateful to have been able to go.

My boyfriend and I really wanted to go biking on the trails (they have a lot!), but we ran out of time. So, we are saving up money to get bikes, and we are going to go around here. Plus, we've talked about biking and hiking in the mountains, so I think we are going to start planning a trip soon for that. I loved hiking!

Usually, I hate when vacations come to an end, but this time, it wasn't like that. Sure, I didn't want to leave, but I'm excited for what's in store for the future. I came back to Myrtle Beach wanting to continue exercising and eating healthy. Heck, I am even planning new goals - daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly (maybe), and yearly! I'm excited to see where my body can take me, and I am so interested in trying new exercises too! (I will post a blog probably this week or next about new goals. I have been swamped at work.)

So, this week (today), is my day to truly get back on track. I've already had my morning walk (2.74 miles in 44 minutes), I've had six cups of water so far (on target), and I'm eating well. Last week was a little rough since I was super jet lagged, and I wasn't feeling great, so I gave myself a few extra days to get better.

So what's in store this week?

Monday - Walk & Body Rock
Tuesday - Walk & Body Rock
Wednesday - Walk & Body Rock
Thursday - Walk
Friday - Walk & Body Rock
Saturday - Work (VERY active at my second job, and I find ways to make it even more active!)
Sunday - Walk & Rest

I decided to try to add another day of Body Rock. I was only doing it three days a week, but I'm going to try upping it to four. We'll see!

Thanks for being awesome support systems while I was away. It was hard relaxing because I wanted to keep my normal routine, but I managed to make it work. Plus, after I posted the "Failing" blog, I did a Body Rock, went for a walk, and we (boyfriend, brother, and I) played football, baseball (sort of), and basketball (2 hours!). So sometimes, I just need my Spark friends to help me get by! emoticon

Hope everyone has a great week! I hope to be getting back to commenting on blogs and statuses soon!

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P.S. I only gained ONE POUND while I was on vacation! emoticon

  
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SBRAN833 7/27/2012 11:38AM

    I'm so glad you had an awesome time!! thanks for sharing the pictures!! :)

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/25/2012 3:13PM

    You look absolutely adorable in your photos, and the scenery is gorgeous!

Sounds like this vacation was a growth experience for you. Great to read!

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CHODGES83 7/24/2012 3:58PM

    Beautiful photos! You look fantastic. Glad you had a wonderful vacation!

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FITNESSMONSTER8 7/24/2012 10:36AM

    Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful pictures. I'm glad you had such an awesome active vacation.

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CLHENDY1 7/24/2012 8:56AM

    Wow! Great pics!! Sounds like you had a really good time!!!

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DRKATZ 7/24/2012 8:33AM

    Wow! I'm impressed and happy for you all around! So many fun activities! I think doing FUN things is the best way to keep exercise a part of my lifestyle. I also want to get into biking and more hiking - so keep me posted! I'm so happy you had a great week, and let yourself have some recovery time. Keep up the good work and see where your body (and mind) will take you on your next steps! emoticon

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JEANNINEMM68 7/23/2012 11:08PM

    Sounds like you had a great time. I am so glad that you relaxed and enjoyed yourself instead of worrying. The pictures were beautiful. I would love to visit Alaska someday. I pound gain not bad at all. Just time to get back in the routine. Glad you are back!

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GIANTMICROBE 7/23/2012 8:20PM

    Ice skating! I would never have the courage. I broke my tailbone slipping on ice, been terrified of the stuff ever since.

I know what's it like to want to be in pictures. I'm that obnoxious person that sticks my face in your camera the second you whip it out. "Oooo! Oooo! Take a picture of me!" I suppose it's less annoying than the person who hides from the camera and pitches a fit when you try to take their picture though! ...Right? :)

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WINNIE1978 7/23/2012 7:42PM

    Beautiful pictures! I'm glad that you were even in a few of them! You look great!

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PAPER_WINGS18 7/23/2012 5:25PM

    Looks sooo beautiful there! Glad you had a great time! :) You are cute as a button! hehe.

Congrats on only gaining 1 while on vacation-- that is a serious accomplishment! Woo hoo!

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DRAGONFLY02 7/23/2012 4:25PM

    I am so happy to hear things went to well on your trip. I was wondering how you were doing. Great job and I'm glad to hear you had a good trip. Welcome home.

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/23/2012 3:43PM

    Your trip looks and sounds wonderful. Great to hear you are pumped up about everything. Love your workout schedule. Keep at it!


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PICKIE98 7/23/2012 3:35PM

    My friend is a police officer in Alaska,, he loves it up there too! The hiking and beauty!! So glad you had fun!

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#68 - Failing.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

So far on my vacation, food has been the enemy. For some reason, I can't stop eating. I did great yesterday up until Charlotte. The plane was delayed due to a storm, so all the way to Phoenix, my boyfriend and I were stressing about dinner options and making our next flight. Luckily, we made the flight, but we had to get dinner on the plane. I made a good choice (I assume), a cobb salad with a fourth of a cup of apple juice. I also filled up my water bottle every chance I got. However, the stress of the plane killed me. I downed an entire box of Starbursts on the last flight.

This morning, we decided to go get breakfast, and I got chicken tenders, fries, and orange juice. For lunch, I ate a cheeseburger on wheat bread with lemonade to drink. I have barely gotten in a cup of water, and it's already 2pm! I'm bloated. I'm exhausted. I'm feeling defeated. I don't want to do my Body Rock. With no structure, I don't feel like myself. I'm treating this vacation like it's a vacation from my healthier lifestyle.

The only positives from this vacation so far:
- I've slept well.
- We took a campus tour of the university where my dad works (lots of walking).
- I made myself open a bottle of water.

I know this is vacation, and I should just relax, but I've worked so hard to get this far, and I am angry at myself for allowing it to go out the window. Sorry for the crappy blog. I just needed to talk. emoticon

  
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CHODGES83 7/16/2012 10:54AM

    Frankie says RELAX!

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FATHINSN 7/13/2012 9:01AM

    Don't get too stress out during your vacation, especially when you think you had too many slips, not taking care of yourself like what you normally do. What I can suggest about this, make a basic guide on what you can do so that there will be no major slip-up or no building big mountains from small slip-ups. Try things like sneak in water to get at least 2 litres daily, choose to walk more (if it's possible or make the walking trips as long as possible), do Quickies from BodyRock workouts (for example, if BR has 4 exercises of 10 reps, split them into several sessions throughout the day).

Have fun on your vacation!

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MUFFIY831 7/12/2012 8:49AM

    I agree with all the "RELAX!" comments you've already received on this. I know it's easier said than done, but make good choices when you can and forgive yourself when you can't or don't. I know it's harder to get moving when you're in a funk, but going for a walk to clear your mind not only gets a walk in, but it helps snap you out of the funk. Even if it's just a 10 minute stroll around the neighborhood, just do it!

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/11/2012 10:50PM

    I think you are expecting too much of yourself....relax. You are on vacation. You still made good choices, you indulged some but that is life. Have fun!

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POOKASLUAGH 7/11/2012 10:10PM

    *hugs*

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JEANNINEMM68 7/11/2012 9:55PM

    You are on vacation so do not stress about everything or you will not have a good time and it will back fire anyway. You will do great.

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MISTYBLUE716 7/11/2012 7:49PM

    relax. it's vacation. continue to be mindful but don't beat yourself up. you can do this.

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SBRAN833 7/11/2012 6:34PM

    RELAX... you are doing just fine :) you're only human and we're bound to slip up hun!! :) you only get one family ... so enjoy the time you have with them. Hope you have a better day/night/week!!!

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ITSTHENEWLAUREN 7/11/2012 6:00PM

  Relax, enjoy yourself and make the best choices you can. It's so hard to 100% on track when we're at home and in our usual routine let alone on vacation facing unknowns! Hang in there! You'll be 100% back on track after your vacation and any water weight you may gain due to excess sodium will be gone quickly.

Enjoy your vacation!

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#67 - Pre-Vacation Blog.

Monday, July 09, 2012

So, tomorrow afternoon, I step on a plane to Alaska! Ahh. I can't wait! Honestly, the last four days of work have been brutal, so I need a relaxing vacation! I'm excited to see my family. We talked yesterday a little about some of the activities we will be doing, and it seems like there will be a lot of walking, so that makes me feel better. Plus, my little brother is going to take me to Walmart the first day that I am there to get any thing I need, so that also helps too! Things really seem to have fallen into place since my last blog. I don't feel quite as stressed as I did.

I've decided not to make any official exercising plans for the trip. My dad loves to take walks, so I am hoping that he'll do his walks while I am up there. If so, this would be a great time to get mine in. As for Body Rock, I'm going to try to do it, but I'm not going to get mad at myself if it doesn't happen. I am just aiming for getting some fitness minutes in. As for food, I purchased Luna Bars (organic and have protein) and almonds (100 calorie packs). I've decided that I am going to do the best I can. I'm going to try to fill up on veggies, fruits, and protein whenever possible. Also, I am going to stick to my portions, and I am not going for seconds! emoticon Plus, water and Crystal Light are my friends.

After I get back, I plan on really buckling down with my diet. It seems like the last week, my boyfriend and I have eaten out a lot due to time restraints and so much to do before we go. However, afterwards, there will be no excuse! I'm looking forward to buckling down actually. I like how I've been feeling lately, so it makes me want to continue!

Although I will have access to a computer, I probably won't get on Spark. So, just remember that although I won't be on to comment on your status or blog, I'm with you. When you fall down, pick yourself back up. When you lost a pound, have a NSV, or beat a PR, I'm excited for you! Never give up because you are worth it! Keep going! Hope you all have a fabulous week! See you next Wednesday!

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Today's Weight: 163.4 lbs


P.S. Thanks NIXY72 - I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it. - Groucho Marx

  
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JEANNINEMM68 7/10/2012 6:36PM

    Have a wonderful time in Alaska. I am so jealous I would love to go there emoticon

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SUGIRL06 7/10/2012 6:03PM

    Have a great time!
~Ang

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FITNESSMONSTER8 7/10/2012 1:48PM

    Have a great vacation!!!

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DRAGONFLY02 7/10/2012 8:28AM

    Awesome! Have a great vacation. Sounds like you have everything planned out perfectly.

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PAPER_WINGS18 7/9/2012 10:28PM

    I hope you have a fantastic vaca! Take lots of pictures! :) Enjoy the time with your family, and we will all be here waiting for you when you get back! :D

Great quote too!

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POOKASLUAGH 7/9/2012 8:52PM

    Have a great vacation! And btw, thanks for the link to the cardio vid. After my leg stops hurting, I'm going ot start trying some of those no-legs-at-all sorts of exercises to see what I can do without hurting! :)

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/9/2012 3:52PM

    Have fun in Alaska! emoticon Love the Groucho Marx quote.

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#66 - Nervous.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

I need some support, Sparkies.

In 7 days, I leave for a week of vacation. I'm visiting my dad in Alaska! I'm excited but very nervous.

See, I restarted my journey on Monday June 11th. Since then, I have worked out 21 times, eating healthy (for the most part), and watched my portions. Since then, I am down 10 pounds from my highest weight (only down 7 pounds from June 11th). I feel great! I'm not nearly as bloated as I used to be. I push myself through my workouts, and I come out feeling amazing. I feel like I'm slimming as well as getting healthy.

I'm scared because I've done so well thus far. Plus, I have a doctor's appointment at the end of July, and I'm in a wedding in August, so I really want to look and feel my best. What if I get to Alaska and everything I've been doing goes out the window? I'm planning on at least walking every day (although I really want to continue Body Rocking while I am there too - not sure how). I'm going to see if they will take me to the store to get healthy things for breakfast and snacks, but I don't want to inconvenience them. Plus, who knows what lunches and dinners will be like.

Every vacation, I plan on how I am going to workout and eat right, but it never happens. I want this to be the ONE vacation that I actually succeed. I know the point of the vacation is to have fun, but this is still bothering me.

Any suggestions or ideas? Thanks in advance for any suggestions and/or support!

  
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DETERMINEDAGAIN 7/7/2012 2:14PM

    Also, having a visual reminder (picture, quote, etc) with you at all times might help!

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DETERMINEDAGAIN 7/7/2012 2:13PM

    Every time I think about making a bad decision, I think about how hard I've worked and how good I feel. Then I do twenty jumping jacks and if I still want to do something, I'll do it. Chances are high that I don't want to anymore and it was just an emotional feeling I was trying to solve with food. The endorphin rush from the jumping jacks usually fixes it.

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SBRAN833 7/5/2012 11:50PM

    You are stronger than you know! :) You can enjoy all the foods if it's something that you want to eat, just remember your portions and at least get some movement in there ... if you don't allow yourself to enjoy some little things, you will go crazy, (at least I know that's where I go wrong, then fully off track) ... I get so caught up in the whole ordeal, rather than just going with it ... sound words of advice, don't set yourself up mentally for failure! :) Have an AMAZING vacation!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/5/2012 4:58PM

    I'd suggest making a nutrition and fitness plan and posting it on your blog along with a public promise that you will stick to it. Then, as soon as you get back home afterwards, write another blog post and tell us all that you kept your promise!

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MARVEEME 7/4/2012 5:40PM

    1) Warn them! Ask for their help, and be specific about what they might want to buy to have in the house when you arrive, or about shopping together on the way back from the airport/pickup point.

2) Water is your friend.....guzzle up!

3) Pack what foods you can...the space will be used up on the return trip with mementos. Individual sizes of applesauce, fruits, protein bars, pretzels, etc. come to mind, and might jump start your packing plan.

4) Keep moving! Good luck!

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SUGIRL06 7/4/2012 5:06PM

    Does your dad know you like to eat relatively healthy? He might already be preparing if he knows. I don't think that asking to stop at the store is so bad. Is it one of those areas where everything is super far apart? Maybe when they pick you up, you can ask to stop on the way home if that is easiest? You could also pack some stuff in your suitcase like apples, nuts, etc. Things that won't go bad.
There are lots of simple workouts that you can do at home! Think old school: push ups, crunches, etc. You will do great but enjoy yourself too!!
~Ang

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WINNIE1978 7/4/2012 9:18AM

    I wouldn't worry about inconveniencing them by asking them to take you to the store for some healthy food... you've got to eat, right?

I'm sure you could find or even create some workouts that don't require any equipment that you'd be able to do while you are on vacation. It might take a little bit of work, but I'm sure you can come up with something.

As for the rest of your meals... try to make good choices, eat smaller portions, and drink lots of water to flush out any extra sodium.

Most importantly, try to have fun and enjoy the time with your family!



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GIANTMICROBE 7/3/2012 7:05PM

    It's very easy to take Bodyrock on vacation! Just choose workouts with no equipment. Use my link and find the no equipment Bodyrocks.

http://litealloy.
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When I go on vacation, I eat what's available, but just stick to smaller portion sizes and drink tons of water.


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DRKATZ 7/3/2012 5:58PM

    Oh, welcome to my summer! I'm not on "vacation" per se, traveling a lot, which makes it difficult to stay on track for all the reasons other people have listed. I think what helped me the most is 1) take control of your food whenever possible (i.e., go to the store to prep your own meals or modify what others are making) 2) choice healthIER options when possible (i.e., no fried, battered, and low carb options and most of all 3) KEEP A REMINDER WITH YOU OF WHY YOU ARE TRYING SO HARD. The first two are easy to say, but hard to do, so I started keeping a post-it note in my wallet - around my license that said my goal or "NO" or "you're worth it". This helped me to stop ordering a beer when I wanted one (water is just fine), as well as ordering well about everything when I was out. If I wasn't going to see my wallet when I'm out, then every morning I would write a word on the inside of my hand "NO". So that when I was faced with a difficult decision, I saw my hand and got my answer. It make deciding so much easier because it wasn't really a choice in the end. I think, like everyone else, that you should ENJOY your vacation and just try to mitigate damage as much as possible. Be how you want to "see" yourself on vacation with family in the future - I'm sure this won't be the last time. So it's time to take all those skills you've learned and to practice. You will make poor choices and it's OK. Just recognize it, forgive yourself, and try harder the next day with a new motivation. I know you can do it, just stay focused, find your rock and look at it, read it, feel it in your pocket whenever a decision is difficult and you'll find the strength to get through it!

ENJOY!!! And eat some of that fresh delicious salmon for me! Yum!

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BECKYB73 7/3/2012 4:43PM

    Whereabouts in Alaska? Do you like Salmon? Since the fish are running there's bound to be a TON of seafood on the menu. Just about every restaurant I've been to in AK has several fish/seafood related entrees. If you steer clear of sauces and breaded/fried options you'll be just fine.

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PAPER_WINGS18 7/3/2012 4:32PM

    Vacations are rough. In May, I was worried about the same exact thing when I was headed to Vegas(where buffets + alcohol are eevvverywhere). I just told myself that it is vacation, and that I am going to enjoy it, but not go overboard. I still ate whatever I wanted(burger, fries, milkshakes, pizza, strawberry daquiris, blahblahblah), but I made sure to at least leave SOMETHING on my plate when I was done, and listened to my body until it was full but not overly, uncomfortably full. I actually found myself feeling GUILTY eating crappy foods the whole week which made it easier to stop!

We also did a lotttt of walking, because again, it's Vegas, and each hotel is a gazillion steps away from each other lol. So, it balanced out. When I got back, I got right back to counting calories, and when I stepped on the scale the following week, I had maintained! I was pretty happy about that given the copious amounts of calories consumed.

If you don't really have control over WHAT you're eating, try & get in SOME exercise while you're in Alaska! I've never been, but I'd assume that you've got some awesome views to check out there, so maybe walk around an hour each day or so? Get some pictures, enjoy the scenery, and get a little bit of exercise in.

Just remember, it's vacation and if you're like me, you don't get to get away very often, so just enjoy the time with your dad, their local cuisine, and focus on your mental health and escaping from "real life" :) When you get back, no excuses and just get back to it!

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JEANNINEMM68 7/3/2012 3:33PM

    I am on vacation now and I admit it is a bit hard. However I find that I am actually eating better than I normally do which is shocking to me. The only thing that I am struggling to do is exercise everyday. On Saturday some friends and I walked about five miles and today we plan on going down to the river to walk. I guess just take things easy and fit in what you can. I think that I win if I come home from vacation and have stayed at the same weight or only gained a couple of pounds. I am aiming for staying at the same weight. After all the lifestyle change is all about living and that means enjoying your vacation. Just don't over do it.

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MNGIRLIE 7/3/2012 2:47PM

    You're doing great!! Please try not to worry yourself too much about WHAT COULD BE. Go there, have fun, be strong and remember that it's not a vacation from your recent healthy changes.

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/3/2012 2:20PM

    First of all, that is great progress!

For tips, I'd say ask if they will take your grocery shopping, and if not, just try to eat less of the unhealthy foods. Keep drinking your water. Ask them to go for walks with you, they may enjoy the outdoors and company too.

Otherwise, just have a good time, don't stress too much.

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MUFFIY831 7/3/2012 1:52PM

    Have a great time! I know traveling and staying healthy is a hard combo. If you can get to the store, do so. I know Alaska can be tricky, but do your best - even if it's just to borrow your dad's car while they're watching TV or something. And walking sounds great - it's gorgeous up there, so take advantage of it and go out to enjoy nature. Make the healthiest decisions you can, and walk off the rest. Plus there's always push ups, planks, chair dips, lunges, squats, mountain climbers to do in your room / the living room even if it's raining or you can't get out. Get up 30 minutes before everyone else and do something. Good luck!

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DRAGONFLY02 7/3/2012 1:26PM

    Hmmmm, vacation is hard. Is this a true vacation where you will be like a tourist? Or are you just going to your dad's and hang out there? When I travel on a "touristy" vacation, I try to do as much walking as possible. Like if I'm going to visit a downtown area and go to a few different places, I try to park centrally and walk to everything, so tons of walking and calorie burning. Also, if I'm going to be out and about all day, I only go out to eat for 1 meal. I eat a healthy breakfast just before leaving for the day and then carry water and healthy snacks with me. Then I will eat out between lunch and dinner time, choosing a healthy option from the menu. If I get hungry beforehand, then I have something healthy to munch on to hold me over, but I'm usually too busy enjoying sites to even think about eating. And NO buying treats at places I visit. Not only does that save having unhealthy calories, it saves money as I'm not spending money on an overpriced, non-nutritious item. And when I get back to my place I'm staying at the end of the day, no snack before bed, unless it's something like a piece of fruit.

As for wanting to go to the store and buy something healthy, I'm sure if you're traveling out to visit family, they won't mind making 1 trip to the store for you and not consider it an inconvenience. You can even mention this to your dad now so he doesn't go out and stock up on a bunch of junk thinking you'll want that. Let him know your eating healthy and you'd prefer to go to the store and pick up some foods that you would rather eat. Don't let anyone convince you that it's vacation so you can let yourself go.

Good luck and maybe print out this blog for yourself to look at throughout your vacation to motivate yourself to stay on track!! And if you indulge at some point, don't let that allow you to give up. Just learn from it and keep going.

Have a great trip!

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MISTYBLUE716 7/3/2012 1:18PM

    Just try to stay away from seconds..and have more veggies on your plate than anything!

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CHODGES83 7/3/2012 1:16PM

    I think the grocery shopping would be a great thing. If it's inconvenient for them, just make the best choices you can. I don't know what sort of things you'll be doing with the fam, but maybe plan to exercise in the morning. That way it's done and you can have the rest of the day to do whatever. There's no secret weapon, you just have to make good choices. Lame, I know. Whatever happens have a wonderful time!

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POOKASLUAGH 7/3/2012 1:14PM

    Vacation is hard. What has helped me in the past is taking pictures of my meals before I eat anything, so I can track easier. Also, not going back for seconds. Good luck!

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