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What I bring on vacation and . . . (long!)

Friday, September 02, 2011

. . . Why not to go to the food store tired.

This may come to late for you, but still, considering it's a holiday weekend here in the US, I thought I'd share the food I travel with:

Boatmeal (baked oatmeal - plain uncooked oatmeal can work if you have access to boiling water or better yet a microwave)
Dry roasted edamame
Tuna (yes, it was ok with TSA)
Ezekiel English muffins
Protein bars (you never know when this might be your only meal - I also use them as desserts)
Vacuum packed popcorn
Protein powder + a shaker bottle for protein + milk after a run
Honeystinger chews for fueling my runs

Yes, if I wasn't taking all that + exercise shoes & clothes it would be really easy to pack! Especially since I no longer have to pack books, since they're on my iPad & my kindle. The good news is you eat it so there's less to bring home.

I especially like to bring my breakfasts & snacks with me because that's where you can get really off track. Not to mention it was so much fun to munch on popcorn while watching a movie on my iPad on the plane!

I didn't have a choice about food shopping while tired when I got home. We got in at 11 pm, I was probably asleep at midnight, but up at my normal 5 am. And the next day I had to get food into the house. Since the dogs were still at our pet sitters, at least I got to relax in the morning & get my workout in.

But a few things I probably wouldn't normally buy made it into my cart:

479 Black truffle + white cheddar popcorn (really good, if you're wondering)

Pretzel crisps - for my after-dinner treat. I'm trying to get away from my after dinner treat always being a sweet. I don't thin these were really the best choice. Pretzels made with whole grains would be better for the occasional treat. Which has also given me the idea that a slice of bread with some nut butter + some chocolate chips could really be an awesome after-dinner treat.

Crumpets. Because they were there. Because we had them on our food tour. Not terrible, really, but not a whole lot of nutrition in them. I'm thinking they'll make a good breakfast tomorrow before my long run.

Perfect food bars. They look like they have awesome ingredients, but still, I'm working on getting away from this sort of thing. I might, again, use these for my long run tomorrow.

My husband gave me a hard time about this, because we had salmon & cherries while in Seattle, naturally (those were in my cart, as well) - and crumpets & truffle oil.

Going food shopping tired can be just as bad as going hungry - I wasn't hungry.

What food do you bring when you travel? Or do you just rely on the kindness of strangers & whatever is available?

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 9/6/2011 8:37AM

    My travel consists of day trips around our island so I take water for us and the dogs, fruit and nuts. Then I have an excuse to eat out.....oh dear!

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DISPATCHER04 9/2/2011 5:41PM

    Okay, I'm confused about the "479 Black truffle + white cheddar popcorn". What is 479? And the truffle--does that refer to mushrooms or chocolate? Or is that two items--black truffles and white cheddar popcorn?

If I'm tired, I generally get less than I need, because I'm ready to get the fool out of there. LOL.

I traveled last week, but the only food items I brought were trail mix bars and bottled water. LOL. The PD pays for my meals when I travel, and I like to let them.

But I bring a whole backpack full of stuff to work each night. (And I have more in my locker and the fridge at work). I work all night, with no chance to go out and get anything. And I get the munchies when I get sleepy. So, I try to keep stuff on hand. Mostly grapes, Greek yogurt, nuts, trail mix bars, frozen fruit bars, etc.

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NANASAMM 9/2/2011 11:22AM

    We have timeshare in Aruba and when we first started going we would bring a few items of food but now we just make the grocery store our first stop after unpacking. Being a diabetic I do bring snacks for the trip...just in case. While there we eat breakfast and lunch in and eat out for dinner. I just try to make the best choices I can. But if not, I am at least eating sensibly for my other two meals and snacks.

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    I don't travel often so not sure.

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NATPLUMMER 9/2/2011 10:03AM

    I don't travel very often and don't tend to bring food with me. I just try to make the healthiest choices (or not) that I can while I'm away.
Bread with nut butter and chocolate chips sounds like an excellent treat for anytime of day.

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TEMPEST272002 9/2/2011 8:49AM

    I don't travel very often, which is probably part of why I don't tend to do well food-wise when I do. Thanks for sharing your list of healthy travel snacks.

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What's the point?

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Warning: ranting ahead, same-old same-old, but it's all good in the end.

I was sooooo good while I was away. No really, I was. Yes, there was a lot of rich food on the food tour, but that was truly my one indulgence of the week & I tracked every bite - as well as I could, anyway. There were even a few things I only ate half of!

We only ate out once besides that, and I had salmon. Yes, I ate one sourdough roll - most days I leave the breadbasket alone - but I tracked that too.

I ran 3 times. We did light hiking on Mt. Rainier. We walked around Seattle for hours on Monday. And I did yoga a couple of times too. I took one spoonful of the huckleberry ice cream DH got.

I actually ate quite a bit less than I normally do, which left plenty of wiggle room for any miscalculations.

And just how was I rewarded? With a 2 lb gain!

I know you, dear friends, will jump on with all the reasons that's probably a temporary gain. Yes, I know all the reasons, including the lack of sleep, the stress & being forced to eat way later than I wanted to - and quite a few other reasons as well.

But it's demoralizing to weigh the same as I did a month ago, higher than I want to be. With my GW yet further away from my grasp & TOM likely to make its appearance soon so the prospects of losing much pretty dim for the next week.

I'm not fishing for sympathy or compliments here, but sometimes you have to wonder just what's the point & why didn't I just eat whatever the heck I wanted to & be a slug?

I'll tell you what the point is. Being a slug does not make me feel good. Eating whatever the heck I want will just guarantee that I'll go back to the way I looked & felt 30 (ok, 26) lbs ago. Not to mention it doesn't make me feel good in the end, either. All that rich food from the food tour did indeed play some havoc with my digestive system, and while it was totally worth it, I feel much better now with a much calmer digestive system that is thanking me for the good, healthy food I'm putting in it.

So the next time you're frustrated and wondering what's the point, stop & actually think about it before you reach for that food you know isn't jiving with your healthy lifestyle. Think about what makes this so important to you. Make a decision to soldier on the best way you know how.

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DDOORN 9/5/2011 10:34PM

    Still on vacation...helpful reminder...many thx!!


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NEVERMIND2010 9/2/2011 12:56AM

    I feel your pain.

Hang in there!

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FRECKS96 9/1/2011 9:28PM

    So true!! Thanks Judy! Good luck this week.

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TEMPEST272002 9/1/2011 8:19PM

    First off, let me kick that scale for you. Stupid thing. Rant away. I've often felt/thought exactly the same. I come to the same conclusion too: the way we feel is directly linked to what we eat & how we exercise. Regardless of the scale, we still want to feel good.

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ROSESTARS 9/1/2011 6:48PM

    Amen!!!! And your heart, your brain, your muscles, your joints and your circulatory system thanks you for staying on plan!!!!! emoticon
Keep on keeping on!!

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    I agree, well said!

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DISPATCHER04 9/1/2011 5:28PM

    A rant with a moral! Good stuff. :)

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KANSASROSE67 9/1/2011 4:19PM

    A great blog...almost all of us have been there and need this reminder!

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XFITSTRONG 9/1/2011 2:43PM

    You've got it figured out!!!! Good on you... :) This is why I like to weigh once a month. I need to see a loss or I freak out and feel "What's the point?"... Great job for sticking this out!

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NATPLUMMER 9/1/2011 1:03PM

    Well said :-)

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SKYWATCHERRS 9/1/2011 1:01PM

    totally understand, and great message, but the other side of the coin is NOT to be a slave to the scale. Yes, we could go chapter and verse on why your gain isn't necessarily even a fat gain.

It doesn't matter what your scale weight is. did you know that? It honestly doesn't matter. What matters for health and longevity is how much BODY FAT you have. and that does not necessarily coincide with your scale weight. Think about it - very muscular people are heavy. But they have very little body fat.

I'd encourage you to find other measures of success that don't involve the scale. It's easily manipulated and it doesn't tell you how much fat you have. All it measures is the pull of gravity on your body in that one moment.

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There WILL be good with the bad

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Good: we did the food tour & visited Mt. Rainier on a glorious sunny day

Bad: had to go to bed later than I wanted to on more than one occasion because my nephew was playing online games in our "bedroom" & had to eat dinner way later than I'm used to most night's - 1 night at 8 pm!

Good: ran 3 times

Bad: conquered the many never-ending hills of WA state. This might be considered a good thing, actually. Even SIL was quite impressed that I ran up a particularly steep hill - altho using my normal walking breaks - which actually says quite something about that hill considering I run 10 minutes & then walk a couple.

Good: the power came back on just hrs before we got home (thank zgod for generators!)

Bad: the power was out 3 days due to Irene

Good: I made my connection going out & didn't have to sleep in the Detroit airport

Bad: I had to run thru half the detroit airport toting 40 lbs of my stuff & came within minutes of missing that connection. Literally. And yes, it actually was about 40 lbs - we checked bags on the way back & mine weighed 30 lbs - at least it rolls!

Good: I am totally pleased with my exercise & food choices - and it was most definitely challenging.

Bad: sooooo much tempting "bad" food.

So what's the point? No one's life will always be good - or bad. Focus on the good.

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EOSTAR_45 9/1/2011 12:38PM

    Indeed, there's always some good mixed in with the bad and vice versa. Love balanced view.

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HALFFAST 8/31/2011 10:58AM

    Optimism goes a long way :) I think the good definitely outweighed the bad!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/31/2011 10:28AM

    The Bad make us appreciate the Good. Your trip was like a roller coaster, lots of ups and downs. Now you can step off the ride, you're.... Home Sweet Home.

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TEMPEST272002 8/31/2011 9:43AM

    You're right, there is always good with the bad... even if it's hard to see some days.

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NATPLUMMER 8/31/2011 7:36AM

    That's the spirit!!! Yay for some hills!! I think you did great!!
I'm glad the power is back :-)
Yes, dinner at 8pm is waaaaaaaaay too late.

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Recycling plans

Monday, August 29, 2011

Just another good reason to make a plan . . . sometimes you get to use them again!

My SIL had a neighborhood potluck, so I got to use my original plan from the picnic a couple of weeks ago. Thankfully someone brought a platter of veggies that I chowed down on, I had the hamburger minus the bun, & totally bypassed the brownies, sugar cookies & especially the yummy-looking cheesecake. I'm on a mission to earn my next reward & get to GW.

Today we're going on the food tour . . . 2 food tours in 2 weeks! So I'll have a healthy breakfast, a healthy snack & then I'll enjoy the incredibly rich food on the tour. It's my indulgence for the week. Altho tomorrow, traveling again, has the potential to be challenging; I'll keep my rewards in mind & just make the best decisions I can.

I realize I might not earn any reward this week, and while that would be disappointing, I also know I've done the best I can.

Yesterday we drove down to Mt. Rainier & enjoyed just glorious weather there doing a couple of short hikes. The mosquitos were really fierce, especially on the first trail & the store was out of bug repellent.

What's really interesting is that I didn't get one bite & usually I'm the most attacked. Maybe the sunscreen worked as a bug repellent. But I have definitely decreased my sugar consumption in the last few weeks . . . DH got really bitten up & didn't use any sunscreen because he thought it might attract themm . . . dunno.

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DDOORN 8/31/2011 12:20PM

    Mt. Ranier must have been SO SPECIAL! I'm sure you soaked up all that Mother Nature offered!


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    I hope you had fun on the food tour!

Funny about the mosquitoes.

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RATFINKROB 8/30/2011 8:57AM

    Enjoy the tour!

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TEMPEST272002 8/29/2011 1:21PM

    Sounds like a great plan to recycle! Funny about the mosquitos... but weren't you lucky!

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NATPLUMMER 8/29/2011 11:27AM

    A great plan deserves to be reused!!
Have fun on the tour...hopefully this one will have more food than the last.
It could be the sunscreen and maybe the sugar. Hard to know for sure. Yay for no mosquito bite whatever the reason!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/29/2011 9:42AM

    emoticonplans always continue to work.... over and over again- good job on sticking to the plan. Maybe since you don't have any sugar running thru your veins you were not a good snack for the bugs, lol. emoticon

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NUTRON3 8/29/2011 8:38AM

    Have a great day!

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Running pays off . . .

Friday, August 26, 2011

. . . Or never, ever give up.

So yesterday was not the best day - one of those days where lots of little things went wrong. Not to mention I haven't slept well in days, which no doubt will wreak havoc with my weight next week.

But the major problem? I had about 15 minutes to get halfway across the Detroit airport to catch my connecting flight. I'm not sure if it was a good thing or a bad thing that I didn't know that that was the last flight out that evening, either.

So I ran. Toting approximately 40 lbs of my stuff between my pocketbook & my (thankfully) rolling bag. Many expletives were involved. I really didn't think I was going to make it, but I did. Had to check my bag cause I was so late & there was no room, but I'm thankful that I didn't have to spend the night in the Detroit airport.

So you never know when all that exercise might just help you out. And even when you face daunting odds - like staying approximately the same weight for 2 yrs just lbs away from your GW - never, ever give up. Winners never quit & quitters never win. Pick your cliche of choice, but just do it!

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VLVTGRRL 8/30/2011 1:58AM

    "Pick your cliche of choice" LOL!

Glad you didn't have to spend the night in the airport! I did that in Kansas City. UGH!

Thank you for the quotable cliches, too!

Enjoy your food tour and be proud of your good choices!


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DISPATCHER04 8/26/2011 6:06PM

    GO GIRL!!! :)

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    I am glad you made your flight! I am still smiling at the image too. emoticon

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 8/26/2011 11:00AM

    Well, I'm sure glad you made your flight. I thoroughly enjoyed the mental image of you running to through an airport. Talk about the ultimate non-scale victory!!

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NATPLUMMER 8/26/2011 9:46AM

Glad you made your flight!! I would hate to spend the night in an airport.

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