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Vacationing SparkPerson: Have Ziplocs, Will Travel

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I just got back from 9 days living out of my camper (a 25 year old 20' Toyota Odyssey) while camping with my wife and daughter. I was VERY worried about staying on my food plan with no internet to track my food, no cell service to call my OA sponsor, and no one to keep me on track but me. But I did fairly well. Maintained my weight. Ate a few things on my "no-no" list but not much and no binging. Mostly stayed in calorie range, I think. This is how I did it...

First I wrote up a possible menu with my wife and we did all the shopping, including lots of small and large Ziploc bags and plenty of "hearty veggies" (things like lemon cucumbers and baby carrots and apples that travel well without bruising). Two days before the trip I met with my OA sponsor to talk about a plan and about my fears, and also posted on my SparkPeople groups about the plan and my fears as well. The day before I cooked up the pre-cooked meals and bagged EVERYTHING in individual containers. Every single prezel, every drop of trail mix, every snack and meal was weighed and measured in single serving bags, with those bags put in larger ziplocs that were labeled with the calories per serving.

Once the trip started I tried writing down my food on paper, with the calories added up in the right column. This quickly went out the window as I was having too much fun biking and swimming and visiting and hiking and relaxing, so I just stuck to my usual "6 small 200-300 calorie meals a day" plan keeping track in my head. I had one s'more per night (1/4 of a chocolate bar) which was not on my food plan but was something I expected to treat myself to anyway while camping. It totaled one bar for the whole week, so I'm not beating myself up over it.

The last few days the family got sick of "camper food" and started asking to eat out, so I steered us towards better choices at first (Subway and Wendy's, reading the nutrition info before ordering) and when we finally ended up at Applebee's the last night I ordered a "to go" box with my meal and put half of it away before I even started eating.

I left town at 206 and came home at 205. Probably should have biked and hiked more, but other than that I think I did pretty well.

Please tell me your "vacation eating" success stories!
- Toby

  
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TOBYICEBLUEEYES 8/20/2010 5:57PM

    It's harder when you are planning to eat in restaurants than when you are camping and would have brought food anyway, that's true. But there are pointers on sparkpeople for how to handle restaurants and even relatives (which is the hardest... how do you say "Aunt Irene, can I take half of that plate to go?" LOL)
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STRONGERLEANER 8/17/2010 12:08AM

    You had a great plan! I'm impressed.

Unfortunately, when I travel, we are usually not able to take that much food with us. Otherwise, I think I'd have to follow your example!
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Obese, Overweight, or Healthy?

Friday, July 30, 2010

I just looked up the BMI ratings for my height:
110-149 lbs = Healthy
149-179 lbs = Overweight
179 lbs and up = Obese
I've just gotten down from 238 to only 206, which feels fantastic, but is still Obese.

My goal is set at 180, because when my goal was 150 (a weight at which I look DAMN good) I made it down to 180, was walking daily and felt healthy but kicked myself for not losing more so I ended up gaining. I don't want that kind of stress. Does it really matter if I am officially on the lower end of Obese, if my blood pressure is good and I look and feel good?

Comments welcome. (And yes, I should also ask my doctor what he thinks.)
- Toby




  
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TOBYICEBLUEEYES 8/1/2010 9:29PM

    Thanks for all the great comments. Another thing I believe is that one of the MOST unhealthy things is to go up and down and up and down in weight, which is what I've done for about the last 15 years. I just imagine my skin being like a rubber band that has been stretched and released and stretched and released over and over and can't imagine that is going to make me look very good.

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LMB-ESQ 7/31/2010 1:20AM

    I don't necessarily trust the charts or the doctor. Most doctors have little to no training specifically in nutrition or fitness. They follow the same charts we do. And I've been looking at anything put out by the government with a very skeptical eye.

I think if you look good, you feel good, your blood pressure is good, your blood counts are good, what else do you need? There's also a point where fighting the numbers on the scale is pointless and too stressful. You're right... who needs it?

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LDY_ALI_79 7/30/2010 11:45PM

    Keep your good momentum going & you're be in the normal range before you know it. Don't worry about that now, I have been classified as obese & overweight my entire adult life....i'm making progress in alot of areas I never thought was possible!

Take care~
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MMCOLLECTOR 7/30/2010 11:30PM

    Hi, it is not necessarily the numbers on the scale. It is how good you feel in your own skin. I for the past 2 yrs have been fighting the same 10 lbs. I started this journal (with spark people) weighing in at 180.
My doctor says I need to lose 50 lbs. To me that seems like a ton of weigh. People I speak to say I would look to thin. I am taking this journey by 5 lbs at a time. If you read my blogs you will see that I have been on one heck of a roller coaster since joining spark people back in April 2010. I am glad I joined spark people.
Here are some of the things I have taken to heart now. Be happy for the little goals you achieve right now. Don't think about the BIG picture. I started a virtual journey, I am having a blast walking to florida (need to update my mileage). Once a day give yourself a hug or pat on the back for taking better care of yoursel (not hubby, children, parents) just yourself.

Wishing you well on your adventures and if you want to talk that would be great, if not, I totally understand.

Tricia


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TOBYICEBLUEEYES 7/30/2010 11:17PM

    p.s. My blood pressure is MUCH better now, too.

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Why I "got back on the wagon"

Monday, April 26, 2010

Found out today that the numbness in my leg that I was afraid was a stroke and caused me to get back on the wagon (of eating well and losing weight) is "Meralgia Paresthetica", damage to a specific large nerve, often caused by... drum roll please... obesity. Combined with sleeping in an old camper bed! LOL. (It started the night we camped down in Santa Cruz a few weeks ago). The Doc was glad to hear I was losing weight. Should clear up in a few months. It's not dangerous. Here's a link if you are interested:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meralgia_parae
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This also caused me to get the doc to put me on some new blood pressure meds... and they are working! :-)

  
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SBATES63 4/27/2010 6:04AM

    I am glad that your leg was nothing really serious. I know that procrastination and avoidance are big issues in my life, ones that I am working really hard on. Keep up the great attitude and everything will fall into place.

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LMB-ESQ 4/27/2010 5:59AM

    It's always nice to know something you're afraid of is not coming to pass! As if you don't already have enough on your plate! Glad it's good news!

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CYNDY_55 4/27/2010 1:25AM

    Best Wishes & Good Health To You
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BRITTBRATT23 4/26/2010 11:40PM

    oh wow!! i hope everything gets better asap!! Congrats on improving your life!!! Good luck!!

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BRITTBRATT23 4/26/2010 11:40PM

    oh wow!! i hope everything gets better asap!! Congrats on improving your life!!! Good luck!!

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BRITTBRATT23 4/26/2010 11:40PM

    oh wow!! i hope everything gets better asap!! Congrats on improving your life!!! Good luck!!

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BRITTBRATT23 4/26/2010 11:40PM

    oh wow!! i hope everything gets better asap!! Congrats on improving your life!!! Good luck!!

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week from hell, still eating well

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Well, this is a week of firsts. First time turning down garlic bread. First time making it through a big family stress-fest without going for the chocolate. First time my wife decided to deal with the stress by getting a carton of ice cream and left it in the freezer for me to "slip" on and I didn't touch it. And then tonight my kid got beat up by bullies and I had to talk to the cops and I still ate just what was written down, gathered up my books, and headed out for my usual weds evening study session.

Ok, so I'm not very focused on studying, kind of distracted, but at least I'm leaning on SparkPeople instead of going for one of those chocolate-bombs over there in the coffee shop display case. Not even interested. Just want to celebrate losing weight (6 lbs so far) and celebrate another first today: first time in over a year my blood pressure (systolic) has gone below 140! (That was BEFORE the incident with the bullies and the cops, but still...)

  
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SPARKYROBERT 4/22/2010 11:45PM

    You, my dear, are doing OUTSTANDING! emoticon

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WESCOBAR 4/22/2010 11:41PM

    emoticon Great going Keep it up.

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WILDRICE99 4/22/2010 11:35PM

    Wow! That's some great self control. Keep up the good work!

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TOBYICEBLUEEYES 4/22/2010 5:24PM

    Thanks Laurie!
- Toby

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LMB-ESQ 4/22/2010 8:37AM

    Congrats! May there be many more weeks like this one! (Not the kid getting beat up part... I mean the staying on your food plan part!) emoticon

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1 week down, 1 day at a time

Monday, April 19, 2010

Well, I went to OA on Monday, tracked my food all week and stayed in calorie range, exercised once, and went to OA again tonight (Sunday). That's 1 week down, 1 day at a time, and the rest of my life to go: Eating healthy, living healthy, and getting my weight and blood pressure down so I can live a long and healthy life.

  
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KARENE10 4/20/2010 9:21AM

    Congrats!!!!!!!!!And great job on turning down the garlic bread~don't let the jerks get ya down emoticon

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TOBYICEBLUEEYES 4/19/2010 6:17PM

    Thanks guys! I love the feedback I get on SparkPeople. Not everyone is so supportive. The chef at my school cafeteria looked all pissed off when I turned down the garlic bread, and he threw it really hard into the trash. What a jerk! I was proud, though. First time in my life I've turned down garlic bread sitting right in front of me!

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SBATES63 4/19/2010 2:39PM

    You're doing everything you can, one day at a time. It's all we can do. Keep it up.

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TENNISJIM 4/19/2010 6:59AM

    Congratulations and good luck. You can do it. emoticon

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