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Losing Weight on Vacation

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Throughout my 11 months of weight loss, I've gone on 4 trips--and each trip, I went home a couple of pounds lighter than when I left. Staying on track while on vacation can be very difficult, especially if you're not prepared. But if you plan everything in advance, you never have to stray off of your weight loss plan.

I don't treat vacation as a time to "cheat" or "relax my eating" or a "free-for-all". I count calories (or WW points) just the same as I do at home. At home, I don't eat out very often--so I make it a point not to eat out much while on vacation. The best way of doing this is to BE PREPARED.

First, I know that we will be eating out once or twice... so before we leave, I research local restaurants to where we are going and I print off the nutrition info for that restaurant. I highlight a few things that fit into my plan, and I bring it to the restaurants with me, KNOWING what I'm going to order before I even walk in the door.

If we are staying in a hotel, I call the hotel beforehand to ask if our room has a refrigerator and/or microwave, so that I know what I have to work with as far as food goes.

For the meals we eat at the hotel (or wherever we are staying), I prepare my own "convenience" foods. You know I'm a HUGE fan of oats, and I eat oats every single day in one form or another. Lately, I've been eating them uncooked, mixed with plain, fat free yogurt, and some yummy mix-ins like chocolate chips, coconut, walnuts, muesli, etc). To prep these, I weigh out 40 grams of oats, and weigh out any dry ingredients I want--throw it all in a baggie, and it's ready to go. All I have to do is add 4 oz. of yogurt and it's a meal. I write on the baggie how many WW points or calories are in that baggie, so I don't have to look it up later.

I bought a bunch of little plastic cups with lids (2 Tbsp. size, and 2 oz size) from Gordon's Food Service. In those, I weigh out portions of peanut butter, Nutella, almond butter, PB2, etc. I write the number of WW points or calories on the lid and it's a single serving ready to go. I can make PB&J sandwiches with the PB already measured out, or I can use the PB as a dip for baby carrots (a favorite snack of mine). I can eat the Nutella on a banana, or a english muffin.

I also made some convenient lunch bags--Taco Style Lentils & Brown Rice. In a quart-size ziploc bag, I measure out: 3/4 cup lentils, 3/4 cup Uncle Ben's brown rice, 1 Tbsp. chili powder, 1 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. onion powder, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, and a couple of beef bouillon cubes. All I have to do with that is add 4 cups of water, bring it to a boil, and let it simmer for 35-40 minutes, and I have lunch for 4.

When we get to our destination, I like to go to a grocery store and buy the parishables that we'll need--fruit like bananas and apples, almond milk, baby carrots, bread or english muffins, etc.

Before we leave for vacation, I'll sometimes make sloppy joe meat or taco meat and freeze it. Then when it's time to leave, I put it in a cooler and we can use the microwave at the hotel to reheat and that's dinner.

As far as drinks... I know that vacation is time for relaxing, so if that includes alcohol, you can prepare yourself in advance for that as well. I used to love margaritas--and I'd always order those huge fish-bowl size ones. Little did I know that a margarita is one of the highest-calorie cocktails you can order! You can drink light beer all day long for the same number of calories in one of those margaritas. I prepare for this by picking a "go-to" drink--in my case, I choose a very light beer like Beck's Light or Bud Select 55, or a 5 oz glass of wine--and I stick with that, counting the calories. If you reeeally want a cocktail, just do your research before you go. Look up the calories in a few favorite cocktails and just make sure you keep track of how many you have! ;)

On Monday, I'm traveling to my brother's house in Minnesota (about 12 hours from my house). I'll have access to a kitchen, so I plan on cooking most of our meals there. I've prepped some of the things I just wrote about...



Peanut butter, Nutella, PB2


"Instant" Oats--just add yogurt!




Taco-Style Lentils & Brown Rice


So the whole point is, if you really prepare, you CAN stay on plan on vacation. You just have to do some research about where you're going, and get a little creative. But think how happy you'll be to come home LIGHTER than when you left!
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ROBIN518 5/19/2011 10:36PM

  wow all great ideals cant wait to try them out myself.

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TAMMRICH 10/1/2010 10:29PM

    I love reading your blogs...... so real and very inspirational!

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SKANESSA 9/27/2010 1:15PM

  Wow, I hope I can be half as disciplined on my next trip!

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DENISE223 9/25/2010 2:11PM

    Hi Katie:

You are an amazing young woman and I am extremely inspired by you. Congratulations on ALL of your achievements! emoticon

Back on July 24th, I read your very helpful blog post, "Losing Weight on Vacation", and it has been stuck in my head ever since.
There really aren't any excuses if you plan ahead.

With planning and preparation, you can pack up & portion out real hearty, healthy and DELICIOUS foods that are on your food plan. There's no need to worry about trying to find a restaurant that serves foods that you prefer.
The pictures you posted of your 'pre-packaged foods' provides a great visual, too.

Hopefully my husband and I will get away in the fall and I intend to plan & package foods/meals that are healthy & satisfying.
I'm enjoying a vegan food plan, and at times it can be a challenge finding restaurants that have vegan options.
There is a website, "Happy Cow", http://www.happycow.net/ , which has LOTS of listings for vegetarian friendly & vegan restaurants all over the world.

I added you as a friend yesterday because I wanted to follow along on your amazing journey. Thank you for adding me as your friend, too.

Wishing you and yours much peace & happiness,

Denise

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ABIZZLE7 9/13/2010 1:12PM

    these are great ideas, and i need to employ them the next time i'm on vacation. unlike you, i usually come home a few pounds heavier. oops... ;)

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LITTLE-LASS 8/30/2010 3:37PM

    I thought I was the only one who packed a suitcase with food and one with clothes when heading out for the holidays....planning does keep you on track, I have celiac desease and often can't eat what is traditionally offered, it is so routine with me, I always have a snack on hand.... for everybody ! emoticon

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ADRNNSZF 8/23/2010 5:01PM

    I just copied down the Taco Style Lentil recipe. What a great idea! Thank you!

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CAROLX914 8/21/2010 9:29PM

    wow this is some preparation but I do agree being prepared really works.. thanks for this blog

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MGRIFFITH32 8/21/2010 8:11PM

    This is so timely. I'm going out of town this weekend and I need to prepare just like this. THANKS!

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MORGANPARK 8/20/2010 9:34PM

    OK. I'm a huge Oats fan too. In fact I often hear people complain that I make my oatmeal to "raw/dry." I hate soupy oatmeal. Luckily, my kids don't know the difference, and they like what mama makes. I like the idea of adding raw oats to yogurt. I'm also going to try to lentils, and brown rice recipe. Thanks so much for sharing. You are quite resourceful. emoticon

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MAZACK 8/20/2010 8:13PM

    I just returned from a 6wks vacation. I didn't lose weight but also didn't gain and with some of the meals I really thought I blew it

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PINGUINAPLATA 8/19/2010 11:33PM

    Thanks for those tips. We're headed out on vacation soon and some of the anticipation of the trip was taken away by worrying about the food.

I've already found a Subway close to where we are staying.

Like you, I enjoy a good Margarita. I've also found a way to enjoy one with a lot less guilt. Mix together a can of Fresca (or any lemon/lime type diet soda with some pure lime juice (not the sugary cordial), some ice and a measure of tequila. The only calories are in the liquor. If you don't eat a lot of sweet stuff, the slightly sharper taste is actually preferable to the commercial margarita syrup.

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CHRISTMASRAIN 8/19/2010 6:37PM

    Thank you for this.
Now, I know how to travel and stay on track. emoticon

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REMEMBER2BME 8/18/2010 9:33PM

    I am so impressed. I just found out today that I am going to have to travel out of the country again (for work) for at least 2 weeks, maybe up to 6 weeks. I gained a few lbs when I went last time. I definitely need to come up with a plan and make sure my hotel has a work out facility. Lots of team meals and sleep is off.

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RANNA57 8/11/2010 10:45AM

    Great blog, thanks for the tips. I am going on 2 weeks vacation next week. I love the GFS cups w/lids idea. I am going to use that for my salad dressing. I hate dressing in restaurants. You rock girl! Thank you!

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SIXTIESCHIC 8/11/2010 10:03AM

    Great post! Will defintely try the oatmeal with maybe raisens and walnuts...(I would get carried away with the chocolate chips!)...Do you use the Greek yogurt? Thanks for sharing!

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HOPEFULSWEIGH 8/9/2010 8:00AM

    Wow is right! Thanks for sharing.


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NIKKI7727 8/8/2010 3:48PM

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MOBZ907 8/8/2010 12:27PM

  I did a similar thing with food when I went on a vacation to the outer banks with my fiance! I controlled what I ate and ran on the beach a few days, stayed active and ended up losing 5 lbs. in a week! I think it was because I stayed busy and moving from sun up to sun down. :) Awesome blog!

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KIN59VARA 8/6/2010 8:56PM

    That was really interesting.

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22PHAT 8/6/2010 2:38AM

    Thanks for this info. Very helpful.

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PROT358 8/6/2010 1:43AM

    Great advice! I wish I would have caught this blog before my recent vacation. Thanks for sharing your strategies!

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KEAMOM1510 8/5/2010 6:00PM

    Thanks very much for writing the blog. I leave for vacation on Saturday and implemented some of your plans! I tried the yogurt mixed with some of the goodies you suggested, I can't keep enough of it in the house!!! My 3 kids think it's the greatest treat ever!!

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SHELLB39 8/5/2010 11:51AM

    What an awesome job in preparation! It's the secret to success when away from the usual routine! You inspire me! Thanks so much!

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WOLFKITTY 8/5/2010 11:26AM

    Very nice! And I love the photo demos at the end! :)
Jocelyn

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GOGOMAMA 8/4/2010 10:04PM

    Love your ideas! Good for you! I love your commitment!

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DANIELLEBREEN 8/4/2010 8:58AM

    wow! Great tips! Thank you for sharing with us!

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MINAMURO 8/4/2010 7:58AM

    Awesome Katie! You are a true inspiration!

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BRILIND 8/3/2010 4:07PM

  This is so informative and helpful. Thanks for sharing.

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MYSTERY4EVER 8/2/2010 11:49AM

    Wow! I have really learned something. I recently went on a business-related trip with my husband. I felt good that I only re-gained one pound. Your suggestions would have really helped me. Next time . . .

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LADY_KATHY 8/1/2010 2:50PM

    Great planning. : ) Thanks for sharing.
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EDMERCER2011 7/31/2010 10:47PM

    This is amazing, I'll definately be using these tips when I visit my parents every month or 2

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TEAWONDERFUL 7/31/2010 9:14PM

    You have so many great tips. Again I find myself saying, thanks for sharing all your awesome knowledge.

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ALEXAALEXA 7/31/2010 5:44PM

    Great idea! I see you really want to keep on maintaing the weight or even slimmer!
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GODSBEST 7/31/2010 11:03AM

    You are so superorganized - thanks for the ideas !!

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CAROLYNINJOY1 7/31/2010 7:57AM

    Great ideas. Thank you.

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LIBBYL1 7/31/2010 12:23AM

  that is amazing!

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ANNERBEES 7/30/2010 10:10PM

    Wow that is great!! That is totally my downfall....vacation!! I ALWAYS gain when I travel! Thank you for assuring me that, with a little work, I can stop this roller coaster!! emoticon

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COMPUCATHY 7/30/2010 10:01PM

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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DASARMEHASEN 7/30/2010 7:43PM

    wow, great tips. just what i need to read just before my own vacation ^_^

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BLISSANDBALANCE 7/29/2010 11:31AM

  WOW. Look at you! I have also found that preparation is key, and you've totally inspired me to keep going!

Phew... when you start to feel crazy and alone, it's so nice to know there are others out there doing the same things!

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TNTEACHER2 7/29/2010 9:08AM

    You have hit what is so necessary for me. Be Prepared! Whether a person is a home or away, preparation is important.

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NEVERNAKED 7/29/2010 8:25AM

    wow..i'm only guessing that your closets and cabinets are pretty darn organized.

thanks for the tips. i'm leaving for vacation on monday and i know i'm not going to be quite as prepared as you but i have a few tricks..or should i say tips..of my own ;)

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DARLINRACHAEL 7/29/2010 7:45AM

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GETRESULTSMDMEE 7/29/2010 1:07AM

    I should have done this on my vacation before I gained 5 pounds lol. Great strategy!!

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CHANGING4ME49 7/29/2010 12:57AM

    Great tips!1 I will have to use some of them when I go to Disney in October with my family. Thanks a bunch!

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LOKIMEE 7/29/2010 12:41AM

    Thanks for the tips!

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KARYN7806 7/29/2010 12:26AM

  emoticon wow that's awesome

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LIVIN4TOMORROW 7/29/2010 12:12AM

    I loved how committed you are to your weight loss and how organized you are! I will have to take some of your tips and put them to use when my husband and I go on vacation next! Thanks for the great tips and keep up the awesome work!

P.S. You should be SO proud of yourself!!! You look AMAZING!!! emoticon

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ILOVESP 7/28/2010 11:00PM

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