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!