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Sunday, March 17, 2013

The last 2 weeks have been a whirlwind! Between school and work, I have been running around like crazy trying to get everything in order before I left for spring break. On top of that, I have been fostering 2 adorable 2 week old kittens! Feeding them every three hours has caused me to lose sleep but it has been well worth it to know that I have made a little difference in someone's life.
Last weekend was my sorority formal and I had so much fun! I was super excited to be down a dress size (it was super stressful ordering it because they were out of my original size and I was renting the dress so I couldn't do alternations!) But, it fit! So that is a NSW! I will be attaching a photo at the bottom!
Yesterday, I started my spring break right with a HUGE St. Pat's festival in Columbia. It was my first time being 21 on St. Pat's so it was awesome to finally have caught up with my friends and be able to do everything! However, I had way too much fun. If that wasn't bad enough I am going with my boy on a beach trip in three days! We will be packing food for breakfast and lunch and then eating out 1 meal a day (the trip will be 4 days total!)
So that brings me to a question for you all- what are your vacation strategies? is there anything you do that is particularly helpful? I will be staying at a resort with lots of amenities so one idea I have is to really make use of the different exercise opportunities (like the water park!)
Another issue I have been having is combining the healthy life that I strive for with the fact that I just turned 21 and enjoy going out with my friends, partying, and yes- sometimes drinking. I have tried to research ways to drink "healthier" and make better drink choices but most articles I find seem to have NO idea what college is like. AT ALL. Most of the advice seems to be "don't drink (or only have 1) and if you do partake make it a vodka tonic (ew!!) For me, this advice is a recipe for disaster because even if I do follow it I will be pretty resentful about it. There has got to be a happy medium! So with that- what would you suggest I drink on my vacation? Crystal light and strawberry vodka? Rum and Coke?
Let me know any suggestions that you have!


one of the kittens!


formal pic! Love my sparkly dress!


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3016DEBRA 3/24/2013 2:47PM

  Try that sparkling diet Cranberry soda & vodka...YUMMY! You look lovely too! emoticon

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APPLESBANANAS 3/21/2013 5:21AM

    Oh no, I don't know why that posted 3 times! Please delete 2...it wont let me, sorry!

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APPLESBANANAS 3/21/2013 5:18AM

    Great pictures!! Dont ask me for vacation advice, I've never succeeded at eating well on a vacation. My strategy is to do damage control and try not to get too stuffed every day, and try to do activity every day to burn some calories.

As for college drinking, that is why I gained lots of weight during college. I wish I would have been like you and started being healthy in college to curb my weight gain, and not waited until after. I would say sticking to light beer would be a realistic strategy (less than 150 calories in a bottle), and light beer has a lower % alcohol so it wont get you as drunk. That way, you could nurse 3 light beers slowly over the course of the night and not feel miserable and take on too many calories. I saw someone give you advice to drink wine...while it is lower in calories, it's not really always available at a college bar. My roommates and I used to split a bottle w/ the 3 of us, that is not too much damage calorie-wise if 3 people split a 750 ml bottle. Liquour is roughly 100 calories a fluid ounce, and most places will pour 2+ ounces per cocktail, so that's probably the worst choice. Plus, mixed drinks are sweet and go down easily. Avoid manhattans and martinis at all cost, they are typically 100% alcohol...when I make one at home one is about 600 calories. They are meant for sipping too!

Try to find a drinking buddy who has your health in his/her priorities...let them tell you Stop when it's time to stop. Like another poster already said, it lowers your inhibitions, so you might feel more like ordering nachos after a few drinks than if you were sober. I usually am designated driver if I don't have lots of calories left for alcohol, that way I have a reason to drink fizzy water w/ a splash of lemon! I like to ask for it in a champagne glass so I feel like I'm drinking.

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DAYSPRING-STAR 3/18/2013 8:55PM

    Another aspect to consider is that alcohol effects your inhibitions which may lead to eating more than you would like. Wouldn't it be a shame to allow a few drinks to undo any progress you've made on your journey to improved health? Consider the trade offs. Isn't it possible to enjoy college life and have fun without negatively impacting your healthy decisions? Think outside the "we're in college so we drink" box. You can do it. Put yourself first. Put your health first.

BTW, that sparkly dress does not compare to the beautiful sparkly woman inside it! Lovely photo! You are at such a great age to be taking your health seriously.

Enjoy your beach vacation. Yes, take advantage of the amenities and do walk, run, and play in the sand and waves. Sounds like a great plan to only eat out once a day. It's definitely possible to stay within your nutrition plan at restaurants, but it takes more planning. You might want to consider switching a couple days between dinner and lunch. You can usually find more "Sparkful" portions on the lunch menu and save some money in addition.

Happy Spring Break! emoticon

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ALLIB22 3/18/2013 4:59PM

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GOSPARK45 3/18/2013 4:25PM

    You look sensational! You both do!

A Spark article said wine has the least calories, and wine coolers with sparkling water and other low cal mixers have even less. Beer usually has a lot, a few are better choices. You might put alcohol in at the top of the page and read the articles.
Good luck and have fun.

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DOVESEYES 3/17/2013 11:19PM

    You look wonderful and so happy, SP has an article about food at college. http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource
/wellness_articles.asp?id=247R>Here is the link.

About drinking, alcohol has 9 cals and no goodness for you. here is a link to the article

http://www.sparkpeople.com/
resource/nutrition_articles.asp
?id=893

Hope you have a great time

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KARENLEIGH32 3/17/2013 10:05PM

    emoticon Cheers!

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LJOYCE55 3/17/2013 8:25PM

  That gold dress looks amazing on you. Love the kitten pic.

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