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Weekend Fun = Impending Diet Failure

Monday, June 17, 2013

This last weekend I was off to a resort to celebrate a friends 40th birthday. As the weekend approached I became stressed and moody... really not much fun to be around. My husband commented on my changed behavior saying he didn't understand why I was acting this way and that I should be excited and happy as it was going to be a great girls weekend doing things I generally love to do.

I thought about that for a while and realized that my stress was of my own making (as it usually is). This impending diet failure was spinning me out of control. I had built up in my mind that eating out every meal and giving in and celebrating would derail my diet... and in my mind would not only keep me from my weight loss goal for the week but would doom me to being overweight FOREVER! Ok so I can be a little dramatic at times but that was what it felt like.

Obviously I needed to come up with a better plan. How to get through this weekend and have fun but not derail my diet for the long term. Keep in mind that having fun still equates to eating whatever I want (I am still working on this ingrained behavior).

I decided to keep it simple and just see what happened so my plan was... Go to the resort, participate in all the planned activities, eat, come home, get right back on plan.

Overall I think I did pretty well with my food choices considering what was available. We went on a big hike and walked everywhere so my activity level was pretty high. Even after all of this I was worried that I was on the edge of impending diet failure.

So when I got back last night, instead of weighing in and seeing the damage... I have decided to wait...get back on track... then weigh in. I have always dealt better with gains or no loss when I am in my routine of eating right and exercising.



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PWILDCAT 6/19/2013 3:01PM

  I wish you both luck on your upcoming trips. It sounds like you both will have fun doing things you like to do. I did lose a little control while I was gone but I have managed to get back on track and stay there which is pretty unusual for me. It will be great to hear how you have done. Good Luck and have a great time!



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STONEYHILLMOM 6/19/2013 12:52AM

    I, too, can relate. We are leaving for Disney World tomorrow morning and I was having serious vacation panic a few days ago. Yes, food = fun and fun = eating whatever I want. I don't know how to change THAT mindset - it is so deeply ingrained... Anyhow, I did come up with some vacation goals, and we will see how it went when I get back.

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ROSADELIMA 6/17/2013 4:09PM

  I can identify a lot with your feelings. I'm looking forward to an anniversary retreat with my husband this next weekend, but I am worried about "losing control" amidst the rich dinners, desserts, and even grande mocha coffees in the morning. I don't want my husband to know that I have these worries so I will have to be very cool - trying to order and eat rationally despite his likely overindulgence. We also equate "fun" with overindulging...he is a normal weight but I suffer from disordered eating....

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