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50 pounds down, plus camping.


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Friday, June 28, 2013

Round numbers are so nice!

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Ok, fun with emoticons aside! I'm 25 weeks along, and 50 pounds down - I can't believe I've averaged 2#/week over this period of time! Then again, why shouldn't I believe it? I set my Spark range up for 2#/week and followed the suggested calorie range (1200-1550) diligently, almost without fail. Out of the last 174 days, I'd be surprised if I went over 1550 more than ten times, and over 2000 only ONCE (Easter at my aunts - food so good, that if you can have only one "blowout" per year, this is the day to do it, no regrets!).

And today, on the day of my "50 pound" milestone, I will be heading out to confront a "trigger situation" that I have yet to encounter since starting my weight loss - CAMPING. Yes, it's Canada Day long weekend and after work we are headed to the hills for 3 days of solitude... campfires, fishing, hiking, laying in the hammock reading a book watching the day go by.... no computers, no cell phones, no tv...

Sounds nice, yes? And, I know it will be.

But I have a little tiny bit of nervousness. Camping - camping food - campfire s'mores - hot dogs - bags of chips and store bought cookies - Chef Boy R Dee - Bailey's Irish Cream in my morning coffee - pop - pop-tarts - pancakes and syrup and bacon, eggs and bacon, bacon and bacon and bacon.... and for a vegetable, Rice-a-Roni "broccoli and cheese" flavour....

That's how we've come to do "camping food" - just a big letting loose in the grocery store, buying up every bit of packaged crap that catches the eye - ready-to-serve from the can, it's in! Reconstitutes with water, it's in! Fun-looking packaging? In! Crunchy and salty, sweet and gooey? In in in!!!!!

But... that is how it WAS. That is NOT how it's going to be. I can't eat like that, I don't even want to eat like that, anymore. It's not a matter of "working treats in to a long-term lifestyle" - I just don't see a place for such a train wreck of a feeding-frenzy in my life anymore. I've lived for 5 months without a single Dorito. I stopped missing them months ago. I just can't see that giving myself permission to eat Doritos would be a "treat" that I would honestly enjoy.

Heck, I don't even want a hot dog. But then again, I never was a fan....

So, what to do, what to do? Trying to think up a menu and grocery list was actually really challenging! If I'm not going to eat Doritos and cheese dip and pepperoni stix and Dr. Pepper, what *am* I going to eat?

I decided to eat exactly the same things I eat every day. I spent a bit of time yesterday prepping a couple of salads (black bean and mango, roasted sweet potato and pepper) and a container of homemade baba ghaoush. Yes, in preparation for camping, I fired up my propane bbq and roasted sweet potatoes and eggplant over the grill. I filled the camper fridge with fresh lettuce, green beans, tomatoes, nugget potatoes. Picked the cherries off my tree (the ones the crows condescended to leave me, that is), the raspberries off my berry bush - in to the camper they went. Yogurt and oats, bagels and peanut butter and apples. A steak for the grill. A packet of chicken breasts. And yes, bacon will be making a cameo appearance at breakfast on Sunday. One planned bacon-egg breakfast, totally do-able and THAT will be my "treat" - Doritos be damned, I HAVE BACON!!!!!

I am SO EXCITED for this trip now... I was kind of dreading it in the last couple weeks leading up, for no other reason than for the Food Challenge I knew it would present. But now that I'm prepared, I feel great!!

Saying no to "junk" is not Denial - IF you offer yourself something better. That's been my plan all throughout this journey, and I have to say, for me at least? It is really working.
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CATNCAG 6/18/2014 2:28PM

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EFFRAYECHILDE 7/29/2013 9:29AM

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DANCEMOM1970 7/27/2013 11:20AM

    I was invited camping last week with my sister and I have to admit that I almost turned it down for the same reasons you describe. Camping my whole life has always been about junk food, and lots of it. Considering my sister's invitation after my knee jerk reaction to say, "no, thanks", I decided to give it a try. We camped at a resort campsite with a pool and every single day I put in at least 45 minutes of either water jogging, lane swimming or aquafit exercises. Tracked my food on my Android phone with the Sparkpeople app and made sure to drink a ton of water. Came home a few days ago and was thrilled to find that I had lost 2 pounds while camping. Woo hoo! And not once did I feel "deprived" or like I was missing out on anything. Good for you for discovering this too!

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MONTREAL12 7/20/2013 3:34PM

  emoticon on reaching the fifty milestone; hope you enjoyed the Canada Day "outing". Your new menu attests to your commitment and determinations emoticon

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SHERYLP461 7/7/2013 10:01PM

    Sounds like fun and a good plan

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GAYLA1271 7/6/2013 1:18PM

    Great food plan. emoticon

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MANILUS 7/3/2013 11:43PM

    That's awesome, good job and enjoy the trip!

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 7/3/2013 5:54AM

    Camping and eating healthy IS doable.............as I'm learning too! Hope you enjoyed your holiday!!!

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COLLEENROSTE 7/2/2013 10:07PM

    well done! meeting the challenge head on with a little planning is going to make you successful not matter what food situation you find yourself in. yes, food plays a role, but isn't it the company we keep, the conversations and the memories that truly matter? and everything tastes better outside--especially with the scent of woodsmoke, coffee and bacon wafting over the quiet morning air ... ahhhhh

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LADYSTARWIND 7/2/2013 6:33PM

    WooHoo on your --5--0-- milestone! emoticon And I hope your Happy Canada Day trip was wonderful!

I too used to have the traditional picinicky type foods on trips...but long ago found that I really prefer some pork chops, veggies and (maybe) some pan fried potatoes. Couldn't tell you the last time I did the Doritos & Hot Dogs thing...if it isn't in the car, it doesn't get et.... I'm not sure why, but Folks seem amazed that you can eat well balanced meals from a camp stove! On our three week long trip last year I actually lost 2-3 pounds. (Kind of wish I could take off for that long again soon...!)
patti

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EVRLNGFOO 7/2/2013 5:35PM

    i'm gonna go out on a limb and say you have changed your lifestyle! way to go! sounds like you're doing amazing! keep it up! camping is a challege. i'm always eating stuff i would never eat at home. and i have no idea! why don't i do the same thing, but eat healthy foods i wouldn't normally eat at home and try new things out! looking forward to hearing out the weekend went! i do hope you had a s'more as a treat for doing so well and planning a healthy meanu.

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ELMA1913 7/2/2013 8:07AM

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are inspiring!

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OFGREENGABLES 7/1/2013 5:52PM

    awesome!

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WEEPINGANGEL74 6/30/2013 7:35PM

    Sounds like the perfect plan. I love your attitude and your thinking. Have a wonderful time camping and emoticon on the 50 pound loss!!! emoticon

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DKTURNER3 6/30/2013 3:51PM

  You have some great suggestions. I am going camping for Jluy 4 for 3 nights and I am determined to stick to the eating plan also. I also plan to go for long bike rides everyday and limit the alcohol intake. I do plan to indulge in bacon and eggs at least once also.

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SHARONCAPPS 6/30/2013 12:13PM

  Congratulations on the 50 pound loss. It sounds like you have your camping trip well planned meal wise so just enjoy yourself and keep up the good work.

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LAURENXX19 6/30/2013 12:03PM

    Congrats on the 50 lbs! Way to take control of the food situation.

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SHANNONY84 6/30/2013 11:47AM

    Have a great tip and enjoy your eating!

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MINEA999 6/30/2013 11:26AM

    Nice work! Congratulations on the 50lbs!
Camping is a tough one due to the desired 'portability' of food - but you're right, with a little forethought, there's no reason why you can't live like you were at home and eat all your regular foods!
Great thinking!

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SANDYCRANE 6/30/2013 6:50AM

    Congratulations on hitting the big five o. You have made the the whole camping thing into a positive eating experience. Keep up the good work.

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MARYJEANSL 6/29/2013 11:28PM

  Good for you! I always dread camping for the same reason - we always overpack the food. And we don't even have a fridge - tent camping, and all perishables go in the cooler with ice. It sounds like you will have a great experience, plus get to eat delicious, nutritious food.

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JIBBIE49 6/29/2013 11:26PM

    Love that you are having success.

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SARRARAZ 6/29/2013 9:15PM

  great

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ARRREAGLES 6/29/2013 7:09PM

    awesome job in getting to 50, and good luck with the camping. Remember that if you're hiking and active, you can afford a few more calories (although, one little slip and some people can't get back on the wagon.

What an inspiration though! go you!

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JSEATTLE 6/29/2013 5:47PM

  Love my junk food in moderation, but bacon, now that is a real treat!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/29/2013 4:51PM

    emoticon have a wonderful time.

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NEWTINK 6/29/2013 4:24PM

    I think you did a wonderful job preparing and I hope you were able to really enjoy your trip emoticon

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DIANNEMT 6/29/2013 4:20PM

    Sounds great! Enjoy the break!

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JOANNHUNT 6/29/2013 1:03PM

    AWESOME, CONGRATULATIONS. YOU ROCKED IT. OH YEAH! GOOD LUCK ON YOUR JOURNEY AND ENJOY YOUR CAMPING WEEKEND.



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LIVELYGIRL2 6/29/2013 12:26PM

  I so much enjoyed this blog a bunch!!! I love how you really expressed the camping temptations! I wouldn't of thought of some of your amazing options. It takes guts to pull it off. I say this, when some of that other stuff is waving at you, or people try and get you to eat a few bites( which some can do and others not...

As long as you got a got variety of snacks , it can work.

That is so tremendous you lost 50 already! WOW=eee Wow emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 6/29/2013 12:09PM

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Enjoy. Try this one, tastes great. Get heavy foil or use two layers o regular foil. Layer watery veggies, sprinkle with seasoning of your choice, add a chicken breast and season, then layer your veggies again and season. Seal well (or use the foil pouches if you wish. Through into coals for about an hour checking progress occasionally. It so so yummy.

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SIMONEKP 6/29/2013 12:00PM

    sounds like a great plan, have fun

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KCHANDLER623 6/29/2013 11:58AM

    Congrats on the weight loss and on your healthy camping menu!

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JACKIE542 6/29/2013 11:18AM

    Great plan, have fun on your trip, I sure like you new food choices sounds yummy to me. emoticon

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and I can totally see why you have had such great success-
you are one amazing Sparkie!
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MICKEYH 6/29/2013 10:15AM

    emoticon on your 50 lbs gone!! Have a healthy camping. emoticon emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 6/29/2013 10:02AM

    Congrats on your 50 pound loss - enjoy your weekend.

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IDICEM 6/29/2013 9:56AM

  Congrats on your weight loss and your healthy camping plan! Have fun!

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