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Sunday, June 30, 2013

I just got back from a short camping trip. It was too hot and there were tons of mosquitoes (I am allergic to them) so we actually came home after only one night. But i did learn something about myself on the trip.

I purposely brought NO snack items, and only mostly canned goods (so we wouldn't have to do dishes) I brought just enough food to eat for the meals i planned, and no extra. And, sadly, because of that, I was totally bored.

Camping in the past to me meant basically a marathon snack-fest filled with items I normally don't allow myself: chips, cookies, cereal, trail mix, big bags of nuts, soda, and of course S'mores. My husband usually goes fishing, leaving me alone, and I would literally eat all day.

Well, I was determined to not do that this time. And I didn't, which is great, and I give myself a lot of credit and a high five or two for it. I don't mean to discount my success here.(of course, once i was there, I really had no choice, there were no stores around!)

But it was sad, I really didn't have anything else to to do. I didn't feel like reading the books I brought and i didn't bring anything else for me to do (poor planning), and there was no wifi or even cell service, so no internet or SparkPeople. I was totally bored. I never realized how big a place eating had in my trips. It was the only entertainment I had.

I had planned on going for a hike, but it was over 90 and very humid, so no way. We were not near a body of water, so no swimming. I did manage two short walks around the campground to walk the dog, but I got super sweaty and hot. So...mostly i sat around all day and did nothing.

So I guess what I can take away from this experience is that I really need to plan something on my trips that I can entertain myself with when I am alone that doesn't involve food or the internet. And if it is going to be super hot, go somewhere I can swim or stay home.

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    I want to commend you on your revelation. That is a biggie. It is shocking to me that I used food as entertainment before and it was often a side activity to reading or some other form of entertainment. Once I started eating only when I can focus on what I'm doing, I stopped with the out of control snacking desires. I don't eat anything that comes in a big bag anymore, except apples.
A few nuts go a long, long way. They need to be measured if you're going to use them for snacking.

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SCRAP317 7/1/2013 8:13AM

    Isn't that the truth? I am worrying about this exact thing with my beach trip this month - I have fond memories of munching in my beach chair reading books and treating myself to the snacks only I like and usually don't buy. So now what? Munch on carrots and celery? I agree that it will put a damper on my beach experience if I don't plan ahead now on something new and delicious I can substitute. I won't go cold turkey like you did - no wonder you were bored! I will go to Trader Joes and see what I can pick up that would be "better" choices for munching - like the flaxseed chips or brown rice crackers instead of my usual Combos or Pringles. Nuts are also a good yummy choice. Thanks for your blog - it sure gave me something to think about!

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    I would probably have been the same way. If it's hot then I end up cooped up inside. I would go somewhere with water. I think that would help.

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    You learned more than you think you did... oh my gosh - such a HUGE revelation for you! ... " I never realized how big a place eating had in my trips. It was the only entertainment I had."

Way to do the hard and important work!

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MARIANNE9855 6/30/2013 6:26PM

    Funny thing you noticed that- my girlfriend wants me to come up and spend a night at her camp and one of the first things I thought about was- "yeah, I bet I could have real somores" which I really miss from, when I was a girl scout. I think I will still have some if I go because I don't ever have them any other time. But I would get sick of being alone in too hot to do anything weather. I love to read but when there is nothing else to do- I get sick of it quick.

Better planning next time and maybe some healthy trail mix to go with you emoticon

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    Well, great job planning your eating, anyway!! Hopefully your next camping trip is better.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 6/30/2013 3:37PM

    For me, camping means veggie kabobs and little tin-foil packets of fish and veggies, and snacks of fresh fruit, plus a few marshmallows at night, around the campfire. also turkey weiners which everyone roasts for themselves, on sticks.

It also means hiking and playing catch and Frisbee, and I usually take colored pencils and paper to sketch, and a book to read. I love camping. Your husband's a butt to leave you all alone all day. I wish I could take you with US so you could see all the non-food fun that camping can be. =(
I don't like to camp in hot weather much though, fall and spring are much better.

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GINAHEALTHY 6/30/2013 3:20PM

  Wow, can I realte to you with this post!! Camping is ll about food prep. I love cooking over the fire etc. We barely get one meal cleaned up and it's time for the next one!

We have a trip planned in a few weeks. I still have time to rethink the food thing. Thanks for this post!

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