Vicky, U have a great time with your family. We all have to learn how to have fun and not over eat. I watch my daughter's who are all thin and they take little bits of things and load up on good things. There has to be something to this:) I think U will do just fine. Let us all know what your family says about your weight loss girl. Anna
My advice is to take little bits of the stuff you can't resist. Don't sit close to the food, make yourself have to think about getting up to get more. Try to add in some activities to help burn the extra goodies. Do the usual park at the end of the parking lots, walking tours of the old neighborhood, go to the park with the little ones, well you get my point. Remember a couple of bites doesn't mean throw in the towel and go crazy! Have fun and enjoy your family. 50 % of the time and the rest!
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current weight: 280.0
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Thanks for all your great suggestions. I'm so excited about getting home. Any of you that are active on here know about all the problems my mom has had and this will be the first time I have been home since this all started. I can't wait to see her, my dad, and the rest of the family.
As far as sticking to my routine, I will use all these suggestions MOST of the time so that I don't go too crazy, but I do plan on splurging some. And Kasey, as far as the PA Dutch cooking goes, I'm certainly hoping someone will make my absolute favorite ham potpie and that will be one of my splurges if they do! That is my favorite meal ever! I have given myself permission to splurge a little on this trip, as I do want to still have fun with my family and what is more fun than a good meal? If I say now that I'm going to stay completely on track the whole time I'm there, I'll just end up mad and disappointed in myself! Hopefully by giving myself permission to splurge just a little, I'll be able to deal with those days when I just had to eat some home cooking!
I won't be out of computer contact except on the 2 days traveling there and back 7/26 and 8/10 so I'll let everyone know how things are going and how my mom is doing and all.
Vicky, Have a great time with your family, I like the ideas everyone offered, Eat plenty of salads, and vegtables, drink plenty of water or crystal light, Maybe get yourself some diet snacks to eat a i/2 hour before dinner or any meal you think you will have a problem, that way you won't be able to eat that much. You always give good advise to others and I think you will be A-Ok, Have fun and be safe. Kim
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If you're eating out (restaurant kind of places) that's easier in one sense: you have control over your choices. If you're eating at someone's house... well, that's trickier, isn't it? I don't have any problem saying "Oh, I'm sorry, but I'm dieting and I really can't have that" - then if DH takes some on HIS plate, I take a LEETLE TINY bit for a taste. Also, I fill up on salad (greens-type) while raving about "This is delicious - wonderful cucumber / carrots / tomatoes!" What you compliment you tend to see more of. Crudites (skip the dip, who'll notice?), fruit for dessert ("Are fresh peaches in yet? Why don't we get some for tonight's dessert?"), and leave the Pennsylvania Dutch food alone, lol... (Whereabouts in PA are you from? I'm from Adams County - Gettysburg - m'own self.)
"What I love is near at hand, Always, in earth and air." --Theodore Roethke
I think that the advise you have been given is great. I come from an Italian family that also thinks food = love...and is insulted if you don't eat. What I have done is ask for ice water and bring a whole lemon with me and that seems to cut hunger. I try to keep protein portions in check and avoid the bread. Pick at pasta and fill up on veg. and fruit. You could always take some of those with you as your "contribution".
With all the weight you have lost, I am sure the family will notice. Brag a little and maybe then they will understand and even help you make choices. You see, families love to give advice!!!! Good luck!
You've gotten some great advice...I would suggest that you drink water before you eat a meal and it will help fill you up before eating. And if you have any input into the food...make healthy and diet friendly choices.
Have a great time, Vicky. We will miss you. Kathy
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As I said on another page, could you stick to spark in the week and indulge a bit more on weekends? If your sister is on spark too, she will understand and probably be grateful and join you.you can help each other.Also,I read somewhere, that you don't need willpower, you should have wantpower. I want to be healthy, I want to be slimmer etc. Also good advice from Kedicat,on the days you are going to indulge,have small spoons. Main thing Vicky,enjoy yourself,have fun with your family
sue be a bit of both!!!
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When I went to a family reunion a couple of months ago there was this enormous potluck spread. I tried to pick the healthiest things to eat to eat the most of...and then just had a small spoonful of the goodies that I just had to try (small spoonful was about 2-3 tablespoons worth....not a whole big serving spoon). That seemed to work...I stil lost that week..LOL. I know that it will be hard over a two week period, but don't be shy about telling family members that you are trying to eat really healthy and while you appreciate their efforts, you just can't afford to indulge too much...then stick to your guns. If they give you a hard time....well, let's hope that they don't. Try smiling and remind them that just 'cuz you can't eat all of the goodie doesn't mean you don't love them any less..LOL.
current weight: 237.2
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On Saturday we will travel to PA for 2 weeks. We will be staying with my sister Ruth and her husband. I am a little concerned about my eating while I'm gone. Even though Ruth joined SP and has been losing, you all know how families are when we get together. Food = Love! And while I think it is okay for all of us to slack off every now and then for special occasions, a two week visit with various family members is too long to just slack off the whole time. I was thinking I could make a goal to try to continue eating the way I do now for the entire first week and then allow myself some treats and home cooking and all the second week. I think if I do that I'll come back without doing too much damage. Do you think that would make sense? You have 2 more days to give me some advice and opinions about how not to totally blow it for the next two weeks. Help me out ladies! What ideas do you have for surviving a two week trip "home" without undoing too much of what I've accomplished?
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