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MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,272)
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10/9/13 5:27 P

Embrace activity; long walks, dancing, hit the local YMCA for an hour or two, walk the dog, help clean.
Be mindful of your nutrition; be honest with yourself about what is good for your body and what does not deserve to be in your body.
Pray/Meditate. Make every moment an opportunity to turn towards health and joy

FGESCHWI Posts: 56
10/9/13 11:43 A

Thanks everybody for those quick responses!! I really appreciate it!
Yes, I agree. Salt is probably a big factor. It just always makes me feel and look like crap afterwards. I am not saying I gained those three extra pounds in fat, but my scale definitely told me that there are 3 pounds more than before! It takes like a week mostly until i feel and "look" normal (not puffy and less round) again, and that's what annoys me the most, so I will definitely try to utilize your suggestions to make the next one (already coming up in november -.-) a better success health wise. :)

CAH-RD Posts: 1,084
10/9/13 11:29 A

Hmm. Tough. My initial thought is to splurge a little, yet don't go too crazy. I always save weddings and special events for my "splurge" times. I won't restrict myself to my normal intake during those events, ever.

IF you're talking about the whole weekend being a splurge, than that's too much. I agree with packing healthy food options. Typically my husband and I pack most of our food so that we don't have to dine out while we're traveling. On the other hand, if it's just the wedding itself that you're concerned about, I'm questioning how it took that long to recover from those extra calories? Perhaps if you're just watching weight, it could have been an overload of sodium since many weddings have catered foods with high sodium...but I doubt that you ate enough calories to make you gain pounds just from that one event. Yes, it sounds like you attend a lot of them, but I still don't think 4 or even 10 "splurge" events in a year is all that bad. Maybe I'm lenient though.

Also, I guess I'm thinking in terms of my splurges being a piece of cake vs. not and the extra calories via butter, etc that they add to the food. Then maybe beverages. I may have a little bit more in terms of portions, but I don't overload my plate either. I'm still more conscious of it than ever.

Thankfully, I'm getting the age where most of our friends are married so we're attending less weddings now. I believe we're even over the baby shower hump as well thankfully. :) I'm sure there will still be quite a few more in our future, but at least we're not having to attend 10 weddings/summer (quite literally).

JENNA3 SparkPoints: (75,289)
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10/9/13 11:20 A

One thing that I like to do is offer to cook when I'm staying at someone else's house. I pick up the groceries after I get there and cook a healthy meal that will feed everyone with some leftover. I try to do it early-like the first night or morning that I'm there-so I can have the leftovers (if there are any) during a later meal that doesn't fit my plan.

10/9/13 11:12 A

I think that the first step is to break the association of "fun" being tied food and drinks at an event. It is difficult but can be done with a little bit of planning.

I went to a wedding this weekend. I had no idea what they were going to serve but it came down to a choice of lasagna or roast beef. I had one serving of roast beef, some potatoes and green beans. If I was going to eat anything else it was going to be fresh veggies from a relish tray. I had looked at my food tracker before I went and entered in my dinner choices so I have some idea of how many calories I had left. Then I drank two small glasses of wine and spend the rest of the night dancing, chatting and drinking water.

This won't work for pancake breakfasts but even pancakes once in a while aren't awful if you pay attention to what you are eating.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (251,630)
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10/9/13 10:57 A

you can take some healthy foods with you (I always carry an emergency supply of protein bars when I travel); if you are driving, you can take some apples, pears, peanut butter, your own trail mix, etc.

you can opt for healthier versions of what is offered - I often make sandwiches with only 1 slice of bread, or make a lettuce wrap with a leaf of lettuce and deli meat, or make the bulk of your meal salad/fresh veggies when they are an option

as far as the alcohol - can't help you too much there. I don't care for it and have dealt with too many alcoholics in my life to even have any interest.

how about if you aim for maintenance during these trips? That would be a success.

FGESCHWI Posts: 56
10/9/13 10:34 A

My boyfriend has a huge family. I mean we are talking 42 first cousins only on one side. They are all around our age, a little older, a little younger... the usual. Well, we have spent the last 2 years going down there for at least one or two weddings a year. That's manageable. But now, it starts to increase rapidly. Rings keep popping out of nowhere, and one after the other says yes. For the next 10 years, we can probably expect 2 to 3 each year only in the family, which doesn't even include our friends.
I just spent a couple of weeks fixing what the last wedding wrecked for me. I know it's my fault, but every time I go in really motivated, and every time afterwards I super splurged, and wasn't able to stick to my goals at all. I can't find time for exercise, and the food choices...oh boy... You never know what they serve, there is cake, and probably the biggest problem, free drinks. It's often limited to beer and wine, but it's a wedding. I want to enjoy my self. I already often drink Bacardi Limon with water and lemon. Which is better than a gazilion glasses of wine, but still has a ton of calories!!! Of course, It doesn't help that the weddings on his side are always crazy, and they know how to party! Haha...urghs!
When we go down there, it is also always a travel weekend, so food choices are basically never mine. We basically eat whatever is provided by the family that we stay at. Since it's always a bigger crowd then, things are being kept simple like pancakes, sandwiches on white bread with chips etc. You get the point. I mean beggars can't be choosers, and it's already so sweet that they take us in, so that we don't have to take a hotel room. I feel like it would be more than rude to be picky about the food then!
Anyways, I would appreciate some advice here. How do you not wreck yourself at weddings without giving up ALL the fun?


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