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Company for the weekend - Coming up with a plan

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tonight my son, his wife, and our two grandkids arrive from out of town to stay with us until Monday. I love having them with us, but I don't like what usually happens to my eating when they come.

Whenever I have our family staying with us, there is always a disruption to my Sparking routine and eating behavior. Food becomes a bigger part of life. I must stock the house with lots of food - including snacks - for everyone, and I prepare and serve three meals a day.

(When it's just my husband and me, we eat less formally, less often, and smaller amounts than when we have the kids and grandkids with us.)

Also, when the kids are here, my days are filled with lots of activities with the grandkids. As much as I love it, I do get tired; and when that happens, I tend to reach for food to keep my energy up. Also, I don’t usually take out the time to walk each day. I’m sure, though, that lifting the kids and playing with them does burn up some calories.

Right now my scale is about to go below a benchmark that I have been working toward for quite a while. I don't want to lose any ground here. In fact, I would LOVE to lose that pound this weekend, as we move toward the summer and beach season.

So, my purpose for writing this blog is to come up with a strategy for the coming days.

First, let me be realistic about my goals. I won’t expect to shed that pound this weekend, but I can aim to NOT GAIN any weight.

Also, I expect that I will probably eat beyond my calorie limits at some point during this long weekend. However, I will take the time to track my food each day, so I will be very aware of it when I do.

I will also weigh myself each morning. That will help to keep me vigilant. (There’ll be no sticking my head in the sand until after they leave.)

I will be sure to have lots of healthful foods for snacks that I can eat when I reach for something.

I will plan meals that are built around a protein and contain lots of vegetables. (Today is the day I will plan meals and shop for food.)

If they all go off for a while without me, I will use the time to either rest up or to take a walk.

One more thing…. I realize that what I often do is immerse myself completely in a situation (or even with a person). I lose myself.
Actually, that is a quality that I like about myself. It allows me to experience something fully. And I especially love doing that with my grandkids.

But, I cannot do it any more when it comes to food-- I must always be aware of what I put in my mouth.

Okay. That’s my plan.

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    I like the plans, especially the healthy snacks. Your children and grand children can benefit from a good diet too. My mom and dad provided me with a good one and I strayed from it as an adult. This is your chance to set a good example and show them that you can eat delicious food and healthy food at the same time.
    1790 days ago
    emoticon plan - I know emoticon while thoroughly enjoying your family!
    1791 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Great plan. Keep focused on eating as healthy as you can, while enjoying your family. I think your steps are good. I have two sons returning home this summer and will be doing the same thing..adding snacks and food we do not normally keep on hand.

    You can do it. emoticon
    1791 days ago
    Great plan . . . and it helps so much to have figured it all out in advance! The kids want to see YOU -- not the cookies and the snacks!!
    1791 days ago
    That's a good plan. Let us know how it works!
    1792 days ago
    Wonderful plan. May I suggest you visualize yourself doing just this before bed tonight to set it in your mind!
    1792 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan to me!
    1792 days ago
    Good luck; I have son, son/daughter-in-law, ex-wife, grand kids, friend, etc. coming mid-Saturday. Fortunately the grand kids were raised on vegetables and fruit and I have those as my primary appetizers (veggie and fruit trays).

    I get "anxious" with so much going on around me so I tend to not eat as much.
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