Lots of “ations” for me these days:
- I am gearing up to leave on vac-ation.
- I am feeling a sense of anticip-ation.
- But that is tempered by dieting trepid-ation.
- So I am setting myself up for success with lots of prepar-ation.
Let me set the stage for you: my husband and younger son and I are joining friends for almost a week of skiing. I anticipate that we will have fun:)
But I am a bit trepidatious because this will be the longest time away from home while dieting. (Maybe ever… in all my yo-yo years.) I have been doing so well for so long without a single cheat and I don’t want to get derailed by a vacation! I know that there will be some potential roadblocks. For instance, several long days spent in the car while my riding companions snack on junk food. And then we are sharing a condo with friends who will probably give me some funny looks and maybe joke about my strange food choices. Lunch on the slopes, hoping for healthy options. And dinners out at restaurants that have to please many different palates, with no one dieting but me. And then there is the problem with drinking enough water. Not something I like to do while stuck in the car for hours or bundled up in layers of warm clothes, far from a bathroom. Sigh.
So I know that preparation is key. I have planned a cooler full of healthy car snacks. These include dehydrated veggies (a new experiment), cut peppers, cherry tomatoes, nuts and peanuts (portioned out in advance), roasted chickpeas (which I have yet to try), homemade beef jerky, and cheese. I plan to bring protein bars in my pockets for emergencies. And I have already suggested some restaurants for dinner that have some healthier options for me.
My friends have been around me before while I was on SB. But for a dinner out, not a whole week. I know they will support me but just don’t want to deal with questions or comments or funny looks. I mean come on, how often does someone tote homemade refried beans across state lines for breakfast!?
So I am going to add one more word to my list: oblig-ation. I am going to share my eating goals with all of you here in print, so that I am motivated and accountable. I am not striving for dieter perfection; I am on vacation, after all. But I am aiming to stay on program as much as possible, making the right choices whenever I can. No cheats! No white grains. No junk food. No french fries. No more than one serving of my beloved Triscuits on any one day. And fingers crossed… no weight gain.
So while I have a few planning days left, I would love to hear any tips or advice you have for staying on your diet while vacationing or around others.