(I feel this sums up me and my progress and how I am learning as I lose weight)
How can I pass up pizza at this amazing pizza shop that uses lots of fresh and local (Amish grown) ingredients?!
Or Chinese at my favorite Chinese restaurant....that just so happens to be a buffet.
After standing outside for 6 hours at the Fiesta tent sale, wings and a drink seemed like a must.
No trip home is complete without cream chicken sandwiches and fried mushrooms served with a tall and crisp homemade rootbeer at the Rootbeer Stand!
And can you really go to the Drive-In movie and not snack on nachos with cheese, popcorn and junior mints?! Ok, you probably can but it isn't as fun.
And what is breakfast without an amazing creme stick from a local bakery!
So I think you are getting my point. My trip home revolved around two things. My family and food.
And when you are on a diet, it can be frustrating when you feel you cannot indulge in your favorite things.
But I made a choice. I was going to let myself eat my favorite things, but take it easy.
See, when I restrict myself, that is when I hurt myself the most because one of two things happens:
1. I either binge eat, or
2. I get very angry (hangry) that I don't get to eat the things I love.
Yep, I am a bit of an extreme person, but I DO get angry when I want to eat something and don't get it. I wasn't going to go the entire trip and not eat some of the foods that make me happy. It is vacation and I wanted to enjoy myself. But I also did not want to avoid the foods and then go crazy and binge one day.
That is the thing I am learning and this is something I am going to have to work on for the rest of my life. Ask any binge eater....this can be tough.
So when we ate pizza, I had a salad to go with my dinner.
A heavy Chinese buffet at lunch and a lighter dinner can balance out nicely.
Eat a smaller amount or half of the foods you like so you get a taste without overindulging. So you only need half that small strawberry milkshake, not the whole thing.
If you do splurge on, lets say a creme stick, don't do it every day. One day is enough.
Drink lots of water!! Especially if you want to have beverages (like alcohol) in the evening....keep it simple during the day and are not drinking your calories.
Make sure you still have healthy snacks and don't skip meals as you still need that fuel for your body and it will help from overeating later.
And remove the guilt!!! If you are eating within the parameters you set up, then do it without the guilt. Enjoy as you shouldn't have those negative feelings associated with food...not healthy.
These are things I tried to do last week.
Was I perfect? Uh hell no. Who is? But I tried to be mindful of my diet without only focusing on what I ate.
I don't want my love for food to make me unhappy. I don't want to be so focused on what I eat that I get angry. I want to enjoy, but enjoy in moderation. I want to focus on how I feel when I eat. ENJOY every bite, even if there are only a few bites. I don't need everything and all at once...a little bit here and there can make me just as happy. I want to focus on when I feel full and stop instead of feeling I need to power through that entire bag of popcorn.
Since I started this leg of my diet, I have been trying to be more mindful of how food makes me feel. How I feel towards food. My food triggers and knowing how to stop myself.
Vacation was no different. I wasn't going to throw everything I have learned the past 6 months out the window and eat everything in site, but I also wasn't going to not enjoy those foods I love. This is part of the learning process.
I think overall I did well on vacation.
And the weird thing is I am excited to get back to my healthier eating.
Yep. I went to the store and bought my salad stuff and have been prepping my healthier foods for the week. Even though I am off work today, I picked right where I left off before vacation. 1650 calories a day. I had coffee and an egg and english muffin for breakfast. A delicious salad for lunch. And will have a nice dinner, all within my calories.
I think when you start eliminating some of those foods and get in the habit of eating a certain way, it makes it easier to come back after you indulge. I treated myself last week and now back to my new lifestyle. Plain and simple. I have to make it that I have no other choice, this is just the way it is.
THIS is my new lifestyle.
And for the first time, I am OK with that.
I don't know if I have too many tips for getting back on track after a vacation other than just do it.
Go to the store when you get home and get your healthy foods.
Don't bring excess food from your vacation home...you splurged there but at home you are back on track. i.e. we don't need to bring back creme sticks from the bakery back home!!
Plan healthy meals full of flavor that first week back or your favorite healthy meals to get you excited to eat!
Make up your mind that this is just how it is. And the next vacation/special occasion you can splurge again, you just need to be healthier now.
So tell me, how do you handle eating on vacation?!?! How about getting back on track when vacation is over?!