Vacations. Work trips. Sooner or later, you're going to venture away from home and deal with not normal eating. Question is, will you come home with excess baggage?
For me, many times when I travel, I'm going to California, where I grew up, and home to many old familiar foods (like REAL Mexican, not Tex-Mex) that I can't get out here in Texas. So of course, I want to eat! In years past, a visit to my best friend would also include visits to Carl's Jr., Togo's, an incredible bakery near her house where we'd have ham and cheese croissants just about every morning for breakfast, the aforementioned Mexican food, See's Candies, and whatever else looked good along the way. It's no wonder I looked like this for so many years:
California visit 2007 - I really ate my way through that visit!
And it's not just visiting California that would do me in - pretty much anywhere I traveled to, I put myself on a free pass to eating. Road trip? Lay in the snacks! Don't forget to stop along the way for a strawberry milkshake. Air travel? Treats begin in the airport, naturally! No wonder I kept gaining weight...this kind of extra eating, while fun at the moment, sure helped to compound my weight issues.
Cut to 2010. I'd lost 110 pounds and had a visit to California scheduled. Would this trip be a repeat of my 2007 eating extravaganza? Nope. I'd changed. Barbara was also on a healthy eating trend. We hardly ate out at all, and when we did, it wasn't at any fast food restaurants. I did have some Mexican food, but I only ate what I really wanted (I believe I just got a side order instead of a full meal). We cooked our meals, ate fresh fruit like crazy, and *get this* we exercised. Yoga, walks, running - it was an entirely different visit - and I came home weighing the same as I did when I left!
Further proof - here's a shot from my visit the next year, wearing the shirt that Barbara was wearing in that 2007 picture:
2011 - still managing to not overeat my way through a vacation, go me!
My only real vacation/travel eating rule? Normal eating begins the instant I cross back over the county line. I can live with that...and I do, quite well!
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