Tuesday, March 7, 2017
How to find balance
I'm in the midst of planning a little getaway that popped up for us in two weeks. I am so excited but then the dread set in a little bit. We're a few months away from our big trip for the year and to say weight loss is slow is like the friggin' understatement of the year. The thought of going to a town we've never been to even if only for 3 1/2 days and trying to eat healthy is just overwhelming. I looked at several restaurants that looked like "oh, okay this can be a good choice for us" and then a few had calories listed and it was just terrifying. The ones that looked like the healthiest choices were still anywhere from 800-1100 calories and that was for breakfast! All I could think was how bloated I was going to be and how much working out we were going to have to do just to attempt to combat that and the fun started to get sucked out of it for me.
I thought of all of the things we could bring with us to help. Obviously breakfast is an easy one since there is a mini fridge and we can pre-measure cottage cheese, yogurt, some nanas, etc. I can heat up water in the little coffee pot and pour it in oatmeal. Lunch would be a little more challenging but doable but that is more because of timing than what to bring because I typically have veggies and fruit salad and then either a 1/2 a PB&J or a chicken wrap or something. So I think if we're going to be out and can make a park or something part of our stop even if we have to eat it in the car we can bring it along with us. I have plans for dinner and I started going super militant about how this was going to go. Then the Mr is like "wait, so we're going to a new city and we don't get even ONE meal out??" My complete and utter anxiety over screwing it up this close to a trip when I'm already having trouble getting the scale to move needs to be balanced with having an experience without being so damn uptight.
Yes, I can have a meal out and while it might be way more sodium than I would make at home or bring with us, one meal won't be the utter death of me. (Of course talk to me again in a month and see if I'm eating those calorie free words.) But yes it would totally suck to go somewhere new and have people be like "where did you eat?" and we're like "homemade PB&J and apples." So I think I can loosen the reins for one meal out of 7-8 that we could potentially have there. If it's a place we like then we can always go back and make other plans.
We'll be working out the day we leave and then will have to workout the two days we're there in addition to any walking. I can't sit there and say "oh walking counts" because we've done vacations where we've tried to count just being more active during the day as our exercise and the body points and laughs. We've done best when we've worked out the whole time and even though it's only two days, if I can't workout at night then I'm truly never going to conquer this crap.
How do you strike your balance when you travel to new places? Do you bring your own stuff? Rely on what you hope are healthier choices at restaurants? Continue formal workouts?
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