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Vacation Success because of Lifestyle Changes

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

In the past (before my new healthy eating lifestyle) I would view vacations as great food events and come home with a five pound gain or more. When I decided that my "way" of eating had to change I realized that meant FOREVER not just until I lost X amount of pounds. THAT "diet" strategy always met with regains as I returned to foods I had been avoiding for the course.

With my new way of eating I not only survived vacation but came home with a teeny loss. That is a victory. We stopped at Wally World when we got our rental car and filled up with healthy food. At restaurants I was not afraid to ask for special prep and avoided all the extras (chips, bread, etc.) by asking them either to not bring them to the table or put them on my plate. Most servers are very happy to work with you if you have a special need.

I concentrated on doing, not eating. We had great family visits, conversation, shopping, touring etc. Food was simply a "refueling stop". That is what has been missing my adult life. I have viewed food as an activity unto itself, sometimes as a reward and often as a comforter. Finding those needs met in other ways has enabled me to adopt this new journey in the nutrition area.

I began this in late February and now it's beginning to be a habit. I am still trying to expand my fruit and vegetable choices. I like veggies more than fruits but keep sampling fruits and adding a bite or two here and there to learn to like them.

Motivation is hard to come by when one has been living to eat their entire adult life. It's hard NOT to see the change of nutrition as a punishment or sacrifice. Even non-food rewards for success on the scales/measuring tape often are not enough to overcome the pull to chocolate, french fries, doughnuts and the like. I wish I could pass along some slick trick or inside secret but there really aren't any. For me, it's age. I WANT to live longer into my senior years as a healthy, active adult. THAT is what has given me motivation to skip the milkshake and opt for water and climb back on that recumbent bicycle day after day.

Now I will enjoy the beauty of this lovely day!

Press On!

Suzanne
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