Travel pit-falls

Monday, September 27, 2010

So I have come to realize that going home to visit family isn't the healthiest thing for me. 5 years ago my husband and I moved from Michigan to Georgia and I only get to see my family a couple times a year.

This past week I was given the opportunity to transport 5 dogs from our rescue to another rescue in Indiana- only a couple hours away from my family. I jumped at the chance- even though it meant only a few hours with my family.

The drive up there wasn't too bad- really long (12 hours) but I made good time and didn't run into much traffic or bad weather. But I did stop for fast food. Yes- I know I should plan ahead and pack food- but I never do and really need the convenience of fast food that I can eat while on the road.

The bigger problem is when I get home. My favorite restaurant in the whole world is a Mexican place back home in Indiana. We ALWAYS go there when I am home- it is when I get together with my siblings and catch up on all I have been missing. I overdid it (as always). Then had cookies at my sisters place and a tenderloin sandwich at my second favorite restaurant at home for dinner. At least I passed on the dessert coffee that everyone else had later- I will chalk that up as a victory- however small.

I guess this is one good reason why living so far from home is not such a bad thing! Indulgence a couple times a year won't kill me - or my goals!
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    I feel the same way. I moved away, only 2 hours, but my family lives near a cultural mecca with mexican food, italian food and other great restaurants. Then my family cooks couthern style food, basically everything is drenched in butter. Overtime, I have had to train myself to bring little snacky foods for me or buy then down there; fore example, baby carrots instead of chips and apples instead of cookies. :)

    Mexican is my favorite cuisine and I have found that eating chicken fajitas (without the tortillas, sour cream and only a little bit of guacamole) is the best way for me. Be prepared and have a strong mental mindset before going to these trigger places. :)

    You will get the hang out it, just tell yourself you can DO it and YOU are WORTH IT!
    3558 days ago
    What can you do... when I get together with my family it is always around food so is hard to order the right food etc. eat properly... I am also glad it is usually only 2 or 3 times a year. At least you got to see them and that is always nice.. don't beat yourself up for it.

    Thanks for your comment on my page. I am really hoping to reach my 5% this time around. Is alot to lose in just 8 weeks but alls we can do is try. I am motivated more than I was the last time around.

    The rain did stop and I could have walked across town to weigh in. but left it to late and didn't have time so am glad I did that walking tape this morning. Besides am having quite a bit of joint pain in my knees the last week or so so trying to not overdo it

    have a great day
    3711 days ago
    Since you don't see your family that often, consider this a celebration and move on. You were doing a good thing in transporting the rescue dogs and sounds like you had a great visit with your family. Tomorrow is another day to do better. Keep up the good job that you are doing!!
    3712 days ago
    We all tend to to that once in a while, I know it is hard to travel & find healthy options, I recently discovered Panera Bread, they are a good option if you can find one traveling, they list the calories on the menu so you know what you are getting before you order. You can eat there and actually NOT feel guilty, Lol My new favorite place to eat out.
    Don't sweat the indulgence, It is not like you get to go home much. It will all even out eventually if you keep at it. :O)
    I always pack some carrots & almonds for the road.... it takes the edge off my hunger so I am not as temped to overeat or get something bad. Try a snack veggie bags next time, It may help. If you don't like carrots, peppers work well too .

    :O) emoticon emoticon
    3712 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/28/2010 12:23:53 PM
    occasional indulgence is good for the soul, especially when family is involved.
    3713 days ago
    No, a little indulgence doesn't hurt. A victory is a victory and glad you resisted the dessert coffee temptation. emoticon emoticon
    3713 days ago
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