I really like your tips! Thank you Terry. And I will try my best to apply everything from this thread. I can only hope for the best. I do plan on enjoying myself but do plan to at least work out for it.
And off I go! The plane leaves in the AM. (We haven’t had a chance to talk about what to do on a long flight… oh well!)
I’ll get in touch when I come back!
Hey, there, MC! Long time, no speak. (grin)
I handle vacations different ways, different times. Most of the time I tell people just to go and enjoy themselves. Do as many good things as you can (that have become ingrained) without weighing, measuring, counting and recording what you are eating, and minimize the bad. You don’t have to be 100% perfect 100% of the time to achieve very nice results and to continue to improve your body composition over time.
Let’s say you want to eat relatively cleanly, though. Carry Metabolic Drive protein powder, fruit and raw (not roasted) nuts with you wherever you go. That’s your emergency food.
As far as eating out goes, do things like go to the Outback Restaurant and order salmon and two extra servings of steamed veggies without butter. I already know that a serving of salmon is 9 to 10 ounces and that it will make 3 meals for me. I get a meal and two more to go. I expect that you’ll have a mini fridge in your room. If not ask for one or ask the front desk where you could cold-store it.
So carry a bag with a couple of small Tupperware or Rubbermaid containers in it and portion out your meals.
Order steak and veggies while you’re out. Ask the waitress to ask the chef how much they weigh raw so that you know how to divide it up.
Have shrimp cocktails. Hit a grocery store while you’re running around and stock up on exotic, decadent fruits. I love star fruit (carambola), gooseberries, blueberries, raspberries, mango and kiwi.
Avoid breads, pastas, sweets potatoes, rice and anything starchy, except for PLANNED FOR deviations.
I think you should plan a few special meals and have a few drinks on your trip. It is a vacation. You can make your deviations activity based on activity. Where I live it’s hot, but I still walk. I just walk early and late. Walking is delightful when the sun goes down. (grin) And after an hour’s walk, there isn’t any reason you couldn’t have a glass of wine before dinner.
Knowing your goals, I’d recommend you plan to eat relatively clean, but plan a few diversions or deviations do that you don’t feel too deprived.
One thing I did do on a vacation that involved a lot of walking and hiking (we went to the Grand Canyon) was to eat fruit as much as I needed to keep my energy levels up.
Have a plan going into it that is reasonable and fair. Don’t deny yourself entirely. If it all ends up falling apart, just shrug and smile and get back on your diet the minute you walk through the front door. Any damage done can be corrected … probably a lot more quickly than you expect.
Have a good time, girl!!! (grin)