Hey all!  Did you have a good weekend?  I spent most of the weekend cleaning my house and doing 462 loads of laundry, but now my house and everything in it is sparkly and shiny!!   I love that feeling!


I’m a little more back on track this week.  I got in a couple of good walk/runs over the weekend, and I stayed on track food-wise pretty well too.  During the week, if I don’t get the walk done by 7pm it doesn’t happen at all, so I need to make it a priority.  I also need to make water a priority as well.  When I have those two things going, my weight loss is great, but when I slack on those, the loss stalls. 


The next couple of weeks are going to be busy – this weekend we are having a family reunion at my parents’ house, which will of course mean tons of food, because my mom feels like she responsible for feeding all of North America.  However, there are also plenty of places to walk and get some good exercise in, so I’m going to try and do that as well.  I’m really looking forward to this weekend – hopefully it will be filled with lots of fun and margaritas!


Next week we are going on a short vacation to Beaver Lake, AR.  Lots of lying around by the pool and then going down for a swim in the lake.  I love going on vacation, but I do tend to find myself doing a lot of boredom snacking.  I’ll eat things I wouldn’t normally eat, just because it’s there. Things that I don’t even like such as Vienna sausages and Ding Dongs suddenly become appealing.  I hate it when I do that, but I’ll try to be careful and not indulge too much.  I’m mostly looking forward to just getting away and spending some time with the kiddos and the hubs. 


Any good tips/advice on how to handle these two events without gaining 20 pounds?  I’d love to hear how y’all handle these kinds of things, so here’s your chance to help a girl NOT regret donating her fat pants to Goodwill. Thanks, y’all rock.  (I’m a little more twangy today than usual, huh?)  🙂   Yeehaw!

4 thoughts on “Howdy

  1. Man, Jill, since when were Ding Dongs NOT completely and utterly appealing–LOL. Lately reading everyone’s blogs has become a minefield of tempting foods. Well, that’s what we’re all about, I guess.

    Anyways, glad to hear you feeling hopeful. I really relate to your food issues on vacation. I haven’t completely solved the problem myself. Although the longer I go on, it doesn’t seem worth the week’s indulgence to come home and spend the next SIX weeks working at taking the weight off.

    So, my practical advice, that I really try to do now, is to take some of my most favorite snack foods, so when I see something like Ding Dongs, I can compare the points, and think about which one will take me longer to eat and last longer. That’s when I’m at my best…

    I have a cooler-type lunch box that I use for work, and 3 of those blue ice things that fit in the bottom, and I found that works really well for short vacations. So my favorite stuff to take is fruit and cottage cheese, greek yogurt and walnuts, luna bars, all bran crackers (regular and garlic herb,) lite popcorn and dark chocolate, and some of the W.W. snack bars. These w.w. snack bars are expensive, and are essentially junk food, but somehow they have figured out how to make them really really delicious for relatively low points (1-2). So even though they aren’t nutritious, I can many times talk myself into having one of them instead of a ‘costlier’ cookie, or the dreaded ding dong.

    More info than you asked for? Sorry ’bout that. Have a great time laying by the lake. Just plan ahead a little, and allow yourself the pleasure of boredom snacking!

  2. Sounds like some good times ahead. Hmmm, vacationing w/o gaining weight. Try to get some walks/runs in when you can. Drink LOTS of water. Eat what you want but don’t eat like you’re never going to get that food again. (That’s the trap I fall into on vacation–this may be the last time I ever eat at a pancake house! Must eat all pancakes on my plate!) Load up on green salads if they are available, then eat half of a burger, half of a cookie, half of a piece of pie, half of what you really want, something like that. Of course, I always start out vacation much better than I end up. By the time it’s over, I’ve pretty much said screw it and am eating whatever I want. So I talk a good game, but don’t put this into practice myself.

    Also, if you are driving to your locations, you could (and I realize this is stupidly obsessive, but that’s just me) pack your scale and weigh while you’re on vacation. I did that once, and it helped. I figured if I monitored my weight while away from home, I’d know ahead of time how much damage I was doing, and could adjust while on vacation. It sorta worked. I’d do it again if we drive somewhere and are gone for more than a long weekend.

    Hope you have a great rest of the week!

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