Eating on vacation and not gaining weight.

Posted by leannekarella on April 1st, 2013 |Filed Under My Thoughts |

My kiddo and I spent 2 weeks between San Francisco and the Oregon coast for spring break. There were good days and bad days diet-wise, but I came home with a 0 gain or loss, and I count that as a real positive! The greatest thing of all was that I look awesome in the pictures. As in, I look happier and healthier than I’ve looked in about a decade, and I didn’t spend time hiding from thecamera.

Always in my travels, I come home 5-10 lbs heavier after a vacation, especially to a place where there is lots of food that I enjoy, like fish and chips and sourdough bread and clam chowder. I could live off seafood if given the chance!

So, here’s what I did…

We spent 5 full days in San Francisco. I kept my Ostrim Jerky snacks with me at all times, and I drank my IP chocolate drinks. But once a day, when it was time for the protein, we’d get a “seafood snack”. This consisted of, for me, usually a jumbo shrimp cocktail. These were great. Five or size huge shrimp or prawns, a little cabbage or lettuce, and a bit of cocktail sauce. Granted, the cocktail sauce was not low carb, so I made sure not to eat too much of it.

Of course, beyond the seafood there were the quick meals when I became desperate for my protein, like a bun-less bacon burger from Johnny Rockets, and the day we spent shopping in Chinatown we ordered a platter of roasted duck and roasted pork. That was amazingly good! Solid protein.

I also did justify eating more food with the fact that in 5 days we easily walked 20 miles…up and down the hills of San Francisco. I needed the energy and made sure I got it with extra protein.

The only issue I had all week was that the Ostrim has pretty high sodium, and by the end of the week, I was retaining a good 5-8 lbs of water, even though I was taking my diuretics. On the other hand, I was shrinking because I had to go buy a belt for a fairly new pair of jeans! This was all okay with me!!!

After the five days in San Francisco, on our last night there, we went and splurged! I wanted a full seafood meal, and went to an upscale restaurant on the wharf. I ordered the shellfish platter. This would have been perfectly healthy, if everything on it hadn’t been drowned in butter. I knew I was going off plan for the evening, so I had no problem with that. My issue came with not being able to say “no” to the freshly baked sourdough bread that tasted ohhhh so good dipped in the garlic butter on my plate.

I am positive I went out of ketosis that night. I had quite a few pieces of bread. But I said, that’s okay. One time the whole vacation. I even gave in and ate the piece of roasted corn on my plate. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal.

I do not feel guilt over the way I ate on this trip. Yes, I could have done better, I probably SHOULD have done better. But I have dealt with my weight issues for long enough to know that I lost 30 lbs in 3.5 months, and as soon as I get home, I’m back on plan and look eagerly to losing 30+ more. I refuse to let food control me or my emotions ever again. The time for feeling guilt over food is gone. I made each choice knowing that I was going off plan, and that it would take time to get back on. I ate the things I ate because I wanted to, not because I “couldn’t control myself”. Yes, the sourdough put me over, but I made the conscious thought to eat it.

I will be honest and say that the second week of the trip was really hard. I found it very difficult to find the kinds of foods I needed while traveling up the Oregon coast. The restaurants are NOT low-carb friendly. I admit to eating a few more pieces of sourdough bread…obviously a weakness for me. I ate mostly protein, but they all seemed high in fat. Steaks and seafood with butter-the only way to get seafood if it’s not fried. I will say I did NOT ever eat anything fried. I never fell that far. I even had a huge difficulty finding any chef/deli green/mixed salads in the grocery stores! I am guessing that eating super healthy has not touched that part of the state. There were days I didn’t get the veggies I needed, because I couldn’t find them. Thank God for Subway salads! They saved me a couple of times!

But then we made it to Portland, and spent 2 days there. I’m fairly sure I was out of ketosis by then, and I didn’t feel real great for the days we were there because I was going back in. I was able to get a steak one night - though trying to order one without potatoes or the “wrong” kinds of veggies was IMPOSSIBLE. I had to pick off croutons, not eat the corn, and pray the dressing really was low carb and they weren’t lying to shut me up because I was being realllly picky.

Then we had a food truck lunch (I could easily live off food truck food!) I ate Cajun chicken for the first time in my life-and loved it! Yes, it had the skin and was fried, but no batter/flour. Again, bad food, but low carbs. The Greek Salad was super yummy, and I, yes, ate the cheese and the balsamic vinaigrette. I shared it with the kiddo, so I only had half, but they put a lot of cheese on that sucker! Portion control seems to do the trick, since the scale did not move. I made sure to NEVER overeat, never stuff myself. This was a vacation from the diet, as well as practice of what real life is going to be like once I’m done with IP. Though, I won’t spend much of my life on the coast eating buttery baked seafood!

I also caught my first sickness since starting IP. I had some severe hay fever type allergies hit, and then a cold on top of that. Maybe it was just that I was exposed to so many people, but a little part of me wonders if my body was rebelling to my bad eating for a week. 2 days after I got home, the allergies AND the cold symptoms are all gone, and the same things are blooming here at home as were on the coast. It makes me believe again that my body was rebelling, and it’s something I’m going to have to watch out for in the future, when I’m done with this diet, I think.

Besides eating, and we did do a whole lot of tourist activities like a tour of Alcatraz, shopping Haight-Ashbury and Chinatown, and we walked and walked and walked and walked when we weren’t taking the Muni around San Francisco. We love that city!

We also went on a shopping spree. This is the first time in my adult life I ever enjoyed shopping. I am still in plus sizes, but I can now buy “off the rack.” I bought a few things to fit me now, since everything I own is baggy and falling off. But I also bought my “shrink into” clothes. I even bought my “goal” jeans. I feel great about this and so excited to get back to work and get there!


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