I agree with others, start NOW!
I started IP Oct 12, 2012 with full knowledge that I was going on a Caribbean cruise the first week of Dec AND over my birthday! That 6-7 weeks helped me to lose a decent amount of weight and I enjoyed my cruise that much more. 1. I was more comfortable in my cruise clothes and 2. was less out of shape while doing excursions, swimming, walking, etc.
I did eat off plan while on the cruise and didn't gain much weight (I think less than 4 lbs)
So, when you get back, just go STRAIGHT to P1.
You could consider having the hamburger, since it sounds like it's on your "bucket list". At other restaurants, think about how special is this food? Can I get it anywhere when I get home? Or is it so special that I need to have it now because this is the only place I can get this authentic, cultural food
Personal decisions that only you can make for yourself.
Best of Luck in whatever you decide!
Originally Posted by rubygirl05
I'd say jump in and decide later. You may surprise yourself and not want to go off P1.
Whereas, I went off plan for the cruise - after I got back on P1, I haven't gone off for any other trips. I am currently in Whistler, BC Canada with my DH and Father-n-law. I have decided to stay 100% OP this vacation. I didn't want to lose my momentum or chance to lose weight during this stretch of time.
I have always believed that eating off plan for 1 week, will set you back MORE than just that 1 week of weight loss. You not only miss out on the weight you would have lost that week, but you will also lose out on the momentum and the time for your body to re-adjust back to OP and losing again.
The other thing I'm working through on this trip....... this is a personal hang-up of mine. And that I desperately want to solve BEFORE getting to maintenace, P4.
Part of my thinking is that when I paid for the cruise, the price also included my food/drink. So, I felt like I needed to get my money's worth. Hence, if I ate healthy - I wouldn't be getting my money's worth "losing money, so to speak" because there are so many rich/delicious foods that I'd have to pay a lot for at a restaurant that would be no cost on the ship. Does this make sense?
So somewhere my thinking is a little warped regarding money and what I get for it when I eat out. In my mind it's ok to pay $25 for a great meal that has everything I love and tastes great, like a great chicken fettucine alfredo pasta with breadsticks and salad beforehand. However, paying $15 for a Cesar salad with no dressing, no croutons, no cheese and adding grilled chicken with no oils, etc. makes me feel like I'm wasting my money. How much does a bowl of Romaine lettuce and a chicken breast really cost them to make?
What I'm trying to do is train my brain/change my thinking to be.....
Ultimately, it's MORE than just about the cost of the meal. Although, I may feel like I'm getting my money's worth with the pasta - It's not healthy for me and in the long run will cost me more than just money by having poor health - I will also hate the way I feel and look.
Whereas, I still don't think the chicken breast salad is worth the amount I end up paying for it, it IS worth being healthier, not feeling yucky after stuffing myself with a heavy fattening pasta dish and being more fit physically from choosing to eat healthy.
I also, try to focus on the people I'm eating dinner with and the blessing it is to be alive and have all the choices I'm given in life (when so many don't even have THESE choices) .
Let us know what you decide and check in here daily (and stay plugged-in). Good Luck!