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Vacation Diets


So, which one are you? A pre- or post- vacation dieter. Me?  I’m both. My lack of self control means that I’m always dieting.

Why I Diet All the Time

Two things cause me to eat too much.  Like Barbra Streisand in The Way We Were, I self-medicate with food.  Head-achy?  Eat.  Stressed?  Eat.  Sad?   Eat.  Happy?  Eat.

I’m also one of those people who is too busy to think about food until I’m starving, so portion control and good menu planning fall out of the window.  Convenience foods and fast foods dominate my menu.  Eating the wrong things and eating everything really keeps me on the wrong side of my best weight.  What trips you up?

Wardrobe of Inspiration

I diet best before a vacation.  The main reason is all my favorite clothes are in smaller sizes.  As I look forward to a vacation, I do not imagine myself in my fat clothes.  Instead, I’m thinking of my snakeskin printed jeans, slinky after five wear and (Argh!) swimsuits.

If you read this blog regularly, you know I’ve been concerned about my favorite aunt who was put on hospice several months ago.  As she lost weight in her battle with cancer, I put on the pounds.  Finally, when there was no hope of fitting into any of my skinny clothes, I moved my fat clothes back into my closet.  When she lost her battle, I knew it was time to start my battle with fat.

Dieting with the Stars

Of all the famous dieters who tout various diets on TV, I identify most with Kirstie Alley.  It doesn’t really matter how much weight I lose, how much I exercise or what my good intentions are, at some point I’m going to gain it back.  Thankfully, I’ve never gained as much as Kirstie, but like her, I’m constantly on the dieting see saw.  Like her, I also believe in Jenny Craig.

I went to Jenny Craig the first time back about a decade ago.  I’d eaten myself into a very large corner and I knew I wasn’t going to get out of the fat corner on my own.  There’s a reason Jenny Craig works.  The program attacks my twin eating problems with a two-fisted punch:  a planned diet and accountability.

With Jenny Craig I don’t have to think about food at all.  I go once a week to get pretty much everything I need to eat for the next seven days, along with a list of what I’ll need to pick up at the grocery store.  When I get hungry, I look at the menu and it tells me what to fix.  What’s more, I’ll have it quicker than I can get around to eating something I shouldn’t.

The second punch is the Care Consultant.  She’s gonna know if I eat that bag of Tostitos.  Sure I can lie, but she’ll know.  She might not know it was Tostitos and she might not know exactly when I did it, but she’ll know.  And she’s not some relative or friend who will give me a pass.  She’s paid to give me a hard time.

But there’s something about that two-fisted punch that knocks me out of my bad eating habits.  A decade ago it got me down to my goal weight and over the ensuing time, what I learned at Jenny Craig has helped me come back from the brink whenever I let my eating get out of control.  This time, still mourning my beloved aunt and dealing with the aging issues with my own parents, I knew I needed a little help.  And Jenny Craig was there.

I lost six pounds my first week.  I’m not going to tell you how many I need to lose.  And guess what came in the mail?  An advertisement for a free cruise for two!  My husband and I are going to sit through whatever sales speech they have and take advantage of their free cruise.  Talk about inspiration!  I’ll be down to size in no time!

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