I recently traveled to the Bay area to visit my dad and stepmother. I was a bit concerned about my diet and exercise plans falling to the wayside, considering that sharing food and going to restaurants is one of our favorite things to do together.
Since I was staying at their home, as opposed to a hotel, we stopped at the grocery store on the way home from the airport so I could pick up a loaf of whole wheat bread. I learned that they had already stocked the fridge with vegetables, Greek yogurt, fruits and egg whites, so my healthy breakfasts and snacks were basically covered.
For dinner, instead of going to a restaurant as we normally do, my vegetarian stepmother cooked delicious Indian food: lentils with rice, and plenty of vegetables. The second night in, we had salad and vegetable ravioli. I even enjoyed a glass of red wine with dinner both nights. After all, I was on vacation!
As for eating out, my dad and I did enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, but we opted for individual small plate salads first and shared an entrée. While I didn’t hit the gym at any point, I did spend much of the weekend walking around outdoors.
All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by my willpower and discipline on the trip. The end result: no weight gain.
Our 2012 Weight Loss Diary writer, Yasmin, is a 32-year-old web content producer who is looking to get healthy and love her body! Follow along on her year-long weight loss journey!