Tailgate and Lose Weight
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Now that we’re well into football season, people—myself included—are tailgating and spending a little more time drinking and eating than we normally would on Sundays.

I recently attended a tailgating party before a Chicago Bears game and was a little concerned about what I might find to tempt me. Although there were plenty of not-so-healthy options (let's face it, tailgate favorites would likely never be included in any diet plan), I was pleasantly surprised to see things that actually fit into my new healthy lifestyle.

To stay on track, I ended up sampling the following items—and I didn't feel any guilt at the end of the day.

I ate...Instead of...
Taco dip made with beans and veggies on the sideCreamy buffalo chicken dip made with cheese and ranch sauce
1 turkey hot dog sans bun1 Polish sausage with bun
Pasta salad made with vegetables and olive oilCreamy potato salad loaded with mayo
Baked potato chipsFried potato chips
1 chocolate chip cookie1 cupcake piled with sugary frosting
Light beerCalorie-heavy margaritas

While a sampling of items is okay, I was careful to watch my portions and was actually better able to enjoy the tailgating party by making smarter selections since I wasn’t overstuffed or full of regret.

The Bears won. I went home happy about the outcome of the game—and my healthy choices!

Tailgate and Lose Weight-2 Our 2012 Weight Loss Diary writer, Yasmin, is a 33-year-old web content producer who is looking to get healthy and love her body! Follow along on her year-long weight loss journey!

Who’s helping Yasmin? Tiara Coaching Life coach Alison Miller, Ph.D, nutritionist Keri Gans, R.D, and Equinox personal trainer Stephanie Pipia.

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