Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Can she diet on vacation?

I was really stressing out about if I was going to be able to stick to Medifast while on this mini-vacation. Guess what? Day one was a success!

I had four of my MF meals before dinner. I had a shake for breakfast before I left, a bag of puffs on the ride to Chattanooga, and a bar at Rock City while my kids had lunch. It was EASY to turn down lunch since it was majorly overpriced! And it was "kid" food and not that appealing anyway. After we got back to the hotel, I blended a shake with the mini-blender I bought last week (love it!).

I sat and looked at some online menus to see which restaurants had good options, but ended up eating at Cracker Barrel because it was right across the street from the hotel. We just WALKED over. Cracker Barrel has a low-carb menu, so I ordered from that, trying to make choices that would also be low in fat and calories. I chose the grilled chicken salad, explaining that I didn't want the chicken cooked in oil or butter. I got fat-free ranch dressing on the side. I also skipped the shredded cheese and opted to go with the 1-oz. of Colby they serve on the side. They also serve a boiled egg on the side, which is good because I estimated the chicken to be about 3-4 oz., which would not have been enough protein.

I squeezed out 1 tbs of the dressing on a plate and dipped. I also had to pick out the croutons that weren't supposed to be on there. It wasn't even that hard, considering I LOVE croutons. I didn't even blink when I cut up my baby's pancake. In the old days, I could devour 3 - 4 of those pancakes!

Overall, I am very proud of myself and my choices. I think I was able to get very close to the Lean and Green guidelines. I logged everything and I am also going to be within my calorie limits for the day. The only "off" thing was my eating schedule... I had a shake at 4:30 and we had dinner at around 6:15-6:30, which is closer than it needs to be. But my water intake was good (116 oz), and I walked for over 3 hours today while sight seeing at Rock City (which was awesome!). I am claiming victory! Let's hope I can repeat this resolve tomorrow...

I have decided to got to Florida with the kids. They are desperate to see their father, so I don't see why I shouldn't take them. With that said, it looks like I will be taking this diet on the road for longer than I anticipated. I am staying positive, and I REALLY think I can do this!


  1. Good for you! The Cracker Barrel low carb menu options are great, aren't they?

    I'm down 26 lbs today, but don't tell anyone since I shouldn't be weighing myself on a non-Monday. Ha ha!

    Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing

  2. Good for you :) I am really impressed with your resolve!

  3. You are doing great. Staying positive is absolutely the right thing to do. Being away from your normal environment and being able to stick to your plan is awesome and will only make your willpower that much stronger. You set a good example for others. Once again, great job!!!!

  4. Congrats on your successful day!!!
    It also sounds like you had a really fun day.

  5. Outstanding job, Hollie!!! I'm proud of you!!!


  6. Way to stick with it...Good job!

  7. congrats on a good first day. Have fun on your vacation. I am glad that you decided to take the kids to Florida.

  8. I love Cracker Barrel. I'll have to go back soon.

  9. Good for you Hollie!
    Excellent willpower


  10. That is very encouraging that you were able to do so well. Goodness...where were you when I needed serious accountability with nutrition at the beach?!?!

  11. Hi there,
    I wanted to let you know your blog is awesome.
    You are so upbeat and positive! I Love it.
    I just started a blog on the side of my main blog called 52 pounds in 52 weeks. I would love to have someone like you sound in once in a while with a comment or two! It sure can be hard without support!
    Keep up the good work and stop by sometime!!!!

  12. Cracker Barrel would have thrown me for a loop into high-carb, gravy ridden heaven! Good for you for keeping on the plan!


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