We are halfway home from our vacation to Disneyland. I weighed in before we left home last week, and I had lost a total of 5 lbs!
I had a plan in place for eating at the parks, but what I didn’t have a plan for was visiting my DH’s aunt & uncle & family.
We hadn’t seen them for several years, so it was really great to visit with them, and of course, they fed us. The biggest hurdle was hanging out in the kitchen with the girls, while dinner was being prepared. There were chips and dip, chex mix and other snacks. I caved. However, I did only have 1 cookie after dinner, and I stayed completley away from the big bowl of Hershey’s kisses.
While at Universal studios, and Disneyland, we brought sandwiches and juice boxes for lunch, then ate from one of the restaurants at the park for dinner. We also did a TON of walking. I feel like I got a pretty good workout from that, plus I spent a great deal of time carrying around my toddler who was refusing to ride in the stroller. I figure that should help burn extra calories.
I had decided ahead of time that we would not be buying any treats. We told the kids that we might get them some ice cream the last day we were there, but it turned out to be kind of cold and overcast, and nobody wanted ice cream then. They all settled for one of those big round lolliops. I did not buy any of the treats that I so dearly love, and guess what? I still had a really fun vacation!
I do need to give a thumbs up to Disney. The kids meals in the restaurants no longer come with fries. They now have healthier side dishes such as baby carrots, or fruit cups. We were also able to get sauteed vegetables instead of fries with our adult entrees.
While I didn’t have the snacks, I still think I may have eaten too much. I’m worried to see where I’ll be when I weigh in at home. right now I’m just hoping I didn’t gain anything. Or at least not more than I recently lost. I guess it could have been worse if I had bought one (or more) of those churros that were calling my name with that divine aroma of greasy fried pastry covered with cinnamon and sugar.
One thing I learned during this trip, is that for me, eating is more of an “event”. As we walked past the many eating establishments in the parks, I would always think “Wouldn’t that be fun to eat there?” For me, going out to eat is a great form of entertainment. I love the atmosphere, trying new foods, and come on, it’s nice to be waited on every once in a while;)
One other thing I learned was how much I rely on having snacks in the car as we travel. I really missed those. I chewed a lot of gum.
Now we are coming home, and the kids are all talking about the fun Christmas activities they want to do such as bake cookies, make fudge, chocolate dip pretzles, make gingerbread houses, and go to a local bakery for fresh scones and hot chocolate. Why do all of our Christmas traditions revolve around high calorie food? Wouldn’t it be just as fun to make vegetable houses? Just a thought.