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Mom’s House?

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Does it happen to you? Do you go home to your parent’s house and eat differently? Maybe it’s a Grandparent thing?

Whatever it is it’s hard for me to stay on plan when I’m “home”. It’s not my parent’s fault. Well, maybe it is, they do have a lot of temptation around. ;~)

It’s more like I regress to my high school days or I know I’m only here for few days so I might as well live it up. Actually, this time, I think it’s just being out my routine. Wait, what am I saying? WHAT ROUTINE? My summer so far has been HECTIC. First, my web site blew up, then it was the Vegas trip, then I watched my niece, then the beach and now I’m at my Mom’s. I just want a week, a normal, on plan, plain old week at HOME. At this rate I can’t wait until the semester starts and I go back to work! At least I’ll have a schedule. I always do better on plan when I’m working.

I am really not feeling up to looking at my points. I just really don’t even want to know. I feel like I’ve been eating all day. And you know what it’s taking every fiber of my being not to grab another one of those friggin’ Hershey kisses!

So here is my running food journal. This is what jotted down during the day. I know I missed one thing. Note to self: Write it down IMMEDIATELY you will not remember.

  • Leftover veggie chili from frozen
  • Melon
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Triscuits
  • Watermelon
  • Sandwich on a whole wheat roll with 1 slice of ham, 1 slice of turkey, 1/2 slice of cheese, lettuce, tomato, roasted peppers.
  • More melon
    Slice of sugar free pound cake
  • Even more melon (ok so I have a problem – it could be worse ;~)
  • 1/2 cheese stick and more Triscuits (The toddlers snack leftovers – bad habit)
  • 1 Hershey kiss (yes really just one)
  • Tilapia fillet with some zucchini6 more Hershey kisses (MAN I gave in – I just wanted something sweet)

What sucks is this is after my vacation disaster. I need to get back on track.




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    greeneyes

    July 26, 2007

    Yep – Mom’s house is the hardest. The last time I went to visit my parents, my Dad (80 years old) wanted to show off his newly found cornbread making skills. He started doing some cooking a while back while my Mom was having some back problems. Needless to say I HAD to eat quite a bit of cornbread to show him how proud I was of his newfound skill. At least that is what I told myself! That was the only week since I started counting points in June that I had a large gain instead of a loss. Just hang in there and try to stay on plan but don’t beat yourself up if you stray. You will be back at home and back on plan soon I’m sure.

    Amanda

    July 26, 2007

    Oh my gosh YES!!! My mom has 0 healthy food around–NONE!!! She gets all proud of herself if she goes to the store and has bananas around for DS! I loathe going home b/c I know I won’t do good. It gets me every time and I HATE it! I always start out with good intentions and then–BOOM! Blow it by the time we leave. It sucks, I understand! Give your self some credit…at least you wrote things down…maybe not as soon as you ate them, but you still remembered–for the most part. :)

    Jennscookin

    July 26, 2007

    Hi Roni. My mom always says that when my kids go to her house they don’t stop eating from the time they get there to the time they leave. She asked me how I can afford to feed them. I said, I don’t have as much food as you do in your house. They stockpile soda when it goes on sale and my dad has hidden stashes of sweets all over the house (and my kids know where most of them are).
    I don’t keep junk food in the house – even before I started WW. I’m not a snacker and so I don’t think about it unless hubby asks me to bring dessert home from the grocery store.
    Since I started WW, we have eaten so much fruit it’s unbelievable. We have gone through an entire watermelon, lots and lots of grapes, peaches, plums and cantaloupe. I never knew I liked to snack on fruit.
    It sounds like you know exactly what to do when you have a few days of chaos – get right back to it.
    I am off for the summer too. All school year long I wait for the bliss of summer, but once it gets here I begin to look forward to a schedule again (it doesn’t last long though :)

    Anonymous

    July 27, 2007

    Hey Roni,
    I’ve been reading your blog for about 2 months now (since you were featured on msn), and I just have to say that I am totally with you on the needing to get back on track thing! Summer is really messing with me, plus the past 3 weeks have been crazy! Now this Friday we leave for a family vacation, and I think my head is in the right place- I really want to focus on having fun and making memories, rather than eating. Anyways, I just wanted to say what an inspiration you are, even (and maybe especially) when you have your bad days because it reminds us that we all make mistakes, but we still CAN get back on track. I want to see you do well, and I know you can do it! Keep on posting, and THANK YOU!!! -Marie

    kja722

    July 27, 2007

    oh yeah…it’s the worst at the parents, when all the siblings & sig others are there w/you!!! AND, it’s bad over the weekends when the rents aren’t working!!! just try to stay busy & outta the house. i will admit i bought some stuff that i could snack on that was low points, so i would stay away from the bday cake…which, uh, didn’t quite happen! :)

    Anonymous

    July 27, 2007

    I agree with you, when I’m at work I do much better sticking to my plan. I’m just glad to know I’m not the only one that falls off the wagon on vacation. I’m going on vacation next week and have no intention of even trying to count points, I just want to enjoy myself and pay the price when I get back. I know I won’t want to step on the scale. I’m just glad I’ve lost enough weight already that I won’t just blow off the whole diet. Thanks for all your entries. Are you going to put back on your site the “Recipes by photos”? Have a great weekend!

    Vicki (Michigan)

    Healthy Pear

    July 27, 2007

    I have the hardest time at my Mom’s house when it comes to eating. Her cooking is just soooo good. Plus it’s all about comfort and feeling “at home”. The fact that food = love at her house doesn’t help if you’re on WW (or any other program for that matter). So what I do now is to have a little of everything and that keeps me satisfied and her happy.

    Anonymous

    July 27, 2007

    Girl, there are worse things to splurge on than Melon :-)

    Courtney

    July 27, 2007

    I cannot even begin to tel you how I can relate to your situation at your mom’s house. The ONLY way I can eat healthy when I go there is if I do all the cooking….and quite frankly, when I’m away from home, I don’t know if I want to do all the cooking when I’m away from home. It’s really hard. AND, I can TOTALLY relate to your problems with not being on your school year schedule. I’ve been writing about it almost all summer on my own blog. The schedule is so important to me! Try to just have fun at your mom’s….looks like you’re eating boatloads of melon…could be a lot worse!

    Anonymous

    July 27, 2007

    I can completely relate – but the problem is at my in-laws’ house. There is NOTHING whole grain or low fat: no whole wheat bread, no yogurt, cottage cheese, lowfat dressings, “better” cereals, etc. Let’s hear it for full-fat mayo, butter, sour cream, white bread, bacon, sausage, sugar, etc.

    The last time I went, I brought my own yogurt, soy snack mix, oatmeal, Splenda, and protein bars. I just try to minimize the potential eating disaster when I’m there.

    Nancy

    July 27, 2007

    Drink tons of water, and go onto the next day knowing you will try better! Don’t beat yourself up too much!

    Anonymous

    July 27, 2007

    I didn’t think you did that bad personally… You probably ate more than you should but it looks like (for the most part) it was all healthy stuff.

    heather

    July 27, 2007

    I’m right there with you about going to mom’s house. She basically has our entire menu planned out before we even get there. I end up eating things that I normally never eat…..like huge breakfasts of french toast, bacon, etc, etc. Just do the best you can and get on track AS SOON as you get back. It won’t help to get down on yourself while you’re there.

    Amanda

    July 27, 2007

    You know, I don’t think you did as bad as you think? I see plenty of produce, fiber, a bit of dairy, and a reasonable number of kisses as a treat. You know yourself and whether you were truly hungry, but without minimizing your feelings, I did want to say that I was expecting to see a pizza-fest or a half a pound cake gone! I don’t know anyone who packed on pounds eating melon. ;)

    Anyway. When I have a high-points day, I often find I eat much less the following day. Perhaps that is where you are today.

    In any case, it is so much easier to be on track when you are on your usual schedule and in your own kitchen. You’ll be there soon!

    Maria

    July 28, 2007

    Since I’ve moved home from the summer I’ve found it impossible to stay on track with my diet, and have actually gained weight back :(
    Glad to see I’m not the only one who has trouble staying on track with family around.