One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Day One on the Road

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This post comes to via my hotel room in South Carolina. We are en route to our first family Disney vacation and we are ECSTATIC! Besides some horrific traffic in Virginia it’s been smooth sailing and Little Guy has been really enjoying it.

If you didn’t catch it in my Thursday Thoughts Post I have issued a Food Journaling Challenge on BlogToLose and will be journaling all vacation on my twitter food journal account, @RonisFood. I’m also planning on posting recaps here on the days I don’t drop from pure exhaustion.

Today started nice and relaxing. We had most things packed from the night before. Little Guy and I woke up early, as usual, and had breakfast. I kept it fairly light, some fresh mango and a 6oz flavored yogurt, as I knew I’d be munching ALL day in the car.

My munching started with some watermelon and a 90 calorie granola bar. I packed us up with TONS of snacky items I wouldn’t feel guilty eating. Carrot sticks, celery sticks, dry cereal in baggies, granola bars, oranges, and some quaker mini delights.

Once we hit the hellish traffic in Virgina, hubby and I decided to bail from the highway and have lunch at Panera. I stuck with a you pick two, black bean soup and asian chicken salad with the dressing on the side. Oh! and the apple.

We hit the road again and not before to long I started munching again on the celery and carrots. I told you. I can literally eat non-stop while driving. I’m a bottomless pit!

After a couple of more hours we stopped again to stretch our legs and I HAD to get a McD’s cone. It’s like a road trip staple for us.

Of course we used out time out of the car to get goofy. We’ll at least little guy did. ;)

Back in the car and yet another snack

After 9 hours we decided it was time to stop. We got a room and took a nice stroll to a restaurant for dinner.

I am SERIOUSLY loving all this family time.

As for dinner…. Hubby ordered wings.

a favorite of his. I had ONE plus the celery. I have to have one. :)

Then the waitress dropped off this warm, out of the oven bread. Actually it wasn’t bread. It was more like dough balls.

I almost killed her. Again, I decided to have ONE. It was hard, REAL hard, not to have another. They were OUT OF THIS WORLD!

I ended up ordering a salad with the restaurants ‘famous’ chicken. I don’t normally get salads with fried chicken on top but I really wanted to try this ‘famous’ chicken, so I did. What I didn’t expect was this monstrosity.

Notice the dressing on the side. I always get dressing on the side. It’s a habit.

The salad was good. Too good. I couldn’t have easily eaten the whole thing but I didn’t.

Instead I tried a bite of the husband’s shrimp and had 2-3 of the tables french fries. Then I pushed the plates away.

Could I have eaten the whole thing? OMG YES! But I wasn’t eating because I was hungry. I was eating because it was in front of me. This may be the hardest thing for me. Stop eating when I’m satisfied. Simple concept I know. I’m getting better.

So day one on our vacation is a success on many levels! Little guy did awesome in the car. I feel good about my food choices without feeling deprived. We checked off about 30 states in our license plate game. AND we are 3 states closer to Disney!

I hope you had a wonderful day. I’ll hopefully post tomorrow night, but if I don’t get a chance you can check up on my food journal via @RonisFood.

Have a good one!

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    May 29, 2010

    I agree with you, it is so hard not to eat what is on your plate or in front of you. I grew up with the whole “you must eat everything on your plate” so when i am served a huge portion I must eat it. It is hard to push it to the side and say…nope i am done. That is why I love eating stuff at home so much more. I can monitor the calories and also make normal size portions for myself and family. Btw, VA traffic always blows!! Have a good and safe trip. :)


    May 29, 2010

    Good for you!!! Eating out is my weakness too. I hate “wasting” food.


    May 29, 2010

    I think the hardest thing is not eating what’s in front of you…totally true. ESPECIALLY in AMERICA…omg. The serving sizes are huge. It’s amazing when Australians come back from the states…the ALWAYS comment on how big the portion sizes are. We as humans are wired to eat what is in front of us, because biologically we don’t ‘know’ when we’ll eat again. So, overcoming that innate urge to eat everything is hard.

    In those situations I try to remind myself to look at the people and experience around me first and not just the food. I think that I, we, have been raised in a culture where the ultimate point of getting together is to eat. Whereas, other cultures…the ultimate point is the company..and food is there.

    If that makes sense? Enjoy the company and the experience and let food be there.

    I’m glad he’s doing so well in the car. And I know what you mean about munching while driving and stopping when full. I have to push the food away to stop.


    May 29, 2010

    So happy to hear about your trip south to Disney (and kinda jealous too)! My family and I drive down at least once a year, to Universal, and it’s just so fun. We even love the extremely long drive in the car (from WV). I’m sure you guys will have an excellent time, and thanks for the added commitment of food journaling for us. I’m looking forward to see how you fare food-wise in the parks. Goodness knows they don’t make it easy! Have fun!


    May 29, 2010

    This is so ironic. We are going to take almost the exact same trip in January to Disney. We are going to South Carolina in July and it will also be a long road trip. I am already planning on what to pack for “snacking” along the way. I do not want to gain weight while on vacations! I am really looking forward to seeing how you eat at Disney. If you don’t mind me asking, where are you staying while at Disney? Trying to figure out which resort to stay at, would love to know! Good luck, you are truly an inspiration to me!


    May 30, 2010

    Love love love roadtrips! Hubbend is from the East Coast and I am from the West Rockies. So we drive a lot. You’re doing great.

    I get a little tired of the only healthy options because they seem to be so repetitive. Something that really helps me is gum. And HUGE water bottles. Sounds counter-intuitive I know, but it is key to me!


    May 30, 2010

    Ah, we have Fatz here and I know what you mean about the bread! I struggle with not finishing everything in front of me too. Now I just try to remember how awful it feels to be SO full. Avoiding the alcohol and just drinking water seems to help too.


    May 30, 2010

    so jealous! we love Disney! we just went the first week of was amazing! Disney food is unlike any food you find anywhere they put like magical pixie dust sprinkles on it that makes it tastes soo good hahaha but you will be able to find some good healthy options. Have fun!!!

    and btw Gretchen: we stayed at Caribbean Beach Resort our first time staying in Disney and it was awesome..we will never stay off site again..CBR was great…quiet..pretty landscape…pools..everything you need right there!

    Krista S.

    May 30, 2010

    The pic of you and Ryan is so awesome! He is adorable and makes me laugh and you just look so fresh and cute with your new hair (loving the glasses even more with the hair short!). The eats look super tasty!


    May 31, 2010

    Was this the Fatz in Rock Hill, SC?? That’s where I live! If not, it looks just like ours (but I guess they all do look the same, lol). And yes, those dough balls are to die for. I could eat like 10, but I always have to limit myself to one (or two)! ;)


    June 1, 2010

    I love that you are playing the license plate game!!! We always make a list and do that. :) Look for the new New York plate…its ugly!!!


    June 5, 2010

    We did see it! It reminded us of the old ones from the 80s!


    June 7, 2010

    Meg – I think it was in Florence right off the highway.