My Battle Against Travel Eating and a Lack of Motivation

This post was written by Crystal Stemberger.

I was hoping to have a huge update for you this week, but we went on a heck of a road trip the first weekend of August.  I knew eating on the road and at a Curling tournament on a diet would be tough, but I didn’t know how tough.  I also got lazy again with keeping up with my Weight Watcher Online points recently.

Our Trip

Thanks to some airline buddy passes falling through on us the morning of August 5, we were forced to drive from Houston, TX to Kansas City, MO to make it to a Curling Bonspiel (Tournament) in time for a night game.  That was more than 13 hours of driving one way and it ended up being a very interesting day.  The only food available was at gas stations and drive-throughs.  Needless to say, I did not eat well on the way up or on the way back.  Luckily, we only stopped two or three times each way, so I didn’t get the opportunity to go too crazy.

While we were actually at the event, the Kansas City Curling Club provided free food all weekend.  I took advantage.  I ate a ton of watermelon, which is great on Weight Watchers.  But I also ate quite a few free bbq pulled pork sandwiches, which is not diet food.  But they were absolutely delicious.  Where has pulled pork been my whole life?  Apparently in Kansas City…

Last Week

Once we were back from that adventure, I weighed in at 150 on the dot.  I planned to dig in and lose a little weight before this post needed to go live.  Unfortunately, I still didn’t keep up with my Weight Watchers points this past week.  I had missed eating at home though, so I did pretty well.  Nectarines and bananas have been my snack of choice and I’ve been keeping myself to just a handful of sweets each day.  I also helped my husband shelve books at his school library for about 5 hours.  Based on the sweating while there and the slight soreness the next day, shelving books is a way better work-out than neighborhood walking!  I had no idea that my husband’s job included so much manual labor.

My Last Weigh-In

Long story short, I weighed in at 148.8 last Sunday, August 14.  That is a total loss of 1.8 pounds since my last post here, but I am still 8.8 pounds from my September 25 goal.  That means I need to lose about 1.5 pounds a week from here on out.  With that in mind, I am aiming to weigh around 145-146 pounds by the time I post here again in a couple of weeks.

In order to reach that goal, I will be sure to keep track of my Weight Watcher points again.  I also have an online weight loss buddy now, and we are keeping ourselves updated daily.  An accountability partner is just a great idea for someone like me since I am motivated by others more than I can motivate myself.

My husband and I don’t have any travel plans until the very end of September, so I won’t have any excuses to slack off from that.  I do have a potluck planned for the end of August, but I will save up my weekly extra points and stay within my target for sure.  I am finally feeling motivated again.  My weight loss journey is continuing again.

How are you doing on your weight loss goals?


My Battle Against Travel Eating and a Lack of Motivation — 6 Comments

  1. I had to take a road trip to a friend’s wedding last weekend, and it is *hard* to find anything decent to eat on the road. We used the GPS to help us find a Panera for lunch on the way back, because we couldn’t face another greasy fast food place.

  2. Congrats for doing the best you could. Yay, watermelon! We’ve been eating out a bit more lately & I can’t help but notice that it put 5 pounds on me rather quickly. Back to salads! It’s so hard to eat well on the road.

    • Thanks for the congrats! Yeah, I was up to 150.4 last Sunday again, so this week I am trying to get down to 147 so I have a better update for all of you next week, lol.

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