You Know You’re Committed – Diet Day 18

Sometimes you start a tradition and do not really think through the implications of what it may mean down the road. When our oldest daughter graduated from high school we wanted to reward he by taking a family trip. At the time it seemed like a great way to recognize this accomplishment in her life.

We decided to allow her to select where we would go on the trip. Without hesitation she exclaimed, “Walt Disney World!” Well who are we to argue with a trip to see Mickey Mouse and friends? Plans were made and we made the trip.

When our second daughter became a senior she immediately began asking if she too would get a “senior trip”. We agreed and before my head even stopped nodding she had already decided that she too wanted to go to Walt Disney World.

Now with our youngest daughter entering her final semester of high school thoughts are beginning to turn to graduation but even more importantly to that ritual that has become the “senior trip”. I broached the subject today and although I already knew the answer to the question I had to ask, where did she want to go for her trip? As expected the answer was Walt Disney World.

I gave my approval and almost immediately the plans began to be made. Where would we stay, how long would the trip be, who would be available to go, and was dad going to pick up all the expenses (I thought that last part was a valid question but everyone stared at me like I was from another planet; of course dad would be paying).

It was interesting though. When the decision was being made that we would indeed go, each of the kids had the very same question and approached me individually to ask. “What are you going to do about your diet?”

I thought that was an interesting question. Rather than assuming that I would just blow the diet and have fun on vacation they have begun to realize that learning a healthy lifestyle is important and they wanted to make sure that my needs would be taken care of.

With the progress I have made in just the first two weeks I plan to go the distance until I reach my desired weight. If progress goes as planned, I should hit my target approximately mid-March. This would give me eight weeks to transition from the regimented eating plan I am currently on to one I will manage myself watching caloric intake, food choices, and portion sizing.

The goal will be to be in full weight maintenance mode by the time we go to Orlando. And maybe for the first time in a very long time I won’t mind being in front of the camera having pictures taken while on vacation rather than hiding behind the lens just so I don’t have to be reminded that I had let my weight get somewhat out of control.

Yeah, I think it is safe to assume that this transformation is working and that I am seeing lifestyle changes that I plan to adhere to for the rest of my life. So while I may eat a frozen Mickey ice cream bar during our trip I anticipate have a lot more vegetables and fruits than on past vacations and to be honest I am looking forward to that.

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