Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Vacationing THM-Style

Sunset over the bay

I have been doing really, really well with eating the THM (Trim Healthy Momma) way 99% of the time.  It has been almost two months now and the weight it coming off slowly but surely.  As of this past Friday, I was down 16 pounds.

So when it came time to get ready for vacation this past weekend, I made up a menu that followed my eating plan.  I brought sausages and summer squash for my breakfasts (topped with a little cheese and it's my new favorite), Joseph's Pitas with lean chicken lunch meat and cheese for my lunches, and dinners were brats with veggies, tacos with low carb tortillas, and burgers without the bun and salad.

Meal planning, I did great.  All of my meals were THM friendly.  But then I made a few critical errors. I didn't plan enough snacks and I didn't bring enough food.  I had ingredients for two breakfasts, but not the third.  I had enough snacks for a few snack times, but by Sunday afternoon, I was out of THM friendly snack food but had a whole other day to go.

But my biggest error, that I definitely felt the hardest, was not making provisions for sweets.  Everyone else was indulging in ice cream (my favorite two flavors), s'mores, and cookies.  I brought nothing I could eat.  And after two days of watching others eat sweets in front of me, I caved around the campfire and ate a s'more.  I don't even really like s'mores, but I really wanted something sweet.  It was the most delicious s'more I have ever eaten.  LOL!

What I've learned from my short vacation is that when we get ready to go to the Smoky Mountains, I need to plan better.  I need to make up a menu that includes meals and snacks and sweet treats.  Will power is a beautiful thing, but it's best to have options when temptation gets strong.  I also need to come up with snack options that don't require cooking or a blender.

Next time I plan to bring along chocolaty treats, prepackaged mixes to make a muffin in a bowl (it tastes like chocolate cake), more snack foods like Wasa crackers and Laughing Cow cheese, nuts, cheese sticks, whey protein powder to mix up a quick protein shake, hummus and raw veggies, and whatever else I can think of.  I don't want to be caught unprepared again.


  1. Good job making a plan! I would have totally sabotaged myself by going off THM with the excuse of being on vacation (why do I do this??) :)

  2. Snacks are essential to me...I snack a lot. You can never have enough snacks. :-) Thanks so much for sharing these tips so that others can learn!
    Also, I live in the Great Smokey Mountains. :-) Beautiful place here.
    Thanks for linking up!!