I went out of town over the weekend and had my first real test on how I would do with my eating plan, out of my normal environment. It was a huge diet fail. I didn’t just fail, I failed miserably.
I went to Dollywood in Tennessee with my daughter’s 7th grade chorus trip.
I had a plan that went awry from the very beginning. I feel like I just wasn’t strong enough to stare temptation down and win. It didn’t help that I was very new into this journey.
The first night, Friday night for dinner, we stopped at fast food. I could have chosen a salad. Did I? No, I let other people’s choices influence my own. I had gone into Wendy’s planning on ordering a salad but instead devoured a cheeseburger and fries. This was just the beginning of my ultimate demise.
We stayed in a nice hotel with a wonderful breakfast for two mornings. Let me just tell you what they had to choose from. There was an omelet maker, who would make you a fresh omelet with your choice of what to put in it. They also had scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, mini donuts, bananas, a belgium waffle maker, muffins, bagel and cream cheese, coffee, juice and a cappuccino machine.
I have to say it was one of the best breakfasts that I have had as a continental breakfast. Not good for a dieter. Oh well…….
Saturday, after our wonderful breakfast we headed out to Dollywood. We left at 9:00 in the morning and stayed until about 8:00 that night. Let me just tell you, that made for a very long, tiring day.
Right after we got there, it started sprinkling with rain and was in the 50’s, so it was cold. I was with a friend, and we ended up with about 10 kids hanging out with us all day. Two of those kids were our daughters. We were pretty surprised they stayed with us because they swore up and down they didn’t want us there.
Let me just tell you, I love roller coasters. I always have. But, being the size that I am, I have a TON of anxiety over getting on one. Unfortunately, that really put a damper on my day. Many of the newer, bigger rides do not accommodate larger people. They do have tester seats outside for you to see if you will fit in the seat. If they had one of those outside the ride, I did not go on it. I didn’t even want to try to fit in the seat just to embarrass myself and my daughter with having to get off. I am going to go back once I have lost a significant amount of weight and ride the rides that I couldn’t ride this weekend.
Now on to the food at Dollywood. Of course you can’t find a salad there. But they did have hamburgers, fries, steak and cheese sandwiches, sausage and cheese sandwiches, funnel cakes, soda, and much, much more……. My choice for lunch was not a good one. I went with the sausage and cheese sandwich. It did have peppers and onions on it. I did share a thing of fried potato slices with my friend.
By lunch time it was raining hard and we were freezing and starting to just get tired. I have to say on a positive note that we did A LOT of walking and the park was very hilly.
That evening at 6:30, at the park, was the awards ceremony for the chorus competition. I am happy to report that our school won first place in their division with a rating of superior. I was so proud of my daughter and her classmates. We waited a while inside for the bus to show up them had to wait a little longer outside in the pouring down rain to load.
We ended up getting to dinner about 9:30 that night and of course it was a pizza buffet. They had lots of different types of pizza to choose from, salad, pasta, soup, and dessert. I think we made it back to the hotel around 11:15 and we all fell into bed, exhausted to get up the next morning to leave out about 8:30.
I got home and rested for a little while but soon realize hey, it is Cinco de Mayo. We have to go out for that right? Just to put a final sword into my diet nightmare weekend we head out to our favorite mexican restaurant.
Today starts a new day and a new week. I am back on my eating plan and am thankful for the normalcy of it. I don’t miss the sick feeling when I eat too much or the stomach aches or just feeling out of control. I haven’t weighed to see how much I gained over the weekend. I am going to eat on my plan for a few days before I weigh. I am ready for some parameters with my eating. I am much happier this way!!
Have you ever been out of town and made bad choices? How did you bounce back?