Can you travel and be skinny?

Insight into the mind of successful Skinny Coach program followers. Lots of people travel, it is part of life. I have traveled for 20 years following plan perfectly and so have many others. Before you travel you might think it is impossible but Shane details his traveling experience, which was not easy, and how he managed to stay perfectly on plan.

A trip to Disneyworld in Orlando had been planned for months. Driving there was our choice. 2 days would be the time to arrive at our destination, stopping in Pensacola on our first day.

I had started my new diet with my Skinny Coach just short of a month prior to our trip. I knew I needed to do some major league planning to stick to my plan. We decided to purchase a big Yeti cooler, which was an early Father’s Day present. That was the smartest thing we did for the trip.

A few days before leaving, I made several days of meals that included all of my foods in one meal (ground turkey, brown rice & black beans, tomatoes, onions, & carrots – sort of chili). Carrots, celery, apples, tuna in packets, precooked brown rice, plain Greek yogurt, cottage cheese & Mary Gone Crackers were all stocked up for the next few days. I knew that as long as I had the appropriate food available I would be fine.

The 2 days driving there was rather easy. I had even premade some pancakes for the 1st day breakfast, since I needed something easy to eat in the car that I didn’t need to heat up, like some scrambled eggs. Of course, my pancakes are only made of eggs, banana, & cinnamon, perfect part of my breakfast. Even with my wife & kids stopping for lunch at a deli, I stuck to my premade meal & had some unsweetened iced green tea, as they ate.

A hotel suite that included a kitchen (including stove, microwave, frig/freezer) was a priority for us while in Orlando. I found a grocery store & stocked up on plenty of appropriate foods for the 2nd phase of our trip & the road trip back home. I made some hamburgers & quinoa. This along with some cucumbers, carrots, & tomatoes filled out my meals. Some frozen blueberries added to yogurt completed my nighttime snacks. As I continued to think ahead, I was confident I would stay with my plan even with junk food at every turn of Disney. You could not hide your eyes from someone eating ice cream, drinking soda or an icee. After being on the plan for a month, I did not feel tempted by these fattening foods. The amount of foods in my meals on this plan have always kept me satisfied. I never skip meals because I know this may cause some undesirable cravings to appear.

One day at Disney, my wife & kids decided they wanted to stay late for the fireworks. We had previously chose the day after to stay late. I was not as prepared with food in my backpack for this occasion. For the next several hours as we walked around from ride to ride, I analyzed the restaurants in Disney to find something appropriate for my dinner. Luckily, I found a place that served some fajitas, black beans, & had a self-serve section with fresh pico de gallo. I loaded up 2 cups of the pico to satisfy my vegetables. This was the mostly stressful time on my vacation, but I endured. This taught me a lesson about planning for the unexpected.

Since I premade some meals, the road trip home was seamless. I ate mainly out of our cooler.

I looked at my experience of being around so much sugar & flour as a way to continually strengthen my nervous system away from
any pull toward sugar. I purposefully have been putting myself in situations where I am exposed to many possible food triggers. I knew I cannot live my life in a bubble.

Shane Howell

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