June, July, and August are traveling months. Vacations to the beach. We just finished a week in St. Augustine. Trips are hard on the diet. I can say that from experience and will be the first to say I’m not always good at sticking to the plan.
Inhibitions are low; after all, we are on a vacation and won’t get back here for another year. How do we get past the temptation obstacle? I won’t say it’s easy to get around this tall impediment. With every temptation, there is a way of escape if you look for it.
First, you have to ask, do you want to escape? If you just are not going to resist, then choose the better options. Maybe you can split a salad or choose the small steak. I have found that after several days of salads, the desire to eat a hamburger gets stronger and stronger. You have to walk extra or really decide to opt out for the high calories stuff. We chose not to eat a pastry at a coffee shop we visited. It’s hard.
Second, avoid temptation. Don’t go to a place where you will be tempted. Charlene will tell me, you don’t need that pecan log. We have found a couple Peanut Shops on our trips. One was in Williamsburg and the other in Savannah. They have samples sitting out. Step away from the peanuts Jack. We go in and take a sample, two, or three. We didn’t buy a big can of chocolate covered peanuts. We just sampled some. We should have stayed out, but we couldn’t or wouldn’t is more like the case. In fact, in Williamsburg we went in every time we were in the area. I’m a sucker for free samples.
Temptation. If you can’t avoid it, deal with it. I’m working on that part. Temptation begins when one of your senses pick up a trigger. I see cookies. Like the Sesame Street cookie monster, we might say “Me want cookie!”, “Me eat cookie!” Yes, we want the cookie. There is the point of temptation. We only have two choices—yes or no. It’s not a clear choice because I’m convinced if we always say no, then eventually we will blow up. On our latest trip, we divided a cookie. Maybe that would work it into the daily calorie count. Probably a no would be best most of the time.
Temptations will present themselves. As my inner self says, “deal with it Jack.”