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Day 108: Calorie Counting & How It May Impact Upcoming Travels

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Day 108: Mmm... calorie-filled pasta.

Day 108: Mmm... calorie-filled pasta.

I’m never really one to count calories when trying to control my weight. Instead, I’d rather hit up a bit more exercise to counteract the bad that I often put in my body, especially when I travel, but as of lately, I’ve gotten into a slump. With working from home and recent ankle/foot issues, I’ve been extra sedentary, and it shows. Ew.

So, I joined a calorie counting site where you keep a food and exercise diary to those trying to lose weight, and I’m getting a rude awakening to what it takes food-wise to slim down. I’d so rather exercise heaps and actually eat a filling meal than feel like I’m suffering throughout the day. C’mon feet, get better!

And that brings me to my upcoming travels (only 16 days ’til Malaysia) where food plays a huge part. No matter how much walking I do abroad, I ALWAYS gain weight because I just hate feeling held back. I love eating out, I love trying new foods and I love having a cocktail or two in the middle.

In other words: Diet, you lose.

Some people may say that it is easy to just watch what you eat, but I disagree when it comes to traveling (and especially traveling with my boyfriend’s family). I’m going to be bombarded with roti and noodles and chicken rice and condensed milk drinks and the fabulous onde onde filled with gula melaka. YUM.

Oh, and let’s not even get started on the amount of tacos I’m going to be downing while traveling in the USA.

I’m getting fat just writing about it.

So, I don’t know if I’m kidding myself by starting this calorie counting business a little over 2 weeks before heading off. I have a feeling it will either make me feel guilty for not following through, or it will just give me the leeway to put on a few extra pounds (the ones I’m hoping to lose before leaving).

Oh calories, food and travel… you are a tumultuous trio.

How do you handle keeping your weight under control when traveling?

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17 Responses to Day 108: Calorie Counting & How It May Impact Upcoming Travels

  1. Lauren April 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    I feel you on this — when I went home and to the Caribbean for over two weeks in November, I came back 10 lbs. heavier. It took a few months to work it off.

    Things I’ve done since then that you can maybe try on your trip are eat veggo more and only have carbs two days a week. You may actually find you get fuller easier back in the States — you forget how big those portions are! Plus, you may be so full from a big meal out, that you eat two meals in a day instead of three. And just walk whenever and wherever you can if your ankles can take it. You’re at an advantage since the weather should be warm.

    By the way, you still look slim to me, so don’t beat yourself up too much 🙂

    • Brooke April 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

      Well thanks, Lauren 🙂 But the person you see is not the person I should be, ya know?

      I used to also be fine with skipping a meal, but ever since my stomach issues (ulcerations in esophagus) in ’09, I’ve vowed to never skip a meal again and always make sure there is food in my stomach to even out the acid. At that time I think I was skipping 1, sometimes 2, meals a day. Plus, it makes me moody.

      So, I’ll have to look into more veggie, less carb, food avenues to make this work until my feed stop hurting. ay yai yai

  2. Cailin April 19, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    I suck at both calorie counting and exercise! haha
    however I would choose the counting over the exercise any day 🙂
    One problem about trying to calorie count while on the road is being able to I read the packaging (is it in english) but also understanding how different places measure different things ie what the heck is a kilojoule?
    I always think I eat well on trips and know that I’m walking more and burning more calories than I do when I’m at home but somehow I always gain when i travel! boo 🙁
    just waiting for that next pay cheque to get my lipo done 😉

    • Brooke April 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

      That’s a good point about not being about to read the labels! I’m still perplexed by the Aussie use of the kilojoule… I mean seriously, some packs have calories and some kj – they need to decide on a steady system 😉

  3. Megan April 20, 2011 at 3:20 am #

    I totally gained weight in India, despite everyone telling me I’d lose weight. I hear, ya.

    So, besides tacos what are you interested in getting in Chicago? I know an awesome heavy metal burger place and you have to get a Chicago dog. There’s a great hot dog place called Hot Doug’s fairly close to my place. They have Chicago dogs but also special dogs made from chicken, game meat and lots of deliciousness.

    • Brooke April 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

      Yes, and yes! Burgers, a Chicago dog and maybe a stop at Giordano’s, but that could be pushing it 😉 This is not just for me, though. It’s also to introduce my Aussie bf to Chicago food (good excuse I say to eat heaps).

  4. Alisha April 20, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    Once you get out on the road and all of the walking I can see all the calories just floating away. 🙂 But, yes you will have to prepare for an annoying amount of Tacos in the US especially in the south! Happy Travels

    • Brooke April 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

      Haha, thanks for the well-wishes, but my stomach is bigger than it should be 😉 Walking doesn’t do it on its own *sigh*

  5. Luna April 19, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    I don’t think there’s any advice I can give you about avoiding tacos. I’m sorry, they’re just a necessity! (Today is taco Tuesday at my favorite bar!!!)

    I definitely give in and eat what I want, I just try not to eat as much of it. I think it helps if I’m talking to people while I eat, because then I eat slower and I feel full quicker than if I’m scarfing. But, I’ve never been on a trip longer than three weeks, and that was in Japan where the food isn’t terrible caloric and I walked everywhere.

    Good luck, and happy tacos 🙂

  6. Tim Van Autreve April 21, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Don’t forget about Avanti’s.

    • Anissa Adas April 22, 2011 at 6:26 am #

      AHHH calorie counting and traveling…a horrible but sometimes necessary combination. I often find myself engaging in a lot more physical activities while traveling, but this is usually canceled out by my increase in eating. I totally agree with exercising more to compensate though. Food is such an important part of culture and traveling that I’d rather work it off then sacrifice the experience!

      An early morning run through the city of Chicago would make me feel much less guilty about indulging in a delicious deep dish pizza :).

    • Brooke April 24, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

      I will NOT be forgetting about Avanti’s. Sweet, sweet, sweet Avanti’s… I need to bring them to Aus.

  7. Vanessa April 22, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    I feel you on the ankle injury – that’s stopped my entire Easter break plans now. But generally I find that on holiday I walk. And walk. And walk. That seems to counter all the bad stuff!

  8. ayngelina April 22, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    For the first year the walking all day pretty much counteracted the immense amount of food I was eating but then I hit Argentina and all the steak and I’m sure I’ve gained weight. I have indulged for a week and a half, I’ve given myself half a week more and then I need some salad days and some yoga.

  9. bethany April 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    well maybe the calorie counting is good now because i’m sure it will help you for the future when you are eating in Malaysia. I wouldn’t try to worry about it there – it’s family so you just have to eat, eat & eat more.

    I have two tips that work for me – 1 is walking everywhere. I ate a lot of bread & cheese in europe and walked everywhere and lost weight as a result. The other one which won’t help you in this situation is wwoofing.

    Seriously I lost 10 lbs in 2 weeks while eating the most amazing and ridiculous amounts of homemade Italian food. And I drank a TON of wine. I never held back and still lost 10 lbs. With my thyroid issues it is SO hard to lose weight and I was beyond thrilled. I couldn’t believe it. I am actually considering doing 2-3 months straight of wwoofing just so I can lose all the weight I want to shed. Something about 8+ hours of manual labor a day works for me and it was fun. WAY more fun that exercising & dieting. For me, I think I’ve found a perfect solution. I highly recommend it. My clothes that were tight when I started the trip were literally falling off of me after 2 weeks on the farm. Perfect travel weight solution.

  10. Annie April 28, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    I’m so with you on this! I love eating out and trying new things and drinking when I travel! At home I just get lazy and either eat more or don’t exercise so there lies the problem.

    We’re heading to the US for the summer and I keep thinking about all the places that I want to show to the BF to eat and I still have my little extra Italy weight I’ve gained in these last few months! Ahh!

    Good luck Brooke, you’ll be just fine!

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