Yes. I realize that this is common sense. However, in my defense, the man sprung the weekend jaunt on me out of the blue. Had I known sooner than three days before departure that I would be departing, I wouldn’t have embarked on a new cycle of Whole 30 on March 1st, as I mentioned before.
Our older daughters, however, had planned their opposite direction trip weeks in advance, and one of them still decided to join me on my Whole 30 for solidarity’s sake. Like her momma, she had a hard time sticking to the rules.Of course, after two meals of noncompliance, you simply toss the whole thing and enjoy your vacation. It’s too hard to stick to the rules, especially when you have no idea what’s in the food you eat at restaurants.
The rules are very strict by design. The idea is that you feel so good as you go through the program you have no desire to return to your regular way of eating. It works because I generally avoid a large portion of the “bad”, restricted foods in my daily life. Still haven’t quite worked out how to stay the course when besieged by stress or sadness.
So the lesson, which is more of a reminder than anything I didn’t know (although I didn;t really need to know it until later in life), is this:
Don’t start a strict diet while you’re on vacation.
When you get home, however, jump back on the bandwagon. If you need motivation to get back on track, just take a look at the vacation pictures. And thank heavens if you have a guy whose wife goggles are so thick he loves taking pictures of you even while you look like this.