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    Hi everyone quick question..

    I'm due to go on holiday next month to America now I know due to experience that I do tend to eat a lot whilst I'm there especially due to the huge portion sizes..

    I really don't know whether for the duration of the holiday I should forget about slimming world and start again once I'm back purely because I don't want to have to limit myself whilst I'm away and it will be a lot harder to measure out syns etc. I also see it as the weight I lose before holiday means that il still be lighter than I would be if I didn't start SW meaning even if I do put weight on I'm in a better position then before SW.

    I've also thought about watching what I eat more than I would have before SW but not measuring but I really don't know what to do!!

    if anyone's ever been through a similar situation or has any advice please do comment!!!

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    Hey- it's entirely up to you and how you'd feel coming back with a gain!
    It may sound a bit extreme but one of my little changes that I've made since joining was to minimise my plate size. I'm one of these people who eats whatever is one my plate- if it's there, I'll eat it! I've never been to America but I've seen enough shows to see that the portions are huge! Maybe, you could buy a plastic kids plate (generally they're smaller) and pop in your bag and when you order food, put it onto your own plate - this way you're still eating what you like, just not as much??

    I'm away at the end of the month myself and we are going all inclusive!! I really wanted to do self catering so that I could be more in control but OH surprised me for Christmas and booked a nice plush hotel and all inc. my plan (he doesn't know it yet) is to have fruit for breakfast! Salads and meat for lunch and then a bit of what I fancy in the evening with salad or veggies covering 2/3rds of plate!

    In the meantime, I'm trying desperately to get as much off as I can to allow for a gain!! Holidays are to be enjoyed in my opinion and I can cope with a gain after a week of sun, sea and cocktails!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by steph1212 View Post
    Hey- it's entirely up to you and how you'd feel coming back with a gain!
    It may sound a bit extreme but one of my little changes that I've made since joining was to minimise my plate size. I'm one of these people who eats whatever is one my plate- if it's there, I'll eat it! I've never been to America but I've seen enough shows to see that the portions are huge! Maybe, you could buy a plastic kids plate (generally they're smaller) and pop in your bag and when you order food, put it onto your own plate - this way you're still eating what you like, just not as much??

    I'm away at the end of the month myself and we are going all inclusive!! I really wanted to do self catering so that I could be more in control but OH surprised me for Christmas and booked a nice plush hotel and all inc. my plan (he doesn't know it yet) is to have fruit for breakfast! Salads and meat for lunch and then a bit of what I fancy in the evening with salad or veggies covering 2/3rds of plate!

    In the meantime, I'm trying desperately to get as much off as I can to allow for a gain!! Holidays are to be enjoyed in my opinion and I can cope with a gain after a week of sun, sea and cocktails!!
    The idea of using the kids plate is good I might use that!! I find it really hard when I'm there as a lot of the restaurants are all you can eat buffets and I think it will ruin my holiday having to turn down or think about food too much as bad as it sounds. Realistically if I lose a few pounds before I go then I won't mind putting the same amount on Aslong as I don't come back heavier I think I'd be happy knowing it was worth it!! Wow I feel sorry for you that will be tough having it all at your hotel!! That said I'm sure you'll have an amazing time and everyone's allowed to have a break and slip up so we shouldn't feel too guilty!!!

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    When I went on holiday during my first time on SW, I just completely relaxed and had what I fancied. I'd put on 9lbs when I came back and I was a bit gutted to be honest, and found it really hard to get back into it at home. I did lose about 5lbs of that on my first week back on plan but really struggled from there and soon after I was on and off plan a lot which led to me creeping back up.

    It's completely up to you and how you think you would deal with a gain/getting back on plan I suppose. I like the idea of the child's plate above. If you can't limit your calories then limit your portion size. I know however that that's much easier said that done when you're actually there and all that yummy food is staring at you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chipmunk89 View Post
    When I went on holiday during my first time on SW, I just completely relaxed and had what I fancied. I'd put on 9lbs when I came back and I was a bit gutted to be honest, and found it really hard to get back into it at home. I did lose about 5lbs of that on my first week back on plan but really struggled from there and soon after I was on and off plan a lot which led to me creeping back up.

    It's completely up to you and how you think you would deal with a gain/getting back on plan I suppose. I like the idea of the child's plate above. If you can't limit your calories then limit your portion size. I know however that that's much easier said that done when you're actually there and all that yummy food is staring at you!
    Aww I'm really sorry to hear that!! That's what I dread if I don't watch what I eat!! The thing is I've been looking forward to it for so long that the thought of being on SW whilst I'm there really puts a downer on it for me!! The thing is we will be walking miles pretty much every day so I'm hoping that will keep the pounds off and they have a free 24 hour gym which I know my boyfriend will use so I think il try and use that.. Notice I said try there ahhaha

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    Haha, I suppose you'll just have to see what happens. See how you feel once your there. The worst that happens is that you put a few lbs on but if you're determined and really do want to get the weight off you will I'm sure have little trouble losing it once you come back
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    It really is entirely up to you. I tend to find that when I think "Im going completely off plan" I do actually still have a little voice in my head saying eat your veg first, dont eat so many chips, dont go mad for white bread.

    If youre going for an all you can eat buffet that should be really easy to stick to SW, take the fat and skin off any meat you eat and load up on the jacket potatoes/rice/salad/veggies/pasta. Fill up on fruit before cake!

    Maybe write down why losing weight is important to you before you go. This might make up your mind for you. Take it with you and then you can remind yourself of how you feel when you're at home living your normal life.

    I would never go totally off plan for an extended period of time, personally I think I would find it too hard to get back on it and would also think well Ive just wasted all that money, time and effort for what? food that now makes me ill when I couldve easily chosen healthy, filling food. Its a no brainer for me.x.x.x.
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    We've been to Florida since starting SW, it's not easy I must admit, the portions are huge & everything, even the veggies, are sweetened!!!! For us as a family we tended to go to Golden Corale buffet place, it suited us all, that way I could chose SWish friendly foods & I did treat myself to puddings, but I only went up once & didn't pile my plate high.

    And the end of the day it's your choice, ask yourself what you would be happy gaining, say you lose 10lb before you go on holiday, come back & have gained 10lb, how are you going to feel? Happy 'cause if you'd not done SW it would be worse, or sad you've just ruined all your hard work & determination?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Holidays View Post
    We've been to Florida since starting SW, it's not easy I must admit, the portions are huge & everything, even the veggies, are sweetened!!!! For us as a family we tended to go to Golden Corale buffet place, it suited us all, that way I could chose SWish friendly foods & I did treat myself to puddings, but I only went up once & didn't pile my plate high.

    And the end of the day it's your choice, ask yourself what you would be happy gaining, say you lose 10lb before you go on holiday, come back & have gained 10lb, how are you going to feel? Happy 'cause if you'd not done SW it would be worse, or sad you've just ruined all your hard work & determination?
    See Golden Coral and places like that are the places I'm thinking of! Because of walking around the parks I'm hoping that I would burn a lot off and it don't think my portions would be much bigger than what I have at home it's just the amount if calories that is worrying!! Tbh I started slimming world to lose weight so I could look better and feel more confrident for my holiday so if I lose weight in time I see that as a big achievement, I know I would be disappointed coming back having gained it again but I think I would be more disappointed if I let it ruin my holiday, I guess it's a case of when I get there I will see!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by abisaurus View Post
    It really is entirely up to you. I tend to find that when I think "Im going completely off plan" I do actually still have a little voice in my head saying eat your veg first, dont eat so many chips, dont go mad for white bread.

    If youre going for an all you can eat buffet that should be really easy to stick to SW, take the fat and skin off any meat you eat and load up on the jacket potatoes/rice/salad/veggies/pasta. Fill up on fruit before cake!

    Maybe write down why losing weight is important to you before you go. This might make up your mind for you. Take it with you and then you can remind yourself of how you feel when you're at home living your normal life.

    I would never go totally off plan for an extended period of time, personally I think I would find it too hard to get back on it and would also think well Ive just wasted all that money, time and effort for what? food that now makes me ill when I couldve easily chosen healthy, filling food. Its a no brainer for me.x.x.x.
    See because I am very fussy going to America is good for me but bad for my diet as I like everything they eat as it's all bad haha!!! Unfortunate I would not have a little voice in my head as I would happily not eat veg the whole time! I guess it's just something I will have to wait and see to find out!! Thanks for your advice though!!!

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    I went to Florida a few years back after loosing over 4 stone on Rosemary Conley,and whilst I was there I ate what I wanted,and after all the walking around Disneyland I did,when I got back I had only put on 3 lbs !
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    First post here, but I think the problem us bigger folk have is we can't do things by moderation. Why not give yourself a day or two where you just have a huge blowout and then stop? Not all Americans are obese; a lot of them eat the right things. You can eat the right things too, why sabotage all your hard work so far? Compromise and eat badly on a couple of days and good on the rest?

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    Just try not to leave out the fruit and veggies. Florida is famous for its oranges so why not sample a few (a day haha) they come in their own skin so you know they wont be sweetened or anything. Its everything in moderation, so have, say, burger and chips but have a salad on the side and snack on fruit. Remember your SF will give you more energy for all the walking around too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by abisaurus View Post
    Just try not to leave out the fruit and veggies. Florida is famous for its oranges so why not sample a few (a day haha) they come in their own skin so you know they wont be sweetened or anything. Its everything in moderation, so have, say, burger and chips but have a salad on the side and snack on fruit. Remember your SF will give you more energy for all the walking around too!

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    That's perfect, I think we forget sometimes that it is possible to eat burgers or whatever & still have superfree, making a meal not totally off plan.

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    I think you'll probably find you can'[t eat like you used it. We went away last year to an all inclusive hotel, and were so excited about having a few weeks off after 18 months of almost constantly being on plan. First meal we had we were both full after 1/2 a plate! I gained 2lbs in the time we were away, and I reckon most fo that was due to plane food and booze!

    The key thing with the US is that whilst you can eat huge portions of unhealthy food, you also have massive options, especially in Florida where fruit and vegetables are so cheap! Just try to stay away from bread - I swear they add sugar to it or something!

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