I was really stressing out about if I was going to be able to stick to Medifast while on this mini-vacation. Guess what? Day one was a success!
I had four of my MF meals before dinner. I had a shake for breakfast before I left, a bag of puffs on the ride to Chattanooga, and a bar at Rock City while my kids had lunch. It was EASY to turn down lunch since it was majorly overpriced! And it was "kid" food and not that appealing anyway. After we got back to the hotel, I blended a shake with the mini-blender I bought last week (love it!).
I sat and looked at some online menus to see which restaurants had good options, but ended up eating at Cracker Barrel because it was right across the street from the hotel. We just WALKED over. Cracker Barrel has a low-carb menu, so I ordered from that, trying to make choices that would also be low in fat and calories. I chose the grilled chicken salad, explaining that I didn't want the chicken cooked in oil or butter. I got fat-free ranch dressing on the side. I also skipped the shredded cheese and opted to go with the 1-oz. of Colby they serve on the side. They also serve a boiled egg on the side, which is good because I estimated the chicken to be about 3-4 oz., which would not have been enough protein.
I squeezed out 1 tbs of the dressing on a plate and dipped. I also had to pick out the croutons that weren't supposed to be on there. It wasn't even that hard, considering I LOVE croutons. I didn't even blink when I cut up my baby's pancake. In the old days, I could devour 3 - 4 of those pancakes!
Overall, I am very proud of myself and my choices. I think I was able to get very close to the Lean and Green guidelines. I logged everything and I am also going to be within my calorie limits for the day. The only "off" thing was my eating schedule... I had a shake at 4:30 and we had dinner at around 6:15-6:30, which is closer than it needs to be. But my water intake was good (116 oz), and I walked for over 3 hours today while sight seeing at Rock City (which was awesome!). I am claiming victory! Let's hope I can repeat this resolve tomorrow...
I have decided to got to Florida with the kids. They are desperate to see their father, so I don't see why I shouldn't take them. With that said, it looks like I will be taking this diet on the road for longer than I anticipated. I am staying positive, and I REALLY think I can do this!