What Chuck Ate Issue #3: Richmond Edition

What Chuck Ate Issue #3: Richmond Edition

The Deal

After our last vacation ordeal, we had another trip planned for the 4th of July planned to Ocean City, MD, and Wildwood, NJ. However, due to a family/personal issue we had to cancel that trip, and instead travel to Richmond, VA to be with family.

I’ll be putting a pause on blog posts for awhile as I’m not going to be able to prioritize writing. However, I did want to get this issue out before that.

I am hoping to pick things back up next month as I have a bunch of ideas beyond this series.

The good news is that since we haven’t had any luck with actually taking a vacation this year, we are going to try one last time and head to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in August.

Anyways, on to the food!

For Richmond, since we were able to pack our own groceries, my intention was to stick to “normal” as much as possible even though there would be some restaurant meals. Let’s do this!

The Setup

Pre-vacation weight: 212.9lbs.
Almost clear of the water weight gain from the last trip!

Just to recap: my maintenance somewhere near 2800 calories when I’m averaging 5-6k steps. This is usually around 3500 calories when I’m hitting 10-12k steps.

For this trip, I set an upper limit of 3000. I intended to continue to skip breakfast most of the time, eat a smaller/lighter lunch, and enjoy my dinners.

If like me, you do a bunch of back to back travel, you may want to consider some of the strategies I’m using, as multiple trips where you eat whatever in whatever quantities can start to negatively impact you, especially if you are/were as obese as I was!

Day 1 (June 28th, 2016)

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary?date=2016-06-28
Travel day!
We had about a 6-hour drive ahead of us and I drove for half of the trip. That means coffee, Diet Mt Dew and lots of coffee.

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We had a late dinner of breakfast food with the meager supplies we had, and then in order to hit a reasonable amount of calories, I had some PB2 with fiber one, greek yogurt, and some watermelon.

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Day 2 (June 29th 2016)

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary?date=2016-06-29
Our plans for the day were up in the air but we had intended to have dinner with family that lives in Richmond. For lunch, I had a protein shake and an apple. I had a helper that wanted to mix my shake up, and try it. He wasn’t a fan.

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Dinner was grilled chicken with a big salad, and then I got to try some Halo Top Ice cream (mint chocolate chip!). It’s 240 calories and 24g protein for an entire pint! I am going to need to buy some of this soon. I wish they sold it in more places around Pittsburgh than just Whole Foods!

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Because I was still short on calories, I had more PB2, Fiber One and watermelon.

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Day 3 (June 30th 2016)

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary?date=2016-06-30
We all went out for a late lunch/brunch (11am or so) to a diner for breakfast food. I opted for the peanut butter and banana stuffed french toast, bacon, apples, and some leftover pancakes.

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That held me over until dinner time, which was from a rotisserie chicken place. I had a bunch of chicken, some fries, and coleslaw. Oh, and a HORRIBLE low-calorie beer.

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Oh, and then we had a cupcake and some chocolate from a famous Richmond cupcake place. Yeah, I ate my cupcake with a fork. Because even when I’m hitting ~3000 calories, I can practice slow and mindful eating.

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Day 4 (July 1st 2016)

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary?date=2016-07-01
Travel day again! And I was driving the whole way. That meant that I needed some breakfast. I opted for 2 Sheetz Wildwest flatbreads. There was another sandwich called Protein Power, but it was more calories and less protein?

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I was driving through lunch (plus, stopping multiple times is inevitable with a 7-year-old and 5-year-old in the car!), so we stopped at Sheetz again and I grabbed some beef jerky and paired it with some cheese sticks.

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We arrived home, unpacked, put together a quick grocery list, and then went to our favorite restaurant, Eat N Park. It’s a local Pittsburgh diner chain that has great prices. Kids eat free or half price at the salad bar, so we can feed our entire family including the tip for $25!

I had two of these salads, and then we stopped by our favorite soft serve ice cream place after shopping.

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At home, I had my regular pre-bed meal of greek yogurt, frozen strawberries and blueberries, Fiber One and some sugar-free jello. This is a great example of high volume eating to make me feel super full, which helps me sleep.

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The Post-Trip Reflection

Post-trip weight: 210.3

One thing I learned is that when I’m not eating, I am not thinking about food, but when I do start to eat, I realized that I can just keep going. With intermittent fasting, this isn’t generally a problem, but despite getting the “full signal”, I have an unconscious desire to feel overly full rather than just mostly full.

I realized just how much I love breakfast food. I’d say I would eat it more often, but it generally crowds out higher volume food like more vegetables!

I also wanted to mention that I didn’t get in any workouts during this trip, despite packing a TRX system. There was some walking, and the house we rented had a pullup bar, so I did try to do 6-8 pullups every time I passed by.

Having a mix of homemade meals and restaurants was a big help in keeping my average calories to a reasonable number despite a high-calorie day. I hope to utilize this strategy in August when we head to the Outer Banks!

Calorie Summary By Day

Day Calories Over/Under
Day 1 ~2100 under
Day 2 ~2200 under
Day 3 ~3100 over
Day 4 ~2100 under
Average 2375 under

Bite Sized Tips

  • A mix of home cooked meals and restaurants while on a trip (when possible) can help to keep the average calories to a reasonable number and lessen the impact (if any) of multiple trips.
  • Check out Halo Top ice cream. It’s 240 calories per pint, with 24g protein, and it’s delicious! http://www.halotop.com/
  • Don’t drink Michelob Ultra. If you want a drink, mix up an oz of vodka or rum with a diet pop/soda. I’m still shuddering at the thought of that beer.
  • If you are ordering out, and you see a menu item with the word protein in it, it doesn’t mean that it’s the best choice automatically. There may be higher protein/lower calorie options!
  • Stop eating when you are mostly full, rather than stuffed to the gills.
  • Beef jerky is expensive, yikes. Consider making your own! http://www.threejerksjerky.com/pages/how-to-make-your-own-beef-jerky
  • High volume foods that are lower in calories can REALLY help with hunger.
  • Even if you are eating large, high-calorie meals, you can still practice slow and mindful eating. Doing so may prevent you from overeating! Listening to your body is a skill, and you might not be great at it, but this is a great time to practice!
  • If like me, you do a bunch of back to back travel, you may want to consider some of the strategies I’m using. If you need any help with that, considering working with me as your coach.