Disneyland! Hubby and I LOVE Disneyland. Even though we live 400 miles away from Disneyland, we are annual pass holders and enjoy multiple visits to “The Happiest Place on Earth” each year.
So, when Bob announced that he had to travel to Oxnard (not terribly far away from Anaheim, the home of Disneyland) for business, we knew that we needed to add me :-), another day, and a side trip to Disneyland (he has a Companion Pass for me to fly free with him on Southwest). Tonight (Tuesday night) and most of Wednesday, we plan to visit the park.
This is a wonderful opportunity to share with you how we maintain our boundaries of eating 0 to 5. It also will hold us accountable!
The only thing more exciting to me than being in Disneyland is hubby joining me in videos for you. This is the first of at least a five video contract. LOL! Seriously, he will be providing the guy’s perspective in future videos.
Hubby is successful using Thin Within principles to release weight, having recently lost 25 pounds. While he isn’t a big fan of the spiritual/emotional element of the program, he has the “mechanics” part of it down with his own unique approach added to it. I would say he is definitely in “phase 2” of Thin Within, using information about food to make wiser choices. That means he considers nutrition and caloric density in his foods. He has never dieted a day in his life, so he doesn’t have the challenges with this that some of us have (including me!).
If you know any men who might appreciate hearing Bob’s take on this approach to weight loss and maintenance, let them know that Bob intends to be a part of the blog and the intention to continue to support Thin Within participants.
Below is a video we made of our lunch out at El Torito and how we go about doing that together. For some of you, this is old hat, but for others of you, it may be a new way of doing things, of thinking about food and eating out! I hope you enjoy! (Stay tuned for another vid or two about Disneyland!)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LExq_hWe1iY?rel=0&w=640&h=360
How about you? Do you have someone you travel with or go out to eat with who will enjoy sharing meals with you? Do you struggle at all with vacation eating? Do you get an “entitlement” mentality that says that since it is a special event you can toss out your boundaries? What do you think? Does that work for you? Or does it set you up for failure, making it more difficult to return to your boundaries after the trip or meal out is over?
Hi Heidi! Awesome Video! So nice to see you & your husband working together & putting this into practice!!! That’s awesome teamwork! Great reminder for me to keep my portions fist sized, eat what we enjoy & that we can often get 2 or 3 meals from a restaurant serving size!!! Thanks for sharing you fun vacation! Enjoy!!!
Thanks, Michelle. 🙂
Wow, great video! It was so much fun listening to the both of you give your experiences and your tips for 0 to 5 eating. I especially like how comfortable you oth are with 0 to 5 eating. I am sure Bob will be great at helping men as well understand and practice this way of living with food. Thanks again. I learned so much but mostly I was greatly encouraged!
Hi, Lisa. Thanks for the feedback. I am pretty glad that Bob is participating. I think he has a lot to offer.
Great video Heidi. Often times when (my) Bob and I go out to eat, I’ll order a small dinner salad and an appetizer in place of an entree. That generally ends up being just the right portions for a meal. I find this works especially well when traveling if you don’t have a refrigerator to bring home leftovers.
Great, Barb! Thanks for posting. Sometimes appetizers are even enough food to share. 🙂
Great job! Very good reminders of how to navigate food choices in a restaurant, particularly how important it is to be thoughtful when faced with a buffet. Wonderful tips! I particularly enjoyed Bob’s viewpoint!
There are times when we can handle a buffet ok, but probably not Mexican buffet! LOL! Thanks, Aimee. Hey, I look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
Thank you for the video – it helps to see what you and Bob are doing. I really appreciate the visualizations. It reminded me how last night I made salad with shrimp for dinner. I usually make my salad serving about the same size as my husband’s – you know, all the veggies are so healthy (I had to smile with the fajita salad comment). But last night I made his, as usual, on a plate but mine in a small bowl with lots less shrimp. So, I had a much smaller serving than normal and was perfectly satisfied and then hungry this morning!
Hi, CMK. I am so glad it is helpful. Bob cracks me up…Since I am not a salad eater it never occurred to me to think of overeating as “healthy” if we add a salad to it. LOL! I am so glad HE mentions things like that!
That was so fun – thanks for joining in, Bob! I thought your “I’m stuffed,” line was really funny. Now if I could just get my husband to split meals with me ….
LOL! I am fortunate, Barb. Not only is Bob funny, but he is more than happy to split meals out…he likes to save the money…and that is a great motivator too!
You two clearly have so much fun together. What a joy to see!!! Thanks for sharing this!!
Thanks, Mary. 🙂
Thanks for the video Heidi. Very visual and practical. And the story with the scale was just so funny!!! I am too, sometimes having tantrums over calibration issue …..these scales just won’t co-operate 🙂
My vote is to stay off the scale. LOL! So glad you found it humorous, Natalia!
This was fun to watch. My husband and I split meals when eating out quite often, he is usually the one who suggests doing so because he really isn’t that hungry and doesn’t want to be wasteful. When we do split a meal it is always enough to satisfy us both. MY problem is I want what I want when I want it…a somewhat 2 year old mentality, but after I mull it over for a few minutes I generally come around and we have fun with it just like you and Bob did. Both hubby and I have food issues, mine is just more full blown and out of control than his. That said, we are both obese, he is about 60# overweight and I am 100# overweight. This is an exciting start to a new life, thanks for all your support Heidi. Have a fun time in Disney Land. I live in Sacramento!
Hi, Lesley. Thank so much for the encouragement. Wow! You and I are neighbors! How much fun is that? Do you have a church you attend? If you decide you want to start a Thin Within group with your church, I would be more than happy to encourage and support you. 🙂 Just say the word. Thanks so much for posting.
I really enjoyed the video as well. The male perspective is good. I liked his story about the scale. I got on it about a week ago, knowing it was a bad decision, and saw I hadn’t lost anything. I know better…it’s not totally about the scale…but I got so upset and feel like this is so hard, and I do not have the time to get on here for the study with a sick husband and four kids. It’s usually at night and I am falling asleep. I think I need a book study which would be easier than watching things online (and having both toddlers grab the laptop). Should I just go through the TW book again?
This struggle IS hard. There is no doubt about it. Susan, I think you probably want to ask God what he has in mind for you. Then do what works for your schedule that you feel he is calling you to do.
Hang in there, Susan! I also have 4 kids and I remember how hard it was in those younger days. I homeschooled so they were around all the time. One of the things that would have helped me the most in those days was truth journaling – not just about food, but also about life – because so much of my eating in those days was emotional eating. Hope your husband feels better soon!