Thin Within Travel Tips (From Bob)

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My husband works for Union Pacific Railroad. What that means is he travels a LOT. The railroad goes all over the country–so does he. πŸ™‚

Last week, his travels took him to the home of wonderful southwestern and Mexican food – Santa Fe, New Mexico.

In this video, Bob shares his strategies for managing this trip in spite of having very little flexibility for the timing of his meals and what he would be served.

Questions to Consider:

1. Bob clearly is willing to say no to himself in spite of claiming to still have an incessant love for large quantities of food. Are you still battling willingness? Or are you seeing even an incremental movement forward in your life–where you are a bit more willing than you were yesterday, a week ago, or a month ago? CELEBRATE the movement forward! WOOT!

2. Consider an upcoming vacation, trip, or even a meal out. What plan can you come up with so that you can maintain your primary boundary of eating 0 to 5?

3. Sit with the Lord a bit and ask him to give you a truth that you might add to your truth cards related to conferences, traveling, eating out.

4. What is one strategy that Bob uses that you might be able to use?

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10 Responses to Thin Within Travel Tips (From Bob)

  1. Michelle July 24, 2013 at 4:52 am #

    Hi Heidi!
    Thanks for sharing the video & Bob’s perspective! It was a fun one to watch!

    I love the reminder to be very mindful before the situations in our lives. I can relate to that and often I forget to do that. I also agree with the appetizer choice when dining out. I’ve done that before & surprised myself when I was satisfied with that amount of food!

    Great reinforcement & thank you both again for sharing!!!

    • Heidi Bylsma July 29, 2013 at 8:56 am #

      Hi, Michelle. Thanks for your kind words. I learned a few things from him myself!

  2. Carrie July 24, 2013 at 5:25 am #

    Love it when Bob shares – thanks! This is great timing for me. I am headed away for the weekend with several other couples. There are several meals at restaurants planned – two of which are buffets I believe. I need to give some thought to planning. Of the top of my head I think I’ll bring some nuts to just shave off hunger. When I eat out breakfast I usually am not hungry at lunchtime, but do get hungry before dinner. but in order to have an appetite for dinner, i can’t eat much after 3:00. So nuts should hold me over between meals. I may also bring a breakfast bar that I like. I’m thinking also that my husband may share a meal for breakfast or lunch. I’m not sure of our schedule and all of the meals, so I will remain flexible but also intentional and aware.
    Oh and I will only choose what looks really good at the buffet and no seconds. I don’t want the yucky overstuffed feeling.

    • Heidi Bylsma July 29, 2013 at 8:57 am #

      I am so glad, Carrie. I love it when he shares, too. He has a way of cutting to the chase, doesn’t he? I hope you had a GREAT weekend. πŸ˜€

  3. sara July 24, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Bob is NUTS!!! LOL!! He offers a lot of great advice! Ordering appetizers as an entree is an excellent idea. Always get a “to go” box when dining at a restaurant to take 1/2 home, if you don’t have anyone with whom you can share your meal. Order from the kids menu – I usually have to do this from the drive through rather than at a sit down meal.

    Carrie, buffets and church dinners have been my hardest! Getting small quantities of items you like best and not eating it all has worked for me……except that time we had “crack” potatoes! Oh my goodness! They were so addicting, I could have eaten the entire 9×13 pan, but I didn’t! I did give in to a small portions of seconds on that, but didn’t eat all the food on my plate in order to do it! πŸ™‚

    • Heidi Bylsma July 29, 2013 at 8:58 am #

      Hi, Sara. Yes, he is nuts. I think it is from being married to me for almost 29 years that has done it to him, though. LOL!

  4. Christina July 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    You two are so cute!

    I like what Bob says about having a strategy. I find that if I mentally plan how I want a meal to go then its much easier for me to stop at 5.

    • Heidi Bylsma July 29, 2013 at 9:00 am #

      Thanks, Christina. Yes, I learned a lot from him when he shared about his strategy! I especially hadn’t thought about having something familiar in those settings…something that we know we won’t overeat that we know sustains us predictably in modest amounts and that sort of will “recalibrate” us. I love that.

  5. Joan E. Rudloff July 27, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    Your husband is such a nutball!!!
    But how priceless is it to have him walking this journey with you!!
    And he always has great insights.
    thanks Bob! You rock!!!!!

    • Heidi Bylsma July 29, 2013 at 9:00 am #

      LOL. Yes, my insanity has rubbed off on him. I am glad his support has shifted to actually participating like this. Thanks for your kind words. I passed them on to him. πŸ™‚

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