Category: Travel



As you all know this month has been designated as “No Restaurant September.”

  • Even though I spent the day in Lexington this past Saturday.
  • And I graduate on September 20th.
  • And I’m going out of town for a mud run on the 26th.

We took all of these events into consideration and decided that we were going to stick to the challenge even though it was going to be a little…


My friend and I had lunch at Whole Foods on Saturday.  We’re cooking tacos for all the family and friends that are coming over for the graduation celebration.  We’re only going to be in Frankfort for one night for the Capitol City River Dash, so we can definitely bring something with us.

So it was all perfectly planned out and we were prepared to say adios to dining out for another month.

The operative word in that sentence is “was.”

Fast forward to last Friday when I was informed that I would be taking my first ever business trip.

To Philadelphia.

For three days.

At first, we opted to just try again next month, but after a bit of thought I decided that I wanted to go ahead and try to get through it without eating at a restaurant.  We already had to cancel the challenge last month when Cliff had to go to Dallas for a week, so I didn’t want to put it off anymore.

So…go big or go home?

I decided to reach out to my new friends over at the From Fat to Finish Line Facebook group for some suggestions on how to refrain from eating out while on my trip. I got some terrific feedback!

“Buy a slow cooker n throw food in it in the morning n it’ll be ready in the evening”

We always pack our breakfast when we go out of town. I usually make a couple loaves of banana bread. I also get bread and peanut butter and jelly for lunch. Put it in a shoe box, then your suitcase. The bread should not get smushed.”

1. Bring a few things. Make some homemade granola bars before you go and wrap individually for breakfast/snack. Could also pack protein bars and individual baddies of protein powder. 
2. Shop when you get there. Fruit basket, celery & bleu cheese, a 
bag of lettuce, tuna in h2o, unsweetened vanilla almond milk (for the protein powder) and remember the paper plates & forks. The hotel should have a fridge in the room or one you can use if you ask.”

**My favorite was the crockpot idea!  How have I never thought to do something like that while I’m traveling?  I won’t be using that specific suggestion this time around, but I definitely will be using it in the future.

Luckily, my hotel room does come with a microwave and a fridge and I am only half a mile from Whole Foods.  I’m going to take a few snacks to have on hand in case the flight gets delayed and then I’m going to hit up the market as soon as I get settled.  I’m going to take my awesome new Whole Foods tote so I can carry my lunch with me each day (it’s insulated, has a zip closure, and tons of room).  It’s the perfect bag to take since it will fold out flat in my carry-on.


This will definitely be a tricky challenge to pull off.  At first I was worried about how to approach the invites to business lunches/dinners.   In the end I decided to just be honest with them.

I hate to say “What’s the worst that could happen?” but…

What’s the worst that could happen?

I highly doubt that anyone is going to argue with, “My husband and I have lost over 400 pounds and we still have a long way to go.  On our journey, we try to challenge ourselves as much as possible, and I just happened to visit during one of our more difficult tests.  Please don’t be offended if I decline, it’s nothing personal.” 

Maybe it will even inspire someone there that’s struggling with weight loss or just wants to save money by not eating out as often.  Who knows?  Either way, I refuse to give up before I even try to get through it.  If something happens and I just have to go out to eat, then that’s ok, but I’m not going to quit the challenge before I even get there.

I’ll be sure to post updates as I go.

This also means that Weigh-In Wednesday will now become Weigh-In Friday and Travel Tip Tuesday will probably be less about hiking and more about how to get by without restaurant food in the city that’s home to one of your favorite foods.

Philly Cheesesteaks.


Spoiler alertI will make it by not venturing out of the hotel for anything other than groceries, work, and running.


Travel Tip Tuesday

{This is going to be the shortest post ever.  Electing to be the project manager for our group project in class is taking up quite a bit of my time.}

I’m amazed at how many people weren’t aware of renting apartments/condos/houses on vacation.

So my tip today is for anyone going on vacation for more than 3-5 days.

For the love of Pete,  check (Vacation Rental by Owner) before paying through the nose for a hotel room.

Check out my series about our trip to Seattle to find out more about our most recent experience with renting an apartment versus staying in a hotel.  Not only is it more economical (most of the time) it’s also FAR more comfortable.

Tomorrow is the big day.  Fingers and toes crossed!

Travel Tip Tuesday

On every road trip there’s that one person that keeps every ticket stub, city map, and restaurant menu.

I am that person.

So, today’s tip is geared more towards the crafty traveler that wants to keep up with their precious little treasures along the way.

I mean, everyone has the intention of making a scrapbook when they get home from a great vacation.


Moving on…

Last year we took a family vacation down the southern coast.


Since I knew we were going to constantly be on the road, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to keep up with all the mementos that I would, inevitably, pick up along the way.  I also knew that there would be some downtime during the trip, so I thought it would be neat to make the pages as I went.  Luckily,  I came across the perfect case that held all of my supplies and had plenty of room left over for souvenirs

8.5.14 - 2I love Smash Books!  They’re so much fun because they force me to not be so organized with my pages.  At the end of it, nothing really matches but somehow goes together perfectly.

8.5.14 - 3At the first chance I had, I sat down and started piecing together parts of our trip as we went.  Above you can see where we visited the Atlanta Botanical Garden, little notes about what happened, and tickets to the park.  Not every page is laid out this way, but you get the idea.

I will definitely take the case again on our next road trip.  I’m not sure how well it would work out on a flight, since it’s pretty good size, but it’s easy to carry with you in the car.  Hopefully we’ll have a chance to visit the beach with the fur babies this winter.  What a crazy fun album that would make!

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