Like a newly licensed teenager driving across the country


My vacation opportunity which I believe I will decline at this time…..

A friend of mine is getting a divorce after 30 years of being with the same man, and she’s found a meetup group of ladies who travel. They are planning to go to Mexico for an all-inclusive vacation at a resort.

While I normally would be all in for this, I feel I just won’t be ready by April to do a trip such as this. I may not even be to my goal weight and would then plan to phase off the right way to go on the vacation. As I’ve seen with my own slips in the past 6 weeks, it’s just that much harder to get back on the bike each time. 

And, if I even am at my goal weight (or one I could be satisfied with as my “finish line”), I feel I won’t have my maintenance groove yet. The analogy I came up with is when a kid is 16 and gets their driver’s license. Does a parent say “sure, go ahead and drive from New York to California on your own, even though you just got your license 2 weeks ago”, or does a parent say “would you please drive to the local post office and pick up some stamps for the family?”. I think it’s the post office.

I feel that given my current concern of being watchful for food addiction I need to drive to the post office for a few weeks, and then maybe to 2 towns over, and then after a few months drive to the next state or two before I plan a cross-country drive. I see a cross-country drive 6 months to a year after I’ve been on maintenance.

I realize this is a personal choice, and many of you will think I’m being overly cautious….that I could monitor myself even at an all-inclusive resort…..but I just don’t know if I can yet. I’m not a binge drinker, but I would indulge in 2-3 alcohol beverages a day on a vacation like that….and I would eat 3 meals and snacks. I just don’t know if I would be ready in 2 months from now for something with that much temptation.

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