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post #601 of 604 (permalink) Old 11-21-2014, 01:11 AM
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Travel is a large part of my job. About 1/2 of my travel is international. I've learned to ask for what I want at restaurants - most of the time, they will swap sides or customize the entrée to suit my dietary needs. Even Hardees has a burger wrapped with lettuce instead of a bun. Yes I've had one and yes, it's good! It's rare, but there are times a restaurant will not change things for me; which is why I also pack emergency rations in my luggage when I travel. The flat-packs of chunk tuna, chicken cubes, and turkey spam are easy to fit in the luggage. I stay away from protein or meal bars, due to poor ratios (carbs/protein/fiber) and significant amounts of engineered products they contain. If a domestic flight, I've been known to take fruits and veggies in a cooler as a second carry-on; but those can be sourced locally, in most cases. I've found most customers and suppliers are happy to accommodate my dietary needs when selecting a restaurant. For me, it's possible to eat well when on business travel, but it does require some prior planning and communication with others.
Jan will be my 3 yr anniversary from when I started my "adventure". Lost 165 lbs in around a year and have been "fighting the good fight" since to keep it off which thankfully so far I have. I travel each week also and have actually found for me that I have a easier time eating right when I travel as opposed to when I am home. I pack a couple of apples on my carryon for the plane and will not look at a menu when I go to eat but will just talk to the waiter and ask for grilled fish or chicken with steamed green vegy and a salad with dressing on the side. I have found a few times where the waiter will not cooperate (then I just ask them what salad they have available which I hate) but usually they are helpful and get what I'm trying to do. Once I get to my room, there is nothing to eat anyway besides what I bought in my bag which I am very calculated about packing. I look at it just like a person that abuses anything that will kill them (drugs, alcohol, etc..) and tackle each day 1 at a time!
Its great you post up here and I assume you get support from other people close to you. Its whatever you need to do to "continue the fight".
I will tell you it does become easier as time goes on and the "lifestyle" becomes 2nd nature. My family hates going to restaurants with me because I drive them crazy how I won't look at a menu but "talk" to the waiter but overall I think (hope) I can continue to win the battle.
Stay strong and you will be happy you did when it gets easier. As far as expensive with the clothes, ohh yea... I went down 16 sizes and no tailor can work that magic...

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post #602 of 604 (permalink) Old 01-30-2015, 10:46 AM
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Good luck in the weight loss! Two years ago I clocked in at 300lbs and I am 5 ft 8 in. I decided I needed to do somthing about it so I changed my diet and started walking daily, at first it was only about a half mile but after a couple weeks I was up to a couple miles. I lost 35 lbs in 2 months.

I am a patient of the VA and had been participating in a program called M.O.V.E. With the eventual goal of having bariatric surgery. Well after I lost the 35 lbs I decided to try and lose weight with out surgery, I platued at about 40-45 pounds and eventually decided on have a Sleeve Gastrectomy done.

Adapting to the major change in diet was hard at first but its been a little over six months now and I am doing great. On the day of my surgery I was 256 and today I am about 180. Life is so much better now. I can do allot of the things I wanted to do(hiking in the desert or mountains with my friends) Playing sports, or enjoying some bed room activities that I could not before!!!!

Its a very hard decision to make and stick to but if you do it it will pay off! I wish you well in your journey brother!



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Just checking in. I'm still at it. I'm feeling awesome! Better than I've felt in decades!!! If you're reading this and thinking you're too old or too fat, stop that thought! You can do this! PM me and I'll help anyway I can!!!

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Congrats to you Norseman. I remember your post being one of he ones that caught my eye when I first started reading on this forum. You've done great & inspired a lot of others too!


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