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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Telling the Truth Tuesday - I'm nervous!!

So, we leave on Saturday for a three-week trip and I'm nervous. One of the disadvantages of getting older is you get a bit more set in your routines and it is discombobulating when the routine is interrupted. I manage my food very carefully at home in order to maintain my 53 pound weight loss and manage my acid reflux. Traveling makes it much harder to do that - I can't be in control because it's based on what's available, language barriers as to how things are prepared, etc.

What am I doing about this? I am going to try my best to Let Go and Let God, trust I will be taken care of, and simply do the best I can each and every day to enjoy my food and my experiences. And pray with all my heart that I don't gain too much weight.

Do you get nervous when you travel?


Ellen Brickley said...

I do get a little nervous when I travel - I try to learn key phrases like 'please', 'thank you' and 'do you have decaf?' but depending on the language and country, they sometimes don't help!

I hope you have a lovely trip, Karen. Trust and let go.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Karen .. I know you're very careful with your diet .. your husband will be supportive .. and if you can say up front .. you're sorry but your health 'dictates' that you eat little and often .. then buy fresh fruit and veg and whatever else you need to tide you through .. I'm sure all will be well .. If people know they'll accept more easily .. and you'll relax and not be so worried ..

Go and Enjoy .. and seriously if you don't want to go .. I'll take your place?????? Have a fantastic time .. looking forward to hearing all about it .. cheers Hilary

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Think you'll have a wonderful time! Hopefully they'll have menus on the windows and maybe you can see what's in different dishes before going in a restaurant?

I'm not the best of travelers, I'll admit...

Paul Anthony Shortt said...

I get anxious up until I'm on my way (I'm always worried about missing flights, etc). Once the travelling itself is done, I then tend to be a bit unsure in my new surroundings until I settle in.

I remember when we got to New York on our honeymoon, I was overwhelmed by just being there and utterly terrified that the city wouldn't live up to my expectations. Thankfully, it did.

Joanne said...

It always takes a little time to settle in, but I think you'll settle on a routine there and do fine. I definitely second Hilary's thoughts on lots of fresh fruit and veggies to get you through.

Claudia Moser said...

Karen pls do not worry, the food in Europe is excelent and you will have no worries to order it, plus the ingredients are natural (most of the time). You know what, if you have questions, do drop an email. I did travel in those countries and never had a worry!

Luanne G. Smith said...

Have a wonderful trip and try not to worry. It's just life.

Karen Walker said...

Ellen, thank you
Hillary, I'm hoping fruits and vegetables will be plentiful
Elizabeth, perhaps I can spy on other people's dishes and point
Paul, NY is a great town - it's my home town, actually, although I never felt "at home" there.
Joanne, we'll be traveling from point a to point b so there won't be much "settling" in, but I intent to enjoy each and every point.
Claudia, I've been to Europe several times and never worried because I was already overweight!!!
L.G. I'm working on it....thanks

K.C. Woolf said...

Travels tend to hurt my health plan, but the good thing is: what we do 80% of the time is much more important than 20% of the time, and every day gives us a chance to start again. :-)

Liz Fichera said...

I get more than a little nervous whenever I fly on a plane. In fact, the anticipation of a plane ride is even worse.

Safe travels, Karen!

Suze said...

Travel is invariably difficult for some of us, and I count myself among 'us,' too, Karen. But I have a little story for you.

I was riding a boat on my father-in-law's lake. My brother in law was driving it very quickly and I was toward the front. When I clung to the vessel, I felt ever bump. But when I rode with the vessel, I felt like I was flying.

Take from it what you will.

Sharon Lippincott said...

My least favorite aspect of travel is the disruption before and after.

I'm drooling at the thought of Greek food. I'd skip the rice and baklava and savor every bite of the rest. You'll be walking a lot, right?

I'll be thinking of you and wishing I were tagging along.

BTW, I love Suze's story about the boat. Yes!


Go and have a wonderful time Karen I will look forward to all the news on your return.


Tracy Jo said...

I get nervous too but you totally have the right attitude! Just do your best...one moment at a time....

Dafeenah said...

I get nervous but it is an excitement nervousness. I love to travel, the unknown of where I'll be the next or what I'll have in it, but at the same time I hate my routine being messed with so it's quite an emotional ride.

I hope you enjoy your trip!! and remember bring back lots of pics

Karen Walker said...

KC, love that, each day we can start again. Ill remember that
Liz, yeah, I used to love the thrill of take off - now not so much
Suze, thank you so much for sharing this story. It will help me, for sure.
Sharon, thanks for the food tips
Yvonne, hope to have good stories and pics
Tracy Jo, thanks
Dafeenah, thank you, I will bring back lots of pics for sure

Helen Ginger said...

Practically all my traveling is in the U.S., so I don't have to worry about learning the language. I love to travel, though. Part of that is that I tend to eat less since I'm out of the house. I hope you have fun and everything goes okay for you diet-wise.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I don't like to travel, especially on a plane, so yes - I get a bit anxious. Take some drugs with you for the reflux and eat what you want. Trust me - you'll be walking off most of it.

Karen Walker said...

Helen, thanks, I'm letting go about it as best I can.
Alex, I have an extremely slow metabolism, so no matter how much I walk, if I don't eat the right amounts, I gain weight. But trust me, I'm going to enjoy this trip. It just helps to get my worries off my chest.

Unknown said...

I hope you have a great time! You've got three weeks to enjoy yourself, take advantage of every moment.

I do get a bit nervous before travelling, although the only places we ever travel to is a quick, 8-hour ride back home. The most I get nervous about is how many times we're going to have to stop for my daughter.

Susan Fields said...

Let Go and Let God, just like you said - you're in good hands! Have a wonderful trip!

Glynis Peters said...

Have fun! Relax and enjoy x

Unknown said...

Nope. I never get nervous about traveling. You have to be willing to let go of your routine and accept whatever may come your way.
You'll be fine, Karen. ANd if your eating is a little off during vacation, don't beat yourself up... that's what vacations are for. Enjoy yourself and don't worry! :) You deserve it!

Arlee Bird said...

I normally love to travel. I have a trip coming up toward the end of October. Going to Phoenix to help my sister move back to Tennessee. I told her I would drive the rental truck with the stuff she's taking. Not the most relaxing trip, but still it should be nice to get away for a bit.

Have a great time on your trip. Just relax, forget your worries, and have fun.

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