When Plans Don’t Go As Planned
Planning the RV Trip to the East Coast
For the past two months, my family and I have been planning our family trip from the West coast to the East coast in our RV. We were so excited to have the opportunity to visit family and friends we have not seen for almost four years and show them how we live in our RV. We moved from the East coast to the West coast during one Christmas holiday, so we had some experience of how long it would take to travel back, but not in an RV.
Our experience was in a car, and for me, it was both exciting and stressful. The exciting part was the experience of seeing the terrains of the West coast. The stressful part was the experience of seeing the terrains of the West coast…😱
Road and Mind Conditions
The roads were icy, the declines around the mountainous curves were steep, and my grip on my son’s hand was firm. I know I have increased anxiety in situations like that, but I did not know how RV traveling would affect me… Until now. My pilot (aka…my husband) chose to do all the driving because I did not want to drive.
Why? You ask. Well, the second time I drove the RV for more than a couple of miles, I was caught up in a one-lane, no passing stretch of highway. In addition to that was the vertical drop off on the side of the mountain with no guard rail. So, as you can imagine, I was driving carefully (okay… slow) so that I would not veer off down the mountain.
I cared greatly about my life, but the truckers behind me did not. NOT! There was no place to pull off the road because there was so little of the road to stay on, so I drove until I found a place to pull off. What happened next is what scared me and kept me away from driving the RV.
The Three Truckers
There were three truck drivers who were behind me pulled off the road with me and blocked me in. They proceeded to tell me I was driving slow (like I did not know) and talk to me like I was a child. My husband stood up for me and told them, “this was her first time driving the RV and there was no place to pull off,” which they knew because they were behind me. Two of the three men calmed down, but one man chose to keep talking and made me feel worse than I already did. My husband interrupted and told the rude trucker what I was trying to tell them all, which was… There was no place to pull-off.
Sometimes people will use the one thing in front of them (their mouth) before using the two things on the side of them (their ears) before speaking. The drivers used their mouth to make me feel horrible, but when two of the truckers heard me say why I was driving slow and saw me on the verge of crying, they stopped and apologized. One chose not to. I wonder if the situation would have changed if the truck drivers decided to ask me why I was driving so slow and then listened to my answer? Things that make you go Hmmm.
This is the way I felt!
YES YES YES
NO NO NO
YES YES YES
How Planning Relates to Keto
I’m going to link this situation to living Ketogenically (keto healthy). We all have choices and decisions we make every single day. When it comes to keto, you have a choice of what and when to eat, but when the plan goes awry, and carbohydrates are in reach, does it mean your eating plan must go awry also? Hmm, I say Nay Nay!
My Five Finger Guideline
I use my Five-Finger 🖐 Guideline to keep me on track, and yes, I do speak them out so I can hear them (😊). Many of you have heard the saying, practice makes perfect. Well, I say practice makes some difficult situations better. We all have had times when our mouths get us in trouble (eating too much or talking too much).
What if we listened first👂… Hey Dr. Z, eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re satisfied, drink when you’re thirsty, eat no more than 20 grams of carbohydrates a day, and break up the carbohydrates to 5-7 grams per meal.
Does that help me stay on track? Most of the time, yes. Would that help you stay on track? It might. Try it, and if it does not help you stay on track and your nutritional plans don’t go as planned, go with what you know. Go with what you know and rehearsed. For me, it is my Five Finger Guideline (sometimes I add an extra digit. Lol).
I planned to learn how to confidently drive my RV so I could spend time with my family enjoying the countryside, but my plans didn’t go as planned and that is okay. I chose to do something about it. I’m getting more comfortable with being a passenger, and I opted not to let my unplanned plans ruin my life.
So, go with what you learned and rehearsed about living Ketogenically and listen with your ears first!
Stay Healthy and Keep Eating Keto!
Dr. Z Signing Off!