What are good, routine, activities/outings for a family that do not revolve around food/drink/restaurants? Details
September 28, 2012 8:38 AM Subscribe
I won't be able to eat normally for about a year, my family is supportive, but wants to continue to meet up weekly and would like to make sure I am as comfortable about it as possible.
I've been very overweight my whole adult life, I've decided to take steps to get my health back into my control and am having a weight loss surgery at the end of the month. I'm nervous but excited about the procedure and am very, very lucky to be surrounded by a very carrying and supportive family network.
One of the concerns that has been brought up is that our family bonding time is a weekly dinner out. My parents, my brother, and my family (including a kindergartner) meet almost every Friday and enjoy a meal. I am really hopeful that this won't be a problem for me after the surgery (not that I will be able to eat regularly for quite some time, but emotionally I HOPE that I will still be able to participate).
BUT - my family has already talked a lot about how they want me to tell them if I'm uncomfortable or if it's too hard to just sit there and chat while everyone is eating. They said we could "do something else"
My question is: What are some good ideas that that "something else" could entail? We enjoy movies, but that's not really condusive to visiting and being with each other. What can you do/ where can you go on a regular basis that the focus is on chatting/visiting but doesn't revolve around food.
We're in the VA suburbs of DC, my folks don't like going into the city and don't love things that are loud - also, there is a 5-year-old so it needs to be family friendly.