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Vacation Mentality: The Danger Zone

Friday, August 03, 2012

Despite my much-lauded 30-pound weight-loss, I still have not mastered eating healthfully on vacation. No sir, I failed. Again.

Day 1: Massive pig-out.

Day 2: Less bad pretty big pig-out.

Day 3-6: Repeat day 2. In small ways, I restrained myself. I made some decent choices (as in, I had one Red Vine instead of the whole bag, etc.). Still, over in calories every single, blooming day.

The good news is that we were pretty active. Lots of tennis, running, walking, biking, swimming. I don't think I've ever been so active on vacation. I've taken my running shoes along on vacations past and never used them. So this is something to cheer. I'm glad about that. I ran!

In an effort to keep a lid on my bad vacation-style eating habits, I actually took my laptop along on vacation. I know how bad I normally am on vacation, and I know how tracking food keeps me on track. So I kept track of everything. It was a startling revelation, but alas, maybe taking the scale along would have been wise. Tomorrow will be the big reveal. Five pounds? God, I hope not. Yes, I joined the August 10-pound challenge. How lovely to start off in the hole.

I'm not beating myself up about it... much... Just vowing to get myself back on track now that I'm home.

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MELLYBEANS0919 8/4/2012 12:14AM

    Sounds like you made some really good progress on vacation that normally you wouldn't with all the activity and tracking your foods. Don't get upset, August just has begun. You can turn it around :-)

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ASHLEIGH_BRIANA 8/3/2012 10:00PM

    Don't beat yourself up! Every day is another chance to get yourself back on track. :-)

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Breaking the Slump

Saturday, July 28, 2012

If you've been reading my blogs and status updates at all, you know I've been struggling to get my motivation back and to eat better every day. I'm doing pretty well! Not 100% perfect, but well enough, apparently, to drop 5 pounds. WOOHOO!

As we all know, the #1 important thing is eating right, sticking within the SP-recommended calorie range, and choosing good foods. To keep myself from binging, I allow myself some treats now and then, but I'm making a more conscious effort to eat healthful foods. I grab a piece of fruit or a hard-boiled egg for a snack instead of something sugary. It's important for me to make those treats a rare thing. They were becoming too frequent and getting in the way of my weight loss goal.

The other key is exercise. For some reason, I felt lethargic in the last month and just could not keep up with my running goals. So I didn't. Now -- no more excuses. I made a very do-able running plan and just need to stick with it. 3 days a week. I'm up to about 8 miles a week now and am aiming to add up to 10% every week. Yesterday I ran 3.7 miles outside (I mostly run on the treadmill) -- on hills even. I'm very excited about running again -- just to see that I can handle this! I can run outside, I can run hills! I never thought I'd get better at that, and now I'm doing it.

So there's my update. I'm working every day to do my best. Not perfect. Just my best for today.

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TMCK-40 7/28/2012 12:17PM

  Excellent plan. And doing your best is perfect for you today. That is what matters.

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/28/2012 10:59AM

    Good for you! It sounds like you have a good plan.

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Day 3......... Oops

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Day 3 of Renewed Motivation went really well until about 4:00. Yeah, I overdid it just a tad. Really, just a tad this time. I was over by about 150 calories. I'm kicking myself (gently) but glad I didn't throw the whole bucket of motivation right out the window and have one of those 2000+ calorie days.

Back to reality today! I'm going for a good, long bike ride before the day heats up.

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/26/2012 12:03PM

    Good job!

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GUCCI9300 7/26/2012 9:10AM

    Good for you!! Every morning is a chance to get it right - Today is a new day emoticon

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Instant Results -- NOW!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

After, oh, say, a month of eating like crap and on-again off-again exercise, I've had TWO WHOLE DAYS of eating healthfully. TWO WHOLE DAYS. Did I mention that? For TWO WHOLE DAYS I stayed under my calorie limit, logged every morsel, had ZERO beer, ZERO pop, and only one small brownie (99 calories, .75 ounce, thank you very much).

I have to say I think I look less bloated. That's a great psychological boost. I need those.

Those pesky numbers on the scale, on the other hand, haven't budged. Did I mention that I want "Instant Results -- NOW"???? Well, I do.

I will keep on this path. And I'll take that less bloated belly. Soon the scale will cooperate.

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CUPCAKE_PIRATE 7/25/2012 1:35PM

    I love how 1 day turns to 10 turns to 30 and before you know it, healthy is a lifestyle!! You can do it!

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BALLOUZOO 7/25/2012 12:07PM

    It will happen! Find healthy foods and exercise you like and you can do this!


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MELLYBEANS0919 7/25/2012 11:51AM

    Awesome job. I am really going to try hard this week to eat cleaner/healthier too.

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RADFEN 7/25/2012 11:48AM

    emoticon It's going to happen!

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JUDYAMK 7/25/2012 9:48AM

    Today I I posted on my blog what I started to do, & I do not have that sluggish bloated feeling!!!! I want to continue doing what I just started.

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That's IT!

Monday, July 23, 2012

I am officially fed up and pissed off at myself. WHAT AM I DOING????? Oh, just eating everything in sight. I don't even know why. Well, basically because I love food and have royally slacked off on tracking. Most days I still track, but my dear tracker shows me 500+ over in calories. I know what this means. I know how well tracking worked for me in the past. I'm just having a helluva time staying under my limit.

I gained a few pounds. And then I gained a few more. And then I gained still more. I got mad at myself. I got serious about eating better again for a few days. And then I didn't. I got back into running and stepped on the scale, thinking, "Now the weight will come back off." But it didn't. Funny how exercise doesn't magically melt away pounds when you're still EATING LIKE A PIG.


Massively irritated with self.

So here goes again. I know how to do this. I'm expert at doing this. It's not rocket science. Stay under my calorie limit and exercise. The weight will drop.

I know I can do this.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DHARMAPHILE 7/24/2012 9:14AM

    I hear you! I've been losing and gaining the same few pounds for months because of something similar. But I know for sure that we can do this. What's going on here ... why are you eating too many calories? Are you hungry? Bored? In need of some comfort? Those are the questions I'm asking myself and one thing I need to address is getting more organised and get back into batch cooking meals so there is always something nutritious and filling to eat when I'm just too tired to start from scratch.

Best of luck Jodrox, don't be hard on yourself ... but never ever ever give up!
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OFF938 7/23/2012 9:55PM

    I agree. You CAN do it! I know it!!!

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/23/2012 12:22PM

    You CAN do it! It is amazing how diet is such a big factor.

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