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Settling in after my vacation.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Well, hello to reality. I finally jumped on the scale. I waited a few days, until my usual Monday weigh in day. 4.5 pounds is ok I guess. Not much I can do about it now except lose it. I did my best and had 4 days out of 7 of eating within budget. Lots of salt in the food and surprisingly not so many veggies and fruits being served. I got some smoothies and some cabbage dishes. We ate out every meal. with no way to accurately measure calories. My son got the picture quickly that I only wanted one sweet per day and we stuck to that.

I did get to exercise every day. Only thing I didn't do was ST, even though I brought bands with me. I couldn't do my push-ups on the hardwood floor of the Inn, and just bagged it instead of even thinking about doing wall push ups. I just kind of abandoned the ST. We were at a B&B so there was no fitness room. The salt water pool was nice though.

I am really thankful we got to make this trip. My husband wants to move there, though there isn't much chance of that happening. I'd be happy with just visiting there a few more times while my son lives there the next two years until he graduates. I know we are going for graduation at least.

I went for a swim today. It felt good to get back to doing a good work out. I had taken two days off as I was adjusting to new sleep and eating patterns. I adjusted rather easily. My appetite is low, and I'm less focused on "when do I get to eat next?" I think I felt pressured into eating things I normally wouldn't choose (my son wanted me to try all kinds of things that weren't appetizing to me) I managed to find things that I liked, but still, it wasn't my usual diet. So now I'm laid back and content to not be forced into eating. I wish it would stay like this, but I'm sure I'll get back into old habits of obsessing over wanting the next morsel of food I can eat. BUT maybe I realized there's more to life than food. There's relationships to build, nature to enjoy, and just plain letting life give me pleasure.

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_JODI404 4/19/2012 6:33PM

    4/7 days in budget is really fantastic!! I am surprised as well that there were not a lot of fruits and veggies. Sounds like you did a GREAT job under the circumstances.

Please don't stress yourself about the gain.... you will get it back off... just give yourself a little time. Your body will be happy with your healthy choices that it is used to and reward you accordingly!

Take care!


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FRANCIE-N-BELLA 4/18/2012 9:07AM

    That much is not bad at all for 2 weeks away from normal routine!!! Don't beat yourself up over it. I know you will get it off again. emoticon

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CHLOE-D-CALICO 4/16/2012 8:30PM

    4.5 pounds isnt bad Ive known people to put on more than 10-15 lbs on vacation so I am proud of you . I know you will get back into your routine and have those pounds off pronto

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POOKASLUAGH 4/16/2012 6:19PM

    I find my appetite goes real low for about a week after being on eating out diet on vacations. Strange. I do wonder what's really in all the food we eat out that we can't accurately measure.

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MERLA59 4/16/2012 6:15PM

  Hope you had a wonderful vacation! You will lose those pounds quickly-I just know it! Salt does make a HUGE difference! And, thank you for the notes on my feed! Keep up the great sparking! emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 4/16/2012 3:39PM

    I guess we do like that we showed our kids things & now they want to show us things. It's different & glad you obliged with trying. Me, I would had a forkful & not ordered the whole entree that's just the way I am. I hate to order new stuff & then I don't like it? To me, I waste food. Nothing wrong with being adventurous on someone else's' plate. LOL Glad you had a good time visiting & you're right back to reality.

God bless & you can burn that off easily...


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Home from Paradise

Friday, April 13, 2012

Well, back to life in Charlotte. I miss paradise already. I especially miss my son and DIL, and little Ingrid. We had such a good visit that we would probably move there if my son was planning on staying there after he gets his PhD. At any rate, I think we will be taking a couple of more trips there in the next two years before he graduates.

The worst part of the trip was trying to sleep in the plane on the way back. I had almost bought one of those neck support pillow, but didn't . I think it would've helped.

I missed weigh in day while there and I really don't look forward to this coming Monday when I will weigh myself. I can feel my clothes are tighter, so I anticipate a gain, but I hopefully won't beat myself up over that because I know I did my best to eat well and exercised daily while there.

I conquered two fears while there. I was fearful of actually swimming (doing actual strokes) in the ocean. Two of the beaches were calm ones where the water didn't splash into your mouth when trying to take a breath. I thought I'd hate it when getting salt water in my mouth, as I'd experienced it before. But it didn't bother me. I was able to actually swim a few laps. It helped that my son and DIL swam with me. My hubby always watched the baby so we could be in the water together. He didn't even bring a swimsuit to Hawaii! He was planning all along to be with Ingrid.

I also had been afraid of snorkeling, since when I was a kid I'd tried it and always got water in my mask and therefore up my nose. My DIL took me out and taught me how to do it. I still got water in my mask and up my nose, and even panicked the first time it happened. I got out of the water and decided that I wasn't going to try it anymore. My son convinced me to try again with him this time.(later they told me that I had such a defeated look on my face that they couldn't let me quit...I'm thankful they didn't) I did it and grew in confidence and relaxed better and did a better job of not breathing through my nose, which is how the water gets into the mask. It is not easy to breathe completely out of your mouth. I got over my fear, and realized that all I had to do was stand up and get the water out of the mask and start over. It was worth it, the fish were beautiful. I saw a sea snake and some urchins as well as several colorful fish of all different sizes.

We snorkeled on our last day there, was a great way to end the trip.

Today I took a day off to recover from the night flight. (Hard to sleep on a plane) Getting back on a normal eating schedule, and relaxing after the go-go-go of the visit.

One day while there, I went swimming with my pedometer in my board shorts pocket. Oops! I have taken an average of my steps each of the last 6 weeks, and I naturally average 10,000-11,000 a day. But I think that is partly because wearing the pedometer every day motivates me to make more steps in a day. So my husband recognized that and took me today to buy a new one. I will start tomorrow with recording my daily steps again.

Thank you for all your encouragement and support when I needed it most while on my trip. Have a great weekend!

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YIWEN39 4/23/2012 7:03PM

    Sounds like you had a great trip :-) And congrats on conquering those fears, that's really awesome :-) I hope you're settling back in just fine!
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FRANCIE-N-BELLA 4/15/2012 1:14PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful trip!!! A cruise to Hawaii is on my wish/dream list. We are so glad you are back though. emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 4/15/2012 9:22AM

    Good for you on conquering your fears.

Remember that for about 3-4 days after flying or driving for long periods, you will retain a certain amount of water weight that will flush off, so don't weigh in too soon!

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KLUVSTFORMERS 4/14/2012 7:09PM

    WB!!!! glad u had a good time..KOODOS on conquering your fears, that takes courage!!!!!!

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_JODI404 4/14/2012 10:12AM

    Welcome back!! Sounds like you had a really wonderful time!!

Congratulations on facing and conquering fears! That is really great! The snorkeling sounds awesome... so glad you gave it a second chance!

Glad you got a new pedometer too. They really do make you want to get your step #'s into the correct range.... it's a really great tool! I haven't worn mine since my fall, but I will start it again on Monday...looking forward to it!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

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Musings coming from the Inn in Honolulu.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Thank you everyone who commented on my last blog about my issue with all the focus on food while here.What you all said made sense and I shared it with my hubby, So when I need it, he reminds me of what I told him you all said. Especially that this is a once in a lifetime thing and to not worry, I'll get back on track when I get back. I made an attitude adjustment and simultaneously my son started paying attention to my need to find better choices. I think what happened is one night my husband said we were not going to meet them for dinner that night since I'd exceeded my calorie count by too much and couldn't eat out again that day. Since then my son has really considered my needs. We're still eating out and having things he wants us to try while here, and he has picked one sweet treat per day for us to try. Today(Easter) it was manasadas, which are really donuts. I took one bite of 4 kinds, not even totaling a whole serving. This week sometime we will have shave ice, which is a snow cone with ice cream in the bottom of the dish. On Easter the only candy I had was 3 dark chocolate eggs by Dove. That's it!

Anyway, miracle of miracles, I stayed within calorie range for two days in a row. And I didn't feel like I cramped anyone's style. I feel victorious.

Today, Easter, we went on a hike up a ridge. The climb was steep. My heart rate was way up when we got higher and higher. But my legs never felt tired or shaky or weak. All my walking and squats have paid off! I wonder how sore I'll be tomorrow?! Well the climb was fun and exhilarating and I loved every minute! We were climbing upward for nearly an hour! I would never have been able to do this pre Spark! I only slipped once on the way down, but caught myself on my hands as I fell backward and my butt didn't even touch the ground. My arm strength is great from all those pushups I do! I didn't want to land on my butt as a protection for my back. My chiropractor is thousands of miles away!!

My reward for this climb was a fantastic view of mountains and ocean views. You could see the ocean from two sides. The water was that beautiful aqua that you picture for waters in tropical places, not that gray of the atlantic near North Carolina. I'll have to post a picture when I get home. It was breathtaking at this spot. My son and his wife and baby had climbed this before. They got a great workout now that she weighs 25 pounds. They have a carrier and my hubby and son took turns carrying her. My hubby carried her all the way up and my son climbed down with her. They are obviously strong. My hubby fell asleep at 8:00 tonight. It's 8:30 and I'm still going strong. I can't get over how good I feel. That climb was one of the most important things on my to-do list for this trip. It's been raining and cloudy off and on this whole time, and fortunately it didn't rain on our hike. But it hasn't been good swimming weather. I'm praying for some good swimming weather. On Wednesday we plan on going to Hanauma Bay, where we could go snorkeling and see some beautiful fish and coral. Pray for good weather for us. Wednesday night is the night we fly back to NC.

I hope to get a chance to post another blog before this vacation is over. I'm very fortunate that my hubby brought a gadget from work to plug into my computer to allow me to get online. The Bed and Breakfast we're staying at has wi fi but Duane said it's not secure, so he doesn't want me to use it. When I'm at my son's I check in with SP sometimes on his iPad. Though I had 25 points, he didn't have flash so I couldn't spin the bonus wheel. And my SP settings are still on Eastern Standard time, so by the time I got home to spin it, the sparkpoints page said it was a new day. It's only 25 points...so no real loss. I'm just glad I can get on at all!

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CHLOE-D-CALICO 4/12/2012 11:46AM

    I knew you could get a handle of things Keep at it

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SHERIO5 4/9/2012 10:09AM

    Wow, what a difference a couple of days makes...you sound so much more positive!

On Saturday, I watched the newer movie "The Decendants" with George Clooney...it is set in Hawaii, so I'm picturing some of the scenery from the movie as you described your hike...must be incredible!!!

Enjoy the rest of your stay, sounds like you are making the most of every moment! emoticon

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NUTRON3 4/9/2012 8:24AM

    I love how you are working it all out with everyone, good for you

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    What a wonderful adventure your having in Hawaii. I've been there once and it was a wonderful experience. Enjoy your time there with your family and don't beat yourself up too much about enjoying the food. Your fitness routine sounds like it is helping you with the climbing hike and you certainly got a workout from doing that. Enjoy your trip and your family, stay on track if possible but enjoy the deliciousness of Hawaii and you will get totally back on your plan when you get home. emoticon emoticon emoticonI envy you with all the fish, beaches, and wonderful fresh fruit. Hard to come by in Colorful Colorado.

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First full day here, all about food so far.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Hawaii is beautiful!

Our first day here involved a lot of walking. We're staying a mile from my son's and we walk there in the morning. We walked around Manoa Valley and also Waikiki today. I got in 15,700 steps, but ate 2000 calories. 300 over my limit.

OH BOY am I having trouble with the eating. I am not pigging out by any means, it's just that my son knows all the good places to eat. We woke up at 4 am today, and since that's our usual 10:00, I was hungry! I only had trail mix to snack on before we left our room and went to get breakfast. We ate at 7:30, which is like having breakfast at 1:30 in the afternoon for me.

Lunch, I had soup and sandwich, I found the soup had something in it to thicken it, so I only ate a few spoonfuls. I didn't eat my whole sandwich either. Whole wheat bread. My husband and I got a piece of pie (this place was known for it's pies) We got custard, and I am proud to say I only ate three bites.

Before we left my son's part of town earlier, we had gone to a coffee shop that specializes in making designs in the foam on top of the drinks, so I had to get one of those. I got the smallest size caramel latte, though I'd thought I could've settled for an americano. But there wouldn't have been the fun surprise of seeing what design they put on it. That was probably 300 calories.

For dinner we ate at Hula Dogs. It can be a polish sausage or a veggie dog in a tube shaped bun that they toast in the inside with a heated spike, they take it off the spike and load it with hot sauce and salsa and the dog, and add Hawaiian mustard. I got a veggie dog with jalapeno sauce and mango salsa. It was messy but delicious.

We went home after that, put our feet up a little in our room. I thought we were done for the night, but it was still light out and my hubby got a second wind and realized he needed a snack before bed, so we took off walking to the drug store. Which is a 15 minute walk down a hill. We got diet drinks, he got chips and mini brownies in 100 calorie snack packs. Of course the walk home was uphill, so that was great. I realized I hadn't had any fruit today, and no veggies. So I had an apple; i had needed a snack to allow me to take my medicine. I also had 3 chips and one bite size piece of brownie. Why I bothered with those, I don't know. I think I may be starting to eat out of stress, the stress caused by me being to uptight about wanting to not eat all this stuff on one hand, and on the other hand wanting to please my son and show him that I'm enjoying the things he enjoys so much. I keep impressing on him my need for exercise, and he is including a lot of outdoor excursions with activity. They live a 5 minutes drive from a beach that is sheltered which will be good for swimming and they are willing to get me there any day I want to go. He also plans on taking us on a major hike in a park up a small mountain. That ought to be a great workout.

Hopefully I overestimated on calorie amounts today, It is so hard to eat out when they don't provide nutrition info! I'm hoping I won't wake up at 3:40 again tomorrow morning. If I can sleep later, I won't need to have two snacks by breakfast time! Those calories add up. My son loves food and has a page long list of places he would like us to experience for eating. I inwardly groan, but I remember doing the same thing to my parents who came from small town wisconsin to visit us in Boston. They said Boston is a taste. I think this is payback time. My son is doing it to us. History repeats itself. Maybe 2000 calories isn't all that bad, but my goal is to maintain my weight. So I'd like to keep it around 7000, and that's only if I can get good exercise 5 out of the 7 days we are here.

Friday afternoon ais a party for my granddaughter who turns one. There will be Korean barbeque, and cupcakes. I'm a sucker for bakery frosting. But the next day Stephanie is making a lemon blueberry cake for Ingrid's real birthday. We are having just the 5 of us celebrate with a cake on Saturday. ARGHHH I'm doomed! No, I can't think like that. I need to allow myself one cupcake, and also have a piece of Steph's cake. She already said she plans on not subjecting us to eating leftover cake...she's giving the rest to the neighbors.

Well, reading back over what I wrote here, I see that I'm not allowing myself to enjoy this trip. Wish me well, I think I need some encouragement from you all.

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    whilst at the beach get a run in, you can burn alot of calories running in the sand because of its resistance by oitherwise dont worry bout it so much, and enjoy,, i think your keeping your eye on it pretty good so you should fair well, also anytime inyour room "chillin" try doing some jumping jacks, they burn quit a bit, well girl you have fun you are in one of my dream vacation spots, so enjoy!!!! emoticon

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SHERIO5 4/6/2012 5:50PM

    Oh my, Lori! Please enjoy your trip! You are in "paradise" and I am so jealous!!!

I can understand wanting to exercise and eat well, of course, you've made a huge change in your life and you want to maintain!!! But, you are on vacation!!! I see you made LOTS of great choices, you got smaller sizes, ordered a veggie entree, walked...all super-wonderful-terrific choices!!!!

I think your plan to enjoy the foods your son and daughter-in-law want to share with you sounds reasonable, just drink your water, and go to a market for some freggies to have on hand between meals!

Even if you gain a little on vacation, you'll soon be back to normal with your usual healful diet and exercise.

I think you are doing amazing, and it's only day 1!!!

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CHLOE-D-CALICO 4/6/2012 11:26AM

    Look I know you are doing your best to not gain weight but this is a once in a lifetime trip. Dont dwell on calories once you have eaten them. Enjoy your family and the view. Love ya

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_JODI404 4/6/2012 11:12AM

    Well, reading back over what I wrote here, I see that I'm not allowing myself to enjoy this trip."

I have to say.... that was what I was thinking too as I read your blog!

I totally understand that you do not want to gain weight, or lose ground since you have worked so hard to get to where you are today.

Just remember that this is a lifestyle, and this is one week of time cannot undo everything you have achieved. Splurges on an incredible trip like this do not mean that you are scrapping your entire eating plan forever.

You have such a unique opportunity to enjoy yourself and your family in H A W A I I!!!!
You don't want to spend all your time counting calories, denying yourself opportunities to experience new foods that you have never had before, and even worse, feeling really guilty about eating.

Try to do your best to ENJOY yourself. Eat in moderation and enjoy yourself! Sharing/splitting with hubby is a great idea for the sweets/treats. Be active when in fits into your plans. Try not to worry to much. Focus on FUN and great memories and experiences!!

Hope you enjoy every moment you have there~ I know it must be paradise!!!!

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AEBROWNSON 4/6/2012 10:18AM

    Don't worry too much about your eating...You'll get right back on the program when you get home, won't you? How about upping your exercise? Walk on the beach!!!

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Hawai'i, here we come!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

It's almost here, my big trip!

I am not sure if I'll get to log in, but on my iPhone I can do some things on SP. I just can't spin the wheel. My husband has to be able to use his computer for being in contact with work (yeah I know that stinks) but at least that should ensure that I'll also be able to use my lap top. The first day of the trip will be taken up with flying, so I will try to spin the wheel early in the morning before I pack my computer.

I want to enjoy myself, but I am such a slave to tracking everything and using my pedometer, I am afraid my vacation will be all about the numbers for me. Will that take the fun out of it, or will I be happy when I see good results? My goal is to maintain not lose the week of the trip. I think some people just set it all aside and don't be as careful. I'm worried I will gain weight if I do that and it just wouldn't be worth it to me. My son and daughter-in-law enjoy trying new foods and will probably introduce us to island fare, so I will have no way to calculate calories. I will have to make estimates a good part of the time.

I've already talked to my DIL about wanting to walk instead of use the car as much as possible. She said they generally do walk to the store. They don't have a car, but will be renting one while we're there. She said she's glad I prefer to walk since gas is very expensive. We are for sure planning on one specific hike, and going to the beach is a definite plan, too. They know of a good cove that makes a nice place to swim. And there will be a pool at the Inn. It's a small bed and breakfast so they won't have a fitness center. But I'm bringing bands and if my computer can be used, SP has videos I can follow. Maybe my son has a couple hand weights, since I'm def not taking mine in my suitcase!

My DIL says they aren't too good about serving beverages on the flight. So I should get some water bottles at the airport. They also don't serve food unless you pay extra, and it isn't very edible. So I will bring some food on, too. I'm bringing trail mix and granola bars. dried fruit and nuts as well.


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SHERIO5 4/4/2012 11:50AM


I hope you have a wonderful time!!

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KAUAI-CAROLANN 4/4/2012 5:00AM

    Have fun!!!

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CHLOE-D-CALICO 4/3/2012 6:49PM

    Try and make the most of the trip Lori. I hope you enjoy your walks through that beautiful scenery. Remember we are here if you really need us

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CHAOTICMOM4 4/3/2012 5:20PM

    Have a wonderful time!

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_JODI404 4/3/2012 5:18PM

    Sounds like great planning ahead!

I hope you have the MOST wonderful time!!!!

Try to balance out the #'s and having fabulous family time in paradise!!
Swimming in a gorgeous cove, walking in such gorgeous scenery, hiking,
all sounds like excellent fitness. And you can always knock out your awesome push ups wherever you are!

Enjoy yourself my friend!! Wooo~hoooo!!!!!!!!

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