Sunday, April 10, 2011
My greatest concern while traveling recently was what would I eat? Would I find healthy choices? Had I read enough Spark articles to know the right choices? I thought I would partially prepare for the challenges by taking a few things with me that I knew I could rely on; I took individual Blue Diamond almond packs and several Pure Protein bars in my carry on and more in my suitcase, just in case.
I started strong, I had my usual breakfast before I left, I had a chicken breast wrap in O'Hare Airport in Chicago...and then...I was told that I wouldn't have a choice of what was served for dinner! Momentarily derailed, I was thankful that I had almonds and bars if the going got too tough!
I will spare you all my eating details and just hit the very memorable dinners - night 1, Dutch meat snacks (breaded and fried) and french fries - night 2, cheeseburgers and french fries - night 3, broiled chicken (thankfully!) and french fries - night 4, can't remember and french fries...shepherd's pie, meat pies in pastry crust with mashed potatoes and mashy peas (finally a vegetable!), bangers and mash (that's sausage and mashed potatoes), curry chicken over white rice, and moroccan meatballs over brown rice (so thankful!) with hummus and flatbread...
By day three I wasn't concerned with eating all that much. Dinner was out of my hands, breakfast was "continental" which I found out meant I could count on yogurt and fruit and it would probably contain a croissant and/or white bread and lunch was on my own...to an extent when traveling with kids. Food honestly became a non-issue. I ate a waffle with strawberries and whipped cream in Belgium, I had a small ice cream cone in Paris, Baskin Robins on the same day as a Lemon Tart in London, fish and chips in London and a pasty in Bath. I ate what I wanted but kept the servings small and never had seconds.
If you read my blog from yesterday on the exercise that I got on this trip, you know that I walked and climbed enough stairs for eternity! So, food and exercise combined on my 11 day journey netted me a 2 pound loss!!! Thursday the scale gave me a number I haven't seen in a couple of years!
So, I'm back on my eating and exercising and logging and Sparking! I'm rested and relaxed and ready to go back to work. Content.
Blessings to all my Sparkfriends! Karen
Saturday, April 09, 2011
As some of you know, I spent the last 11 days traveling in Europe with my son and some students from his art class at school. I had 2 concerns when I left, first, what would I eat that fit in my meal plans and second, would I get enough exercise in hotels, touring, etc. In this blog, I'll handle my second concern first - working out.
Before I left I pulled up the websites on the 4 hotels where we would be staying, I looked at their restaurant menus and checked out the fitness rooms at each stop. I packed my walking shoes, my sweatpants, some t-shirts to work out in, some snacks to make sure I ate 30-90 minutes after working out. I was SET!
Then I hit the ground in Amsterdam, our first stop. Local time was 9:30 am, home/body time was 1:30 am. We had a bus tour of the city and then, walking tour. We were sleep deprived, dodging bicycles who have the right of way, and we walked a serious several miles and since we were running late to pick another group up from the airport, we 'walked' with intent and purpose! I felt I needed sleep more than a workout that evening. Second day, many, many hours of serious walking - no formal workout that night either. Hm...
Brussels was our second stop, just for one night though. No fitness room in the hotel but no problem, lots of walking...
Paris, the game changed. We were on public transportation which means the Metro. It also means that all the miles (literally) of walking that we were doing was now combined with stairs, tons of stairs, miles of stairs, jillions of stairs...butt-burning stairs! No need for a fitness room, in fact I didn't even look at the room.
London, more public transportation, here it's called the Tube and there are only a handful fewer stairs than in Paris - but my butt stopped burning so I got to the point that I would take the stairs instead of the escalators just to be sure! We continued to walk miles, and many stairs and I heard from some other travelers that the fitness center was junky...I didn't care, I was getting ALL the exercise I needed on the streets and Tube of London!
I had wonderful, different, educational, upbeat work outs most of the days I was gone. And it felt GREAT!
Friday, March 18, 2011
One of my main motivations for losing some weight, eating healthy and starting to exercise was a trip to Europe that I've been planning to take with my son this Spring. Well, we are now one week from departing for Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and London. An 11 day trip.
I've managed to lose 15 pounds and 7 inches from my waist, hips and thighs. I can walk for miles, I know how to eat right. I feel stronger and I feel healthier. So, that's a great payoff in such a short time, my first step was giving up Diet Coke on January 2.
So, I'm about ready to leave; I have snacks to take along, I have a my credit card (paid off), I have good walking shoes, I have a plane ticket, and my son is *totally* excited. I'm just a little scared...I've never been abroad and I'm afraid that I'll not find food that I know fit my eating plan. And I won't be on Spark for the encouragement and tracking. I feel like I'm leaving the nest, growing up, taking a leap...and I'm praying that it goes well and I come home at the same weight. Wish me well my friends!!!!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
I love being outside. I'm new to Spark and I'm new to exercising; my inside exercise is strength training and elliptical but outside I can walk different routes, go different places. I want to be outside but alas, I'm stuck inside because of the weather...spring will come, I have to keep reminding myself, spring will come...hopefully soon!!!!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Just like those who commented on my blog said...keep it up and the results come...and they did. I've lost 12 pounds since 1/2/11 and 6 pounds since I started Sparking on 1/28/11! Just when I got nervous that I was doing it wrong (according to the very fickle scale!) I dropped another 2 pounds...go figure. I can do this. In my mind I have 50 pounds to lose (before the 12), according to the goals Spark has set for me I have a total of 90 pounds...I can't think of 90. Increments of 10, that's as big as I can think right now and that's ok.
You know, I can do this. I can eat like this for the long term, I can find time to exercise, for the long term. Yep...Spark is for me...and I'm telling my friends (ok, and a few strangers!)...I really can do this!
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