So I'm two years into maintenance now... woot woot. And got back from vacation in Puerto Rico a week or so ago. Ummm... my suggestion is that PR is not necessarily a good spot to attempt maintenance or weight loss. It had one of my key strategies for maintenance, that being lots of things to do. We went Kayaking at night on a bay where the phytoplankton glowed in the dark... really cool. and snorkeling, sightseeing in old San Juan (the oldest city in the US) and did lots of walking while seeing the sights and hiking in the rain forest, Swam in the ocean (and the swimming pools, and the rivers) so I got in plenty of exercise every day. It had none of the other key strategies that I've been using for maintenance success.
avoid alcohol for the most part... How do you not drink copious amounts of Pina Coladas and rum punch when your in the home of Bacardi? I drank about a 1/3 to 1/2 of each one I ordered and gave the rest to my DH
Eat 6-10 servings of fruit and vegetables a day... PR didn't have a single garden anywhere that I saw. The food there is almost all Fried. They even fry their fruit! And don't you have to try every pastry from strange pastry shops at least once? I did stop at fruit stands as often as I could for snacks. (there was one every 1/4 of a mile almost everywhere we went) bananas, mangoes, pineapples, papayas, coconuts, sugar cane, very yummy green mottled oranges, breadfruit. I tried them all
Drink at least 8 cups of water a day... I hate buying bottled water and I was very cautious about what water I did drink. The combination left me a bit dehydrated.
Limit portion size... in restaurants that you go to regularly you kind of know what to order for success, but no place that we went was familiar enough to do this so I utterly failed at this. And I was so hungry all the time from all of the exercise that I wasn't very prudent. When I take my lunch to work every day and have 8" plates at home I know what kind of calories I'm getting, but eating out every meal?
get on the scale daily... not happening in PR so no way to rein back quickly.
The upshot 5 real pounds (not water weight) to struggle with for who knows how long. But we did have tons of fun. Not sure what I could have done differently if I were to start the adventure over again. Maybe the key is just to let go and get back the winning routine.
I've already done this. Been running 3 times (took my first long run of the season yesterday 5.4 miles nonstop 65 minutes), worked all day on the farm, walked to work a few times, and did a bit of yoga, since I've been back.
I did add a picture in my my pictures and I'll add it here too. I have to say, I'm thrilled to be two years into maintenance, but the damage was definitely done I'll always carry the results of the abuse I gave my body. I don't ever think my skin will shrink back to fit. Then again I don't plan on pursuing a career in swimsuit modeling either so does it really matter? I can swim all day, and climb hundreds of steps without getting winded if I want to. I have great stats as far as my health goes and I'm well on my way to my goal of living past 100. That will have to do.