We are on vacation for two weeks.
I started my vacation a day early, on Friday the first of October. I have a plan.
Last year I did an experiment. I ate healthy the first week, but not exercise so much. (We were in the motor home, and while I could walk I didn't have tons of time to do so, or access to any machines...) I did pretty good - only gained a half-pound. The second week I exercised, but ate whatever I wanted. Needless to say, my experiment ended early the second week with an eight pound gain.
(I learned the true lesson that exercise is only about 1/4 of the weight battle. Healthy eating is the key, at least for me.)
This year I am trying something different. I moved my nutrition calorie level to basically maintenance. (it's set that I will lose my last 50 lbs by 2015, LOL) and I am going to try to keep my calories and nutrition at a maintenance level. I AM going to track everything.
If I go under my maintenance calorie limit (but not less than 1200 calories) - fine. And if I go over a day or two, it won't be a tragedy, although I am going to TRY to stay within my limits.
I will exercise daily, as much as I usually do. (1-1 1/2 hours a day) I am also going to try to incorporate some kind of activity into our vacation every day. A long walk with the dogs. Going to the beach and walking. Walking around the mall. Maybe even something really different.
We are staying at home this year. (I HATE that word someone coined for a stay at home vacation, so I won't use it, haha) so I will have access to my weights and elliptical.
I am also going to weigh daily. I don't when I am in weight loss mode, but I have already decided I will when I get to maintenance. Since I'm on maintenance now, it's a good chance to see how it works for me. If it doesn't work, I can always end the experiment early, BEFORE a large gain.
I am going to prove I don't have to gain weight on my vacation.