Tomorrow, while the rest of America will be gorging on turkey and watching football, I will be peeling the plastic wrap off of my pre-packaged in-flight dinner and cracking the twist top on my tiny bottle of airplane wine...and I couldn't be more excited!
I'm excited about my trip, but I'm also excited that I get a by tomorrow - a free pass out of having to worry about over-indulging on turkey and stuffing and family drama. I am breathing a sigh of relief just thinking about it.
But I'm nervous too. I'm worried about gaining weight while I'm there which I REALLY don't want to happen. And everyone knows that Thanksgiving is only ONE day, while a trip to the carb capital of the world is going to last exactly 18 days. Pretzels, beer and brautwurst anyone?
My weigh-in today was not a good one. I was really hoping to see 245 before I left, and especially after I accomplished my other goal of a 4 mile run before I left yesterday, I thought I was due for at least a pound loss this week. But no such luck. I was actually up 0.4 pounds (I don't record gains on my ticker though, so now it just gets to hang out at 66.2 pounds lost for another 3 weeks...ugh). I have a feeling I know the culprit - that home made lentil soup that I made over the weekend and have been eating for lunches all week packs a HUGE amount of sodium AND fiber into one bowl, so despite an increase in water consumption this week, I just don't think it's enough and I'm hanging onto some water weight. Either that or I could also have estimated the calories wrong on the Recipe Calculator. Whatever it is - I didn't get my loss this week and that doesn't put me in the best mind frame to leave on vacation where we'll be eating out 3 meals a day.
So I need a plan for Germany to stay on track and enjoy myself without freaking out about a serious weight gain on the scale when I come back.
I already know that I am taking my food scale with me so that whenever possible I can measure what I'm eating. I should be able to do this for breakfasts and lunches since breakfast is included in all of our hotels and I plan to take away a few items from the buffet to pack as snacks or a light lunch that I can measure.
Stick to what I know! Yes, the breakfast buffets may be appealing, but I know what's in oatmeal, yogurt and an apple or other piece of fruit, so keep it simple for breakfast and lunch so that I can indulge a bit at dinner and not worry so much.
I'm actually nervous that I won't be able to find enough veggies in Germany. I know that's got to be just a wise-tale. People over there HAVE to eat fruits and vegetables - it's just not what you hear about the traditional dishes besides their love of cabbage. So if I have to, I will go to a market and buy some baby carrots to pack in my bag to ensure that I get enough freggies a day!
WATER! I'm packing my water bottle and I'm planning on using it! At least 10 glasses a day since we'll be walking a lot as well and will need replenishment.
And speaking of walking - WALKING! A lot. About 8 miles a day if I can. Which shouldn't be hard since most of what we have planned are walking tours. And also RUNNING! I have decided that I need to get at least ONE run in around the Tiergarten in Berlin. Cause that's just awesome. And I can map my route on SparkPeople. And that is also awesome! I already have my running gear packed. And finally HIKING! We have a day planned to hike Zugspitze (the highest point in the Bavarian Alps) and that's going to be such an amazing day. Just hoping we don't get snowed out!
Beer is going to happen - I'm in GERMANY! But it doesn't have to happen more than once a day, or even once every couple of days. I'm not used to drinking anymore anyway, so one stein will likely have me on the floor! I'm just going to use my best judgment if I want a drink and weigh it in with the rest of what I'm eating for dinner.
Stay away from the bread basket! This is going to be REALLY hard because bread is my favorite, and rye and pretzel bread are my favorite of the favorite. But I'm going to be consuming enough other carbs, so I don't need to go crazy and puff up like the Pillsbury Dough Boy. I won't deny myself what's worth it, but GO EASY!
Log In to Spark every day! You, dear friends, are going to get the benefit of my travel log :) I've decided that I want to keep a blog of my daily adventures anyway, and what better place to do it while keeping myself on track? So I'll be signing in as much as I possibly can to track, post photos and blog about my travels to keep myself accountable and to document my own vacation.
So a VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all of you! I wish you all the best of holidays with just the right amount of yummy food, and plenty of exercise. I'll be thinking about all of you while I'm thousands of miles away - because you are what keeps me grounded and on track on my journey - near or far. I am so thankful to have all of you in my life!