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Berlin Bound

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

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.

emoticon 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.

emoticon 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.

emoticon 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!

emoticon 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.

emoticon 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!

emoticon 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.

emoticon 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!

emoticon 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!

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    It sounds like you are about to have an amazing adventure! Remember to enjoy it as well!
    2641 days ago
    Hi, I'm actually from Germany and I can assure you that we have tons of veggies over here :-)) Walking around Tiergarten is really fun, also I can recommend the botanical gardens just a few train stops outside the city... and the beer, well,... that would be lost of carbs, BUT: try the "Glühwein" instead, just around these days all the christmas markets are opening and you'll definitely find glühwein or some kind of christmas apple cider there. have fun discovering berlin!
    2643 days ago
    Excellent plan!
    Have fun- all things in moderation.
    Focus on the experience- not the food (and beer).
    2644 days ago
  • WYND10
    So excited for you!!!!! Have a wonderful time! I can't wait to hear all about it.

    And .4 pounds is nothing. No worries, you're a rock star and with your plans in place you're going to kill this trip and have a fantastic time doing it!!

    2644 days ago
    Aw shucks, cutie. The culprit of .4 pounds could a good BM. I think my hair weighs .4 pounds. It is nothing. You are doing just fine.

    I hope you have a fab time. I didn't really like German food. You may have nothing worry about on the food front.

    Be fabulous as you are :)

    Safe trip and be good - only when necessary....

    2644 days ago
    I'm so excited for you. I think you have a good plan in place especially for Thanksgiving I wish I'd thought of that. I was kinda bummed that you were probably going to be too busy to post but now I'm excited about the vicarious vacation. I can't wait to see the photos and hear how it is. I have never been to Europe at all. My one chance I gave up for the sake of my mother's sanity. It was a school trip and she was freaking about the idea. I failed French anyway LOL. Good Luck on your trip. You inspire me to keep at my goals, if you can do it there I can do it here. Thanks!
    2645 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/24/2010 7:30:47 PM
    ooh, you're gonna have such a great time!!! Berlin is my totally favourite city in Europe (apart from my city, of course). and i actually found it very easy to stay on track in Germany, they have great choice of freggies, in my opinion, and great choice of delicious low-cal food.
    the pastries are another story... i never touched them, cause they did look like they could overpower me for good. but that was me.
    hiking is gonna be great! and the tiergarten, maaaan, that is one awesome park! i couldn't clock in a run when i was there, but i did a lot of walking there when generally sightseeing and i was CRAZY JEALOUS of all those people running. the park is like a forest but like, NEXT TO, awesome architecture and monuments. lucky, lucky berliners!

    you have a great time!!! berlin rocks!!!
    2645 days ago
    I am sooooo jealous!!! I love love love Germany and miss it tons. I lived there twice for a year each time. When you go out to places, there aren't going to be TONS of veggies on the menu but if you go to the grocery store they have alot of choice and it's alot less expensive than going out. Water is good straight from the tap but the Germans will look at you like you're crazy, they love their fizzy water! In places like Berlin you'll have tons of choices with food. Berlin is a very cool trendy city and any kind of cuisine you'd like. Bavaria however, they stick to the typical fare. HAVE FUN!!!! I want to go back so bad next year!
    2645 days ago
    Have a wonderful trip, you have a great plan!!! I am so excited that you'll be blogging about it, I can't wait to hear about your walking and running adventures in Germany!! Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
    2645 days ago
    I'm so looking forward to having a virtual holiday with you! Unfortunately for me all the walking won't be included! I have always found that I lost weight during a holiday that involved lots of walking. The big challenge was to keep it off when I got home. I hope your vacation exceeds all your expectations and your weight loss is through the roof! Enjoy!
    2645 days ago
    O.M.G. I wish I could come along in your back pocket ... what a great trip you have planned AND an awesome plan to stay on track with your healthy lifestyle. Can't wait to see your photo's and read your blogs. You ROCK sister!

    Safe travels and Happy Thanksgiving!
    2645 days ago
    Sounds like a fantastic time! Its great that you get a pass on having to worry about family drama, overindulging on thanksgiving food, and feeling bad about it later. It sounds like you have a good plan in place, so I think you'll do just fine! Try to stick to it as much as possible, but don't beat yourself up about it too much if you slip up every once in awhile. You're on vacation! Enjoy yourself!
    2645 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    I hope you have a WONDERFUL time.

    I loved Germany when I went, I so want to go again. I stayed near Stuttgart, in the Black Forest... my host family made me real Black Forest Gataux on my last day... was kugulhupf on my first day!
    The giant preztels on the streets where awesome... was way too young for beer when I went!

    2645 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/24/2010 4:31:59 PM
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