Monday, July 16, 2012
I has been just about 10 months since our journey to a healthier lifestyle started and the past 2 weeks were the first time we had limited computer access and access to tracking out food and exercise. Initially we planned on being gone 4-5 days, but it stretched into a nice break and vacation. But how did we do with the scale when we got back?
Fortunately, we were at a place where we were in charge of what we were going to eat, and we were able to buy and eat what we would 'normally' eat. The great thing is we both have some pretty established eating routines, particularly for breakfast and lunch, and we were able to continue that with little difficulty. Dinner on the other hand was a little bit more of a 'wildcard'.
We did have facilities to cook, but it was also about 90 everyday and there was no great interest or desire in heating things up by cooking. So that left the options of eating out, take out, or cold food. We actually did a little of each, and were quite proud of ourselves when we did eat out, rather than each ordering and over indulging on over-sized meal portions, we actually ordered one entree and split it between the two of us.
Snacking now was a bit of another issue. We did try to buy and have available fresh and healthy snacks, and for the most part were successful. But not having the regular activities and routine, did result in some challenges in this area.
Exercise; if anything, I was most pleasantly surprised that I was able to exercise regularly, though tried to do it early in the day because of the high temperatures. We did not have access to indoor exercise, which was a little detrimental. I mapped out several walking/running routes, and actually was able to do more running than I anticipated, even making it up a hill midway through one route by the end of the two weeks. Along with the planned exercise, we were able to be fairly active during the day in many other ways.
What did the scale read when I got home? I was pleasantly surprised that I was within 2 pounds of where I had been prior to leaving for vacation. I was within the 3-4 pound range I am working at maintaining my weight at and was able to purchase a couple of items of clothing while on vacation in my now much smaller size.
It is a matter of establishing and maintaining a habit of healthier choices in what we eat and in what we do. It can be done, even in very different from normal circumstances.