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Vacation? Uh oh!... My Appalachian revelation.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Calories eaten on vacation shouldn't count. (Can I get a witness?!)

I'm not gonna lie. I'm struggling a bit. I was doing really well...until...we went on vacation. (The Appalachian Mountains-hence the blog title) Too many calories, too little exercise. (Sound familiar?) I came home feeling defeated and frustrated. I had such high expectations for myself. Maybe too high. I only started this journey in July, but I was expecting myself to be near perfect in a difficult (for me) situation with little experience on how to deal with it. (sigh)

I was away from home so- away from my exercise bike, my usual foods, my trusty water bottle, my own bed...It was rainy so I wasn't walking as much as expected. We ate out. A lot. The water tasted funky and I just could not sleep on the strange bed...(yada, yada, yada...) It was the perfect storm.

So, I ate too much and exercised too little and beat myself up. A lot. But, as I look back on it, there was some improvement from past experiences on vacation. I ate ok most of the time. (Wow!) I tried to drink some water every day. (Yep!) I tracked my food most days. (Yay!) I was at least aware of my activity level each day. (Ok!) So, clearly, my mind is being retrained to make, or at least recognize, healthier choices. And that is a very important step forward. Probably more important than I even realize.

I have been back from vacation for about 10 days now. It took me 2 days to get back to my exercise bike. Food has been the harder struggle. But I checked my SP report and I actually stayed in or near my calorie range all but 2 days since my return. (It felt worse than that.) And...I finally weighed myself again. I feared the worst. I just knew I had gained weight. That's why I gave myself 10 days before weigh-in. And guess what? I actually lost almost a pound! (To be fair-I think giving myself a little time to get back on track had a lot to do with it.)

I still don't have the confidence in myself to be able to 'behave' perfectly on vacations. But, I have to admit I have made progress. Doing the right things every day, day after day, week after week, makes a difference in the way you think and act. The process works if you keep at it. It works!

And that is a good thing because...Quitting. Is. Not. An. Option.
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KNEWMETODAY 9/28/2012 4:44PM

    Did you feel better after beating yourself up? Probably not, huh? This is a journey and, along the road, you're going to find twists and turns, gravel roads, and even pot holes. The road doesn't stop because of rough terrain, but it does occasionally smooth out. Let common sense rule, but don't let fear of food rule your vacation!

I hope that things have evened out for you in the time since you wrote the blog. Just know that the encouragement and support are here for you. We don't ever have to try to do this alone again.

Stay strong,

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JUDDLL 9/23/2012 1:12PM

    Don't beat yourself up it just makes it harder to get back on track. Take a deep breath acknowledge the moment and move on. The biggest thing you need to do is congratulate yourself for getting back to it and not taking the vacation as an excuse to go hog wild and forget everything you had learned. Well done. Give yourself a pat on the back you deserve it!

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IRISHF 9/18/2012 8:01PM

    I never weight myself right after coming home from vacation. My husband and I always gain, from the salt content in restaurant food. And yes, from overeating. But a big chunk of it usually comes off in a couple days, so I just stopped weighing myself upon my return because I'd get mad at myself. Not productive.

Now, my husband and I get in tons of walking while on vacaion, or hiking. It really helps (unless it is raining like what happened to you.)

Don't worry, we are creating a LIFE here! And life can include vacations. :)

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2JUSTME 9/18/2012 10:37AM

    emoticon I think you are being too hard on yourself. It seems to me that you have done quite well considering the circumstances. You do have to give yourself a little grace. After all you were on vacation!

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SUTERSPACE 9/18/2012 9:48AM

    Vacations, hmmm. The good and bad of vacations, enough to write a book on or at least a blog, LOL. You learned AND are learning. Good for you! I bet your next vacation is a little bit better yet.

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MS_PERCEPTION 9/17/2012 4:16PM

    Vacations are unquestionably the hardest part of changing my eating habits! I still make poor food choices EVERY vacation that is more that 2-3 days long. You were smart and got back to your activity and on here pretty much right away and gave yourself a little grace period. I think you handled it VERY well considering this is all relatively new. I'm sure you'll get better each time.

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