I left for a 2 week vacation about mid-August. I was out of the country and decided I would not track my food. I had been using SP for 2 months prior and felt comfortable enough not to log my food. When I returned, my weight stayed the same. I was right! I was able to maintain my weight on vacation.
An added bonus, I had a 5k scheduled 12 hours after i flew back to the US. I was able to tackle that a lot better than I thought I would!! It was like I never left the country.
Now it's been 4 weeks since my return and I've GAINED 6lbs. I'm more than when I started SP. All my weight lost over the summer was back. This month long "jetlag" needs to end and I've pinpointed the problems I've been having.
1. Since vacation, I decided to try Bikram Yoga and bought 20 classes. I was doing yoga weekly for years. It couldn't be that bad right? Once I started, I felt that with my past fainting issues bikram would not help. I spent most of class sitting down because I became light-headed. This means I wasn't able to complete the poses and was just sitting in a sauna. What a waste of 90 minutes. I left classes feeling like I wanted to eat Taco Bell from all the electrolytes I lost from the heat. Furthermore, the next day or so would be spent stuffing my face with carbs and skipping out on the gym because I felt weak and needed to replenish. After 5 sessions of Bikram, it wasn't getting any better. I decided to quit. Yes, quit. I hate that word. I also concluded as much as I hate running, I would rather be running. Bikram is not for me.
2. I hadn't been cooking. It's so hard to come back after 2 weeks and just jump right back into routine. I had 2 important work functions which, of course, had enough junk food to feed this office for weeks. Leftover cookies and brownies became my office breakfast for a whole week. I was too lazy to cook, which means no trips to the grocery and leads to no lunch food to bring from home.
3. I have the travel bug. I want to quit work and travel. This lack of motivation to work is causing me to be idle in the office. My energy level is down during the week. All I want to do is go home. Lack of motivation I feel contributes to me skipping the gym.
It feels good to get that out of my system. After I decided to end my bikram routine on Monday, I hit the gym and it felt GREAT. I already wrote up a routine so I can prepare for my first 10k run (probably around Thanksgiving). I continued to eat leftovers from the work party, but it was just a small sandwich and FRUIT instead of cookies. I'll probably hit the supermarket this weekend when I have more time.
I feel like I have a fresh start. I try to weigh myself weekly. I knew I've been gaining weight, but I guess it takes a few weigh ins to have it sink it. I don't think I have a cure for my travel bug problem, but it's normal to dread work, right?
P.S. I heard good reviews on the FitBit Ultra device. I can't wait to pick up one when the new device comes out, the FitBit One. That will really jumpstart my routine again.