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Vacation weigh in results..


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Sunday, December 02, 2012

I normally don't blog on night shift simply because its tough to keep my train of thought from getting derailed. I guess old bloggers never die, they just lose their text and wander.. I hope I don't do that tonight.

Some have inquired about how my vacation went so here it is...I weighed in the minute I got home and I was mildly amused at the numbers. Since I have tracked such instances of sudden weight gain before, it was no surprise and I also could place a very accurate guess as to how long it would take for the weight to feather back down.

This was, however, a new all time record for sudden weight gain.

Almost 16 pounds from my lowest average weight.

Guys can retain insane amounts of water too, im one of them.

I'm sharing this in the hopes that it might help someone else get off the emotional roller coaster where ones self esteem is tied to the scale. I made it a point to divorce my sense of success or failure from the scale a long time ago for this very reason and it is disheartening to hear of sincere, dedicated people getting so discouraged by a one or two pound uptick.

One lesson i learned early on is that weight loss is not the textbook 1-2 pounds per week linear experience that we are led to believe. After having lost well over 100 pounds, i understand this all too well. My progress looks more like an amusement park ride.

I learned that my body is not some lump walking around on a couple of toothpicks, it is an extremely complex organism of the highest level with millions of processes taking place every day...adding, subtracting, reacting. Dynamic on every level. It is grossly unrealistic to imagine that as complex as this machine is, that ones body weight will never fluctuate in response to changes in diet, environment, stress, hormones, and even increases in activity level.

Not all weight loss is fat loss and not all gains are fat gains. In the long run, fat is the only thing we are truly concerned about.

In my experience, fat gain has always been this slow, insidious creep that slowly comes on and never goes away, never changes. The kind of weight gain I'm dealing with was sudden. In spite of my activity level and better choices (mostly...I was on vacation mind you) I packed on quite a bit. Also it should also be noted that I spent quite a bit of time behind the wheel for long hours and getting irregular sleep.

Within about 72 hrs I dropped 10 pounds by just getting rest, drinking lots of water and lowering my carb intake then the remaining few came off shortly thereafter. Overall, it took about 9 days for my body to normalize and reach some sort of balance. The sodium and constant inactivity/sitting took its toll with major water retention.

Overall results from my trip once I settled back down... my weight is within 3 pounds of my lowest weight and it is common for my weight to swing +- 5 pounds even when things are hitting on all 8 cylinders so overall I would say that I did a great job enjoying myself while balancing it out with better choices and making time to increase my activity level.

Thanks to all of my friends who encouraged me along this trip..10 days on the road was pretty long. Although it was a drag to come back and immediately go to nights, it feels good to get some sense of routine back.
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CATNCAG 8/21/2013 10:36AM

    emoticon U did emoticon ! I love your outlook on the scales! I myself am getting much better at not freaking out by what the scales say! I am learning to enjoy the non-scale victories such as wearing clothes that used to be too tight, being able to wear my seatbelt and fitting in chairs better at places such as movie theaters & doctor's offices! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EFFRAYECHILDE 12/11/2012 8:39AM

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FAVORITEAUNT84 12/5/2012 9:44PM

    I always retain a lot of water during road trips. It's amazing how sitting for long periods of time can make one MORE tired. I've also found how important good, regular sleep is on my journey to healthy. Having a normal schedule is pretty dang important for me, I've found.

Glad you're back safe and sound! emoticon

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SCHNEBL 12/5/2012 12:34PM

    Good for you ...I am trying really hard to divorce myself from the scale - it is hard though!

Looking good by the way!

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JUSGETTENBY42 12/5/2012 9:43AM

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BILL60 12/5/2012 8:34AM

    Hang tough, my friend.

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TONYTHETSANGEL 12/4/2012 11:24PM

    Great blog! So true about that darn scale. The scale alone can put you on an emotional roller coaster! I use to weigh myself everyday.....had to give that up in order to stay motivated!

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JIBBIE49 12/4/2012 7:16PM

    emoticon Congrats. Great to see you blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

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VOLLEYGIRL77 12/4/2012 11:13AM

    Glad you had a good time!

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ALOFA0509 12/4/2012 9:30AM

    A-men Bro!!!! Best blog I've read all YEAR emoticon

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BLUEJEAN99 12/4/2012 1:55AM

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 12/3/2012 11:07PM

    Great job!!!

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MAMADWARF 12/3/2012 11:05PM

    Love this..it will help me and many others to no get so emotional about weight fluctuations...great job!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/3/2012 10:55PM

    It's always good to hear someone else reinforcing the fact that weight gain is not the same as fat gain. I definitely freak out when I see suddenly higher numbers, even though I KNOW, rationally, it can't be fat gain if I put on 11 pounds in a week on vacation. Thank you for posting this! :)

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ROCKYCPA 12/3/2012 10:14PM

    Well done! Good for you!

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NEWMOM20121 12/3/2012 9:15PM

    Well done.

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HEARTS116 12/3/2012 8:14PM

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PCASEY7 12/3/2012 7:48PM

    Great blog! I usually have the same result after vacation and within 1-2 weeks of my routine I'm back where I started. As a result I don't sweat the weight gain as I know it's a very short term situation. Thanks for sharing!

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DIANNEMT 12/3/2012 7:04PM

    GREAT to know it came off when you got back on a regular routine!

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SJKENT1 12/3/2012 6:45PM

    It is so much better for our fragile psyche when we really know our body's machinations and how to care for it.

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KITHKINCAID 12/3/2012 6:12PM

    Yep - SO true. I went on a mini-vacation over Thanksgiving. Gained about 10 pounds. Lost 6 of it the next day. Back down to within 2 pounds of my maintenance weight for the past year and a half now.

Salt is a bitch!

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MARYJEANSL 12/3/2012 6:00PM

  It's good to know that even large fluctuations may be just that - fluctuations! I would expect water gain of maybe five pounds, but I never dreamed it could be as high as 16. I appreciate your sharing your experience.

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KARRENLYNN 12/3/2012 3:43PM

    Great job, thanks for sharing!

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NEWTINK 12/3/2012 1:38PM

    Good job recognizing that it was not an instant failure and congrats on it coming right back off as quickly as it came . emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEWCHINELO 12/3/2012 12:47PM

    You did well.

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/3/2012 12:18PM

  It wouldn't be vacation, if you didn't enjoy it.

You have a very balanced view and the info you shared is revealing and helpful.

I happen to find it amazing that routine can change things that much.

I think our honesty will hep us understand plenty. Thanks! emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/3/2012 12:06PM

    emoticon You did awesome.

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SLIMLEAF 12/3/2012 11:44AM

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and thanks for the encouragement about sudden weight gain too. I've been experiencing quite a bit of that lately. Some of it will be fat, but not ALL of it, particularly as you say when I've been sticking to my calorie range and exercising.

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EBIELOU 12/3/2012 11:43AM

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing this! I have recently been that person tied to the scale, but this is my week of a comeback. I'm going to get that rest you speak of, limit my carb intake, and get a GREAT workout in:) I wish you well on your journey!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 12/3/2012 11:39AM

    I am right there with you on vacation weight gain. Even over the weekend...2 pounds, definitely holding water, because I never drink as much on vacation as I should.

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MOMMY445 12/3/2012 9:33AM

    way to go! congrats on your success! have a fabulous day!

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MIMIDOT 12/3/2012 8:41AM

    Vacations take a toll on you one way or another. But you did a great job of it. When all was said and done, you were in good shape. Thank for sharing.

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PENOWOK 12/3/2012 8:36AM

    That's what I call success!

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DNRAE1 12/3/2012 8:35AM

    I agree with Sherylds.....I always settle down about 3 days after returning from a trip. Great blog and so glad you had a great vacation. emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 12/3/2012 7:34AM

    great blog thanks nice to hear someone who understands weight and how it goes up and down I can never understand those people that freak because of a pound I can change a pound in the shower no lol really I can so anyway thanks for the reality

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BESSHAILE 12/3/2012 7:21AM

    That's the trouble with vacations - you have to come back from them. Hope you settle in nicely. And What Memories you have!

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WILSON1926 12/3/2012 5:51AM

    One day, one minute, one meal at a time.
great job

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TRYINGHARD54 12/3/2012 5:46AM

    great job.......thank you for sharing

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SHERYLDS 12/3/2012 5:32AM

    sage advice....good blog..thanks

I firmly believe in waiting 3 days before weighing in after a trip.
but the scale keeps us from getting cocky
a reminder that we can't revert to old behaviors

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