I took a month-long vacation and went to the US to visit with my family and friends there. My husband joined me 10 days after I had arrived, and we returned home to Mexico yesterday. It was a wonderful vacation, and I tried to maintain the weight loss I had achieved, but I don't think I'll step onto the scale for a couple of weeks!
The first 2 weeks I was very good about exercising. My mom lives in a beautiful place for the elderly. There are trails and exercise stations along the way, as well as 3 gyms. I took advantage of the facilities when I was staying with her. Then I moved to my sister's home, and my room was on the 3rd floor. It was very exciting when the Fitbit arrived to see that I was climbing from 20-30 flights of stairs a day. Some of those flights were due to aging (Why did I come into this room? sort of thing), but they all count.
We spent a weekend in New York City and walked a great deal there, as well.
When I'm home in Mexico, I don't drink alcohol, eat bread, pasta, potatoes, or rice. I only use a tad of sugar in certain dishes, or maybe I substitute honey, agave, stevia, molasses, or maple syrup when we can get it.
In the US, I drink stout and red wine. And cava. And there were Christmas cookies... I did eat toast one day, and was bloated and miserable. I have come to the conclusion that it's not beans that make me uncomfortable and bloated, but rather the bread that I always ate with those beans. I can have minestrone soup (I love the recipe from the Spark Cookbook, though I make some adjustments), and I have no problem at all. It's the bread.
I know I've put some weight back on, which is frustrating, but the loose sized 16 jeans that I took to the US are still a bit loose on me, so it's not too much. I plan to reach my goal weight in August, so I know it's simply a question of taking control of my food intake again, getting onto the treadmill and walking/running, and doing strength training with kettlebells and the stretch band (which is in the luggage that still has not arrived).
My husband and I both remained healthy during out US visit. We have been taking apple cider vinegar in water 2-3 times a day. Both of my sisters and my mother all got sick, 2 of them with pneumonia, so we did pretty well staying healthy. Vinegar is a magic potion, I think.
In all, it's good to be home to our dogs and cats. I thoroughly enjoyed the break from work, but I start up again tomorrow. My apologies to my Spark teams. I have not been an active leader / member during this month away. I'll try to do better.
Happy New Year! Let's make it a year of lots of little goals achieved!
On New Year's Eve, my husband Rolando and I went to see the band Start Making Sense, a Talking Heads cover band, with my sister and three friends.