Wednesday, March 20, 2013
I had been so worried, about my knees, about my weight, about the altitude, about it all. But, in the end my vacation turned out okay. Better than okay. I went on 3 long and challenging hikes in Costa Rica and Peru, and I did just fine. The altitude did hit me in Cusco - I got horribly sick. But within a day I was sorted out, and able to hike a day on the Inca Trail, and Wayna Picchu the day after that.
It was beautiful, breathtaking, dramatic, and bold. My photos disappoint me because they do not capture the colors and textures and depth of the Andes well enough. But the experience was more than worth the fears and the sickness. I will never forget it.
Several days of challenging hiking and travel burst me through a plateau. I worked out a lot to get ready for the trip, and developed a new knee problem, but got my weight down to 140 the days before we left. 10 days later, that 140 was maintained without tracking at all. Granted, I was sick for several days at altitude and not eating much, but the days before in Costa Rica I had indulged too much. It all evened out, it seemed.
Then this morning, after a couple days' rest, I got back on the scale and it read 137.5. Usually I only log my weight in on Mondays, so that I am not just tracking water gain and loss -- but since on Monday morning I had just stepped off a plane, I figure today a Wednesday weigh-in is OK. I'm back on my old diet of mostly vegetables and coffee and fish, and I think it is working for me & my body is responding well.
How strange to have a vacation where I lose instead of gain! And I'm so happy, too, because getting out of my routine, and taking a risk has actually given me a measurable physical health benefit ... and a mental one.
It's a cliche to say that you need a vacation. At my work, anyway, it is a joke, because for years we have been understaffed and everyone actually needs a vacation all the time. But I think my trip proved that I really did need one. The change of pace and exposure to new things jumpstarted my health and my weight-loss goals.
I'm less frustrated now than I was before the trip. I feel accomplished in many ways. And, I feel like there is hope I can get back to the figure I was used to having. It's not a lost cause - it's proof: I just need to keep things fresh and keep challenging myself to try new and exciting things... and my body will respond.