Sunday, May 12, 2013
The real test of weight maintenance during a vacation began when we finally got our room. We moved in our stuff, including suitcases, nutritional supplements, remaining foodstuffs, and my portable DVD player with workout programs. The conference didn't begin until 1:30 p.m., so although I was tired and still a little cranky from the two-hotel dance, I got into my workout clothes and worked out. It was amazing how much better I felt after loosening up my joints and muscles. Then I showered and put on comfortable clothes for lunch. We ate in the hotel's restaurant, Garcia's, that had a Mexican theme. We both ordered chicken burritos in the hopes of maintaining some sort of reasonable calorie count. What we didn't count on was how wonderfully fresh everything tasted. We spoke with the server and the manager; everything is made fresh on-site and it was wonderful! Also reasonably priced.
After the conference session ended we went to Applebees for dinner. They have a great menu of under-500-calorie meals, although you can get some of the same meals for less money if you order their 2-for-20 special. Unfortunately that also includes an appetizer, and the calorie count goes back up.
Every day we stayed there we enjoyed the breakfast buffet and I must confess we like our breakfast. So we ate more than our normal portions and options. And every day we stayed there I worked out. The little DVD player more than paid for itself in value since there was no excuse for slacking. And every day I used their customer-available computers to get onto SparkPeople to track my food and exercise.
The conference provided 2 sumptuous lunches, and I enjoyed them thoroughly but only took half portions of the entrées and skipped the added carbs such as rice and breads. Thursday I skipped the cheesecake and indulged in a half portion of some concoction of whipped cream with fruit in it. (I'm sure it has a formal name but I don't know what it is.) Saturday we were all serve a piece of cake during the after-lunch session as part of the association's 75th anniversary; I scraped off the frosting and ate just the cake.
Sunday we met with friends, so it was a wrap at Denny's for lunch and another steak at Applebees for supper. Monday we retraced the route and eating pattern of our 14 hour drive home. I really dreaded coming home to the scale.
Tuesday morning I took the bull by the horns and weighed myself. Wonder of wonders, I had only gained 1 pound. That stayed on for a day or two and then it was gone too. So I guess the moral of the story is that with modern technology and some reasonable accommodations for restaurant food, it is possible to enjoy a vacation and still keep off the pounds - at least, mostly.
Wednesday I got back to work and compared notes with co-workers who had gone on vacation recently. Every one of them reported gaining 7-10 pounds.
Thank you SparkPeople for the motivation and the means to maintain my healthy habits. Now it's back to the program for the other 20 pounds I still need to lose.