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I'm taking my scale on vacation

Friday, June 21, 2013


I guess that would be just too cheesy of a blog entry, prompting everyone else to chime in with providing my rationale. I've had another recent discovery of "duh", some of the most repeated advice (in this case, low-carb specific advice) works.

My recent insight was that I was not losing and it seemed like I was retaining water. My pants (that fit) left marks around my waist. My socks (which I rarely wear) left marks around my ankles. My flipflops rubbed a raw spot on my foot. My new size 6 ring was feeling a little snug.

The low carb advice is to increase salt and water. I was probably barely hitting my 8 glasses a day, with a lot of that as iced tea. I've made sure to get more water, and take my regular shots of low-sodium salt (sodium and potassium, two electrolytes we need. So far, so good. Every day, a pound down. Yes, water weight, but it may have been masking earlier fat loss. I do not cheat on this low carb thing, so it just drives me bananas when the weight loss stops. It is nice but terrible to tinker and find out the slow-down was self-inflicted.

My vacation destination is a repeat for me, so I know what my food options will be and I'm hopeful it will be pretty easy to make it work. I know from experience that when I'm on vacation I may not be able to find the time to track. I'm happy to stick to eggs and cheese and veggies and salads; they will always be available. There will not be any low carb dessert available. I'm planning to take some nice "getting by" snacks to have handy (hard boiled eggs, cheese, and a fresh batch of zucchini hummus. And my salt, gotta take the salt.

If I don't take my scale, I fear not seeing positive daily feedback if I'm sticking with the program, and immediate scary feedback if I get casual with the carbs and bloat up. The scale readings have come down, down, down this week, and I don't want to blow that.

So that's why the scale is coming on vacation with me!
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  • SHEL_V2
    I'm glad I took it. I didn't have to much trouble sticking to low carb, although I didn't track. Knowing that I'd be keeping an eye on my weight helped keep me honest. Lost a half pound, even eating lots. Loving low carb.
    1514 days ago
  • ADZY86
    Ah you've just made me stop and think: today I booked my holiday to Ghana, leaving in 5 weeks. I go to Ghana almost every year (except last year), and almost every time I go I gain a whole heap of weight. I haven't been to Ghana since I discovered low carbing though! In Ghana their diet is made up mainly of rice, corn, yams and plantains emoticon I think I might be taking my scale with me...none of that horrible carby stuff for me this time, no thanks!
    1523 days ago
    If it works for you go for it.
    1523 days ago
    Hey, if you and the scale are good buds then by all means take him/her/it with you! Accountability is essential, and if the scale helps you at home it will help you on vacation too.

    A lot of people have such very unhealthy relationships with their scales that taking one with them on a trip would constitute an extreme form of torture.

    Good insight on the water and the salt. It's easy to sometimes miss the basics when you get stuck.
    1523 days ago
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    1524 days ago
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