Saturday, June 22, 2013
So I went on a 4 day vacation to Las Vegas. Not the easiest place in the world to control your food choices. I am not one of those really dedicated people who go to a place like this and pack their own food. More power to those who do - I would love to say that some day I might get there. My husband's and my reality is that we target Las Vegas for it's affordability - yes really. We are not gamblers. Between the two of us we gambled maybe $100.00. We enjoy the top quality shows and finding delicious meals. That is our truth and we are not sorry. ;) Cirque du Soleil's new show is incredible, the Thai restaurant the country is raving about was incredible and luckily, most of the places we looked for required a walk down the hall, through the casino, across the sprawling property and then back again when we didn't find it correctly the first time. I have been working more on regular and more constant mobility. Considering my beginning phase of the moment, the walking walking walking walking that is required to do anything there, was a major victory for me. I have been concentrating on building my total steps in a day. My pedometer has not seen numbers like that until now. My husband took me salsa dancing on our first night there. I had on rubber soled sandals for comfort and functionality while others had on --- well it is salsa dancing in VEGAS! I did what I could. We enjoyed each other and the music and the plans we made to practice more at home. I'll take in whatever exercise support I can get. Advil was my best friend the next day and so was my attitude. I did enjoy our meals. I stopped when I was full, balanced with vegetables and did splurge on a bit of dessert and wine. I refuse to make this weight loss journey a punishment or a hassle in any way. It will become a way of life that I manage and ease into and not a deprivational situation to despise. I decided ahead of time that my main focus during those 4 days was to remain active with minimal complaint of discomfort. Must Must MUST get past that so that I can begin to build upon physical efforts and push forward. While ibuprophen helps, I want and need to get to the not needing it phase. The best way to get past any difficulty is to move through it. That's easier on some days and harder on others but it seems to be working well for me so far. Of course I wish I could wear some of the shoes and the beautiful maxi and mini dresses that others adorn themselves with but rather than feeling sorry for myself or ruining a vacation with self pity, I took mental pictures and notes of what I like --- motivation. I enjoyed what I ate without getting too full, I allowed food to remain on my plate instead of "getting my money's worth". I enjoyed myself and my husband very much. Even he noticed and complimented how well I handled what for many (including me in the past) might be defeating, difficult and an easy excuse to give up altogether. Most of all, I'm excited to be back on my Spark page and tracking again because I WANT to and not HAVE to.