Tuesday, July 16, 2013
I was away from home for one week. I wanted to stick with my goal of being healthier. Here's how it went:
Group camp. Good healthy food options at all the meals. Tempting to eat too much, but I ate appropriate portions and foods with only modest deserts. Even though I had lots of free time, exercise was more elusive, but I managed to walk an hour half the days.
Family camping. Healthy food options in correct amounts. Fewer snacks than I usually offer everyone. I worried about restricting everyone's food too much and consequently ate a little more than I needed. Oddly, my fear of deprivation drove me to share s'mores with the family, even thought I usually skip the cracker and marshmallow in favor of my favorite, the chocolate. The hardest food temptation was eating out of boredom on the long drives. Again, only hiked half the days to accomadate my family, but I did get one 2-hour hike, easily my favorite part of the trip.
End result? After 10 days, I lost 1 pound and half an inch off my waist, to a total loss of 7.5 pounds and 3.5 inches off my waist since taking action about my health May 31st. It's the least I've accomplished in a 10 day period, but I'll take it, it's still encouraging. I dropped one pant size.
What now? I'd like to return to losing about 1.5 pounds every 10 days, but after I got home I lost my focus and overate for the third day now. However, it's not completely without restraint like before, just enough to slow down my progress. I have not re-established my exercise "streak" as I obsess with housecleaning and garden harvest.
What shall I change?
1) I'm back on track counting calories. I'm doing well through the afternoon, it's in the evenings that I'm most tempted to overeat. If I see from my calorie counting how successful I've been til evening, it gives me extra incentive not to blow it all in the last few hours of the day.
2) Return to cooking ahead big batches of healthy, satisfying fall-back options. In the summer, this is usually a cold bean salad, tabbouleh and fresh fruit. Don't get too lazy to do this!
3) Remember that my health is more important than how tidy my house is. Remember my welfare is equally important as the health of the rest of my family. Enlist my family to make sure I get to walk at least an hour total daily, with or without them, allowing time to walk even on days with long drives. We will get there eventually, and feel better when we do.
4) Plan similar easy, healthy menus for my family's next, longer vacation. Plan lower calorie meals and snacks for days with long drives. Come up with activities I/we can do on windy roads to keep my brain too busy for food! Drink plenty of water, tea, or coffee--that usually helps.