Monday, September 02, 2013
I just got back from the most amazing trip. I spent two weeks on the West Coast, exploring Seattle, then taking a cruise to Alaska and Canada. I saw things I'd never seen before, like the Space Needle, Chihuly Glass, beer brewed with spruce tips, glaciers up close, and so much more. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime sort of trip.
However, did not eat quite as well as I could have or should have. I switched to vegetarian for this trip, which basically meant I was including eggs and dairy in my plan. By the end of the trip, my stomach was pretty unhappy, even with my regimen of probiotics and vitamin supplements. I'm pretty sure it was the dairy. I'm hopeful by the time I take my next cruise the mostly vegan way of eating will be more ingrained and it will be easier to adhere to.
Overall, my back did improve with all the walking we did in Seattle, and I actually lost inches while there (I did gain 2.6 pounds while on the trip, but I honestly think it was muscle...my legs were rock-hard by the end of our week in Seattle!), so I'm taking that to be a positive thing.
As of yesterday, have returned to my usual way of eating. I'm weaning off the sweets with a couple of processed foods, but the soda is off the menu. (I was drinking a lot of ginger ale and Shirley Temples...ginger ale for my queasy stomach, the Shirley Temples just because.) And the desserts, most of which had dairy in them (and where most of the dairy I ate came from). I did notice that I had a couple of vegetarian options at dinner on the boat that were loaded with cheese, and it made the dish so salty I couldn't eat it. I know now my palate has definitely changed--before, it wouldn't bother me. Now, it's totally evident...and unpalatable.
I expect a weight loss this week, since I'm essentially detoxing from our trip. Then I'll get back to work. I have a personal trainer appointment tomorrow, but I may postpone (even though it's been six weeks)--I came back from Alaska with a head cold (as did half of the folks I was traveling with). I'll have to see.
But, Alaska. Amazing. Awe-inspiring. Beautiful. Can't wait to go back.