Monday, September 09, 2013
I prepared for the conference by banking calories. I got my weight down to my perfect ideal weight - 166. I decided that I would only join the conference for the lunch buffet. For breakfast and supper, I packed oatmeal and low calorie garden foods to prepare in our room. I did indulge in the desserts at the buffet but made good choices in the buffet line. Occasionally, I did more snacking in the evening than I really wanted to. I did some modest exercise in my room and joined the conference 2.5 mile hike that had been planned. All well and good. On the way home, we stopped in to see our daughter and to celebrate her birthday. I splurged on a Thai restaurant meal and left stuffed. The next morning at my parents' home, I enjoyed Mom's cooking and a full breakfast of sausage, pancakes and toppings. I continued to eat through the day and snacked to the point of discomfort in the evening. Sunday followed with two church pot luck meals - I did not follow my intention to stick with vegetarian choices. I had fried chicken and desserts and in the evening at the Caribbean cross-cultural gathering, enjoyed rice and beans, spicy meats, chips and salsa, and homemade desserts. I didn't stop even then but continued to eat into the evening, again to the point of discomfort. So like a piece of music building in a crescendo to a resounding climax I have not maintained the discipline I had hoped to keep while away from home. It seems to me that some feasting on special occasions is a reasonable part of healthy living. What I don't like is the way I tend to set all discipline aside on these occasions, thinking I'll get back to my routine tomorrow or when I get back home. Through careful planning and preparation, I did do better during the week of the conference than I have done in the past. But I allowed myself to lose control during the weekend activities. Its harder to keep tracking calories and exercise while traveling on the road but checking in regularly as a way of reminding myself of how I'm doing and of my goals would probably help me catch myself sooner before hitting such a disappointing crescendo. I'll give myself a day to get the salt out of my system and then tomorrow I'll post my weight to see how much damage has been done. Today, I start working my way back once again to my maintenance goal.