This is an interesting trip because everyone is quite fit, which isn't surprising since it is a 4-day hiking trip! But it's not like taking a cruise, or a trip where you sit on a bus most of the time.
I would say that I'm the most overweight woman here. TC may disagree, but probably only because he's kind!
Our group is interesting: there are 14 of us; there are two married couples, two men whose wives didn't come, a single man, a mother/daughter combo, and the rest are single women.
We eat all meals together so I've had a chance to observe -- and be restricted by -- the habits of others!
Lesson #1: Thin Women Eat Slowly. I've worked hard to adapt that during my trip, and know I need to work harder to adapt it into my eating at home.
Lesson #2: Thin Women Make Good Choices. Chicken, not beef; vegetables, not meat; fruit, not cake. (gah)
Lesson #3: Eat Only What You Want. Some women skip the appetizers even when healthy choices are available; many skip dessert or opt for tea. Most do not feel pressured to eat just because everyone else is. Peru is a meat-eating country, and we have one vegetarian who has been subsisting nearly completely on fruit!
Lesson #4: Thin Women Don't Clean Their Plates. This is hard for me, since I was always taught NEVER to waste food! It seems especially shameful to leave food in a Third World Country where many people do not have enough to eat. But almost none of these women eat everything they are served.
So how am I doing?
I never gauge well on vacation because I don't know how things are prepared and I don't engage in as much intentional exercise as I do at home. But I have to be honest: the habits of others are definitely impacting WHAT and HOW MUCH I eat.
I am thinking a lot about how and what I eat vs. how and what "they" eat. I'll be with this group for another week; maybe some of their excellent habits will rub off on me by then! I hope so!!
Less than an hour until our wakeup call...then breakfast and off to the Inca Trail! Here's a picture of me during our practice hike at the Pisaq Ruins yesterday:
Have a great weekend, Sparkpeeps!