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Weight Loss Doesn't Take A Vacation...

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Saturday, January 11, 2014



emoticon Disclaimer: I am all about cutting loose on vacation and enjoying it to the fullest, including enjoy all the food your vacation has to offer. This is not meant to offend anyone. emoticon

Okay, now that the official business is out of the way, we can get started! emoticon I go to Vegas a lot to visit my wonderful and amazing Gammie. Seriously, she rocks!


^Gammie being silly.

She lives alone and I enjoy spending time with her, she is truly my BFF, so I love to see her as many times as possible. Probably between 4-6 times a year. In previous years, I would go maybe 2-3 times. When it was only 2-3 times a year... I could truly view it as a vacation. I was getting away, which means eat whatever you want, don't worry about exercise and just enjoy. There is nothing wrong with that when vacations are few and far between. But now that they are more frequent and for longer periods of time, I simply can not keep up those "vacation style habits".

So I am not looking at it as vacation, I am looking at it as a visit with my Gammie.



Does Vegas have great buffets and food everywhere? Absolutely. Do I have to eat there every single time I go? Absolutely not. Will I ever go to a Vegas buffet again? Absolutely, just not on this trip. We will be going out to dinner once or twice as Gammie is platinum status at the casino and has some free food coupons to spend, but we already know that we are going to eat half our entree and take the rest home for dinner. Yay for planning! The rest of the week we will be eating perfectly normal and tracking the calories. I got a new food scale and gifted her my old one, so I have no excuses. I have everything I need and I will follow my plan.

Not to mention my walking partner is coming along and he will get a minimum of a 1 mile walk each night. That really keeps me in line. emoticon

I had been off track since Halloween, and it was very important to me to get back on track before I left for Vegas. I am leaving Saturday afternoon/evening, and I am proud to say that Friday was my 8th day on track with both nutrition and exercise! emoticon On track for me is making sure I walk and making sure I stay under a certain amount of calories. Sometimes I was over my Spark recommended calories but still under my "golden number" and that is what counts for me. I knew that if I did not get on track before Vegas, my awful habits would have continued in Vegas and I would have went face first into the buffet and other food places while I was there. Now that I am back on track, I don't want to go back to that out of control feeling that I felt for so many weeks. I truly and honestly forgot how good it felt to be in control of your food and your choices. You are always in control of your choices, but sometimes it doesn't feel that way, especially when you are off track for so long. I also forgot how good it felt for the scale to start going down again and for my pants not to be so tight that they are cutting off my circulation.



Have you been off track for a while? Whether it's months or days it doesn't matter, you can get back on track today. If the New Year didn't start off with the bang you had hoped for, let it go. There is a ton of days and weeks left in 2014 and you deserve to make them the best you can! I honestly thought I was doomed. After being off track for 2 months and regaining 11 pounds, I thought the only logical explanation was that I was out of control, I couldn't be stopped and that I would regain all my lost weight plus more. Why did I think that? Because that is what has happened too many times for me to even count. But that isn't how it works. A few bad weeks, months, even a bad year doesn't have to define us and send us back to the beginning. Even if it does send us back to the beginning we always have a new chance to get it right. Getting back on track is not easy, and it may take several attempts to get it right, but in the end it is definitely worth it and you can do it! emoticon

I hope everyone makes it a great week and I can't wait to see what you are all up to when I get back late on Thursday night! emoticon emoticon
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GRAMPIAN 3/30/2014 5:35AM

  Good sense. emoticon

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MCJULIEO 2/3/2014 9:50AM

    Thank you for those wise words!

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ROSEHIP:-) 1/20/2014 7:18PM

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PIGGYWAY 1/20/2014 5:57PM

  I DON`T EAT MUCH WHEN I AM ON VACATION DON`T KNOW WHY

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EFFRAYECHILDE 1/20/2014 11:53AM

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TREV1964 1/16/2014 6:36PM

    What a lovely blog - I was so very close to my grandparents and although no longer with us they continue to inspire me to this day.

You will succeed on this - you can tell from your attitude - you are a complete success just waiting to happen.

Cheers

Trev

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FLMOMX2 1/16/2014 8:37AM

    Sounds like you've got a great plan. Enjoy emoticon

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SHANNONY84 1/15/2014 9:40PM

    Great blog! Thank you for the reminders!

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GEORGE815 1/15/2014 8:17PM

    Another chance. I'll take it!

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LAFFWITHLINDA 1/15/2014 6:54PM

    Well said, I'm taking a long weekend and will follow your example.

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KICKINGKILOS 1/15/2014 11:13AM

    Have a VegasyFun :).
I have been off track since a month:(

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ZAPPATTACK 1/15/2014 10:18AM

    Woohoo, back on track!!

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GWINNER1 1/14/2014 11:51PM

    I can so relate to to this blog. emoticon Hope you have a great year full of healthy habits!

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ITSABSURD 1/14/2014 9:53PM

    Way to stay on track!

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MONTREAL12 1/14/2014 8:27PM

  Wishing you and yours, especially Gammie a most Happy and Healthy New Year! Enjoy and get together as often as you can; life is short emoticon

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ADF1981 1/14/2014 7:06PM

    Hope you have fun visiting your Gammie in Vegas!

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KMCOOK75 1/14/2014 4:16PM

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MICHELLE-J1 1/14/2014 10:03AM

  thank you sooo much, today is my start over day after stopping right around halloween. i have "tried" a few times to do better but it just never stuck now I'm back on sparkpeople and hope to get under 200 finally. i gained about 4 pounds

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ASCIESZKA 1/14/2014 6:50AM

    Thank you for sharing!

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LAHUDSONCHEF 1/14/2014 12:41AM

    Steph...here I am, back again after I don't even remember how many months, and somewhere around 15 lbs back up. So stoked to see you hangin' in, and not letting old patterns take you down. :)

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JUNETTA2002 1/13/2014 9:53PM

    I agree with you

Well Said

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AMYSYOKO 1/13/2014 9:06PM

  amen sista...you rock too

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WALLPER26 1/13/2014 9:05PM

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CECELW 1/13/2014 8:14PM

    I love your blog! Just a wonderful perspective. You sound like your well on your way. You have a good attitude. That's half the battle right there. Hugs to you and grammie!

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SPARKLINGME176 1/13/2014 6:17PM

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JENRAQTAY87 1/13/2014 5:09PM

    This concept to me is similar to the one like "Oh, I'll start on Monday, or next month, or next year." Only on vacation, for me often turns into way longer than that!

Great post! I really like the picture of you with your Gammie emoticon

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AKWENZEKE 1/13/2014 4:48PM

  emoticon spark on

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JRRING 1/13/2014 2:49PM

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GUDDIGO 1/13/2014 1:05PM

  you have a very wonderful perspective...

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CRYSUNSHINE714 1/13/2014 12:50PM

    I really needed to read this posted today... You're an inspiration!!!

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VANGO79 1/13/2014 12:48PM

    Have an awesome visit with your grandma. And you make a great point! Well said.

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NANCYTUNBERG64 1/13/2014 12:03PM

    Have a wonderful visit and great planning!!!

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ONTHEPATH2 1/13/2014 10:46AM

    Oh my gosh!! Just what I needed to hear! I've been off track since my vacation in August and just now getting myself headed in the direction of my goals. We don't HAVE to gain it all back just because that is what we always did! Way to plan! Here's to getting back on track! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 1/13/2014 10:40AM

    Great to see your blog in the Spark Mail.

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SILVER_WOLF1221 1/13/2014 9:59AM

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YOU GO GIRL!!

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SPARKBJOK 1/13/2014 9:46AM

    Enjoy!

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SBARGANZ 1/13/2014 9:42AM

    Have fun!

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FRABBIT 1/13/2014 9:38AM

  This is a well written blog. Have a great time with your Gammie!

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BRASKIN 1/13/2014 9:32AM

  Its a roller coaster ride...but we can control the ride! Thanks for some good words to start my day. emoticon

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KWING517 1/13/2014 9:17AM

    I needed that. Actually, what I need is a great big kick in the butt and probably a Gibbs slap to the back of the head. I did NOT start the new year with the "bang" I had hoped. I'm dealing with some issues (only some of which are the fact that I can not seem to pass by something sweet right now!!!), and some emotional eating. Now, I'm not really eating outside of my calorie range either, but the scale is bouncing ALL over the place - sometimes up to 10 lbs difference in 24 hrs.

So, you're right. I need to stop the "I will never reach my goal anyway" emotional eating and get back on track today!!

Thanks Steph!!! Enjoy your time with Gammie!!

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KIMBERLY0916 1/13/2014 9:04AM

    awesome!! great job for planning. it helps to know the options and consequences before hand so there's mindfulness involved and not just meh especially when it comes to food and exercise.

i'm going to put that last photo up on my fb! i need that message

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 1/13/2014 8:13AM

    Great post

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KANOE10 1/13/2014 8:06AM

    Great blog. It is the perfect time to get back on track. Your plans to stay on while in Vegas are great. Enjoy visiting your grandmother.

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AJB121299 1/13/2014 7:48AM

    nice

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 1/13/2014 7:36AM

    I LOVE that your Gram is your BFF... AND you say it! Good for you!

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