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.
Okay, now that the official business is out of the way, we can get started!
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.
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!
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!
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!