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4/19/12 10:52 A

Hi, Maureen ! Gosh, it must be wonderful to be able to stay in Spain for two months ! Take me with you !! :)

What to do ? When I'm in Europe, I eat like a local. I just came back from a week in Amsterdam. I can't tell you how much cheese and butter I ate. But you know what ? I didn't gain weight. The Dutch people do not have the obesity problems that the US does. Why ? because they eat smaller portions and they get regular exercise. The Dutch ride bikes, lots of bike. They walk a lot too, just like many other Europeans.

What do the locals in Spain do for exercise ? Do they walk every where ? If so, try being like a local and walking to more and more places. Also, how often do they eat those yummy pastries ? If they don't eat them every day, neither should you. Eat them like they do as a once in a while treat. I'll bet they eat plenty of fresh fruit. I know when I was in Italy, I saw Italians constantly munching on a piece of fruit.

So, how about trying to eat more servings of their yummy local fruit ? That's another way to get back on track while you're away. Mostly, do try to be mindful of your portions. It's okay to indulge, but you don't want to over indulge too often.

I've been thinking Spain may be my next road trip. Thinking about doing the walk to Saintiago de Campostella.


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4/19/12 9:18 A

Hi Maureen,

As one of my favorite proverbs reads, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." What I love about this saying is that it does not force of to look back or look too far ahead but just where we are right now at this minute.

Healthy living is a lifestyle of small healthy habits integrated into our lives. Even if you have a not so healthy breakfast or lunch does not mean you cannot make a healthy dinner. Every opportunity allows us to make a healthy choice, even if that just means we are replacing a soda with water or adding in a few extra veggies at a meal.

Be well and have a great vacation.

Coach Nancy

LHOFFMAN2 Posts: 68
4/19/12 9:11 A


I also have not been having a good week. But, like you I am using the Spark site to help keep me going. Each day is a new beginning. Try to plan for an idulgence - don't say that you will never have a pastry or things that you shouldn't, it's too hard. Instead try to plan on one indulgence - that way you are still controlling the situation to some degree without feeling deprived.

Good luck!

MAUREENIE1 Posts: 498
4/19/12 4:22 A

Hello everyone!
I am on vacation right now and I have really fallen off the wagon.

We own a villa in Spain and are here for 2 months. One month of our vacation has gone by and I have not been sticking to my eating plan.

It seems that all my plans for a healthy lifestyle, while I was here went out the window right away. It took me 2 weeks to fully get over the jet lag, the weather here has been unseasonably cold and rainy and I am sick with a sinus infection that doesn't seem to be responding to the antibiotics. I had planned on going for a walk every day in the mountains, but the weather and my health have not made that easy. I don't have a scales here, so I have not weighed myself for a month. Because I have been sick with a sore throat, cough and now sinus infection, I have not been able to socialize. All of this has made me feel so down that I have reverted to doing the one thing in Europe that is available....eating!!!

I have indulged every day in pastries with my cafe con leche! The Spanish fry everything in olive oil and they love their bread and potatoes. And I have adopted this way of eating wholeheartedly.

This morning when I woke up, I lay in bed thinking, I need to get back on track!!! I have started to do this by logging into Sparks and writing this message hoping that by starting to be accountable and connecting with my Spark Family that I will be able to get myself turned around.

Thanks for letting me vent!


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