Hubby and I returned from our seven day jaunt yesterday and I had already decided I wasn't going to step on the scale until I'd had a week to "be good" and lose some of the weight I was sure I had gained. But it's part of my morning routine and my sleepy self automatically went to the scale this morning.
Let me tell you how fast I woke up when I realized I had not gained ONE OUNCE on vacation!! Believe me when I say that has never happened before. I was speechless and just so delighted.
I'm thinking of all the food we ate the last few days that in the past I would have considered bad food and felt guilty for days after eating it. Can you smell the blooming onion? How 'bout that five cheese garlic bread with the spaghetti?
At the car show I had curly fries and chicken strips!
Looking back I think these are the things that made the difference, all thanks to my spark training:
-I ate curly fries, but I didn't have my own order. We shared one order and I just had a few. I enjoyed the taste but didn't feel cheated by NOT having them. You know you walk around an outdoor event and you can just smell the food cooking? Same with the blooming onion, took three petals off it and didn't need any more.
-One thing that is hard for me to get used to, is not restricting categories of food. For instance, I've done low carb several times and it's been years since I've been able to eat any bread/cereal product without feeling very guilty. I had Nature Valley granola bars, spaghetti, and baked potato but I made up my mind in advance how much I would eat and it felt great to EAT and not obsess over how wrong it was.
-I planned food in advance for the long stretches of time in the car. The granola bars and some red delicious apples were a lifesaver. I also had cheese sticks, natural no-sugar-added apple sauce, and lots of bottled water.
-I got exercise in just about every day. We did a LOT of heavy yard work (chopping/trimming trees, picking up the clippings, pushing a heavy wheelbarrow to the dump site) for a few of the days we were gone. One day when we had driven for 7 hours straight I made my husband go for a 30 minute walk with me.
Woo hoo! I think I'm starting to get it.