Well, Knock Me Over With a Feather
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I went on a mini-vacation this weekend, and had a ball. I performed at the San Jose Jazz Festival, and got a very warm reception. I spent a lot of time in airports, eating fast food out of necessity, but I also got a bit of 'vacation brain' while in the Bay Area. I knew I would have to use the 'intuitive eating' method while I was there, because I don't have access to Spark People on my phone. If you've ever been on vacation, however, you realize that watching what you eat can quickly turn into a spectator sport -- you're watching the food make its way to your mouth and down your esophagus.
I probably need to give myself a little credit for at least attempting to limit my portion sizes. I rarely ordered fries. I stopped eating around 5 each day, which is what I normally do. But I drank more soda pop than I ever would have if I were counting calories. I also over-indulged yesterday as a grand finale. I had chocolate cake. Twice. Once at midnight.
I thought surely I had put on 5 lbs. of 'vacation weight'. I stepped on the scale this morning to find that I had actually lost .5 lbs. Wow. I guess the bloating in my stomach is from the sodas rather than actual weight gain. I'm stunned. I guilted myself all weekend because I really didn't know the caloric values of the foods I was eating -- but I guess I've started to train my brain to stop at 1500 calories. There were times when I didn't wait until I was hungry to eat, but rarely did I get over-full.
I listen to a weight loss podcast called "inside Out Weight Loss" which I would highly recommend. You can download it from iTunes. She coaches you to 'set your intention' for what you're expecting based on certain behavior. Although I usually try to follow the Dr. Phil Rule -- Set goals based on behavior, rather than on outcomes -- I went ahead and set an intention that my weight would be the same when I came back as it was when I left. And it worked. Wow. i'll have to try that more often. I never want to be obsessed with the numbers, but I'm glad to not have to backtrack and make up for lost ground.
What's the moral? I'm not sure. I may begin the weaning process from calorie counting by having one 'intuitive eating' day per week and just see how that goes. We'll see. Meanwhile, I'm actually glad to be back to my normal routine. I'm glad to be 'sparking' again. Glad to be weighing in. Glad to be food-tracking. Glad to be moving forward.