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Sometimes a GAIN is a victory!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

We got home from a 10 day vacation Tuesday night. I stepped on the scales on Wednesday morning and was up 4/10ths of a pound. I brought home a souvenir from my trip in the form of FAT - ha! The surprising thing is that 4/10ths of a pound is a HUGE victory for me.

In years past a vacation would have been a time of a "large" gain - possibly ten pounds! I would eat 3 meals a day out (with today's restaurant portions that can be a HUGE number of calories), I would have treat foods, desserts, and then all the snacking in the car and hotel. In addition I would not have exercised much!

This trip I made GOOD choices in food - kept the snacking in the room to a protein bar or diet soda and got lots of hiking and walking in. That 4/10ths of a pound truly IS a victory! The amazing thing is I had JUST as much fun as the old days when I ate any and everything I wanted on a trip and then some!

I did have to plan and make some key choices to keep that to 4/10ths of a pound. In case you have a trip in your future here are a few things I did:

1) I took a box of protein bars in my checked bag.
2) I took my empty water bottle through security and filled it at a water fountain so I could have water on the plane.
3) We hiked or walked EVERY day on our trip.
4) We ate ONE meal a day in a restaurant. We stopped at a Wal-Mart on the first day of our trip and bought one of those insulated bags which we used as a "cooler". We picked up diet soda, fruit, and sandwich fixings and made our own lunches.
5) In restaurants I still looked for the healthier choices - chicken breast instead of a big burger, soup or salad instead of pizza or fried foods.
6) We focused on "seeing things and activity" instead of on meals
7) I carried my scales with me (in my checked bag) to keep an eye on my weight.
8) I did strength exercises in the hotel room, while waiting in lines, and even while sitting on a rock having a picnic lunch on the trail!

So, yeah I may be up 4/10ths of a pound, but I bet that and some will be gone by next Wednesday! It's a victory to me!

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  • NIKI778
    AWESOME!!! Great tips for traveling too!!!
    2380 days ago
  • CAROLJ35
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    You are so right! Often a trip or a vacation is just an excuse to goof off. But you have proven that you have learned the right way to eat - no matter where you are.
    2385 days ago
  • JILL313
    You're so right as you had huge success and it sounds like you've changed so much since you've been a Sparker. Way to Go!!


    2385 days ago
    congrats on staying on track while on vacation. thanks for sharing what worked for you. it is very appreciated that you regularly provide inspiration for your fellow travelers on the spark journey. emoticon
    2388 days ago
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    There is the proof it can be done and that it is truly a lifestyle change.
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    2392 days ago
    What a Fantastic job of staying healthy! Sparkpeople has been such a good influence. When we went on our cruise in April I only gained 2 lbs, and got that off right away. In the past I too would have eaten so much more. Now I make much healthier choices and make sure to fit in plenty of exercise.
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    Comment edited on: 10/6/2011 11:25:40 PM
    That is indeed an awesome victory....
    You have done amazingly and obviously enjoyed your trip.....

    2393 days ago
    So glad you had a good time! emoticon emoticon
    2393 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Just goes to show by making good choices and adding exercise to the mix goes along way to enjoying yourself without going overboard. keep it up!
    2393 days ago
  • NATESMOM1910
    2393 days ago
    This is awesome. emoticon ! I haven't had a real vacation for a long time, but I will definitely be using the protein bar and self-made lunch trick when I do. Thanks for sharing

    That 4/10 of a pound will be gone in no time, too!
    2394 days ago
    So glad you enjoyed your vacation! You'll knock that 4/10ths of a pound out in no time. You've just proven that we can enjoy life and still look after our health. It's all about making the right choices.
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    Comment edited on: 10/6/2011 12:07:30 PM
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