Triumph over Travel
Monday, July 23, 2012
Well, I've been out of town for a week or so, and AWAAAAY from the scale. Yes. AWAAAAYY. That's what it feels like, because as I have stated in previous blog posts, it's difficult to be AWAAAAYY from the scale. I obsess about it a bit, but it keeps me in line.
I was in NYC performing and slightly vacationing, so as you can imagine, I walked a lot. Up and down subway stairs, up and down Broadway -- in 100 degree heat, no less. I stuck to my TaeBo every morning, despite the fact that the friends we were staying with interrupted me frequently. I was in my 'workout skivvies' as I like to call them, but I didn't let the embarrassment deter me. I think I was most proud of that. I was determined to be consistent, no matter what.
Another thing I did consistently each day was listen to my weight loss podcasts -- "Half Size Me", "Eat, Sleep Move" and a few others. I can't find "Inside Out Weight Loss" on Stitcher, and I've lost my ipod, so I can only listen to the ones my phone can pull up on Stitcher. I listened to them every spare moment I could find -- some episodes I listened to 2 or 3 times while I was there. I believe the podcasts really helped to keep me focused on my goal.
On the eating front, I did alright for the first couple of days. I ate mangoes every morning, and I tried to make sure I wasn't snacking. The last half of the week included a lot of indulgences I normally would avoid during the week. I also ate late at night several times. I found myself craving an environment in which I could be in total control of what I was eating again. My husband seems to relish the idea of presenting me with tempting options at every turn, simply because we're on a (working) vacation. I ate my share of bagels with cream cheese, a few cookies, some strange waffle sandwich contraption, and a few Haagen Dazs bars to boot. I thought I had screwed up royally.
But when I came back, I was pleased to see that the scale had moved in a downward direction. Even with the indulgences, I was making sure not to gorge myself or eat mindlessly. The consistent workouts, and all the extra exercise I got just getting from point A to point B really paid off. I was down 2 lbs., and I'm down another today! Shock and awe!
I'm just about 1/2 lb. from reaching my 20 lbs. lost goalpost. And there's another important milestone coming up in a few days that I'm excited to share as well. So all in all, I feel just a little more 'in control'. Which is a good feeling.
As for being AWAAAAYYY from my scale this week -- I think it's taught me that I like weighing in everyday. Yes, there's a certain amount of anxiety tied to it, but there's an even greater amount of anxiety tied to NOT weighing in. The weight loss process itself can be a little maddening, but better to be maddened by the information you have than the information you don't have. So for now, I will continue to weigh in everyday so I can catch bad behavior before it becomes even worse behavior.
I feel like I've learned quite a lot about myself in the past week. Happy losing, everyone!