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Practicing Maintenance For a Week

Sunday, March 24, 2013

This week is my Spring break week off of medical school! Woo hoo! It is going to be so much fun to have some free time out of the hospital, but I know it will mean a lot of challenges as far as my weight loss efforts go. My parents do not live far away from me, so I have already been spending a lot of time at their house. This means going out to eat on Friday nights and a lot of delicious, but not necessarily low-calorie, home cooked meals on the other nights. I do pretty well when these challenges come around only once a week (I typically visit my parents every Friday evening), but this week may be slightly more difficult since I will be exposed to all these temptations more frequently.
Additionally, my boyfriend and I have a trip planned to beautiful Sedona for Tuesday & Wednesday.

We will be visiting slide rock for most of the day Tuesday:

I have a healthy picnic lunch planned for the two of us to eat by the water and then I am sure we will burn off quite a few calories while hiking around. Our "hotel" is actually a cute little collection of mini-cabins that overlook the Sedona red rock. I have heard from friends that there is a terrific restaurant not to far that you can walk to, so we will probably end up there for dinner.

I definitely want to be able to enjoy myself this week! And since my greatest problem in the past has not been losing weight, but actually maintaining weight loss once I get to my goal, I am going to look at this week as practice for maintenance. I don't want to have the stress of the scale looming over me. That way when I get to my next weigh in I will not be disappointed if I have not lost weight. So here's to practicing maintenance and enjoying my time off. I will go back to my weight loss journey come next Monday when work starts up again.

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