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Vacation triumph!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Confession: I didn't really want to go on the vacation because I was so upset about my cat's death (see my previous blog) but surprisingly, I had a wonderful time. I guess it was a great way to distract myself from my grief.

We drove to Victoria, BC from Portland, taking the ferry from Port Angeles. We stayed two days there and I had high tea at the Empress (FANTASTIC!), visited the Royal Museum, Butchart Gardens and the Butterfly Gardens. We then drove to Tofino, a small resort town north of Victoria on the west cost. We stayed 4 days in a lovely resort condo right on the beach and my husband went fishing. The weather was wonderful and the condo in Tofino was absolutely gorgeous!

I really loved Canada and the people there were so nice! I can't wait to go there again!

Of course, it was a challenge to stay on my program, but i really managed to be moderate with everything. I made really good choices when eating out, yet I enjoyed some special treats. I also walked quite a bit almost every day. I actually felt my pants getting looser on the trip, LOL!

I had decided before we left that my goal would be to maintain or lose half a pound on the trip. I also decided to not track my food. We brought lots of healthy snacks in a cooler and we cooked while at the condo, but we did eat out several times in Victoria. I just tried to make good choices, and I focused on eating until I was "not hungry" rather than "stuffed".

I am extremely proud of myself for this, since on other vacations I usually either gained weight and over-indulged myself, or I was too strict "on a diet", and felt miserable, like I was missing out. This time i had fun, and ate moderately and mindfully most of the time. It was a win/win situation. Yey me!

Oh yeah, now I have lost 21 lbs.! AAAAYYYYY!

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    So sorry to hear about your grief! I own cats and I ama true animal lover so I fully understand your grief! My blogs are all about animals, and a little about me every now and then. LOL!

    It sounds like you had a wonderful trip, I am so happy for you!

    It was awesome to hear that you have already lost 21 pounds, that is great!!!

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    1731 days ago
    Your vacation sounded wonderful. You went to many of the places I have always wanted to see. I'm glad you had something to take your mind off of your grief. Congratulations on the weight loss!
    1738 days ago
  • TREV1964
    So you've gone and shook the lions paw.

    Sounds like you had a fantastic time on Vancouver Island I believe.

    In doing this approach to food like you I have changed my lifestyle. I now eat a similar diet or sometimes less than my daughter who at 16 is 5'4" and weighs 120lbs. I try to keep up with her in exercise too I am at the moment weighing in at over double this but I know that I am heading towards an ideal weight. If you think and act like somebody at a lower weight than yourself I believe you will eventually turn out at something similar.

    Lovely blog that I enjoyed reading considerably.

    Well done.


    1738 days ago
    Wonderful !! Gerald you had a great vacations and kept your weight. emoticon emoticon
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    1738 days ago
    Isn't it amazing how you can have a great time on a trip without eating all the time. I used to focus on food now I focus on activities. I live in Vancouver, B.C. and we have really enjoyed our trips to Portland. Victoria is quite cute and Tofino is lovely. I am glad you enjoyed your experience in Canada. emoticon
    1738 days ago
  • FIT4MEIN2013
    Congrats on wonderful successes!
    1739 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    Yay, you!

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    1739 days ago
    Hello Pink!
    I'm so glad to hear that you were able to get away and have a good time. I lost one of my cats some years ago right before I was going on a holiday. I, too, didn't want to go under the circumstances, but went anyway. It was the right choice for me as well.

    But just look at how much you've learned in the department of healthy choices!!!! Way to go! This is something we've all dreamed of probably -- going out and having a good time without the residual guilt of what we ate!

    You are doing GREAT! emoticon
    1739 days ago
    Hahaha -This cracked me up! I'm glad to hear you had a good trip! You deserved it!

    It never ceases to amaze me that I can still see a loss on the scale after having given in to a craving or indulging earlier that week. I guess this really is about moderation and just improving habits over all. It has taken me a loooonnggg time, but something finally clicked and it's like "I'm not dieting...I'm just making better choices most of the time"


    1739 days ago
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