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A week-long trip away from Sparking

Monday, August 19, 2013

I just spent a wonderful week away in Yellowstone Park and Grand Teton National Park.

I did not want to gain any weight on this trip.

My husband and I stayed at hotels and ate all our meals out in restaurants or in gas station stops along the road.

Some days, we were driving for most of the day -- stopping only for food.
Some days, we were staying in a hotel, and we hiked on local trails.

I had no access to Spark People, except on my cell phone, so I did not track my food or my exercise during the week.

I relied only on my own judgment when it came to estimating my calorie input.
At a restaurant, I ordered food that was healthful and tasty, and I usually ate only part of it.

I did, however, eat ice cream a couple of times. Sometimes that ice cream (along with some nuts) was my lunch.

I did not feel as if I gave up anything in terms of eating. I paid careful attention to everything that I ate - and I enjoyed all the food I ate.

I anticipated that I had probably gone up a pound or two - no more - during the trip (probably because of all that ice cream).

But when I got home, I was very pleased to see that I had not gained anything. I weighed exactly the same as when I left.
(I'm sure that all that hiking helped -- even though we didn't do it every day.)

I have truly passed a milestone here. This is another first: no tracking, no real feelings of deprivation, some indulgences, yet no weight gain.

This is a new me.
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