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The Chicago Diet Test

Thursday, March 23, 2017

I tend to keep my weight loss efforts under wraps with most people in real life. Maybe because of this deeply rooted fear of gaining it all back. But, this time around, I've been a little more open about it. Instead of "oh, you know, a few pounds" when someone notices, I proudly proclaim "22 pounds and counting!" Maybe that's a good sign??

22 pounds in, people *are* noticing. People I don't really talk to that much, or see very often, see me and immediately make a comment. It's very weird. Like, you don't see me after a year and say, "damn you've *gained* weight" so why bother pointing out weight lost? I'm not sure I get it, as I NEVER comment on weight loss because I don't know how they're feeling about it.

I've been doing great. (Of course now that I've told lots of people I'm 2 pounds away from the smallest I've ever been, the scale is not budging in the slightest, but that's a rant for another day.) I'm tracking calories religiously, avoiding temptation, making good choices in the face of temptation that shows up anyway, drinking my water, going to boot camp and running.

I am on top of things.

But, next week, I have my first work trip in 6+ weeks. And it's one of those meetings where half my meals will be catered/chosen by others (and probably unhealthy and/or over the top) and the other half will be grabbed whenever I can find 10 minutes, which means no time to plan and likely with other people in tow who don't necessarily eat like I do. Traveling is ALWAYS bad for me. I scoped it out and there is a small gym in the hotel, and there is a grocery store nearby. I'll bring my protein bars and pick up some bananas for breakfast for the week. There are some not completely horrible fast-ish food places nearby (Chipotle, Roti, Protein Bar) but no guarantees I'll have time to walk to any of them.

The one treat I'm giving myself is a visit to The Chicago Diner. Total unhealthy greasy fried terrible for you comfort food -- that is all vegan. It's a Chicago institution (for veg-heads) and I will go! And I will not worry about calories! And I will enjoy it!

Otherwise, though, I will make the best choices I can make. It's really barely 5 days and it's not going to derail me.

That scale WILL start moving again, and I WILL do the best I can do while out of my usual routine and food patterns.
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    Chicago Diner has the best vegan cakes ever! And there are more and more places in the Loop to get a healthy meal--hopefully your event planners will take that into consideration. If you haven't been to a Native Foods, there is one in the Loop It's worth checking out.

    Congrats on the 22 pounds! Plateaus suck, but they can't last forever.

    726 days ago
    Good luck to you
    726 days ago
    It sounds like you have a plan and I know you can do this!

    Good luck on your trip.

    Gratz on the 22 pounds!
    726 days ago
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