|Our Family in the Dining Room|
I started vacation not having weighed in in a week. For the 4 or so days previous I was in nearly full-on Vacation Eating mode. I had already planned in my head that I wouldn't be tracking, I'd allow myself to eat and drink as I wanted and enjoy every moment of my vacation. And I started a little early.
I'm sure you're all wondering what the damage of unlimited free food and desserts, many cocktails and a new affinity for Bud Light Lime did to me. For the two weeks prior to my return home, I gained 6.2 pounds. SIX POINT TWO. And I will be honest with you. I'm not mad about a single ounce.
While eating it all I did have periods of "what the hell am I doing? I'm never going to be able to get back into weight loss mode. And by the end of the trip, my clothes were a bit more snug. But I knew, even in the face of indulgence, that I hadn't gained back the 30ish pounds I'd already lost. One week of indulgence is not going to break my will to succeed. To be honest, it was a nice break, but only a break I'm willing to take in the face of a vacation. I can't imagine myself being the person now who says, "I need some healthy living time off. I'm going to pig the hell out for a week."
I can't begin to say enough about the cruise. It was our second cruise and it was much more manageable this time around because our youngest daughter is 3 now and last time she was 14 months. MUCH easier and NO DIAPERS (or accidents or anything like that the entire time!). We were busy every single day from 7am to midnight or so when we went to bed each day. By the end of the trip, the kids were exhausted but well behaved the entire time.
|Me & the girls at Freeport, Bahamas|
Here is photographic evidence of my ability to cross off an item on my bucket list (see "My Bucket List" tab above) - Wear a two piece bathing suit in public. Yes, it was a tankini (thank you to the freaking genius who invented these) and not a string bikini or anything but I DID IT. Self conscious? Yes, a little. But I did it and felt great!
|The picture's not a great one, but this is me on FBN.|
I wouldn't change any part of this trip. But now it's time to get back on the wagon and reach my goals. I started yesterday with getting back to eating within my Weight Watchers points and it felt incredible. Tomorrow I resume my 5k training program. Being in control is a wonderful thing. I hope you've all had a wonderful week!
|Goodbye, vacation indulgence!|