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What I’ve learned from 10 Years of Maintenance

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

You can maintain even if you travel a LOT!
(Photos below of our 5 trips so far in 2019, #6 coming up in December)

I always gain weight when traveling (3-4 pounds on each 2-3 week trip)
Because eating the local food is part of the experience for me and I NEVER want to feel deprived.
When in Germany I eat the strudel.
When in Italy, I eat the pasta.
When in France, I eat croissants.
Eastern Europe? Pirohi and haluski and goulash and kolach (sweet stuff)
Peru, Equador, Caribbean… You get the idea.

When we come home, Joe and I get on the scale and get right back to those Spark Principles.
Back to home cooking with healthy ingredients
No mindless snacking
Back to our regular level of exercise which is definitely greater than the “walking everywhere” of our traveling days
Continue to weigh every morning in our PJs until weight is back to normal
Here’s a look back
January – Mexico & the Caribbean (snorkeling in Honduras)

March – Munich (with family), Venice, & Malta (on our own)
Daughter Jeannie (Hayburner1969) was invited to perform in a “Piano Marathon” at the Gasteig Concert Hall in Munich

Joe & I went on to Venice (St Mark’s Square)

and Malta (following my Dad’s WWII diary and recreating his photos)
Barrakka Gardens 1944 & 2019) – it’s even the same fence

June – Barcelona, Nice & Rome (3 generations of family)
10 of us at Pompeii. 1 grandson missing from the photo.
Mt Vesuvius is in the background. We climbed it later in the day
My Dad wrote in his WWII diary about watching the eruption in 1944 from his ship in the Bay of Naples

August-September – Alaska & Pacific Northwest
Very lucky to see Mt Denali on a clear day

October – 5 countries of Europe (Belgium, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Switzerland)
This is the “German Corner” in Koblenz – the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers

December – Romania, Hungary and Christmas in Paris
We will attend the World Premier of an Opera celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Romanian Revolution (The director of my chorale is the composer) and tour the country
Hungary (Our 6th visit to Budapest, but it’s a fantastic city that we love)
Paris and Christmas Markets on the Seine

One challenge during our travels – what about the calories in alcohol?
Avoid the mixed drinks. Only good local beer at lunch and never in those huge steins
Wine with dinner – CHEERS!

Best wishes to all for a very happy and healthy holiday season
and thank you for remembering my maintenance anniversary.
I owe a lot to Sparkpeople


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