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Back to the drawing board? a vacation experience...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Our camping vacation was 12 days this time, longer than previous trips. My history was: start the trip at one weight, then vacation, and come home 5# heavier. I was determined this wouldn't happen, but self-talk plays wicked games with my resolve.

I tried to eat at my normal schedule, and be careful with my portions. But we were with friends a good deal of the time; and we spent many evenings at Tom'sPlaceBar, where dozens of people we know like to get togetherand catch up on each others' lives. They are our friends, too, and consider us "locals". It's the old "eat, drink and be merry" atmosphere...and we did just that.
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As time progressed, I was convinced that my pants were fitting snugger and that I was a bit bloated. "The same old, same old", I thought. My ankles were swelling too, on the way home, from sitting in the car so long. I was dreading the prospect of confronting a weight gain, and in the process, was formulating the blog to go with it.

At home, my DH weighed in and announced to me he had lost 5#. "It's not lost," I said, "I'm sure I've found it". " Get on the scale," he said. I complied, hoping it wasn't even more than I feared.

emoticonStanding on the scale, I stared dumbfounded in disbelief at my number. "That can't be right!" I had actually LOST a half pound.

I learned some valuable lessons.
1) I am developing good habits in eating choices.
2) One or two days of unconscious eating WON"T UN-Do a month's worth of
healthy eating.
3)Negative self-talk (in my previous life) would have spoiled a perfectly
wonderful vacation.
4)When I walk, even to the outhouses, I walk with exercise purpose.

As to the "drawing board", there is a light at the end of the tunnel!! emoticon emoticon
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  • DENI_ZEN
    Oh, Ginger...don't you just LOVE pleasant surprises like that?? I'm sure your healthy new eating habits have become so well ingrained that you now eat in a balanced, radically different way...whether overtly conscious of it or not! And you are right on the money: A couple days of "unconscious eating" won't undo a whole month's hard work. I've found that to be the case for me, too: I have one day a month on which lunch consists of wildly unbridled eating :) I'm still losing, and I don't feel deprived.

    And camping! What fun! Aw, we used to go camping when I was a kid, and my brother and I still reminisce about those days :)

    C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3964 days ago
  • MARJIJANE
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    I knew you could do it! WooHoo! You have taken your journey to heart and the new lifestyle has paid off! I am so proud of your progress and I am thankful for the joy that you bring to all your friends and family, especially me!

    WTG! WooHoo... you know the etc!

    Love To Love You...LTLY
    Marjie
    3965 days ago
  • PATTISLIM2
    Ginger - Good for You! We're going away for two weeks in July and I'll do EVERYTHING possible to follow your sterling example. Well Done!
    3965 days ago
  • PEGGYJEAN13
    Great news! What a confidence builder to know that your habits are becoming 2nd nature.
    3966 days ago
  • MOLLYBROWN55
    Wow Jin-jair!!! How too too awesome is this!! I believe that we are all in this for the "life changing" experience. In times past it would have been lose the weight, then find it again (along with their friends!) as soon as the "diet" was done! I think it's awsome that we are not "dieting". We...you... truly are living a healthier lifestyle! What a bonus that you are down a half pound from a wonderful vacation experience!! I love you more!!!

    luv, emoticon & blessings!!

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    3967 days ago
  • JAKEANDNELLIE
    emoticon Doesn't finally realizing that a few days of "not-so-healthy" habits does not mean disaster feel awesome! It's wonderful to know that we can enjoy time and treats with our friends (and actually indulge ourselves a little) as long as we remain
    mindful eaters - like you said, a few days will not obliterate a month's progress and sometimes it's necessary to keep you going!
    I'm glad you had a great camping trip! It sounds like a good time was had by all.
    Mom is on her way back from her trailer at Jim's property on the Muskingum now. She and Buddy (the dog) went down for the weekend.
    Stay positive,
    Sheila
    3967 days ago
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    emoticon nice vacation, good friends, good eats, hubby by your side, and weight loss
    3967 days ago
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    Congratulations!!!You're doing a great job!!! emoticon emoticon Mari
    3967 days ago
  • FITMARY
    What great news! Congratulations! emoticon
    3967 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5411411
    Great!! It's so hard to stay on a nutrition/exercise plan while on vacation. You should be very proud of yourself!
    3967 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    Good going as you've made a big step in knowing how to make better choices in spite of! emoticon
    3967 days ago
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