I was very nervous to weigh myself today. This is my first day back, after guests visiting, followed immediately by vacation. Vacation is the thing I worried about most, because I'm at the mercy of restaurants and temptations of all sorts of local foods. Nevertheless, I tried very hard to eat with purpose and to make intelligent decisions.
I admit, I was very tempted a few times to go off-plan "just once" or "just a little bit." Then, I recalled all the previous times I've used those excuses, and where it got me.
I think, if only just while I am trying to lose weight, I owe it to myself to exercise a little more self-control. And, if I eat off-plan, it is because I have planned to do so.
Well, the results of my efforts are in, with today's step up onto the scale. I am very happy (delighted, actually) to report I lost three more pounds over the last 10 days! This is the first time in my memory I actually lost weight while on vacation! I was hoping - ideally - to not gain. It never dawned on me that I would actually lose more.
So, today, sitting at home (my vacation doesn't officially end until Sunday), I am 100-times over glad I did not allow myself to slip back into my old excuses and my old "vacation" eating pattern! I don't even remember what exactly I passed up, that I was drooling over at the time, which also shows me how unimportant that momentary indulgence would've been in the grand scheme of things. There isn't a thing I could eat that would equal the delight I felt when I saw the scale register a healthier number.
Surprisingly, it wasn't all that hard to eat well. There are more and more healthy selections out there, even in tourist destinations. And I was prepared with back-up items (a cooler with carrot and celery sticks, apples, etc.), so if I literally could find nothing - I always had something I could nibble on until I could find better fare.
One thing I have learned for next time: Take along a bottle of my preferred fat-free salad dressing.
So, day 23 and I am still doing well, making good decisions and staying strong ...