Friday, August 13, 2010

Day 23 - Weigh-in Results: 295 lbs.

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 ...

7 comments:

  1. Ann, I'm so glad you visited my blog today. The journey is so much more pleasant with company along the way.

    Planning ahead is the best way to prevail over the unexpected. The times that are the hardest for me are when I let things get away from me and don't plan ahead.

    Good job on staying the course!!!!

    Hugs,
    Mary

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  2. Thanks, Mary! And it is true - the journey IS more pleasant with company along the way! xx

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  3. Ann, three punds lost in the face of challenges goes to show you have what it takes to achieve your weight goals, any goals. Well done!

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  4. How encouraging for you, down another 3! And on vacation, too. Good job. :-)
    Loretta
    =^..^=

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  5. Thank you for your encouraging words, one and all! Patrick, I love how you worded your comment - "... in the face of challenges..." - so true! I appreciate that you appreciated what it was like (if that makes any sense). Nancy, I am guessing I am still close enough to 300 that the 1% fat/week rule (or, in my case, 3 lbs) still applies. I am guessing it won't be long, however, before that tapers downward - a good thing in this case, since it means 1% is now "only" 2.9 lbs. Loretta, if you can survive a fair, I figured the least I can do is to survive a vacation. I think a carnival is much harder ...

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  6. You are right on target!
    The number on the scale is just one of the goals!
    Hope you have a great weekend!

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