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Vacation review and restatement of August goals

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

I spent twelve hours on the road yesterday to get home from my vacation. I am drained today. My vacation was better this time than the last trip we took to the same place. I made sure I packed my own breakfast foods(yogourt, almonds, grapes) and ate them every morning instead of eating the bacon and eggs my husband insisted on serving. Also, I packed a large amount of fresh cut veggies, and ate them all. I drank lots of water every day. Some of my downfalls: 1) no exercise. I could have walked in the woods every day, but it would have involved forcing my husband to go with me. I should have done that. 2) I drank a lot of alcohol. It probably wouldn't seem like a lot to most people, but I am typically not a big drinker, so it was a lot. 3) I left my food journal at home and used that as an excuse to stop tracking my food. BAD IDEA! I had blank paper and should have used it. 4) I did not overcome the obstacles and write my morning pages every day. I got them done 1 maybe 2 days and that was a HUGE struggle. My family needs to be made aware of how important this practice is for me. 5) I did not take the time to eat healthy food on the trip home yesterday. However, my "bad" choices were huge improvements on the choices I would have made in the past. At Tim Horton's, I chose a Turkey Bacon Club sandwich and a decaf coffee black opposed to a bagel, a donut and an Iced Cappuccino. At Harvey's, I chose a junior burger with cheese instead of fries. At the last rest stop we made, I had a Shrimp wrap from a Japanese restaurant which had lots of veggies on it with a whole wheat wrap. The high sodium high sugar sauce was probably a very bad idea though.

When we returned from this identical vacation one month ago I set my mind to reaching some important weight loss goals which I was able to achieve. My plan for today is to check in with the goals I set one week ago and make sure I am using the habits I developed over the last month so I can make the good choices I did make stick! My weigh in today is 227.4, which puts me up a pound from last week.

Goals for August

I am still aiming for the same weight loss goal. So, my goal for weigh in next Wednesday is 223.2. That is a loss of 4.2 pounds. It seems a little outrageous, so my smaller goal is 224.8, and my absolute must is to be 226.2. A new goal I am adding is related to my Cloverleaf commitment. I will begin tracking my food daily on Sparkpeople. A secondary goal to this will be to aim for a daily sodium intake below 2300.

My goal for August is to lose an additional 6.8 pounds to reach 219.6. I will continue to build the habits that served me well in July to achieve this goal.

Drink 8-10 cups of water daily
Walk 20 minutes daily
Write 3 morning pages daily
Keep my food journal
Eat 8-10 freggies daily
Track food intake on Sparkpeople daily
Keep sodium intake below 2300 every day
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    You have some good insight into your behaviour here and some good plans for moving forward. Hopefully you can find some time to talk to your family about how important your weight loss effort is and how the morning pages help you with that.


    2311 days ago
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    Tracking is very enlightening, especially if you do it honestly. I have gone back to it too. If you change your settings it now will give you extra food for exercising, which I really like! Helps not get hungry and binge!
    2312 days ago
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