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Vacations and Entitlement

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I spent all of last weekend at Disneyland with my hubby and kids.

And I made a distinct decision to not stick to my eating plan. I made this decision knowing it would cause a gain on the scale and I would have to re-lose weight already lost. This was a conscious decision and I embraced it. In fact, I'm not even upset about the gain I did have because I made the decision, not in the heat of a menu choosing moment, but as I was struggling to find things that fit with the specific plan I was following. There are only so many bunless burgers you can eat.

I'm not naive. I do realize that a little bit of entitlement snuck in a well. I'm at Disney, it's sunny and ice cream for the kids would be perfect....and for me too. Haven't we all those moments? But I'm on vacation! But it's my birthday! But it's my plumber's birthday! ;) I'm pleased to say my decision to sway from my plan wasn't fully or even mostly out of entitlement but out of easing the situation - to make food not to have the focus and the stress of finding those items that fit the bill in a mess of crap choices.

I still made good choices when easily available and yes, I had ice cream every day I was there. It is Disney, after all :D

So now I am back, with my gain, and fortunately dropped a good chunk of that the first day back. My little entitlement that snuck in was only for vacation and unlike many who allow that entitlement to become a total lapse in judgement with no end, I have stuck to my plan and not allowed it to continue once vacation was over. In the past, I could come up with any reason for why I should be allowed to eat whatever I want. Those moments still come into my life but they are a lot fewer and farther between. In fact, I often feel very satisfied and empowered in choosing healthy options on events such as my birthday or Christmas now.

That said, back to the grind with my plan and hitting the ground running, literally. I didn't get any runs in while I was gone (but instead hours and hours of walking) so I am back on track with my schedule as my marathon nears at the end of the month. I am a bit disappointed the weather is so warm, but apparently it's only for a short while, so I better enjoy it!
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    Awesome job on allowing yourself the freedom to not stress over food while on vacation and then not letting the vacation mindset linger now that you are home.
    Woo hoo!!

    2146 days ago
    Good for you! I think you have just the right attitude. I have a hard time reeling myself in after vacations. I better DO better this time; today is only day 3 of a 3-month vacation! But going in a travel trailer makes it somewhat easier.

    2151 days ago
    Good job Karlie! You made the decision and knew what needed to be done after the fact. It is when we don't think of the consequences and get side tracked that we get ourselves into trouble!

    Sounds like you have a great time at Disney! Your kids must have been so excited!

    I cannot believe the marathon is the end of this month! You go girl!!! emoticon
    2152 days ago
    Interesting blog - the examined decision ( not just a spur of the moment) seems to make all the difference.
    2152 days ago
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    IKWYM about the photos, I have very few of me too.
    2152 days ago
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