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This is when it could unravel.......

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

I got back from vacation Friday night. A week in Florida on Marco Island behind me. I was a bit worried about the week, however, I did AWESOME!

My friend I went with wanted a place with a workout room when we booked this trip - so we are somewhat on the same page. I must admit, I only visited the workout room three times in the 6 days we were there - mainly on rainy days when I couldn't be outdoors walking.

I got up early each day and headed down the beach. I walked about 5 miles each morning - which really didn't seem like 5 miles at all because there were so many distractions along the way! Much better for me than 5 miles on the treadmill where I watch each tenth of a mile slowly tick away!

After my walk, I ate an orange or some sort of fruit to quench my thirst which the water didn't seem to do! Then I showered and got in the kitchen and scrambled some eggs with some fresh spinach, mushrooms and feta cheese. If I was really hungry I added a slice of 12 grain bread to my breakfast. A couple times I added some ham pieces.

Not to mention those afternoons in the pool! No lap swimming - but moving! Lunch was usually fresh fruit and half a sandwich.

Dinner, we ate out most nights. I stuck with the seafood, which was fresh in most places, except for the one night I had chicken at a Mexican restaurant and our last night where I had the thin crust pizza.

I came home with a weight loss - which made me very happy since I had gained weight earlier in the week - and was worried I'd post an even larger gain!

After returning home, I unpacked my bags and repacked to attend a board meeting across the state. There were no groceries in my house! It was slim pickings eating - but I had some frozen salmon & frozen veggies which did the trick Friday night. Saturday I prepared my reports and had to get rolling. I was hungry - there was no breakfast food - I grabbed a sleeve of girl scout cookies - the shortbread ones - and ate the WHOLE thing before I even made it out of town! Once I got there, there was a fundraiser function - which had food - so I had a hotdog, chips and pop. Not exactly on my meal plan. I thought I could make it work - but with all those cookies for breakfast, I was over on calories. Dinner was eating out with other board members and was prime rib with a baked potato. I was hoping I didn't do too bad..... but knew it wasn't really good! Thank goodness I at least got my exercise in early that morning before leaving home!

Sunday was the board meeting - breakfast was bagels, muffins, some so called fresh fruit which was frozen and really smushy! We pushed through our agenda instead of breaking for lunch so we could wrap up early. Afterwards a group of us stopped to a diner to eat - which was diner food. I had the Flint style coney dogs which I really didn't like - they were topped with the cheese whiz type sauce - and of course came with fries. So I ate terrible again! I got home in the early evening and decided to eat out instead of getting groceries and cooking at a late hour. I grabbed a sub from Subway. Tons of carbs that day - not many veggies and fruit!

Monday was my first day back at work - swamped! Not to mention, another sub for lunch at my desk and dinner out that night with my son at the Pizza Ranch which involved broasted chicken instead of the pizza - which is probably not any healthier than the pizza! My eating is spiraling out of control!

On the scale this morning - a 4 lb weight gain from where I was Saturday morning. REALLY!

So I grabbed a can of soup for lunch from home and headed out the door only to be greeted by Krispy Kreme donuts at work. Yep, I had one.

This is where it gets testy and trick ..... I can continue my pattern of crappy eating because it is easy right now - OR I can go to the grocery store on my way home from work, buy some healthy food and take the time to cook and prepare things for the rest of the week.

Funny how I was feeling so good Saturday morning when Mr Scale flashed that number - and today I am feeling so defeated!

Yep, this girl is going to the store! Back to my egg scrambles for breakfast and healthier meals. I just need to dig deep and get the discipline to DO IT!

Of course there is that little voice that says go home and walk the dog, do the groceries later - but then it will be so late the voice will say "Eat out Barb, get groceries tomorrow......" If that plays out like it usually does, tomorrow will never come! Everyday it will be tomorrow and I will be so far from my path I will have an even harder time finding my way back.

The dog walk is going to wait. The groceries are coming first..... because I come first - ahead of the dog! If it is too late for the dog walk, I can walk on my treadmill and the poor guy, well, he will have to suck it up and wait until tomorrow!

I am cutting the thread now. No more unraveling. This is stopping right here, right now. I deserve better.
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  • MARYINFL2000
    Even though we did+'t get the chance to meet up, I am glad you had a good time, even though you sre now back to reality. I wish we could take care of ourselves when in our daily work like we do when on vacation. Like you, I always get more activity in and have the time to think about my dsy and ehat I'm doing, normally resulting in much better choices. Then...back to work, stress kicks back in and we barely have a minute to ourselves. Someday, I WILL come up with a solution! By the way, I finally got my Spark tracker instead of a fitbit and am now doing a virtual walk on the Crater Lake trail on yhe website you informed about! My second day and I can't wait for tomorrow to log my steos and see what's around the bend! I wish you the best at getting back on track, I know we can both do this, even if we stumble a bit. We may not be perfect but we are now much more aware and conscious than ee used to be!
    2227 days ago
    Barb, I also lost weight when I went out of town. It turned out that the Talenti Sea Salt Caramel Gelato Pops in my home freezer have been my biggest challenge.

    My motivation to get my act back together is that I have been feeling great and have had very few allergy issues, which is priceless. So I need to maintain a mostly whole food diet to sustain that remarkable progress. It is a joy to think clearly without Claritin.

    Can you believe we are over half way through the Spring 5% Challenge?
    2240 days ago
    Ahhh short bread.............. need I say more :)
    2240 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14566395
    The 4 lbs will come back off faster cause you been already doing it. it will be like a rubber band emoticon emoticon emoticon . You talked about the treadmill ticking away . I always liked walking outside hated treadmill. Then I found the fix . I listen to my Pandora with my ear buds. Used to listen to radio but I am telling you the ear buds make a difference. It makes you get more into it and every time I was like ok I will slow down I am done. Another fantastic song so here I am I have to go further. Finally I had to just force my self and say ok that's it remove ear buds lol. Now I can walk on treadmill and its great as being outside. I like 70s and 80s so I listen to that , sometimes I will do 60s in the mix. emoticon
    2241 days ago
    I get into similar patterns (slightly different reasons) and at those times I treat myself to a grocery order. Our regular grocery store has a delivery service, but if yours doesn't, then you might be able to find a service who will do it for you. Some stores also have curb-side delivery where you order it all online, pay for it, they shop it and you drive up and they load it into your car.

    So I look at my goals, make a grocery list, shop online, and it comes to my house without me having to make decisions while rushing.

    When reading your blog, I also thought, hmm, she needs some shelf-stable/frozen items so that when she comes home from a long trip, the cupboard has some healthy choices. Craisins & cashews are my faves right now. Used to be dates & walnuts. Those packets of instant indian food & microwavable puppodums are my big standby! Oh, and frozen steam-in-bag veggie medleys.

    I know you'll work it out! You've got this! emoticon emoticon
    2241 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/6/2015 1:28:03 PM
    Ah, the price we pay just to take a vacation. Stress before in the planning and stress afterwards in the catching up. My favorite "motivational quote" I've found on SP is "I'm doing this for ME!". That helps put the world in perspective and reminds me that I (my health and well-being) should come first.

    Stay on the the path.

    Eliza emoticon
    2241 days ago
    I'm sure part of that 4 lbs was from all the sodium in the restaurant food. A few days of healthy eating should have you back on track as long as you make that U-turn now. Stress adds to it as well. Sounds like you had a great vacation. Too bad you had to come home to so much stress.
    2241 days ago
    So not fair that 6 days of good can be obliterated by just a few crappy days. But you're back to doing good now. KUDOS! Btw..your vaca sounds wonderful. Glad you had a great time.
    2241 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    This is sometimes a really tough road that we must walk, but we are worth the effort it takes to stay in charge and to pick healthy. Great job in identifying where the problem is and cutting the thread to get it back together!
    2241 days ago
    You know what to do and I have faith that you can do it! Here's to good shopping!
    2241 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14034154
    YIKES!!! It just seems that every person I'm interacting with in SP Land is having the same problem, and I did too. I nipped it in the bud 2 days ago and lost 5.2 lbs. We all should continue to encourage each other, as I have now idea what is spreading, but by HIS GRACE, it's all back in DIVINE ORDER!


    - Nancy Jean -
    2241 days ago
    I can totally relate! You just inspired me to blog
    The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth!
    2241 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13423552
    Good for you Barb - you know you can do this! And wow, you did awesome on vacation!
    2242 days ago
    I vote that you find some time to walk the dog...they need to go out too! ;o 0
    2242 days ago
    Boy, where to begin! You should be excited AND proud that you actually lost weight while on vacation, this is very difficult to do. Not only did you lose weight but you felt in control and happy!

    It sounds like where you stumble is when you are rushed and frazzled and do not have alternate foods on hand to stop the unhealthy eating frenzy. This has also been a problem for me and here is how I have stopped most of that: keep an apple or a bag of berries on hand along with almonds for snaking. If this is not convenient make sure you have a healthy snack bar in your purse that has high protein/fiber with no sugar. I am pre-diabetic and LOVE the Extend Nutrition bars I buy by the box on Amazon. They are 150 calories, 0 sugar, help control blood sugar for up to 9 hours and contain 6 grams fiber and 12 grams protein. They have been a lifesaver for me! They stop my sugar lows and control my hunger. Another thing you could do is control where you go to eat so you go to a place with more healthy choices.

    You have a great attitude about jumping back in the game. You can do this! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    2242 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I blame all of this difficulty on TOO MANY CHOICES! Back when, if I did not cook it,I stayed hungry. NO processed stuff. Not as tempting back then..
    No such thing as a drive-through back then, two fast food places in the whole city!!
    2242 days ago
  • LSIG14
    emoticon Congrats on the healthy eating on vacation - you did well! I do understand about the being rushed and poor eating-out choices. It sounds like your head is in the right place - do your shopping and take care of you! The rest will fall into place.
    2242 days ago
    thanks for sharing.
    2242 days ago
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