Well vacation is over.... for now.
Looking back at vacation, I feel pretty good about the choices I made. My exercise was low. I knew it would be. We spent more than 6 hours each day in the car. None of our lodging places had workout rooms or pools. My traveling companion is not an active person. I managed 10,000 steps on one day, but the remaining days were around 7,000 steps. However, I climbed many stairs carrying luggage at the B&B's we stayed at! As far as food goes, our eating was abnormal. I don't know how else to put it.
My traveling companion is very pokey in the morning. We ate breakfast at our lodging places around 10 am and didn't get on the road each day until at least 11am.
Things are pretty spread out where we were. Not all towns had places to eat. Normal lunch time neither of us were hungry because we ate our breakfast so late. Lunch for me was a power bar in the car most days. She snacked away. Dinner most nights was around 9pm! It was crazy! I'm not used to that! After dinner, I really would have liked to walk, but it was too dark and I am not one to walk alone in the dark in a strange place. She is not one to walk, period. However, I did avoid the car snacks, the fudge shops, the candy shops. I did cave a couple times - one was for homemade ice cream, the other was for desert with dinner one night. We split a piece of cheesecake. It was very rich and I didn't even eat all of my half! That's another change for me!
All in all, I feel pretty good about my choices. I'm not sure how Mr Scale feels though! I guess August 1 will tell.
After returning home, the first thing I did was walk the dog. I missed our walks! It was a bit rough for both of us. Amazing how quickly you lose what you gain when you aren't vigilant! The heat and humidity have rolled in - so it is hot and sticky here. It makes walking for an hour a challenge.
The end of the month is just around the corner. I was reflecting on the month of July. It seemed to fly by. I had some great days with exercise and walking. I had a week of vacation and a couple long weekends away. I ate out more than I normally would. I feel it is unrealistic to expect Mr Scale to reflect a strong loss this month, however, I would love to see him show some approval. Even if it is only one little pound. I would be content! I hate the thought of sliding further from my goals - but then again - I feel I did well. I made better choices. I was able to keep my goal in mind and remind myself that my little choices were important! I wasn't perfect, but I feel I improved much with food choices!
You see, this isn't a diet to me. This is my life. Vacations happen. Life isn't all work and no play (thank goodness). The choices I made were mine. I own them. The positive side, I feel no shame, no guilt for the choices I made. How freeing!
I had to laugh, the ice cream was at a little gift shop at a shrine for Bishop Baraga. It was hand made by the nun who worked there. She was so proud of her work she was giving everyone a free taste. I hesitated before I ordered a scoop of it. Her comment was "It's a gift from God, how can it be bad". I was sold. It was heavenly!
So vacation was fun, we saw lots of interesting sights, took some easy walks to some waterfalls, enjoyed the beauty of nature, the handicrafts of artists (I bought a wonderful black and white photo called "Louie's sheep" of Louie's sheep in the winter snow (there of course was a story to accompany it), a beautiful hand crafted wooden bowl, intricately cut and glued together by an 86 year old man (there probably won't be many more like it - or him), and some handcrafted copper things. I love seeking out the unique talent each area traveled holds. It is a true treasure hunt!
On the way home, we stopped at a lavender farm. I bought some cooking lavender and am going to try my had at some new things including lavender lemonade! I'm leaving you with this parting shot of the lavender farm. Enjoy!
Lastly, I updated my virtual walk. My step average has fallen. I hate to say that! I am hoping to have a strong week to finish the month. I did manage to make it to the 1,000 mile mark on the trail on July 24. Yippee!
Yes, life is an adventure.... not a diet! My journey is about self improvement and change, not denial, depravity, shame and guilt. AND I am enjoying it! I have miles to go on this path. I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given to explore my surroundings!