OOOOOPS, actually doing this blog entry a couple weeks late. I was on Samoa time, Man! Promised pictures at the bottom of page!
It ended up being a great trip, and some new weight maintenance challenges that will help me in the long run. The main thing I was worried about was weight gain from being away from the daily scale weigh ins at home, away from the weekly weigh ins at Weight Watchers, no weighing and measuring and predictable food, not being able to run for security reasons, not having a gym, and a completely different lifestyle. Whew, lots of angst!!
But I learned some great things from being away from all my security blankets. I did successfully monitor my weight! And now I feel so much more confident in not needing all the niceties that home provides. (I still weigh every day now that I'm home, but I'm not afraid to venture forth!) Things that helped me along the way/weigh are: (Haha, pun intended)
1) I told myself that a 5 pound gain over the month I was gone would be okay if it happened. My ideal was to stay the same, but a small gain would be okay.
2) I gain first in my butt and thighs. So I took a couple of shorts that fit snug. I figured that I would probably notice a 5 pound difference in those clothes. I monitored those in place of the scale.
3) I couldn't run, but took advantage of hikes and snorkeling. I also found a Crossfit class and did that about 6 times total.
4) I cut out the snacking I was doing at home, and listened to when I felt full. I also took protein bars and had them with me at all times. They really helped me keep the protein up as I was living with a vegan family.
Results: I had gained about 3 pounds right before I left due to nervous eating. So silly, I know! When I got home I had lost those three pounds! Yay!! Now I feel way more confident that I can see in the mirror or in my clothes and don't have to have the scale all the time. I can tell I haven't run in a month, but after starting it up again, that endurance is starting to come back. I also broke my little toe while I was there, so I couldn't have run anyway. So now I'm learning that getting back in shape is doable. I have returned to my favorite home foods (blueberries, sardines, nuts, etc), but it was comforting to see that the pouch works when those foods aren't available. And the breadfruit, fresh coconut, and other exotic foods were DELICIOUS!
Maintenance Diary -
1st month - Range 135.4 - 140 pounds
2nd month - Range 133.0 - 135.4 pounds
3rd month - Range 127.2 - 133.0
4th month - Range 125.0 - 128.0
5th month - Range 124.0 - 126.6
6th month - Range 124.6 - 127.8
7th month - Range 126.4 - 130.4
8th month - One weigh in 126.8
9th month - Let's go!