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Month 8 in Maintenance - Samoa time!

Cindy Lou Who

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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!! :eek:

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!  

 

 

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Lovely pictures!  Sounds like a wonderful month!  You look awesome as always! :)  And I am so glad you realized your strength without the daily reliance on the scale etc.  Good for you!!! 

So other than the weight loss concerns, tell us about your trip and how awesome it was! 

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What a cool trip!

and way to take some really great measures to keep yourself fully informed about how your intake/output was affecting your body. Exercise, monitoring your food, strategic clothing choices, all great tips. So glad you found success in this aspect of your trip, and it looks like you had a lovely, active, scenic vacation. Welcome back and thanks for posting :) 

 

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On 7/15/2019 at 11:22 PM, Jen581791 said:

What a cool trip!

and way to take some really great measures to keep yourself fully informed about how your intake/output was affecting your body. Exercise, monitoring your food, strategic clothing choices, all great tips. So glad you found success in this aspect of your trip, and it looks like you had a lovely, active, scenic vacation. Welcome back and thanks for posting :) 

 

Thank you! It was a VERY wonderful trip, and I was happy that some of my weight strategies worked. To throw a couple more ideas out there, I wanted to pass on some things that I tried that didn't work:

1) I took a measuring tape to monitor my weight. But I don't rely on measurements very often anyway, so this was a bust. I don't like measuring myself! Snug shorts got the job done and was quicker and easier. 

2) Before I went I figured I could load up on fresh fish and fruit every day. Fruit yes, but fish didn't work. I stayed with a vegan family, and even though they didn't mind my eating animal protein, cooking fish in their house seemed like too much and there wasn't alot of sashimi grade in the village stores. I did have a few cans of tuna, but mainly relied on what the family ate plus a protein bar each day. Glad I had the bars as backup! 

My lesson was that when going to an unknown, backup plans may save the day! 

 

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On 7/16/2019 at 9:07 AM, BurgundyBoy said:

Beautiful! and what gorgeous water!

Smart to wear clothes that help you judge things. B)

Yes, the water was simply incredible. I've snorkeled and dived in several places in my life, but the coral and fish approachable from shore was the best I've ever seen. We got to snorkel with a couple of top coral experts in the world (!) and I was awed by the beauty of the water and what was living just underneath the surface!!

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On 7/15/2019 at 5:16 PM, CheeringCJ said:

Lovely pictures!  Sounds like a wonderful month!  You look awesome as always! :)  And I am so glad you realized your strength without the daily reliance on the scale etc.  Good for you!!! 

So other than the weight loss concerns, tell us about your trip and how awesome it was! 

You're so funny! I purposely tried to keep the entry more about weight tips that could benefit others, and NOT about the trip!! :lol:

The most amazing part of the trip was the flora and fauna there. After one day of hiking and one day of snorkeling, I rushed to the library to get books on the plants, birds, bats, coral, and fish so I could look up all the things I was seeing for the first time! I was compelled each night to look up what I had seen and record it in a diary so that when I saw the species the next day, I would know what it was. It was glorious, and made me feel like a little kid filled with awe and wonder!! 

I have to mention the people there are incredible too. The Samoans live by God first, then family, then the village. That mantra is seen in everything they do. I felt perfectly safe at all times, and touched by how polite everyone was, and how reverent they were to God, family, and village. Amazing people, and I made some nice friends! 

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What a fun trip!  I bring 3 boxes of protein bars when we go to Bonaire.  One is breakfast everyday.  One is for after the first dive, then we have lunch of gouda cheese, apples and a breadstick type thing.  Then 2 more dives and we cook supper in our room so I can control what I have.  Eating out there is so much fried stuff and that does not like me.  There are always a few panic times but I usually come back lighter and have to work to get where I want.  But I like to go and relax a little and I allow myself a stroopwaffles cookie.  They are wonderful on vacation but hold no lure back at home for some reason.  

Vacation and once in a lifetime trips deserve a little lightening up.  (Not a put a pile of pasta on your plate every night but a taste of Island life.  I believe every island has a personality.  Different cultures, different food..)

first trip after wls hubby forbid me from bringing a scale..  I was only 4 months.  

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On 7/17/2019 at 10:17 AM, Cindy Lou Who said:

You're so funny! I purposely tried to keep the entry more about weight tips that could benefit others, and NOT about the trip!! :lol:

The most amazing part of the trip was the flora and fauna there. After one day of hiking and one day of snorkeling, I rushed to the library to get books on the plants, birds, bats, coral, and fish so I could look up all the things I was seeing for the first time! I was compelled each night to look up what I had seen and record it in a diary so that when I saw the species the next day, I would know what it was. It was glorious, and made me feel like a little kid filled with awe and wonder!! 

I have to mention the people there are incredible too. The Samoans live by God first, then family, then the village. That mantra is seen in everything they do. I felt perfectly safe at all times, and touched by how polite everyone was, and how reverent they were to God, family, and village. Amazing people, and I made some nice friends! 

Wow, Cindy, that sounds so awesome!  Don’t you just love discovering things for the first time?  How exciting!  So glad you had that opportunity!

And what a terrific way to live your life. The world could use a lot more of that and a lot less living only for oneself!  

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