Friday, June 23, 2017

Home Again, and Thoughts on Being Away from My Routine

I love to travel, don't get me wrong, and seeing my family was WONDERFUL, but being away from my routine was difficult for me. Eating in restaurants really messed me up. I did really well making nutritious choices, careful splurges (the gnocchi with mushroom, black truffles, and crispy pork belly at Ballo was divine,) and staying within my daily and weekly points, but I still swelled up like a tick. And while I don't think I over-indulged in booze, the inflammation came back in full force! 

I went to a local Weight Watchers meeting at my regular time, Tuesday morning, to weigh in. The accountability is important to me.  I knew I would be up, and I was. I got my WW Weekly paper, but didn't stay for the meeting because I wasn't on my own time. I didn't spiral, and it didn't trigger the attitude of, "oh, well, I may as well eat whatever I want now." This is a major non-scale victory for me.

On the night before my flight home, I placed a grocery order with Instacart to deliver so my fridge would be stocked with nutritious foods when I arrived home. I stuck to plan on travel day, having the snacks I packed for breakfast and had almonds and diet soda and water on the plane ride. I cooked dinner when I got home and all was back to normal. At my WW meeting Tuesday, every ounce of my vacation bloat was off and I was back at my pre-vacation weight.

I can't express how wonderful it was being back at my meeting. I got so many hugs, it just made my day. 

I wore a dress to the Neil Diamond concert (which was great, btw!) I did a side by side photo, one of me on my 15th wedding anniversary in the dress I wore to the New Year's Eve party we went to in Italy with the photo of me in the dress before the concert...

I feel it more than I see it, but I'm pleased!

I'm starting to plan a mini-trip for my birthday in September. Rob and I are craving the beach. I'm thinking a condo, so I can cook some meals and not have to rely on restaurants as heavily as I normally would. I want to enjoy life, but going off plan isn't an option for me. I think I will be less stressed about it if I have a bit more control. It's a slippery slope and I can't ski.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

May Goals Review

I set myself two goals for May. First was to get "blue dot" days every day for the whole month. The second was to complete the Flat Abs challenge I posted about. One was a complete success, the other, was less so. 

I slept crazy one night last week and had a painful neck for DAYS. I couldn't even turn my head at one point, lest I got a shooting pain up into my head and down into my back. It was not fun. That means I didn't finish the last five days of the Flat Abs challenge. I am going to do the days that aren't checked off on my tracking sheet, though. I have one week before I leave for Boston and that will be the perfect time to complete it. I'm going to do the next day on the calendar as soon as I hit "publish."

What is a blue dot day? In my Weight Watchers tracker, there is a calendar that tracks your monthly progress for staying in my "healthy point range" which is three points below to seven points over my daily point target. 

This challenge proved to me that the Smartpoints plan is perfect for me. I don't obsess about calories, or cutting out whole food groups, I just focus on eating nutritious and delicious food in the appropriate portions. It's amazing how I'm never hungry when I'm not supposed to be. That means I'm getting enough food to keep me satisfied and energized. 


In other news, I have tendinitis in my Achilles' as diagnosed by my ortho. Ice and rest and no rowing until it heals. Poop! I miss rowing, but it hasn't impeded my progress at all, so that's good. I had my second set of injections in my knees. Holy merde! The second set hurt like a bastard, so bad that I am dreading the final set on Tuesday. The recovery time for this second set was a bit longer. I hope the final set doesn't impede me for my Boston trip.

Goals for June are a bit more loose. I'm traveling from the 8th through the 15th. I'm aiming for blue dot days but not going over my target of 31 points from today until the 7th. I'm going to be using weekly points while I'm away, which I'm typically stingy with. I sent up a bunch of my "on track" staples up before me so I can be on track all day and enjoy the restaurant meals we'll be having in the evening. My plan is to make nutritious choices and enjoy a dirty martini and a glass of wine here and there. 

We talked about "vacation mode" at our meeting last week. Our leader says that if you don't track or stay on plan while you're away, fine, we all have to live our lives, but to make a plan for the exact moment when you will be off vacation mode and stick to it, otherwise a weekend away will turn into a week or two of food indulgences and then it's even harder to bounce back. I love this! I have made my goal to be off vacation mode the morning I wake up to come home. I have a fairly early flight. I will arrange grocery delivery the evening before so I have no excuses for eating takeout, like I always do first day home after travel. I've got this!