Ok that’s not an exciting headline UNLESS you spent 5 days on a island! haha
We just got back from a 5 (well 6 because we got “stuck” there) day vacation on an island beach – it was as wonderful as it sounds
While I was there I was prepared to gain weight – mostly because I was NOT prepared to eat “sensibly”, sorry just wasn’t in the mood. And there is a domestic beer there… that is cheap… and we had an ice chest…
So I came back and after giving a few days for bloat to go away and glycogen to come back to the muscles after a few workouts I weighed in – and I was exactly the same as right before I left!
I thought this was a slight miracle, and I am still kinda wondering how that happened – there was a LOT of beer over the week, we ate at the pizza joint twice, and I had fried tacos. BUT then I started to realize a few things that went RIGHT, yes even on vacation, and yes without me even really trying! THAT is the most awesome part – it’s so engrained that I didn’t even really have to try (or suffer for that matter).
So what went right while I was gone for 6 days?
- my breakfast was spot on every single morning – either eggs or oats, this was our “base” for the day
- I can count 3 dinners that I had grilled meat and veggies just because it looked good on the menu – tuna steak once, ceviche several times
- lunch was often a simple sandwich (even if I had 3 lunches that day because exploring and beaching takes a lot out of you and you need to stay fed)
- every day had a lot of activity – we walked at least 3 miles one day, trekked up a mountain another, paddle boarded another, swam in the waves in between bouts of total lounge chairing
- and while we did buy snack foods for the condo, you can only eat what you have there so it was a saving grace some nights to run out of chips early
This must have been enough to offset the indulgances, which when looking back weren’t constant, maybe one per day. Which is a great record when you have not put a limit on yourself!
I’ve written about being on vacation or on holidays before (search the blog for New Orleans or Thanksgiving) and you know that I don’t believe you can just go hog wild without consequences – indulging is not the point of this post. I realized that even though I had not intentionally been “good”, there are enough habits in place that the consequences aren’t as drastic as they could have been It’s important to have habits in place – and when they are it’s not as painful. I ordered a grilled tuna without even feeling like I was making a “responsible choice” – it just looked good and I enjoyed my dinner – I didn’t feel like I was being left out of something