In the span of 18 days I lost 8 lbs.
Sounds like a line from one of those Marie Osmond Nutrisystem commercials right?
Towards the end of the trip, I had noticed that some of my vacation clothes were a little looser on me but I thought they might just be stretched out from over use. But nope, it was real and not-just-water-weight, actual weight loss. When I stepped on the scale at home, I was shocked!
Now, let me just say- Weight loss was most certainly not my goal when I set off to explore the historical places of Israel and prance around the most delicious Rues of Paris, but it happened, and I hadn't suffered for it at all! I was obviously quite active during my travels (lots of walking!), but I never sought out a gym to squeeze in some strength training or burn some calories on a treadmill. Food-wise, I never avoided much of anything, except excessively greasy foods (which I thought might wreak havoc on my GI during my travels). I tried almost everything I could, ate fresh meals, enough to reach fullness but no more so that I could travel around with ease. Snacks included some fresh fruit or bread rolls I stowed away from meal times in ziplock baggies, and I never sought out 'diet' foods or sodas. I enjoyed my meals with other people, and never found myself scarfing down extra snacks or junk in private. I just enjoyed what I wanted from the foods that were offered, when they were offered, and that was that.
Sounds simple, right? The truth is, it was! And yet, I lost 8 pounds! Taking my mind off dieting/food/weight loss, were key to actually getting healthy for me. Despite the toll of traveling, I had more energy and regular moods at the end of the trip than at the start. Now, I'm not saying re-implementing those lessons will be as easy as it was when I was on vacation where options were inherently limited and I was most certainly moving around all the time, but I remember how good I felt, how well I slept, (and how well my clothes fit!) with non-chemical laden foods properly fueling my system. I want to get back there! Now, it's not easy to adjust your taste buds to less artificial flavors and I know I will be cranky at times, but it is so worth it. The energy. The good moods. The non-bloating. Mental clarity!
This is not a diet. It's self-care. It's the pursuit of feeling better, and not so sluggish. So, today is day 1 back to my better self. None of the really yummy stuff like chocolate, ice cream or doughy bread is off limits. It is the chemical-laden margarines, microwave popcorn, fat free hot dogs, fat free deli slices, and aspartame laced snacks that I want to take off the table, and remove from my body. My body deserves better. I deserve better.