Weekly Update weight-loss: ?
Inches lost: ?
So, what’s up with the question marks? Each week with the Ideal Protein program I weigh-in and meet with a nurse (my day is Thursday). An important part of tracking my weight-loss has been weighing-in on the same scale each week. I’ve been on vacation this past week and could not weigh-in, and I am out of town next week so I will not be weighing myself for two weeks. This could be good or it could be bad; let’s see what happens. My Thursday weigh-ins have been a motivating factor for keeping me on track, with out that motivation will I stay focused?
I bet you’re wondering if I stuck to my program while on vacation? For the most part I did really well considering all the great food and typical beachy snacks that seem to pop up out of nowhere when there are lots of family and friends coming in and out. My downfall seems to be sugar. Yep, it’s the sugar addict in me coming out… again. I think I wrote about this last week. Chocolate and carrot cake. But hey, it was my sister’s birthday so I had to have a little, right?
Tip #1: Portion control does work. Having a little isn’t going to throw you off a cliff. One of my objectives for losing this weight is to make sure I don’t develop adult onset diabetes. By allowing myself a small amount now I avoid a full-fledge binge later. No, I’m not rationalizing; I’m trying to be realistic.
I did great with the party aspect of the vacation sticking to a few wine-spritzers (1/4 cup red wine and mineral water) to feel part of the party without going overboard. I found I enjoyed myself just as much and didn’t end up with that bloated feeling I get after rounds of beer. Wine-spritzers are very refreshing, they look nice, and make for a good conversation starter: Them: “so, what’s that you’re drinking?” Me: “Oh, just a Shiraz spritzer, wanna try it?” I converted some die-hard pale ale drinkers to at least give it a try. I doubt they’ll convert for life, beer drinkers are a tough bunch!
Tip #2: Keep yourself in the party by making small changes. Alcohol has absolutely no nutritional value, is wasted calories, converts to sugar in your body and causes a whole bunch of other issues, like wearing down your reserve to say no to that pepperoni pizza. Find a health(ier) alternative. Wine spritzers work for me (sometimes I don’t even add the wine).
There’s a Kenneth Grahame quote that boaters are quick to say: “There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats.” Well, I’d like to alter that quote: “There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing as walking on the beach at sunset with family and friends.” I think a majority of my issue of moving my body daily would be non-existent if I lived at the beach! Of course, I’d still have the alarm clock blues to deal with but boy was it heavenly going on bike rides and taking long walks with the sound of the ocean helping me keep pace. Love it!!
Next week I’m back to the “Y” for spin and weight-training. I’ll have to get one of those machines that create an ocean noise, hmmm…. how can I replicate the sand and salt air?
Tip #3: No matter where you find yourself, you can always walk. Even though I wasn’t at the same intensity level as my spin class, I walked every day while on vacation and went on two bike rides. For me it’s the daily movement that lets my body know that. I’m in charge and being strong is my mission.
Inspirational quote: “The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy; walk and be healthy. The best way to lengthen out our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose.” — Charles Dickens
What’s your purpose and where are you walking to today?