My Hot 100 Update,. Back on plan!

Support Group Time: My family causes me LOTS of stress. I eat when I'm stressed. What do YOU do?

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I just got back from vacation! Well, if you consider a stress-filled family reunion a vacation! I wasn't able to do much for my goals while I was gone, but here's a recap:

(1) 185 pounds: I counted calories and carbs for the first 4 days that I was away but it was hard with the temptations. The next two, I didn't have time to count and track. Then the last 4 days (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon) I gave in to the demons and ate whatever I wanted. So I'm back and weighed on Tuesday and was up to 210.6. That's a 7.6 lb gain in 10 days, and still I didn't control what I ate. Yesterday it showed 211.0. ARGH!

(2) Exercise: No one we visited had an exercycle that I could fit my but on. I did, however, walk, do exercises and move. During the 18 hour each-way drive, whenever we stopped for gas or food or bathroom breaks, I exercised a little: I stretched, jogged in place, walked around the car, or whatever. My bod isn't used to sitting still that long. BOY that's a good sentence to write!

(3) write/finish 3 e-books: wrote by hand but not enough.

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I posted yesterday, asking how to get back on track. I thought I would get back on plan Tuesday but found myself going to the kitchen, time after time, looking for a snack. And "finishing" the chips and bread and such we had eaten on the road. I needed help.

Great responses yesterday. Thank you so much. I'm not sure when I turned the corner, but I did.

Might have been while sitting on the pot, and realizing that I had only "gone" twice in the entire 10 days I was gone. Even with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), I usually get it out once a day. No wonder I gained 8+ pounds from the day we left! Well, yeah, I also ate like I used to.

But sitting there, I thought ... why? Why am I having troubles getting back to my plan? Why am I allowing myself to ramble into the kitchen for something satisfying? Why why why?

Still don't have the answer, but I did finally get the thought: I can go back to at least SOME of my plan. Baby steps. Again. Like eating something spicy to boost my metabolism. And drinking water. LOTS Of water (because I didn't drink much at all while I was gone ... easy habit to get into AND out of).

As soon as I realized these two things, I went into action. I put a 5-lb "log" of ground beef in the crockpot to cook, and a big jar of medium salsa beside it (to add later). I added a diced medium onion and a couple dashes of tobasco sauce, and will eat on it, with sour cream and cheese, for a couple of weeks.

Once the meat got started in the crockpot, I finished a bottle of water I had beside my bed. Filled up a quart container with just a little instant decaf tea and lots of water with ice. Yes, even tho we had 4-6 inches of snow outside and even more from last night, I drank very cold things. Another metabolism booster (the body expends more calories to get warm). Drank about 4 quarts (1 gallon) of liquids yesterday which helped a LOT in lots of areas! Wink wink. Let's just say I stayed near the bathroom yesterday!

So the secret to getting back on plan?

I guess for me, it's just taking two little tiny steps and hitting them. Even tho I still want potato chips and chocolate cake, I felt full from the iced-tea and later the taco meat. I didn't tell myself "ok, time to deprive self from chocolate and cookies and chips again". I just said to myself "ok, time to drink lots and lots of water, and see how much spicy food my IBS system will handle". Since I love taco meat, it's a good fit.

Still not 100% back to where I was, but I'm working on it!

12 comments:

Twix said...

You're turning it back around and that's a good thing. :)

Liquids...liquids...liquids ;-)

Scuttleboose said...

Great job getting back to the basics! :)

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

Yo VelVEEta,

You won some cheese: http://jackfit.blogspot.com/2010/11/winners-winners-everywhere.html

Tell me where you want it (and don't say "My mouth!")

Lori said...

Great job on getting back on track. Sometimes it really is just too hard to hit it 100% right away and just doing the small steps to get pointed back in the right direction get you there faster.

Cammy said...

After longer vacations, it can sometimes take me a week or so to fully "transition". Meals are generally fine, but I tend to push the upper range of my calorie goals. As long as we're aware and taking steps to get to 'normal', we'll be in good shape. Any way you look at it. :)

Julie said...

It is so hard to get back on track but you're getting there. One step at a time. Keep going my dear, you'll get it. Get back to that water, that will help clean up and get you back.
Take care and God Bless!!
By the way, thank you so much for your comment today.

Michele said...

Good. Getting back on track can be a process. Have you thought about "allowing" yourself some chips or a piece of CC and budgeting that within your daily calorie budget? I do it every so often, it really helps me to keep going on. I always have something to look forward to, not daily but by the week or so.

Mrs. D said...

I have the same problem if I get off track, not sure why. As long as you're taking steps to get back on, you'll get it! It took me about a month after my honeymoon- Oy!

Karen said...

Vacations are hard! I also wonder what it takes for me to get back on track. Glad to hear you are moving in the right direction again.

Biz said...

Hi Hottie! Vacations are the death of me - all of my good intentions (like I am going to use the hotel gym every day - right!) go out the window.

Hope you have a great weekend!

South Beach Steve said...

Vacation is always tough, but you may find the damage is not as much as you think after a few days of being back on the regular routine.

Make it a great week!

Tami said...

Good for you for getting back on track!

I found your blog through the Hot 100 Challenge.

If I have had too many carbs it sometimes takes a couple of days for the cravings to go away! Lots of water and good lean protein seems to help me get back on track.