The moment of truth weigh-in after a week in Portland/Seattle ;)
I left for Portland on Friday the 8th, and came home last Wednesday. Since I was in Seattle on Wednesday morning, I didn’t get a chance to do my usual Wednesday Weigh-in. I have to admit, that was kind of a relief, considering I ate a LOT of very caloric food on my trip.
Out of curiosity, however, I got on the scale Thursday morning, and was kind of shocked (but not really) to see 132. I left home weighing 124, so that’s an eight pound gain over six days! I didn’t panic, because I was still under my goal weight. That was the whole point of having a cushion under my goal—so I could indulge on vacation, or treat myself here and there without going over my goal.
Also, I knew I didn’t actually gain eight pounds of fat. I imagined probably 3-4 pounds of it was “real” gain, and the rest was water weight that would be easy to take off once I got back into my normal routine. So, I honestly didn’t worry too much about it!It was very nice to not be over my goal weight, though—if I had left home weighing 133 (my goal weight) and come home weighing 141 (eight pound gain) I am sure I would feel differently.
Anyway, I tried to get back to normal eating habits this week, and I did pretty well! I was pleased with the scale this morning:
I was 127.2, meaning I am up 3.2 pounds from when I left for vacation. Not too bad! I ate and drank some really delicious things while I was gone, and I don’t regret a single one.
I’d like to get back down to about 123 over the next few weeks, however, because I want to have that 10 pound cushion come summertime. I just wrote a couple of days ago how I want to still be under my goal weight at the end of summer, so if I start summer 10 pounds under goal, then I’ll feel more confident in doing that.
I don’t want to drastically cut calories or anything, so I’m going to try and aim for about 1700-1800 for a couple of weeks, and see what happens. When I was eating 1900, I was maintaining pretty well. On my trip, I averaged over 3,000 a day! (I did log everything, but I didn’t restrict myself in any way).
This week, I did pretty well with my long term goals:
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7,000+ steps 6+ days per week: I only managed five days this week. On Wednesday, I was traveling back home, so the day was really short for me. And Thursday, I was just exhausted, and didn’t want to move much.
Binge free: Today is Day 260. Still going, and feeling really great!
Cook one new recipe per week: My family LOVES the bubble up casseroles, so I’ve been experimenting with different versions of them (if you search “bubble up” on Pinterest, you’ll see a ton of ideas). I was inspired by this recipe to create a chili dog version of the bubble up casserole. Needless to say, my kids loved this one (as did Jerry and I). I didn't follow that recipe, but I just took all the ingredients of a good chili dog and mixed them with the biscuits and baked the whole thing. It tasted just like a chili dog, only it was not nearly as messy to eat.
Overall, I’d say it was a good week! I am glad that I was able to get right back into my routine and minimize the damage after I got home from my trip. I’m also glad that I had some pounds to spare before I left ;) Ten years ago, I never would have guessed that I would one day weigh 127 pounds—let alone AFTER A VACATION.