End of February
After my 90 day check-in I went on vacation for a month. Before I went on my trip I was starting to get really nervous about eating at restaurants every day and the possibility of gaining weight. At first I was going to be very strict about eating, but the first day in Sri Lanka involved a lot of curry, beer, and yummy snacks. I knew that if I wanted to fully enjoy eating authentic food while on my trip then I was going to need to let go. If I gained a few pounds, that’s okay! At least I know I enjoyed my eating experience instead of letting it make me miserable. I wouldn’t call myself a foodie, but eating local food while I am on vacation is very important to me. I have also made it a habit to indulge in American fast food that I can’t get in Taiwan, for example: Dairy Queen, Burger King, etc. Once I got past my guilt point I happily enjoyed plates of Sri Lankan curry, fried Burmese street food, and plates upon plates of Pad Thai and Mango Sticky Rice.
I did do a weigh-in. The hostel I was staying at just happened to have a scale. To my disappointment I had gained 2lbs. (5lbs. if we are talking about a food baby I had). I know, I know. Two pounds is not the end of the world, and it wasn’t. Kristen and Laura reminded me that I would easily lose that as soon as I came back and started running again. (Yeah, they are the best, I know.)They are right! I know they are right, but convincing myself to listen to them was really hard. To me, gaining two pounds meant falling down a slippery slope of weight gain. I had so painstakingly climbed myself up towards weight lose peak and I didn’t want to fall back down. (In my head losing weight is like climbing up a mountain. One annoying or exhilarating step at a time.) I didn’t fall down the slope. Instead, I just stayed as active as possible so I could balance out the food I was eating versus the calories I was burning. I had the occasional urge to run, but I never acted upon it. Vacation!
Without dredging on about how I became okay with eating as I was on vacation. Here are my 120 day highlights:
- Able to buy smaller clothes!
- Walked as much as I could and refused all the taxi offers (besides the one day when it was 100F outside)
- Got 10,000 steps almost every day.
- Felt great about my body.
- Lovingly fed my body the food it wanted.
- Logged into MyFitnessPal for 130 days!