And the bill for services was…

That’s what I’m referring to my weight gain on vacation: the bill. I am paying for all the great, amazing, and delicious foods I ate while in Spain. While I did my best to limit the carbs and grains, the truth of the matter is that I still ate enough to cause me to gain weight. The total? 14 lbs. That’s a lot! However, I need to consider that this isn’t all fat.

I’m bloated and swollen from the sugar and salt. My body swells whenever I have a lot of sugar, and in the past few weeks, I’ve had a lot more than I have in a year and a half. A good amount of my extra weight right now is water. I also haven’t had a solid bowel movement in a few days, and I’ve eating some big meals, so there’s that.

The weird part is that my clothes all still fit the same. I can see a loss of some definition on my stomach and lower arms, but that’s due more to swelling/bloating/water retention than anything else. This will go away within 2-3 days after eating right again.

So, while I’m not happy with the gain, I’m also not upset. I’m not worried that it won’t go away because I know it will. I know that just by eating right, I’ll get back down to where I was and then continue to my final goal. I know this because I’ve done it before.

After my first morning of eating Paleo, I already feel great. My stomach wasn’t over-filled as it has been for the past two weeks, and yet I’m not hungry. I feel a bit more alert not being so full, and knowing that I’m doing the right thing to get my body back where it needs to be is psychologically a big boost, too.

I don’t regret a single thing I ate or drank on my vacation. It was all worth it. Now, I’m paying the bill, and I do so with a smile on my face and a lifetime of great memories.

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