The vacation was fun, but now I’m paying the piper

img_038212 lbs. That’s the weight gain from five days of eating anything I wanted and drinking alcoholic beverages every night. Now, mind you, I was also walking A LOT: between 7 and 10 miles a day. That is a lot of walking, and yet, I gained a lot of weight. Let’s break it down.

Most of this weight gain is water weight due to alcohol and sugar intake. I’m guessing that between 7 and 9 lbs of it will be gone within a week. The last 3-5 lbs will take an additional week to lose. I know this from past experience on my trip to Spain where I gained roughly the same amount over 10 days.

How did I gain so much so quickly? Well, I usually try to mitigate weight gain by making the healthiest choices I can. This time, I decided on an experiment: eat what I would normally eat before I went Paleo. The result is pretty much what I expected; gross weight gain.

I’m not happy with the amount of weight I gained. I was rather cranky this morning when I weighed myself because my weight gain exceeded what I was expecting even at the outside. However, as I thought about it on my drive in to work, I’ve been here before. I’ve gained weight after a holiday of fun, and I know what it takes to get rid of it. I know how long it takes, how to eat, and how to exercise. These are all known quantities to me, and it’s just a matter of time before I’m back in my comfortable 160’s.

Until then, I’m on my strict Paleo diet. And by strict, I mean STRICT. I will not eat snacks, even Paleo ones. I will limit my serving sizes to what I should be eating, not what I want to be eating (I still struggle with increasing portion sizes).

Paying the piper sucks. I hate it every time. But I have to keep reminding myself that this is okay; I’m able to lose the weight by just eating right. I’ve done it time and time again, and I will do it again this time. It was a good reminder of how great some of those foods taste, but in the end, no matter how delicious the food was, it just wasn’t worth how I feel now. I know Sherry would say different, but no matter how good all that stuff tasted (and yes, the pizza, hot dogs, and bread were AMAZING), I hate how I feel now. I can’t wait to get back to my happy weight, and to get back to how much better I feel when I eat good food.

2 thoughts on “The vacation was fun, but now I’m paying the piper

  1. You still sound very much like you’ve got this under control and here’s why: you consciously experimented by trying a throw-back eating style. You weren’t unheathily sabotaging: you were temporarily reliving on the other side to prove how life has changed. Big difference between that and an out-of-control spiral. You can compare both the pleasures of eating whatever and the pleasure of no guilt and scale numbers you prefer. You have proven you choose the latter. You know what to do and you will get it done, to quote something inspiring I recently read somewhere! You’ve got this!

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    1. Thanks! I tend to be hard on myself whenever the scale goes up, even when I knew it was going to happen. I have to admit that it’s easier to take this time knowing I’ve come back from these little flirtations with the old lifestyle in te past. lol. The good news is all I have to do is eat right and the weight will come off. I have to admit I’m looking forward to my run tonight, although I know my time will be slower since it’s been a week since I ran last.

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