Well, surprise, surprise (no really, it IS a surprise!) I’m down 1.9lbs this week for a new weight of 172lbs with a total loss of 79.6lbs! So close, just 0.4 shy of 80….soon! Soon! I can’t believe I’m this close to the 160s. Wow. I can honestly say I have never seen that number in my adult life.
Crazy things go through my head I tell you. I was psyching myself up for a gain – not like last week where I actually thought I had gained, but rather in a “don’t be disappointed if you gained this week kinda way”. And why? Because I only got to run/go to the gym twice. So immediately I assumed that it would result in a gain. I’ll be honest – I’m happy it didn’t, but I also know I need to up my activity once again.
I’m going away for 3 weeks as of this weekend for work and will not really have time to workout as we’re working 10am-10pm, 6 days a week. AND I’m going to the States. Now I know some of you all are American. I don’t know if you’ve ever travelled to Canada or hung out here for a longer period of time but I will say that there are differences between American and Canadian food. Not the kind where you’re not sure of what you’re eating or unfamiliar food combinations but rather the big differences are in PORTIONS and JUNK FOODS. Let’s all remember this is going to be opinion and based entirely on my own experiences.
Whenever I eat out in the States I’m amazed at how much food I’m given. I mean sure, it’s great bang for my buck, but it’s too much. I don’t need to eat 3 cups of rice in one sitting (seriously, this happened). I’ve also noticed in grocery stores the amount of candy, chocolate, chips etc. is staggering (and tempting!). I can honestly say we do not have that much selection, there’s SO much of it. Now, it’s not like Canada doesn’t have its own obesity problems, it most certianly does! But then again, eating out in general is tough, it’s just I always find it so much tougher when you’re in a new city and aren’t familiar with the food or the brands in the grocery stores.
I’m going to be staying in a dorm so I’m not yet sure how much access I’ll have to a fridge or stove to do my own cooking, but with my schedule even if I have access to a kitchen, I’m not sure I’ll have the time! I’m worried it will be a lot of cafe/restaurant eating. I’m hoping there will be a microwave at least. I’m bringing oatmeal with me. I figure if I can start my day off on track then I can make this work. I don’t want to fall into a habit of buying muffins or other baked goods each morning.
I am taking other steps to help me too – I’ve actually found a WW centre in Manhattan near where I’ll be staying/working. I hope I will have the time to run out to get weighed in.
We’ll see how the next 3 weeks go. My actual goal is not weight loss during this time, but rather maintaining my weight. I don’t want to gain – I want to be able to handle changes to my schedule/comfort zone without a weight gain. Challenge accepted.