I'm back home from a fun filled weekend with the girls. We have this weekend getaway to a friend's cottage the first weekend in Oct and have been doing this for a while. I was really worried about how I would handle the usual excess of food, the drinks and the lounging around not doing much physical activity. I asked for advice on how I could better prepare myself from my bloggers and I got some good ideas and supportive cheers.
There were a few less of us this year due to personal reasons and although I missed them, the gang that was there had a much closer and relaxed time as we had less to cook for, clean after and coordinate "do we all want to do this?".
The great news is it was one of the best getaways in a while! The not so great news is that I did not stick to my plan. I didn't disclose the new me to my friends meaning my renewed commitment and my approach. I'm not completely sure why but one of the reasons is I've been at this stage so many times before that, although my friends would listen intently and wish me the best, my thoughts were they would be thinking "not again or I wonder how long she will stick to it this time or which program is she going on about now". I know this isn't the truth but I was gun shy. In the end I did manage to stay on my food plan pretty well. I did not have candy, chips or sweet/high fat desserts. I did however enjoy my wine with the gals. I curtailed myself to a much lower limit than the past, I watered down my drinks and I still drank lots of water but I did indulge. Oh well, that was my choice, today I'm back on plan and so far I it would appear I maintained my weight.
I managed to get the girls out for two long challenging walks (6 and 7K respectively) on a very hilly terrain. For the most part we walked at a good pace to break out in a sweat and feel some burn in our legs. I also got a Shred in on Friday. I also woke up in time today to go down the 90 stairs to the lake and see the sunrise (and took 50+ pictures) and it was stunning! I walked up and down these stairs 7 times today. I felt great today driving home even though I felt some small pangs of "why did I not stay on plan" but then again I was able to not beat myself up and demotivate myself. I had lots of energy today which I am sure was from the reasonable good food we ate (no overeating!), water and reduced drinking. I made a amazing low fat cheesecake that had 99 calories and very low in fat (I added it to my recipe pate).
I couldn't weigh in for my biggest loser club this week as we were late leaving the cottage but will be there next Sunday (which by the way for those non-Canadians is our Thanksgiving weekend - another food/alcohol challenge but that's life).
Ta for now and be happy.