Weighing In: 10% of my body weight gone, and taking a different approach to vacation,

Journey

As of today, I weigh in at 186.7lbs. Bringing my total loss to 27.3lbs since January 11th (The day the picture on the left was taken).

I also hit another neat landmark: I’ve lost 10% of my total body weight! It’s crazy to think that 1/10th of me is gone forever, and I’ve been wondering where the heck I put all of that! That’s more than the amount of weight of a Costco-sized bag of rice…

I’ve had a few other non-scale victories this week as well. Namely: I have dropped two pant sizes.

I celebrated these victories by purchasing a few new items to wear over spring break when I go to Arizona, including a two-piece swimsuit. I’ve found great joy in eliminating clothing that is too large on me and by finding inexpensive pieces to replace them. 

 I also allowed myself a, “cheat day,” on Sunday, after saving some of my weekly points and indulged in a burger with some sweet potato fries with some friends– guilt free! However, I do not believe in “rewarding,” myself with crappy food anymore so I’m looking at it as a cheat meal because I wanted to, rather than a reward because I’ve, “been good.”

As I gear up to leave for Arizona, I am faced with a challenge that any person trying to lose weight can relate to: Vacation! How will I navigate the balance of having fun while sticking to my goals?

For starters, I already have a plan set that I will try to make most of my outings each day focused on some form of exercise. I had ample opportunity to have a “typical,” college Spring Break fueled by alcohol, music and hangover food, but I opted for something else that will leave me feeling relaxed and rejuvenated when I return home, rather than starting classes feeling worn out, broke, bloated and sick. 

I am excited to be able to catch a nice tan and maybe even lose more on this week away so that when I come back home I’m not dealing with residual guilt from poolside margaritas or ensuing drunchies.

Don’t get me wrong– sometimes party-based Spring Breaks sound fun!

There is nothing wrong with enjoying Spring Break however you see fit– hell, I know next year I’ll probably go the Spring Break in Cabo route! But for right now, I am just doing my best to keep my goals in mind and honestly consider what will help me reach them faster and easier.

I’ve already got plans to hike with a friend who lives down there, access to a gym, and plenty of sunny sidewalks to stroll down if boredom hits, in addition to lots of swimming, and golfing. 

I also plan to do lots of acts of self-care such as doing my nails, putting on a face mask, journaling, yoga, etc.

I have intentionally chosen to go somewhere where I know I’ll have plenty of support from the people around me– something I also try to do while at home.

Since I am visiting my grandparents, they are already aware of my goals and are pretty healthy themselves. I know wont have to worry about finding healthy and fresh food to eat throughout the week while I am there.

I also know that they will be more than encouraging if I want to spend some time at the gym or go hiking with one of my friends since they want me to succeed just as much as I do. 

To summarize: I think anyone can be successful and stick to their goals while on vacation as long as you plan ahead, have a good support group around you, and treat it as a time to make your life better now and in the future– keeping in mind that instant gratification generally won’t fuel your success. 

In that same vein, I think the most important part about a vacation is just doing whatever makes you feel happy, healthy and good– however you see fit. 

What are some of your tips/tricks for sticking to your goals during a vacation? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Bye Bye Muffin Top!

Kenzie

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