I know, I know! I completely slacked on my updates during my vacation! But really, you can understand can't you? And to be honest, there wasn't a whole lot for me to blog about!! (that's a complete lie - the food was amazing!). But anyhow, I am home now and trying to get back into the swing of things.
So as I mentioned, the place that I stayed actually had a scale in it, which did seem to make it a little easier for me to keep on top of my weight. Now that does NOT mean that I managed to not GAIN weight - but I'm positive that I gained a lot less than I would have had a scale not been available to me. So let's get down to the numbers. I have to admit that I was a little nervous about my weigh-in today but not nearly as much as after my vacation last year. However, getting on the scale I was pleasantly surprised! I gained only 4.8lbs! Now this may seem like a lot (and I guess it really is) but that was after 3 weeks of vacation. Last year I gained over 5lbs and I was only on vacation for one week so for me - 4.8lbs after 3 weeks is a VAST improvement! AND, I definitely feel like I enjoyed myself over my holidays.
Now let me tell you a little bit about what CAUSED that weight gain. Basically the routine while I was on vacation was to eat breakfast and lunch at home and eat dinner out - pretty reasonable! AND I only went to an all you can eat buffet twice over the 3 weeks - once for dinner and once for breakfast (and let me tell you that Americans LOOOOOVVVVVVVEEEE their buffets - no offence!!). Here's the minor issue - American grocery stores are just FULL of delicious things that are not available here in Canada. And I will also admit that I bought things that I would never buy at home just because I was on vacation and wanted to treat myself (I'm talking to you cherry coffee cake, pizza rolls and cookies!!). I'm sure that "treating" led to a few of those pounds.
If you are a regular reader of my blog I'm sure you know by now that I LOVE eating out - I don't mind cooking if I KNOW what I want to eat and have all the ingredients available to me but I would MUCH rather go out and have someone make something for me! So another great thing about vacationing in another country? Many many restaurants that we do not have here!! A few of my favourites? Olive Garden, Cracker Barrel, Bob Evans and TGIF - to name a few. Oh, another good thing about vacationing in the southern US? BISCUITS!!! Now I know you can get biscuits here in Canada but you have to buy them in the grocery store and bake them yourself. Now I would never bother to do this. But THERE - every restaurant and every meal comes with delicious, buttery biscuits!!!!! YUMMY YUMMY!!!
So that is basically my vacation in a nut shell - food food and MORE FOOD!!!
Here is an interesting observation I had while on vacation!! You all know my obsession with Subway and the infamous Subway cookies - well in the US, you can choose apples as a side option! Now apples are not available here in Canada (well at least not in my part of Ontario) - if they were, it would make it a lot easier for me to say no to those cookies!! So what's so interesting?? The apples - the ones that are not available here in Ontario - according to the bag, the apples I ate down in the Southern United States were grown and packaged IN ONTARIO!! That's right - I had to go all the way across the US in order to get apples from Ontario at Subway!! ANNOYING!!!
So here is the plan for this week:
1) start tracking again (because this obviously didn't happen on vacation!!)
2) GET TO THE GYM!! There was a serious lack of physical activity these last 3 weeks!!
3) start concentrating on my water intake again
That's it for this week start back slowly!!!