I know that I'm a bit OCD with my best-2-out-of-3 mentality with the scale in the morning, but as I was getting ready to leave for last week's trip to the cabin, I realized that I would not be in my routine of working out, my deprivation eating rituals, etc. I would be subject to temptations that vacations often offer: s'mores, dinners out, someone else's cooking...
Was my will power up to the challenge of a vacation? Would it be as simple as just saying NO? I have pretty strong will power, but when I couldn't monitor my weight every morning, I wondered if I would gain weight because I was going to eat more than I usually do.
Well, I know that I snacked more than normal, and I ate more bread than I usually allow myself on my post-pregnancy diet, but I must have been getting much more exercise than I do on a daily basis at home because we were always busy trying to keep my three-year-old from bouncing off of the walls of the cabin and driving us all insane.
The first morning after being home, I was scared to look down at the scale to see what the week had done to my body. If my weight was up, I was going to be depressed and regret all of the extra fun eating I had done on vacation. If I had maintained the same weight as when I had left, I told myself I would be happy...
Luckily for me, I was down about a pound, and I was overjoyed. Still, I thought to myself, "What if I hadn't eaten all of that extra food and allowed some goodies to sneak in? Would I have lost more weight?" I know, I'm never happy.
After the week of enjoying my family, some food, and lots of sun, I realized that taking a vacation from the scale can be a good thing. For someone who obsesses about everything, maybe I need to take breaks from other things as well... like how being away from the house and from my computer allowed me to be able to focus more on my children than all of the things I normally would obsess about at home.
If you are like me, try to take a vacation from the thing you obsess about most that also makes you miserable... you might be surprised at the results!
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