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So, in addition to being hyperbusy with deadlines lately, I’ve also been hyperbusy getting ready for, and subsequently enjoying, my vacation. (Miss me?) Back home now and happy thrilled to report that my post-vacation weigh-in only showed a gain of 2.5 pounds. I am ecstatic, as this is the lowest vacation weight gain in recent memory. I felt like I was in control throughout the trip. Yes, I went a little out of my way to buy certain foods when it would’ve been easier to have what everyone else was having, but it wasn’t a big deal.

And I indulged a little bit. It’s vacation. I’m going to eat a few things off plan. My sister and my daughter made cupcakes together. I had a Slurpee, like I always do when I visit my home state. (No 7-11 in Idaho, or at least not in my area. A Slurpee is a vacation ritual for us.) I enjoyed my favorite dish at my favorite Mexican restaurant, which included corn tortillas. But I spread it out over two days, and gave the beans and rice to my son.

I also walked twice a day most days with my sister and brother-in-law’s adorable Boxer, Dude. I had ZERO soda. Not one sip. Can’t remember the last time I took a 10-day vacation that included two 12-hour drives and didn’t have a soda. Oh, wait, I remember: Never.

I got in my dad’s pool and played with my kids. OK, I mostly sat in the spa, but I was active.

It was also that time of the month for about half the time I was on vacation. And I had a lot of stress. One of our cars died the Monday before we left. But I didn’t worry about it too much because we were driving the other car to California. Then after we’d been there a few days, it started having issues, and we weren’t 100 percent convinced we’d make it back to Idaho. It was very stressful. To top it off, the bed at my sister’s house is way too soft for me and it really hurt my back. I spent one night laying on a heating pad while nursing a huge glass of wine, and I slept in my son’s bed while my kids were spending the night at my parents’ house. I’m still a little stiff and sore from the mattress and being in a car all day yesterday, but it’s getting better.

All in all, I think I did really well. When I did eat grains or excess sugar, I felt it right away, and although I only intended to have a few bites anyway, (my brother-in-law’s garlic bread is amazing and impossible to resist) my stomach reminded me it was time to quit. A rumbly tummy here and there was all I needed to remind me to make better choices. It was easy to have a taste and say, “That’s enough.”

I’ve been following a mostly Primal eating plan for 4 months now, and I don’t feel deprived or inconvenienced. If anything, I feel empowered. Although I still eat the occasional serving of oats or some other ‘non-primal’ food, it was never my intention to give it all up completely. That day may come eventually, but this is working for me right now. A few bites here and there, and the subsequent feelings of satisfaction and understanding of what’s happening in my body, are plenty.

So … now that I’m back from vacation, I have a magazine to wrap up. And laundry to do. And food to buy. And kids to spend time with for a few more weeks before school starts again. My To Do list today isn’t out of control. Yet. (Pretty sure I’m forgetting a few things, but equally sure they will come to my attention soon enough.) I was able to get a lot done before I left, and even do some work while I was on vacation, so I didn’t have so much to do when I came back. A few hours of a 10-day vacation was not a big sacrifice, especially since everyone else was sleeping or just watching TV while I worked.

I know you might be thinking, “Wait, she gained weight, and she’s happy?” A couple years ago, I came back from vacation feeling like I did pretty well, only to find I had gained 9 pounds. NineEffingPounds. NINE. At the end of the day, I’ll gladly take that 2.5 pound gain and be OK with it. I know it could’ve been so much worse. And we’ll see what my scale says the next two days, because I know taking a 12-hour drive through the desert is a really good way to retain water. I had a flavored iced tea with lunch – which was a salad from Subway – because I needed to taste something other than water. And we used pizza coupons when we came home last night. I scraped all the toppings into a bowl and left the crust/shell for my kids to enjoy. So, I’ll stick to Primal choices and see what my scale says by Wednesday.

I love my family and friends, and am so grateful to have had the opportunity to visit them. But it’s good to be home. We missed Posey, and she missed us. And now there’s work to do.

3 comments to Vacation

  • Ten days and only up 2.5?!~ MASSIVE VICTORY. Especially with that drive across the desert, and your back hurting to boot. You’ll have kicked that weight, and then some, to the curb in no time!

    You eat oatmeal occasionally, I have a Hershey’s milk chocolate nugget or 4 onion rings…occasionally. No one expects 100% adherence to anything. As long as we remain in control of those choices, it’s fine. We are human, after all.

    I’m SO SO proud of you, Donna!

  • Donna

    Thanks Gwen. I’m feelin’ pretty good.

  • Yeah, that kind of gain is nothing for a vacation! Sounds like you had a great time and that’s the important part. Hope your back recovers quickly.