Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hello Strangers

Hello Strangers ....... 

I've been majorly MIA lately.

First, we spent 6 days on our new property.  Our very good friends from Washington State came up camping with us.  It was so wonderful to spend so much time with them. 

The weather however was very uncooperative.  Alot of overcast and some drizzle.  Not terribly warm.  We did get one half-warm day, and the day we had to drive home it was nice (figures, right?)

The worst thing was that I came down with a bug - GRRRR!  We left on Jun 30th and by the evening of July 1st I was done.  My throat was absolutely killing me and my head felt like it was filled with rocks.  I had to take some medication which made me fall deep asleep maybe 5 minutes before the Canada Day fireworks started.  I was VERY disappointed.

Of and on for the rest of the trip I was sick.  I had planned to get in lots of running during this trip, and I wasn't able to do even 1 mile.  I did get out for a c ouple of walks, but nothing that really got my heart beating.

We got back home on Monday afternoon, and on Tuesday morning I woke up feeling even sicker.  I did however have to go into work.  But I only made it part way through the day.  By mid-afternoon I was toast and had to drive home.  I had what felt like a migraine and my stomach was tossing and turning.  I mostly slept the remainder of the day, and got sick in the afternoon.

Today I'm feeling ever so slightly better, though far from 100%.  My appetite did return with a vengeance after eating next to nothing yesterday. 

So ... I have decided I'm not setting any goals for July.  I haven't run at all for the first week of July and I think it could be a few more days before I'm able to do much physically.  I'm just going to do what I can, when I can.

As for eating & the South Beach diet .... I managed a good 12 days without a stitch of sugar or starchy carbs and I'm very proud of myself.  The next few days I had very limited amounts of those items.  Then I relaxed a little while camping (I had planned this before I went).

Originally I had planned to stick completely to the diet.  But then I thought .... you know what ... I'm not a machine and I want to be normal.  Yes, I want to lose more weight, but I also want to be able to enjoy treats during certain times - like camping.  And while I did indulge .... I didn't go insane crazy.  I enjoyed a couple of cookies each day.  I had two glasses of wine in a one week period.  I ate bread (white bread) and some meaty cheesy lasagna.  Crazy .... huh?  No ... normal.  I still drank my tea without sugar and stayed away from pop entirely.  When we got home I said to my husband that I went a little further than I should have, and he said "No, you ate like a normal person ... or less."  I suppose he's right.  I did gain 1.8 lbs in the week, but I'm totally OK with that.  The key is in taking it right back off and not staying in holiday mode and I feel I will be successful with that.

I think that's the way I want to live my life.  On a daily basis keep the treats & sugar at bay, and limit the starches.  But enjoy myself to a normal level for special occasions. 

I've been trying to catch up on my blogging buddies and will be more active over the next few days.

Hope everyone is doing well!

Keep Active!



kimert said...

I am glad you are back!! And the blog looks great. I noticed a little change. :) I've tried SBD before but I am such a carbaholic I have a hard time following SBD.. lol

ajh said...

Sounds like you did quite well on the food front!

Lucy K said...

I think that you have adopted a philosophy that is totally doable for the rest of your life. I tried SBD before and I just couldn't do it forever. I love carbs way too much. :D

Syl said...

Welcome back Heidi, I missed you!
Glad you are feeling better, and adjusting to make it work rather then setting up for disappointment, you are doing great!

Marcelle said...

Firstly, welcome back ~ you were missed by me.
Secondly, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a lovely friendly comment. Much appreciated

NOW ~ I totally understand on wanting to live a normal life and eat like a normal person without giving up the things you enjoy.
I also try hard to keep to my plan, but live a little on special occasions. Right now there are too many special occasions...but thankfully I am still able to run which does help..and still gaining..LOL
Weather in Germany has been great, no complaining from me...]

Marlene said...

YES - it is all about finding the healthy balance and moderation, something I struggler with constantly, but I am learning too!

Sounds like you did GREAT on vacation. Most people would have splurged WAY more.

Sorry to hear that you have been so sick! :(

Fran said...

Welcome back, I missed you too.

Sorry to hear you got sick during your camping trip. Hope you feel better soon.

I like your approach concerning food, it's how I live. I'll get back to work on Monday and will be more careful of what I eat then. Till then enjoy my vacation with a treat now and then (and lots of wine :) ) and I've gained a bit but don't worry about it, it's vacation. Have to work hard for it all of the year.

Missy said...

Love the idea of being "normal" on special occasions. Every once in awhile you should be able to have what you enjoy - keeping the day to day a little tighter.

Hope you feel better soon ;o(

Susan (All Things In Moderation) said...

That is exactly the direction I am headed with the whole "clean eating" thing..... eat clean most of the time, but allow for moderate indulgences here and there. It is the only way I can ever live with it. I am not good at all with deprivation ..... and really, why should I have to be? Right?

Anonymous said...

I hope you are feeling 100 percent soon. It's never any fun to not feel good on vacation. I am proud of you for keeping good on your eating plan while on vacation too. It's hard not to go crazy, and it sounds like you did good.

99ToGo said...

Glad you're on the mend. And your plan to limit sugar most of the time, but to enjoy a treat here and there, sounds good to me!