Monday, February 17, 2014
My dear husband and I just returned from a dreamy twelve day trip to Colorado. We ate very well at some very nice restaurants. This was the honeymoon that we never had, the trip to Europe that didn't happen, and the trip to California that was dashed by my accident. In other words, we really indulged ourselves. We couldn't prepare any Spark recipes...we ate several special appetizers, and we ate several wonderful desserts. We sampled warm bread and real butter with some of our dinners. We went to lavish
On the other hand, we exercised a lot! We have been part of Spark People for three years now, and that has helped us make some healthier decisions. We also tend to hold each other accountable. That meant we looked for ways to exercise every day. Sometimes it was in the hotel pool or hotel fitness room. Other days we walked, walked and walked. When we didn 't meet our fitness minutes for the day, we walked up and down the corridors of our hotel before bed. There were two nights we had to walk a lot on that carpeted hallway! Another thing we did was to walk a lot at the airports while waiting for flights.
We also made wise eating decisions most of the time. For example, at the breakfast buffet, I usually stuck with steel cut oats, fresh berries and skim milk. I passed by the waffles, pancakes, croissants, muffins, bagels, potatoes, etc. One morning I did splurge on eggs benedict (requesting spinach added in and light on the hollandaise). Another morning I had an egg white omelet with veggies. Those decisions at breakfast allowed me to choose some regional specialties for dinner that I would never find in my small town back home. There were many times we passed up foods that we would have eaten in our former life, and there were many times we left food on our plate. No longer do we belong to the "Clean Plate Club" that we belonged to as children who grew up in the 1950s. We tried our best to track every bite we ate although it was often impossible to find our restaurant foods on Spark People...we had to guess a lot.
Still, we were nervous. Our daily routine was so different from our home routine that we couldn't wait to get home yesterday and "get back to normal." One of the first things each of us did this morning was to step on the scale. We breathed a huge sigh of relief to discover that we each had maintained our weight just fine.
Bottom line: Spark People has empowered us in many ways. We have learned a lot about nutrition and about fitness. We no longer scoff at "health nuts" who exercise while on vacation. We no longer have the "all or nothing" behavior where we just went crazy while on vacation. We enjoyed our vacation, indulged ourselves with some wonderful rich foods at times, and yet we stayed the course. Thank you Spark People...we have learned very much, and we are believers! What a fabulous free resource we all have here with Spark People.