Most days, I don't even feel like I do that much different. Maybe that's because this has become such a way of life for me.
I used to roll my eyes at people who used the term "lifestyle change". Seriously? It sounded so lame and a way to stay in denial that dude, you were SO on a diet.
But now that I'm that person?
I get it. I do.
Because everything about the way I eat has changed. I eat less. And not because I'm forcing myself, too. Because I'm literally full much quicker. I don't have a hard time saying no, turning down mixed drinks, or multiple ice cream outings.
So while on vacation, I didn't really have a hard time sticking to my plan. Which is probably why I had a successful week, and even managed to still lose a pound. [Read: Success in my book.]
Some people asked me if I still kept track of points while on vacation. The answer is ABSOLUTELY. Since I have my phone, I am never without the ability to keep track, so I have no excuse. Plus? I've been doing it for so long, it's just so much a part of my daily routine, I don't know any different.
I also dipped very much so into my flex points last week. In fact? I think I had less than 10 left for the week. The only other time I've ever gotten that low was my birthday week.
Since I didn't have much control over the daily meals, I just had to have control over how much I ate. Which was pretty easy.
I'm learning how much I hate the overly full feeling. It just feels so miserable and gross now. I used to eat every single night that way. Feeling so full I could burst...but not now.
I had a few bites of Declan's ice cream one night, which was enough to satisfy my craving. And one other night, Declan and I got out for a little date night and we shared a small cup of ice cream (two scoops...a scoop for each). It honestly was perfect.
When I felt a little slighted when everyone else was drinking icy, sugary, mixed, daiquari-type drinks? I'd just get a light beer instead.
It's doable. You don't have to throw the whole 'diet' out the window just because you're out of town. In fact? I think it gives you something to be even prouder of. Sticking to it while you are on vacation is totally a success in my book.
And let me just say, it was nice to feel decent in my suit. So what if I'm still curvy? I like my curves. So what if I'm not toned and firm* in places I'd like to be? I still need to celebrate the successes as they come.
So, on this note--I'm joining in on National Swimsuit Confidence Week over at Curvy Girl Guide. I so wish Lands End had sent me a free suit, but, alas. They did not.
I will still join in and say a big HELL YEA to wearing a swimsuit in confidence. Embracing the curves. The thighs (oh.Lord.The.thighs!) Throwing out the moo-moo. And getting in the pool with your kiddies. It's an awesome message, so go over and check it out.
And if you join in too and blog about it, leave a comment. I'd love to check it out.
Embracing the curves...
*My husband and I started the 30 day shred challenge this week. Hoping to firm-ourselves up a bit. If all goes well and we succeed? There will be before/after pictures (since, we totally took before pics).