Friday, August 20, 2010

Vacation, and weigh ins

So my family and I just got back from Utah, ok maybe not just, but we went to Utah, and we got back about a week and a half ago.

For those of you who have been on a diet while on vacation know that it can be very scary, and hard.

I am here to tell you that it is not impossible. I had heard of the curse of vacation many times. "Everyone gains on vacation" they said, "it's inevitable" they said, "don't be to hard on your self for it" they said.


Guess what......
They were WRONG!!! I didn't gain while I was on vacation, I lost :D, and I have the video to prove it. In your face vacation gods!!! (ok, I don't really think there are vacation gods, but still.)
We went to a meeting in Sandy Utah and this was the weigh in, I lost 1.2. Some may say Bah 1.2, that's not a loss. To them I say; oh yes it is. It may sound childish, but 1.2 is 1.2. So here is the video from that weigh in.

I have to admit I was very scared to go. I kept telling my self that it was going to be impossible that I would have my first gain, and there is nothing that I could do about it. I was obsessing. Yes obsessing, some may "Charles obsess, impossible" but I was.

For those that know me will get why that is funny, I am a compulsive obsesser.

What did I do? you ask.

Hold on I'm getting there. :)

If you have been reading my blog lately, you know that my leader Juan Te is always giving me words of wisdom.

She told me that when she was getting ready to go on her cruise that everyone was saying that everyone gains, and she was freaking out as well. Not even enjoying the thought of going on a cruise.

"What did you do?" I asked.

"I talked to my leader about it" she said, "and she told me that I didn't have to."

She told me that once her leader gave her permission not to gain, she relaxed, and she was able and have fun on her cruise, and not gain by the way.

Wow I thought, I can do this. I don't have to gain.

So I started to plan, expecting everyone around me to focus on my diet with me (not a good idea).

I didn't realize this until about 2 weeks before we left. My wife Carly and I were at her parents house discussing the vacation, and talking about how we could follow that plan while there.

I started to stress again, thinking "is this really possible? "can I really do this while on vacation, eating 9 servings of fruits and veggies everyday, not to mention all the other servings of things that I have to eat?"

Lets just say I was obsessing all over again.

Then my wife, who by the way is an angel, from heaven, said "why can't you just do it without making everyone apart of it?", "no one even has to know that you are eating differently", "it's not about them it's about you".

Huh I thought this is possible, I can do that.

Thus commenced operation, Utah trip.

I knew that we would be going out to eat a lot while on vacation, so I created a folder of restaurants and their point values for different items. We already have a dinning out companion from weight watchers, which helped a lot, but I mostly organized all the restaurants that weren't in the dinning out companion. It took me a whole week to create the folder. I worked very hard on it.
I also made planes so that I could get all my healthy guidelines in while we were there as well. Carly and her sister Jaimie, are also doing weight watchers with me, so it made it a lot easier on us.

Also Carly, Jaimie, and their Mom, prepared all of our points for the way up. We were on our way, and we were prepared to follow the plan.

I was so grateful for the plans that we made before we left. I'm grateful for Carly's family for being ok with us going to the store like every other minute, so that we could stay on the plan.

I'm not saying that everyone has to be as crazy as I am while on vacation, but it sure helps. :)
Here are some pictures of us while we were in Utah. enjoy.

Goofy Golf in Vegas.
Most of the family, when we were in St. George Utah

Carly and I, in an art gallery in Provo Utah Most of the family in Salt Lake City Utah, at Temple Square

Carly and I, at a park in Layton, Utah Most of the family at Brice Canyon National Park

Carly and I, at Brice Canyon National Park Me while on the way home. :)