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Vacation Weight Gain and Strategy

A little update since my last post.........

Currently taking a few courses: Sports Nutrition, Principle of Coaching, ACSM exam prep course, Adventure Based Dynamics.

Now I'm Red Cross certified for CPR AED. 

This past winter I purchased a Verilux "Happy Light". It made such a huge difference! This winter in New England was very long. I hadn't seen this much snow in a long time and the grey days don't exactly lift a persons mood. 20 minutes every morning and it lifted my spirits! 

Ran my first 5k in ?1?1? Two years??
My slowest one yet but I'm able to run!






I have a new running partner named Bo :-) He's a rescue from Arkansas.



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Now back to the topic of 'vacation weight gain'. It happens to just about everyone who goes on vacation. My vacation was a cruise with my family. As many know there is an overabundance of food on a ship. You can get food anywhere, anytime! 

It took me about mid cruise to figure out a strategy that helped me. For lunch I ordered room service so I couldn't be tempted by the never ending dessert station in the buffet.

I also ordered room service for breakfast or went to the dinning room to avoid the buffet. 

If my options are limited and I give myself distance from temptation then it it's not so difficult to avoid. Did I eat anything sweet or fattening? Of course! I also had some frozen drinks. :-)

Now it's back to reality and back to eating 'normal' to feel and look lighter. No regrets. One step at a time!



 

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