Vacation is good for the soul

Hello Friends!

Not that you noticed, but I snuck out for a week and went on vacation with my little family. We played, we rode rollercoasters (kiddie roller coasters totally count), we walked a gazillion miles (slight exaggeration), we swam a gazillion miles (not an exaggeration at all), and we napped. Ah, sweet glorious naps. And because I was thinking ahead, I arranged it so that we would come back and have the entire weekend to readjust and get laundry done before returning to the weary work world Monday morning.

Do you have any idea how long it takes to read 168 blogs? It takes a long damn time, that’s how long. Sheesh! You all had a lot to say while I was gone. I’m glad though because I went a whole week being unplugged and I was happy to spend a few hours reading blogs and being connected to my cyber friends.  🙂

This vacation came a good time because it gave me time to think about my last post. I am definitely ready to do something about my weight, but I’m not so depressed and despondent as I was last week. Feeling more hopeful and optimistic now.

And guess what?! I LOST 2 pounds while I was on vacay. How ’bout them apples?! My one goal for this vacation was to NOT mindlessly snack my way through the week, and actually I didn’t do a lot of snacking at all. When I did snack it was mostly yogurt, fruit, and animal crackers (which are surprisingly addictive, I found out), but other than that most of my eating was at mealtimes. Also, I was happy, relaxed, and busy – but busy in a good way (knitting and swimming can take a lot of time if you let it), and I think that helped as well. So yeah, I’ll take a 2 pound loss on vacation any time!! It’s a small personal victory for me.

I’ll be getting off the fence this week and either joining WW or TOPS. Anyone out there have any experience with TOPS? There are several chapters in my area and from what I’ve read, it sounds like it could be just the thing I’m looking for. My only reservation is that there might not be anyone my age there – I think a lot of Senior folk attend TOPS, not that that would stop me from going, but it would be nice if there were a younger crowd there as well (don’t you love how, at 40, I refer to myself as the younger crowd?).

So that’s what I’m considering for now. Whatever I decide, I’ll give 3 months to see if I really like it and then I can reevaluate and make changes if I need to.  Sounds like a plan to me.

Have a good week! 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Vacation is good for the soul

  1. There’s a gal on iChange who does TOPS. I’m not sure what she thinks about it, but I’m sure she would be glad to chat with you about it. If you want to talk to her, let me know and I’ll link you up.

  2. I had just looked up a TOPS in my area a couple of days ago. With Eating For Your Soul no longer having meetings, I was missing that group time.

    I went many, many years ago (20ish) with my dad. I don’t remember much. (You can attend one time for free). If I were to go, again, I may opt to not do the weigh-in’s or the contests/prizes they do and just go for the support.

    I’ve been pretty much absent from blogging. I did that just for you so you wouldn’t have even more blogs to read (assuming you’d even read mine! Hah!). Aren’t I considerate?

    So happy that you had a great time and feel renewed.

  3. So glad you had a good vacay. It seems like it can go either way for moms–sometimes its more work for them than for the rest of the family. And SOOO impressed that you had good snackies too. I hope I will do as well as you on my next vacation.

    Hoping to get some feedback from the TOPS inquiry…

  4. The only thing I know about TOPS is based on the group here, they talk about what they should be doing, and then they go out to eat after the meeting. . .so perhaps go with a discerning eye.

  5. Ah, it’s good to hear your hopeful voice has come back. Sounds like a lovely vacation!!!!

    My mom went to TOPS when I was a little girl. She’d take us to meetings a lot. I remember a woman who was 300+ pounds, crying because she’d only eaten 600 calories a day all week, and still gained weight. Geez. What they didn’t know about nutrition back then. I also remember the women would go out after a weigh in, to eat ice cream. Seriously. If they lost weight, they’d get a sundae. If they gained, they’d get a plain cone.

    I joined TOPS before I had Sophie. It didn’t help me at all, but it helped some women. It was a lot of older ladies, but there were some younger ones. It’s like a cheaper version of WW, without all the bling.

    Whatever you decide, I wish you the best & I’m here for you. Great job on your two pound vacation loss!!

  6. Glad you were able to unplug and relax. I hate being behind on my blog reading but it’s good to take a break from the electronics once in a while.

    Congrats! I didn’t know it was possible to lose weight on vacation.

    My SIL goes to TOPS with lots of fellow 40 somethings. Sounds like you found that switch and ready for a big breakthrough. Rock on!

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