Welcome to a breaking-news edition of Internal Dialogue Theater. In this nail-biting edition, Gail steps on the scale today after two weeks on vacation ...
Yikes. Here we go. You did everything you could, so if the scale shows a gain we'll turn it around. Maybe you just maintained -- that's not bad for two weeks away, right? OK, just get on the scale and get it over with...
I checked and then I checked again. I looked back at my Fitbook to see what number I wrote down the morning we left. Yep.
I lost a pound.
But really, I had a feeling I would do OK on the trip.
- We ate breakfast in the hotel room nearly every morning. Yogurt, apples, instant oatmeal and cereal were stashed in the mini fridge and ice bucket area.
- We went to the gym nearly every day. Since we're all members of 24 Hour Fitness, we took a short walk to the gym near the hotel. (But now I'm totally spoiled on Super Sports. Our 24 Hour Fitness is a Sport and we paid for a temporary upgrade so we could go to the gym in Costa Mesa.)
- We spent 14 hours at Disneyland. Believe me, that'll work off some churros (no, I didn't have any). Last year I wore my pedometer to Walt Disney World and logged a half-marathon in nine hours, so 14 hours? You do the math.
- I worked out with Bob Harper and Richard Simmons. 'Nuff said.
- I walked my butt off at BlogHer. Not only did I do a 5K one morning, I trekked throughout the hotel, convention center and surrounding neighborhood. San Diego weather is unlike anything else -- take it from someone who lives in a swamp. Wonderful weather just makes you want to exercise outdoors.
- I tried to make smarter choices at restaurants. It can be difficult because steamed vegetables can be tossed in butter, turkey burgers can be slathered with cooking oil, and garden salads can be automatically sprinkled with cheese and croutons. But it wasn't all steamed fish and dry toast. I enjoyed some fries, ate the majority of a Crumbs cupcake, indulged in a few cocktails and shared some guac and chips. (Note: Operative words are some, a few and shared.)
- I kept track in my Fitbook. That baby went with me just about everywhere, and when I didn't have room for it I kept track of my food on my phone, cocktail napkins or scrap paper and transferred everything to the Fitbook.
So, crisis averted. And that one-pound loss has me motivated to keep the streak going now that we're back.
A Richard Simmons bonus
Hey, want to see what that live Richard Simmons workout is like? Here's a sample from this past weekend. I wasn't there but Kenlie was, I think: