I’m home!! I got home from Costa Rica around 1am and if I don’t write a post now, I think it will be weeks before I have time to sit and do it. Things are crazy (again!) just as they were pre-vacation. Tonight is my solo performance show, and next week I begin a brand new job. Whewwwwww. So much for laying back in the slow tempo of Central America – I’m back in the USA again and back to the insane pace of life.
Being on vacation was wonderful, and relaxing, and rejuvenating. But it was a totally different environment and pace than I was used to. For one, I did not have my scale with me (thank goodness!) which gives me constant feedback. I use it to stay on track here at home, and without it, how would I know what was what? I wasn’t super worried about it, because I knew that even if I came out of the vacation a few pounds up, I could get back to it quickly enough. Still, I was curious.
One one hand, I wouldn’t be surprised if I lost weight because:
- I was sweating buckets every day. Without even moving.
- I was getting SOME exercise – walking to the beach, to waterfalls and the like.
- I was not eating a single thing between meals.
- The meals were what I would consider very healthy – protein, beans, vegetables, a lot of fresh fruit. Our host was an amazing chef!
BUT I wouldn’t be surprised to gain weight because:
- I wasn’t doing ANYthing near my regular workouts. At one point I ran about 4 steps and then quickly gave that up. It’s like running in a steam bath. I couldn’t deal.
- I didn’t swim at all like I’d hoped because the ocean was, although gorgeous, brutally rough.
- The food was incredibly delicious and I often went back for seconds.
It was really, really hard to gage where I was. I couldn’t really use my clothing as a monitor because all my summerweight clothing, I bought last year before I got to my goal weight. So it was all pretty much hanging loose on me anyway. I couldn’t tell by looking at the mirror. I really had no clue at all. And you know, normally it wouldn’t MATTER so much but I do have this WW job you know, and I didn’t want to come home and have to battle back down to my range. So I would’ve preferred to not gain a whole bunch. I felt healthy. I felt good.
One measure I was able to take was my blood sugars. In the first part of the week they continued to be up because I think I was still dehydrated. I wasn’t able to drink as much as I would’ve liked to, so it took a few days for that to stabilize, but by the end of the week I was in a good place. I have to say it gave me a small bit of comfort to be able to measure SOMEthing objectively.
One thing that I noticed was that I felt more comfortable in my body than I ever have in a hot climate. Before, when I’d gone on a beach vacation, I’d felt awful in a bathing suit, disgusting when I sweated, and extremely unfit. On this vacation, I took a 5 mile trek through the jungle (to get to the waterfall, yay) and it was like… piece of cake. I took one hike to this eco-lodge up a very very steep hill, and it was like… no problem. I felt comfortable clambering around and never got huffy puffy or anything. That felt GOOD. And sweat didn’t bother me like it used to.
I used to be one of those people who was completely sweatophobic. It made me sick. But now it’s just…. water. And it doesn’t bother me. It’s really OK. Maybe because sweat during my workouts is a good thing – a very very good thing. I’ve made friends with sweat! Yahoo!
So when I left on my vacation I was 5 lbs “down” because of my dumb dehydration problem at the marathon. I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to maintain THAT because it was mostly water weight anyway. In fact it was ALL water weight. This morning when I weighed myself I was 2 lbs up from that weight, so 3 lbs down from the day before the marathon. OK! I’ll take that! I hope I’ll be able to maintain that because it’s a number I can be very happy at.
So that’s that. Interesting, huh? It’s funny how things change when we don’t have our regular landmarks and ways of checking in. But I felt good about what I was doing overall. I’m eager to get back to my regular workouts. I’m glad it’s not 90 million degrees here. But it was also good to get out of routine and realize there are ways of staying healthy that look and feel different.
April 6, 2010 at 11:48 am
I totally get it. In my own experiences with an obsessive-style mind and a body that gains easily and gets addicted to things with sugar, flour, etc it’s always good to see you put it all out there.
For one it neutralizes all of it. And even better, it moves out the crazy/obsessive energies out of your body, where it can feel uncomfortable and spin you, onto the paper, where it can do no harm and leave your energy and your thoughts lighter and happier!
I call that kind of writing “purging”- for obvious reasons.
Welcome back, don’t let that re-entry game of trying-to-catch-up-quickly get to you!
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April 6, 2010 at 1:07 pm
omg that’s fantastic! good for you. 🙂 and guess what? usually after a plane ride, i retain water, so you might very well have kept off all 5 pounds…
April 6, 2010 at 1:30 pm
Welcome back!!! Glad you had a great time on your trip. And best of luck on your solo performance tonight!
April 6, 2010 at 2:56 pm
Welcome home and knock em dead tonight!
April 6, 2010 at 4:23 pm
We loved Costa Rica! My oldest daughter went to school there for a month last summer as well. I thought it was way better than Hawaii (and easier to get to).
April 6, 2010 at 5:05 pm
It is so awesome that you felt great. That goes a long way.
Good luck tonight.
April 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm
That’s great! You look very relaxed (and not fat, of course.)
April 7, 2010 at 6:28 am
you are freakin amazing.
ballsy interesting inspiring beautiful wise
Can I be you when I grow up?
April 7, 2010 at 8:08 pm
Adorable picture! I want to go to Costa Rica! I’m so glad you had a wonderful time. Isn’t it nice to go on vacation and not worry about being too overweight to do things? It blew my mind…
April 7, 2010 at 10:18 pm
You Look GREAT! I get the out of the routine thing and actualy doing OKAY. SHakes things up. Glad you are back!