I’m still trying.

The cruise threw me some, of course. I did work out one day, and I ate pretty much whatever I wanted on all the days.

But I didn’t gain as much as I thought I would – and, drumroll – I have already lost what I gained, plus a few pounds!

I didn’t feel well this week, which always helps weight-loss (and I will take the help where I can get it, especially as the inevitable Season of Eating comes upon us). I have had a ridiculous cough for several weeks, and this week, the congestion got to my workout-breathing some. There was one day when I just went to the gym and sat in the hot tub, and another when I did less than a mile on the treadmill. But at least I still went, I suppose.

Anyway, being on the cruise helped one area, and that was by lessening my addiction to chips. Do I ever love chips! And chips are one of the few food items that cannot be found on a cruise. I got a big bag of Veggie Straws this week…that and stovetop popcorn (sans butter) are two ways I can get my crunch on when I really “need” it. (I will, however, never completely leave or forsake tortilla chips or kettle cooked salt and vinegar chips. Oh, sweet deliciousness…)

I have noticed this week that oatmeal for breakfast sticks with me for a long time. Rod cooks eggs and sausage nearly every morning, and sometimes the girls or I eat it as well. I know protein in the AM is better than a lot of other things. But the oatmeal, especially if followed up by some fruit before lunch, keeps me from being hungry at 11 or wanting a big lunch, which is usually an eating disaster. My favorite instant oatmeal is the maple kind, and I make it with water and sometimes a little touch of sweet cream. Eventually I will graduate to the real stuff.

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The other thing helping me is paying attention to calorie burn when I am working out. I have a tendency to be in a hurry in all aspects of my life – and I also put this imagined pressure on myself sometimes. The day I headed back to the gym after the hot tub day, my breathing kept me from breaking out in a run of any real kind. I was disappointed that I wasn’t going to reach three miles in the time I had to spend at the gym (I’m slow, y’all)… so I turned the incline way up and walked briskly for nearly an hour. I ended up burning more calories per hour that way than with my usual workout.

And by the time I was done, I stopped inwardly scolding myself for the fact that I wasn’t ‘running’ this week~

I’m not training for the Iron Mommy; I am working to get myself in good, strong, fit shape so I can be a happier, healthier person.

I am now less than 5 pounds away from my first goal (I have 3 goals in all, which I will share some other time). I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and learning along the way, because that seems to be what works.

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