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State of the Weight Wednesday: Back in the Saddle

Vacation is over. Life is back to normal. Ish. So that means a return to State of the Weight Wednesday!

SOTWW is about making small, manageable lifestyle changes that we can live with. And living is about more than just weight.

State of the Weight Wednesday, Not Super Just Mom

I jumped on the scale this morning expecting to see that I had gained a pound or two after my week of excess and was pleasantly surprised to find that the scale read 198.5.

Only .5 pound gain after last week? Dude. I’ll take it.

Last week, vacation, was all about the foods. Fried foods. Starchy foods. Delicious foods. By Thursday I felt, well, disgusting. Beyond disgusting. Up until that point, it had been five days since my last vegetable.

I sent Dan to the island pizzeria for a salad, and even though I drowned it in ranch dressing, an indulgence I only allow myself on occasions, the ruffage did my body good. That little inadvertent experiment in meat and potatoes/shrimp and fries was kind of a wake-up call for me.

As much as I’m the kind of girl who can throw down with a filet, I crave vegetables. My body, my diet, needs balance.

I’ve always known this, but last week sort of drove the point home for me, largely because prior to last week I’d been paying attention to what I’d been eating. SOTWW has become a part of my life. I’m living in a state of being completely aware of what I’m eating and how much I’m exercising.

I like it here.

Now that I’m back to life (back to reality) (you’re welcome), I’m tracking my food religiously again. Starting today. I’m also pushing the water like crazy because I know I’m not being good about that and it’s affecting things like my eyes and my ability to wear contacts.

(Fun fact: One cause of chronic dry eyes, which I happen to have, is dehydration. Makes total sense when you think about it since the eyeball, in all of it’s gross, skinless grape-like existence, is mostly water. But it’s not something I ever would’ve thought about.)

Anyway, water and food tracking. That’s what I’m working on. Almost like I’m starting over from the beginning of SOTWW.

We went to the gym on Monday to swim and then yesterday I did cardio and it felt so good to get back there and exercise after not formally exercising for a week. I’m still sort of surprised when I feel happy that I’ve worked out. When I realize that I’ve come to enjoy it.


Vacation was a reboot, I think, because my resolve was waning in the weeks leading up to the trip largely because I knew it was coming. Instead of staying diligent up until the minute we pulled out of the driveway, I sort phoned it in.

But now I’m back in the game. I have a long-term goal in mind that I’m not quite ready to share yet, but it’s there in the back of my mind. For right now, my short term goal is still to reach the 31 pounds lost mark. I’m close. So, so close.

Weekly goal: Track all food and drink plenty of water
Weight goal: 6 more pounds for 31 pounds total.

What were your successes last week? Setbacks? If you’re blogging your own State of the Weight journey, link up, and visit the other links on the list. If you’re not blogging it, feel free to leave your success and/or setbacks in the comments!

State of the Weight Wednesday, Not Super Just Mom

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Wednesday 24th of July 2013

Yeah for only a .5 lb weight gain. Vacation can definitely do you in. I've not been able to get my walking in the last few days as it's been 105 and i don't have a gym membership anymore.


Wednesday 24th of July 2013

I was totally shocked!! And 105? I just broke out into a sweat for you!

John (Daddy Runs a Lot)

Wednesday 24th of July 2013

Ok - you rock! I gained on vacation, but not nearly as much as I thought I might. We rent a bunch of houses in the same block & vacation with upwards of 30 people . . . every night, a different couple is in charge of making dinner. When it was our night to cook (tacos on Wednesday), we decided that we HAD to include veggies because we were craving them. And realizing that you're craving them is a good, good thing.

Glad you managed to stay in onederland after vacation. Here's hoping the transition to "the grind" is an easy one.


Wednesday 24th of July 2013

When we go on vacation, it's all seafood, all the time. We'll buy from the local fisherman and cook it at the house or go out to one of the restaurants, but there's so much fish and shrimp. So, so much. And nary a vegetable. I was dying. DY. ING.

Hope you enjoyed your vacation!

Jennifer @ Also Known As...the Wife

Wednesday 24th of July 2013

Dude, that's awesome you only gained a half pound while on vacation!! That's the icing on an awesome vacation cake! And I'm so glad that you don't have post-vacation regret because that clouds the whole experience.

There's nothing wrong with your resolve ebbing and flowing. There's no way you could be militant about diet and exercise 100% of the time even if you didn't have a family to take care of; it's jut not possible. Now that you're in tune to your body's needs making good decisions will be second nature.


Wednesday 24th of July 2013

I know! I was completely shocked! I expected at least 2 pounds. And you're right. There isn't a way to be on target 100% of the time. It's okay to ebb a bit.

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