Weight-Loss Calendar Week 18 -- I Left My Fitness Goals in Texas

weight loss calendarHello from Portland! Where my husband sent me late last week as a total and complete surprise to visit a good friend who lives here. I left early Thursday morning and will be home by the time you read this.

But because of this impromptu trip to eat and drink and lay around on couches with one of my best friends, I have some bad news for you: I did not lose any weight this week (sadly, I gained two pounds, which I think can be blamed entirely on Voodoo Doughnuts) and I didn't start the P90X as I promised I would last week.


I have some serious work cut out for me when I return, I know, and that's what I want to talk about today: how horrible I've physically felt the last couple days after tossing aside my healthy eating and exercising routines.

I used to feel this way all the time: achy, lethargic, groggy, uncomfortable, and bloated. That's how most of 2009 felt for me, in all honesty, but 2010 has been my year of change. I've replaced tons of bad habits with good ones, and it's shown with a pretty significant weight loss and meeting running goals.

But, it seems, just a few days on vacation can jeopardize all my hard work. What takes months to implement can be completely forgotten in just a couple days.

That's not to say one shouldn't enjoy surprise vacations to the fullest or vacations that include donuts, but this is a really important reminder that while it's so hard to stay dedicated, it's also so important. It takes ages to lose weight and days to gain it, and while that's not fair (at all), it's reality.

Sadly, you can leave your job and bills and the dishes behind when you go on vacation, but you can't ever leave the reality of your health.

I'll be back next week with the P90X update and also a weight-loss update, as well.


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