October 28, 2013

Maybe I Should Go On Vacation More Often

Last week we were in hot, hot Florida.  I'm notorious for gaining weight on vacation, isn't everyone? I mean it's so easy to give in to the easy, fast, delicious foods and we went to a carnival where it was fried food heaven.  It was a recipe for disaster.

I had it in my head that I was going to "try to be good" while we were there.  I thought the fact that all this ish would be squeezed into a bathing suit would help me resist all the pizza as well.  I didn't have a scale accessible to me all week and at first I panicked a little.  Sure I said I was going to try to make this weight loss journey all about the non-scale victories but it's still nice to see progress every once in a while.  Except I haven't.

I haven't lost a single, solitary pound in at least a month, probably longer.  Even with all the clean eating, calorie counting, trying to get in a workout when I can, nothing has changed.  My clothes haven't been fitting any better and my belly is still a bowl full of jelly.  It's been frustrating to say the least.

The good news about our vacation is that my ILs are practicing a gluten-free, dairy free, no processed foods, etc diet and so there was little junk food around.  We went to the store to get a few things and I picked all healthy stuff and even made my famous eggs, salsa and avocado breakfast for all of us one morning.  When we went to dinner I choose very wisely, picking salads without dressing and chicken, shrimp and veggies.  Thankfully we didn't hit up and Mexican restaurants because that would have been my downfall, hello unlimited chips and salsa.

When we got home I was so curious to see where I was after a week of no tracking and no scale.  I hopped on my mother-in-laws scale and couldn't believe my eyes.  But I knew I wouldn't know for sure until I got on ours at home.  To my surprise I was down 3.8lbs from the week before we left!
I was so thrilled! FINALLY!  My hard work is paying off!  I know when you start a new "diet" {I don't really consider clean eating a diet} it takes a hot minute for your body to get with the program and start seeing results.  So I'm hoping that this hurdle jump starts my weight loss because I'm ready to start fitting into some of my old jeans and tops a little more comfortably.

I'd be lying if I said I was happy with my progress thus far.  I am, sort of.  I am definitely ahead of where I was 10 weeks post-partum with Kendall.  I don't think I hit the thirty pound mark until she was at least 6 months old.  So when I think about that I"m all "YEAH!  You go girl!" but I'm not where I thought I'd be at this point and definitely not where I wanted to be.  But, slow and steady wins the race, right?

The clean eating is going really well and Jimmy has jumped on board 110%.  We went to the grocery store together, with both kids, for the first time and I was glad we did.  I normally go alone, it's my thing, I love it, and then I come home and he's all "$250!? What did you get?!" So it was nice for him to see just what it's like.  

This week I downloaded the eMeals.com app for my phone and OMG it made the trip so much easier.  It makes your list for you, right on your phone, and it's broken down into the categories, produce, canned goods, dairy, etc and you just check them off as you go.  Another thing I loved about it is it allows you to skip meals and adjust your shopping list accordingly, SO helpful!  The meals have all been really tasty and very easy to make.  I've had quite a few people ask me about eMeals.com and I am very pleased so far.  If you've been thinking about whether you want to drop the dough on a subscription, maybe this'll make it a big easier, right now you get 15% off your order with code "Dinner15".  I'd really encourage you to try it, even for just a month, and see if you like it.  

I missed cooking while we were gone, I really did, so I'm hoping to be a kitchen queen this week and be back with some more yummy, clean recipes to share!  I'm thinking I need to go on vacation more often.  


  1. You are doing great.I have been back to pre-pregnancy weight since Lill was 8 weeks old. I am truly happy about that BUT I took fertility meds so pre-pregnancy weight is 12 pounds higher than pre-fertility meds. Still trying to get there! I have run a half marathon and am happy with the way I push my body...But will I ever get a belly that won't rival Santa's? My hubby and I are committing to a new plan starting next Monday that will go 24 days (which is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving) We have 2 beach trips next summer as well as 2 weddings....I want to wear a hottie dress and a non-mom swimsuit.

  2. Congrats on losing weight on vacation! That's a HUGE accomplishment. Keep it up girl, you're doing awesome!

  3. OMG ROCK ON SISTAH! THAT IS AHMAHZING!!!!!!!!!! So stinkin' proud of you!

  4. Congrats girl! I'm still thinking about jumping on the emeals train...

  5. the eMeals people emailed me for some blogging thing but i had NO idea what they were all about!
    you are TOTALLY rocking it. and i am slightly jealous, but OH SO happy for you and proud of you!!

  6. Yay for weight loss success! Even on vacation! That's a tough feat! Congrats girl - keep it up!

  7. Congrats! Losing weight is not easy so to do it while in FL is quite the accomplishment. Glad all your hard work is paying off! I love emeals.

  8. I think you're doing so great! Most people stop eating right or working out in that time frame of not seeing rusults! I'm glad you've kept going!