Thursday, August 13, 2009

August 1, 2009: 242 Pounds

I am finally home!! I arrived back a day later than expected due to a cancelled flight, but I am oh-so-happy to have gone and to be back home. I wish I'd had a laptop with me on this trip... I really missed blogging! But thanks to those of you who hung in there in my absence and are coming back to read more! I missed you and I certainly have a lot of blog reading to catch up on (after I unpack and stuff, of course!)

This trip was truly a turning point in my *life.* It was meant to be a special vacation to visit my only relatives. It's been 8 years since I last saw my Aunts and some cousins, and that was briefly at my mother's funeral (a very traumatic time for me). Before that, the last time I saw my family was 1992. So it really was time to reconnect. I needed it more than I realized. I am truly thankful for the kindness of those who made it possible for me to do this. It's not something I could have done on my own. This trip was a gift to me for my 40th birthday this summer, and I could not imagine a better present. I am so grateful.

I'll share more of my experiences over the next week or two, but for now let me update on the weight loss front. I did not go nutso with the food. I did stay in a home where I only saw *one* vegetable in a week's time... a huge change from my produce-based home intake! I was in the homes of various relatives for most of the vacation, and there were lots of barbecues, home-cooked meals, and some days of take-out. I did a lot of swimming and walking but not much else for exercise. The only time I was near a scale was right around the first of the month, so I took advantage of it to continue my usual ritual of weighing in "officially" on the first of every month. On August 1, the scale said I weighed 242 pounds, which is one pound higher than last month. Now, I am not sure just how accurate this scale was, and it was definitely not my usual home scale, but I'm reporting it just for the sake of having a number as a reference point. September 1's weigh-in will mean a lot more to me than this one does.

And now, it's late and I am heading off to bed. My fingers are just itching to write some new, regular posts again! I am excited to get back to my routine and see the results in the mirror.

16 comments:

Hanlie said...

It is so good to have you back! We missed you like crazy! Can't wait to hear about all the fabulous insights you had while being outside your regular routine.

Saje said...

Glad you're back! I've recently recommitted to my own weight loss and can use some of your brand of inspiration. Hope the trip left you with a lifetime of grand memories!

Mizfit said...

WELCOME BACK!!

Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

Glad you had a good trip. Look forward to reading more about what you learned.

Sara said...

Welcome back! I look forward to reading your ever-inspiring and insightful posts :)

MB said...

Welcome Back! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit with family and can't wait to hear more about it. It will be nice sleeping in your own bed.

Leslie said...

What a treat to open your blog this morning to your return! It sounds like a wonderful vacation, with renewed family connections. You were certainly missed! Enjoy "re-nesting" at home and settling back in. I bet it will take you awhile to read trhough all your "fan mail"!

Hilly said...

Welcome back home! It must be great to know that you didn't go crazy with food, especially with the options that were before you. :)

spunkysuzi said...

Welcome home :) I missed you!! Glad you had a good trip.

Amy H. said...

I'm so glad you're back - really missed reading your posts. Glad you had a good trip!

Ria said...

Welcome back, Lyn! Glad you had such a nice time on your vacation, and looking forward to reading more about it.

Chubby Chick said...

Welcome back, Lyn! I'm glad you had such a great time... and I'm also really glad you're back! :)

Dana (www.eatsleepgetfit.com) said...

Welcome back, sounds like you had a good trip!!!

Steelers6 said...

Hey girl, yeah, on this end it felt like you were gone foreeeeever... =) I hope all our welcome back type comments make you feel loved here.

Glad u could go on this trip. So weird to not be near a scale, & see so few veggies after all the changes you have been making. What a test this must have been for your new lifestyle! I know what you mean about reclaiming your routine too; I look fwd to mine too when I have been away.

I'll look fwd to hearing at least a little from you over the coming weeks as you settle back in. blessings! ChrissyS

South Beach Steve said...

Lyn, welcome back! It is great that you were in control of yourself while you were gone, despite the temptations. I am anxious to hear more.

Tammy said...

Welcome home Lyn...missed you so much. :)