I’m back from a ten day trip to England and I can report that, in spite of eating far too much excellent cheese and delicious chocolate, I lost 1.5 pounds while I was gone. Believe me, I was fully expecting to get on the scales this morning and discover that I’d gained weight, not lose it. I reflected on this during my walk this morning and believe I can attribute my weight loss to the following:
- First of all, what I’ve learned from Weight Watchers and from reading this blog is that portion control is critical. I ate whatever I wanted when we went out, but I didn’t stuff myself. This was particularly helpful during our last dinner in the country, when I ordered roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.
- Second, I got in a nice walk almost every day of the trip. In London in particular, we easily logged 2-3 miles each day. Even on the last day, when we walked a kajillion steps in the halls of Heathrow. I fully count that as exercise, because my heart rate was definitely elevated.
- Third, I made a point to eat fruits and veggies every day. We visited several nice markets and stocked up on supplies, including apples, grapes, and bananas.
- Fourth, I avoided the infamous English breakfast of eggs, sausage, and ham most days. In fact, I did it only once and decided that granola with fruit was an excellent day to start my day.
- Finally, I made a point to drink lots of water. We had refillable water bottles with us and I usually had one with me at all times.
I wasn’t perfect on our trip. I ate chocolate every day and more than once every day. We also consumed a lot of excellent cheese. In fact, many days, we would have cheese, bread, apples, and chocolate as our lunch.
So I’m pleased that I have not come home heavier than when I left and I’m excited about continuing this trend. I’m about to go to the grocery store and stock up on good foods, including lots of vegetables and fruits. I do also have an assortment of British chocolates in my pantry, but I’m not actually feeling inclined to eat them. Yet.