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My 10 lb gain – and what I LOST as a result

January 2, 2018

I went on a trip over the holidays.

Not just any trip.  A trip with my hubs.

Not just any trip with my hubs.  A trip with my homicide detective hubs who works 7 days a week so victims have voices.

We planned. We saved.  We sacrified.  It was three glorious weeks!

We left Houston on a SNOWY friday to drive to Florida.  Overnighting in Mobile was our first stop.  Quick night and some pizza and onto Orlando.

Orlando is a 3rd home for me. Houston is my heart and my current home, Chicago is my birthplace and Orlando, my folks live.

We set sail on Sunday, 12/10 for a luxurious 10 day Southern Caribbean vacation on the Royal Princess.  I even surprised the detective with a mini suite!  We were here!

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From our balcony on the Royal Princess

And I took a deep breath. How would my eating go? How would I do amongst everything I like? I’ve been on over a dozen cruises so I knew what I was in for.  How would my pain do? Would I be able to walk? Would I be able to keep up?  For further knowledge, less than a week before we sailed I learned I’d be having major (major) back surgery in a few months.

And then I let out the deep breath and went on.  I ate. I drank (which I truly rarely do) and I lived. I walked some, I rested some, I stumbled some.

At one point when I was clearly struggling walking in Martinque, the Detective turned to me and said “Laura, I need you to focus because if you fall I cannot get you back to the ship and that scares the crap out of me,” and then he gave me his arm.

Ouch that hurt a bit.  I was trying to take care of my walking. I was trying not to show my pain. I was trying to take care of myself.  So instead of breaking down into a hot mess, I found some resolution inside and took it.

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yup, he even did origami on board with me

After our cruise, we spent Christmas week with my parents in Orlando.  It was exactly what we both wanted; time with family.

Four days after our cruise, while still in Orlando, I weighed in.  KNOWING I didn’t track a bite.  KNOWING my muscle relaxers cause water retention. KNOWING I didn’t make as many smart decisions as I would have liked to.  KNOWING no MATTER WHAT – I DID NOT REGRET A THING AND I WOULD NOT DIE.

I gained 10 lbs in 2 1/2 weeks.  And in one week when I got back, I lost 8 of them.

Now you might be wondering what the takeaway is?   A few.

  • Fallen off? GET ON NOW!  As soon as my foot stepped of that ship, shenanigans stopped.  Tracking commenced.  I lost my ‘I don’t get a F*%’ attitude once on shore.
  • Need help?  ASK! I should have asked the detective for more help when I needed it however my big head stopped me.  Pain is NOT weakness; pain. is something that is broken.  I lost my ego and asked for help.
  • EVEN with a 10 lb gain in 2 1/2 weeks – I know I would have done a HELLUVA lot worst without WW, without Connect, without iG, without NFLN.  I lost my sense of being alone and came right back here.

When have you had an AHA moment? I bet they’re not always when you expect!

I am better today than yesterday and I am better, even with a gain some weeks than a loss.

 

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  1. You are such an inspiration, Laura! Thank you for being you and telling it like it is. Here’s to Freestyle and a fabulous 2018. Happy New Year!

  2. Woke up morning with your essage in my mailbox. “I got mail..the mail I needed.” I need January to get back on my wagon and start peddling again. I too went on a holiday and do not know the consequences of my fling at this moment. It is dark outside but the light will shine in a few hours when this butt gets back on the journey and gets on the scale and returns to my meeting and gets on the scale. Whatever the number is: I did it, I own it, and time to start the journey once again. Thanks for the push, I needed it and I remember its my journey.

  3. I love you for keeping us motivated. I do have a tragedy…my beloved pink “My Oxygen Mask First” t-shirt has had an unfortunate encounter with some bleach in my sink cleaning product. It left a big bleached white area ☹️ That’s what I get for cleaning! I don’t remember how I was able to order it. Could you please remind me as I can get a replacement ASAP, please. It’s part of my WI “uniform”. Thanks for ALL you do. Allene

    1. Ack!!! It was a three week run last summer. I’m looking to do a new one in the next few weeks. I’ll post when I do! I’m sorry 😐. I wear mine for weigh in too ❤️Thank you 💞 for your supprt

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