Health and Weight Loss Tips 28

I've been back from Florida for more than a week now and I'm still exhausted. I have gained weight (lots) and I'm struggling to find my motivation.

11st 5.8lbs

First of all that weight is not great, I know this. Since arriving back on 29th August I've gain a few pounds but I'm giving myself a break (you'll see why soon). When I weighed myself on Saturday I was 11st 1.2lbs, so I gained about a stone over the holiday. 

Halibut - one of the few meals I managed to finish.
Lamb chops - the Hubby's dinner

If you have ever been to America (not just Florida) you'll know that the portion sizes over there are massive. Really. I couldn't finish any of the meals I had and half the time they looked as if I hadn't touched them, even though I felt stuffed. After six weeks of filling my face with steak, fish, chips, cake, and dessert I'm not surprised by the amount of weight I gained.

Don't think for a second that all I did was eat though. No. No. No.

During the six weeks I was in Florida I did 893,011 steps, not including hundreds of steps in water parks. That means I walked more that 369 miles during my 'holiday'.

Like I said, that's not including walking through water parks. At least twice a week we would spend a couple of hours in a water park going up stairs, sliding down slides and going up steps again. I must've climbed hundreds of flights of stairs. 

And now I'm home.

Yes, that's a strawberry and cream filled doughnut, a doughball, and a strawberry milkshake, and yes it was yummy!

Since March the Hubby and I have been trying hard to lose weight and get fit in preparation for the holiday. It paid off, not once did I find myself too tired to walk. Admittedly there were a few times when we chose a ride that would give us a rest but still...

When we arrived home on the Saturday we both knew there would be a period of adjustment. We didn't want to go straight into healthy eating and exercising every day. We needed rest.

Tip: Don't expect too much of yourself

The holiday has worn us out. There was no way we were returning home to do walking every day, that was never going to happen. 

More dessert - but at least this one was small - ish.

For the last week I've done no exercise. None. It might sound lazy but my body just couldn't do it anymore, I needed to give it a chance to recover.

I don't feel too bad for doing it, although I can tell that I've put on weight. Today, when doing the shopping I considered what we were eating and bought healthier options. This time we'll take it slower, cutting down the chocolate and bad food but still allowing ourselves the odd treat. We're in no hurry to get to that perfect weight and taking our time will ensure that we don't get sick of it any time soon.

I'm happy to be eating normally again, soon I'll be ready to start with steady exercise, and I'll see how things go. My aim is to get back to 10st, but there's no deadline. If I could be below 11st by Christmas I'll be happy. 

Of course let's not forget all the amazing cocktails. Here's just two of them.

How was your summer?
Did you gain weight or was your willpower on hand to keep you going?

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  1. If anyone wants to seriously start losing weight I suggest they make gradual changes in their daily routine. The way I started losing weight was with just cutting back on extra helpings, garbage food, soft drinks etc etc and then taking walks for an hour or two. After I shed like 50 lbs I ended up going to the gym for the long haul while still watching what I eat. Now after a few months I'm down from 180 lbs to 140 lbs and maintaining for the most part.

    I then followed a weight loss program called Venus factor, which helped me get off the rest of my excess weight off fast (140 lbs to 115 lbs). Here's a review of the program if anyone's interested:

    For me it was down to willpower and dedication to stick with it and not see it as a "chore" but a change of lifestyle. Now I'll get upset when I can't get in my gym time haha.

    1. Thank you for that. I agree, it is all about small changes in daily routine. :)

  2. It's definitely hard to get back on rack after you've been on holiday, 396 miles is loads of walking though!!! I'm sure you'll get back on track, I look forward to following your journey. Thanks for linking up with #FitnessFriday

    1. Thanks hun. I'm definitely missing the excess but also relieved too, if that makes sense. :)

  3. I was the heaviest I have ever been in my life when I got back from Florida and that was only 2 weeks! Definitey ease back in slowly and you will achieve it! I hope it was awesome as that food looks gorgeous xx #bloggingtojogging

    1. The food was amazing, even thinking about it makes my mouth water! You can certainly pile on the pounds over there. ;)

  4. 369 miles?! You walked the equivalent of 369 miles? That is immense! I did look at all your pictures with jealousy, it looks like you had an amazing time out there! An extremely much deserved break and now you do need a well deserved break too! Glad you enjoyed yourselves!! Thank you for linking up with #WeightLossWednesday and hope you can join in this week too - even for rest time! Sim xx

    1. It is crazy isn't it? That 369 miles is just the walking around theme parks, on rides, through hotels. We didn't realise how much walking we did until we got the Apple Watch. Because that tracks everything we were able to find out all this information. No wonder it's such a tiring holiday eh?

      I'm definitely enjoying some time off at the moment. No walking for a while. :)