Last week, I had an encouraging weigh-in, but I thought my progress would be short-lived. This week, I’m breathing a sigh of relief. This morning I weighed 120.0. While that’s up slightly from the 119.4 I weighed last Wednesday, I expected the news to be much worse.
Most weekends, I’m only out of town for two nights. This week, I was out of town for five nights on a trip to Vienna. That’s no place to stick to a diet.
I had a few large meals, and I usually had dessert, so I was surprised that I didn’t gain two or three pounds. Thinking back, however, I don’t think there were any days that I ate three meals. I usually ate a breakfast that was satisfying, but not huge. During the day, I’d be on the go, so I generally skipped lunch in favor of an early dinner. Yes, my dinners were indulgent, but apparently not much worse than eating two restrained meals.
I was also fairly active. Besides my marathon and a seven mile training run, I did about two miles of walking each day. I may have also burned extra calories by spending more hours awake. That wasn’t by choice. In five nights, I managed a grand total of 19 hours sleep.
Somewhere during the weekend, I made a decision about my diet. Regardless of what changes I make to my eating habits at home, I’ll always allow myself exceptions when I’m on the road. In particular, if I’m traveling to someplace new and different, I want to experience the local foods – even if it’s something I would never eat at home.
A few friends have noticed that my eating habits have changed in the last year. I’ve been asked if I’m vegan or vegetarian or something else. Six months ago, I described my diet as being in transition, but I didn’t know where I was going. Now, I have a better idea.
At home, I’ve eliminated meat and dairy products from my diet, but I sometimes eat eggs. I’ve found that a three-egg omelet is a great way to get 30 grams of protein, without eating a high-calorie meal. You might say that eggs have a high protein density. An omelet is also a nice way to use leftover vegetables. I’m also gradually reducing the amount of refined sugars and flour in my diet, but that’s a long-term project.
As I said, I make exceptions while I’m on the road. How many exceptions depends on the circumstances. If I’m at a restaurant with an appealing vegan entrée, I’ll probably order that. If not, I’ll get something with cheese. If there aren’t many options, I’ll consider an entrée with meat.
I have a passion for pizza. In Vienna, there’s no shortage of Italian restaurants, so I had pizza twice. That said, I also had no trouble finding tasty pizzas without meat.
I don’t usually eat meat with breakfast, but in Austria, veal sausages are a big part of the local cuisine. When I saw that they were part of the breakfast buffet, I decided to include a sausage or two with breakfast each day. When in Rome, …
This weekend, I’ll face another dietary time bomb. I’ll be in Boston for three nights for the Boston Marathon. I’ll be meeting a few different groups of friends for dinner over the course of the weekend, so I’ll be hard-pressed to keep from gaining weight. The good news is that after this weekend, my schedule looks more favorable for controlling my intake.