So let’s take an informal poll-
Is it better to:
1) Never go on vacation
2) Never come back from vacation
After this rocky return to reality, I’m seriously thinking #2!!
However, perhaps that’s also the downside to completely unwinding and unplugging on vacation!
And, in case you were wondering, the dust bunnies, piles of work and laundry and stacks of bills didn’t go anywhere. They remained right where I left the, and didn’t magically disappear. Damn.
So, I feel like I owe you an explanation of my 6.6…
I just posted and then ran to finish packing and catch the big boat to Bermuda.
For me, my 6.6 A1c was a goal that was more than a year in the making. Many health professionals (mine included!) believe that an A1c of 6.5 is the best target for diabetes and pregnancy. So, for me, a 6.6 was a result of stalking blood sugars, counting every bite that goes into my mouth and skipping dessert and booze more often than partaking. It also meant regular exercise, constant stress and blood pressure management, and focusing on my health and healthy eating.
In other words, IT WAS A BIG FREAKING DEAL. An accomplishment, a goal achieved and a measure of diabetes control that rewarded my focus on my health and priorities.
So, that’s why a little number has such a big impact on my life! And, it means that we are that much closer to being able to start a family (just a little detail of blood pressure to address now!!).
Now, please remember that I’m not a health professional and that you should work with your own health care providers to develop your own targets to reach your own goals. For me, the goal is 6.5 and after 14 consecutive, monthly tests that were 7.3, 7.0, 7.1 that. 6.6 felt damn good.
And, as if life wasn’t good enough (minus that whole back to reality thing), I also managed to lose a few pounds on vacation. Here are a few of the things that I did differently this time:
1) eat the same breakfast that I eat at home, with the addition of tropical fruit
2) eat a light lunch ( half a sandwich and big salad for me)
3) take the long way and occasionally the stairs (I didn’t actually ‘workout’, but I ended up walking several miles a day by just sneaking it in and exploring the boat or the beach)
4) booze lightly (a change for me, but a lot of sun and a light lunch helped maximize the effects of just one cocktail…)
5) make one meal your ‘indulgence meal’- for me, this was dinner. I ordered whatever I was in the mood for, but made sure to include a veggie an only ate what I was hungry for… I also avoided the bread basket- saving the calories for dessert
This worked for me, but might not for you! My focus lately has been on healthy swaps, that don’t make me feel like I’m deprived. Figure out some small tricks that work for you, when you head out on vacation. Decide on your boundaries and enlist friends and family to help. My goals was healthy breakfast and lunch, minimal cocktails and adding in extra walking wherever I could! I still maximized my vacation and relaxing, but came back feeling great and not afraid to step on the scale!
So, tell me, what are your tricks for staying healthy on vacation? Or, do you throw it all out the window and start over when you get back?
What about healthy goals- how do you celebrate a big achievement?
I took my first video of the 70s night on the cruise… It’s not great, but a fun treat for you! Enjoy!