Okay, I am actually already back. As of 2:30 pm today, my feet hit American soil once again.
Glad to be back! I have missed 3FC and all the 3FC'ers!
Weight related talk--okay, here goes.
First off, I was VERY concerned about going. I didn't have my scale, my steady supply of certain "staple" foods, I would be eating out, and the list goes on. I have lived in Europe twice--but certainly wasn't watching my food intake at all then--stupid me! Certainly I never looked for any "active" activities while I was there. I saw Europe in a different light this time!
For lunches and dinners, I ate mainly from grocery stores--super yummy selections there! Fresh butternut squash cubed and ready to go. Beautiful salad greens all washed and beautifully fresh, ready to go. The tangerines and apples were amazing everywhere I shopped. In Germany and Switzerland whole grain breads were in NO short supply. Breakfast each morning was a beautiful spread of meats, cheeses, breads, cereals, dried fruits, fresh fruits, yogurts, boiled eggs, fresh squeezed juice. OMG! I did eat 2.5 pieces of Stollen on my trip. I could absolutely inhale loaves of it.
I did notice there were Weight Watchers items--actually European style--in the grocery stores. I did opt for these most of the time. The labeling was pretty good on them and my Deutche is good enough to make out the ingredients and the nutritional info.
I did splurge and eat at a French restaurant in Paris--onion soup, duck with orange sauce, and vanilla puffs with ice cream and chocolate sauce--two glasses of wine too. I had a bad episode one night with some Nutella too! I am sure there were other bits and pieces too!
For exercise--well, I was forced to become creative. I ran up and down the Seine in Paris--around Notre Dame. I CLIMBED THE EIFFEL TOWER
--well, they only let you climb to the 2nd level but still I did it!!! I ran through the Mideval town
of Rothenburg, Germany. I swam
at the Hallenbad in Grindelwald, Switzerland twice and enjoyed the sauna there too. I did laps as I overlooked the Alps
. The most amazing Sauna EVVAH! (There were *NUDE ZONE* signs everywhere. Sorry Swiss Folks! I don't get naked!!!! LOL, yes, I was the ONE wearing a towel!) My most favorite activity was hiking through the snow
with my kids--the snow was several feet deep and quite a challenge for all of us!
I was planning on weighing tomorrow morning first thing. Today I got in, got unpacked--well, actually I just dumped everything onto the floor of the laundry room. I went to get in the shower and there it was! MY SCALE! I looked at it and thought--oh, no. I MUST DO IT. I must take hold of what I have done. Mystery is no good here. So, I got on. NO GAIN! YAHOO! I feel so great about this ya'll. Honestly, I think it really just boosted my confidence.
Thanks for listening ya'll. I have missed you.