Post-vacation Blues


Well, I’m back from our fun-filled week in San Diego and Disneyland, and yes… I have the post-vacation blues.  I always have such a hard time coming back to the real world after some time away.  I dread unpacking everything, doing the mountains of laundry, checking all the backlogged emails from work, and of course taking care of the dreaded grocery shopping.  Yuck.

Oh and remember that 4 pounds I was so happy to lose before vacation?  Well, I found them.  *sigh*  That just adds to my depression!

Oh well….  It is what it is.  I think vacation is just always going to be a trouble area for me.  Eating away from home is always hard anyway, but I can’t imagine going on a vacation and not eating ice cream and fun treats the whole time.  I know people do it.  I’ve listened to some of my fellow Weight Watchers brag about how they stayed on plan and didn’t gain a pound on vacation, but I have never been one of those people.

And I know it’s an unhealthy way to look at food (we’re only supposed to see food as nutrition and energy, right??), but to me having treats and indulgences is part of the fun of vacation and I think it would take some serious counseling and a major personality overhaul to get me to change my mind on that one!

The thing is… I only go on vacation once, maybe twice, a year.  So obviously eating “badly” on vacation isn’t what got me to this place, or even keeps me here.  It’s the other 355 days of the year!

So with that being said… I’m gonna jump back on the Simply Filling wagon for one more week this week to “detox” from vacation, and hopefully lose those 4 pounds pretty quickly again.  Which means y’all will have the pleasure of viewing my food journal again!  Woohoo! I apologize in advance, as I know looking at my meals for a week is not exactly thrilling, but it really helps keep me on track for some reason so bear with me.

I’ll see ya tomorrow!


Simply Filling Experiment – Day 11

I didn’t get a photo of lunch today, but I was pretty proud of myself because I went out to lunch with a friend and I still stayed on plan.  I am finding that is very hard to do with Simply Filling — and I have a real weakness with eating out anyway.  I’m always impressed with myself when I actually stay under control at a restaurant!  Sad, isn’t it?

We went to a Teriyaki place, though, and I had a small brown rice bowl topped with steamed veggies and grilled chicken breast. And I only ate half the rice.  Yay me!!

The rest of the day looked like this:



Breakfast was leftover chili and a peach.  Snack was an apple and dinner was a turkey burger topped with a slice of soy cheese and some sauteed mushrooms.  

Two more days til vacation!!!

Day 10 of Simply Filling

To be honest, I’m getting kind of tired of “Simply Filling,” but it seems to be working and I only have 3 more days until vacation, so I’m sticking with it.

Today’s photo food journal:



Breakfast was some fat-free turkey breast slices, fat-free cottage cheese and a peach.  Lunch was a veggie salad with homemade dressing and chicken breast on top.  I had a string cheese later in the day, but didn’t take a picture.  Dinner was some really yummy potato-crusted cod and green beans.

Now for some sleep!  

Day 9 – Simply Filling + chocolate

There are some days a girl just needs her chocolate.  This was one of those days.



Breakfast was egg + whites scrambled with homemade turkey sausage and mushrooms. And a peach.  Lunch was another in-the-car on-the-go Luna bar.  Dinner was chili and some watermelon.  I tried to recreate last week’s awesome chili, but this wasn’t as good.  Dangit I should have written down what I did.

Then came the chocolate craving from hell. I just couldn’t shake it so I let myself have a handful of chocolate chips.  I’m not gonna lie — they were awesome.

Simply Filling Day 8

This is my first time posting from my phone. How exciting! 🙂

Nothing really to report today, so here’s my photo food journal for day 8:


Breakfast was a couple eggs, a homemade turkey sausage patty, one piece of reduced calorie whole wheat bread and an apple. Lunch was a protein shake (not sure if that’s SF) and dinner was a tuna steak with some grilled peppers and black beans.

It was a pretty normal, easy, Simply Filling kinda day. Hunger was under control and I felt good!

Simply Filling – Days 6 & 7 … and some good news!

I have completely slacked on my photo-taking.  I only took one picture these past 2 days, and that was yesterday’s breakfast (more homemade turkey sausage and scrambled egg+whites):



But fear not!  I’m still in the midst of my experiment, and I have been following the plan to my best ability the past couple of days.  And since I started last Sunday, this morning was my “weigh in.” I’m really happy to report that after a week of Simply Filling I am down 4 pounds. YAY!!!!  It’s a miracle!!

Now before we start celebrating too hard, let’s remember that before this little experiment, I hadn’t weighed in for weeks and I knew I was up.  When I got on the scale last Sunday the number I saw was truly horrific.  I didn’t post it here because I was so ashamed, but that’s just stupid.  After all, isn’t this blog supposed to be keeping me accountable?

So here we go….  Ugh…
Last Sunday I weighed in at a whopping 202 pounds.  😦  Yes I went back over into the 200+ land and seeing that number made me want to puke.  It’s what has spurred me on to be so diligent with my diet this week.

And obviously it’s done some good! Being back in one-derland makes me feel very happy.  It still frustrates me to no end that I’m up so much, but what what can I do?  Nothing, except suck it up and move on.  I still have ten more pounds to go to get me back to that darned 188 I was stuck at for so long, and I’d love to see that number by the end of summer.  Can I do it?  We’ll see!

Either way… here goes Day #8 on Simply Filling.  I got this.

Simply Filling Experiment – Day 5

Photo food log for the day:



I’m pretty sure the Luna bar is not “Simply Filling,” but it’s all I had time to grab this morning for breakfast in the car.  Lunch was some homemade turkey sausage (from a recipe I found on Weight Watchers) and an egg scrambled with 2 egg whites.  Dinner was some pork steak and leftover roasted veggies.  Oh and I had a string cheese and a peach as a snack somewhere in there.  Forgot to take a picture.

I think what I’m learning with this little experiment is that following the Simply Filling plan to a ‘T’ is pretty hard to do.  But I’m liking the idea of eating this way as much as I possibly can and having non-SF stuff only when I really need to.  With SF I can really see that my hunger has gotten WAY more under control.  My blood sugar levels feel a lot more stable, too.  I see now that I had let carbs and sugar take over my diet way too much.  This is a good little exercise to do.

And speaking of exercise…. I am SO happy to announce that I got back to the gym today after four days of injury rest (I threw my back out on Monday and haven’t been able to stand up straight for a few days.  Not fun.).  I never thought the day would come when I would actually be aching to work out, but it has become such an integral part of my life, I honestly crave it when I can’t do it.