My wish, my intention on this trip to St. Martin may have been unrealistic. After all, every vice is highly accessible and inexpensive. Still I set an intention. I wanted to lose weight and drink less. Six weeks into it, a wake up call. Failure in both areas became my new reality. Time to regroup, take stock, and begin anew.
Cold turkey, stop drinking on the island? Yes, that’s even more difficult than cutting back! However, saying no becomes easier as friends realize what’s going on. Peer pressure is treatable. I admit, hanging out with friends and dinner time are most challenging!
Next, reviewing the food intake is more problematic. Identifying where I’ve gone wrong is somewhat elusive. We already share our meals, so portion control is not the issue. It must be what is on the plate. Many things I do not eat at home, I’ve indulged in. For instance, the “pain”….French baguettes and croissants, plain and chocolat. The only thing that comes remotely close in the USA is bread from an Italian bakery. The taste, the texture, the crust, it is a sensual experience. French fries, not everyone has awesome ones, but we’ve found a place. They have the perfect crunch and saltiness, with just enough softness inside, so incredible with mayo. Main dishes usually come with choice of fries, rice, mashed potatoes — and if you’re really lucky, pomme de Terre au gratin. Thinly sliced potatoes, layered with creamy goodness, wow. Pizza, marguerite with whole black olives, a French classic. The addition of oil infused with pepper flakes gives it just the right amount of heat…..c’est si Bon! I also love all the lovely sauces, mushroom, wine, Demi glaze, bechamel, curry…etc. Eat more salad! ….salad with grilled fish and Creole sauce, hot and spicy. We rarely eat dessert but when we do, I only have a couple of bites.
Why is it he can lose weight eating the same things I do?
In the past, I’ve kept a food journal. It has been a helpful way to keep myself accountable. I would also count how many cups of coffee (which I’ve pretty much given up), water and glasses of wine per day. Seeing everything in black and white is another form of accountability. It is also instructive for tailoring my diet and correcting areas where there may be too much intake of certain foods. Being honest with yourself is really important. I will take notes for the duration of this trip. Three months of elimination of offensive calories will then help to reset my mind and body. Then reintroduce, in moderation, some fun treats. That’s the plan for instilling my new habits.
Consistent exercise will round out the regimen. At home these opportunities are already part of the schedule. Here on the island, we’ve been swimming, walking, and playing volley ball. It sounds like enough but maybe I can do better!
With 2017 commenced and only three weeks left in our trip, I will tweak what I put into my body and increase cardio movement. Walking is so important as it helps to keep my thoughts and attitude in check. Negative thinking will ruin my resolve and results. We shall see how I progress.
Now I start work on being true to myself on my journey of becoming the person I want to be as I implement this course of action. Let the revolution begin!