I recently returned from a weeklong vacation in Florida. It was a spur of the moment trip to visit my parents that turned out to be one of the best vacations I have experienced.
To be more specific, I was the most relaxed and enjoyed the most out of every day. Usually, in my adult life, I have enjoyed vacation, but I have always had a bit of anxiety about being away from home. And my anxiety was worse if I was vacationing in a new place.
Just like most people, cocktails and splurging on food were a part of my vacation experience. But my commitment in 2017 to give up alcohol, sugar, and flour for the year made this vacation a bit different. This was the first time in my adult life I had vacationed WITHOUT indulging in food and alcohol.
Mentally, I prepared myself ahead of time by thinking about how much energy and clarity I would have and how much weight I WOULD NOT gain by sticking to my commitment. And boy, was this true!
The anxiety I usually felt while on vacation was not present. I felt so at ease with everything. Each day we awoke and ventured out to something fun – the beach, a kid friendly gorgeous park, the zoo – and I enjoyed all my time spent without a headache, grogginess, or anxiety. I really had fun.
Going along with my theme of decluttering my mind, it was nice not to have to make the decision about if I was or was not going to have ice cream, or if I was going to have one more drink. In vacations past, these questions would run through my head all day, distracting me from my vacation.
Yes, I did have to eat differently at times than everyone else. But I didn’t make a big deal out of it. I have made the choice to eat this way and I take it as my responsibility to make sure I have food around that I will eat. I enjoyed seafood, steak, cheeseburgers and lots of salads.
I didn’t even miss having a drink while lounging in the warm weather, or eating ice cream in the park. At this point, it’s been two months since I changed the way I am eating and drinking. I feel so free and totally in control of my life (not sure if this makes sense?). I just want more of this feeling so it’s easy for me to keep going this way. It also helps to think about my future self, more specifically, how will I feel later or tomorrow if I do this?
I was in great company on my vacation with loving family and friends plus my boys. But what attributed the most to my enjoyment was the lack of alcohol, sugar and flour. Not thinking about these things and dealing with the after effects of them allowed me to be more present in the moment and enjoy myself.
Oh, and I didn’t gain weight – at all. I think that may be the first time I can say this after returning from a vacation!
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