Damage Control – An attempt made to correct or rectify a situation that went wrong,
OR Keeping things from getting too crazy or out of hand.
Justin and I are both up a number of kilograms after our time in Texas, South Korea, and then South Africa. Due to the fact that we spent extended periods of time in those places, the damage caused to our waistlines is more that just some 2 week vacation binge. Our time in Texas was a little controlled because I was training for a marathon, and we were staying in one place. However, we still had a lot of temptations, like the Texas State Fair and all those “Texas-sized portions” when we ate out, which made healthy eating a challenge. South Korea was tough because we were working apart during a bitterly cold winter, and staying in provided accommodation. South Africa was okay… UNTIL after the wedding. Suddenly we went crazy eating everything and anything that we wanted. There was hardly any reason to hold back. We met up with old friends, spent time with family, went wine tasting and pairing, tried new restaurants, and drank a lot of beers/ ciders.
I can’t say that we stopped caring. We never stop thinking about the fact that we are indulging, and picking up weight, but over time it gets easier to ignore it. Even more so if you are on vacation and enjoying time with people that you only get to see every couple of years. We knew then that we would have to pay later for all of those extra calories… Later has come now.
Without even trying, Justin has already lost about 14 lbs (6 kg). Men – Weight loss is so much easier for them! We are both running and I am doing weight training too. I am hoping that Justin joins me on the weight training soon, but he is still settling into his job. Another round of p90x or Jillian Michael – my favourite workout videos – might be the only things that will save me FAST, however after trying a couple of videos I feel like I am back at square one. It sure doesn’t feel like I completed the p90x 90 day program AND a full marathon last year.
Just to be clear, we are not talking about a couple of late night binges here and there. No no no, we are talking months of gorging on deliciousness!! Here are some pictures of the foods that we ate often in South Africa. Again, it was post-wedding, so there was no holding back…
Meats, Cheese, crackers and dips
Don’t get smart and tell me that biltong is not bad for you. Eat it in the quantities that we did, and it will pack on a few pounds!! We were buying bags of it – I guess we wanted to eat as much of it as we could. We only visit South Africa every two years!
Fresh Crayfish Tails on toast with lots of butter!
Delicious breakfasts and lunches at Mugg and Bean. Bottomless Coffee – my favourite!
The muffins they sell are amazing too!!
Pad Thai… Oh my!
We braaied almost 3 times a week!
Looks healthy, right? Well this was only the starter!
Roast…. Hmmm, meat and potatoes!!!
Too many pizzas!!!!
Bread dipped in spicy sauces.
One of our favourites… Bacon, Avo and Chicken Salad (with creamy dressing)
Lots of Chocolates
When did we stop skipping dessert??
Chilling in the sun…
Eating Half price sushi…
And drinking Hunters Cider!
Thai Beef Noodles
Ice cold Hunters cider, energy drinks, and dried sausage (‘droewors’).
These were almost daily occurrences for us!
Beer, Cocktail, and Shooter specials. Wine tasting and Pairing!
Amazing Cupcakes for Easter!
Not just Ribs and Chicken Wings… But an unlimited supply of them. Whhhyyyy??
R99 ($10) EAT ALL YOU WANT!!
So there it is – no question about it. We neglected our exercise routine and completely overdid it on the eating and drinking. What’s done is done though, and now is the time to make some changes before it gets any worse. Goodbye delicious summer indulgences! We have PROOF that these bellies did not appear by themselves, so they definitely are not going to disappear by themselves!!
We are starting operation: DAMAGE CONTROL!
No more eating as much as we like and skipping the runs.
It’s time to get back into those skinny jeans – minus the muffin top.
I feel blessed to have a husband who eats with me, but then is prepared to diet with me too. Encouraging me, and leading me, to make better, healthier, choices. Together we are quite a team. Fortunately for him, the weight simply just falls off, but for me it takes some extra work. I really want to be back to the healthy, happy and super fit level that I was last year, so I’m trying to motivate myself to get there. Hence this blog post, reminding me of what we have consumed since February. I realise that this is going to take some time, but I also know the benefits, and that it will be completely worth it!
Look out for our running posts, and we will try to fill you in on our progress.
Anyone else who has fallen behind – Get up and start again with us!!!
While looking for motivation on Pinterest… I came across MY OWN PICTURE under a search for p90x. This was kind of strange at first, but also very motivating…
LET’S DO THIS!