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Monday, July 28, 2008

Rested at last

Last night I had planned on doing some night time exercise before heading to bed, but I was so exhausted I went to bed instead, and boy was I glad! I slept almost 10 hours... the jet lag finally caught up with me I guess. But I feel alive, awake, alert enthusiastic today! (Anyone remember that camp song? I'm so cheesy)

This morning I woke up and had a classic cereal breakfast, Kashi Go Lean (1.25 cups) with a cup of nonfat soy milk, and 3/4 cup blueberries. I'm glad Italy helped me get used to smaller portions during the day so it's pretty easy to get back to my pre-gain portion sizes.

Speaking of gains...I know you all want to know, and here it is- I gained a whopping 6.4 pounds in Italy. I know this is a LOT, and 3 pounds more than I had intended to gain, but I can definately pinpoint why. My days were usually quite balanced, and then once dinnertime came, the overeating every night along with quite a few extra glasses of wine and birra definately sent my calories far over what they should have been. Even with all the walking I was doing, I still gained the extra weight.

Next year when I'm back in Italy it will be different for sure, because I'll have more choice as to what I eat for dinner while I'm there, I'll be busier and definately not eating as much! But thats in the future.
For now, I'm working on getting back to the way I ate before I gained the original 10 pounds, and hopefully even out those last few pounds into muscle. I'm accepting the last three pounds, but not too comfortable with them because I'm so small, you can definately see it in my stomach. So for the next couple of months, I'll be trying to eat more regular portion sizes, fresh ingredients and do a lot more exercise- exercise that I want to do, exercise that makes me happy. Italy made me realize this as well; I'd rather not stress myself out by running every day. I LOVE to walk, and I love to be moving, and I love yoga. I'd rather spend most of my days doing walking, strength and yoga, and a few of my days running than stressing my body and my mind to be forced to run every day. I love running, don't get me wrong, but I felt so much healthier in Italy, I know continuing that lifestyle can only be the best for me.

So those are my Italy musings for the day...

Ci Vediamo Dopo!


hk said...

good for you, that's an awesome "musing"- totally healthy mindset and congrats on the weight-gain and healthy attitude about it all. I, too, am working on increasing my muscle-mass, so I'm with ya!! Have an awesome day, sounds like you're off already with an awesome sleep under your belt :)

VeggieGirl said...

Congratulations on the gain!! You're doing great, Kristin :0)

Simple and Divine said...

In your pictures you are GLOWING and just look BEAUUUtiful, Kris! You know your body and I am so happy that Italy helped you to see where the joy is in exercise and healthy living! And that is the EXACT relationship you are SUPPOSED to have with exercise! It is meant as time for YOU and YOUR BODY to connect and rejuvenate/relax/get away from the day. Not time to be the soldier who must follow the regulations of your judgements, you know? Way to go, hottie mctottie ;)

linds said...

I love your mindset and the way you think and I am so glad that you are at a healthy weight now and ready to maintain and exercise the way you want, to make yourself happy. I'm pretty much the same size as you, just a few pounds over and I'm looking to lose those few to get back to the place where I am happiest with my body. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you'll be eating now and know for sure that I'll get tons of meal inspiration from you :)

Anonymous said...

Kristin, good for you! So happy that you are at a healthier place. I can't wait to see how you maintain your healthy figure and develop an even better relationship with exercise.