Travel and Weight Loss

  • Hi Folks,


    Today is Saturday, October 16, 2010. Normally I write these posts after my traditional Sunday weigh-in. However, this time I thought that it would be nice to post earlier than that. Well... early is a relative term since I haven't put up a post for a few weeks now.

    I happen to be in Las Vegas at Blogword Expo2010. Thursday I spoke on a panel in a session discussing patient blogging and disease awareness on the internet. It went really well I must say. This event is very different than the ePatient Connections Conference in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago. As a patient blogger or "e-patient," I felt like much less of a specimen than an equal partner in the social health community online. Very nice.

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    The conference itself, BlogWorld Expo, is actually a 3-day event. During this time, I have not had access to my typical, boring, less fattening food from home. I have no idea if I've gained weight, or how much. There is no bathroom scale in the room this time.

    After Philly, I ended up gaining 5 pounds which stuck around for almost two weeks. I found this to be depressing and I wasn't so happy about it. Being depressed about gaining weight makes it even more difficult to stay motivated to eat appropriately to lose that weight back. But eventually it did happen. I'm almost afraid to discover what the damage is this time.

    Unlike my time in Philly where I was very much aware of the wonderfully tasty, sometimes oily, definitely fattening food I was consuming, this time I simply ate what was in front of me. I did choose wisely (I think) at the buffets yesterday, but other than that I've been eating well.

    It is possible that this is not a problem?

    Last weekend, I traveled to visit a good friend in New Jersey. (Yes, I've been doing an extraordinary amount of traveling lately.) Again, I ate whatever was put in front of me. However that time I didn't gain weight at all. In fact, I still lost weight.

    What was the difference?

    We did a LOT of walking in New Jersey. It felt great since I had recently received a steroid injection in my right knee for early osteoarthrits. We covered so much ground and burned off considerable calories. I'm hoping that the enormous amount of walking I've been doing at the convention center and the Las Vegas strip itself will pay off in less weight gain.

    When I get home tomorrow morning after taking the red-eye flight back to Virginia, I'll find out if the amount of food consumption and walking sweat have balanced out on the bathroom scale. I'm hoping that I haven't caused TOO much damage. :) I'll know soon enough. In the meantime, let me ask you some questions.

    1. When you go on vacation or a business trip, do you think about how the food will effect your weight loss progress?

    2. Do you find yourself walking more when you are away from home and do you think that this takes care of any extra calories you might be consuming during the trip?

    3. Do you ever get depressed after a trip just because the bathroom scale moved in the "wrong" direction?

  • I'm interested in your responses. How have you dealt with these issues in your own life? Basically I'm curious to know how you've handled the emotions involved in the up-and-down rollercoaster of balancing real life and weight loss life.

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    October 3, 2010
    Weight: 233.5 lbs

    October 10, 2010
    Weight: 229.9 lbs
    Blood Pressure: 125/80
    Pulse: 75


    Lisa Emrich is author of the blog Brass and Ivory: Life with MS and RA and founder of the Carnival of MS Bloggers.

Published On: October 16, 2010