Controlled eating is a struggle for me while traveling. Plus the carbs, sugars, and quantity of food increases. Sleep leads to more cravings and eating patterns change to accommodate to available food.
During my last travel to India in September/October 2022 I put on an easy 6 kgs in just 6 weeks. I inhale food just by seeing it. Don’t even have to eat it. And over the last year since I have had a struggle taking it off. And this year was no different.
I tried my best to eat in a controlled manner but from my food logs I do know that did not happen but for a few days in the three weeks that I traveled. The weighing scale is definitive and on my return, I found that I had added another 2 kgs in the three weeks I was out. The weighing scale does not lie. And there is no running away from it. This is in spite of the 200,000 steps of walking over 150 kilometers in these three weeks.
I have added 20 pounds to my weight in the last year. And it is definitely detrimental to me. And I do this knowing fully well. That is how hard self-control and discipline help. And having diabetes, poor metabolism, poor control due to ADHD, and having heart disease doesn’t help.
The addition of 4 pounds in 3 weeks translates to 14,000 calories added intake in 21 days. That is 666 calories more than my needs each day I traveled. My food logs for that period show 5,000 excess calories pointing out gross underlogging during that period. I did poorly with it.
From my weekly weight logs, I find that my current weight of 88 kgs that I am at, I was last there on my way down Sunday, October 21, 2018 - a full five years ago and I am back there now again.
It is back to the drawing board again. A long period of reduced calories and added exercise day after day. It is going to take 6-12 months to get back to my original weight one year back and I have my work cut out. The trick is to start… once more.