I love vacation. The chance to read all the novels that have piled high beside my bed or cluttered my eReader. The long walks with no real destination in mind. The fabulous farm stand with fresh corn and juicy ripe tomatoes that’s five minutes from our rental cottage.
Before leaving home this summer I told my husband that our month in Chautauqua, New York would be the perfect time to lose a little weight. After all when we’re there, we walk miles every day . Chautauqua is a pedestrian community, and since I take my pedometer, I know it’s not unusual to log seven miles in a day walking Nemo and going to programs. What an easy way to lose those sneaky pounds I’ve added during the year. What a cinch.
Having lots of time to read has its downside, too. During our second week I read a Time magazine article online that gave me pause–but apparently not enough. Exercise, it claims, does not necessarily help us lose weight. In fact exercise is sometimes the culprit in weight gain. Turns out that three things can happen after a strenuous workout. One, we believe that since we’re exercising more, we can eat whatever we want. Two, exercise makes us hungry and therefore more likely to consume calories. Three, after a long, exhausting activity, we’re less likely to move around for the rest of the day.
But that’s other people. Certainly not me or you, right? And those homemade cinnamon rolls, maple spread and fruit pies from the farmstand that came home with the corn and tomatoes and zucchini? Those wine and appetizer moments on our front porch with new friends and old? When you walk seven miles a day, do you really need to worry?
In a word? Yes.
My husband and I arrived home last night with everything we’d taken on vacation with us. We also arrived with about four new pounds, unwelcome hitchhikers we were not prepared for.
So, how about you? Did all those swims in the ocean, those hikes in the mountain, those hours of riding your bikes on country roads this summer help or hinder? Have you stepped on the scales? Are you afraid to?
Would I do the past month differently? Maybe not. Will I do the next month differently? That’s a solid yes.
Are we in this together? Let me know. Pounds shed with friends slip away faster. In fact one of the characters in Fortunate Harbor, next summer’s sequel to Happiness Key, discovers that very thing.
Now, if only the author had paid more attention as she typed.