I knew I had gained weight, but I gained so much weight that my Fitbit scale did not recognize me. Instead of reading CBY after the weight/fat %, it read Guest. I found this incredibly comical (the weight gain was 10 lbs by the way).
The next day I went right back to what is "normal" eating for me, and by Friday I had lost the 10 lbs, plus more. Now, clearly I did not gain 10 lbs of fat in 8 days, nor did I lose 12 lbs of fat in a week. But the experience did reinforce a few things for me.:
1. No matter how off course you go while travelling, if you get right back on track with your plan, there are really no worries.
2. The scale is a great tool, but only in the context of long term trends. 10 lbs in a week? Nonsense.
3. I eat food on vacation that I normally don't at home (ice cream, fried foods, pastry at breakfast), with no regrets about it. But far too many times I ate so much that I felt physically uncomfortable, and that is never cool -- anywhere. In other words, I acted like a guest in my own body, disconnecting from it. Fitbit got it right.
When you start out over 200 lbs, hitting a new "Decade" always gives a psychological boost. On Saturday, I dipped below 160 for the first time in 23 years. I am superstitious now that I need to document new lows with a photo, so even though I don't look different, here it is.