Wednesday, 28 March 2012

The Food Patrol 90 Day Challenge: Bali Blowout

Image from here. La Lucciola is one of the many restaurants we frequented.
Right from the beginning of the Food Patrol challenge I knew that I would spend a week in Bali in the middle of it. After the excitement of getting back into my healthy weight range the week before I left, I was pretty determined to try and maintain my weight while I was away.

Until I arrived.

Until I laid eyes on my first menu. Oh my!

Until I had my first beer in 8 weeks.

I knew it would be near impossible to follow the schedule. Impossible to have a relatively low-carb diet. The food was too good! There were too many new things to try.

The whole week revolved around food. We had our own chef who made us breakfast, lunch and/or dinner when we weren't out and about.  We frequented some of Seminyak and Ubud's best restaurants. The flavours were incredible. So many new dishes to try. New fruit. New desserts. There may or may not have been a pork-belly dish that was sampled... when in Bali...

I tried to off-set some of the excessive consumption with exercise. We rode bikes. We went for runs. I even did a 2 hour Yoga class with the most amazing human noodle as the instructor. I sweated for hours after the class finished and my arms were sore for days. But I knew it wouldn't be enough.

I dreaded the scales upon my return. I left it until Monday (four days after I got back) before I braved it. I had a bit of post-Bali belly in the interim which I felt sure would only help my cause, although was really quite awful!

75.2kg. An increase of 700g. Not too bad considering.

I have the rest of this week and another two weeks after to complete this challenge. I am going to go hard, and then go home.

I hope to reach 73kg by the end of the challenge.

Do you put on weight when you go on holidays? If you do, how do you deal with post-holiday weight gain?


Anna @ green tea n toast said...

I love eating loads on holiday! I can never understand people who say they don't eat when it's hot - or maybe that's just in England when it's not hot most of the time! Jealous you were in Ubud, I absolutely loved it there. x

Nat - Muddy Farmwife said...

I always blow out on holidays, I attempt to combat it with exercise while on holiday but it's never enough.
I just go very strict when I get back, cold turkey on the bad foods, no treats at all.
I think 700g isn't so bad for a holiday!

Miss Mandy said...

totally doable.

Glad you had a great time.

And isn't that the whole point, to have fun and celebrate when you should, but not like its a party everyday.

Mum on the Run said...

Hee hee - the title made me giggle (as I munch my chocolate here!)

That was NOT a blow-out!!!
Only 700g? - well done.

so glad you had a ball.
It sounds amazing.
AND you 'got away with it', if you ask me!!

:-) xx

Diminishing Lucy said...

After Chriostmas I felt like I had put on a million kilos.

I just put it all to the back of my mind, and go out and buy fruit and veg...

700g is nada!


Kim H said...

It wouldn't be a holiday without yummy food, though. So worth the weight gain, and it wasn't much at all. Glad you had a lovely time x

Photographer Mum said...

Human noodle, Love it!
I am impressed - only 700g!! Bring on 73kg!!

DancingInTheRain said...

You are amazing! Over 10 years ago I went on a holdiday that involved a lot of chocolate was the start of my demise!

Anonymous said...

Well done! I've done worse while holidaying at home ... Easter anyone? I really need to get onto this Food Patrol program.
Glad you had such a great trip. x

Anonymous said...

I have friends who go too Bali often and they rave about that restuarant...gotta put alittle weight on at holidays....thats how you know you have relaxed :)

1000 Homes of Happiness said...

Ooooh, fabulous! The food sounds amazing. A holiday blowout, I think your entitled to it C. Hope you had a great break.


Back on the wagon now, as they say.


cityhippyfarmgirl said...

Bali is awesome, and with too many wonderful would almost be insulting not to try everything.
700g? I think you did fine dear lady.

Carole said...

Nice post. For a bit of light relief you might enjoy this cartoon about the food pyramid.

supermac said...

It will be my second time in Bali this month. The first time I went there was for work. This time aroumd, I will be with my family. Will check out those restaurants you mentioned. xx

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