I returned yesterday from a 17-day trip to Europe. Before leaving I weighed 207 pounds. I am not quite 6’4”. When I reluctantly got on the scale this morning, I weighed 196!
While in Europe, I pretty much ate what I wanted to at meals. I didn’t snack much except on a few M&Ms. I ate plenty of croissants, pain au chocolat, and other pastries. I had no thought of counting calories or eating healthy. I only had two sodas.
We were on the go constantly, walking a great deal. I got an average of 15,000 steps a day. A couple of days I cracked the 20K step mark. No day was lower than 10K.
At home, I ride a stationary bike for a couple 60-70 minutes six days a week and usually get an average of 12K steps.
I did spent a fair amount of time on trains, subways, trams, ferries, etc. But we were very active.
I’m wondering what happened? There are two things I can think of: I ate two or three meals each day (but again, I ate basically what I wanted in terms of types of food—I don’t think I gorged myself), I didn’t snack much except the few M&Ms to bridge me between meals. And, I was on the move all the time. Of course, I never did any serious excercise except walking and taking a lot of stairs.