Week 40: Being Productive

I have had one of the most productive weeks in a long time. This usually happens when I have WAAAAAAY too much to do before a deadline. I work very well with deadlines but that also means that I am an awful procrastinator.

Since we got the plain tickets for Europe, I have been in “I need to get s..t done” mode. I am sort of impressed that we got all of your plane tickets for just below of $1,300 for the both of us and that was even with one of the dates not being flexible which definitely drove up the price (by roughly $350, if my memory serves me right).

Back to the “I am getting s..t done” mode… When I had the tickets settled it was about time for me to figure out what needed to be done before we could leave and what we would be comfortable with. My husband is not a “let’s just wing it” kind of guy. Things needs to be thoroughly planned out before we leave. Oddly enough, not necessarily where we are staying. We are still looking for places to stay in Porto and Paris but we have a maybe from a couple of couchsurfers, so that is good at least.

My list looked something like this:

  • Send box (A friend of a friend had a package sent to us that I needed to send to Denmark)
  • Pay bills
  • Pay student loan
  • Activate my new Danish Debit Card
  • Write Blog
  • Purchase dress for wedding (the reason we are going to Europe after all)
  • Create itineraries for London, Porto, Lisbon, Paris and Denmark.
  • Make a list of what to bring to Europe
  • Purchase phone/data SIMs (my sister is coming with her family and they need new SIM cards as their phones would not work in the US).
  • Create New York itinerary for my sister.
  • Purchase Mike’s Tux
  • Clean apartment
  • Hang images (and mirror)
  • Buy nails and hammer (my friend Claudia actually got me these so that was an easy one to cross of my list)
  • Wash clothes
  • Buy board and Atlas for livingroom
  • Print images of friends (for a picture in the hall way)

My husband is not a “let’s just wing it” kind of guy. Things needs to be thoroughly planned out before we leave.

A bit of a list and I did not get to do all of it but I still have a couple of weeks to go. I sent the box, paid my bills and loan, activated my new debit card, purchased the dress (and tried it on, it fits!), wrote last weeks blog post, hung images and the mirror and I am well into creating the itinerary for Porto, Lisbon, Paris and Denmark. All the while, I was having a big meeting at work that I needed to focus on. So all in all, it was one of my better weeks and I am thinking this week will be no different but with a couple of things added as we will do a restaurant review tomorrow and I will be celebrating my in-laws 49th wedding anniversary. Yeah! 49th.. Crazy, right? It is inspiring to see a couple live their lives together for so long and I am definitely taking notes on how they have made it so far.

Because I have been so busy, it also means that I have been good and too distracted to think about food and sweets in particular. Not that it shows on the scale as I am weighing the same as last week but I know what I did this week and I am completely OK with that.

As I see it. It is always a positive for your diet if you can distract yourself from the routinely thoughts of chocolate, cake, cookies, ice cream or what have you. That is why I love moments like these where I am in a go go go go go mood. I am too busy to even notice my cravings. That is why distracting yourself when you are trying to loose weight is a good tool. Not that I should be using it all the time but sometimes it is nice to get a break from analyzing my “why do I crave chocolate right now? Would it be OK to eat some or should I try and drink some water? Is it that time of day where I crave sugar (usually in the afternoon for me)?” and the list continues.

That is why distracting yourself when you are trying to loose weight is a good tool.

Starting off my week right. I am updating my to-do list and I know that by Thursday morning, my itineraries will be done, final bus tickets purchased and I have the last weekend to clean the apartment and get things settled before we have to take off. For some reason I am so excited about this trip. Even more than usual. I just hope, that I won’t jinx it and set my expectations too high.

Would love to know if anyone has tried staying on track with their weight while traveling or loose weight while on vacation (being sick does not count, lol!)? Any insights, tools or suggestions would be appreciated!

And if you or someone you know are offering a bed, room, couch to crash in Porto or Paris don’t be shy either.

A few images from my productive week 😀


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