I swear I intended to blog more than once whilst away, but sleeping in, sightseeing, hunting out delicious local foods and lounging around pools kind of got in the way. There was also the small problem of hopelessly unreliable internet in Vietnam. Just getting a few photos uploaded to Instagram took the patience of a saint.
We had a great time - apart from the nasty episode of digestive distress I suffered in Penang, courtesy of a dodgy fish salad. Much time was wasted there lying in bed feeling sorry for myself. Boo!
I actually packed some training gear, but it never made it out of my suitcase. Except for the one day when I donned my runners because we were visiting a tourist attraction that required climbing 300-odd stairs. Yeah, I thought thongs were probably a bad idea... I also ate whatever I wanted - again, except for those few days in Penang when I felt vile and ate next to nothing - and indulged in a few desserts and a daily cocktail. Or two.
So, I must have come home with a few extra kgs on board, right? Well no, not really. We arrived home on Friday and I stepped on the scales on Saturday to see a bonus 2kg had appeared. I'd already predicted that, as something about air travel tends to make me retain fluid and I could see it in my puffy face and ankles. Two days later though, that's gone and I now weigh exactly what I did when we left three weeks ago.
What's my secret, you ask? Although I may eat whatever I like, I make sure not to overdo portions. I try to practice what I usually do at home and pay attention to my body's fullness signals. I never, ever allow myself to get to the "totally stuffed" stage. I try to include veggies and/or fruit in most meals too - they fill me up and help prevent overindulgence on less healthy items. And I aim to stick to sensible quantities of alcohol. Just quietly, bucket-sized glasses of "bottomless Sangria" are not a good idea. I may have found that out the hard way...
We also shun taxis when we're in a foreign city and use the perfectly good legs we've been given to walk everywhere. You see more that way, plus you burn off the previous night's cocktail(s)...
It's not rocket science, I know, but it works. :) Of course, weight maintenance is one thing, but fitness is a whole other story. I now have to get my fitness back up to where it was three weeks ago. Tomorrow's RPM class is going to be nasty.
To distract myself from that horrid thought, here's some gratuitous food porn from Kuala Lumpur:
|Coconut rice topped with curry and half a hard-boiled egg|
|Crispy popia - way more delicious than they look!|
|Giant BBQ prawns, topped with about a ton of garlic|
|Crab curry - very messy, but delish!|
|Mussels with some Chinese green veggie or other|
|One of our favourites - food on sticks. I think it was chicken.|
|Chinese custard tart|
|Chocolate lava pie. OMG-good!|
|Tiny berry tarts complete with edible gold leaf|
|The spread. Well, some of it...I forgot to take a pic until we'd demolished half of it.|
|Caffeine withdrawal is NOT something you want on your holiday.|