Additionally, I ate some delicious French desserts: five times to be exact. Again, that's a lot of sweets for me.
Finally, we enjoyed the good French wine and for sure I had a glass of wine every day and on some days more than one glass and I had a cocktail as well.
While on vacation we took a couple of walks but there was no daily regimented exercise.
To summarize, daily bread, daily adult beverages, plenty of dessert in addition to our meals. No planned exercise, no "counting" of food in any way. You can imagine my huge surprise when I stepped on the scale Tuesday morning and I'd lost four pounds.
This has had me doing a great deal of thinking because it does not make sense... except that as I've thought about it, most days we didn't eat a thing until we were actually hungry. Sometimes that was 10 or 11 am. We'd make some scrambled eggs with chopped up ham to have with our croissant or baguette (buttered baguette). Then we'd go to the beach and simply drink water and perhaps have a glass of wine or a frozen drink. Get back from the beach feeling a bit peckish so we'd have some of my favorite Mimolette cheese and crackers and maybe a glass of wine while we showered and got ready for dinner.
I've been thinking that as we waited until we were hungry to eat, it cut down on volume - meaning most days we had 2 meals and a snack. Sometimes the snack was breakfast: a piece of fruit or a boiled egg. Then we'd eat an early lunch and late dinner. But most days for sure we only ate two meals.
The fact that I lost weight with little to no exercise, eating and drinking whatever I wanted, and not counting or tracking a thing, really has me re-evaluating the way I approach food. Not that I have any desire to have dessert so often and definitely not so much wine, etc. but do I have to eat food just because I brought it to work with me? Would it be awful if I ate all that food then decided I didn't really want dinner?
I don't know the answers to this yet, but I can tell you I really enjoyed freedom from constantly thinking about food and nutrition and calories and balancing and all of that, and just enjoying whatever I did have. And so, once again, I'm thinking and evaluating what my next step should be. Wish me luck.