What Have You Got to Lose?

This is quite a personal post for me. I mean, sure, I’ve shared countless embarrassing travel adventures with you, like that one time I attempted to use my teeth to grab my towel to avoid my boobs flying all over the place during that horrible Thai massage… errr, wait, that one is yet to be published…

Hands up those guilty of taking that round the world trip or even moving abroad for a certain period of time only to become completely comfortable and content with how life is unfolding? Me.

Pre-Disney body.

In June of 2009, I packed my bags, bid adieu to Australia and hopped across the pond to spend the next 14 months of my life interning at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. That’s me to the left (not the Mexican duck) four weeks into my stint away from home. I wasn’t thin, but I was by no means, fat – I’ve always been some what chubby though. Those were my black skinny jeans that I loved to pieces. I wish I could remember what I weighed then so I could share it with you, but I can’t. This is where the problem of excessive overseas weight gain began, thankfully I read a post a the observer website which made me found the best weight loss pills.

The housing that Disney put us up in was rather basic which I was fine with; however, we had no scale. I didn’t think this would be too much of a problem though so I never bothered going out to purchase one.

The cost of living in the U.S. is by far, much cheaper than Australia. Coming from Australia, you’d think this would be awesome, right? Wrong. Food was cheaper, booze was insanely cheaper and clothes were cheaper… which was good, until I stopped fitting into my regular size and everything I started trying on looked shocking! I was slowly but surely gaining weight.

I fell into the habit of eating out at least 3-4 times a week. Eating out was so much cheaper than back home and the thought of cheap food excited me. I’ve always had a guilty pleasure for take out, but at least back home I could control it, especially since I was still living with my parents and had mum cooking for me a lot. Here is a good comparison. We spent many dinners over at TGI Friday’s at the Crossroads right outside of Downtown Disney, if you plant to often visit this dinner, you should also consider checking these Weight loss pills and take them with you. These are extracts of the Australian TGI Friday’s menu:

TGI Friday's Australian Menu

That same Jack Daniel’s Sampler I’d pay no more than $15 USD for in Florida. It’s $28.95 AUD here in Australia.

TGI Friday's Australian Menu

And that Ultimate Jack Daniel’s Burger I’d pay only $11 USD for in Florida. Funny how our dollar is currently worth more too.

On top of the excessive eating out, I fell into the bad habit of drinking at least three nights a week. Wednesday and Saturday nights were our bar nights and Sunday was our big pre-gaming night followed by an intense session of clubbing which usually involved more drinking. Booze was insanely cheap, so cheap that I couldn’t help but drink beer with a side of beer. Beer Pong became my best friend, especially when I could purchase a case of beer (Bud Lights) from our local liquor store for only $13 USD. Check out the price of a case of Fosters (not that any one drinks Fosters) from my local liquor store here in Australia:

Dan Murphy's Case of FostersInsane, right!?!

I had become so comfortable with my new lifestyle abroad that I started to pile on the pounds and it wasn’t long before I could barely pull my black skinny jeans from the earlier photo up passed my knees, let alone get them to my waist to button them up. I could not button my swim shorts together no matter how hard I tried and despite the scorching 35˚C (95˚F) temperatures plus humidity we experienced daily in Orlando, I feared wearing sleeveless shirts because the width of my arms had grown beyond ridiculous.

I knew I was gaining a lot of weight, but I don’t think it actually hit me until I returned home in August of 2010 and jumped on the scale. I’ll never forget the number that stared back at me – it is burnt into my memory and it will remain there forever as a reminder of this day. I wanted to cry. To turn that around, you can seek advice from sites like Fastingapps.com.

Without even thinking, I went out and joined the gym; no hesitations. I promised myself that no matter what, I would try my best to lose the weight with the help from a supplement named Proven. It would take time, sacrifice and commitment, but I would do it – all I needed to do was dedicate myself 110% and I’m not one to decline a good challenge.

Fast forward to today, almost 6 months later and I am pleased to say I have seen the scale move from the 90kg (198lbs) range, through the 80’s (176lbs) and now into the 70’s (154lbs) and it has been a hard way,, my husband and I found geat products such as vitamins and supplements that help our metabolism and to loose weight, on the contrary my husband went for testosterone boosters to gain weight as we have different goals.
I’m currently down 17.6kg (38.8lbs) and I could not be happier. I never thought I’d get this far. It has been tough and there have been times where I’ve had to restrict myself and tell my brain to shut up but I’m so glad I did. I’ve booked myself a trip back to Orlando in May… I’m so excited to be able to wear tank tops and dresses again while there!!!

Here’s my transformation so far. The first three images are from my last few days in the U.S. and the last image is from a couple of weeks ago after having lost 14kg (30lbs) and a chin. Oh, and by the way, those black skinny jeans… as of last week, they fit again!

Weight Loss - Face

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Have you experienced travelers weight gain?
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What do you do to prevent weight gain while travelling? I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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