Well after reaching my goal, the maintenance starts at about the same time as we went on holiday. It has been ok. I did have a couple of ice creams, some cider and cream teas. Got back and yes I had put on half a stone. I have been very strict with my self and excercised more and after a week and half back down to my goal weight. For anyone who does have a holiday/slip up please dont see it as the end. It has been far easier to be really good for a week than have to have 5 months of dieting because you have given up.
Tips....I would say when I go away again I think I would try to avoid the following.
1) Refind carbs, especially sugar. It didnt take long for my blood sugar to up and down and I had a nasty low blood sugar attack when I got back which meant I had to cut out all carbs for the last week. Just had my first bowl of porridge this morning,
2) Beware of eating out, I found a couple of times I had a starter and main or a pudding. I was just so full as my stomach as shrunk and felt so ill. However when starting to diet again i felt hungrier as my stomach as been stretched.
Am so glad I got straight back on track after my holiday and can now look forward to my next holiday in france, Two weeks of confit duck and cheese. Will I be able to resist the wine and bread though?