So I'm back from the land down under, wonderful experience if you ever get the chance. I did get so caught up in the trip that I didn't work out near as much as planned (maybe 40-50%). I probably scared the people at the Chicago airport by doing sprints up and down the length of the terminal though.
Diet was a big issue too since we were on the run a lot. I brought protein bars just to make sure I'd be able to eat every few hours, and still ended up with blood sugar issues a few times. We ate pretty well most of the time, but there were also things like meat pies and pizza especially in Coober Pedy which is at the edge of the outback.
All in all it was a very active trip so I evened out with no weight gain. Upon my return I was 191 lbs still, but I dropped down to 184 within a week so I was probably a bit bloated from the trip. Too bad the numbers can't change like that all the time.
I stand now at 184, with a 33 inch waist at the navel and 30 inches at the narrowest point, amazing energy level and spot on diet again. I was even able to fit into some of my brother's pants (they were too short in the leg for him and we figured they might fit). My brother has always been stick thin, abs since puberty even with horrid eating habits, so it was a proud moments to fit into the skinny boy's jeans even if I didn't like them.
I'm currently on one of Jeff Kuh's programs so I'm not able to be exact on here about diet or exercise routine for now. It will be interesting to see what the next few weeks hold for my weight loss.