I'm On My Way! (Week 1 completed)

I jumped on the scale this morning...and I've lost 4.6 lbs! Hooray! *insert happy dance here* I'm sure my weight loss won't be this high every week, but if I can lose at least a pound a week, I'll be pretty satisfied. Continuous loss is my goal.
I haven't really talked about my diet changes, so I suppose I'll do that now. Basically, I'm counting calories, writing down everything I eat, getting in at least 8-8 oz glasses of water a day, and trying to get at least 4 servings of fruits and veggies a day. Oh, I'm also taking a daily multivitamin. I thought the fruit/veggie thing was going to be hard, but it really isn't. Overall, a serving of fruit or veg is just 1/2 cup, which isn't much at all. The largest serving amount is 1 cup of raw, leafy veggies which still isn't a big deal.
I've been staying away from "bad" carbs (white flour, rice, pasta, etc.). And if I do eat something like wheat bread or brown rice, I try to get that in during lunch instead of later in the day, so I can burn it off.
So far, it's been going well. I haven't had any cravings for the types of food I love to eat, such as burgers, fries, pastas with creamy sauces, fried foods, etc. And luckily for me, I've never really been a dessert lover, so that's one less thing I have to deal with. Never was really a soda drinker, either.
I'm going to have a moment of truth next week, though. My girls and I are going to New Orleans for Mardi Gras next Monday thru Wed. I know I'm going to drink, and those are empty calories, but what I'm really worried about is losing my eating will power and going crazy with the food down there. My plan is to mostly eat a lightly as possible (fruit & yogurt or breakfast bars in the morning) and to only eat 1 "full" meal a day. Preferably for lunch.
The hotel we're staying in also has a fitness facility, and I would love it if I were able to get up in the mornings and get at least 30 min of good cardio in. Doing that will depend on how I feel those 2 mornings, of course. I plan on getting nicely tipsy, but not torn down wasted...*crosses fingers*
I just really don't want to lose everything I've accomplished this past week...wish me luck!

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