One Fish, Two Fish... A TON OF FISH!

Fishing season has officially opened in California, and a fishing trip was a win-win scenario: Had some fun, and caught some plan-friendly trout!

By Kenneth Selke

Hello again everyone! What a week it has been! Without a doubt, the past 7 days have been some of the most enjoyable I’ve had during these past few months. Over this past week, I had a family reunion of sorts, a guy’s-only fishing trip at Crowley Lake near Mammoth Lakes, CA. The trip was amazing, but it did come with a couple of hurdles; the drive from my home on the coast to Lake Crowley took 10 hours, we were staying in a condo but most of our meals were out at restaurants, and lastly, I had to take 3 days off to make the trip. Although it wasn’t perfect timing in terms of work and the projects I have going on there, I’m glad I went, as the upside far outweighed the costs, and I fared very well with my weight-loss efforts during the trip.

Thursday morning, I woke up at 4:30 a.m., and worked from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. After work, I drove home to load my truck with my clothing and fishing gear, and left around 7 p.m. From 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., I made the drive, only stopping once to get an energy drink and use the restroom. Friday morning (after now being up for more than 24 hours), I met up with the rest of the guys at an IHOP near the lake for breakfast. Don’t worry, I didn’t have pancakes! I had the veggie omelet with egg whites! After breakfast, we drove to the lake, had the boat inspected, and launched. The fishing season hadn’t yet opened, so we spent the morning getting the boat and all of our gear ready for the opening day ceremonies on Saturday, so all we’d have to do is show up, hop in the boat, and go fishin’! By the time we finished getting everything set up, it was nearly noon, so we all got back in our vehicles and made the 20-minute drive to the town where we had rented the condo. Our check-in time wasn’t until 4 p.m., so we had a lot of time to kill. We went and had lunch at a burger joint (I ordered a turkey sandwich), and then hit a few tackle shops that were buzzing with fellow fishermen getting ready for opening day. After 3 hours of hopping around different shops, we finally went to the condo, I took a quick shower and then fell asleep at 5 p.m.! After 37 hours of being awake, I fell asleep before my head hit the pillow.

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, we fished from daybreak to sunset. Our fishing skills must be very advanced (or we’re just lucky) because we caught a ton of fish! Mostly trout, but we caught a few perch as well. During our time on the boat, I wanted to make sure I didn’t snack mindlessly on junk food, so I brought along a big bag of oranges, Weight Watchers snacks, and Popped Chips. Other guys on the boat had brought donuts, Girl Scout Cookies, and other tempting snacks, but I’m proud to say I didn’t cave in, not even once! The only time I splurged on the trip was one night at a Mexican restaurant, having a delicious, giant burrito that I figure came in around 35 SmartPoints, but when the server dropped it off at our table, I asked for a box, cut about 1/3 off the burrito, and put in in the box. I played it off with the guys by saying that it was going to be my breakfast for the following morning! That was a smart move I thought, and no one gave me any flack for it, plus, it was even better the next morning!

After our last putt around the lake Monday, we packed up and left Lake Crowley. I ended up getting home that night just before midnight, and had work the next day. I will admit, work on Tuesday was a bit rough, but I got through it. Come Wednesday night, it was time to weigh in and see how I fared on my trip. I ended up losing weight, albeit, less than a pound, which I took as a win, given all the situations in which I could’ve made bad decisions and ended up with a gain. So, after everything was said and done, I wound up with a trip that left me feeling fulfilled, relaxed, and rejuvenated — exactly what I needed! This week, I’ll be very attentive to tracking, and see if I can come up with an even better loss next week!

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