Tuesday, January 10, 2012

29 days to a healthier me - DAY 8

Today is the first day of this challenge that I am traveling for work. For those of you who travel for work you know how difficult it is 1) stay on a work out schedule, 2) eat well (airports aren't always a hotspot for healthy fast food and 8:30 p.m. customer dinners at steak houses don't digest well), 3) drink enough water (because the last thing I want to do is have to pee on a plane, I am a window seat sitter so that is just a pain for everyone) and 4) stay on a sleep schedule.

Ways that I have learned to combat some of these 4 challenges are...1) take exercise bands so you have them in your suitcase and you feel guilty that you packed them and didn't use them...teasing, kind of, but exercise bands really give you a great way to work out in the room even if it is for 10 minutes. You can even use them as a jump rope so great dual purpose. 2) Learn not to get sucked into the 8 course meal. If appetizers are ordered look for something like shrimp cocktail or pass all together; beware of salads, especially Cesar's because they are horrible in fat, always ask for your dressing on the side or ask for oil and vinegar; soups are very filling but can have a lot of hidden fats so watch cream based soups; order the smallest cut of meat you can find or share with a coworker if appropriate, I have been ordering fillets lately because they are typically available in 8 ounces even though I prefer a strip or rib eye but they are normally cut in minimum 10 ounces and I don't need that much food, plus I always feel guilty seeing half a beautiful steak go to waste so I end up eating it; sides are hard as well...go for the fresh veggies...steamed asparagus or broccoli are almost always offered at restaurants and if you have to have a dessert like I often do after all that food just see if you can have a bite of someone else's dessert or see if they have berries or sorbet. 3) Since water bottles are a no-no in airport travel I suggest taking a refillable water bottle that you empty before going through security and can fill on the other side instead of paying $5 for a bottle of airport water. 4) Learn to say no, know when you need to go to bed not only for your health but for your ability to get work done the next day. So now let's see if I can follow my own rules.

I was also out of town this weekend, not for work though, but still not near the gym or a treadmill that wasn't in a scary basement (ok so the basement isn't so scary, I just don't know my way around) and it was a good excuse to try out an on-the-road cardio/strength training exercise.

This was a great exercise and one that was extremely good for the butt! It is a great series to do if you are in a hotel that has a fitness center that closes before you are done with meetings or if you get back from dinner and feel horrible from all the food you ate. It took me less than 10 minutes to complete the entire series twice through. You can find this on my Pinterest Board.

1 comment:

  1. You forgot to mention all of the beer that we like to drink in the ag industry when we gather.

    I try to have one at the beginning, and then swithch to tea or water with the meal.