I get to travel for work. I must say, being on the road is a challenge to watch my calories and get some exercise in. I’m usually so tired that when I’m not in meetings that I hole up in my room with room service. I basically eat restaurant/room service 3 meals a day and that’s a killer. And when I’m tired, I’m much more likely to order a BLT & fries rather than a salad. It’s funny, my mood and energy totally influences my food choices.
This week I’m in Santa Rosa, California for the Green Wine Summit (I’m giving a talk and staffing a table). On Friday, I turn around to Monterey for a press tour at the Great Wine Escape. I finish up with our very own Sustainable Ag Expo.
Over the 2 weeks, I’ll be in hotels about 10 days and I’m really going to try to “shift” a few of my travel habits. I packed my jumprope, workout clothes, iPod, water bottle, tuna packs, almonds & apples. I’m hopeful, but not overly confident.
2 Hrs into the Trip: Starved, Must Eat
Once again, I’m driving and starved and the almonds are NOT cutting it.
I stopped at the Jack in the Box (I was desperate) and ordered the Grilled Chicken Pita Snack. I picked this because a “salad” wasn’t going to cut it and it looked like a “decent” choice in terms of portions. And aside from the sodium (a whopping 733 mg), it was decent in other areas (327 calories, 31 g carbs, 2 g sugar, 18 g protein). OK, so it wasn’t perfect, but it wasn’t over 1,000 calories with 1500 mg of sodium, which is very possible at all the fast food joints. I ordered a diet coke (it was calling me)…. This was not a good start.
I didn’t even sit down. I changed clothes, grabbed the iPod and headed out. There’s a lovely path here that goes along the river. I figured I’d head out for 30 minutes or so before it got dark. I wogged (walk + jog) and janced (jog + dance). I rolled back into the hotel 60 minutes later! Good job Kris!
Ending the Day Strong
I ran some business errands, went to a restaurant and ordered a sensible dinner, read a little bit, did some work, and got to bed early. Wooooot!
- I should have not been in such a rush to hit the road and should have made time to eat a good lunch at home first. If I had started the trip on a full stomach, I could have “made” it to Santa Rosa with my almonds, fruit & water and avoided the fast food.
- After ordering the diet coke (haven’t done that in a while) and getting back into my car, it occurred to me I might be thirsty, so I drank water first. And you know what? I was thirsty and the water tasted great. I did have a few sips of the soda, but by the end of the drive, I had finished WAY more water than soda.
- Putting my shoes on when I got into my room was key! I didn’t sit down and allow myself a chance the option to not get out. I got out for an hour (way more than I had planned), and it felt great!
- I enjoyed getting out to eat and reading – it calmed me down a bit. It was nicer than isolating with room service and my computer. Plus I had better options than if I’d ordered room service. I enjoyed roasted tomato soup, grilled chicken, rice/grains, & green beans. I splurged on a piece of sourdough (yum), ate all my vegetables and chicken, and left some of the pilaf. Granted it was more calories and sodium than at home, but it was definitely a better choice than a burger and fries.
So Day 1 was not a complete disaster – wish me luck for Days 2 – 14!
Any healthy travel tips?