I have been on a business trip in Omaha since Monday. The last time I traveled was a few weeks ago and I felt utterly awful afterward because of how much I ate and how little I exercised, so I decided that this time I would make an effort to do a little better.
And I did. A little bit better. On Tuesday afternoon I jog-walked for twenty minutes on the treadmill in the hotel while watching an MTV show about casting Legally Blonde the musical - watching ridiculously in shape girls sing and dance was a great motivator. I wanted to do a round of the first week of the Couch to 5k Plan but I couldn't quite remember the timing off the top of my head, so that will have to wait for another day, but I do want to go through with that routine and write about it. At any rate, that was all the exercise I completed this week. Maybe a little bit more this weekend.
Even though I don't always practice what I preach, I really recommend exercise during a stressful week away from home. I felt quite a bit better.
As far as eating goes... well, I tried. The biggest thing I attempted was limiting liquid calories. Beers on the company tab - so tempting! Aside from a few glasses of wine last night and a pint of light beer tonight, I did pretty well. At Bonefish Grill last night I had Lily's Chicken, a recommendation for those on the beginning of the South Beach diet, I discovered from a little online research. Chicken breast topped with spinach, goat cheese, and artichoke hearts. Yum! Something that wouldn't be too difficult to make at home, but I'd never think of it. My main downfall, though, has been Panera .
Ah, the muffie. Really a muffin top, it's light and delicious and chocolate chip-y. At 270 calories, I didn't think it was THAT bad to have one yesterday after lunch... and today after lunch. Ha. I'm willing to make a lighter lunch choice like a cup of turkey chili in order to have a dessert, but I just have to learn to manage my hunger. It's a good thing there's no Panera near where I live!
So I did okay. Eating well and exercising on the road isn't easy, but business travel is relatively new to me and I'm learning as I go. Two steps forward, one step back.