I am about to embark on my #1 exercise/diet killer: business travel. Well, all travel kills it for me really, but business travel more so. I think part of the reason is that the schedule is always so hectic. I am a creature of habit and comfort. When my environment or routine changes I get really stressed out and when I’m stressed I seek comfort foods.
Part of it is the social aspect. On these trips I am expected to do a lot of after hours socializing, which invariably involves a meal at a good restaurant and beer. I basically end up feeling very self conscious ordering super healthy food when everybody is splurging on their week “out”.
I think the final nail is habit. I have gotten in the habit of when I leave town, I let loose with the food. That’s become my ritual of dealing with it all.
The good news is that this trip is coming so close to rededicating myself to my health. I recognize the patterns, I know what to watch out for.
===== Update Jan 15 =====
I finally got a little Internet access and thought I’d write an update. Its gone pretty well so far. I ate well flying in. The first day here there was a scheduling mixup though, so I missed my workout AND didn’t eat anything all day until dinner. Dinner was a salad followed by grilled Mahi Mahi with cucumber and artichoke hearts. It had a very heavy sauce though, and I didn’t escape the banana pudding Though, it did have fresh bananas in it and I didn’t finish it (other than the bananas).
This morning I made it down to the beautiful fitness center downstairs at the hotel. I had three sensible meals, though I was unable to resist the ‘chocolate decadence’. So, extra treadmill coming!
All and all it has gone well, and I didn’t immediately dive into a double Sonic cheeseburger followed by Weinerschnitzel chili-cheese dogs, so I’m pretty proud of myself. Off to bed. Up early for another workout before starting the next session at 8:00am.
===== Update Jan 18 =====
The trip is over. Well, I’m in the airport waiting for my flight home (free wifi FTW!). I did well overall on the trip. My ‘official’ weigh in is tomorrow, but according to the scale at the hotel I lost 2 pounds during my trip. Not too bad for consuming banana puddings, chocolate ganache and the occasional chocolate chip cookie
Very much looking forward to getting home and back into my usual routine. And sleeping in my own bed!