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Midweek Report (on the road)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

So far so good on my business trip this week. At midweek, but still following my plan:

- Up at 5:00AM each day, in the workout room by 6:00AM. Had to deviate from my normal workout routine a little yesterday, as both treadmills were busy, so opted for the Precor EFX Elliptical. Did get in strength training Monday and Wednesday (today).

- Making sure to get up and stretch / walk during my meetings

- Tracking calories. Within goal each day so far, with the only issue being not enough fiber.

Friday is going to be a little more challenging. I have a 7AM meeting which I'll need to at my company site for. Thankfully, the hotel is only 5 minutes away, so one of the managers at the hotel is going to bring me over, but will need to be up even earlier (4AM) so I can get my workout in, get packed, get a quick, healthy breakfast, and be on-site in time for the meeting.

My hunch is that this will be the first of several business trips over the next 12 months, so this has been a good week to establish routines. The scale will tell the take next week as to just how successful I have been, but at least I feel like I've stayed on course.

  
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GOLFCHICK2-0 11/15/2012 1:54PM

    Keep up the good work. Have you thought about packing some resistance bands? They'd take up next to no room in your luggage and are a great substitute in hotels that are lacking strengthening equipment!!
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CATHOLICCORGI 11/15/2012 8:17AM

    emoticon Patrick! Don't know if you are getting the rain today, as we are in Charlotte, but hope you are enjoying your work trip to North Carolina!
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GREENGENES 11/14/2012 11:31PM

    Well done! Keep it up!

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CHUBRUB3 11/14/2012 11:03AM

    Proud of you! Inspirational!

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On the road again...

Monday, November 12, 2012

So far so good on my business trip. Flight from Philadelphia to Raleigh on time and actually arrived early into Raleigh, nice dinner (and reasonably healthy) at the hotel last evening, up at 5AM to get a workout in (state of the art equipment!), and able to find healthy choices for breakfast and lunch.

Just a hunch, but I have a feeling this will not be my last business trip - seems like there will be more opportunities in the new year, and a real need for me to be here.

More to follow as the week progresses.

  
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EARTHGIRL145 11/13/2012 9:58PM

    Great job! I'm on the road a lot too and I have been struggling over these past few months. Way to go! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 11/12/2012 9:48PM

    Good planning. Traveling does not mean we stop exercising or eating healthy, does it? -- Lou

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BOSS61 11/12/2012 7:22PM

    Great that you have such a nicely amenitized hotel to feed and exercise you correctly - make the most!

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COCOSAYS 11/12/2012 1:58PM

    Good job! Have some fun, get out an explore!

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Preparing for first business trip in 6 1/2 years...

Thursday, November 08, 2012

While my DW and I have traveled a few times since I had my WLS last year, I will be taking my first solo trip next week, and a business trip on top of it. While I'm not trying to obsess about it, I am doing a fair amount of planning, such as making sure the hotel I am staying in has good workout facilities, moving my workouts on my calendar to early AM (my normal workouts are at lunchtime, but that is not feasible given that I will be in all day meetings), and making sure I have access to quality foods.

I used to travel on business a lot, and in thinking back, did not give much, if any thought, into nutrition and exercise. Giving it LOTS thought this time!

I'll plan to do a post mortem when I get back. I will do some blogging while I'm on the road as well.

I have a high degree of confidence that I will do well....

  
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IUHRYTR 11/9/2012 2:51AM

    That's the attitude, Patrick! emoticon Be safe. -- Lou

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GREENGENES 11/8/2012 7:05PM

    You can do it. I don't do that much travel but for my conference last week I was much more conscious about planning than usual and it worked out great. I slipped for one dinner but after it was over I realized it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought. You are definitely much more prepared than I am so I am confident you will do well.

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CHUBRUB3 11/8/2012 6:46PM

    Awesome!!
Have a wonderful time.
Hugs,
Angela

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CHUBRUB3 11/8/2012 6:45PM

    Awesome!!
Have a wonderful time.
Hugs,
Angela

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LALMEIDA 11/8/2012 11:46AM

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HEALTHIERKEN 11/8/2012 10:34AM

    Patrick, of everyone I've met, face-to-face or virtually on SparkPeople, you're hands-down the most consistently disciplined, dedicated, motivated and motivating person I know. You will stick with your program on this trip, no question. And if you have slippages, they'll only be that--slippages not changes of habit, and you also know enough to be gentle with yourself you do have slippages. You'll be fine : )
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DOUGDC 11/8/2012 10:01AM

    I agree that you'll succeed. Kind of like the holidays. Lots of excuses for getting off your program, but you clearly have the determination not to stray.

Great going.

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Relaxing Monday

Monday, November 05, 2012

Normally Mondays can be crazy, but since I have some vacation to use up before the end of the year, I started taking some Mondays off, and in some ways they are nicer to take off than a Friday.

Caught up on my shows on DVR, will go do some office cleaning, but at a relaxed pace, then I'm guessing my DW will want to go do dinner out. The rest of the week will be busy, but at least I'm easing into it!

  
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IUHRYTR 11/5/2012 10:11PM

    A good use of vacation time. emoticon -- Lou

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RUN4FOOD 11/5/2012 8:41PM

    I'm jealous. I'll probably be doing the same in February.

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SOFT_VAL67 11/5/2012 7:08PM

    we all need a day of relaxing, i usually spend mine looking for misplaced items or sitting on my front porch, watching traffic, when the weather allows....

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Sandy Update

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

We survived Sandy! We did end up getting over 8" of rain, as forecasted, but we were spared the really bad winds that folks in NJ, PA, and NY got -- peak wind gust was around 60 mph. For those of you who are professional or amateur meteorologists (I am an amateur), one of the most amazing things I experienced was the low pressure from this storm -- it dropped to 957.5 MB (28.27 on the barometric scale) -- easily the lowest I've ever been near! The eye came very close to us, and that is an experience I will always remember.

The only damage we experienced is some of the lattice in our vinyl fence came loose, but it is at the top of the fence and is not a structural issue, so I will get out and get that fixed later today.

All told, we were lucky, but glad to have lady luck on our side for a change!

  
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KKKAREN 10/31/2012 9:45AM

    Glad you made it through the storm safely. I live in FL and we just had some wind and rain.

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GETTO140 10/31/2012 8:32AM

    Glad you are OK! You are LUCKY! Our area closed down at 4:00 p.m. on Monday. We were also lucky and got some strong winds and some rain, but not much damage.

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BRENDAGAIL9 10/31/2012 12:53AM

    Glad you are safe. I am in WA state on the West Coast and are getting a lot of rain. There may be some river flooding.as normal here in the Chehalis Valley.

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GREENGENES 10/30/2012 11:12PM

    Glad to hear everything turned out OK.

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CASE4GRACE 10/30/2012 10:43PM

    So thankful to hear you are all safe and had only minor damage.

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IUHRYTR 10/30/2012 10:22PM

    Glad you are safe. Such a tragedy. Like what we've had in FL over the years with various hurricanes. -- Lou

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DOUGDC 10/30/2012 10:15PM

    DC area (and my home) were spared as was yours. NYC had a tough time. Getting systems running again is going to be time consuming. Imagine a storm 1000 miles across! This one was outside of living experience.

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RUN4FOOD 10/30/2012 8:22PM

    Glad you are okay. Hurricanes are amazing. Survived two big ones in Houston with little damage, but quite the experience.

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KAKONOLADY 10/30/2012 5:10PM

    so so happy to hear that you are well!!! emoticon

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RICCILYNN 10/30/2012 12:43PM

    glad you are OK.

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ALIHIKES 10/30/2012 11:20AM

    So glad you are safe and that you were spared the worst of the damage!

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STELLASMYBEBE 10/30/2012 11:06AM

    emoticon
Glad you and your family are safe.

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CHUBRUB3 10/30/2012 11:05AM

    Thanks be that you are doing good.
Appreciate you letting us know Patrick.
Hugs,
Angela


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BRENDA_G50 10/30/2012 11:05AM

    emoticon I'm happy to hear you made it through ok. God answered my prayers to wrap His arms around everyone in harms way and keep them safe...and He did!!! emoticon

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JACKIE542 10/30/2012 11:02AM

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LRK4CHRIST 10/30/2012 11:02AM

    Yes! I'm a survivor too! Thank God!

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LOSE4LIFE47 10/30/2012 11:02AM

    Good to hear you are ok.

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MELTEAGUE 10/30/2012 11:01AM

    glad you are safe!

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JUNA89 10/30/2012 11:00AM

    emoticon We survived it too! emoticon

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