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Reflections on traveling, eating and exercising

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Getting enough exercise was harder than I thought it would be. The driving days were especially the hardest. You would think 8 hours behind the wheel would make you crazy to exercise, but when we get to the hotel, all I want to do is veg out and watch TV. We seem to be morning exercisers when we are on the road. 2 of the 4 travel days we exercised before we left. The fitness room was a better option than the hotel pool. The pool is just not long enough to do laps. I used an elliptical trainer for the first time yesterday morning. I stayed on for 25 minutes. My legs feel like lead today. Good workout. I'm just not used to it. We swam 2 days and hiked one. 5 days of exercise on an 8 day trip. That's better than we usually do. We didn't always get to exercise when we thought we would. You're just on someone else's timetable, especially when you're visiting family. Fortunately, dh's family is supportive of staying active, so getting away to exercise wasn't awkward.

Eating went fairly well. Why do you feel so hungry when you're driving? You're doing NOTHING. Having a lot of fruit in the car saved us. We also had a container of spinach dip and Triscuits and carrots and hummus. We also had cereal bars and two flats of water.

Tracking my food was a problem. I had to guess a lot, and I know there were days I forgot things. There was one day I wrote nothing down, and another day is incomplete. The huge breakfasts were a surprise. They were delicious but calorie laden. The week went better when I started taking a packet of instant oatmeal from the hotel and just asking for hot water for my cereal and tea. Breakfast was definitely the big meal of the day most days.

A hotel room with a refrigerator is a must. We had a microwave in our room. One night for supper we went to the grocery store and got Healthy Choice dinners. I wish we had done that one other night. They were good, and they saved us calories and money.

I got frustrated on the way back. We had Campbell's microwave soup with us, and we had some trouble finding a convenience store with tables. They are pretty common where we live, but apparently that is not the case in other parts of the country.

I think the big thing I learned from all this is that I cannot always control the food that is set in front of me, or fit exercise into the day's schedule. I can stay focused on my weight loss and exersice goals and not beat myself up when I don't eat or exercise perfectly.

I did treat myself to a bigger meal at Ruby Tuesdays. I ate off the lighter menu and had salad bar. I had been hungry for steak for 3 days. It was time to indulge. I had the petite steak with grilled zucchini. I went back to the salad bar when I finished the steak, and I got a helping of fruit salad. I was 300 calories (best guess) over my limit for the day, but I'm glad I did it. It kept me from feeling deprived.

Hiking - If you're interested in hiking, wear your hiking boots once a week when you walk. We only hiked three miles, and I almost had a blister on my big toe. Also, I couldn't believe how heavy my boots were. It was like walking with ankle weights on!

I lost a pound on the trip, and I did enjoy the trip more than usual. (I don't like to travel.) Partially, that was because of eating healthier and exercising. Another reason the experience was better was because we found a hotel we enjoyed that didn't cost an arm and a leg.

And now it's back to my own bed, my own cats, and dh. (Not necessaily in that order.)

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SENIORSWIMMER 10/7/2012 8:53AM

    I have trouble with motion sickness too! There has to be a reason for the car munchies. I often feel genuinely hungry. There is no place like home. Really good night's sleep, and long. Enjoy your Canadian Thanksgiving Sunday.

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CAROLSYLVIA 10/7/2012 1:12AM

    I am so happy to hear about your trip, because we are taking one in a couple of weeks. We will be visiting some family and doing a lot of driving also. I like your attitude of doing what you can to exercise and eat healthy, but not stressing out about the days you weren't able to get exercise and/or ate a little more. Better to enjoy your vacation and the meals that others prepared for you than to try to be a perfectionist about it all. Also glad to have the tips about good things to have in the car to nibble on. I get really hungry in the car, too - why is that?? And if my stomach is empty, I get carsick. yuck.

Anyway, welcome home! There's no place like home after being gone for awhile, is there?

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Dang! It's cold!

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Yesterday was a beautiful day for a breakdown. Not too hot. Hot too cold. We had planned on hiking, so we had plenty of water and snacks with us. It was a simple repair, so we still had time to take in a few sights. BAM! What an overnight change, and the temperature fell more during the day. We're under a wind advisory. I lost count of how many times I shivered today just going between the van and a building. Like clockwork my appetite kicked it's heels. I am over my calorie limit for the day by about 300 calories. I don't feel bad about it. I feel satisfied. I ate the most fruit and vegetables I have ever eaten in one day, and they were delicious and well prepared well. So far, this is the best I have ever managed my eating while traveling. Lord help me, back on the restricted calorie track tomorrow.


Eating and traveling

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

I think I'm doing okay. The tracker says I am. The problem is I have to estimate portions and guess at how the food has been prepared. My skinny jeans are also saying I'm fine. The real test will be the scale when I get home. I feel like I'm eating plenty.


Big breakfasts with family

Monday, October 01, 2012

I thought the big breakfasts at the assisted living facility where my in-laws are was just a weekend thing. Wrong. This morning's breakfast was even bigger and richer than yesterday's. Now, I am an old farm girl, and there aren't many people who like scrambled eggs and sausage for breakfast more than I do. But I think I have reached my limit for the week. Tomorrow morning I'm going to take a packet of instant oatmeal with me and my peppermint tea and request some hot water.

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3016DEBRA 10/2/2012 3:43PM

  Sounds like a good idea! I love those kind of breakfasts too but they go straight to my tush & legs - emoticon

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Skinny jeans

Monday, October 01, 2012

Today I am wearing my skinny jeans. For me that means size 14 classic cut - no elastic. I am just back into them. They are not skin tight, but if I eat too much, I'll be miserable. Except for when I overeat, I love how I feel when I wear them.

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CAROLSYLVIA 10/1/2012 8:12PM

    emoticon emoticon
Way to go, Senior Swimmer!!! Maybe someday I can wear my size 14s, too! emoticon

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