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Advice Needed! Going on a Business Trip

Monday, October 13, 2014

I'm going on a business trip this week. I work in a small remote office, and my team is flying into the head office to have some in person meetings with the various teams we work with.

It's exciting!

Only thing for me is, I have no idea how I'm going to stay on track. We are going to get taken out for dinner. We are having a working lunch one day and being taken out to a popular restaurant the next day.

Normally, I would research the options at the restaurant. Search for the dish I want to order ahead of time and the like. I can't do that this time.

So I'm looking for some advice. How do you keep on track when you're in a social business setting?

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JAMIRBLAZE 10/13/2014 12:18PM

    I bring protein bars for breakfast. Something low calorie, but with some good nutrients to get me going for the day. Keeps me away from the bagel/danish selections that most places have. Dried fruit and other snacks are good, too, to have on hand. I premeasure and take little baggies of things.

All restaurants usually have some sort of grilled meat and veggies which generally is safer than a lot of "salads" that you can get. Soup (broth based) and a side salad is sometimes a good option, too. Is there an HR or travel person making the arrangements? I would contact that person and ask him or her about the catered lunch, eating arrangements, etc., citing generic health concerns. I do a lot of event planning and accommodations are easily made with some advanced notice to ordered food. A good friend of mine has a number of food allergies which can be hard to avoid (like pineapple being used in a BBQ sauce), so asking so that you can research ahead of time is usually no problem.

Schedule fitness time, as well!

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IRISHHONEYBEE 10/13/2014 10:33AM

    To keep track of what you eat it may sound silly but take a picture of it before you eat it so you have it recorded so to speak. Just be smart about what you do eat and photograph everything so when you get the chance you can still log it.

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CRUISEGAL55 10/13/2014 10:28AM

    This is not as big a challenge as you think. 1st- fill up on salad/veggies, oil/vinegar/lemon on the side. No bread or Apps. Speak to the waiter- ask if you can have chicken or fish prepared your way. All restaurants, these days, offer healthier options & 1/2 portions. Just ask!
Carry some 100cal snacks with you from home- nuts, Fiber1 Bars, etc.

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The same 5lb

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I've lost like 50lb in 5lb increments! Wow! That's amazing!

Only it's not really, b/c every time I've lost those 5lb, I've gained them back. *siiiiigh*

So that means, here I sit, with a net loss of about 3lb right now. That sucks.

What can I learn from this? Well, I know I can lose weight. I keep doing it, over and over. But I haven't found the right balance in my changes to keep them up long term (more than a few weeks really). Finding that balance seems to be really difficult between being a wife, a mom, and a working professional.

Back when I lost the weight before, I was just a recent grad who lived on her own in a small 1 bedroom apartment. I use to get up and go to the gym before work. Some days, I'd go back after work, b/c I really had nothing else to do.

Now, when I wake up, I have to get my daughter ready. I have to prepare lunches for my husband and myself. In the evening, I have to rush home to get my daughter from daycare by 5:30pm, I need to make dinner for the family.

At work, I'm responsible for more things. I'm at a point in my career where I can make things happen.

What does this all mean? Well, my schedule no longer revolves around me. I can't overhaul my schedule to make it about me either. B/c it won't last for long. I need to fit me time in there and accept that days might not go according to plan, but that doesn't mean I just throw everything out the window.

To that end, I have set up 3 new daily goals:
1. Get right up when the alarm goes off.
2. Track all my calories, good and bad.
3. Take 15min to get a workout in. If I can get more, awesome, but I need at least 15min a day.

I've done this for one week now, and I've lost 1.2lb. So, that's nice. Let see if I can fit more me into the family schedule. :)

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GETHNOW 10/11/2014 11:45AM

  I've been losing and gaining the same 10 lbs for years. Still working at it - God Bless

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It's about more than numbers

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Today I was over. I knew when I grabbed that bag of gummys from the kitchen at work that I shouldn't have them. I knew while I was eating them that I shouldn't eat the whole bag. I knew when I was done and I felt sick that I didn't need them. And at the end of the day when I was leaving work I looked at the wrapper and knew I was over my calories b/c of them.

For half a second, it crossed my mind to just throw out the wrapper. I decided for a moment that there was no point in tracking it, I knew I was over. I three it out, disappointed in myself. I put on my jacket and went to leave. Only I didn't. I went back to the garbage, took out the wrapper, opened my app and logged it.

I realized it's not about the number, it's about being accountable to myself. Knowing that future me is counting on me to make the right choices right now.

Because I went back and tracked it, it meant that I had a smaller dinner. It also meant that I skipped desert. I was over, but I'm not out. One bad change doesn't have to derail a whole day. Sometimes it's hard to remember that.


Belated Update

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Since 2014 is more than half over, I have decided to take a look at where I'm at and how I'm doing on my goals for the year.

The Good:

1. Went to Europe, visited with the inlaws, and had a great time. I didn't gain any weight on the trip either!
2. I found a new job! I'm so much happier at this job. It is a much more laid back atmosphere and I feel like what I say matters.

The Bad:

1. I am currently 267lb. I ended January at 262lb. Only 5lb up over all isn't bad, but still not the 230lb I wanted to be by the end of summer!

I want to lose weight. I need to lose weight. I am in a very bad cycle right now of "I don't want to work out b/c I'm in pain, but I'm in pain b/c I don't work out." It sucks, but I just can't use "I'm in pain" as my excuse any more. I'll be in pain either way, might as well do the work out and feel good about myself if I'm going to be in pain anyway, right?

So, going forward:
1. Log all food. I can't not do this. The sheer act of knowing I'll have to record something bad makes me not eat it. Like today, I wanted an icecream sandwich after work, but I've already had chips today and that would have put me over....so I put it back.
2. Work.Out. Period. I can find 20min to work out. I can skip off work early once a week to work out. Make the time and do it.

I guess it's simple really, eat less, workout more. Let's do this. :)


February Wrapup

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Wow, it's March already? I think I blinked and missed February!

I got on the scale yesterday morning and the scale said 265.2lb. Yes, that's up from the end of January, but you know what, I'm not even mad.

I didn't make it to the gym at all in February. Instead, I got bronchitis. :s I was super sick for a week, and was on antibiotics for a week and a half, and was dead tired for a week after that. I was sick pretty much the whole month and am lucky I went to the doctor when I did or I might have pneumonia right now!

If you ever feel a rumble in your chest when you breath, go get it checked out. When I was in my 20s, I didn't realize I was sick and when I went to the doctor for a prescription renewal the doctor asked about my cough. She then checked me out and it turns out my one lung was 75% full of liquid and my other was 50% full. She said I was super lucky I went in and coughed in front of her! So yah, don't be stupid 20something year old me. Be responsable 30something year old me and go to the doctor.

Anyway, a good thing came of me being sick this month. I needed some blood work, and it was discovered that my iron is low. At the end of my pregnancy my iron got pretty low and I was told by my midwife to take some iron tablets. Well, turns out my iron levels are still low!

So, I'm currently on day 3 of two iron tablets a day, one in the morning and one before bed. Let me tell you, the difference is amazing. I'm no longer muscle pain tired. When I wake up in the morning, I'm sleepy, but not exhausted. I am able to get up and do my day.

This weekend, things that I've been putting off for weeks got done in a flash. I didn't even nap at all this weekend! I'm amazed what 2 little pills can do for me. I'll be taking them for sure from now on. I actually feel like I could exercise when I get home from work now instead of just flopping on the couch and dozing. :)

So, here's hoping March is full of awesome and I can hit my first milestone of 255lb in the next 30 days. :D

February 1st ~ 265.2lb


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