Surviving an Out-of-Town Convention
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Last week I was stressing out because I knew I'd be working at the Western Shrine Convention Thursday through Saturday & wasn't sure I'd be strong enough to survive the temptation to eat non-Sparklike (but delicious) food. I also wasn't sure I'd have time to walk & get in my 10,000 steps. Well....I'm happy to report that I was successful on all counts and lost another 2 pounds to boot!
We didn't stay at the high-end convention hotel, rather at La Quinta (which was on the edge of the warehouse district). The first day, I took my own lunch, so there was no problem. I was a little worried when I saw the only restaurant near us was Denny's, but everything turned out great! Both nights I had choices from the Senior Menu (broiled tilapia one night & grilled chicken breast the second). Portions were much smaller than those on the regular menu, & calorie-wise, under what I needed. We had a delicious watermelon in our room that we cut up for desert.
Breakfast was a bit more of a challenge with all those cheesy omelets staring at me, but when I asked the waitress, she suggested the Create Your Own Grandslam which offered, among other things, oatmeal, granola, turkey bacon, yogurt & fresh fruit (you can choose 4). I ate the turkey bacon along with two eggs and the milk they brought for the granola. Then I asked for a to-go box for the granola & the fruit and saved them for lunch. There was a huge container and cups for water, so I stocked up all day long and had more than my eight cups.
I walked the floor every chance I got and when I got back from dinner (and got out of my heels), walked round and round the hotel complex to finish off the last 2,000 steps. The second night, my colleague suggested we explore the area before dinner, so we went for a long walk & discovered our surroundings were not as desolate as we first thought. There were beautiful trees & flowers all around us which we would never have noticed in the car.
All in all, it was a very satisfying experience and proved to me that I can deal with the real world and still keep to my Spark Diet!