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Greetings from Boston!

Monday, November 07, 2011

I'm at UI16 which is a web techie conference that focuses on the user interaction part of web design. You know, where the rubber hits the road. Or should. Am learning a lot and meeting good people. Will be here through Wednesday.

The burning question is- "Can a person eat low carb at a tech conference?" I don't know the ansewr myself, yet. But I've been working towards that goal and so far have succeeded. Breakfast was room service as I fear the continental breakfast offered would be ruinous. The room service menu that's a door hang tag was so carb loaded that I called down and spoke to someone. Asked could I please have a veggie omelet and a side of bacon, no bread, no potatoes? Sure, she says. So that's what I ordered and asked for it at 6:00 am sharp so I'd still have time to workout and get to the conference at 8:00ish. It ended up coming with potatoes, but I just ignored their pleas. Then I went and ran on a treadmill for an hour in a very stuffy work out room. It's a big room, crowded this morning but icky hot. Glad I had a bottle with ice water or I would not have made it. Came back to my room and did crunches. Too shy to do ST in front of fellow conference goers/ potential friends. Silly, huh?

The conference is called UI16 and that 16 refers to the number of pounds they'd like you to gain while here. They had that continental breakfast, which from the glance I gave it, looked like the usual variety of pastries and fruit. I heard they had some kind of egg croissant sandwich. Still. Am glad I ordered room service and will do so again. Through out the day, every time we had a break there were more goodies waiting for us. Bread and spreads, yogurt and granola, sliced fruit, more pastries, muffins and cookies. I had a bag of raw almonds with me so nibbled on that, until someone made off with them at the lunch break! For lunch we went to Legal Seafood (yes, Mimi!) and I had crab salad. Yummy! and it was very lightly done, not heavy mayo so I think I am okay.

Am weighing my dinner options now. My buddy I made and had lunch with lives local so she went home and I'm suffering people-overload anyway so instead of joining one of the groups to head out, will be alone for dinner. (I get tired of being smilely and smart, hello fat and dumb!) Thinking of just going to the restaurant downstairs. It's dark out already!

Time to relax, keep eating healthy and digest everything I saw and learned today so I can become a productive member of the Databliss team instead of just sucking up our earnings for trips. ;-)

Here's my lunch-
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    You can do it! Proud of you for sharing your experience here. Love that.

    Seeing how much carbs and refined foods Americans eat it is no wonder we are in the shape we are in and havediabetes that is simply off the charts. Keep imagining what their pancreas is doing and maybe it will remind you one of the best reasons to keep eating smart and healthy. Your body is so much happier, aside from the wt loss perk of it. Seriously a great reminder of what you do not want to be doing.

    Get more of those raw almonds! I also found some jerky that is not full of sugar, which is really hard to find. Options help. Even just a cucumber to munch on. Are there any grocery stores near by the hotel?

    Even just using the restaurants, chefs will accommodate you. Aside from the potato mistakes, which you did a great job of ignoring.

    Keep on keeping on!
    2294 days ago
  • REYVE01
    Lunch looks good. Have a good time and learn a lot.
    2294 days ago
    Lunch looks delish! Great planning on the b-fast. Those conferences really are carb overload. LOL!

    Enjoy the rest of your conference and Boston!
    2294 days ago
    WOW!! Good job thinking ahead and eating right!

    2294 days ago
    Woot boston - my home town!
    Sorry i've been missing your blogs, somehow i keep getting unsubscribed, i'm a bad friend!

    Enjoy yourself and do your best!
    2295 days ago
    you are doing great!!! Lunck looks yummy!

    2295 days ago
  • RANDY175
    That looks like a good lunch!

    Congratulations on doing so well with your eating and exercising.

    2295 days ago
    Yum on the lunch. I hate traveling for work and trying to stick with a meal plan.

    Keep up the good work.
    2295 days ago
    Wow - you are my hero! Eating well at a conference is no small feat. (As I've told you before, we fatten up our attendees all the time at our conferences.) Hurray for you! And Randy...BLOGGED...yesterday. I figured he was bored because you were in an airplane on your way to Boston.
    2295 days ago
    Good job suffering through that treadmill run! Enjoy your conference and keep making healthy choices!
    2295 days ago
  • 3016DEBRA
    That doesn't look too bad, really! emoticon emoticon
    2295 days ago
    OK, that right there beats my ham and cheese sandwich with celery and carrots!! mmmmm :)
    Glad to hear you're having fun!! I can't believe you've been traveling so much lately! Man, I am jealous!!
    2295 days ago
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