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Back from Singapore, enjoying my home system

Monday, May 28, 2012

So I am back from Singapore, what a course and trip. I landed on Tuesday morning, but it took me until Saturday for my clock to switch back. It's only 6h difference, and it was unusually long to switch. Maybe the food, the climate, Asia in general was a bigger change then just the clock.

My energy level is low now, so I decided this long weekend (we have Monday off for Pentecost/Pfingsten) I just stay inside, relax, and take it easy.
I enjoy being at home for my exercise and nutrition, here the environment I had set up for myself just keeps me in the flow of healthy life much easier.

I get back to tracking my food in Sparkpeople - even after a year I like to do some "perfectly tracked days", to see where I am in terms of calorie intake.

When I travel, it's much more energy, as I have to plan ahead, think about new options, tackle difficult daily agendas.

Fortunately, before the course, I requested the organizers to change the menu and include fresh fruits and vegetables for the coffee breaks. We had it every day, and the whole class was happy for it.

So, this is a tip for everbody here: When you go to an event just write to the organizers before, and express that healthy life is important to you. Request fresh fruits and vegetables to be on the menu.

My experience is that people are responsive even for a simple fact of asking for it. And then a 5 minute e-mail can make such a big change for the week's nutrition framework.

A shop in "Little India" in Singapore.
When I took the picture, it was ~85% humidity, and 36+ C (97F). Life on the Equator! :-)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LESLIE_2B_LESS 6/4/2012 12:05AM

    I so enjoy reading your blogs! What a great tip to email the organizers of events ahead of time to ask for fresh fruit & vegies.

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ZELLAZM 6/1/2012 4:50AM

    I'm enjoying all the short work weeks, too. Next week again with Fronleichnam. Working a 5-day week feels strange after so many holidays! Welcome back - and thanks for the reminder. For some reason, I can't convince our secretary to quit with the cookies at meetings, or at least have an alternative like a bowl of apples!

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GETSTRONGRRR 5/28/2012 9:19AM

    Welcome back....and real good advice to steer the snacks back to healthy!

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VADAVICTORIA 5/28/2012 7:51AM

    Ooh, did you get to have Chicken Rice?

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SHOOPETTE 5/28/2012 6:56AM

    Awesome job asking for food and veggies, I'll do it too now

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KMICHA 5/28/2012 5:23AM

    Welcome home! There really is "No place like home"! Great tip about the healthy fare. My husband travels a bit; I'll shate that with him. Are you home for a while now, or are you off again soon? Relax today, and enjoy the day off! We will be enjoying Memorial Day here.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 5/28/2012 5:13AM

    Welcome home! What a great tip you shared. Good thinking on your part!

Have a nice post-vacation! Hope you catch up on your rest.

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KRISZTA11 5/28/2012 4:35AM

    Welcome back to the cool&dry part of the world!

I love your idea to write to the meeting organizers and request fresh fruits for the coffee breaks!
Most meeting organizers really want to please clients, only they don't always know how to. In this case, you kind of spread the Spark too : )

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