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Part 2 of Business trips and blood sugar

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I travel on business a few times per year. A couple of weeks ago I went on a driving day trip and catalogued the good and bad of the trip and what I would do differently.

Just got back from a three-day (2 night) business trip which involved a short plane ride (1 hr) and a small amount of driving in a car with multiple meals out and two nights in a hotel. While this all sounds fun, I am not a travel fan as it interrupts my routine. Even worse, I accompanied a co-worker and, since he did all the planning, I was at the mercy of someone else's schedule. This compounds the challenges of being a diabetic-with-a-plan because I was essentially trapped with whatever was available at or near the hotel.

The positive things I did were use the hotel's treadmill on day 1 and walked 40 minutes at the airport on day 3. This covered exercise 2/3 days of my trip. This is much better than my previous averages, so I am giving myself a thumbs up. emoticon

I successfully wiggled out of "meeting up for breakfast and dinner" which allowed me to choose what and where I wanted to eat and when. I brought my own snacks to cover the inbetween time which was the best thing I could have done. There was literally NOTHING to eat available anywhere (during the 8-5 business meetings), so when I got hungry I grabbed the pb crackers I brought with me.

I stayed positive/on my game to relieve my stress. I'm a good actress, so I was successful at least on the outside.

I did bring my GPS for the car ride (reduces stress of getting lost/eliminates the need to stare at GPS on the phone which gives me collossal headaches).

I slept a great deal and did a lot of visualizing and deep breathing.

Things that I could have done better were planning my meals more often against my SP goals. I did manage to do this for 1 breakfast, but went "off the grid" for the other meals. This is an area to work on for next time.

I love to eat ice cream when I am stressed. This is a long-term issue I have from since I was a kid. Getting ice cream after a trauma (like going to the dentist) was something I have done since forever. Needless to say, I had a few ice cream therapy sessions on this trip but I did track them.

So there it is. My next business trip is in December, although there may be one in October. I will continue to apply new habits and break a few old ones.

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