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Reflections on traveling, eating and exercising

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Getting enough exercise was harder than I thought it would be. The driving days were especially the hardest. You would think 8 hours behind the wheel would make you crazy to exercise, but when we get to the hotel, all I want to do is veg out and watch TV. We seem to be morning exercisers when we are on the road. 2 of the 4 travel days we exercised before we left. The fitness room was a better option than the hotel pool. The pool is just not long enough to do laps. I used an elliptical trainer for the first time yesterday morning. I stayed on for 25 minutes. My legs feel like lead today. Good workout. I'm just not used to it. We swam 2 days and hiked one. 5 days of exercise on an 8 day trip. That's better than we usually do. We didn't always get to exercise when we thought we would. You're just on someone else's timetable, especially when you're visiting family. Fortunately, dh's family is supportive of staying active, so getting away to exercise wasn't awkward.

Eating went fairly well. Why do you feel so hungry when you're driving? You're doing NOTHING. Having a lot of fruit in the car saved us. We also had a container of spinach dip and Triscuits and carrots and hummus. We also had cereal bars and two flats of water.

Tracking my food was a problem. I had to guess a lot, and I know there were days I forgot things. There was one day I wrote nothing down, and another day is incomplete. The huge breakfasts were a surprise. They were delicious but calorie laden. The week went better when I started taking a packet of instant oatmeal from the hotel and just asking for hot water for my cereal and tea. Breakfast was definitely the big meal of the day most days.

A hotel room with a refrigerator is a must. We had a microwave in our room. One night for supper we went to the grocery store and got Healthy Choice dinners. I wish we had done that one other night. They were good, and they saved us calories and money.

I got frustrated on the way back. We had Campbell's microwave soup with us, and we had some trouble finding a convenience store with tables. They are pretty common where we live, but apparently that is not the case in other parts of the country.

I think the big thing I learned from all this is that I cannot always control the food that is set in front of me, or fit exercise into the day's schedule. I can stay focused on my weight loss and exersice goals and not beat myself up when I don't eat or exercise perfectly.

I did treat myself to a bigger meal at Ruby Tuesdays. I ate off the lighter menu and had salad bar. I had been hungry for steak for 3 days. It was time to indulge. I had the petite steak with grilled zucchini. I went back to the salad bar when I finished the steak, and I got a helping of fruit salad. I was 300 calories (best guess) over my limit for the day, but I'm glad I did it. It kept me from feeling deprived.

Hiking - If you're interested in hiking, wear your hiking boots once a week when you walk. We only hiked three miles, and I almost had a blister on my big toe. Also, I couldn't believe how heavy my boots were. It was like walking with ankle weights on!

I lost a pound on the trip, and I did enjoy the trip more than usual. (I don't like to travel.) Partially, that was because of eating healthier and exercising. Another reason the experience was better was because we found a hotel we enjoyed that didn't cost an arm and a leg.

And now it's back to my own bed, my own cats, and dh. (Not necessaily in that order.)

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SENIORSWIMMER 10/7/2012 8:53AM

    I have trouble with motion sickness too! There has to be a reason for the car munchies. I often feel genuinely hungry. There is no place like home. Really good night's sleep, and long. Enjoy your Canadian Thanksgiving Sunday.

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CAROLSYLVIA 10/7/2012 1:12AM

    I am so happy to hear about your trip, because we are taking one in a couple of weeks. We will be visiting some family and doing a lot of driving also. I like your attitude of doing what you can to exercise and eat healthy, but not stressing out about the days you weren't able to get exercise and/or ate a little more. Better to enjoy your vacation and the meals that others prepared for you than to try to be a perfectionist about it all. Also glad to have the tips about good things to have in the car to nibble on. I get really hungry in the car, too - why is that?? And if my stomach is empty, I get carsick. yuck.

Anyway, welcome home! There's no place like home after being gone for awhile, is there?
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