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The Dreaded Business Trip!!!!


Friday, January 11, 2013

Next week I'll have a career first -- attending a conference.

I have to say I'm more than a little nervous about being out of my element for 5 days. I'm also nervous about rubbing elbows with the execs, travelling with Coworker who annoys me (yes, the same one who called me anorexic), and giving a presentation in front of my peers.

The hotel they've booked us in has a small fitness center and a pool that's open for odd spurts of time throughout the day. There's also a Whole Foods 1 mile from the hotel.

The preliminary plan is to:
-Alternate treadmill & elliptical workouts daily
-Continue my 4-day ST split with barbell and bodyweight exercises
**if it's uncomfortable to complete ST in fitness center, do exercises in room
-Try a swimming workout (only if I can put on my bathingsuit without it being weird)
-Limit eating out as much as possible
-At restaurants, order something healthy but satisfying.. try to order fish whenever possible (because it's healthy but pricey--and I'm not paying!! lol)
-If breakfast provided at hotel is not up to snuff, stock up on items at Whole Foods (yogurt, kefir, fruits, oatmeal, frozen meals)
-For lunches in cafeteria, choose fresh fruits and veggies whenever possible
-Only 1 night of drinking, and limit to 3 drinks
-Enjoy the walking tour, and try to recruit others to walk around city as much as possible.


This week I've been allowing more comfort foods than I should. I've had drive-thru breakfast twice (womp) and have partaken in late-night cereal munching (womp womp). Maybe I'll be so motivated to get away from Coworker that I'll spend all my time in the fitness center!! Even better, maybe one of the other attendees will want to join me for a workout.

If you have any healthy traveling tips, I'd love to hear them!!
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 1/12/2013 12:32AM

    I go to a conference for work every January and kind of have it down to a science, at this point.

Here are a few things I use:

When I travel those envelopes of tuna are lifesavers for me. I bring 'em everywhere to add to salads etc. and make sure I get my protein in.

Also, I really like the EAS AdvantEdge Carb Control whey shakes. I carry a couple in my bag and drink them instead of eating the cookies during coffee breaks.

If you want to see a whole blog post with suggestions and tips, you can look here:

http://www.sparkpeople
.com/mypage_public_journal_indi
vidual.asp?blog_id=2777489

Good luck and let us know how it goes!

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POISONGIRL999 1/11/2013 3:56PM

    Sounds like a great plan. Let us know how it goes.

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CATMAGNET 1/11/2013 3:24PM

    I'm headed to a conference in a couple of weeks. A couple of things I'll make sure to bring (and have brought on trips in the past) are my resistance bands and my balance ball & pump. That way, I'm able to get my strength training done in the room and so I don't have to depend on the workout room.

Also, make sure to check on the hours of operation for the workout room. I found that at most of my conferences, the hours don't work for me, because I usually have breakfast meetings at those kind of events, and things don't end until late in the evening. The other thing to keep in mind is that most hotel pools are NOT designed for laps if that's what you're into.

Hang in there when it comes to the co-worker, and try to enjoy yourself the best you can!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/11/2013 3:12PM

    Avoid the negative coworker. I know you'll do fine with the plan and the presentation. Enjoy the trip.

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STODD251 1/11/2013 2:07PM

    You've really thought about the challenges this trip will bring and have come up with a good plan to help yourself stay on track. Great job! Try to have fun on the trip!

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CLRWILLIAMS25 1/11/2013 1:58PM

    You have a really great plan!
They usually have oatmeal, cereal and fruit for breakfast. Take some of the breakfast items as a snack. I usually grab an apple and a banana from the breakfast area to have as snacks later in the day. Some hotels offer a breakfast to-go bag (water, fruit and a granola bar) which is nice. It is hard to limit eating out, especially if you are supposed to rub elbows then. Eat very slowly, especially if you're "watching" the conversation more than participating (happens a lot when there are multiple alpha-males present). Switch out the fries for a salad, eat more veggies etc. You'll do great!

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SDLEE514 1/11/2013 1:49PM

    What a great plan! I really don't have anything to add...for me business travel gets the best of me when I somehow convince myself that it is "special" and therefore somehow okay to break the rules. But you're not on vacay you're on business, just keep telling yourself that. And of course, if you have access in the evenings, etc. keep up with Spark!

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ERIN1128 1/11/2013 1:03PM

    Great to have a plan going in! The challenge for me in situations like that is that there tends to be a big pastry table every morning...just make sure you eat breakfast before you go to your first meeting!

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KJDOESLIFE 1/11/2013 12:53PM

    I think you have a great plan! I either ran outside (if I was in a good well-lit area) or used the fitness center when I was out of town. I've worked out in my room, too, but be careful about noise! Some times I stock up at the grocery store (assuming I have a fridge) or I just make healthy choices when I can. Even in a cafeteria, this shouldn't be a problem! Have fun and stick to you plan!

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BIGPAWSUP 1/11/2013 11:47AM

    You've got a great plan. I know you can do it!

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HFAYE81 1/11/2013 11:17AM

    It sounds like you've planned it perfectly! What a great idea too, because eating badly or missing workouts are always because of lack of planning. For me, anyway.

Maybe you should try and get your coworker to come work out with you. So she'll understand the draw of healthy living emoticon

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