Saturday, January 19, 2013
You guys... I LOST a pound.
I feel so proud of myself for navigating the obstacles of work travel. Just like at Christmas, I braced myself to see a gain when I got back home, but this morning there it was.. down a pound!
I'm reflecting on what I did right so I can duplicate it next time I'm away from home for a week. I think the biggest help was keeping my portions in check. Work was paying for everything, so I didn't feel bad about leaving half my food on the plate. I also focused on freggies.
(Alert-- this is boring, but I'm adding it for reference)
I made sure to wake up for the breakfast buffet. Each morning I had a 1/2 cup of scrambled eggs, either 1 sausage link or 2 slices of bacon, 1/2 cup of cottage cheese or greek yogurt, a cup of fruit salad, and a banana. At home I'm a big breakfast eater so I wanted to stick with that.
Once I made to the office, I steered clear of the pastry platter and snacked on more fruit or yogurt. Each table had junky snacks and candy, and I succumbed to boredom eating a few times but not too much to make a difference I guess.
Lunch was at the HQ cafeteria, which was impressive with a lot of options. Each day I made myself a big salad with mixed greens, heaping cups of veggies, and a 1/2 cup of protein. Dressing on the side, so I used no more than a tbsp. I had a cup of chili every day, but didn't feel bad about not eating the whole bowl.
Dinner was always at a restaurant. I planned on trying to eat from Whole Foods, but I was having such a good time getting to know the others that I wanted to hang out at dinner. I had another salad, or a big sashimi platter. Twice I indulged in a big pasta plate, but hey, you gotta enjoy yourself! I never ate more than half my plate though, and I think that made all the difference.
Three out of four nights I had a few drinks. I knew it would made me over in calories but I took the hit to have a good time. I made up for it by running and swimming in the hotel fitness center. I also took stairs instead of elevators whenever possible and tried to be as active as possible.
Thanks to everyone who shared some tips last week. Spark really helped me to make it happen :)