Getting ready for the road trip
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Today I started getting ready for my trip to Ottawa ON for the Cannexus 13 convention. I went to Walmart and treated myself to a few new make up items - sparkly nailpolish and a new poof for the shower. New undies a size smaller thank you very much! And a couple of scarves with some glitter running through them to jazz up my wardrobe.
Then I spent some time thinking about what I"m going to eat. Before on road trips I would stash some choclate bars and a few cans of pringles into my suitcase so I'd have evening snacks to keep me company. I'd head down to the hotel restau rant for the big breakfast - eat up a storm with clients at lunch and chow down dinner in the same hotel restaurant - normally taking in the nightly special . Gosh - I'm sure I was snarfing 3000 calories a day back then....
Now I am a bit at a loss - I"m not eating that stuff anymore - hmm. I'm hoping there is a store close to the westin that I can get some fruit. Tomorrow I have to call and ask for a room with a refridgerator so I can buy milk and bring my protein powder for breakfast. I'm actually planning to eat healthy instead of thinking - Go CRazy! Hmmph!
Then I started thinking - there will be meals provided with the conference. Danger zone. I have to be careful that I don't go kookoo at the breakfast buffet! I've been practicing ordering dinner... "grilled chicken breast please with a green side salad and viniagrette on the side." - I've been saying it out loud. I"m not even looking at the menu. Just go to my stand by meals.
I'm thinking I'll be okay with the food. This is the first business trip I've been on in a year since I changed careers - so I have to be vigilant that I don't fall back into the old potato chips in the evening routine. I am scared and excited about meeting new people. Networking for new clients...and being a presenter.
I'm helping one client with their exhibitor booth - not stressed about that oddly enough. I must admit that I'm feeling pretty confident sitting here in my kitchen thinking about the next few days. I have the safety net of knowing my client who is also a KeyNote at the event - and she said she will do what she can to steer people my way as this is her 3rd time at this event and she knows quite a few of the presenters the kind of people who could also be my clients once I build the relationship.....
This is a good place to be in. I'm feeling pretty confident that I can keep the eating under control. There is a large fitness facility on the top floor of the hotel so I can go run on the treadmill. There is a lap pool so I can get some swimming in. I'm excited this time....learning to look after myself better has put me in a better place emotionally. I've built my confidence up - with small victories. I'm believing I earned this opportunity - and I will take full advantage of it. I went to the library and picked up 2 paperback mysteries to keep me company instead of the pringles....
Stay tuned - I'm curious to see how well my resolve to stay on track holds up in the real world !