Thursday, April 11, 2013
Yesterday I left home to travel to Seattle for a conference that runs through Saturday. I arrived at the airport hungry- I didn't have time to eat lunch, and needed to find something there before boarding my flight. I had already passed up the opportunity to have lunch with my husband and son at my favorite deep dish pizza place. I decided that I needed to be strategic about my choice (especially considering the fact that I have no idea what my food options will be for the next several days).
First, I walked around the entire airport twice in order to assess and evaluate my options. I passed up several different types of pizza, Mexican food, popcorn, pastries, bagels, and even roasted veggie sandwiches (that looked surprisingly delicious despite being airport fare). Instead, I opted for a fruit and feta salad, which was filling and very tasty. I considered buying a bag of pretzel thins for the plane ride, but ultimately put them back because the entire bag had 7 servings in it, and I didn't want the temptation. Besides, I'd packed almonds and protein bars if I really needed something to munch on.
I get strange cravings when I fly. I have no idea what it is about travel, but I always crave either cranberry juice or tomato juice (neither of which I ever buy at home). I did have a cup of tomato juice on the plane, which I'm sure wasn't great for my sodium intake, but was certainly better than most other beverage options.
Anyway, I made it to Seattle safely, and am really looking forward to this conference. I have no idea what the next few days will bring food-wise, and I'm going to have to be creative about getting exercise in. Ultimately, I just need to remember that good health and fitness requires consistency, not perfection. Part of being successful in my long term efforts is recognizing that sometimes life happens, and things won't always be completely in my control. I have to learn to roll with the punches, be flexible, and get right back on track as soon as I possibly can!