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Traveling review and looking forward

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

So I got back from my first business trip and while the pressure was on with continuing to eat right, I feel I did very good. Best of all, I learned that it really wouldn't be that hard to enjoy good food and stick in my calorie ranges. The only real threat to this would be the alcohol, or caving in on a big breakfast since I love those.

I've got a trip coming up again next week and eating wise it'll be more of the same. I'm traveling to the facility I worked at last year so it'll be nice to see old friends, and also old training buddies as that was where I got my start with my Bjj. Of course, with work during the day, the social even to see them will be going out to a nice restaurant.

Also, on the flight back, the man I've used as a bit of a role model for how to eat healthy on these trips shared some other perks of using corporate expenses. We get $25 dollars for snacks and stuff if we want to go to a grocery store and grab a few things. He had a bag with grapes, yogurts, and some granola bars I noticed he'd bring in to work after eating the smallest breakfast out of all of us. Generally just a cup of fruit. We also get $15 a day for a gym membership thing, so if I get a chance I can leave the pathetic hotel fitness center and go to a Golds gym or YMCA or something for a real workout. He also explained I was on the clock for longer than I thought I was, as I don’t have to log a lunch break if we’re with customers/suppliers and time driving from hotel to mill counts as well. Great guy.

So that gave rise to this plan of attack for the next trip.

Breakfast- light and lean breakfast, since its hard to stay full off typical breakfast options without upping the fat. I'd rather use that fat with dinner and leave all my options open at restaurants.

Morning snack- Can but some little containers of plain Greek yogurt and add some blueberries. Also can have beef jerky to snack on to hold me til lunch

Lunch- This should be a grilled chicken salad, or even a sandwich if the bread isn't huge. No sense to go big and indulge since most lunch places aren't the greatest things in the world.

Dinner- If I've done it right, I can enjoy all the delicious fats and simply skip the sides and everything should work out to keep me in my calorie range for the day and have enough protein, even with a good beer to go with the meal.

Simple plan. Simple goal. Simple solution.

Keeping the calories down wasn't too hard, but with not being in control of the meat proportions, keeping the protein high enough was the biggest challenge. I DO NOT want to lose any more strength than I already have. I can't wait until next month when I got maintenance calories to play with. And possibly even a few surplus ones if there's a good gym close by :)
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