Tomorrow I leave for a girls trip to Chicago for 4 days. CHICAGO. Known for a lot of things, not to mention FOOD. I've planned the activities of the trip including going to a couple of shows.. do the architecture tour by boat.. Navy Pier.. shopping on the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Ave) and also in a more off the beaten path "hip" part of town.. fireworks over the lake on Saturday night... riding the "L"... an italian festival called "Fiesta Pasta Vino"... ouch.. yeah, it's going to be a challenge.
So, in order to ensure my success over this trip and stay in line with my ZipLine goal..
I'm not overly concerned about exercise... I'll have my 3rd CrossFit workout and 4th workout for the week tonight (400+ minutes already)... I've called ahead and the hotel we're staying in has a gym with cardio equipment, weight machines AND free weights... I have 3 workout plans for the 4 days I'll be there... so I can "play" my day off at my pleasure... I may workout Thursday, Saturday and Sunday or any combination of 3 out of 4 days. PLUS I'll be walking all over the city. So, I have a plan...
My next step was to think what could interfere with my plan??
1. The first thing that came to my mind (especially with all the walking) was for my already strained achilles tendon to flair-up again. My treatment is 1) alternating hot and cold 2)ibuprofen and 3) stretching. So, in order to prevent and/or treat it I need to figure out how to get hot and cold packs at the hotel. I thought about asking the kitchen to let me keep some ice packs in their freezer but then remembered they make those "chemical" cold packs and I already have the "hand warmer" chemical thingees for the heat from the winter... I will pack these for the trip and each night I will preempt a worsening of my injury by continuing my treatment.
2. The second thing is filling the time with so much of Chicago that I just don't make time for my strength training. So, I have already discussed this as a priority for me with my friends and asked them to support me in getting er done. They're great friends and of course they agreed. However, in the past, I would have never asked for their help.. I would have assumed I was imposing or making my problem their problem.. but now? Forget about it! They're my FRIENDS!! They want me to succeed and I have learned that I NEED help.. and I know how to ask for it now.
*sigh*.. now the potentially HUGE problem...
The really hard part. THE FOOD. It's not reasonable for me to bring my own food - so planning is essential. But how can I plan when I have no idea where we'll be eating????... so, this is what I did.. I mentally rehearsed what I would order in every restaurant type I could think of.. a Tapas restaurant... or at the Italian Festival... or a Chinese restaurant... but come on we all know we're going to go for deep dish pizza - it's CHICAGO - for heaven sakes... this was a tough one.. but I *rehearsed in my mind* politely ordering a salad loaded with veggies (cuz I know they will have veggies) asking the waiter for about 6oz of plain chicken (cuz I know they will have chicken!) YES! I can make my way of eating work about 95% of the time.. I'm letting go of perfection.. this is about getting it right no less that 80% of the time..
I gave a lot of thought to whether I wanted to "cheat" or "go off" my way of eating (very strict Paleo) for a meal, or a day or the entire trip.. I gave myself permission to do whatever I wanted.. I just needed to decide what I wanted... but I really just want to make this trip about everything BUT food and I don't want to go backwards.. for a couple of reasons, first I've been eating this way for so long I think it would SHOCK my system to suddenly have a bunch of grains and sugar.. I think it would literally make me sick and I'd end up not having a good time because I'm sure even the next day I would feel sluggish... However, I have decided I will have "bites" here and there - it is after all, vacation. I don't think a bite will make me sick (or crave) or impact my energy level. So, I'm good with my decision and my plan.
This whole thing is a mental game... I think if I was going into this already feeling deprived or like I'm missing something, my plan would be completely different... but I'm not feeling that way.. I feel like I'm on a roll.. like I have momentum pushing me.. the planning just feeds my inner fire to meet my goals... passing up a bowl of pasta with a side of bread doesn't make me feel "less".. it makes me feel "MORE", much more, more powerful, more in control, more disciplined, more of the person I am becoming.. more unbroken. As long as I'm feeling "more", I will stick to my plan
I don't know if I'll have time to check in or not while I'm gone.. I'm an early riser but I'm not sure how early my traveling buddies will get up.. so I'll probably have time in the am to catch up with everyone..
65 Days til Africa
14lbs til my ZipLine Goal