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The pitfalls of traveling

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Sigh. I am traveling this weekend. Which I love to do. The problem however is the nonstop going out to eat. I have actually done better than most occasions.

- I missed breakfast trying to rush to the airport.
- I did get a 20 minute HIIT workout in however.
- I ate a wonderful Spinach Quinoa Wrap (Thank you portland airport) for lunch.
- I chose a lemon chicken salad for dinner.
- I drank tea or water for my in flight beverages.
- I had one snack of peanuts.
- I got to my hotel at 12p, but with the three hour time gain, I felt pretty energetic to walk 2 miles on the hotel treadmill.

- I was able to snag some blackberries for breakfast.
- I selected a vegetarian wrap when out to lunch with a side of fruit.
- I walked another two miles at the hotel gym.
- I completed a 10 minute ab workout thanks to coach Nicole.
- I ate too much at a steakhouse for dinner. Plus side, I ate all whole foods minus the apple crisp a la mode.

- I found a Greek yogurt to snag for breakfast.
- For lunch I found a chopped vegan salad for 360 calories. (It was so filling I couldn't finish it.)
- I ate some almonds for a snack.
- My husband and I walked all over D.C. I was at 14000 steps when we got back to the hotel.
- At dinner I made mistake #2: we ordered room service and I poorly selected comfort foods - a turkey burger, fries, and flour-less chocolate cake.

All in all I did good up until dinner both the last to nights. At the steak house I could have gone without appetizers and I probably could have stayed on budget with my calorie goals for the day. I overshot my calories by 500! First mistake, I did not pre-select my meal or pre-determine my calories before eating. I hardly ever eat steak, but I really had no clue that steak had so many calories. I certainly would not have guess 6oz would be close to 500 by itself. The bottom line though was that I felt miserable the rest of the night (like I did most nights prior to calorie counting).

You would think I learned my lesson but I've been craving a burger this entire trip as we look at tons of food menus. I gave in after 72 hours of torture and also regret it. The food tasted super salty to me and I was actually regretting my decision as I watched my husband eat a healthy Cobb salad for dinner. Regardless of how it tasted I still finished it all, put myself another 800 calories over budget, and then passed out for a one hour nap because it was so rich.

Lessons learned:
I feel better when I don't eat such heavy foods. Much better.
I can make lots of healthy choices when away from home.
I still have two more days of travel to remember my lessons.
I can find time for exercise.

I hate the feeling after binge eating. Friday was not a binge fest, but tonight sure felt like it. I am still 100 calories under for my weekly calorie allotment, so we'll see what the scale says when I return home. I definitely do NOT want to repeat the mistakes of this weekend.

From the 31 days to an unbreakable resolution: "Don't expect perfection. You will mess up, make mistakes, and forget along the way. The key is persistence and a willingness to learn from your mistakes. Focus on what you have done right instead of dwelling on the negative. "

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